Update for Tuesday, March 22, 2011. Federal Budget Edition

Okay, two things:

First, the update is late because WordPress was down for maintenance last night.

Secondly, the identity of Tony’s cell mate Robbie was bugging me so I Googled him.

Robbie is played by James Fleet, who is perhaps best know for his role as Hugo Horton in the long running British sit-com The Vicar of Dibley.  You might also remember him from the early 90’s film, Four Weddings and a Funeral. He played Hugh Grant’s rich but socially awkward friend.

It’s good casting because he comes across as so innocuous normally.

Anyhow, on with the update.

Corrie Standard Time: May 28, 2010

Yorkshire Pudding £7.95

Roy is closing up for the day when Robbie, Tony Gordon’s now former cell mate, enters and asks if it’s too late to get some food. Roy’s protests are quickly subdued when Robbie admits he’s a train man himself (no doubt info was supplied by Tony). They have a pleasant chat about trains and it takes Roy’s mind off the fact that Hayley is sleeping at the Windasses and doing all she can avoid the temptations presented by Eddie and his y-fronts.

Two Weeks Wages for 20 Stitchers: £10,000

Janice has some theories about why their last, best hope for business went south. She tries to blame everyone for the shoddy work but I think it’s really on her work performance. And the fact that Underworld is where the managers have a quick coffee between personal crises.

Anyway, they’re all out with two weeks’ pay, pending any new work coming their way. So that means they’re spending their wages at the pub. Kirk asks Izzy how she got in a wheelchair. She jokes and says it was a hit n’ run. Except that’s how Kirk’s brother-in-law died and it was intentional. He also fills her in on where Carla fits into that whole as it was her husband who ordered.

“But Tony’s in prison now, good and proper.” he adds.

But Robbie is outside Underworld, watching Carla and taking notes.

False Testimony from Anka the Cleaning Lady:  £2,000

Audrey tells Gail about the witness and Gail is over the moon. But Audrey isn’t so sure as she suspects to herself that David had something to do with this witness.

At the Platts’, Nick and David are getting nervous about this Anka thing, thinking she’s going to break under pressure from the cross-examination. But they get a call from the solicitor and she’s gonna testify so they’re a bit relieved.

Meanwhile Ken and Deirdre are trying to figure what it would benefit Tracy to stitch up Gail like that.

Smuggled Prison Mobile Phone: £25

Robbie calls Tony, who has hidden the phone in the mattress and has to whisper before the “screws” find him and gives him some info: Carla’s got a new bloke and Roy has informed him of the world’s largest bat is called the flying fox.

Tony restrains himself from screaming, “AGAIN WITH THE BATS!” and tells him that he’ll see him soon. What does THAT mean, I wonder.

Something Exciting Finally Happening at Underworld: Priceless

Oh, and Cheryl’s got a husband and a kid.

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20 Responses to Update for Tuesday, March 22, 2011. Federal Budget Edition

  1. Mary Prankster says:

    Thanks John. It was bugging me too. Fleet is another of the many British actors that you’ve seen in so many things, but can’t quite recall where or when.

    Is it just me turning into a curmudgeon, or have others noticed that the writing seems implausible in several of the story-lines lately? If this was happening in May 2010, what can we expect when the writers enter the summer doldrums? (for us here in Canada that will be in another month.) I hope I’m just being overly pessimistic.

  2. Suzanne says:

    I recognized James Fleet immediately. Makes me miss Vicar of Dibley . . .

  3. haili says:

    The writing does seem implausible at times. Dierdre should have more sympathy for Gail remembering the time she was behind bars but innocent. Ken should be more skeptical of Tracy and her stories – knowing what she’s like from past experience.

    Carla never did care about the stitchers working conditions but you would think the dead immigrant would have smartened her up. That dripping water has got to be dangerous around machines.

    I thought Jason would have been more impatient to show that apartment since either he’s paying the bills, or they’re not getting paid at all.

    Mary is still stalking Norris, though it seemed that she had given up with hurt feelings the last time we saw her – though I guess she’s a nutter and that might be normal for her.

  4. chumola says:

    John’s update: Priceless!

    Loved the budget edition, John. Very clever indeed! The writers of Corrie could use your writing talents!

  5. Mark Daye says:

    Great update. I”m so happy to see the evil Mr. Gordon again.

  6. corrierules says:

    Just throwing this out there. Anyone notice the new opening? Thoughts?

    • eps says:

      YES! I often miss the first 1-3 minutes and just heard/saw it tonight. I don’t like it. Maybe I’ll get used to it but I wouldn’t bet on it. I think it was the music that I found most jarring. I’ll have to tape it tomorrow night and look more closely.

      I can’t accept that the Barlows are even entertaining the thought that the Evil Spawn is telling the truth. Honestly, just based on history alone they believe E.S. who actually did murder her husband as opposed to stand-by-your-man/judgement be damned Gail? I’m not buying. The writers needed to add something to make this more plausible. Sometimes I wonder if the writers are relatively new to the Street and don’t have a sufficient historical perspective.

      John, loved the format of your update

  7. haili says:

    I don’t mind the new opening scenes and am glad they kept a cat. Now we have action from the cat.

    • Bea says:

      I don’t know. I am willing to embrace change. Just so long as the keep the cat. Gotta keep the cat. ;o-

      • Long Time Lurker says:

        Actually, speaking of cats, I swear my two guys always knew when Corrie was starting (even when I was watching a tape of it, later on in the evening) from the distinctive music. Now, they’re all confused… or as confused as cats allow themselves to appear.

        Great update John, as always.

        And what is Tony’s plan… other than escaping… who is he after? If he was just going to escape, there’s no way he would return to Coronation Street.

  8. Mary Prankster says:

    I’m not sure what is the point of all that soft focus in the new opening. More “modern”? As for the new version of the theme: replacing the wavering trumpet with an insipid clarinet is no improvement. Aren’t there any decent musicians in the north of England since the Beatles?!

  9. haili says:

    My cat used to sit on the couch with me and watch Corrie. She was a fan almost until she died. That cat had good taste in TV shows.

  10. missusmac says:

    While the opening montage is more modern, the music seems slower and more old-fashioned. Go figure.

    Yeah, can’t believe Deirder nodding at Tracey, believing her on the stand, when Tracey lied her face off to dear old mom about killing Charlie. Then told her ‘hahahahahahahahahaha!’, he didn’t batter me, I just wanted to kill him.

    Tony is so deliciously Tony. Good to see him again.

  11. Kowy! says:

    It’s a trumpet, or more likely a cornet with a mute. Which, actually is rather appropriate for a show set in Northern England…land of the Colliery Brass Band.

    I am a band nerd. Can you tell?

  12. Margaret Dougherty says:

    Tony Gordon is back on the street. That Robbie is pure evil — well played by that James Fleet

  13. beanie says:

    Great update John. I agree that the writers could use your help. Did I miss something? I am just shaking my head over this rolling pin thing.

    • chumola says:

      I know…did they not do any forensic testing? It must be impossible to remove blood from wood!?

      I loved the scene from the trial when Mary and Norris ate a mint in exactly the same way at exactly the same time!

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