Conversation Street Episode 284

9Dec

Episode 284 of the podcast has arrived! Thanks to some technical issues, we had to switch things up this week and push Street Talk to the middle of the episode, leaving the opening hour to discuss the nominations for the Conversation Street Awards 2017. There were some tough decisions to make this year, but we're sure you'll find someone that floats your boat in each category, so if you haven't voted yet, head on over to our blog or check out our social media channels to find out how! When Street Talk does finally arrive, we check out the episodes of Corrie between the 4th and the 8th December, where the main focus was on the 'shock' death of Gary Windass - of course, thanks to tabloid spoilers, we knew he was very much alive even before the episodes aired, but it was at least a nice surprise for his return to land of the living to happen so quickly. Also this week, Roy dresses up as Pelznickel, Norris dons his Batman costume for his new wife (nothing kinky, we promise!), and Pat plays postman when Luke tells him he's still receiving letters for Andy. Up next in the podcast, we run down Corrie's Christmas fortnight schedule - set those VCRs, everyone! - and we discuss Rosie's possible role in Pat's downfall in the feedback section.

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Conversation Street Episode 283

2Dec

This week on the podcast, we start things off a bit differently by announcing the winners of our Christmas on Coronation Street book competition, with the help of a special guest! We then move onto Street Talk, where we discuss the episodes shown in the UK between the 27th November and the 1st December. Get ready to suspend your disbelief, everyone, because there's a revelation for the Reverend this week that turns a story from 16 years ago on its head. Meanwhile, George is back in hospital again and Angie puts the blame squarely on Mary (but, come on - surely it's the flowers, right?), and Rana and Kate's dalliance in the daal van puts Luke in an awkward position. Next up, we do a classic character profile on Susan Barlow to find out just how much retconning a character can handle, then there's hope for the Coronation Street tour in the Kabin. After a bit of listener feedback, we round off the show with a bit of spoilery cast news in a Kabin Extra.

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COMPETITION! Win a copy of Christmas On Coronation Street by Maggie Sullivan

25Nov

Christmas on Coronation Street is the brand-new wartime novel by author Maggie Sullivan, and is available in all good bookshops and online now. However, we have FIVE copies to give away, courtesy of publisher HarperCollins!

All you have to do to win is email us at conversationstreet@gmail.com with the word CHRISTMAS in the subject header, along with the answer to the following question:

Q: What was the name of the actress who played Elsie Tanner in Coronation Street?

Deadline for entries is Friday 1st December at 6pm. Please note, prizes in this competition can only be sent out to UK addresses. It would be helpful if you could include your name and town/city in your email; if you are one of our lucky winners, we will contact you to ask for your full address.

Good luck!

Entries from competition entry websites such as moneysavingsexpertforum will not be included.

Conversation Street Episode 282

25Nov

On our latest podcast, we talk about the seven episodes of Corrie broadcast in the UK between the 20th and the 24th November. Bit of a rough week for Robert, really - one minute he's being knocked down by a car, the next he's being told he's likely got testicular cancer. And does Michelle ease off on her nagging throughout it all? Of course not! Speaking of shrieking harpies, Anna gets dragged off by the cops again this week thanks to some masterful manipulation by Phelan, plus we say goodbye to Colin and Moira. After Street Talk, we're joined by Maggie Sullivan, the author of the recently released Christmas On Coronation Street novel. Maggie talks about how she went about expanding Elsie Tanner's back story, and we launch a competition to win one of five copies of the book. There's a Jennie jungle update in The Kabin, plus we congratulate Sarah Lancashire on her OBE, then round things off with some listener feedback.

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Conversation Street Episode 281

18Nov

Our latest podcast has us discussing all things Corrie between the 13th and the 17th November. This week's episodes saw some great performances from the leading actors, but when it came to plot developments, we can't say we were 100% satisfied. We've already made our stance on the marriage-wrecking 'Kana' storyline clear, and this week, we were just left feeling even more sorry for the blissfully ignorant Zeedan. Billy, meanwhile, confesses a shocking event from his past to Todd, which, to us, called for a little bit too much suspension of disbelief (and if press spoilers are to be believed, is just the tip of the iceberg). Fortunately, we were just as happy as ever with the Phelan storyline - assuming, of course,  Nicola's not actually going to move to Australia for good! After Street Talk, we turn our attentions to a little project that listener Rebecca has been working on for the past few months - cataloguing all the characters of the week we've picked, and we take a look at who's made it into the Top 20 up to now. Next up is The Kabin, where Michael heaps praise on the newly released Christmas On Coronation Street book, then we round things off with some more of your lovely feedback.

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Conversation Street Episode 280

10Nov

There's no Friday Corrie this week, which can only mean one thing: early podcast! In our latest show, we go over the episodes broadcast between the 6th and the 8th November in the UK. Did Mary deserve that massive telling off from Jude on Wednesday? Are Jenny and Johnny really off to sunny Spain? Can Rita get to keep the Kabin? Comida? (Sim!) Next up, Winter is coming in our character profile section, as we take a look at everyone's second favourite Gemma, before discussing the results of the Inside Soap Awards in The Kabin. We round off the show with some more Facebook group highlights, our first blog comment in years, and a few tweets.

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Conversation Street Episode 279

4Nov

On our latest podcast, we discuss the episodes of Coronation Street shown in the UK between the 30th October and the 3rd November. Though it didn't really feature on Corrie, this week was Halloween, and Seb's certainly in for a fright when he hears he's got HIV. Meanwhile, the Wicked Windass Witch of Weatherfield gets arrested when the police find the earring that Pat planted at the solicitors' office, and David - who we think may be slowly transforming into a werewolf from the chin outwards - starts to get suspicious when he sees Gary and Nicola together. After Street Talk, we've got a bit of a different feature discussion to mark Halloween, as we do our best to make tenuous links between Coronation Street and the Harry Potter series. Which houses would the Corrie kids be sorted into? Who'd teach each subject? What are the most terrible punny names Michael can think of for alternative book titles? If you're a Harry Potter fan, you'll hopefully have a bit of a giggle in this segment and if not..well, if you skip ahead about 50 minutes we'll promise not to put a curse on you. In The Kabin, we rate Corrie's chances in next week's Inside Soap Awards, then finish things off with some listener feedback and - of course - some discussion of this week's biggest Corrie cast news in a Kabin Extra section at the end.

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Conversation Street Episode 278

28Oct

This week on the show, we chat about the episodes of Coronation Street broadcast in the UK between the 23rd and the 27th October. First up, of course, are the heart-stopping events of Friday's Corrie, which not only revealed some shocking details about Phelan's murky past, but also saw the deaths of not one, but two characters. And if this wasn't enough to get your pulse racing, we also had Abi nearly die of a drugs overdose, and Seb take a tumble off his window cleaning ladder. Never a dull moment, eh? Well okay, we did have the saga of Alya's chicken goujons, we suppose.. After Street Talk, there's a forty-minute feature discussion about Corrie's history with gun crime, followed by a quick visit to The Kabin where there are congratulations in orderfor Bhavna Limbachia. We round off the show with a short feedback segment, and a miniround up of this week's discussions in our new Facebook group.

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Conversation Street Episode 277

21Oct

In this weekend's podcast, we talk about the episodes of Corrie broadcast in the UK between the 16th and the 20th October. The Phelan story has been building up to the revelation of his next hostage for a whie now, and this week, we finally find out... oh no, wait, we STILL don't know for sure who it's going to be yet. Come on Corrie - we're usually pretty patient when it comes to Phelan, but even we think this is starting to drag a bit now! At least things should start hotting up next week, it seems. Elsewhere, Coronation Street shows itself to be uncharacteristically up to date with its 'real life issue' story of the month as Summer gets a bit of Spice in her life, and the return of Mad Mary understandably drives Angie up the wall at number 3. The Kabin has us catching up with some past cast members and finding up what they're up to next - namely Keith Duffy, Tracy Shaw and Hayley Tamaddon, then we finish things off with a feedback section that includes two voicemails, a critical look at the Eva revenge storyline, and a story about a cheesy encounter with Sean Wilson.

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Conversation Street Episode 276

14Oct

On our latest podcast, we tear down the episodes of Corrie shown in the UK between the 9th and the 13th October. This week, Imogen's hit by a severe case of personality change-itis, leading Kate to give her the old heave-ho. Will Rana finally admit her true feelings for the damsel in dungarees? Meanwhile, there's a surprise in store for Vinny when he gives his mum a birthday video call, and Max and Lily learn the truth about Shona's link to Clayton. Next up, we do a classic character profile on Martin Platt, then chat about the upcoming Sally Ann Matthews and Brooke Vincent short film, Chapter 1: Liv in the Kabin. Finally, we round things off with another iTunes review, some emails and a voice mail in the feeback section.

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