Monday 17th October kicks off a catastrophic week on the cobbles as fractured families are forced to pull together in five explosive episodes.
David's Revenge - After the death of his wife Kylie, David is dealt another agonising blow when he hears Clayton may not get the justice he deserves. Determined to take matters into his own hands, David's plan is devastating and disturbing; he intends on driving his car, laden with petrol, to blow up Clayton. But when Gail discovers a farewell video he's made for the kids (last week), it becomes clear that his revenge plot to kill his enemy is also a suicide mission.
Enlisting Nick and Sarah's help, a panic-stricken Gail sets about imprisoning David in the Bistro cellar. It's a heartbreaking decision for a mother to make and The Platts despair as they try to pull David back from the brink. However, at the final moment, a distressed David outwits Gail and makes a bid for freedom - is it too late for him to push his dark fantasy into reality? What happens next in Weatherfield will have far reaching consequences for more than just The Platts.
Peter's Return - When Peter Barlow makes a shock return to the street he's not met with the warmest of welcomes. Peter's story is he's lost his job. But, with a cut to his face and his nighttime disappearances, it soon becomes clear that there's more to his sudden re-appearance than he's letting on. Ken is suspicious of the secrets Peter is hiding and when he tackles him in the early hours, no one can predict the consequences. Shockwaves ripple through the Barlow household as the impact of Peter's return looks set to have lasting effects on the family.
Monday 17 October 2016
Steve returns from the hospital having had his genetic test but is this just the start of Steve's testing time?
Gary confides in Luke, Tyrone and Andy that he fancies Sarah but she rebuffed him. Tyrone reminds him that Sarah's probably preoccupied with Clayton's trial - will Tyrone's optimism strike a chord with Gary?
Monday 17 October 2016
Tracy bursts into the Rovers and rails at Steve and Michelle for failing to tell her about Jim's genetic condition. Steve tries to assure her while Michelle's put out to realise Leanne has told Tracy not only about Jim's illness but about her pregnancy too. With this latest episode, is Steve about to reach breaking point?
Gary leaves a message on Sarah's phone apologising for hassling her earlier and suggesting they meet up. With enough on Sarah's plate, will she take up Gary's offer?
Wednesday 19 October 2016
Michelle tears a strip off Leanne for breaking her trust and blabbing to Tracy - how will Leanne worm her way out of this one?
Clearly upset, Beth tells Mary how she's supposed to be starting her community service but wants to lend her support to Craig as he's giving evidence in court today. As Gemma and Craig wait nervously to be called into court, will Beth arrive in time? Worried, Anna tells Kevin that Peter's back in town and she reckons he's going to increase her rent but Kevin's solution surprises Anna.
Friday 21 October 2016
Masquerading as Beth, Mary dons an orange tabard and does Beth's community payback to allow Beth to go to court and support Craig. As Craig enters the witness box he's buoyed to see Beth in the public gallery. But Mary finds herself in hot water when the community supervisor asks Mary to sign Beth's work sheet? how will she get out of this one?
Audrey confronts Caz and tells her that as Maria's friend, landlord and employer, she wants her out of the salon flat, how will Caz react to Audrey's demands?
Friday 21 October 2016
MARY GIVES CRAIG SOME SAGE ADVICE. Craig hugs Beth and telling her how much he's missed her, he has a question he needs to ask...
Your guide to the arrivals and departures on Corrie over the coming months:
Having trouble keeping up with the comings and goings on Coronation Street? Need to know who's going to be making an impact in Weatherfield over the next few months? Well, help is at hand! Here's your complete guide to the upcoming entrances and exits on Corrie...
Les Dennis has promised that his Corrie character Michael Rodwell is to exit as part of "a very dramatic storyline". Speaking back in July when his departure was announced, Dennis said:
"As a lifelong fan of the show, playing Michael Rodwell in Coronation Street has been a dream come true. Becoming part of the ITV Coronation Street family has been a wonderful experience and my decision to leave was a hard one.
“The talented team of writers and producers have come up with a very dramatic exit for Michael on the show which will be exciting to film. I’ll treasure the two and a half years I have been part of such an iconic show and move on with very fond memories, so many lovely friends and colleagues and an ambition achieved."
Sophie Webster (temporarily)
Actress Brooke Vincent will take an eight-week leave of absence to play 19-year-old mum Mary Adams in a production of Be My Baby at the Lowry Theatre in Manchester. But she also signed another one-year deal with Corrie back in February, so fans can still expect plenty of drama for Sophie in the future.
Chris Gascoyne is to make a permanent return as everyone's favourite philandering alcoholic later this year. Show boss Kate Oates had this to say of the signing:
"Peter is rarely single and he may have someone in his sights when he returns and he may not be completely honest. Then something happens when he arrives that's unexpected and which means that he has to stay."
After being asked how long actor Chris Gascoyne would be back on the soap, Oates replied: "as long as I can tie him down" before adding, "He's got such an amazing presence and energy on screen."
And Peter isn't the only Barlow making a comeback...Ken's grandson Adam is also set to return, with Kate Oates negotiating for Sam Robertson (who played Adam between 2004 and 2007) to reprise the role.
Plus we'll also see Ken's other son Daniel Osbourne - a move (along with the reintroduction of Peter and Adam) that will put the Barlow family front and centre. Said producer Kate Oates:
"One of the longest-running families is the Barlows and why would you not want to strengthen them?
"So I'm excited to bring Peter back to the show. I am delighted to meet Daniel Osbourne, who is Ken's son with Denise, and I'm excited to bring back Adam, who is Mike Baldwin's son and Ken's grandson.
"I'm looking forward to seeing that first family on the soap sending ripples through the street."
Great news, Coronation Street fans - bumbling Brian Packham (Peter Gunn) will return this November, a show insider has confirmed to RadioTimes.com.
Brian was last seen in June 2015 when he returned to Weatherfield to win back former love Julie Carp and take her on an around-the-world trip. But Corrie fans recently saw Eileen receive a call from her sister, who told her that she and Brian had split.
Now, RT can reveal that Brian will be back in town on a mercy mission to help two beloved Corrie regulars deal with some upcoming drama.
A spokesperson told us today: "After splitting with Julie, Brian returns to our screens in November to become a confidante and support for friends Ken and Roy, who are both having a troubled time."
Actor Peter Gunn added: “I am delighted to be asked to come back and play Brian Packham again. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Coronation Street and I am looking forward to seeing what Brian has been up to and what has brought him back to Weatherfield.”
David Platt is set to come face to face with his Kylie’s killer as he stands trial for her murder in upcoming scenes on Coronation Street.
The grieving hairdresser, played by Jack P Shepherd , heads to Weatherfield Crown Court to see thug Clayton Hibbs, played by Droylsden teen Callum Harrison, in the witness box.
He is joined at court, filmed at the old Salford Magistrates Court building, by his mum Gail played by Helen Worth, Kylie’s best friend Eva Price played by Catherine Tyldesley and Kylie’s old pals Gemma Winter, played by Dolly-Rose Campbell and Macca played by Gareth Berliner.
Kylie, played by Paula Lane, was stabbed to death by Clayton after he harassed kebab shop worker Gemma and the kind-hearted mother of two came to her rescue.
She died in David’s arms on the cobbles, leaving him to bring up her son Max and their daughter Lily.
David has been trying to keep it together for the sake of the children while also trying to come to terms with her sudden and tragic death just as they were planning to start a new life together in Barbados.
And as we recently revealed, he looks to be on a shocking quest for revenge.
David was seen filling up two cans of petrol in other upcoming Corrie scenes and sparking up a lighter outside the courtroom.
Could it be that David’s rage against her killer could be about to manifest itself into something even more dangerous?
The former bad boy has gone into meltdown as he fails to cope with his tragic loss.
He has stored Kylie’s bloodied top under his pillow and pushed a screw from the Platt family swing into his hand. And he took his bottled-up anger out on his niece Bethany’s school bully Lauren, cutting a chunk out of her long hair after pretending that he was only going to give her a blow dry.
Matt Milburn, who played a hunky vet in Emmerdale, is set to join the cast at Coronation Street.
Millburn, who appeared in 30 episodes of Emmerdale in 2011, will be appearing on the cobbles as a member of Weatherfield County football team called Tommy Orpington, according to TV Times.
His Spotlight CV says he is signed up for four episodes of Coronation Street but with former Emmerdale Producer Kate Oates now in charge of the soap, there is a chance he has been brought in for a longer stint.
Millburn, who has also appeared in the likes of Heartbeat and Hollyoaks, is reported to enter the show after he hires Michelle as his wedding planner.
Toyah Battersby is returning to Corrie – and this soap gift is not just for Christmas.
Georgia Taylor will return to the role next month and appear in December for a festive storyline .
Toyah was last seen on the cobbles in February 2003.
Speaking in a 2013, interview she insisted she wouldn’t return unless she could stay for a while.
She said: “If you go back, I think you’ve got to commit to it. I wouldn’t go for just a month because to flit back as someone who floats in and out, that almost undoes the work I did there and have done since.
“I’d want to do a good six months with a purpose of going back with a story-driven reason.”
The good news is, Square Eyes can reveal she is back for a minimum of six months and has signed a lengthy deal which could see her back for years.
Georgia said: “I’m thrilled to re-join my old friends and hugely excited to be given the opportunity to explore the character of Toyah 13 years on.
“Coronation Street has always had a place in my heart and I’m delighted to be working again with Jane Danson and bringing the Battersby sisters back together.”
Danson, who plays Leanne Battersby, said: “My beautiful sis is back and I cant wait.”
But viewers will have to wait and see what exactly brings Toyah back to Weatherfield.
Producer Kate Oates said: “I am delighted that Georgia has agreed to return. She is a talented actress who has had great success since leaving the show in 2003.
“Family relationships are the lifeblood of soaps and I am excited to explore the drama that Toyah will bring with her.
“Her arrival this Christmas looks set to put the cat amongst the Coronation Street pigeons.” Can’t wait!
Jack P Shepherd, who plays bad boy David Platt on Coronation Street, is said to have signed a six-figure deal to remain on the soap.
The actor has been on Corrie since April 2000 and has been part of some major storylines over the years. The Sun has reported that he's signed a contract to stay on for another year.
The newspaper says that soap bosses were so eager to keep the fan favourite on the show that he was handed a bumper paycheck, making him the first of the younger actors to break the £200,000 annual salary bracket.
A source said: "Everything is being looked at to steady the ship and try and keep people happy after a rather large number of people decided to leave - but Jack was a priority and that’s why we are being told he has been told he will be a mainstay character and rewarded with this deal.
"He is only is his late 20s and after being in the show for some sixteen considerable years he has been recognised as a real integral part of Corrie - with the dysfunctional Platt family set to be projected as Weatherfield’s number one clan."
David Platt was at the centre of attention recently with a heartbreaking storyline involving the death of his wife Kylie (Paula Lane), who was stabbed by Clayton Hibbs.
David has since been plotting revenge against those responsible for Kylie's demise, with Corrie producer Kate Oates saying that his plans will culminate in a big stunt later this year.
She said: "We are going to have a nice big stunt coming up in the autumn. It's traditional, you know! That will possibly be tied up with the Platts' story.
"A story I'm really excited about and something we'll be playing really big in the autumn is David's story in the wake of Kylie's stabbing. What I'm interested in there is the journey that David will go on."
We’re sorry, but it really is that time of the year where we have no choice but to start dropping the c-bomb – but we can lessen the blow of Christmas being just three months away by offering up some Coronation Street teasers.
Some of the characters who will be at the centre of the action in the winter storylines have been revealed – with an explosive showdown ahead for the Nazir clan as Sharif’s affair could be exposed, a return for Toyah Battersby and more drama for Maria Connor as her secret liaison with Aidan continues to bubble and Caz’s obsession brings new torment.
A soap insider teased to OK!: ‘Sharif’s secret affair is like a ticking time-bomb for the Nazirs and promises to cause an explosion that could rip the family apart. Meanwhile Zeedan and Rana’s relationship will see a rollercoaster of emotions even before the festive season
‘Bethany’s secret crush threatens to spiral out of control. Aidan’s feelings for Maria intensify while Caz is on the verge of making Christmas hell for her.’
So in summary...
So in Summary:
* Sharif’s affair could be exposed and the results for the Nazirs are destined to be explosive. Can Yasmeen bring herself to forgive her husband after the betrayal and can the usually tight knit clan come back from this?
* Zeedan and Rana’s relationship will also take centre stage and there are emotional scenes ahead – but is there heartbreak ahead?
* Could there be a love triangle on the horizon as Aidan realises he might actually have feelings for Maria? And will Eva discover the shocking truth?
* Toyah will be back to see Leanne but could there be another reason for her return?
* Caz’s obsession will bring heartache for Maria as her life threatens to spiral out of control. But just what is Caz capable of?
* Bethany continues to have a crush but could it spell trouble for the potential romance brewing for Gary and Sarah?
* The drama is high in the run up to Christmas too as David’s shocking revenge explodes in a shocking stunt. Will everyone survive?
* By the time Christmas comes around, the Barlow household will be full with the returns of Peter, Daniel and Adam – but what drama is ahead for the clan?
CORONATION STREET STAR MARC ANWAR SACKED FROM CORONATION STREET AFTER ASTONISHING RACIST ATTACK!
The Pakistan-born actor, who plays Sharif Nazir on the show, branded Indians 'b*****ds' and 'p**s-drinking c***s'
Coronation Street star Marc Anwar has been sacked by the soap after an astonishing racist attack on Indian people.
The Pakistan-born actor – TV’s love cheat Sharif Nazir – branded Indians “b*****ds” and “p**s-drinking c**ts”.
Anwar, 45, fired off a series of tweets in which he also referred to Indians as killers and suggested Pakistanis should refuse to work in the country.
The Sunday Mirror alerted ITV chiefs to the vile rants and he was sacked within hours.
ITV said in a statement: “We are deeply shocked by the entirely unacceptable, racially offensive comments made on Twitter by Marc Anwar.
"We have talked to Marc and, as a consequence of his comments, he will not be returning to Coronation Street with immediate effect.”
The actor, who has also appeared in a string of films including Captain Phillips and 51st State, posted the comments on Friday.
The remarks came days after 17 soldiers were killed at a – sparking a UN clash between India and Pakistan.
In his rant – in which he inserted asterisks in the most offensive words – he said: “Why the F***k do #pakistaniartists want work in #f*** face #india, do you love money so much.”
He followed that up by tweeting an image of a clenched fist before adding: “Ban #india movies in #PakistanisLeaveIndia. B*****ds p**s drinking #c**ts.
The next targets were Indian Prime Minster Narenda Modi and Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif, who have repeatedly clashed over Kashmir.
The actor tweeted: “F***ing #indians killing our #Kashmir brothers and sisters, beygairth #NawazSharif still sucking #modi Lul!”
In another he slammed India and called on Pakistanis to leave it. Last night the actor rushed to delete two of his most offensive tweets, which caused widespread shock. Ironically, in his Twitter label he describes himself as “actor, writer, director and producer” and adds: “It’s not what you say, but what you do.”
Baroness Hussein-Ece, a Liberal Democrat and anti-racism campaigner, led criticism of Anwar’s comments.
The vice chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Race and Community said: “I understand the frustration but it doesn’t justify the kind of language he’s used and blaming all Indians.
“It is one thing to campaign and another to say these kind of things on Twitter.
“There are atrocious human rights abuses occurring there. People are dying. I’m not for a minute undermining that. But he is a public figure and he’s gone about this in the wrong way.”
Fiyaz Mughal, director of the charity Faith Matters, said: “It’s unacceptable for anyone today to put material online that targets a segment of a population. You can’t just blame a whole group of people for a conflict.
“Marc needs to reflect, and in a way retract what he said, and understand you can’t go online and add fuel to the fire.
“I can empathise with the anger and feel nothing is moving, but the best way to relieve that anger is to work with your political leaders.
“If you’re on Coronation Street, you’re in a powerful position, you have huge influence on social media. If the reverse happened and it was said Pakistanis are bad, he wouldn’t like it. It’s ludicrous and those comments don’t work one way or the other.”
Anwar’s sudden departure will leave Corrie in chaos as writers work out how to write his exit. A show source said: “Sharif’s storyline is at a particularly pivotal moment right now. He’s a few months ahead but it’s still going to be a headache for bosses to write him out now he’s gone for good. That said, the show does not tolerate racism, whatever the context.
“They had to act quickly to avoid any controversy affecting the show and this is a small price to pay. They just feel deeply frustrated that he had to air his feelings so publicly.”
Anwar’s character, gym boss Sharif, has just been exposed as a love rat – having cheated on wife Yasmeen with longtime family friend Sonia. The star, who hails from Rochdale, Lancs, joined the Street in 2014 and was popular with viewers.
He has appeared in dozens of TV shows and films, including a controversial Anglo-Hindi film called Pusher. The 2012 movie was banned from some independent cinemas in Mumbai for its “shocking, drug-fuelled violence”.
Religious leaders in India claimed it bordered on “the psychotic”.
He also appeared in Emmerdale in 2002 as Dr Ajit Devgan, Holby City and Doctors.
Anwar was unavailable for comment yesterday.
India and Pakistan have been locked in a conflict over Kashmir for decades.
It has been disputed since Pakistan was created in the partition of India in 1947 and has twice sparked wars between the countries.
Both have nuclear weapons and the Himalayan region remains highly militarised.
The population is 60 per cent Muslim and many would prefer Kashmir to be part of Pakistan rather than India.
High unemployment and crackdowns on protests add to the tensions.
Coronation Street: Peter Barlow's comeback storyline - REVEALED!
Actor Chris Gascoyne is making a permanent return to the ITV soap
Everyone's favourite alcoholic bookmaker is back in town - yes, Peter Barlow (Chris Gascoyne) has returned to Coronation Street. But what secret is he keeping from the rest of his family?
Scenes to be shown on Monday 17 October will see Peter turn up in Weatherfield sporting a nasty gash on his forehead and refusing to give a straight answer to dad Ken (William Roache).
After Peter later admits that he has nowhere to stay, Ken tells his son that he's welcome to stay at No 1. After all, Ken's off on a trip around Europe. But does Peter have a big reason to be grateful for a roof over his head?
Teasing the upcoming storyline, producer Kate Oates said recently: "Peter is rarely single and he may have someone in his sights when he returns and he may not be completely honest. Then something happens when he arrives that's unexpected and which means that he has to stay."
After being asked how long actor Chris Gascoyne would be back on the soap, Oates replied: "as long as I can tie him down" before adding, "He's got such an amazing presence and energy on screen."
Fans of the ITV soap will be pleased to know Rosie Webster is coming back to the cobbles after five years away.
The 26-year-old actress is to reprise the role she made famous and will begin filming at the end of the year.
Speaking of her return to Weatherfield, the star said: "I'm so excited to be returning to Coronation Street and being part of the Webster family again."
Viewers will first see Rosie in February when she surprises her parents when and arrives back to visit them with sister Sophie who’s returning from their trip to Miami.
She will be on screen until the Spring.
Rosie left Weatherfield to star in a reality TV Show in February 2012, viewers have seen mum Sally head off to visit her on numerous occasions but Rosie has never come home - until now!
Storyline details are being kept under wraps by Corrie producers but one thing is certain - Rosie’s visit to see her family won’t be uneventful.
Coronation Street Producer Kate Oates said: “The Websters have missed Rosie and so have we. With Sophie away on holiday with her sister it seemed like the ideal time to bring Rosie back home with her for a visit.
"We are delighted that Helen is as keen explore what Rosie has been up to away from the cobbles as we are.”
The actress was said to be keen to reprise her role as Rosie - a part she played from 2000 until 2012.
Earlier in the year Flanagan revealed that she won't be able to talk contracts with bosses until she lines up a nanny for her daughter Matilda, whom she has with Celtic and former Aston Villa footballer, Scott Sinclair.
Weatherfield's latest bunny boiler has become infatuated with resident beauty Maria Connor in recent weeks, taking her lust to unnerving extremes. However, fans will be even more unsettled to learn the stalker's manipulation is going to "get a lot worse".
Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk at last night's Inside Soap Awards, Bailey spoke about what's in store for her crazed character and warned viewers to prepare for the worst.
"It gets a whole lot worse than what people are anticipating," the 33-year-old explained. "We’ve teased the audience a lot with ‘is she gonna do this’, ‘is she gonna do that’, ‘why’s she giving that look’, and over the next few weeks it’s all going to start to unfold.
"It’ll be like, ‘oh so this is what she’s capable of’! There’ll be, sort of, hands over your face, looking between your fingers thinking ‘no!’"
Not that she's complaining. "The last thing you wanna do is fade into the background and fade into a character nobody talks about," she beamed. "So it has been a real gift to come in for what was only meant to be a few episodes and has turned out to be a great amount of time.
"I’m really grateful and there’s been so much to get my teeth into."
Understandably, playing such an intense member of the Corrie cast can take its toll, but Bailey insists she tries to stay "upbeat".
"It can pull you down but at the end of the day, I’ve got to get into a weird headspace sometimes,” she explained.
“I was doing a bit of stalking in a scene the other day and there were people across the street laughing, and I was laughing at them, and you try and take it seriously but we’re having so much fun.
Most of the time you’ve got to click your fingers and be in acting mode because it’s just such a joy to work on. You’ve got to be like, ‘oh now I’m in a bad mood’, ‘now I’m having a strop."
CORONATION STREET fans will be dealt a brutal blow next week when David Platt tries to blow up Clayton, the killer of his late wife Kylie.
After hearing Clayton may not get the justice he deserves, David decides to take matters into his own hands with dire consequences.
With nothing but vengeance on his mind, the fan favourite plots to drive his car - drowned in petrol - straight into the twisted murderer, and in turn, blow himself up in the process.
The Platt family, lead by Gail, swiftly intervene once the petrified mother stumbles across a farewell video David made for the children, and goes to extreme measures to put his terrifying suicide mission to a grinding halt.
Gail, Sarah and Nick Tilsley conjure a desperate plan, masterminded by Gail, to lock David in the cellar against his own will.
But will the trio really be able to stop the ruthless protagonist before it’s too late?
Speaking exclusively to press including Express.co.uk, Jack P. Shepherd revealed that the storyline is the “biggest” he’s done to date.
“Every time it seems to go bigger and bigger. I’ve tried to kill myself before, but it seems the next one always tops the other one," he explained.
On his scenes filmed in the purpose-built basement, which are undoubtedly some of the most powerful the ITV soap has ever seen, the 28 year-old added: “They were very emotional, the scenes with me Helen [Ford] and Ben [Price].
“They didn’t seem emotional when I first read them but then when you get in that environment and you can’t see anyone, you just listen to them, it was nice.”
While viewers will have to wait with baited breathe to see if Gail can really keep David at bay, it’s guaranteed the ripples of his rage will have monstrous consequences for all of the residents of Weatherfield.
Not only will David be going through a tough time but Peter Barlow (Chris Gascoyne) will be back on the cobbles in a shock return.
While he put his comeback down to losing a job, there is more lurking beneath the surface when he appears with a cut on his face and seems to be disappearing late at night.
Where is he going and what is the truth behind his re-appearance in Weatherfield?
Unsurprisingly, Ken Barlow’s (William Roache) suspicions are aroused by his son’s strange behaviour as he tries to get to the bottom of it all.
Ken is going to eventually find him in the early hours and confront him about his actions, which could have potentially catastrophic implications on the Barlow family.
Coronation Street producer Kate Oates has dropped a juicy new hint about Rosie Webster's return storyline, promising that she'll cause trouble for her younger sister Sophie.
Last week, it was announced that Helen Flanagan has been lured back for a guest stint in the role of Rosie, which will see her return to the cobbles for a specific storyline.
Sophie will soon be heading off from Weatherfield to enjoy an extended trip in Miami with Rosie.
This story serves a sneaky double purpose, giving Brooke Vincent time off to do theatre and ultimately bringing Rosie back home in the New Year.
Speaking at Coronation Street press event this week, Kate confirmed that she's been "toying" with the idea of bringing back Rosie since taking over as producer.
"Rosie is just such a colourful character," Kate explained.
"I thought it'd great for Sophie as well. I wanted to see Sophie maybe led up the garden path a bit and see her in a bit of trouble.
"I think that Rosie will cause Sophie a lot of headaches."
Corrie has announced a number of other exciting comebacks recently. Peter Barlow is back on screen next week, while Toyah Battersby is heading back home this Christmas.
Asked how she decided who to bring back, Kate replied: "It's people that you miss - people who feel so Corrie and still have those connections. You feel that they can come in with instant stories, which will be exciting. It's people who just feel very true to the show.
"They're all people who can have fresh storylines in the show and who will feel true to Corrie's past, without harking back to the past.
"That's the important thing. That's the fine line that you want to tread with a show like Corrie. You want to be true to its roots and to the viewers' love of the show, but also look forward. I think everyone that we're bringing back has that capability."
Coronation Street boss Kate Oates has revealed that villainous Pat Phelan will get even more evil over the coming months.
Viewers have already seen Phelan start to con the Corrie residents out of their cash for flats that he has no intention of building, but might the plotline take an even more sinister turn?
Asked about whether Pat's unscrupulous dealings mean that the character has a shelf life, Oates commented:
"There is often a shelf life with villainy but it depends on the journey we take him on. We may see moments of vulnerability, we may see him get quite a lot darker. I think you can be quite surprised when you look back at certain soap history and how long certain villains can live. It depends what you learn within the show, I think."
Quizzed as to when the current plotline will reach its conclusion, Oates replied: “I couldn't possibly tell you that without spoiling any stories. But you'll enjoy the journey, I'm sure.”
The producer's words come following actor Connor McIntyre's recent interview with RadioTimes.com in which he revealed that Phelan's feelings for Eileen could prove to be undoing. Said the Corrie star:
"In the strictest definition, Pat is a psychopath. He's myopic and, when it comes down to it, every situation is just about Pat. But it might soon turn into being about Pat and Eileen. She could start knocking his hard edges off. There's a warming and a softening towards her."
Les Dennis has been spotted filming what look like his final ever Coronation Street scenes and they look epic.
The actor, who has played charming house burglar Michael Rodwell since 2014, announced back in summer that he would be quitting the cobbles and now we might know how.
In the pictures from on location his character can be seen returning back to his burglar career when he breaks into the flat developments.
But it seems like it's with good intentions as he tries to expose Phelan and Vinnie's scam. However, as he runs away, he's chased by guard dogs and is thought to suffer a heart attack.
Will this be the last of Michael Rodwell?
Earlier this year the 62-year-old actor explained his "hard" decision to leave the soap and admitted he had other projects in the pipeline and now feels like the right time to explore those opportunities.
He said at the time: "As a lifelong fan of the show, [this] has been a dream come true. Becoming part of the ITV Coronation Street family has been a wonderful experience and my decision to leave was a hard one.
"Earlier this year, thanks to Coronation Street giving me a sabbatical from the show, I was thrilled to be able to produce and star in a sell-out production of Alan Bleasdale's Down the Dock Road at The Royal Court Liverpool.
"I always knew that the time would come when I would want the freedom to do more projects, and now feels like the right time."
It has not been confirmed by ITV bosses how Corrie fans will say goodbye to Michael or if the door will be left open for a potential future return.
CORONATION Street fans will see Nick Tilsey continue his struggle to deal with paranoia over the Christmas period.
Soap boss Kate Oates gave a hint of the drama to come over the winter months and revealed that Nick would in fact be one of the main focuses on the show.
Kate told Digital Spy: “It’s really tricky to tell you too much about Christmas.You know that Toyah’s coming back.
“But we’ll also be building some real paranoia’s for Nick – and I think we should wonder if Nick has a point!”
“Nick has a real history with paranoia, especially in recent history since he was so badly burned by Carla only back in May.”
She added: “His relationship with Leanne has come really quickly off the back of that. He has committed to raising Steve McDonald’s child really quickly too. And I wonder if he’s quite as secure as he makes out.”
The Corrie producer continued: “Peter comes back and his long-standing rivalry with Nick is so deep and so rich.
“Without wanting to re-tread old ground with it, I do think there’s a fresh take on it. So I’ll be playing that out quite slowly up until Christmas, and I’d really like the audience to go with us on that journey and see where we take it.”
Coronation Street boss Kate Oates has revealed that she wants to incorporate more shocks and surprises into the show's episodes.
The soap has already kept quiet about two big secrets in recent weeks, including the bombshell revelation that Beth Sutherland is a bigamist and Cathy Matthews' shock discovery about Alex Warner's true paternity. However, some fans questioned why Kylie Platt's death was announced in advance rather than staying as a surprise.
Kate was previously an expert at keeping viewers guessing while in charge of fellow ITV soap Emmerdale - even tricking fans into thinking that bad boy Ross Barton had been killed off last year.
Speaking exclusively to Digital Spy about possible curveballs ahead in Corrie, Kate admitted: "I would love to keep more secrets, but it's actually harder to keep secrets at Corrie than it was at Emmerdale.
"At Emmerdale, I was able to keep the secret that Ross hadn't really died. Obviously I didn't do that on my own, I had a big team keeping the secret with me.
"But I wonder if I could do that here. There always seems to be a sneaky paparazzi somewhere - and sometimes that does affect our strategies. We sometimes reveal more because there'll be someone there revealing it for us anyway."
However, promising that the show would be giving it a try, she added: "It is challenging but I'd like to keep more secrets. I like that kind of drama. I think what we're trying to do is reveal just enough to keep people interested, but also have some big twists and turns when stories really start to heat up.
"It's a difficult line to walk, but I'd like to keep more secrets. Hopefully I'll be lucky and be able to do that."
Corrie is airing an explosive set of episodes next week which do contain some unspoiled surprises, including the outcome of David Platt's revenge against Clayton Hibbs, a mystery stunt and some high drama for the Barlow family.
Coronation Street: Peter Barlow’s got a new woman!
Actor Chris Gascoyne teases exciting romance storyline
Hey girls, hold on to your undies, because super sexy Peter Barlow returns to the cobbles of Coronation Street next week and it looks like he’s going to have a rather romantic time of it.
Speaking just days before he returns to our screens, actor Chris Gascoyne revealed that Peter is going to get involved with a certain someone we all know. But the handsome actor isn’t giving anything away!
“There is a particular lady – or there could be a particular lady, but I don’t think I can [say] without giving it away,’ he told Digital Spy.’ And it would be a shame. It’s very good, as well! It’s good!” What a spoilsport, eh?
Oooh, so who could this lucky lady actually be, we wonder? Could it be Michelle? Maria? Rita? Who knows? But we can’t wait to find out who he gets his lush lips around.
But does this mean his new love interest will mean complications for his troubled relationship with on screen ex Leanne? We’d love to see them back together, as Chris and actress Jane Danson work so well together.
“I love working with Jane. It’s dead easy,’ Chris said. “It’s dead good fun and we have a nice chemistry. We’ve played these characters for a long time together opposite each other and we just slip straight back into it.
“Leanne’s always something special to him – and I think he always has his eye half on Leanne.”
Speaking about his return after two years away from the show, Chris says he is glad to be back with the cast and crew and is excited about what new producer Kate Oates has in store for his character – ‘She has great vision.’ – and says that he is looking forward to seeing how Peter and the new Barlow family develop within the show.
Is this the moment that David Platt's revenge plan on Coronation Street ends in tragedy? It certainly seems that way, what with Gail finding her son motionless and bleeding in scenes set to be shown this coming week.
In the run-up to Gail's grim discovery, fans will see her and Nick take David prisoner in the Bistro cellar in order to stop him from killing both Clayton and himself.
But what the Platts haven't counted on is David's determination and the lengths to which he'll go to escape his makeshift cell.
An upcoming Corrie cliffhanger will see Gail growing increasingly concerned when all goes quiet behind the locked door. But what she hasn't reckoned on is the grisly sight that greets her as the takes a look inside the cellar - David lying in a pool of blood on the stone floor.
So is this the end of David's dastardly plan or will he break free to wreak havoc and cause carnage in Weatherfield?