Conversation Street Episode 289

6Jan

Hope you've got a lengthy car journey or a massive pile of washing up to do, because we think we've made our longest podcast yet! In this episode, we discuss the goings on in Weatherfield between the 1st and the 5th of January. Don't you just hate it when, after spending four years on the sidelines, you're finally given something meaty to do and then you get roasted in a fiery explosion? Luke, we feel your pain - you might need some E45 cream for those burns... Elsewhere on the Street, Weatherfield's most miserable couple get dolled up for their stag and hen nights, whilst Roy has to make a big decision about just how far he's willing to go for his friendship with Carla. After Street Talk, we launch what we hope will become a proud celebratory institution, sitting alongside the likes of the Golden Raspberries: Who was the worst new character of 2017? Which storyline stretched credulity to breaking point? Who was the mardiest mare and the dirtiest dog? All these questions and more will be answered in the first ever Joni Awards! In the Kabin, we take a deep look at the fake Derek Griffiths scandal that's been gaining a lot of momentum this week, and finally, we discuss, among other hot topics, the potenial recasting of Todd in the feedback section.

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Conversation Street 288 - The Conversation Street Awards 2017

31Dec

The end of another year is here, and with it comes the sixth edition of the Conversation Street Awards! In this show, we look over who's made the biggest impression on us, the hosts, and you, the listeners, over the course of 201. Who's been the Top Lad and Lass? Which character will win our first ever Right Laff Award? Which story will be crowned That's Champion? Tune in to find out! Following the awards, we run down some of our other highlights of the year, consider how the switch to six episodes a week has turned out, and rate Kate Oates' first full year as producer. After that, it's prediction time! After running down how many we got right last year (here's a hint: not many!), we do our best Hilda impressions and see what the tea leaves have got to say about 2018.

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Conversation Street Episode 287

30Dec

On our latest episode of the podcast, we chat about the Christmassy Corrie dramas between the 25th and the 29th December. They say Christmas is a time for miracles, and we certainly saw a bit of that this week, as Billy somehow survives falling off a cliff. Elsewhere, renowned lush Carla gets tongues wagging when people notice she's not been drinking, and Brian does his best to fill the Corrie Christmas cliche quota by punching a drunk in the face and spending the night behind bars. After Street Talk, there's good news for Shayne Ward in The Kabin, and we hear some listeners' thoughts about this week's racism story in the feedback section.

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Conversation Street Episode 286

23Dec

Merry Christmas, everyone! On our podcast this weekend, we chat about the episodes of Coronation Street broadcast in the UK between the 19th and the 22nd December. Get yourself comfortable, because there's an awful lot to discuss! Anna's attack on Eileen, Billy's near-death experience and confession, Carla's return, Todd's departure... There's over two hours of the show just dedicated to Street Talk this week! After that, we stay in the festive mood by looking back at some Corrie Christmas cliches - arguments, violence, dinner disasters, break ups... Weatherfield isn't always the best place to be once December 25th rolls around, and we take a look at which years featured the most soap tropes in their Christmas Day episodes. There's good news for Helen Flanagan and Mike LeVell in The Kabin, as well as a shocking revelation about a certain ex-cast member's Twitter account, then we finish off the episode with a lot of love (and a bit of hate!) for Peter Barlow in the feedback section.

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Conversation Street Episode 285

16Dec

Welcome to Episode 285 of Conversation Street, where we'll be discussing everything Corrie between the 11th and the 15th December in the UK. Although this was a farly quiet week on the whole, it got off to a smashing start with the return of the Bistro ninja on Monday's episodes. Yes, Weatherfield's assassin in black is back, but this time, there's someone new behind the mask... Speaking of dastardly criminals, there's an escaped prisoner on the run this week, as Anna does a bunk from the hospital after having a bad reaction to her medication. Both she and the Bistro ninja pale in comparison to this week's true supervillain, though, is whoever set fire to Hope and Ruby's trapoline. Is Kirsty back to wreak havoc on Weatherfield once more, or could the true offerder be a little closer to home..? After Street Talk, we delve into out middle section and some Christmas-themed listener questions. That's followed by a short Kabin segment, where we look at where, other than Corrie, you can catch its stars on TV over the festive period, then we round off the show with some listener feedback.

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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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