Conversation Street Episode 222


It's been a big week for Corrie this week, both on-screen and off, and we start today's episode with a tribute to Jean Alexander, including an obituary, short discussion and some clips of some of Hilda's most memorable scenes. From there, we launch into the regular Street Talk section, and a lengthy chat about of what's easily been one of the most exciting Weatherfield weeks of the year - the 17th to the 21st October in the UK. Going into the week, all we knew was that Peter would be returning, and that David would presumably try to carry out his plan to blow up himself and Clayton, so we were on the edge of our seat for most of the five episodes! David's imprisonment in the Bistro cellar, his Shawshank-style break out attempt and Friday's climax were  all brilliant (though Michael's certainly had his fill of Corrie car crashes for now..), but the biggest shock of the week was Ken's stroke on Monday - we're really looking forward to seeing how the Barlow clan cope with this one! After Street Talk, we cover a couple of bits of news in The Kabin, before finishing off the show with more listener feedback.


Conversation Street Episode 221


Our latest podcast covers the episodes of Coronation Street broadcast in the UK between the 10th and the 14th October in the UK. Although there were some peripheral stories involving the likes of Faye, Phelan and the Barlows, the main focus of the week was squarely on David's revenge plot and Steve's discovery that he could have inherited a rare genetic condition. Both interesting routes for the stories to go down, for sure - we're especially looking forward to finding out the extent of David's plans next week - but it did make for a rather dark and depressing few episodes of Corrie! After Street Talk, we do a classic character profile, this time focusing on cabbie Don Brennan. Like David, Don had a bit of a dark side, and had a number of suicide events involving his taxi, so we thought we could make a few comparisons with this week's developments there! The Kabin this week starts off with the terrible news of Jean Alexander's death - a story that broke in the middle of us recording the show. We also cover the longlist for next year's National Television Awards, and some charity related stories. As always, we round off the podcast with some listener feedback.


Conversation Street Episode 220


Welcome to Episode 220 of Conversation Street, where we talk about Corrie between the 3rd and the 7th October in the UK. A great mix of storylines on the show this week, and some fantastic acting from Jack P Shepherd as David gets beaten up by Lauren's dad then arrested when Macca ends up being hospitalised. We also loved all the comedy the week had to offer too, including the latest updates to Andy's novel and the rivalry between Steve and Tim over their new football friend. The Pat's Flats story also continued to grip us, with Eileen coming closer than ever to finding out about Phelan's dodgy dealings. Surely the big reveal can't be far away now? After Street Talk, we tackle a couple of listener questions, the first about whether Corrie could survive in a spoiler-free world, and the second asking which characters we'd invite around to a dinner party. Next, we take a look at how Corrie fared in the Inside Soap Awards (plus more red carpet fashion talk, of course!) and hear some listeners' thoughts on Mary in the feedback section. We round off the show with some spoilery talk about a return to the cobbles for another popular pair. Yes, that was a boobs reference - what else can you expect when Michael writes these things?


Conversation Street Episode 219


On our latest podcast, we discuss the episodes of Corrie broadcast in the UK between the 26th and 30th September in the UK. Some sad episodes for dog lovers this week, as Ozzy falls foul of Corrie's 'fine one minute, gone the next' curse. As he heads to the big dog kennel in the sky, crazy Caz sees an opportunity to take advantage of the situation and get closer to Maria. Speaking of taking advantage, Alya jumps at the chance to blackmail Sharif this week in order to get her lingerie side-line off the ground, and Sharif has to resort to desperate measures to  secure a flat for Sonia. Meanwhile, Todd does his best to try and win back gullible Billy, and we finally get to find out what made him turn to the dark side when he was living in London. After Street Talk, we try out a (kind of) new segment for the podcast: a character profile revisit. It's been more than 200 episodes since our last profile of Mary Taylor, and this week we take a look back over the past four years to see how things have changed for her. In The Kabin, we find out the shortlist for the Inside Soap Awards, and we end the show with feedback from three lovely listeners.


Conversation Street Episode 218


On the podcast this week, we chat about the episodes of Coronation Street broadcast in the UK between the 19th and 23rd September. So much for keeping that affair quiet eh, Sharif? It's only been a few weeks since his seven-year secret was revealed to the viewers, and already Alya's suspicious of Sonia and her grandfather's behaviour. Speaking of secrets, Cathy makes a shocking discovery about Alex's parentage this week, but will she be able to bring herself to reveal it to him? Meanwhile, it's the end of the road for Billy and Todd (hooray!) when it turns out who contacted the bishop last week, but what do we make of Todd's return to the dark side - and should Phelan really trust him? After Street Talk, we chat with Glenda Young about her recently released Coronation Street Colouring Book, before covering a couple of news stories involving Jack P Shepherd in The Kabin. We're very excited to receive a voice message from a listener in the feedback section, then we round off the podcast with a couple of potentially spoilery news stories in the Kabin Extra.


Conversation Street Episode 217


This week's Conversation Street covers the episodes broadcast in the UK between the 12th and the 17th September. Strap yourselves in, folks - this podcast is a bit of a long one, thanks in part to some excellent plot developments in the show that we just couldn't stop talking about! First off, Beth's big secret is finally revealed, and it's something we were NOT expecting. Yes, her bigamous bombshell does seem to have split up yet another happy soap couple, but for the sheer drama it's caused (plus the fact it was kept quiet by ITV), we kind of don't mind! Next up, we have the Pat's Flats story, and THAT rooftop scene - incredibly tense stuff, and we can't wait to find out what happens next week. Then we have Billy considering leaving his position in the church over some silly fling with Todd... What's that? They love each other? Hmm... We're still not convinced. Street Talk is followed by an extended discussion of how religion has been portrayed on Corrie over the years. From Ena Sharples and Emily Bishop to Billy Mayhew and Zeedan Nazir, we cover a lot of ground here, and yes - that even includes the Cult of Nirab! In the news section, we review this year's must-have Christmas present for any Corrie fan: The Official Coronation Street Colouring Book, before hearing one listener tell us how she's growing to appreciate Maria in the feedback section.


Conversation Street Episode 216


On our latest podcast, we chat about the episodes of Coronation Street broadcast in the UK between the 5th and the 9th September. The crazy Platt brothers are on fine form this week - first there's Nick, who kidnaps Steve and threatens to tell Michelle the truth about Leanne's baby's father; then on Friday, David unleashes his inner Sweeney Todd by giving Lauren a hair-raising experience in the barber's chair. Meanwhile, Todd's disdain for Billy's faith causes problems in the bedroom, and Caz prepares to make the moves on Maria. Next up, we do a classic character profile on Maxine Peacock, the hair stylist whose life was cut short thanks to serial killer Richard Hillman (she really should have stayed at that party...). We then celebrate Shayne Ward's win at the TV Choice Awards and take a look at the red carpet fashion from the Corrie ladies and gents. This is followed by the usual feedback, then the show finishes off with news of another character's return  to the cobbles (or will it be two more characters?) in Kabin Extra.

Conversation Street Episode 215


On our latest show, we talk about the episodes of Coronation Street broadcast in the UK between the 29th August and the 2nd September. This week, Jenny's undercover work for Johnny leads to a full on strike from the factory workers after he discovers they've been watching a movie when they should have been working. The tables are turned on Friday, though, when he and Jenny are the ones caught getting up to naughty business! Meanwhile, Liz struggles to come to terms with fake grandma-to-be Gail mooning over Leanne's unborn child - can she keep her mouth shut for Steve's sake? Also this week, Craig gets an unexpected birthday surprise in the form of some revelations about his father. Next up, Michael chats with Corrie fan, artist and local historian Paul Lanagan about his trip to the Corrie set last weekend for the 'I Am Team GB' event. In the Kabin, we discuss how a seemingly offhand remark by Eva made front page news this week - were the complaints about it justified, or was the whole affair just a storm in a teacup? We finish off the podcast with a bit more Nazir discussion in the feedback section.


Conversation Street Episode 214


On this weekend's podcast, we discuss the episodes of Coronation Street broadcast between the 22nd and the 26th August. So...what about that Sharif, eh? A secret affair behind Yasmeen's back all this time! Believable? Maybe not. The start of an interesting story for the underused Nazirs? Could well be! There were also some great twists in the Leanne story this week too, first when Tracy finds out about her and Nick's visit to the antenatal department at Weatherfield General, and next when the couple decide to announce that Nick's the father - the looks on Steve and Liz's faces were priceless! After Street Talk, we ponder the future of the Platts and the Nazirs in the listener question segment, before discussing ITV's latest tease about the upcoming sixth weekly episode in The Kabin. We round off the show, as always, with some more of your listener feedback, including whether David's criminal record could affect his potential adoption of Max.


Conversation Street Episode 213


On the fourth anniversary of Conversation Street, we chat about the episodes of Corrie broadcast in the UK between the 15th and the 19th August. Although there were a few side stories involving the likes of Gemma, Izzy and the Nazirs this week, the main focus was on Leanne's continuing attempts to get through her pregnancy with as few people actually knowing about it as possible, and the aftermath of Aidan and Maria's night of inter-Connor congress. So basically, the lesson we learn this week is that one night stands may seem fun at the time, but they don't half cause a lot of drama afterwards! After Street talk, we do a character profile on Craig Tinker, finding out what he's achieved in his five years on the show and discussing what we'd like to see from him in the future. We then move onto the Kabin, where we talk about Catherine Tydesley's out-of-nowhere single release this week, and finish things off with some listener feedback.


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