Coronation Street

Thursday 18 January, 7.30pm

Ed begs for Emily’s forgiveness, Charlie dumps Tracy, and Gail gets a valentine from Richard Hillman.

Still reeling from the shock, Emily is trying to come to terms with what she has been told. Ed insists he is not the same man who killed her husband all those years ago but Emily is furious that he has almost primed her for this.

Charlie is at home with Amy, and is angry because Tracy has not returned. He decides enough is enough and he marches into the Rover’s holding Amy and putting her on her shocked mother’s lap. Will Charlie take Tracy back after she left him with Amy?

Eileen has been waiting all day for Ed to call and is becoming increasingly impatient. She goes to see Emily and Norris, who are instantly on their guard when she mentions Ed’s name. Emily tells Eileen the truth which leaves her stunned. She goes home to pour her heart out to a sympathetic Sean.

Gail receives a sinister valentine. Phil arrives at the house with flowers and a card for Gail. But then she gets another card through the post, addressed to Gail Hillman. The card has a personal message in it which leaves Gail in horror. Who could send such a thing to Gail?

Tracy goes to beg Charlie to take her back but manipulative Charlie has the upper hand. He gives her a subtle but shocking ultimatum.

Wednesday 17 January, 7.30pm

Ed has a shocking revelation for Emily.

Ed goes to see Eileen and over the course of the evening the couple get more and more tactile. Eileen pulls away from him, as she respects his beliefs, but will Ed want to take things further?
Phil has bought David a present from the car boot sale but David flings the gift aside. Phil takes the upper hand and threatens to slam David’s hand in the door frame, like he did to him. Will Phil go through with it?

Nathan tells Frankie that he can’t date her again because it’s clear she has feelings for someone else.

Ed goes to Emily’s. She is pleased to see him on her doorstep but quickly realises something is amiss. He tells her how coming into her life was not by coincidence. He had in fact been searching for her. Ed finally delivers the awful truth – what will it be?

Tuesday 16 January, 7.30pm

Charlie announces that he doesn’t want Amy.

Charlie confesses to Jason that he wants Tracy, but not with all the baggage. Jason tells him that everyone has baggage but Charlie is resolute; he will not bring up another man’s child.
Emily and Rita go out for a drink in the Rovers to try and take Rita’s mind off the break in and recent events. But Rita seems very distant and vulnerable. When she gets there she goes through the laborious task of shutting all the bolts on the front door, then sits in her flat alone and scared.

After botching someone’s hair in the salon the day before Audrey announces that the lady intends to sue. A lawyer visits later but is clearly smitten with Maria.

The annual Coronation Street Christmas Party has just been held in Manchesterwith the stars all turning up including Julia Haworth, Beverley Callard, Katherine Kelly, Tina O’Brien and Zaraah Abrahams, Tupele Dorgu, Anthony Cotton, Beverley Callard, Bruce Jones, David Neilson, Rupert Hill and Steven Arnold.

See photos from the big night out.

Sarah Daniels on National Radio today seems unhappy with some of the current changes on Coronation Street. She says she has a love-hate relationship with it at the moment.

She thinks it’s changing and bringing in young Goth characters and becoming a bit over-the-top dramatic in an attempt to encourage younger viewers. This is because the older viewers who like to watch it won’t be around forever. But she thinks that Coro didin’t need to change to appeal to younger viewers. Sarah Daniell’s discussion with Kathryn Ryan on Radio Natinal’s Nine-to-Noon can be heard here:

http://www.radionz.co.nz/nr/programmes/ninetonoon

Coronation Street is screening tonight at 7:30pm, normally it doesn’t screen on Wednesdays.

Tracy Barlow beds bad-boy builder Charlie this week in an effort to make current beau Nathan jealous. But has toxic Tracy finally met her match?

Tuesday 21 November, 7.30pm, TV One

Kate Ford believes Charlie may actually be the ideal man for her character. “They fancy each other like crazy,” she says. “Plus, nobody likes her and nobody likes him so they are the perfect couple for each other.”

Ford says Tracy isn’t worried by Charlie’s appalling track record. “Tracy thinks that Charlie was only as controlling as he was with Shelley because she made it easy for him by being such a wimp. Shelley has got a history for letting men walk over her; but no man is ever going to do that to Tracy.”

The actress is pleased that Tracy has another storyline that she can sink her teeth into. “On a personal level I love working with Bill Ward who plays Charlie. And these characters have got a strange thing going on where both of them are quite selfish people, so neither of them will really compromise in their relationship. They both look after number one but they both know that, so neither of them can get away with anything with the other.”

Bill Ward believes lust is the main reason for Charlie getting involved with the Street’s vixen. “It’s not purely lust but it’s about 90 per cent lust. She’s a good looking girl, he fancies her and she makes it known to him that she’s available. Also there’s an element of danger there because he knows her history and he finds this danger attractive.”

Ward admits they probably deserve each other. “I think he deserves somebody who can keep him in check and she can certainly do that. I don’t think he’s inherently evil but he’s got a warped sense of morality. There are issues he needs to address and he needs someone to help him work through them. Maybe Tracy’s the one to do that, we’ll have to wait and see.”

He doesn’t know who will have the upper hand in their relationship. “Beneath all the bravado Charlie and Tracy are similar in lots of ways, they’re both like small children who lash out when they don’t get their own way. It will be interesting to play out. At the moment they’re both wrestling for control of the relationship and you can’t see where it’s going to go.”

Tracy Barlow beds bad-boy builder Charlie this week in an effort to make current beau Nathan jealous. But has toxic Tracy finally met her match?

Kate Ford believes Charlie may actually be the ideal man for her character. “They fancy each other like crazy,” she says. “Plus, nobody likes her and nobody likes him so they are the perfect couple for each other.”

Ford says Tracy isn’t worried by Charlie’s appalling track record. “Tracy thinks that Charlie was only as controlling as he was with Shelley because she made it easy for him by being such a wimp. Shelley has got a history for letting men walk over her; but no man is ever going to do that to Tracy.”

The actress is pleased that Tracy has another storyline that she can sink her teeth into. “On a personal level I love working with Bill Ward who plays Charlie. And these characters have got a strange thing going on where both of them are quite selfish people, so neither of them will really compromise in their relationship. They both look after number one but they both know that, so neither of them can get away with anything with the other.”

Bill Ward believes lust is the main reason for Charlie getting involved with the Street’s vixen. “It’s not purely lust but it’s about 90 per cent lust. She’s a good looking girl, he fancies her and she makes it known to him that she’s available. Also there’s an element of danger there because he knows her history and he finds this danger attractive.”

Ward admits they probably deserve each other. “I think he deserves somebody who can keep him in check and she can certainly do that. I don’t think he’s inherently evil but he’s got a warped sense of morality. There are issues he needs to address and he needs someone to help him work through them. Maybe Tracy’s the one to do that, we’ll have to wait and see.”

He doesn’t know who will have the upper hand in their relationship. “Beneath all the bravado Charlie and Tracy are similar in lots of ways, they’re both like small children who lash out when they don’t get their own way. It will be interesting to play out. At the moment they’re both wrestling for control of the relationship and you can’t see where it’s going to go.”