Sarah prepares for the christening. She tells Harry that today they can finally say goodbye to the devil. Kylie is concerned, thinking Sarah sounds a little crazy. When Nick snaps at Sarah, and belittles Harry's christening, David's puzzled at Nick's uncharacteristic tone. As the congregation enter the church, Kylie confides in David that she's worried Sarah has built the whole thing up in her head as a kind of exorcism. The godparents gather round the font. Harry screams in Sarah's arms. Thrusting baby Harry at Nick, Sarah runs from the church.
When Gary arrives for work, Sharif makes it clear he's not welcome but reminding Sharif that he's a partner in the business, Gary refuses to leave. Johnny explains to Izzy that for safety reasons, he can't allow someone on dope to operate a machine. Izzy assures him she only uses weed for pain relief. Gary accuses Sharif of using Izzy's situation to try to take back his share of the business.
When Gail opens a birthday card from Martin, David, Kylie and Sarah realise with horror they've forgotten her birthday. When Nick realises it's Gail's birthday and he'd completely forgotten, he's worried by his lapse in memory.
Maria suggests to Luke that now they're engaged, he should move in with her. Luke's thrilled. Chris calls in the pub with his son Sam and Liz is delighted to see him.
Monday 18 April 2016
Billy comforts Sarah in the vestry and assures her that Harry is a beautiful baby and she mustn't let thoughts of his father spoil that. Sarah returns to the font and, after apologising to the congregation for her wobble, the christening goes ahead. The guests gather at the Bistro for Harry and Gail's joint christening and birthday party. When Nick loses his temper over something small, David covers for him. Sally presents Gail with a birthday cake emblazoned with the words 'Gail no nuts' and Audrey makes a touching speech. Nick confides in David that the symptoms from his brain injury have returned and he's worried it could destroy his relationship with Carla.
Jenny puts in a good word for Izzy and begs Johnny to be lenient with her as she suffers from such a painful condition. Izzy assures Johnny she never takes drugs before or at work and has no criminal convictions. Johnny promises her that her job is safe. Izzy shares her good news with Gary.
Will calls at the Rovers and, after explaining that Saskia has invited another 50 guests to the wedding, persuades Michelle to accompany him to the reception venue to discuss it with the manager.
Freddie amuses Audrey with his dry sense of humour while Ken finds him increasingly annoying. Kate confides in Sophie how much she misses Caz. Sophie's disappointed to realise Kate is clearly still in love with Caz. Luke and Maria break the news to Tyrone and Fiz that they'll be moving in together.
Wednesday 20 April 2016
Michelle appears looking a million dollars and sets off with Will to the wedding venue. Liz and Sean watch her go, concerned. As Michelle and Will admire the banqueting suite, Michelle admits she's miserable and Steve can't even be bothered to come home for her 40th birthday. Will confesses to Michelle he's thinking of calling off the wedding as he still has feelings for her. Michelle is taken aback. Liz tells Sean that Steve phoned and he's planning to fly home and surprise Michelle on her birthday. Michelle finally admits that she has feelings for Will too. Then, immediately regretting her admission, she dashes off
Alya makes Sharif see that Gary only acted out of kindness towards Izzy and he would do the same for Yasmeen if he had to. Sharif realises Alya's right. He relents and tells Gary he's happy to continue working with him so long as he conducts his other business well away from the gym. When Dev explains that it was Alya who talked Sharif round, Gary's touched. He thanks her for her kindness and it's obvious they still have feelings for one another.
As Sophie, Kate and Johnny chat outside the factory, Kate's phone rings. Her face falls and Sophie and Johnny watch anxiously. Kate explains that Caz has been involved in an accident and they're bringing her home.
Phelan puts pressure on Jason to submit a tender for the Freshcos project. Jason reckons it's too big a job but then agrees to take a look. Chris is bemused to discover Liz's daughter-in-law is about to turn 40. Amy quickly covers for Liz but again uses it to her financial advantage. Todd tries to butter up Eileen hoping she'll invite him to move back into No.11 but she refuses to take the bait.
Friday 22 April 2016
Michelle opens her birthday cards. A bouquet arrives but they're from Will, not Steve and Michelle is disappointed. Will calls at the pub with a birthday cake for Michelle and, telling her Saskia's away, suggests she comes round for dinner. They're interrupted by Liz whose disapproval is evident and Will heads off in haste. When Tim unwittingly reveals that he's sent a driver to the airport to collect Steve, Michelle's overjoyed to realise her husband is coming home for her birthday after all. When it emerges that Steve wasn't on the flight, Michelle is upset and is convinced Steve no longer cares about her. She heads to Will's house. Kissing her on the cheek, Will shows her in.
Sally's annoyed at Tim for failing to deliver the leaflets advertising the meeting about the proposed Freshco plans. When Rita lets slip that Sally is on the Planning Committee and intends to fight the Freshco development, Phelan takes her for a drink and tries to get her on side over the Freshcos development.
Kate makes up a bed for Caz's return. Johnny warns her not to get her hopes up as Caz has made her feelings perfectly clear. Caz arrives home on crutches and, as Kate and Johnny help her into the flat, Sophie approaches but Caz gives her short shrift leaving Sophie's feelings hurt.
Bethany admits to Luke she's being bullied and Luke is deeply concerned. Lauren and her mates lay into Bethany at a bus stop. Luke swings by in a sports car and the pair roar off leaving the bullies open-mouthed. Bethany thanks Luke for coming to her rescue. Alex arrives in the cafe hungover and sporting a tattoo and Cathy's seriously unimpressed.
Friday 22 April 2016
Liz breaks the news that Michelle's party is cancelled because Steve failed to show up. Michelle confides in Will that she just wants to be with someone who cares about her. Will kisses her and she responds passionately. Steve arrives at the Rovers, tanned and relaxed and carrying a cane donkey. Liz demands to know where he's been. Michelle leads Will upstairs and they kiss again. Suddenly coming to her senses, Michelle pushes Will away and telling him she loves Steve, leaves in haste. Will is disappointed. Michelle arrives home to find Steve in the living room. They hug and Michelle cries in his arms, regretting what has happened with Will.
Phelan breaks in and trashes the community centre. Todd watches him leave, wondering what he's been up to. Yasmeen's shocked to discover the wrecked centre but Phelan steps in and offers to sort out the mess at a knockdown price. Yasmeen is grateful for his kindness. Sally moans to Tim and Todd how the Freshcos meeting is off as the community centre has been trashed, but what a saviour Phelan has been. Todd is suspicious and confronts Phelan, telling him he might have fooled everyone else but he knows he was behind the community centre vandalism. Phelan's unfazed.
Cathy's alarmed to learn from Alex that Nessa is out with her new boyfriend all the time and takes little or no interest in what Alex gets up to. Cathy is not happy to find Alex drinking with the lads in the Rovers.
Caz blames Sophie for ruining her wedding. She tells Kate that if they're to salvage their relationship, she can't be friends with Sophie any more. Kate relays this to Sophie who is very upset.
Coronation Street: Carla Connor actress Alison King QUITS soap for good
SHE'S starred as Carla Connor since 2006, but Coronation Street actress Alison King has confirmed she's quit the soap for good.
Alison King has quit Coronation Street
It had been previously rumoured that the brunette beauty was set to take another sabbatical from the hit ITV show, but Alison has slammed the speculation by stating she's leaving the long-running soap opera for the indefinite future.
Alison confirmed she had handed in her notice in an interview with the Radio Times.
She said: "It's been put out there that I'm taking a sabbatical, but I'm not."
Alison continued: "They've very graciously left the doors open for me to come back if I want to. And I haven't ruled that out. But this is a new chapter for me."
In May last year ITV confirmed Alison had taken a break, with a statement claiming she was "taking a sabbatical for creative reasons".
During her time on the Salford-based show the 42-year-old has been embroiled in some of the soap's most memorable storylines.
Carla - who has battled alcoholism and gambling addictions on-and-off since moving to Coronation Street - has endured two marriage breakdowns.
Callum Logan’s body WILL be discovered in coming months it has finally been confirmed – just in time for Kylie Platt to make her departure from the Street.
Viewers have been wondering when the murder secret might come to light, with Callum currently festering under the Platt household after Kylie dispatched him last September.
Currently only killer Kylie, her husband David and his sister Sarah know that Callum is even dead – but all that is set to change when the past comes back to haunt them.
While it is inevitable that the twist will play some kind of part in Kylie’s temporary hiatus from the show as Paula Lane heads off on maternity, producer Stuart Blackburn has hinted that all may not be as it seems with the gruesome discovery.
He said: ‘That particular secret will come to light at the end of spring or in early summer. But the discovery may not directly impact the characters you think it will.’
So who will come across Callum’s corpse – and who might take the blame for his murder?
It’s going to be an interesting few months on the cobbles…
CORONATION STREET is about to see another love story unfold in Weatherfield as Johnny Connor is set to woo Jenny Bradley, confirmed actor Richard Hawley today.
The 56-year-old appeared on Good Morning Britain when he revealed his character Johnny - who made his debut on The Cobbles in October last year - will embark on blossoming new romance with Jenny.
"I was surprised because I thought we might see something between Johnny and Liz [McDonald]," he told Susanna Reid and Ben Shephard. "I thought we'd be good friends and perhaps something would grow but maybe a relationship is too soon for Liz.
"It's interesting what is going to happen between Johnny and Jenny. He is a sucker for vulnerability and she's getting a hard time at the factory from all the workers at the moment.
"He has a very vulnerable side too. So in a way, I think they are both good for each other. They both want a fresh start and I think this will mark a new dawn for them."
She's not only going on maternity leave after all!
Paula Lane has quit Coronation Street.
The actress - who plays Kylie Platt in the ITV soap - will depart the show after six years playing the troubled former drug addict.
Corrie bosses have revealed that Kylie will be at the centre of a 'huge top secret storyline' which will be on screen this summer.
29-year-old Paula's final episodes will be filmed before she is due to leave the show on maternity leave.
Paula revealed the news on Twitter, writing: "So it's official, I can now confirm I'm leaving Coronation Street this summer after a wonderful 5 years.
"It's time to fly the nest..."
Paula's co-stars quickly took to Twitter to show their support and wish her well for the future.
Jane Danson, who plays Leanne Battersby, tweeted to say: "Me and Leanne will miss you heaps. Lots of love, happiness and success for the future Hun xx."
Actress Brooke Vincent, who plays Sophie Webster, added: "I'm definitely going to miss you. Our beautiful yummy mummy."
Jenny Bradley actress, Sally Ann Matthews said: "To wonderful new adventures."
In a statement, Paula said: "This has not been an easy decision for me to make.
"I have enjoyed every moment of my time on Coronation Street and learnt so much in the process.
"I have an amazing on-screen family who have become friends for life, so this decision was not taken lightly.
"But sometimes you just have to follow your heart and I am excited about what the future has to offer both personally and professionally."
Producer Stuart Blackburn said: "Paula is one of the most talented and dedicated actors I know and in Kylie she has created an unforgettable Corrie character.
"I for one will miss both the character and the actor and on behalf of all at Coronation Street wish Paula all the love and luck in the world and I'm certain that Paula's future will be full of continued success."
Viewers know that Kylie was the one who killed evil drug dealer Callum Logan in the soap's most recent live episode, after he attacked Sarah Louise Platt.
Show bosses revealed that the writers are hard at work weaving Paula's exit into the larger storyline, which will bring the saga of dead Callum to an end.
He current resides entombed in a sewerage pipe beneath Kylie's mother-in-law Gail's granny flat.
Coronation Street is to kill off Jason Grimshaw's dad Tony Stewart - although actor Terence Maynard will not be returning to film the character's exit. Instead, the roguish builder will be given an off-screen death.
Villainous Tony departed Weatherfield with his tail between his legs in November last year after Liz (Beverley Callard) got him to sign his share of the Rovers back to Steve.
Telling Jason (Ryan Thomas) that he was headed for Birmingham, Tony was seen leaving town. But scenes to be broadcast next month will see the police breaking the news to Jason that his father has died.
But soap bosses are currently remaining tight-lipped as to what effect news of the shock death will have on Jason and Tony's ex-lover Liz.
t's a Coronation Street wedding, so of course things are going to end in catastrophic disaster, naturally. So although Carla and Nick are set to tie the knot, we'll bet you a very large sum of money that her affair with Robert Preston might pop up. Hands placed over eyes accordingly.
Carla Connor (Alison King) cheated on Nick Tilsley (Ben Price) over the Christmas period when she had an ill-advised one-night stand with Robert (Tristan Gemmill), and to make matters all that bit worse, her arch-nemesis Tracy Barlow (Kate Ford) knows all about it. Whoops.
As it stands, Tracy hasn't snitched to Nick about Carla's infidelity, but that's only because she's having a great deal of fun with the concept of blackmail. Shock horror. But no secret stays under wraps on the cobbles, so we couldn't think of a better time for Carla's night of passion to rise to the surface than on her wedding day (preferably during the vows), right?
As Tracy's blackmailing demands get even greedier, King revealed to Soaplife that it could only be a matter of time before her character Carla snapped.
"The wedding is going to be quite understated - it is her fourth time so it is more low key.I am thrilled it is going to be at the Bistro so we don't have to be on location for days!
"But whilst the wedding might be understated and low key, the drama definitely won't be!"
She added: "There is this one big secret and if Tracy blows it then it could be the end of this life that Carla wants with Nick.
"If Carla had told Nick straight away then maybe she would not be in this position now and they could have moved on from it, but as time goes on it gets more difficult to come clean which means that Tracy holds all the cards and she knows that," she continued.
The next few weeks will have Corrie viewers quivering in their seats, Digestive biscuits thrown into the air and all sorts, as Carla struggles with her emotions when Tracy divulges her plans to tell Nick about her infidelity. Put a sock in it, Tracy.
Though King is not leaving Coronation Street for a few months, the actress spoke of her being ready to take the next step away from the soap. "[I am] calm, a bit sick, excited… For me it is about saying goodbye to some amazing people who I Iove working with, both cast and crew," she said.
"I am ready to say farewell to Carla but I will miss everybody here," she added.
He was named soap’s best newcomer last year and he is getting a lot of love from fans, so it would stand to reason that Coronation Street would want to keep a hold of Shayne Ward.
The X Factor star turned actor made his debut as Aidan Connor last year and has been involved in storylines such as discovering dad Johnny’s family secret, embarking on a romance with Eva Price and rescuing slave Marta from the sinister O’Driscolls.
According to The Mirror, we are going to see a lot more of Aidan as Shayne has reportedly signed up to stay until at least July 2017. A source said: ‘Ever since he joined the cast, Shayne has impressed bosses with his professional attitude. They can see he is a massive asset to Coronation Street and that he has a large fan base.
‘He’s also great fun to be around and always singing in-between filming. So they are glad he’s so enthusiastic about staying on.’
Spokespersons for Coronation Street declined to confirm or deny as the show never comments on the contracts of its stars.
But Shayne has previously made it clear that he wants to stick around on the soap and is enjoying the experience and we reckon that Corrie chiefs would be mad NOT to keep him in the programme.
Like Kym Marsh, Shayne has been a successful transition from music to the acting world and continues to create songs alongside his role as Aidan too.
Coronation Street stalwart Bev Callard has reportedly been signed off from the soap for two months due to continued struggles with her mental health.
The actress, 59, who plays Liz McDonald, was deeply affected by the death of close friend Anne Kilbride, 60, last year and is said to still be 'traumatised' by the loss.
Ten days ago, Corrie bosses allegedly told Callard to take time away from the show after the star was taken ill.
The episode comes after medication she was taking for her much-publicised battle with depression was suddenly discontinued.
A source told MailOnline: 'Bev has taken some time off after one of the medications she takes for her depression was discontinued without warning causing her to have some problems.
'She is taking some time off whilst her doctors look for a suitable alternative.'
The Sun reported that the star had been taking different medication for the issue for the last two years.
And an insider told the publication: 'It affected her mental health and affected her at work. It was a surprise to people that she was suddenly quite ill again.
'Everyone loves Bev and hopes she’ll bounce back from this.'
MailOnline has contacted a representative for Bev and is awaiting comment. Meanwhile, a representative for Coronation Street said the show doesn't comment on private health matters.
Callard has spoken openly about her mental health issues in the past including during a revealing interview on Piers Morgan's Life Stories in 2014.
She recently wrote on Twitter: 'Been battling the demons of depression! One of the meds I'm on, has been stopped by pharmaceutical company, apparently it doesn't make money
'I'm getting there!!!! Thanks so much for all your good wishes xxxx (sic)'
In response to a fan recalling the 'good old days' when medicine was about 'making people better ... not money', she replied: 'Too true'.
As a result of the issue, the actress was reportedly sent home from work earlier this month and her medical team are said to be searching for an alternative to the medication.
Callard is also said to still be devastated at the loss of her best friend Anne Kirkbride, who played Deirdre Barlow in the soap and died from cancer aged 60.
A source revealed: 'She’s still traumatised at losing her bezzie. It’s just over a year since Annie died and she misses her like crazy.'
She wasn't able to film scenes at the funeral of Liz's lover Tony Stewart - played by Terence Maynard - yesterday, and the actress was also unable to attend the real-life funeral of 'Corrie' creator Tony Warren earlier this month.
She tweeted: 'Sadly I can't be there today, but without the Wonderful Tony Warren none of us would be here today. Such a fantastic person, much missed xx (sic)'
Last year, the star admitted she struggled to watch her on-screen son Steve McDonald - played by Simon Gregson - battle depression, as she suffered a mental breakdown sparked by the illness herself in 2008.
They're one of Coronation Street's unluckiest couples.
And it seems that Tyrone Dobbs' (Alan Halsall) and Fiz Stape's (Jennie McAlpine) bad luck is set to continue after a well-deserved night out is ruined by a hair-raising drive in a pick-up truck.
The pair, who have had a gruelling year supporting Fiz's daughter Hope through a cancer battle, are seen all dolled up and ready to enjoy their evening out.
But things take a turn for the worse when Tyrone's new shoes get jammed under the pedals on the pick-up truck, sending him careering off for him to potentially hit a long queue of traffic.
He manages to break in just the nick of time - but it's sure to put a dampener on the couple's evening.
The two actors were spotted filming on location in Manchester getting into Kevin Webster's (Michael Le Vell) pick-up truck to celebrate the night-out.
And while the night starts well, with Fiz smiling at her fiance, their happiness quickly turns to horror after realising Tyrone is losing control of the car.
Fiz looks startled and bites her nails during the scene, while Tyrone tries to take control.
Alan was suited and booted in smart grey attire for filming while Jennie wore a plunging red dress, covered up by a huge red coat to keep her warm during the night shoot.
The Street's hair and make-up team did a great job styling her up for the scenes, with her trademark red curls pulled in half-up half-down style, and her make-up set off by a smokey eye.
Alan, who has recently split up with wife Lucy-Jo Hudson, looked to be putting his heartbreak behind him as he was pictured in high spirits during the shoot.
Tyrone and Fiz have been one of the Street's favourite couples since they got together in 2012 after a harrowing domestic violence plot which involved the mechanic being abused by his partner, Kirsty Soames.
And while the duo have enjoyed some happiness - they became engaged in last Christmas Day's episode - their time together has been blighted by Hope's illness and by Tyrone's mounting debts.
There’s a bit of an elephant in the room at the Platt household – or should that be a body under the floor? As Callum continues to reside under Gail’s annexe, David, Kylie and Sarah have started to relax a little bit. But a series of events will lead to the discovery of the corpse and as the fact that Callum is dead sends shockwaves through the Street, the bombshell is a catalyst for drama that will change several lives forever – and result in Kylie’s departure from the Street.
In other Platt related news, Sarah continues to struggle in the wake of Harry’s birth. As she heads closer to the edge, a special event sees her lose control in spectacular fashion. But as her state of mind causes concern, just how worried should her loved ones be? And she isn’t the only member of the clan who is experiencing mental health difficulties…
Tracy has a massive hold over Carla and all of her jumping through hoops may have been for nothing when the truth about her tryst with Robert is finally exposed. With Carla’s wedding day to Nick tipped to end in disaster, we know that Alison King will leave the soap this Spring. But will she go with Nick – or will she leave a broken woman?
Jason is also due to head out of the show and a tragic turn of events could be what drives him out as news reaches him that his dad Tony has died. The news will rock Jason’s world, and leave him feeling vulnerable and angry. And as he focuses his rage on the wrong people, will his actions land him in serious trouble? Or will he cut his losses and leave before he causes some damage?
As Michelle finds herself tempted by first love Will, he makes it very clear that he is open to cheating on his fiancee Saskia. And while Michelle initially resists, Steve’s continued absence makes her feel more and more neglected. But when Steve does arrive back in coming weeks, will he arrive home to find his marriage in tatters?
Sparks fly between Jenny Bradley and Johnny Connor as they enjoy romantic trip to Blackpool in Coronation Street
Her return to the cobbles was far from well-received with the residents of Coronation Street.
But it looks as though things are finally looking up for Jenny Bradley (Sally Ann Matthews) as she embarks on a romance with Johnny Connor (Richard Hawley) after sparks fly during a getaway to Blackpool.
The duo look to get on like a house on fire as they feast on ice creams and enjoy a romantic walk along the pier, laughing incessantly as they go.
The location will seemingly be of important significance given that Blackpool was where Jenny's father Alan Bradley was killed back in 1989, though it looks set to hold happier memories for the character this time around.
Alan, played by Mark Eden, met his end after he was hit by a tram while chasing Jenny's foster mother Rita in the seaside town, the same Rita who once again welcomed Jenny into her home earlier this year.
It looked to be a chilly day on set for the actors as they wrapped up in their winter coats as the cameras rolled.
The new soap romance may not come as a total surprise to some, given that Richard revealed that the duo would find love when speaking on ITV1's Good Morning Britain last month.
He told hosts Susanna Reid and Ben Shephard: 'It’s interesting what is going to happen between Johnny and Jenny. He is a sucker for some vulnerability and she’s getting a hard time off the factory workers.
'He’s having a hard time too at the moment.
'Here’s two people who are quite good for each other.'
The relationship will mark the first pleasant story-line Jenny has had since making her comeback to the street in January, months after her attempt to kidnap ex-boyfriend Kevin Webster's young son, Jack.
With the support of Rita, Jenny has been trying to fit back in with her Weatherfield neighbours after landing a cleaning job at the factory run by Johnny and his family.
But it looks like the slate may have officially been wiped clean between Kevin (Michael Le Vell) and Jenny, as he was also seen having fun at the resort with his Jack and pal Tim Metcalfe (Joe Duttine) as the trio snapped selfies and tucked into candyfloss.
This is the dramatic moment when Coronation Street’s Jenny Bradley snatches Jack Webster once again – this time from the jaws of death.
In scenes filmed today, Jenny grabbed Kevin Webster's son in the nick of time as a tram thundered towards him during a day out in Blackpool.
The incident is particularly poignant for Jenny as the character's father, Alan Bradley, was knocked down by a Blackpool tram in 1989.
At the time he was trying to track down Rita, who he had previously attempted to suffocate.
But as he spotted her and shouted “Rita!” he was hit by the tram and killed.
An onlooker at today's filming said: “Jenny ran in front of the tram and pushed Jack out of the way, almost certainly saving his life.
"Afterwards she looked shocked as she sat on the ground and Kevin came to thank her.”
Jenny’s brave actions come a year after she abducted Jack during her short-lived relationship with Kevin.
It emerged she had become obsessed with the young lad, having tragically lost her own son aged four after he drowned in a paddling pool and was later sectioned for treatment.
Now Jenny, played by Sally Ann Matthews, has returned to Weatherfield and with the help of her foster mum Rita (Barbara Knox) has settled back in to life on the cobbles, taking a cleaning job at the Underworld factory.
She will soon embark on a romance with factory owner Johnny Connor, played by Richard Hawley, and the pair were seen looking happy and carefree in scenes filmed earlier this week in which they ate ice-creams.
Richard revealed last month that the pair were going to get together, saying: “It’s interesting what is going to happen between Johnny and Jenny.
"He is a sucker for some vulnerability and she’s getting a hard time off the factory workers.
"He’s having a hard time too at the moment. Here’s two people who are quite good for each other.”
It’s been claimed today that new Coronation Street boss Kate Oates – who was previously Series Producer at Emmerdale – has decided to axe the Street’s iconic Kabin.
According to Coronation Street Blog, Oates decided that it was “unrealistic” that a small corner shop such as The Kabin would still be open, given the competition from big-name chain stores and supermarkets.
A Coronation Street spokesman said, “With many newsagents closing all over the country, it’s unrealistic that The Kabin still exists.
“There has been a mention of a mini Freshco’s opening nearby, and this will have a great affect on The Kabin.”
The show’s rep went on to say that as yet, there has been no decision made as to what will happen to Rita once the shop closes, because of course, she lives in a flat above it…
However, the Corrie source added, “We’ve always regretted not axing the Kabin when we had the chance during the 2010 tram crash.”
But somewhat worryingly – because we’d hate to see either character written out – the spokesman concluded by saying, “We’re also considering what future Norris and Rita have on the show.”
But of course, that said, the show does have to move on and it does have to keep evolving and changing, so it’s always to be expected that characters will come and go. However, The Kabin is so iconic, and Norris and Rita at its helm are so brilliant together, we really don’t want to see that era come to an end.
CORONATION STREET favourite Simon Gregson is taking another short leave of absence from the soap while he has surgery on his shoulder, it has been reported.
The actor, who plays Steve McDonald, was playing with his young sons during the Easter break when he is thought to have fallen from a toy scooter and injured himself.
The setback comes just weeks after he returned to the show following a five-month absence.
“This is the last thing he wanted after such a long time away from work," a source told The Sun.
"He was looking forward to getting stuck into his storylines again.
“He’s annoyed he needs surgery. But it’s a sore one and he’s going to rest up before heading back to work."
It is not thought that Simon's problems will affect storylines too much, with the insider adding: "Because it’s a shorter spell away it won’t give bosses such a big headache rewriting scenes. But it’s still bad luck.”
Steve's first scenes back are set to air later this month, with a spokesperson telling the Mirror: "Simon will hopefully be back within a fortnight."
He's been on the programme since 1989, nowadays filming most of his scenes with Kym Marsh - who plays wife Michelle.
Tony Stewart might have been a useless father for most of Jason Grimshaw's life in Coronation Street , but he's making up for it in death.
The criminal builder - who is set to be revealed as having died in an upcoming episode of the ITV soap - will leave his estranged son £80,000 in his will, with an insider claiming it's a 'good-natured' joke about Jason actor Ryan Thomas's well-publicised money troubles .
"They're having a laugh at Ryan's expense but it's all good-natured," a source told The Sun.
"He takes it in his stride, but seeing as he's leaving anyway they're not holding any punches. The writers have had a right laugh with Jason's character.
"This windfall is part of a series of storylines that will lead to his exit on the show later this year. It's going to be explosive."
Alun Cochrane is to appear in an episode of Coronation Street.
The stand-up will play a character called Dom, described as a ‘fairly ordinary, friendly, northern bloke’ who gets caught in the crossfire of a feud.
He is dating a ‘snooty, bitchy and confident’ character called Lindsay, who attends a school reunion at the bistro.
But she has a run-in with regular character Beth Sutherland, played by Lisa George, as she went out with Dom when they were back in Year 9, and they ‘snogged behind the bike sheds’.
Cochrane, the co-host of The Frank Skinner Show on Absolute Radio, will be recording his episode next week, and it will air later this year.
He previously played the regular character Sam in Chris Addison’s Sky Living sitcom Trying Again and appeared in Russell Howard’s Christmas film A Gert Lush Christmas and last Friday’s episode of BBC One comedy Boomers.
Other comedians to have appeared in Coronation Street recently include Paddy McGuinness, who played wilderness survival expert Dougie Ryan; Justin Moorhouse, who played the landlord of the Flying Horse pub that took on the Rovers Return in a cricket match; and Gareth Berliner who was ‘loveable rogue’ Macca.
Norman Wisdom, Peter Kay, Bernard Manning, Keith Lemon and John Shuttleworth creator Graham Fellows have also all appeared in the soap.
Sarah has struggled with the part she played in Callum’s death last year and turned to Billy without actually telling him that sister-in-law Kylie had accidently killed the evil drug-dealer and buried him under the Platt family home.
But Billy knows enough about Sarah’s relationship with baby Harry’s father and he has been keeping an eye on her ever since.
Actor Daniel Brocklebank said: “From everything that happened with Callum she’s been behaving erratically and because his job puts him within the community he notices people’s behaviour. It’s at the forefront of his mind what’s happened recently.”
Sarah has been determined to get Harry Christened as quickly as possible and when the family gather at the church on the day, Sarah’s behaviour becomes more intense.
Brocklebank said: “It’s prior to the Christening that Billy starts to notice that Sarah’s not coping particularly well after the birth. She wants to get the baby Christened as quickly as possible because she’s afraid that Harry, without being Christened, may inherit some of his father’s traits. At the actual Christening she’s struggling and runs off at one point.
“Billy assumes she’s been raped by Callum and that this baby is the product of that. He puts two and two together and comes up with five.
“She had told him previously that she’d been in an abusive relationship but she didn’t tell him it was with Callum although he guessed that’s who it was.”
Catching up with Sarah, Billy tries his best to make Sarah see that Harry will not be like his father.
“He essentially calms her down,” continued Brocklebank. “Billy’s quick to repeatedly reassure her that the sins of the father are not passed on to the child. He reassures her that Harry is an innocent little baby, an innocent soul. He’s a vicar though, not a therapist. He’s there to be an ear, not necessarily an adviser.”
The actor said he was very excited to see where this particular storyline goes, adding: “It’s great coming so soon after the Marta slavery storyline.
“From an acting perspective it’s interesting because with each script you learn a little bit more about your character and how he deals with things.”
Coronation Street spoilers: Vicar Billy Mayhew's dark past to be exposed by mysterious newcomer
Daniel Brocklebank, who plays Billy, revealed that he'll be left shocked when the shady Vicar Billy Mayhew has a dark past that will come back to haunt him in Coronation Street .
Actor Daniel Brocklebank has revealed that a 'shady character' from the man of God's past is set to come to Weatherfield and cause all manner of problems for him.
"We're going to start to learn a little bit more about Billy and his past and where's he's from," the actor teased on Good Morning Britain.
"And we have a rather shady character arriving that's going to throw a fly in the ointment."
The newcomer will also begin to drive a wedge between Billy and his boyfriend Sean Tully as the past is exposed.
Daniel, whose character is at the centre of all manner of storylines in the ITV soap, also revealed that Billy will be at the centre of the show's big spring storyline as Sarah Platt begins to crack up over the death of Callum Logan.
Speaking of how Sarah's coping, he said: "She's not great, she's under a lot of pressure. The cracks are beginning to show a little.
"Because of the relationship Billy and Sarah have, Billy is noticing she's starting to unravel a little."
The storyline will play out over the coming months as the show ramps up to the culmination of the storyline that saw Kylie Platt kill drug dealer Callum as he was attacking Sarah.
His body remains under Gail's granny flat after it was accidentally entombed in the old drain.