Cast Interviews

Behind The Scenes: The Car Race

We put our pedal to the metal and joined the cast and crew as they got the behind the wheels of Luke's car race.

What happens if you put Dean Fagan, Tisha Merry, Oliver Farnworth and James Atherton out on a freezing street in the middle of Manchester?

Car-nage! (sorry)

Dean talks about stunt drivers and sitting in the driving seat, James reflects on playing the villain and see how we filmed the heart-pounding race - including drone-cam!


Goodbye Tony

As Tony drives off into the night we say goodbye to Terence Maynard in his final Coronation Street interview.

I'll miss it with all my heart, no doubt about that.

– Terence Maynard

Terence reveals what it's really like to work on the Street, his reaction to reading his exit storyline for the first time and the relationships he's made, especially with Beverly Callard (Liz) and Ryan Thomas (Jason) while he's been on the cobbles.


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What Should Leanne Do About Simon?

Simon's back and things are worse than ever. We spoke to Jane Danson to ask what Leanne is going to do next?

In hindsight, sending Simon to spend the summer with Peter was never going to go swimmingly, but Leanne certainly didn't think things could get any worse - how wrong could she be?

Simon launches a campaign against his mum and pushes her to the edge - will Leanne push back?

Knowing things have gone too far there's only one course left to take - talk to Ken.

Will he be able to help?


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Tony and Liz

Can Tony convince Liz to give him another chance? What will be the repercussions if she does? We spoke to Terence Maynard to ask if Tony knows what he's letting himself in for!

It's going to kick off!

– Terence

Tony's on the ultimate charm offensive, trying anything and everything to get back into Liz's good books.

Just as Liz is starting to warm to the idea of a future with Tony they're spotted by Amy and it's not long before Tracy gets wind of what they're up to and goes straight to Michelle for answers.

It looks like Liz is going to have some explaining to do!


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Will They, Won't They?

We spoke to the lovely Sue Nicholls about whether romance is on the cards for Audrey and Ken?

Is Audrey surprised by her feelings for Ken?

At first she is just enjoying his company and not reading too much into it but she is eventually surprised about how she is feeling. First of all she is seeing herself in a mother earth type of role as he has had this dreadful loss and needs someone to talk to. But after having a couple of occasions where they spent time together they start talking about how long it takes to move on from a loss which sorts of takes it into a different area, as it it recognising that moving on to another relationship is an option.

Does it panic her a little?

Yes I think maybe it does a little not because she doesn’t like it but because she does like it and that worries her.

She feels a bit out of her depth with someone like Ken. She probably went home that night and poured a very large drink and thought “Ooh what is happening here!”

What do you think it is about Ken that attracts her?

Initially it is the first time that they have talked about other things, it is a bit deeper, not just about general day to day stuff. She finds she quite enjoys his company, I don’t think for one moment that she ever thought she would have a grown up conversation with Ken.

She tried to impress him with reading Anna Karenina and he was so lovely when she did admit she wasn’t really reading it he was so sweet about it! Sometimes when you get to know someone a bit and perhaps go to their home you start to see them in a way that you haven’t done before.

Do you think she is concerned somewhere with what people may think because of Deirdre?

I think in a way there is that yes and I can understand that because it is quite soon after. At this point she isn’t able to go too far down worrying about that because Nessa appears.

Nessa arrives on the Street and takes an instant shine to Ken...

Does Audrey immediately realise that Nessa fancies Ken?

Oh yes very quickly, she is very upfront and straight in there. She thanks Ken straight away for helping look for her son Alex, she doesn’t give Audrey a second glance. Particularly once Audrey has made it clear she and Ken are not an item. She thinks she is a bit over the top.

Do you think she is a match for Nessa?

Well I actually think she knows exactly what Nessa is and what she stands for because she is very much the sort of person Audrey was when she was younger. She’s flirty and gregarious. There’s a bit of that still in Audrey.

Nessa doesn’t have the baggage of having known Deirdre or caring what other people think so she can just put it out there and go for it.

What happens when Audrey confides in Rita?

Because Audrey has gone home on her own and the whole Ken thing has occupied her mind more than it would if she had a house full of people then she feels she really needs to speak to someone. Rita is the person who had already started to notice things anyway and had made a few comments. They have a chat in the pub and Rita tells her she should tell him how she feels.

Audrey confides in Rita.

If you were Audrey’s friend how would you advise her?

I think I would not have been as forward as Rita, I would have said just see how it goes and see if it goes any further. Don’t rush into things and if it is meant to be it will. Don’t worry about Nessa we don’t know anything about her and there is nothing to say Ken is interested.

Do you think Audrey and Ken would make a good couple?

That is a very difficult question to ask. There are some very big shoes to fill and they are very different people. I was quite surprised when I was first told about what was going to happen, but nicely surprised. In fairness it depends what they are going to do and how it develops, it is nice that it is quite a slow burner and is coming from a mutual friendship. And as yet we don’t know if they will end up as a couple. For now she is just very peeved that Nessa has come in and stolen her companion from her.

Ken would also have big shoes to fill as Audrey’s love of her life was Alf?

That is true, Audrey first set her sights on Alf because of his position, she had been around the block a bit and he could give her a life she wanted but she grew very much to love him and he helped make her the woman she is today. He taught her a lot. Growing old with someone is all part of it. Most of all I think Ken and Audrey could have a lovely friendship.

How do you think the families will react about this growing friendship?

Well the family are very unforgiving with Audrey and Gail and their choice in men so if they think something is possibly developing with Ken it would be interesting to see how they and indeed Tracy will react!

Are you enjoying working with Bill?

Yes I am I love Bill, we haven’t ever really worked together before this to any degree - I have been in the Barlow’s maybe about half a dozen times in total before this storyline. It is a joy for me as an actor to work with different people, you get used to working with your on screen family and it is lovely to suddenly have something different. Bill is a real giggler and it seems I make him laugh even when I’m trying to be dramatic.

Have you had any response from viewers?

Not really as yet because aside from the Anna Karenina incident there hasn’t been a lot of indication that anything might develop. It will be interesting to see what the viewers make of it.

I do think it is something that people of a certain age can identify with. Are you ready to give up the life you are living and let someone else in?

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Alya Tells The Truth!

Alya confesses to Gary that she cheated on him! Sair Khan hints at what's going to happen when the truth comes out in our exclusive interview.

She just wants to run away and forget everything.

– Sair Khan

Alya wants to marry Gary more than anything, but after her big mistake with Jason she decides she can't continue lying to the man she loves.

Gary's devastated when all is revealed - it's the last thing he expected from Alya but he's left with one burning question:

Who was it!?

Will Alya tell him she slept with his best friend? You're going to have to watch to find out...


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Mary's Mystery Man

Mary's quite smitten when Magazine editor Brendan storms into the Kabin looking for Norris - but will the cheeky charmer be all he's cracked up to be?

We spoke to Ted Robbins about coming to the cobbles.

Can you tell us a little bit about your character?

His name is Brendan Finch and he arrives on the Street as a bit of a mystery man.

I think he fancies himself as a bit of a ladies man, but the thing about him is is that he’s married, although he doesn’t wear a wedding ring...

He likes to wear blue suede brogues and snazzy jackets. He probably wears a fake version of an expensive aftershave.

What does he make of Norris and Mary when he first meets them?

Norris has been in touch with the magazine’s HQ and was very officious with them. So the first thing Brendan does when he comes into the Kabin is put Norris in his place! Mary isn’t unimpressed by that...

He has a bit of a backbone and I think Mary likes that. She is also quite feisty when she wants to be. I think she’s instantly taken by Brendan and he is well aware of that.

Can you tell us a bit about the magazine he edits, The Inexplicable?

Brendan is genuinely interested in the topics that the magazine covers. It covers ghosts, the supernatural, UFOs, crypto-zooology and other phenomena of that sort.

Mary is fanatical about the magazine and has almost every issue and Brendan sees her as a ‘fellow mind’ in that way. Mary is missing an issue and wants to go out of his way to make sure she has it. It’s a very rare issue that she’s after and he’s quite taken by the fact that she’s as interested in it as he is.

Is he aware that Mary is smitten with him?

Yes, I’d definitely say so. He spies it very early on and thinks he could be in for a bit of fun. There’s certainly an attraction between them there which is a sort of friendship at first.

Mary doesn’t know he’s married and she’s very quick to build things up. Norris smells a rat and is very wary of him - as is Rita and Dev. They all want to look out for Mary as she’s been hurt before. They’re really not sure about him.

How has your time on Corrie been so far?

It has been an absolute delight so far. The actors and crew I’m working with - many of whom I have known for years from other jobs at Granada - are an absolute joy to work with.

The problem with knowing so many people was that it took me 20 minutes to walk down the corridor when I first started, as I’d see so many people who I wanted to catch up with!

My first scene, which was in the Kabin, was on my 60th Birthday. I couldn’t believe it when I got my first filming date and realised it was on my birthday. After I’d finished I walked over the bridge to a restaurant over at Media City and met my family for a birthday meal. And Peter Kay came to surprise me! I felt so lucky to have had such a fantastic birthday. How everything has happened this year has been astonishing.

Is it a show that you always wanted to do?

I have always been a huge fan of the show. I vaguely remember the show starting as a child. It has always been there, that music, that familiarity.

My family were brought up in showbiz, I’ve always known Corrie. I had a little part in Corrie a few years ago as the prison officer during the John Stape storyline. I always hoped I would be back one day and you hope the call comes and that you’ll do it service. I’ve done lots of different things but I’ve always loved drama and Coronation Street has an ability to make you laugh, make you cry - and I love that about it.

Look out for Brendan's arrival on the Street next week!

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The Platt Pressure Cooker

The Platts are struggling to keep a lid on their big secret. We cornered Jack P Shepherd to ask what's going to happen next!

David is desperately trying to hold his family together but how far will he go to keep their secret?

We all know that if you push David into a corner he's going to push back, but will he consider the consequences?


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