Update For Wednesday June 10: ‘Oo Is Scary Brian?



Tyrone froze in his seat, nose to nose with the unkempt, leathery bloke whose yellowed teeth reminded him of frost-shifted tombstones. The man’s wee eyes narrowed and he jabbed at Tyrone with a chipped fingernail. “‘T’morrow, three- o’clock. Her place.”




Molly absently thumbed through the fatigued-looking daisies in front of Dev’s shop. Dev came out and offered her a couple of bunches to bring to her lunch with Tyrone’s mother, the infamous Jackie Dobbs. I’m too green around here to have much detail on the infamy. But there is infamy. Tyrone joins her, pleased to have found a birthday card. Jackie is apparently living with a flatmate called “Fat Madge”.




Molly and Tyrone arrive at a house for their lunch with Jackie. Jackie, it turns out, has morphed into a new-age Nefertiti with cotton-candy-coloured hair.




She warmly enthuses over Molly’s aura and ushers them inside. Before closing the door, she scans the street nervously. We see that she is being watched, by someone with dodgy-looking hands. Tyrone & Molly are curious who owns the house Jackie is staying in. She is apparently house and cat-sitting. She says she spent the night cuddled up to Fat Madge, and Molly shows her gay-friendliness by noting that she has a kd lang CD. This assumption is quickly dispelled when Jackie scoops up a gorgeous tuxedo-coloured cat – this is Fat Madge.


Despite the Zen peace, crystals and wheat-germ, Tyrone smells a rat. He wants to know if Jackie is okay, and if she’s on drugs. Jackie assures him all is well, hands him a pink quartz as they sit in the house’s lovely garden, telling him to relax.


Molly and Tyrone take Jackie out for lunch. As they sit is a pub, called Bowling Green but missing the letter ‘G’ from the sign, Tyrone is suddenly startled to see a scrawny, scruffy thug peering in the window. He recognizes this as an associate of his dad’s – “Scary Brian.” The sighting has Jackie in a near-frenzy, but she decides she’s safest in the restaurant. Scary Brian enters shortly thereafter. It appears Jackie borrowed 500 pounds from him and took off to Spain. The loan amount has now doubled, to 1,000 pounds. And Jackie has 24 hours to pay up – or else.




John Stape Nouveaux, whom we are supposed to have forgiven for banging a teenager  behind his girlfriend’s back, is feeling well chuffed that he’s shared a kiss with Fiz.


At work later, Stape Nouveaux settles comfortably into the ramshackle chair in the cab office. Eileen has decided that Nouveaux gets a second chance in her books, and wants him to spill on the state of the romance. “Auntie Eileen’s all ears.” He divulges that a kiss occurred, and that it’s enough for now. Later, Fiz and Stape run into one another on the street. They are both fairly tongue-tied and the air somewhat charged. If Stape rescues Sunny Jim the biscuit coloured cat I might reconsider my standing opinion of him. 


In the Caf, Vernon reminisces with Chesney about the glory days of the Rock Rhythm Rascals. He says they were very nearly The Flying PIckets backup band. Remember this tune?….bada….bada…ba-da-da-da…….



Ches is less than wowed. Maria and Fizz discuss Stape at a corner table. Maria takes a strip off Fiz for being schtewpid enough to consider getting back with Stape (Nouveaux). Maria says it’s awful because Rosie and Stape was real, whereas Carla and Liam was only in her head. (And all over the red velvet flat. And probably on top of the washer).




The Webster family prepares for their vacation, packing and getting into a taxi van. Sally is pissed because Eyeball has gotten Kirk’s Julie to cover for her. Rosie assures her not to worry; Sally’s the third-best machinist. Kevin sports a freshly-shorn haircut and is somehow less-hot. Rosie has been to the factory and been given some pocket money by Eyeball, which Kevin tears up distainfully, while simultaneously slagging off Rosie’s tart makeup. Rosie snorts and calls him Victorian.




Jerry lolls on the couch that evening in a sweaty, greyish heap. It would seem that Theresa’s plan to almost-kill him is in full swing. Earlier that day, the pair of them hung the laundry companionably, until Jerry raised the subject of the flat again as Mel is due home the following day. Theresa doesn’t want to go despite Jerry having the deposit. Now, Jerry is debating whether to ring the doctor of just go to bed. Theresa suggests going to bed (not with her).


Amber and David have swung by the kebab shop and are reliving the super-fun night at whatever-palooza. Tina is jealous and trying not to let on. 


Anyone ever notice how the Corrie chicks wear the same pair of earrings all the freakin’ time? Like Janice’s square gold ones. Or Tina’s. Or Becky’s. Just sayin’.





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19 Responses to Update For Wednesday June 10: ‘Oo Is Scary Brian?

  1. beanie says:

    Oh Jackie Dobbs with pink hair! I wasn’t sure it was her until the (Liverpool??) accent began. LMAO at The Flying Whosits Kunzie.

    • corrierules says:

      I can hardly wait until she crosses paths with her one-time cellmate, Deirdre Barlow! That should be an interesting encounter.

  2. Mary Prankster says:

    How is it possible to be the backup band for an A cappella group? Is this yet another indication of Vernon’s dubiousness?

    • kunzie says:

      Actually that’s my bad; Vern said opening act for them…

      • corrierules says:

        Having played the youtube video, it seems to me that one of the member of the Flying Pickets(the bald one) actually looks like Scary Brian (before the crystal meth addiction took hold.)

  3. Diane/tvor says:

    The Bowling Green pub is a real pub in Chorlton, http://www.corrieblog.tv/2008/08/chorlton_pub_to.html
    I’ve been there a couple of times!

    Jackie looks different, not only because of the hair but she’s also had her teeth done. She had a bad cocaine habit that rotted her teeth but she’s cleaned up and got herself all fixed up and hoping to get more acting gigs again. I loved Jackie, she was really horrible and cringeworthy and best in small doses.

  4. Gayle says:

    Kunzie fabulous update. I noticed the same thing about the earrings. I hate those HUGE earrings Tina wears, she didn’t even take them out when she was getting her hair washed! I love earrings (have many pairs) so I notice things like that.

    I am loving the cats in the show lately.

    Scary Brian certainly lives up to his name!

  5. haili says:

    Janice’s earrings always bother me. She’s been wearing the same square gold ones for what seems like years. Now Tina has huge ones. When I used to wear them, I had different ones for different outfits. Vera’s were kind of a trademark; they were big and gaudy, but she had them in a variety of colours.

    I’m loving the cats too! – and the update!

    Dianne/tvor: did you mean that the actress had a cocaine habit, or Jackie? I don’t remember that bit if it was Jackie.

    • chumola says:

      Earrings seem to be an ongoing theme – remember Bet Lynch? She had quite a collection as I recall!

      Also Kelly has been known to wear enormous earrings…

    • haili says:

      Sorry, I didn’t read carefully. I think you meant the actress.

  6. antik says:

    That Madge is one hefty cat .. not “Fat” tho.. she just has Big-Fur!

    Looking forward to Auntie Pam taking-on Jackie Dobbs!

  7. Piper77 says:

    I’ve been watching the omnibus so don’t read the postings until Sunday, so I apologize if this has already been posted…

    City TV has the premiere of Law and Order UK starting tonight at 10 pm – starring Danny Baldwin!

    • corrierules says:

      I’ve set my VCR!

      L&O with a connection to Coronation Street. What could be better? Two of my favorite shows…..

  8. Bea says:

    I’m watching “Danny Baldwin” on Law & Order right now. He has the same sort of personality as he had on Corrie. How freaky!!

  9. Barbie says:

    Just watched Law & Order UK. Loved it.

  10. Emily says:

    If it is not too much trouble, is there any way that someone could do a character profile on Jackie Dobbs? Love reading those and I am not familiar with her history on the show! Thanks in advance 🙂

    • corrierules says:

      Here is what I cut and pasted from wikipedia. (I deleted the spoiler info, but you can see the entire article at wikipedia.org):

      “Liverpudlian Jackie was introduced in 1998 by producer Brain Park as the cellmate of established character Deirdre Rachid (Anne Kirkbride); Jackie was in prison for Actual Bodily Harm. Jackie’s introduction was part of a high-profile storyline that saw Deirdre framed by her boyfriend and wrongfully imprisoned. Jackie first appeared in a specially constructed prison cell at Granada Studios.[1] When Deirdre was pardoned and released, Jackie arrived in the soap’s primary setting of Weatherfield on parole, needing a friend to turn to, having been dumped by her partner and left homeless. Jackie moved to the area with her son Tyrone (Alan Halsall), squatting in Curly Watts’s vacant premises. She became a factory worker for Mike Baldwin, where she had numerous run-ins with Janice Battersby over flirtations with Janice’s husband Les Battersby. Jackie remained on the show for one year before leaving in the midst of a property feud with Curly. Jackie fled back to Liverpool with her husband Darren, though Tyrone stayed behind.

      Off-screen, actress Margi Clarke was axed from Coronation Street due to personal problems that interfered with her work, including alcohol abuse, prompted by the death of her mother. Clarke explains, “[My mother] was a Corrie fan and I was still grieving for her when I first appeared on the show. As a result, I don’t think I played the part to the best of my ability.” She added, “I wasn’t focused and although I turned up to work on Coronation Street on time, I’d often be hungover or smell of alcohol. My contract wasn’t renewed. I’d had a brilliant opportunity and I’d messed it up as a direct result of my drinking”.


      Due to the continual presence of Jackie’s son Tyrone in Coronation Street – he was taken in as a surrogate son by Jack and Vera Duckworth – Jackie was occasionally mentioned in the serial, despite not appearaing. For instance, in 2007, Tyrone was shown to fly to Spain to bail Jackie out of prison (off-screen) after she was arrested for theft. In 2008, producers decided to reintroduce the character of Jackie, 9 years after she had last appeared. They initially considered recasting the role, however, Liverpudian scriptwriter Carmel Morgan spoke up for Margi Clarke at a writers meeting, saying that “Margi’s in a great place right now, she looks fantastic, she’s healthy, very positive, and would love to make up for her shortcomings last time”.So, she was asked to re-audition for the role. Clarke was sent scripts to rehearse for the audition, however, as no scripts for Jackie’s return had been finalised, Clarke was sent a script for a character named auntie Pam, Molly Compton’s relation. Mistakenly believing that she was being asked to audition for a new character, the sister of Jackie, Clarke dyed her hair bright pink to make her visually different from Jackie, who was known to viewers for her peroxide blonde hair. The look impressed the directors and after a successful audition, Jackie Dobbs was brought back with pink hair.She initially signed a two-month contract and appeared in the lead up to her son’s engagement to Molly Compton.

      Speaking about her comeback, Margi Clarke has said “When I got the phone call, I was crying tears of joy out of my living room window. It was nine years ago since I last walked the Cobbles, so I’ve been lost at sea for that long. It was like finding my way back to the land of milk and honey. I couldn’t believe it. I’m delighted to be back, though […] I’d always wanted to go back and I hoped that it would always be a possibility. Jackie Dobbs lived on. She was referred to every now and then, what with Tyrone being her son. If Tyrone wasn’t there, I wouldn’t be going back! Thanks God for my ‘son’! Not many actors leave a soap. I left and I thought I was going to get a long run of work. With my character being quite an explosive one, I was never going to go into the corner shop and ask Dev for a loaf. Characters like mine don’t tend to survive long because they’re wild, but she’s brilliant to play.” Clarke has vowed to take the soap more seriously after wasting her “golden opportunity” in the late 1990s. She said: “It’s one of Britain’s top soaps and to be called to play on that stage, it’s on a par with being asked to play for England and you should really honour it, have the commitment and give it everything you’ve got. I’m 54 now, and I’m never going to look a gift horse in the mouth again.”

      On-screen, Tyrone contacted her about his engagement in August 2008. Jackie was living in a nice home with a cat and she claimed to have turned over a New Age leaf, but she was actually only catsitting, and was being menaced by an ex-boyfriend to whom she owed a £1,000 debt.

      Margi Clarke has described the character of Jackie: “I don’t think she’s vile – there’s definitely a heart beating in Jackie. She has an obvious intelligence but she’s not had opportunities in life and has made some mistakes. She’s a born survivor but doesn’t know how to play goingstraight.com.Discussing Jackie’s severed relationship with her son Tyrone, Clarke said “She’s not the best mother in the world. Even though she’s trying to spiritually develop herself, there is a side that’s under-developed, a side that thinks only about herself. It makes the character interesting, though. I think that Jackie realises that Tyrone’s going to do what she never did – that he’s going to get it right first time. I think he’ll stay with Molly – he’s one of those lads that wants to correct what his mother’s done. Mother and father split up, mother being with all kinds of fellas. I think that’s how he wants to live – he’s a one woman guy”.

      Speaking of the apparent changes her character underwent in 2008, Clarke said “on the outside she’s a reformed character. She’s into yoga and natural living, but deep down, Jackie Dobbs is going to burst back out again. She’s mellowed a little bit, though. I think it’s the pink hair.”


      Discussing the character’s reintroduction in 2008, Kris Green from entertainment website Digital Spy said, “It was a coup on Corrie’s part when they managed to lure her back. Jackie’s an excellent character and will hopefully bring back some of Corrie’s ‘energy’ that it’s been lacking of late.” TV critic Christine Klabacher added, “Actress Margi Clarke threw herself into the role as always and brightened a rather dull week in the soap […] characterisation was called for, and Margi obliged in bucketloads.”[8]

  11. Margaret says:

    Oooh what a total cow that Jackie Dobbs is. Our poor Tyrone. This has been my first exposure to Jackie Dobbs. ugh.

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