Conversation Street

An unofficial podcast for the long-running British soap, Coronation Street.

Conversation Street Episode 400

January 18th, 2020

We're in a bit of a festive mood in our latest podcast as this week, we're celebrating our 400th episode! And what better way to mark this podcasting milstone than by inviting Corrie legend Julie Hesmondhalgh onto the show to discuss her time playing fan favourite, Hayley Cropper? Before that, though, we crack on with a Street Talk covering the episodes broadcast in the UK between the 13th and the 17th January. Sadly, poor Yasmeen won't be raising a glass to toast our 400th show as this week, Geoff convinces her she's an alcoholic and should give up the booze for good! Meanwhile, Shona wakes from her coma but doesn't recognise David (maybe try losing the beard?), and - Kel Surprise! - Bernie's plan to catfish her ex ends up backfiring. Up next on the podcast, Michael chats to Julie Hesmondhalgh about what it was like to play such a Corrie legend for 15 years and what she's been up to since, including her recent charity work with 500 Acts of Kindness (do check it out!). That's followed by some hints about the upcoming 10,000th episode of Corrie in The Kabin (which, admittedly, makes 400 seems kind of puny!), and we finish off the show with some listener feedback, including a voicemail from LA!

Street Talk - 00:11:59
Interview: Julie Hesmondhalgh - 02:20:29
The Kabin - 03:01:58
Feedback - 03:12:21

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A big thank you to listener Jo for this amazing piece of art she sent us for Episode 400. You can check out more of her work, including her wonderful Corrie caricatures, here.

 

Conversation Street Episode 399

January 11th, 2020

On the latest edition of the podcast, we check out the episodes of Corrie shown in the UK between the 6th and the 10th January. This week, it was the Jade story that took centre stage, as Hope's secret sister reveals her true identity as part of her plan to tear the Dobbs-Stape household apart. With some excellent performances from all the main players and some particularly fantastic Evelyn moments, we certainly found a lot to like here! Also this week, Corrie doesn't really know whether the Tracy and Paula story is supposed to be dramatic or comedic, Shona clings onto life (with Julia Goulding seemingly refusing to go on her maternity leave!) and Gemma and Chesney finally manage to get some much needed shut-eye. Next up on the podcast, we take a look at the years 2013-2015 as we delve back into our review of the past decade. That's followed by a look at who's made it through to the NTA shortlist in The Kabin, befre finishing off with a couple of voicemails in the listener feedback segment.

Street Talk - 00:20:03
Feature Discussion - A Decade In Review Part 2: 2013-2015 - 02:29:10
The Kabin - 03:50:00
Feedback - 04:03:57

Conversation Street Episode 398

January 4th, 2020

On our first podcast of 2020, we chat about the episodes of Corrie shown in the UK between the 30th December and the 3rd January. This week, whilst the Rovers' New Year celebrations may be a bit of a damp squib, Tracy and Paula certainly start theirs with a bang. Meanwhile, Shona's life hangs in the balance, Maria proves for the umpteenth time she's a terrible judge of character, and Kevin just can't help overhearing conversations that aren't intended for his ears. Next up on the podcast, we have the first installment of a three-part feature looking back on the past decade of Corrie, this week focusing on the years 2010-2012. From explosive events like the tram crash and the Underworld siege to new characters like Kylie Platt and the Prices, we chat about the highs and the lows at the start of the decade. In The Kabin, we take a look at which Corrie characters appeared in the most episodes of 2019 - and there are certainly a few surprises! - and we finish things off with some listeners' thoughts on Corrie's big Christmas week.

Street Talk - 00:16:52
Feature Discussion - A Decade In Review Part 1: 2010-2012 - 02:24:25
The Kabin - 03:15:52
Feedback - 03:34:47

Conversation Street Awards 2019 Winners

December 31st, 2019

Thanks to everyone who voted in the Conversation Street Awards 2019. Below is a list of this year's winners, which you can hear us talking about in Episode 397 of the podcast!

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Coversation Street Episode 397 - The Conversation Street Awards 2019

December 30th, 2019

In this special episode of the podcast, we celebrate the very best that Corrie had to offer over the past year, in the Conversation Street Awards 2019. In the last twelve months we've seen the collapse of #Kana, Gary's descent into villainy, the expansion of the Winter family and the arrival of the Baileys, as well as the heartbreaking death of Sinead, but which stories and characters did you vote as having made the biggest impression? All is revealed here! After the awards, we spend some time chatting in broader terms about 2019 as a whole for Corrie, before finishing off with some predictions for 2020.

Conversation Street Episode 396

December 28th, 2019

On this festive edition of the podcast, we chat about the episodes of Corrie shown in the UK over Christmas week, between the 23rd and the 27th December. As long time Corrie watchers, we're no strangers to a good dollop of calamity on the cobbles as December 25th rolls around, but this year saw things taken to another level, with not only two characters meeting their maker, but also Shona being left in a pretty precarious position after being hit by a stray bullet during Derek's siege. Meanwhile, it's all change at the Bistro as Michelle gives us the Christmas present we've been asking for for years by swanning off to pastures new, and Alina Pop pops back onto the street to see Seb - but who will he choose between her and Emma? In an attempt to give ourselves some kind of a Christmas break, we decided against having news and feedback sections this week, but we do manage to cobble together a character profile on Robert Preston to round off the show. We'll be back soon with the results of this year's Conversation Street Awards, so stay tuned!

Street Talk - 00:13:28
Character Profile: Robert Preston - 02:29:36

Conversation Street Episode 395

December 21st, 2019

On our latest podcast, we chat about the episodes of Corrie shown in the UK between the 16th and the 20th December. The fan theories were proven right this week as it turned out that the supposedly dead Vicky was actually alive and kicking and plotting with Michelle, and as for the baby, well it was doing a lot more than just kicking on Friday! However, as the Corrie gods giveth, the Corrie gods taketh away, and poor Richard pops his clogs this week - but will Roy be able to absolve himself of the feelings of guilt he has over not being there at the end, and more importantly, will Nina forgive him? Up next on the podcast, we chat about Corrie's performance in this year's Big Soap Quiz and share our thoughts on the Coronation Street At Christmas documentary before finishing things off with some listener feedback.

Street Talk - 00:15:16
The Kabin - 02:01:51
Feedback - 02:19:36

Conversation Street Awards 2019 Nominations

December 14th, 2019
 
The end of 2019 is nearly here, which means the return of the Conversation Street Awards! The past twelve months have seen their fair share of heroes and villains on the cobbles, but which characters and storylines are most deserving of praise?   Results will be revealed in our annual awards show around New Year, but first, have a look at the nominations below and pick your winners!  The listener poll count for two thirds of the overall vote, and Gemma and Michael will get the rest, so make sure you cast your vote here!
 

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"Top Lass!" Award for
Best Female
  • Sinead Osbourne
  • Yasmeen Nazir
  • Emma Brooker
  • Evelyn Plummer
  • Carla Connor
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"Top Lad!" Award for
Best Male
  • Nick Tilsley
  • Gary Windass
  • David Platt
  • Paul Foreman
  • Daniel Osbourne
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"Our Kid" Award for
Best Young Character
  • Jack Webster
  • Ruby Dobbs
  • Amy Barlow
  • Asha Alahan
  • Hope Stape
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"Eh Up!" Award for
Best Newcomer
  • Paul Foreman
  • Michael Bailey
  • Jan Lozinski
  • Bernie Winter
  • Alina Pop
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"Wrong 'Un" Award for
Best Villain
  • Gary Windass
  • Geoff Metcalfe
  • Rick Neelan
  • Kel Hinchley
  • Jade Rowan
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"By 'Eck!" Award for
Most Shocking Moment
  • Rana dies in the factory roof collapse
  • Gary is revealed as the roof saboteur
  • Jan is a secret police informant
  • Jade is John Stape's daughter
  • Gary kills Rick Neelan
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"Ta Ra!" Award for
Best Exit
  • Sinead Tinker
  • Rana Habeeb
  • Rick Neelan
  • Lewis Archer
  • Jude Appleton
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"Flamin' Nora!" Award for
Best Redhead
  • Claudia Colby
  • Jenny Connor
  • Moira Pollock
  • Chesney Brown
  • Gary Windass
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"'Ello Luv!" Award for
Best New Couple
  • Paul and Billy
  • Chesney and Gemma
  • Seb and Alina
  • Jan and Eileen
  • Maria and Gary
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"Ecky Thump!" Award for
Best Fight
 
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"Right Laff!" Award for
Funniest Character
  • Michael Bailey
  • Evelyn Plummer
  • Jenny Connor
  • Abi Franklin
  • Emma Brooker
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"That's Champion!" Award for Best Storyline
  • The Underworld roof collapse leads to Carla's breakdown
  • Sinead loses her battle with cancer
  • Geoff and Yasmeen: coercive control
  • The Robert / Vicky / Michelle love triangle
  • Gary's descent into villainy
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"Mad Fer It!"
Diane Williams Award for
Listener Of The Yeear
Finally, we will also be giving out a special award in tribute to our friend, podcast listener and fellow Corrie fan Diane "Tvor" Williams, who passed away last year.
 
The recipient of the "Mad Fer It!" Diane Williams Award will be chosen solely by the two of us, to celebrate a listener who has gone above and beyond to support the show and the Conversation Street community throughout the year.

Conversation Street Episode 394

December 14th, 2019

In our latest podcast, we we have a good old natter about the episodes of Coronation Street broadcast in the UK between the 9th and the 13th December. This week saw Geoff and Yasmeen's return to Blighty after their trip to the US, and they're bringing some surprising news with them too! Meanwhile, Tim's in for a bit of a shock when he realises he also has a Vegas wife (alas - if only he'd been able to read the small print!), Maria proves once again that she's anyone's once they get their cheque book out, and the hunt for Vicky continues. Next up on the podcast, we launch the Conversation Street Awards 2019, running through the nominees in each category and why we think they deserve a mention. Don't forget to vote, now! Finally, after wetting the heads of two new Corrie cast member babies in The Kabin, we round off the show with a bit of listener feedback.

Street Talk - 00:10:09
Conversation Street Awards 2019: The Nominees - 02:06:13
The Kabin - 02:41:10
Feedback - 02:45:05

Conversation Street Episode 393

December 7th, 2019

Advent has begun, and we're feeling all festive this week on the podcast, which covers the episodes of Corrie broadcast in the UK between the 2nd and the 6th December. We've been looking forward to the climax of the Michelle, Robert and Vicky story for quite some time now - not just because it seems to have been going on forever, but also to find out exactly how Michelle would get her revenge on her lying fiancé - and the moment of truth certainly didn't disappoint! As for the whole "Vicky's been murdered" angle, well.. like many viewers, we definitely have our doubts! Also this week, Seb and Emma go on a date, Derek has a masterful plan to get one over Gary, and Winter is coming for Kel.. For the middle section this week, we look ahead to this time next year with a lengthy discussion on what we want to see for Coronation Street's 60th anniverary celebrations. That's followed by a look at the Corrie Christmas schedules in The Kabin, and we round things off with more of your listener feedback.

Street Talk - 00:15:52
Feature Discussion: Our Hopes For Corrie's 60th Anniversary - 02:03:45
The Kabin - 03:30:55
Feedback - 03:51:05