Coronation Street: The Best Quotes of All Time

It’s the longest-running television drama in history and one of our nation’s beloved and most iconic soaps. Over the last decade Coronation Street has provided us with trouble, turmoil and intricate plots, with a splash of northern comedic genius. Here, we take a look back at some of the best Coronation Street quotes of all time.

Deirdre Barlow to Tracy Barlow: “I don’t see your gran, because she died. You don’t see your daughter because you hit Charlie Stubbs over the head with an ornament.”

Becky MacDonald upon her departure: “Regrets are for people what stop on the ground. We’re heading for the stars.”

Hayley Cropper bidding Roy farewell: “I’m so sorry I have to go.”

Rob Donovan heartlessly murders Tina McIntyre “I was born gobby.”

“Yeah, and you’ll die gobby too.”

Michelle discovers husband Steve MacDonald’s infidelity: “I always knew you were an idiot, but you were my idiot.”

Words of wisdom from Rita Tanner: “When life gives you lemons, stick ‘em in a G&T.”

Carla’s cheeky pop at Peter Barlow: “Peter running a pub is like putting a cat in charge of an aquarium.”

Alya takes on Carla over Underworld: “Carla doesn’t scare me. Now she’s all kidneyed up she just wants her money back plain and simple.”

Gail reaches out to son David Platt, after he reveals he was raped: “Can I at least give you a hug?”

Mary proving her salt of the earth status to Adam: “I’m not a snob, Adam. I’ve been to Nando’s.”

Phelan’s dramatic murder confession: “Four. Four, Eileen. There were four bodies. Four souls. And I bore witness over all of them. You really want to know what I am? That. I’m the darkness and the light. I’m a creator and a destroyer. I’m the accuser. I’m the prosecutor. I’m the Lord of Hosts. I’m the layer in wait. I’m the worst thing you can imagine.”

Caroline Flack Laid to Rest in Private Ceremony

After passing away on the 15th of February, Caroline Flack was laid to rest in a private ceremony on the tenth of this month. Three weeks after being found dead at her flat in London, the popular television host was laid to rest after a private service was held by her family for her close friends and relatives. In her honour, numerous celebrities paid tribute to Caroline on social media. Tributes were payed by Stacey Solomon, whose boyfriend Joe Swash worked with Caroline on I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here…! Britain’s Got Talent judge Amanda Holden paid tribute to the television host, most popular for her hosting stint on Love Island, by wearing a t-shirt designed by Keith Lemon emblazoned with the words, “Be Kind.” Caroline Flack’s former X Factor colleague Olly Murs wrote in a social media post, “Today was so hard but you know what goodbyes are not forever, goodbyes are not the end. They simply mean I’ll miss you caz until we meet again.”

An inquest, set to resume in August, ruled that Caroline’s death was caused by suicide. It came as the television star was awaiting trial for assault, with reports stating she had been accused of striking her boyfriend Lewis Burton over the head with a lamp. With Caroline pleading not guilty to the charge, and Burton unsupportive of the prosecution, it’s clear the celebrity suffered much anguish over the prospect of prosecution. The Independent Office for Police Conduct cleared the Met Police of having any causal link with Caroline’s death.

After she was laid to rest in the private funeral service, Caroline Flack’s ex-boyfriend Andrew Brady shared a moving and lengthy tribute to the late TV icon. Posted alongside a photo of the pair together, he commented, “Caroline sadly died almost a month ag. She’s finally been laid to rest and I still haven’t come to terms with things.”

The Best in British Reality TV Series

The Great British Bake Off

The popular baking series, which triggered a baking craze across the nation, has this year completed its tenth series. Crown winner of the Great British Bake Off 2019, David Atherton is the only winner to have never been recognised as Star Baker during the whole season!

Love Island

Filmed in the idyllic surroundings of Sant Llorenc des Cardassar, Mallorca, the reality dating show consumes all whenever it appears on screen! This year witnessed the series’ fifth incarnation, as Amber Gill and Greg O’Shea took the £50,000 prize money. The series was watched by an average of 5.61 million, the highest in the show’s history to date.

Britain’s Got Talent

Created by Simon Cowell and hosted by duo Ant McPartlin and Dec Donnelly, Britain’s Got Talent is responsible for bringing the likes of tenor Paul Potts, the dance group Diversity and magician Richard Jones.

Strictly Come Dancing

Now in its seventeenth series, the mainly ballroom and Latin dancing competition takes the nation by storm every year. Responsible for ‘the Strictly curse’, the show is known for creating sparks beyond the dancefloor!

The X Factor

Another hit show devised by music mogul Simon Cowell, The X Factor has been a mainstay on the small screen since September 2004. The show’s popularity has been replicated across the world, from Albani to Israel, across the Arab world and as far afield as Vietnam.

Celebrity Big Brother

An adaptation of the non-celebrity Big Brother, the celebrity version that proved to be a bigger hit than the original show. Despite maintaining its popularity after a move to Channel 5, the last ever series aired in 2018. Winners have included Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty, the show’s only non-celebrity contestant Chantelle Houghton, Katie Price and former Coronation Street star Ryan Thomas.

Paul Hollywood and The Great British Bake Off

Since appearing on the Great British Bake Off in 2010, English celebrity chef and television presenter Paul Hollywood has become a firm fan favourite after coming to the nation’s attention as a judge on the hit television baking competition. Son of bakery owners John Hollywood and Gillian Harman, Paul Hollywood’s culinary career began with baking. He eventually went on to serve as head baker at leading hotels such as The Dorchester, Chester Grosvenor and Spa and the Cliveden Hotel. Paul also served at two resorts in Cyprus as a baker. Starting with the Great British Bake Off since its inaugural series in 2010, Hollywood developed a critically acclaimed partnership with fellow judge Mary Berry, to which the show’s considerable success was greatly attributed. However, Love Productions sold the rights to the show to BBC One’s competitor Channel 4, the pair were split up leaving critics and the public at large questioning the show’s future success without the mainstay of the on-screen judging duo watching over proceedings. On Channel 4, critics have acknowledged that the show has survived the transfer to Channel 4 and maintained its popularity despite the change of television networks.

Paul Hollywood has published various titles on baking, his first was released by Cassell, London in 2004 and entitled 100 Great Breads. His most recent work, The Weekend Baker, was published by Michael Joseph, London in 2016. He has appeared as a guest on various popular television programmes such as The Generation Game, The Heaven and Earth Show, This Morning and the Alan Titchmarsh Show, across the BBC and ITV networks. Following a 2013 appearance on The American Baking Competition, Hollywood had an affair with co-host Marcella Valladolid, which brought about the end of his marriage to 20-year partner Alexandra Hollywood.



The Great British Bake Off 2019

Next week sees the return of fan favourite the Great British Bake Off to our screens. It is the ninth series of the show, which started life on BBC Two on 17 August 2010. Following a strong and successful start on BBC Two, where the first episode drew 2 million viewers, the programme’s fourth series was moved to a primetime slot on BBC One on account of its popularity. During the second series, it averaged 4 million viewers per episode and the last fifteen minutes of the final were viewed by 5.1 million people. After three series on BBC One, producers Love Productions signed a three-year deal with Channel 4, where it has appeared since 2017 and has return this week. The Great British Bake Off is said to have reinvigorated the nation’s interest in baking and even the Women’s Institute.

This year’s series, the tenth in the programme’s history, will be presented by Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig and adjudicated by returning judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith. Thirteen bakers, aged from 20 to 56, will compete against each other in an attempt to impress the judges with their baking skills. Each week, one amateur baker will be eliminated from the competition and the winner will be chosen from the group who reaches the finals. The contestants this year include a veterinary surgeon, a fashion designer, an HGV driver, an international health adviser and a geography teacher, with each of them representing various parts of the UK.

Over the past decade, the Great British Bake Off has received nominations for and numerous television awards, multiple times and across various different categories. These include the National Television Awards and the BAFTA and BAFTA TV awards, which it has won a total of four times.