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The Voice UK visits Coronation Street

We invited our new neighbours will.i.am, Jennifer Hudson, Sir Tom Jones and Gavin Rossdale from The Voice UK over for a cheeky hotpot in the Rovers with Beverley Callard!

Beverley Callard said:

“It was such an honour showing the coaches round the Rovers, my late mum was the biggest Tom Jones fan of all time and my Grandchildren are huge fans of Will.

"My mum would have been so thrilled to know he was behind the bar with me and I was a very cool grandma when I took home my photos of me showing Will how to pull a pint," continued Beverley.

"Will even said he’d like to film a pop video in our pub!"

Jennifer was so glam and gorgeous, Liz would love to have her work behind the bar,

– Beverley Callard

"Gavin told me he grew up in a pub so he was a natural when it came to how everything worked. And can you imagine Karaoke nights in the Rovers if these guys worked for Liz!”

Don't miss The Voice UK, Saturday 8pm on ITV and keep an eye out on Coronation Street's socials over the weekend for more from the Coaches' surprise visit!

National Television Awards

The votes are in, the viewers have spoken and Britain’s best-loved programmes and performers are lined up on the shortlist for the 22nd National Television Awards!

Coronation Street is nominated in the Serial Drama category, watch the montage above to remind yourself of all the great moments!

VOTE CORRIE

But that's not Coronation Street's only nomination...

Serial Drama Performance

Jack P Shepherd has been nominated for his portrayal of David Platt - VOTE NOW

Newcomer

New kid on the block, Faye Brookes has been nominated for her turn as Kate Connor - VOTE NOW

All new votes will be added to those cast in the first round and the results will be revealed, live, at the NTA ceremony on 25th January 2017 on ITV.

Heartbreak for Michelle and Steve

Coronation Street is to tackle the difficult subject of late miscarriage when Michelle Connor loses her baby at 23 weeks.

Actress Kym Marsh has taken the brave decision to be involved in the storyline just a few years after she lost her son Archie at a similar stage of pregnancy.

Kym and producer Kate Oates discussed the storyline early in 2016 and Kym felt, that as it was a subject so close to her heart, she wanted to help raise awareness of the issues surrounding late miscarriage.

The programme has worked closely with Stillbirth and Neonatal death charity Sands on the episode which will air on ITV week beginning January 9th 2017.

In the coming weeks viewers will see Michelle and Steve struggle to come to terms with the loss of their beloved baby boy Ruairi (pronounced Rory) after she goes into early labour.

The heartbreaking scenes explore how the death affects both the mother and father and also the extended family.

Kym Marsh said:

“I thought long and hard before agreeing to take on the challenge of this storyline. It is obviously a cause very close to my heart having lost my beautiful Archie at 21 weeks and 5 days. I discussed it with my family and friends, all of who were very supportive.

“In the end I felt it was an important story to tell in order to raise awareness of something which affects thousands of women every year.

“I have had to go to some very dark places in my mind whilst filming these heartbreaking scenes but my family, friends and colleagues have been incredible. Losing a child is something that never leaves you so to revisit those feelings as Michelle has been challenging.

“Coronation Street ensured that I had a counsellor on set at all times to go to after filming the scenes but for me the best tonic after a hugely emotional day was to go home to my kids and be reminded of how lucky I am to have them.

“I am very proud of what we have done with this storyline and I hope it helps raise awareness and helps people to talk about their own experiences.”

Coronation Street producer Kate Oates said:

”The subject of miscarriage will always be sensitive; but telling this story with Simon and Kym at the centre would always have an extra poignancy. Through careful writing and research, we hope we are able to encourage discussion, understanding and compassion for those viewers affected by the loss of a baby.

"The cast were in safe hands with our amazing and empathetic director Tony Prescott, and it has been humbling to see all the actors involved being so selfless and generous in their performances.”

Barlow Dynasty

Storm clouds are gathering on Coronation Street this winter as Ken Barlow finds himself at the centre of a power struggle when his estranged son and grandson arrive in Weatherfield.

The return of Peter Barlow last month rocked the cobbles when a massive row between him and his dad ended in Ken suffering a stroke.

But things take an even more dramatic twist next week when Ken’s son Daniel and grandson Adam join Peter in returning to the Barlow fold.

And with Tracy less than impressed at the Barlow boys’ posturing it looks like Ken’s road to recovery is going to be a rocky one!

Viewers will see Adam first on Wednesday 16th November when he rolls onto the cobbles in a red jag, wearing a camel coat and puffing on a cigar - an image which will no doubt remind viewers of his dad Mike Baldwin.

Whilst Daniel is discovered by a shocked Barlow clan the same night, sitting at Ken’s hospital bedside, reading King Lear aloud to his father.

The coming weeks and months will see tempers flare and tensions rise at number 1 as Tracy, Peter, Daniel and Adam jostle for position in the Barlow household.

Rob Mallard plays Daniel Osbourne

Rob Mallard has been cast as Daniel, Ken’s son by Denise Osbourne, who we last saw nine years ago when Ken went to stay with the pair.

While Sam Robertson will reprise his role as Adam Barlow, the son of Ken’s late daughter Susan and Mike Baldwin, who has been living in Canada since he left Weatherfield in 2007.

Rob, whose previous credits include No Offence, Fresh Meat and Emmerdale, said:

“It feels great to be starting work on Coronation Street and I'm looking forward to getting to know everyone.

"I grew up watching Coronation Street, so the chance to be in it, especially playing a part like Daniel, is very exciting.”

Sam Robertson, who also starred in E4’s Beaver Falls, said:

“I’m delighted to be back, Coronation Street was my first job as an actor and is a special place for me.

"As a young actor it was a little overwhelming so I’m looking forward to coming back and stamping my mark on the character, I feel there’s unfinished business with Adam.”

Producer Kate Oates added:

“The Barlows have been at the centre of Coronation Street since it started in 1960 and I felt it was time to remind ourselves of the dynasty that Ken has built up over the past 50 years."

I am excited about the dynamics of having the different generations living together on the same street and exploring the drama that will bring.

– Kate Oates

“When Peter turned up first in October his arrival immediately had consequences for the family when Ken suffered his stroke. He is followed this week by Adam and Daniel. I am delighted to have Sam back, his time away from Weatherfield has hardened Adam and although he is a Barlow the Baldwin genes are evident from the moment he arrives."

Adam arrives in a flash sports car looking to cause mischief.

“Daniel is a different Barlow altogether, more sensitive and bookish, he is clearly a chip off the old block, but there is more to Ken’s youngest son than meets the eye. Rob is a talented young actor who is perfect for the role.”

Daniel visits Ken in hospital

Jean Alexander

Everyone at Coronation Street is saddened to hear that actress Jean Alexander, best known for her iconic role as Hilda Ogden, has died aged 90.

Jean, who played the legendary character from 1964 until 1987, passed away on Friday.

Hilda and her on-screen husband Stan (Bernard Youens), were two of the most memorable characters of all time with Jean voted the 'Greatest Soap Star of all Time' in a 2005 poll by the TV Times.

She retired from acting in 2012, two years after her last television appearance, following an acting career which lasted more than 60 years.

"Everyone who loves what is special about Coronation Street will know how sad it is to hear that Jean Alexander has died," said ITV Creative Director, Serial Dramas John Whiston.

"Hilda Ogden was the earthy heart of the show for very many years, and the brilliance of Jean as an actor was that she could shift from high comedy to deeply emotional and moving drama in a heartbeat. That takes real skill and real acting but also real humanity.

"That is what the world has lost with her passing."

Michael Le Vell added, “This has come as such shock - Jean was the biggest iconic soap character to walk the planet! My proudest and most exciting moment on the show was when Kevin and Sally moved in with Hilda as it meant I would have loads of scenes with her.

"She was such a warm caring person and a joy to work with. She was also great fun we used to watch snooker in the green room with her as she loved snooker! For such an iconic character she was always one of the first people to make a new arrival feel so welcome. She was an all round lovely lady and such a talent I will never forget the scenes I had with her and what she taught me.

"It was an honour and a privilege to work with her and she is is a huge loss to the industry."

"Jean was such an inspiration to me as a young actress," echoed Sally Dynevor.

"So professional and generous with her advice. Michael and I loved her, and any scenes we did with her we always wanted to do our very best. Hilda will always be my favourite Corrie character.”

William Roache said, "Jean created one of the most iconic Coronation Street characters in Hilda Ogden. She could make you laugh, particularly with Hilda's comedy singing, but she could also deliver incredibly moving performances and make you cry. She was a wonderful actress."

Rosie's Return

Rosie Webster is to make a welcome return to the cobbles - five years after leaving Weatherfield.

Actress Helen Flanagan is to reprise the role she made famous and will begin filming at the end of the year. She will be on screen until the Spring.

Viewers will first see Rosie in February. She surprises her parents when she arrives back to visit them with sister Sophie who’s returning from their trip to Miami.

Rosie left Weatherfield to star in a reality TV Show in February 2012, viewers have seen mum Sally go to visit her on numerous occasions but she has never come home - until now!

Storyline details are being kept under wraps but one thing is certain - Rosie’s visit to see her family won’t be uneventful.

Coronation Street Producer Kate Oates said:

“The Websters have missed Rosie and so have we. With Sophie away on holiday with her sister it seemed like the ideal time to bring Rosie back home with her for a visit.

"We are delighted that Helen is as keen explore what Rosie has been up to away from the cobbles as we are.”

Helen Flanagan said:

“I'm so excited to be returning to Coronation Street and being part of the Webster family again.”

The Websters back in 2006

Toyah Battersby to return to Coronation Street

Actress Georgia Taylor will return to the role of Toyah Battersby next month and will appear on screen this December.

Christmas is a time for families and Leanne Battersby is heading for a festive family reunion with her step-sister Toyah.

With Leanne pregnant with Steve McDonald’s baby the sisters have a lot of catching up to do, but viewers will have to wait and see what exactly brings ‘Our Toyah’ back to Weatherfield.

Toyah was last seen on the cobbles 13 years ago in February 2003. She left Weatherfield after finding out her college lecturer boyfriend had got her friend Maria pregnant.

Toyah left Weatherfield with Spider in 2003

She has been mentioned regularly in scripts by Leanne who has visited her sister a few times.

How has Toyah changed in the past 13 years? Does she have unfinished business with certain residents? What baggage will she bring with her to Weatherfield and is she here to stay? All will be revealed this Christmas on the ITV soap.

Producer Kate Oates said:

“I am delighted that Georgia Taylor has agreed to return to the role of Toyah. She is a talented actress who has had great success since leaving the show in 2003.

“Family relationships are the lifeblood of soap operas and I am excited to explore the drama that Toyah will bring with her to the cobbles. She has led an interesting life away from Weatherfield and she has secrets she has kept even from Leanne.

“Her arrival this Christmas looks set to put the cat amongst the Coronation Street pigeons.”

Toyah and Leanne back in 1997

Georgia Taylor said:

“I am thrilled to be re-joining my old friends on the cobbles and hugely excited to be given the opportunity to explore the character of Toyah 13 years on.

“Coronation Street has always had a place in my heart and I'm delighted to be working again with my good friend Jane Danson and bringing the Battersby sisters back together.

“The script writers and producers have come up with some fantastic, clever, and detailed story-lines that have inspired me and I feel excited to get started!”

The Barlow Boys Are Back In Town

It looks like Ken is going to have his work cut out this autumn as son Daniel and grandson Adam join Peter in returning to the Barlow fold.

Rob Mallard has been cast as Daniel, Ken’s son by Denise Osbourne, who we last saw nine years ago when Ken went to stay with the pair.

While Sam Robertson will reprise his role as Adam Barlow, the son of Ken’s late daughter Susan and Mike Baldwin, who has been living in Canada since he left Weatherfield in 2007.

Peter is returning to the Street!

Viewers will first see Ken’s troubled son, Peter Barlow, return to the street in October. But as his return sends shockwaves through the Barlow household, the family will be further shaken when Daniel and Adam join Ken, Tracy, Amy and Peter at No. 1 in November.

Rob, whose previous credits include No Offence, Fresh Meat and Emmerdale, said:

“It feels great to be starting work on Coronation Street and I'm looking forward to getting to know everyone.

"I grew up watching Coronation Street, so the chance to be in it, especially playing a part like Daniel, is very exciting.”

Sam Robertson, who also starred in E4’s Beaver Falls, said:

“I’m delighted to be back, Coronation Street was my first job as an actor and is a special place for me.

"As a young actor it was a little overwhelming so I’m looking forward to coming back and stamping my mark on the character, I feel there’s unfinished business with Adam.”

Producer Kate Oates said:

“The Barlows have been at the centre of Coronation Street since it started in 1960 and I felt it was time to remind ourselves of the dynasty that Ken has built up over the past 50 years.

“I am excited about the dynamics of having the different generations living together and exploring the drama that will bring."

Sam Robertson as Adam back in 2007

“Peter turns up first in October and almost immediately his arrival has consequences for the family. He is followed in early November by Adam and Daniel. I am delighted to have Sam back, his time away from Weatherfield has hardened Adam and although he is a Barlow the Baldwin genes are evident from the moment he arrives.

“Daniel is a different Barlow altogether, more sensitive and bookish, he is clearly a chip off the old block, but there is more to Ken’s youngest son than meets the eye. Rob is a talented young actor who is perfect for the role.”

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