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.”

BBC to Replace TV License with Broadband Levy

After much outrage surrounding the BBC decision requiring over-75s to pay full license fees, the government-owned broadcaster is set to stir up yet another storm. Recently, the government has moved to decriminalise non-payment of the TV license fee. In response, the BBC has stated that the fee could be replaced by a monthly levy on broadband connections. While the broadcaster has insisted on keeping the current court-enforced license fee in the immediate term, it is open to replicating the European model of a funding source “linked directly to an existing common household bill.” Options include internet bills, council tax bills or utility bills.

The decision to decriminalise non-payment of the TV license fee was initially proposed by former culture secretary Nicky Morgan. Two months ago, the BBC’s news production drew the ire of all parties across the political spectrum. At the time, commentators noted that the government was “picking a fight” with the state broadcaster. Ministerial appearances on the network were severed and warnings of “cutting the BBC down to size” were also levelled at the public broadcaster.

Since then, in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, Downing Street’s approach to the BBC has changed. Now attracting record-breaking audiences for programmes featuring ministers, coronavirus updates and public health advice. Last week, 15.4 million people tuned in to BBC One to watch Boris Johnson’s coronavirus statement.

In its statement, the BBC reiterated, “The BBC is a universal service – one to which everyone contributes and everyone receives something in return. Any system based on a universal contribution must have a sufficient deterrent and sanction to ensure that principle holds up and the system is fair to those who do pay, as well as those who don’t.” With tensions cooling between the government and the broadcaster, commentators foresee some acquiescence from Downing Street.

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.”

Chatterbox Chatter: Love Island’s Amber Gill and Greg O’Shea Split!

As rumours swirled and their time apart ticked on, it still came as a shock this week that this year’s Love Island winners, and apparently inseparable couple, Amber Gill and Greg O’Shea have officially split! Following a two-week romance on the hit show, the couple seemed rather quiet winners, vowing to rekindle their romance as soon as normality returned to their lives following their stint on the show. Beating their rivals to the £50,000 cash prize, the pair had initially insisted on pursuing their relationship, despite considerable time apart following a return to much busier schedules. Amber made a long-anticipated trip to visit Greg in Ireland, in late August, after which the couple’s fans were treated to a flurry of photos posted by the gushing couple on social media and publicly exchanged messages between the couple. Posing in front of famous landmarks, such as the Cliffs of Moher and Dromoland Castle Hotel and Country Club, the couple seemed to be enjoying their time together and were clearly on a good course.

However, around the time she expected to visit Greg in Ireland again, Amber revealed she had received a text message from Greg in which he stated his desire to longer pursue the relationship. By all accounts, it was Amber who pressed the conversation, as Greg overlooked the most basic etiquette by not informing her of his intentions clearly. Sources close to Amber have revealed that the Geordie beauty feels that Greg was aware of the distance between the two and chose to pursue her while on the show with full knowledge of it. However, Greg was more realistic about the situation, citing both of their busy schedules and their focus on their respective careers as the cause for the split, during an appearance on RTE One’s Late Late Show in Dublin.