They always sneak up on us, don’t they? Just as we’re all preparing for tomorrow’s shenanigans and resigned to write today off as a rare slow news day, Dave go and publish a new video. It’s all about how weird it was for Craig to be filming with the Dwarf crew on the set of Corrie, but there’s also some fresh GUEST CAST NEWS to come out of it.
The first is confirmation that Simon Gregson will be appearing, although whether this is as “Steve McDonald” or as “Simon Gregson” is yet to be seen. We’ve known about Simon’s involvement for so long – since way back on what I now refer to as Headfuck Monday – that he’s pretty much disappeared from our minds, but it’s reassuring to hear Craig talk about his comedy attributes in such positive terms.
More interestingly, Simon will be joined by another member of the Corrie cast – Michelle Keegan, who plays Tina McIntyre. She’s only been in the show for just over a year, and I’m not too familiar with her – she’s certainly not as iconic for non-Corrie fans as Steve McDonald. But apparently she works at The Kabin, which the crew (bar Lister, who’s guarding Carbug) visit at some point during their Corrie visit.
Now, this footage – especially in light of the spoilery revelations uncovered here – raises a lot of questions about the nature of the Corrie sequence. Are our crew on the set of Britain’s best-loved soap, or are they walking down a real cobbled street in Greater Manchester, which really has a pub called the Rovers? Some of you are convinced it’s the latter, but I’m not so sure – it could still go either way at this stage. And isn’t it amazing how close we are to transmission, with so much as yet unknown?
Other snippets gained from this video include:
- Rimmer saying “good job, chaps, we were so authentic it was frightening”. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?
- Before the crew go into The Kabin, you can see an open postbox – this is presumably just after Kryten unlocks it with his finger.
- Lister uses the term “Carbug” in dialogue on Coronation Street. This is a minor disappointment – we’d rather hoped we’d coined the phrase on G&T on Headfuck Monday, and that the production had nicked it off us. Bah.
- While in the pub, Lister says “what are you guys doing?” incredulously. It’s good to know that he and Doug worked out the exact level of incredulity beforehand.
- I am really, really going to miss desperately unpicking snippets of information like this when it’s all over next week.
Three days, one hour and twenty-six minutes to go…