The game could be up for Chesney Brown in Coronation Street as his lies threaten to catch up with him in a big way – with the consequences being that he could lose Sinead Tinker for good.
Chesney has led Sinead to believe that Daniel attacked him but the true story looks set to be very different – and when Chesney is threatened by Daniel with the CCTV of the backyard which would show what really happened, he panics!
As Sinead’s hen night arrives, Robert Preston gives Daniel a DVD of Sinead’s childhood clips to play at the party and he hits upon a conniving plan, insinuating to Chesney that he has replaced the DVD of Sinead with CCTV footage of the ginnel.
As the hens gather in the bistro to watch the DVD, Chesney leaps to try and stop it being played and Beth Tinker is left in agony after being knocked to the ground.
As Sinead is appalled by this, an intrigued Tracy Barlow hits play on the DVD but will Chesney be exposed? And with Beth having suffered a fractured shoulder, Sinead admits that she can’t take much more of Chesney’s dramatic behaviour.
This prompts a fuming Tyrone Dobbs to corner Daniel and accuse him of being a bully, explaining things from Chesney’s perspective and this prompts Daniel to apologise to Chesney as he sees reflections of himself in Joseph, who has recently lost his mother.
Chesney, filled with remorse over his own actions, unburdens himself to Sinead, who is left unsure over whether she can go ahead with the wedding.
Released pictures have revealed that a ceremony of sorts does take place – but whether Chesney and Sinead actually become man and wife remains to be seen.
One to watch: New Year’s Day at 7:30pm on ITV.
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‘Antebellum’ has a ‘Get Out’ vibe, but doesn’t live up to its twist
“Antebellum” is built around a provocative twist, and it’s a good one — as well as one that definite..
“Antebellum” is built around a provocative twist, and it’s a good one — as well as one that definitely shouldn’t be spoiled even a little. Once that revelation is absorbed, however, the movie becomes less distinctive and inspired, reflecting an attempt to tap into the zeitgeist that made “Get Out” a breakthrough, without the same ability to pay off the premise.
Originally destined for a theatrical run, the movie hits digital platforms trumpeting a “Get Out” pedigree in its marketing campaign, since there’s an overlap among the producing teams.
More directly, the film marks the directing debut of Gerard Bush + Christopher Renz, who have championed social-justice issues through their advertising work. The opening script features a quote from author William Faulkner, whose intent will eventually become clearer: “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.”
If that sounds like a timely means of drawing a line from the horrors of slavery to the racism of today, you’ve come to the right place.
The story begins on a plantation, where the brutal overseers carry out grisly punishments against those tilling the fields. A few have just tried to escape, led by Veronica (Janelle Monae), and they pay a heavy price for their resistance, which does nothing to curb her defiance.
Also written by Bush + Renz, the script take too long before revealing what makes “Antebellum” different, but the middle portion — a “The Twilight Zone”-like phase when it’s hard to be sure exactly what’s going on — is actually the film’s strongest. (Even the trailer arguably gives away too much, so the less one knows, the better.)
The final stretch, by contrast, veers into more familiar thriller territory, and feels especially rushed toward the end, leaving behind a host of nagging, unanswered questions. That provides food for thought, but it’s also what separates the movie from something like “Get Out,” which deftly fleshed out its horror underpinnings.
Although the filmmakers (in a taped message) expressed disappointment that the movie wasn’t making its debut in theaters, in a strange way, the on-demand format somewhat works in its favor. In the press notes, Bush says the goal was “to force the audience to look at the real-life horror of racism through the lens of film horror. We’re landing in the middle of the very conversations that we hoped ‘Antebellum’ would spur.”
“Antebellum” should add to that discussion, so mission accomplished on that level. Monae is also quite good in her first leading film role (she did previously star in the series “Homecoming’s” second season), but otherwise, most of the characters remain underdeveloped.