Conversation Street

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

Conversation Street Episode 426

July 11th, 2020

On this episode of the podcast, we take a look at what went on in Weatherfield in the week of the 6th to the 10th July.

After a bit of a break, the coercive control story returns in full force this week, with Yasmeen gaining a firm supporter in Sally after talking with her during prison visiting time. With Tim refusing to betray his dad and Geoff getting an unexpected ally in the form of Tyrone, though, the Great Magnifico is far from defeated. Also this week, Leanne continues to lash out at those trying to support her, Roy unwittingly plays gooseberry again, and Michael's hopes of a romantic reconciliation with Grace are dashed.

In The Kabin, we share our thoughts on this week's Corrie special on ITV: Stories That Gripped The Nation, and we finish things off with a bit of listener feedback.

Street Talk - 00:18:24
The Kabin - 01:58:11
Feedback - 02:10:40

Feature Discussion: 1975-1979 - Episode 426

July 11th, 2020

For our bonus podcast this week, it's time for another vintage Corrie discussion as we reach the end of our 70s boxset. With 1976 seeing legendary Coronation Street producer Bill Podmore taking the helm of our favourite soap, the second half of the 70s is seen by many as the start of a golden era for the show, but did it live up to its reputation for us? Join us as we discuss classic episodes including the Rovers lorry crash, the Silver Jubilee and a whole bunch of fantastic Ogden capers, including the jewel in Corrie's 1970s crown: Stan and Hilda's second honeymoon. We all know what Hilda's lipstick tasted of, but did we think the rest of the episodes between 1975 and 1979 had just as much flavour? Tune in and find out!

Conversation Street Episode 425

July 4th, 2020

On this week's podcast, we chat about the episodes of Coronation Street shown in the UK between the 29th June and the 3rd July.

After a somewhat disappointing week last week, this set of episodes were right back on form, with some fantastic performances from the entire cast in the wake of Oliver's diagnosis. As Leanne and Steve reel from the news that their son's not going to get better, Toyah and Imran make the difficult decision to put their fostering plans on hold, Nick continues to be pushed to the side lines and some painful memories are stirred for Jenny. Meanwhile, in some much needed lighter scenes, Fiz worries that she and Tyrone are turning into Jack and Vera, and Roy and Arthur find a shared passion for all things locomotive.

With not much going on news-wise, we give The Kabin a swerve this week and head straight to the feedback section after Street Talk, where topics under discussion include feeling pity for Simon, Carla's rape, and Gemma and Chesney's stable door.

Street Talk - 00:24:58
Feedback - 01:54:01

Alan Howard Character Profile: Episode 425

July 4th, 2020

Poor Elsie Tanner had had a bit of a bad track record with men up until the late 1960s, but when Alan Howard showed up on the scene in 1969, she thought she'd finally met Mr Right. In this character profile, we take a look at the life of Elsie's husband number three, who was actually played by the actor who went on to marry Pat Phoenix in real life. The chemistry was clearly right off-screen, but did it come across in Corrie?

Conversation Street Episode 424

June 27th, 2020

On our latest podcast, we cover the episodes of Coronation Street shown in the UK between the 22nd and the 26th June (Episodes #10,078 - 10,080)

Despite a lot of the main players being characters we actually quite like, we sadly didn't find a whole lot to maintain our interest this week. There were baby steps taken in the David and Shona story, and the same with the mystery surrounding Carla and Scott, whilst the Emma, Seb and Alina love triangle that everyone had kind of forgotten about returned after a few months, only to meander about and seemingly get nowhere. Let's just hope that, like that glint in Evelyn's father's trousers, some of the seeds that were sown this week will cause new life to bloom in the next few episodes.

We've got a slew of audiovisual recommendations for you in The Kabin this week, as we chat about an online Corrie webinar, the upcoming repeat of The Road To Coronation Street and a truly wonderful interview with Thelma Barlow that old school Corrie fans should certainly not miss out on, and we finish off the podcast, as always, with more of your listener feedback.

Street Talk - 00:18:36
The Kabin - 01:47:58
Feedback - 02:24:22

Our Reflections On 2020 So Far: Episode 424

June 27th, 2020

We've reached the end of June, which means we're already halfway through Corrie's 60th year, and as is our annual tradition, our bonus content for this week is a reflection on last six months in Weatherfield.

Well, we say say that, but it's actually more like four and a bit months in Weatherfield and six for us, as the global pandemic we've faced has meant that, like the rest of the world, Corrie's had to make a fair few changes to its 2020 plans. We start off by sharing our thoughts on how well the show has responded to life in lockdown, before chatting about some of our highlights and lowlights of six months on the Street. From the hard-hitting drama of the Geoff and Yasmeen coercive control story to the renaissance of the the Alahans and the cosy nostalgia of the 10,000th episode, there's been a lot to like so far in 2020, and we're cautiously optimistic about the direction things are heading for the anniversary celebrations in December.

We round off the discussion with a chat about some of the podcast highlights of 2020, including our interviews with Julie Hesmondhalgh and Kevin Kennedy, the chance to take part in a Zoom quiz with the cast, and an increased focus on vintage Corrie thanks to us finally getting around to getting our hands on some 60s and 70s episodes.

Cathy Matthews Character Profile: Episode 423

June 20th, 2020

For our bonus podcast this week, we take a closer look at the character of Cathy Matthews, who's recently racked up five years on the cobbles. From her introduction on the show as a potential love interest for Roy to her current role as a sidekick to bumbling Brian, we chat about our highlights and lowlights of the character brought to life by actress Melanie Hill, and ponder what might be in store for her in the future.

Conversation Street Episode 423

June 20th, 2020

On our latest podcast, we chat about what went down in Weatherfield between the 15th and the 19th June (Episodes #10,075 - 10,077).

This week saw some characters thrust to the forefront who it feels like we haven't seen a lot of lately, namely Carla, Peter and Daniel, the latter of whom, fresh from getting over Sinead by bunking up with Bethany, comes close to getting over Bethany by bunking up with yet another bubbly blonde. Why do we get the feeling he needs to lay off the women for a little while? Meanwhile, over at the Rovers, Carla's mysterious visitor reveals herself to be someone from last year she owes money to - and this Scot from the squat has come to collect. Also this week, David prepares for Shona's return to Weatherfield, Arthur and Evelyn have another date, and Imran realises he could have an ally in Sally.

Up next on the podcast, we head over to The Kabin to chat about some intriguing new Corrie specials revealed by ITV this week, and we round off the show with more of your listener feedback.

Street Talk - 00:32:28
The Kabin - 01:49:42
Feedback - 02:02:33

Corrie’s Top Bad Boys - Episode 422

June 13th, 2020

For this week's bonus podcast, we decided to chat about some of Corrie's finest bad guys from over the years. Here at Conversation Street, we love a good villain, and to add a bit of a twist to the discussion, we knocked up a set of Top Trumps cards featuring some of Weatherfield's biggest bad boys. Comparing categories like notoriety, cunning and damage caused, we pit dastardly duos against each other, all the while wallowing in the memories of some of Corrie's most explosive storylines.

Conversation Street Episode 422

June 13th, 2020

On our latest podcast, we delve into the episodes of Coronation Street broadcast in the UK between the 8th and the 12th June (Episodes #10,072 - 10,074).

There were some fantastic scenes between Yasmeen and Alya in the run up to Yas' plea hearing this week, and an edge of your seat cliffhanger on Monday that kept us guessing whether or not she'd muster the courage to say 'not guilty'. Also this week, Gary and Adam spend a suspiciously long amount of time hanging around a gaggle of teenage girls, whilst Scott and a Scot bring a bit of intrigue to the goings on at the Rovers.

This week also saw the return to work for a lot of the Corrie cast and crew for the first time since March, and with virtual press conferences being held and news articles published in the media reporting on what it's been like, we take a look at what's been put in place at the studios to keep everyone safe. We're also joined by a special guest for part of this segment - Imran Habeeb actor Charlie De Melo, who chats to Michael about his personal experience returning to the cobbles and that big old grey jacket of his.

We round out the podcast with more of your listener feedback, including an email from a Canadian listener, who speaks about watching Ed standing up to Don this week in the midst of the anti-racism protests going on around the world.

Street Talk - 00:33:57
The Kabin - 01:41:58
Feedback - 02:34:35

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