Dressed in black for Gavin’s funeral, Gail promises to meet David at the mediation. At the funeral Gail and Andy pretend not to know each other. Gail hurries from the graveside hoping to make a quick exit but Barbara intercepts, insisting she attends the wake to speak to Gavin’s mother, Michael’s ex-wife. Gail’s horrified as Susan expresses a heartfelt wish to meet Michael and bury the hatchet, and tell him all about the years of Gavin’s life that he missed. Meanwhile David’s on edge when Gail fails to show at the mediation. With his mum in tow Callum relishes David’s anxiety. The session underway David’s temper gets the better of him as Callum paints a grim picture of Max’s life with the Platts, labelling Kylie a junkie. As incredulous David hurls insults at him in front of the mediator, will he play right into a smug Callum’s hands?
While having a clear-out at the pub, Michelle finds some unopened letters. Steve is riding high after completing his first airport run in ages but Michelle looks on troubled, revealing to Liz that Steve owes £10,700 in unpaid tax after ignoring months’ worth of letters. Worried about setting back his recovery, will Michelle broach it with Steve?
Kevin meets Jenny for lunch in the cafe and is stunned when she finishes with him. Jenny tells Kevin their relationship is doomed as Rita, Sally et al will never accept them. But will Kevin take no for an answer?
Craig tries to get Faye to reconsider giving birth in secret without professionals on hand, will she have a change of heart? Explaining how unhappy she is with Sarah in Milan, can Bethany convince Gail to let her stay in Weatherfield?
Monday 23 March 2015
Flustered Gail tells Susan that the stress of meeting her would be too much for Michael’s heart. Susan’s disappointed and Gail feels awful for lying. David confronts Gail when she returns home and furiously accuses her of letting him down. Gail’s lost for words as he demands a reason for her absence, so Andy lies that he had a suspected heart scare and Gail took him to hospital. David’s mollified and agrees not to tell Michael so as not to worry him. But when Michael arrives back will he sense the tension after Gail’s day from hell?
Liz checks with the tax office and confirms that the bill is correct. Michelle breaks the news to Steve. Mortified, he admits he hid them away at the height of his problems and forgot about them. Michelle’s worried when guilt-ridden Steve promises to fix things.
Kevin implores Rita to give him and Jenny her blessing, or he risks losing her. Not wanting to ruin his chance of happiness, Rita magnanimously wishes him well. As Jenny plays with Jack at No.13, Kevin begs her not to give up on them. Jenny’s gaze drawn to Jack, will she back down?
Craig presents Faye with a pregnancy book and orders her to make some firm decisions about the birth. When Anna tackles her about her low mood, will Faye open up to her mum? Bethany tries to butter up Gail into letting her stay.
Wednesday 25 March 2015
Steve pores over the pub paperwork looking for a solution to his financial worries. Michelle’s impressed by his calm and practical reaction. But when we see Steve bulk-buying discount toilet rolls in a bid to save money, we sense he’s not handling it so well. Liz confides in Tony that they could lose the Rovers. Tony reveals he’s just sold the house he bought for Eva and Jason and could use the proceeds to pay Steve’s tax bill. They agree not to tell Steve until the funds become available. When Steve arrives home with the loo rolls, Michelle’s stunned as he proposes marriage. The timing all wrong, will Michelle accept or let Steve down gently?
Determined to put Bethany to work, Gail takes her to the salon to help Audrey. Audrey’s sympathetic as Bethany pours her heart out about her miserable life in Italy. Audrey sings Bethany’s praises to Gail and explains she’s really unhappy in Milan, will Gail be moved or is Bethany still on the next plane home?
Faye remembers Tim’s old flat over the corner shop and suggests to Craig that she could give birth there if it’s still unoccupied. In the corner shop, Faye distracts Sophie while Craig steals the key from behind the counter so they can inspect the flat.
Sean puts up posters for Billy’s charity butler auction. Sean and Billy compete to recruit volunteer butlers for the auction.
Coronation Street favourite Tina O'Brien returning to the cobbles as Sarah-Louise Platt
The 31-year-old actress is 'delighted' to reprise her role as Gail McIntyre's daughter in the spring of 2015
Tina O’Brien has revealed she is returning to Coronation Street - eight years after quitting the ITV soap.
The actress, who plays Sarah-Louise Platt, will start filming in the New Year along with her screen daughter Bethany, who is now 13 – the same age as Sarah-Lou was when she fell pregnant.
Tina - now 31 and a mum-of-two after giving birth just two weeks ago - joined the show as a teenager and the gymslip mum storyline sparked huge headlines in 2000.
The last time viewers saw Sarah-Lou was in 2007, when she left for Milan with Bethany after scuppering her brother David’s chance of landing a job by planting drugs on him.
Her return plot is being kept under wraps but insiders revealed Bethany was now every bit as much of a handful as Sarah Lou was at her age.
While mum Gail McIntyre, played by Helen Worth, will be thrilled to have her daughter and granddaughter back in the fold, Sarah-Lou is likely to clash with David’s girlfriend Kylie, who is currently trying to keep her genuine drug habit under wraps.
But announcing her comeback today, ITV said Bethany was now something of a “wild child” while Sarah-Louise would “cause more problems” for her long-suffering mother.
It will also bring strife for the Grimshaws because of her history with both Jason and Todd.
The decision to bring back the character has come from producer Stuart Blackburn, who last week said the soap was “on fire” thanks to the ongoing plot over who killed Tina McIntyre.
But O’Brien’s return might mean some awkward moments for her ex-partner Ryan Thomas, who plays her on-screen ex-husband Jason Grimshaw. In real life the couple had a daughter, Scarlett, in 2008 but split the following year after six years together.
Tina – a regular in FHM’s most sexy lists - gave birth to a son earlier this month, her first child with partner Adam Crofts, a fitness trainer.
When she quit the cobbles in 2007, Tina said “the time has come to see what else is out there for me as an actress”.
Her next role was in Waterloo Road as Bex Fisher, she later had parts in The Accused and Doctors before appearing in the 2010 series of Strictly Come Dancing – lasting until week five.
In 2011 she insisted that leaving Corrie had been the right decision, but earlier this year she admitted she would “jump at the chance” to reprise the role.
Today Tina said: “I am delighted to be returning. Sarah has a lot of history and unfinished business on the street and I’m looking forward to finding out what she’s been up to and why she’s returned home.”
A Corrie source said that in the storyline she would be forced to return to Weatherfield in order to escape from a problem in Milan.
Bosses confirm hot headed builder Owen Armstrong is next to leave the show, but how will he go?
It has been confirmed by the Coronation Street bosses that builder Owen Armstrong played by Ian Pulston- Davies will be leaving the show earlier next year after appearing in the show for nearly five dramatic years.
Corrie boss Stuart Blackburn has guaranteed that there is plenty of drama in the works before Owen’s departure but the question is how will he leave the cobbles of Coronation Street.
Will it be in the back of a cab like may others or is there a bloody end in store for the hot headed builder?
We have come up with our list of how Owen life on the street could come to an end.
Anna Slutty Windass
Could it happen again?
Was Sally Webster right when she said ‘Anna Slutty Windass’? Could those one on one evening reading lessons with Tim turn into something more?
Poor Owen forgave Anna once already but could maybe this possible second affair could be the straw that broke the camels back causing Owen to leave Coronation Street.
But if it isn’t his cheating wife that causes Armstrong to leave could it be the dramatic teen pregnancy of his 12 year old daughter.
As revealed previously young Faye will find herself in a sticky situation as she falls pregnant at the very young as of 12, Owen is expected to find out and share in the dramatic story line but could that really be his ticket out of the show?
Handling with the pressure of having a very young pregnant teen Owen might find himself suggesting a one way ticket trip into town.
But the question really is could Owen really leave his family in their hour of need?
Return of the ex
With the news that Owen’s ex will be making a come back, played by actress Jacqueline Leonard, this could be his fresh start with the mother of daughters Izzy and Katy.
As the Windass household try and deal with the young Faye’s pregnacy bombshell Owen may see a way out, starting new life with his old flame leaving Anna to possible fall back in the arms of hers.
You’ve been framed
Corrie loves nothing more then to set up a character to a crime they didn’t commit as we recently saw with poor Peter Barlow but could Owen get caught up in the same mess?
Currently working a few odd jobs to help the family stay a float Owen could find himself in a bit of hot water when it comes to crafty Tony.
Covering up dodgy jobs in the past Tony has no problem bending the rules in his favour if it earns him a quick bit of cash but could it be Owen that gets left cleaning up the mess? even possibly finding himself sharing a cell with good old Jim McDonald.
Could enjoying a typical builders breakfast in Roy's cause this character to make a quick exit?
If there wasn’t enough stress in his life with the financial struggles the family are going through not to mention the teen pregnancy Owen's heart just cant take much more.
Could the dramatic ending be a sudden heart attack as the family continue to deal with the the nightmare they are going through.
All we know is that all of these story lines have previously happened to our loved character before they leave the cobble streets behind we suspect that what ever happens the street will be left shocked and heartbroken as another character says their farewell to Coronation street.
Coronation Street café owner Roy Cropper will fall out with Sharif Nazir in an upcoming storyline.
David Neilson and Marc Anwar, who play the characters, were spotted filming an argument while working on location in Manchester this week.
Future episodes will see the pair forced to share an allotment, but it's far from a happy partnership when they can't agree on how to use the patch.
The argument continues
Roy and Sharif end up splitting the plot in two, but it looks as though their comedic bickering could still last for a while.
Despite the early tensions, Roy's hobby will ultimately mark a turning point for him as he starts to move on from his difficult year.
In a recent interview with Inside Soap, Coronation Street's producer Stuart Blackburn confirmed that Roy will meet a troubled new character while working on the allotment - giving him something new to focus on after a year of grief for his wife Hayley.
Roy and Sharif's row attracts attention
Blackburn commented: "Roy meets a widowed lady over on the next allotment. She's not going to be a love interest, but someone who Roy will feel obliged to help guide through the world.
"We know how nervous Roy is around people he doesn't know, so the fact that he's able to come out of his shell and offer real, redemptive support to a complete stranger is a sign that the Roy we all know and love is back."
Coronation Street producer Stuart Blackburn has revealed that Jenny Bradley (Sally Ann Matthews) will have skeletons in the cupboard when she returns to Weatherfield this spring.
It has already been confirmed that Jenny - who has not been seen on Coronation Street for over 20 years - will be a new love interest for Kevin (Michael Le Vell). But it seems that the Corrie mechanic should be on his guard.
"Jenny Bradley will very quickly get involved with Kevin. Now, we know that Jenny has got a history on the Street. She left under a cloud and she really hurt Rita. She's changed a lot and had a life off the Street, but there are bigger secrets that she's got," says Blackburn in an interview on the soap's website. "And, as the weeks progress, Sophie is the first to suspect that all is not what it seems."
Scenes to be shown in the coming weeks will see Kevin turn to internet dating to find a girlfriend. But he's shocked when he arranges to meet a mystery woman and discovers that it's none other than Jenny, daughter of infamous Corrie villain Alan Bradley.
She in turn admits that she has started internet dating after a nasty divorce and was intrigued to find Kevin online - and confesses she had a bit of a crush on him when they were younger! The pair start dating but how will Jenny’s foster mum Rita (Barbara Knox) react when she finds out about the relationship?
The pair have not spoken since 1993 when Jenny returned briefly to the Street and it became clear that she was after Rita's money to set up a business. Furious Rita wrote her a cheque for £1000 and sent her packing. So what will the atmosphere be like two decades later? And what will be the repercussions of Jenny's big secret for Kevin?
Coronation Street favourite Katy Cavanagh has announced her decision to quit the hit ITV soap, The Sun newspaper reports.
The actress, who plays unlucky-in-love Julie Carp in Corrie, broke the news via a statement published in the paper in which she explained her decision to “take a break from the cobbles” in a bid to “pursue other projects and opportunities.”
Cavanagh will stay on our ITV screens until late spring, but has categorically NOT ruled out a returnto the show at a later date, with the publication quoting her as saying:
“I’ve loved every minute in the world of Julie. I am not ruling out a return to the Street in the future. However, I am looking forward to a new challenge and a pair of flat shoes.”
Meanwhile, the show’s executive producer, Stuart Blackburn, expressed his hope that Cavanagh might return too, commenting:
“Julie has become a warm, wonderful and eccentric character able to raise a laugh and a tear in the same scene.
“Everyone at Corrie wishes Katy all the very best and hopefully, the cobbles haven’t seen the last of her.”
At this point, not much is known about Julie’s Corrie exit, although bosses at the show have revealed that it will be centred around her love life, the perils of which have dominated her storylines since arriving on the Street seven years ago.
Currently, Julie is in a relationship with Dev Alahan (Jimmi Harkishin) after a real love story blossomed between them after a series of false starts and mixed signals, but from the sounds of it, the bubble they had blissfully fallen into before Christmas is about to burst.
Cavanagh made her debut as Julie Carp, the half-sister of Eileen Grimshaw (Sue Cleaver), back in 2008 after meeting first love Kirk Sutherland (Andy Whyment) on holiday in Cyprus.
During her time on the show, Julie has been at the heart of some of the soa’s biggest dramas, including the epic 2010 tram crash and subsequent live episode, as well as the minibus crash last month which saw her heroically ripping up her ball gown to tend her friends injuries.
We are pretty sure with such experience, and the love of a nation behind her, Katy Cavanagh will have no trouble following her dreams, and we wish her all the luck in the world and hope to see her again really soon!
Could there finally be joy on the horizon for long-suffering Steve McDonald now he’s set to marry Michelle Connor come Springtime – but will it all go smoothly?
And we all know that Steve has a long battle ahead of him before he can become the model groom and really enjoy his day. I spoke to actress Kym Marsh, who plays Michelle, about the upcoming journey which will culminate in what is billed as a ‘classic Coronation Street wedding celebration.’
‘I’m delighted to become Mrs McDonald!’ the star enthused during a chat with Metro.co.uk. ‘I’ve been Michelle Connor for so long but people seem to want Michelle and Steve to be together.
‘The bus crash was a turning point for them. There’s still a journey to go on but it’s the start of Michelle and Steve loving each other again.’
In the wake of the bus crash and Steve’s ill-advised escape from the scene of the wreckage, residents of the Street were divided over their approach to Steve, with several turning on him.
Kym explained: ‘Michelle was very protective when people on the Street start blaming him for what happened to Sinead. She really took control of the situation and acts like a bit of a mother hen.
‘There’s a lot of people who don’t understand but Steve does have a nice support network and will start attending therapy.’
As Michelle proves to be Steve’s rock, their partnership is very much back on. And producer Stuart Blackburn revealed his plans for their wedding scenes which are due to air later this year.
‘It’s going to be a big community event; a good old fashioned street party and everyone’s going to chip in: Carla in her dungarees, Roy and Dev with food…a real celebration!’ he revealed exclusively.
‘It will also be the point where we stop talking so much about Steve’s depression. We don’t need to bang on about it- it’s just there. It won’t stop Steve being funny or living a joyful life.’
After a traumatic 2014 and hellish start to the new year, it’s good to see that Steve will slowly start to regain some pleasure in life as he and Michelle face to the future. And, let’s face it, he’ll need to be ready to stand up for Liz when she makes the inevitable discovery that Tracy and Tony are secretly seeing eachother. And you thought the bus crash was explosive…
Would the REAL Gavin Rodwell please stand up? Soap imposter attends his OWN funeral with tearful Gail Platt in Coronation Street
He’s been cultivating a new life after stealing the identity of another man, but would-be Gavin Rodwell’s world of make-believe takes a macabre turn in a forthcoming episode of Coronation Street.
The restaurant worker, played by Oliver Farnworth, has been living a double life since arriving on the cobbles after taking the identity of Michael Rodwell’s long lost son.
But he will be faced with a conundrum after the real Gavin dies, with Michael, who has a heart condition, seemingly unaware that the person he believes to be his son is in fact an imposter.
Bringing up the rear, Michael's tearful fiancée Gail Platt is seen with the fake Gavin, himself evidently stunned by the latest development, and with it the implications that come with telling Michael, played by Les Dennis, the truth.
Speaking to the Radio Times about the storyline, Oliver said: 'My character is actually called Andy and he's a friend of the real Gavin Rodwell, who he shares a flat with.
'The real Gavin is off travelling and Andrew has intercepted this letter that Michael posted through the door.
'The tall and short of it is is that Andrew made a rash decision to pretend to be Gavin and before he knew it the situation had spiralled out of control. It had run away with itself and now Andrew is in far too deep.'
Gavin has previously confided in love interest Steph Britton, but the actor who plays him admits going one step further and telling Michael is harder than one might believe.
He told Inside Soap: ‘With Michael's heart condition, any surprises like this might send him over the edge. So it's going to be really difficult for Andy and Steph - who's now implicated in this - to break the news to him.'
Amy Kelly quits Coronation Street: Actress who plays Maddie Heath leaving behind lesbian storyline
Actress Amy Kelly has quit Coronation Street.
The 19-year-old had a meeting with soap bosses late last year to announce she wanted to leave her role as Maddie Heath - a formerly homeless teen who is dating Sophie Webster (Brooke Vincent) - and is expected to depart Weatherfield in the summer.
Amy told The Sun newspaper: "I'm young and adventurous and I want to gain more experience and explore and improve my craft.
"Acting is my passion and I'm excited to see where it takes me."
Bosses are currently coming up with Amy's exit storyline but she isn't expected to be killed off as she is so popular backstage, and show chief Stuart Blackburn previously admitted he wanted to keep her in the soap for as long as possible.
He said last year: "The joy with Amy is that she has no idea how good she is.
"Short of her wanting to go, the character of Maddie will be here as long as I'm here."
The news comes just six months after Amy was handed a contract extension after impressing in her early scenes as troubled teen Maddie.
A source previously said: "The bosses are really pleased with Amy. They were delighted to get such high figures for the kiss [between Maddie and Sophie].
''It was after that they decided they wanted to extend her contract."
Coronation Street: First glimpse at newly cast Bethany Platt
Actress Lucy Fallon has been pictured filming some of her first scenes for Coronation Street in Manchester. The 19-year-old, who has been cast as Gail Platt's granddaughter Bethany Platt, looks set to make a dramatic debut on the cobbles in March.
In new scenes filmed for the soap, Bethany can be seen getting up to mischief while her on-screen mother Sarah-Louise - played by Tina O'Brien - is distracted. The tearaway teen appears to steal from a local shop before being caught by her mum and forced to face the consequences.
It is the first time fans will have seen Lucy in action since she was cast to play the rebellious teenager in January.
The character was initially meant to be portrayed by actress Katie Redford, but following confusion around her age, Katie, 25, was dropped and the role recast.
Lucy started filming scenes with her new on-screen family members Gail and David, played by Helen Worth and Jack P Shepherd, soon after landing her big break.
"Walking onto the set was surreal and nerve wracking, but everyone has been really welcoming and I am thrilled to have been given this great opportunity," said the actress when her role was announced.
Lucy's first episode will air in March and see her character Bethany, 14, make an unexpected arrival on the cobbles, following a huge argument with her mum Sarah in Milan.
The week after, Sarah will be seen flying over to the UK to try and convince Bethany to return with her to Italy, if it means dragging her "kicking and screaming". The pair end up staying on the Street in Weatherfield when things don't go exactly to plan.
ITV bosses warned Corrie fans that Bethany will be causing problems for the Platt clan, while Gail in particular will struggle to cope with her family's secrets and lies.
In January producers had to announce their decision to let the original actress Katie go, after fans discovered photos of her old CV that clearly stated she was turning 26. A snapshot of her résumé did the rounds online, listing her date of birth as 2 March 1989.
Rumour has it that when Sarah Platt (or is she still Grimshaw?) comes back, she will not only be attracted to the dastardly Callum, but will also have a one night stand with her ex-husband, Jason. Now this might prove a little awkward if true, as Tina O'brien and Ryan Thomas were once partners in real life, and have a daughter together. The split was painful, but have since managed an amicable arrangement for young Scarlett's sake. But will it be amicable enough to allow them to act a bit of a romance realistically? We shall see. This will of course lay the groundwork for angst between Jason and Eva when Catherine Tildesley returns from her maternity leave.
Fans of Coronation Street will of course know that actress Anne Kirkbride passed away last month after a short illness, so of course, her Corrie character, Deirdre Barlow, must now be written out of the show.
The last time we saw Anne on-screen was as Deirdre left Weatherfield in order to visit friends after finding the strain of her stepson Peter Barlow’s murder trial too much to bear…
But as to how Deirdre will be written out of the show – her former co-star Maggie Jones, who played the role of Deirdre’s mother Blanche, similarly passed away while on temporary leave from the ITV soap in 2009 – it seems that Coronation Street bosses are keen that Anne’s devastated family are involved with detailing the plotline.
A show source told The Sun, “They [the show’s writers] don’t want to do anything that would upset Anne’s family or disrespect the legacy of one of their most popular characters.
“They think it’s best to make a joint decision about the best way to wave goodbye to Deirdre.”
Apparently, we’ll find out exactly how Deirdre has been written out in episodes that will air over the summer…
Coronation Street Spoilers: Mark Moraghan cast to play new love interest for who? & Claire King returns as Erica!
There is love in the air for two residents of Coronation Street this spring!
First of all it has been confirmed that former Brookside star, Mark Moraghan, has been cast to play the role of Adrian – a new online love interest for show favourite, Eileen Grimshaw (Sue Cleaver).
Moraghan, who played Greg Shadwick in the hit Channel 4 soap Brookside and whose other previous credits include the roles of Owen Davies in Holby City and Ray Wyatt in Dream Team, has already filmed his first scenes for Corrie last week, but only confirmed his new role yesterday via social networking site, Twitter, by posting this picture along with the following caption:
“Had a great 1st week up North. Thanks to a wonderful cast & crew for making me welcome x”
Eileen will meet Adrian in April when she decides to give online dating a go following a string of failed romances in the past with the likes of Paul Kershaw and Owen Armstrong.
Exact details of Adrian & Eileen’s relationship are being kept closely guarded for now, but according to Digital Spy he will be appearing on the cobbles of Weatherfield for at least a few months.
Elsewhere and there is romance in store for Nick Tilsley (Ben Price) too, as his festive fling Erica Holroyd (Claire King) makes a Rovers Return to the show.
Fans of the hit ITV soap will remember how Erica first appeared on our Corrie screens over the Christmas period and had soon won over Nick as they embarked on a flirtatious fling – But will things get more serious when she comes back?
It certainly looks like it might as from the moment that Erica turns up at the pub to surprise her old pal Liz McDonald (Beverley Callard) she instantly picks up where she left off with Nick.
Erica’s original appearance was meant to be in a guest role capacity but after viewers warmed to her so well the powers that be asked her to come back on a slightly more permanent basis.
Coronation Street Spoilers: Waterloo Road’s Melanie Hill cast to play newcomer Cathy
Coronation Street have cast former Waterloo Road actress, Melanie Hill, to play a new character called Cathy Matthews.
Cathy is set to join the street as a new friend for grieving widow Roy Cropper in an upcoming storyline, which will see them meeting as they work on adjacent allotments to each other.
Roy initially starts working on the allotment with Sharif Nazir, but soon gets to know Cathy who he becomes so close to that he starts to confide in her about Hayley after she opens up to him about her own husband’s death.
Hill, who is best known for her role of Maggie Budgen in the hit drama Waterloo Road as well as having also starred in Bread, Playing the Field and Cilla, joins the show in a guest role capacity and is quoted by Digital Spy as saying of her new role:
“I’m chuffed to bits to be joining the cast of my favourite soap. I and my family grew up watching it and to actually be working on it is a dream come true.”
At this point it is unknown how long Hill will be in Corrie, but depending on fans reactions to this new storyline may end up becoming a regular cast member if Cathy and Roy end up romantically involved.
Corrie executive producer, Stuart Blackburn, is quoted by the entertainment site as commenting:
“Recently widowed, Cathy is an engaging yet sometimes chaotic woman. Though her indecision can drive her friends mad, behind the vulnerable front is a woman who truly does have a heart of gold. Gentle, kind and intelligent she has more to offer than she knows and in Roy she’ll find a friend who will ultimately bring out the best in her.”
“We are delighted that Melanie Hill has agreed to join us and take on the role. Familiar I’m sure to our audience, Melanie is an incredible actress who I know will soon propel Cathy to the heart of Coronation Street.”
Fans can expect to see Cathy’s arrival in Coronation Street in late April.
Widowed Corrie café boss Roy Cropper will find happiness again – after striking up a friendship with a fun-loving newcomer.
Much-loved Roy had one of the ITV soap’s most tragic storylines last year when terminally-ill wife Hayley died in his arms of a lethal cocktail of drugs.
But soap bosses are keen to showcase actor David Neilson’s comic talent. So Street fans will see a smile back on Roy’s face when he meets young widow Cathy Matthews, played by Melanie Hill.
A senior insider said Neilson, 65, and Hill were both “brilliant” comedy actors who would be the perfect foil for each other.
The source said: “Roy is a wonderful character who has been through the mill – we think it’s time for him to move on and find happiness again.
“His life will change for the better. His allotment and Cathy will become a great source of joy to him and to viewers. She will help him get over the grief.
“The pair will strike up a friendship – there will be lots of laughs along the way. There will be romance but it won’t be for a while.”
The source added: “There was a feeling that we have a great comedy actor moping around being unhappy. He needed a spark to get back to form. Cathy will be that spark.
“Roy and Cathy will lead the way in the comedy stakes – but there will be plenty of other humorous plots and funny lines sprinkled throughout.”
Sunderland-born Melanie, 53, made her name as Aveline in Scouse comedy Bread. In Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, her character Hazel was involved in a long romance with Barry, played by Timothy Spall. She was most recently on screen in Waterloo Road.
Roy’s new storyline comes as part of a wider move to “lighten up” the Street in a bid to win back viewers from EastEnders. Writers plan to offer northern humour as an antidote to its southern rival’s gritty misery.
But it won’t be all laughs on the show – there will also be storylines featuring teenage pregnancy and depression.
A spokeswoman said: “We’re very excited at what we have in store for viewers in the coming months. It’s a typical Corrie combination of romance, drama, villainy and comedy.”
Okay, so it’s not quite the look of love, but these pictures show screen legend Melanie Hill making her first appearance in Coronation Street in coming weeks.
Melanie is playing grieving cafe owner Roy Cropper’s new leading lady, Cathy Matthews, a fellow recent widow but, as these tense pictures show, their friendship has a very rocky start.
In recent episodes, viewers have seen Roy and Sharif Nazir bicker over the one available allotment.
In attempt to try and move on from the death of his beloved Hayley, Roy has been keen to get his teeth into his new hobby. But Cathy’s arrival will prove to create further trouble for the green fingered gang as they clash over the available gardening space.
As the images show, a row unfolds with Cathy looking particularly unimpressed with a helpless Sharif looking on.
But, according to producer Stuart Blackburn, the bad feeling will thaw and provide a classic Corrie friendship brimming with warmth and humour.
‘Recently widowed, Cathy is an engaging yet sometimes chaotic woman,’ he revealed. ‘Though her indecision can drive her friends mad, behind the vulnerable front is a woman who truly does have a heart of gold.
‘Gentle, kind and intelligent she has more to offer than she knows and in Roy she’ll find a friend who will ultimately bring out the best in her.’
An insider continued: ‘Roy’s life will change for the better. His allotment and Cathy will become a great source of joy to him and to viewers. She will help him get over the grief.’
Aww! So while Cathy will never be a replacement to Hayley, it will be nice to see Roy turn a corner and have a smile back on his face. Stand by for some heartwarming comedy scenes that Corrie does best as Melanie’s first scenes air later in the month.
David Platt shocked to discover Gavin Rodwell's grave in Coronation Street
THERE are going to be some tricky questions for Gail Platt after David discovers the grave of the real Gavin Rodwell.
After following Gail to a cemetry, David (Jack P Shepherd) discovers what his mum has been hiding.
In next week's episodes viewers will see Gail (Helen Worth) put in an awkward position when the real Gavin Rodwell turns up at her door, hours before she is due to tie the knot with his dad Michael (Les Dennis).
It is then she realises that the man she knows as Gavin is in fact an impostor, whose real name is Andy (Oliver Farnworth).
Rather than upset Michael – whose heart condition means he should avoid big shocks – Gail tries to do a deal with Gavin and he agrees to keep quiet in exchange for the £2,500 he's owed from Andy.
Explaining the complicated relationship, actor Olive Farworth recently told the Radio Times: "My character is actually called Andy and he's a friend of the real Gavin Rodwell, who he shares a flat with.
"The real Gavin is off travelling and Andrew has intercepted this letter that Michael posted through the door.
"Andrew made a rash decision to pretend to be Gavin and before he knew it the situation had spiralled out of control… Now Andrew is in far too deep."
With Gail willing to keep Andy's identity secret for the time being, things look set to get a lot more complicate when Gavin dies.
Having made a deal with him, Gail is unable to inform Michael but does attend his funeral and later makes a trip to his grave.
Her family grow suspicious, and one day David follows her to the cemetery where Gavin in buried.
David is clearly shocked and upset at what he discovers and confronts his mum to demand an explanation.
But when he hears her side of the story, will he finally blow Andy's cover and put Michael's health at risk?
Speaking of the revelation, Les Dennis recently told Digital Spy: "I imagine Michael is going to be massively hurt. It's such a huge deal and such an incredible secret to keep from him – to let him believe all this time that a perfect stranger is his son! On Michael's behalf, I'm upset for him."
On Gail going behind Michael's back, he said: "I think it would put their relationship in huge jeopardy if he found out she knew and had kept it from him."
Please Note Schedule Changes. Corrie airs in UK on Monday and Wednesday only this week. Corrie will air on Sunday for one hour
Coronation Street bosses are planning to tackle the issue of child-parent domestic violence in a new storyline for Leanne Tilsley.
Leanne, played by Jane Danson, will find herself on the receiving end of attacks from her stepson Simon Barlow in a dark plot due to unfold over the summer months.
Coronation Street's producer Stuart Blackburn announced the news on ITV's This Morning today (March 10), explaining that it will be one of many big stories to air in the summer.
He said: "This summer is going to see Coronation Street at its classic best. It's going to be a mixture of romance, of comedy and of drama - and out of that drama, Leanne Battersby is going to find herself at the centre of a domestic abuse story.
"But this is a story with a twist. The perpetrator is Leanne's 12-year-old stepson Simon."
Leanne has been Simon's sole guardian since the schoolboy's troubled father Peter Barlow left Weatherfield at the end of last year.
No further details of the upcoming storyline have been revealed, but fans may wonder whether Simon's unstable family background could start to have an adverse effect on his behaviour in the months to come.
13-year-old Alex Bain, who plays Simon, previously won the Best Young Performance prize at the British Soap Awards in 2011.
Coronation Street star Sean Ward has spoken about Callum Logan's upcoming romance with Sarah-Louise Platt for the first time, tipping the returning character as a good match for the bad boy.
Corrie's producer Stuart Blackburn recently announced that Sarah-Lou will embark on a surprising relationship with Callum when she returns to Weatherfield in a few weeks' time.
Callum has caused many problems for the Platt family in the past few months and is currently challenging David for custody of Max, but that won't stop Sarah-Lou (Tina O'Brien) from falling for his roguish charms.
Speaking to Digital Spy at the TRIC Awards yesterday (March 10), Ward said of the storyline: "It's quite exciting. That's the Coronation Street I remember with Sarah-Lou in it. For her to be back in it now and me to be dating her is a bit crazy for me, but very enjoyable.
"Tina is so professional. She said she was nervous for the first scene, and then it's like she's never been away. And I think that's because of the family that we are on Coronation Street, that I've been accepted into. It is just so easy to slip back into it."
Asked whether Callum's interest in Sarah-Lou is really genuine, he replied: "Half and half. I mean there's the element that it's David's sister and that's going to help Callum's way on the street, but she's very feisty and he needs someone to match him, and I think Sarah-Lou is the girl to do that."
Ward confirmed that he will have a role to play in Kylie Platt's return storyline when she finally arrives back in Weatherfield in May. Paula Lane, who plays Kylie, is currently on maternity leave but is expected to start filming again this month.
Speaking of his co-star's comeback, he said: "I can't wait. That again is a massive privilege to be a part of her entrance storyline, because I was only technically drafted in for her exit and they've kept me on, so I'm very excited to see how they bring Paula back in."
Discussing future hopes for Callum, Ward also admitted that he is keen to keep the character as a bad boy.
He said: "I think as a whole, just being able to play the bad boy is the dream come true. So every day when I get in and put on all the black clothes, I'm like, 'Right, let's go and be a horrible guy'. They're much more fun than the rom-com guy!
"I think the street needs a bad boy, so hopefully we'll keep him as a bad boy."
It looks as if Gail and Michael's wedding will go ahead after all, as these photos were taken while filming recently. Nice that this time, Gail's daughter and granddaughter, Sarah and Bethany can attend.
They make sure the cast are well wrapped up between takes.
Corrie fans desperate to know how things are to play out with David Platt and his arch-enemy Callum might be in luck as the actors Jack P Shepherd and Sean Ward have been spotted filming in Wythenshawe.
The pair were spotted, along with two extras, filming outside The Park - a pub on Moorcroft Road - which doubles as the Dog and Gun pub frequented by character Callum Logan.
It is thought the scenes shot will air later next week as in David’s desperation to remove drug dealer Callum from his and step-son Max’s life, he blackmails someone into planting drugs in Callum’s car.
David has brought up Max as his own, but now Callum is back on the scene and Kylie (played by Paula Lane) is gone the bad boy is fighting David for custody of his son.
While David thinks his initial mediation with Callum is going his way, after the absent father loses his temper, it seems he has decided to take matters into his own hands.
According to reports David will bribe Andy, who is currently pretending to be Gavin Rodwell the long lost son of Michael, into planting the drugs. If he does not David threatens to tell Michael - played by Les Dennis - the truth.
Concerned the truth could have a serious effect on Michael’s health - having recently had surgery for a heart condition - Andy reluctantly agrees to help.
But it looks as though the hairdresser’s plan will back fire as it is rumoured he will end up in a very public brawl with Callum and Andy (aka Gavin).
The pub has featured in the soap before. It is used as Kylie’s local in her old neighbourhood which she returns to in the hope Callum will be able to shed some light, or family history, on son Max’s ADHD diagnosis.
It is also where we have seen her buying drugs from Callum.
It appears David and Andy have ventured into enemy territory in order to approach Callum’s car and catch him unawares but it all goes horribly wrong.
The broadcast will celebrate the 60th birthday of ITV and the soap's producer has opened up about future plans
Coronation Street is set for another live episode in September - but don't expect a repeat of the dramatic scenes following the tram crash disaster.
Show boss Stuart Blackburn has discussed potential details for the upcoming broadcast - which will mark the 60th birthday of ITV - and admitted he wants to take a more storyline-driven approach compared to the stunt four years ago.
According to Digital Spy, he said: "Bear in mind that I'm the guy who told Michelle Keegan that we wouldn't be killing her off, but right now I'm thinking that a big spectacular would be the wrong way to go as it'll feel like we're copying the tram crash, so we're looking to focus on real storytelling.
"There are still a few weeks until we do the long term planning which will cover that, so who knows? If someone comes up with something brilliant that completely goes against that, then we'll run with it!"
The live episode was announced last year, and Stuart previously described the "honour" of being in charge of the special broadcast.
He said at the time: "It's an honour to be at the helm as Coronation Street goes live once more.
"We've a reputation to uphold after the success of the tram crash and I'm going to enjoy working with the storyliners and writers as we plot stories for our live episode in 2015.
"We'll be doing all we can to eclipse what's gone before."
Corrie star Brooke Vincent has teased a big new storyline for her alter ego Sophie Webster which has got us all intrigued.
The Websters have had a quieter time on screen recently, particularly Sophie who has barely been seen apart from a few scenes in the corner shop. But all that is set to change as a big new storyline kicks off in coming months.
The announcement comes as the exit of Brooke’s co-star Amy Kelly, who plays Maddie, gets ever closer. So is the shock new storyline set to clash with the departure of Maddie?
There are a number of avenues which Corrie could be taking with the new plot. But which of the following is set to strike Sophie and bring her back to the forefront of the action?
Tragic end for Maddie?
She survived the bus crash and was even a bit of a hero but the announcement of an imminent exit inevitably means that a soap character could be at risk of death.
If Maddie was to be the victim of an accident with tragic consequences it would be interesting to see how Sophie would cope and whether it would cause her to lose faith in her religion.
The return of Sian?
We all kind of feel that Sophie’s true love was Sian and many fans were left gutted when their relationship came to an end.
But Sian’s return could make Sophie realise where her heart truly lies and the breakdown of her current relationship would lead to a distraught Maddie leaving the Street.
But perhaps she may exact some revenge first.
Clash with Jenny?
Kevin has been warned off his relationship with Jenny Bradley and she certainly has form for betraying those closest to her.
Producer Stuart Blackburn teased that Kevin would regret becoming involved with Jenny so is Sophie about to discover a secret of Jenny’s that could be heartbreaking for Kevin.
If Sophie finds out what scheming Jenny is up to, this could be the part of a dramatic, and exciting, feud between the two women.
But whose side will Kevin take?
Could Sophie face her biggest challenge to date by falling ill in a dramatic new storyline?
We know Maddie can deal badly with a trauma but how would Sophie cope if her girlfriend left her in her hour of need?
It would be an interesting, if tearjerking, story to explore. Is Sophie really strong enough to face such a tough challenge alone?
Sophie could be heading for the ultimate heartbreak as she learns that Maddie has been unfaithful to her. There is no way the relationship would survive such a revelation.
Or, perhaps in a shock twist, Sophie sees her head turned by a new love. Could even someone on the Street suddenly realise they hold feelings for the youngest Webster?
And, if so, who?
Brooke said to Yahoo News: ‘I’ve got a big storyline coming up, so that’s exciting. When you go to work to say one line, it’s a bit boring. So it’s good and I am excited.’
Corrie boss Kieran Roberts has released details about the dramatic new storyline in the pipeline for Leanne in Simon, in which the long suffering youngster will become violent towards his stepmum.
The sinister new storyline will kick off in coming months after Simon suffers another significant trauma in his life which sends him off the rails.
And the controversial plot will see Leanne take the brunt of his violent behaviour, which could leave her living in fear of her own step child.
Speaking to Digital Spy about the dark new twist on the Street, executive producer Kieran Roberts explained: ‘It’s a really interesting story. It’s come from character, as Simon is a child who has obviously been through a very difficult few years with the death of his mother, his dad’s alcoholism and then being passed around by the adults in his life.
He’s seen a lot of difficult things and he’s got some more difficult things to go through this year in the next few months.’
He continued, revealing more details on the storyline ahead: ‘I can’t give much away, but there is at least one other major trauma that Simon is going to have to go through.
‘I think it’s fair to say that he’s going to come through all of this a little bit damaged. We’re going to explore how that impacts on his relationship with Leanne, and we’re going to touch on this issue of domestic violence from a child against a parent.’
Coronation Street fans will know that schoolgirl Faye Windass is set to give birth in just a matter of weeks, but as yet, the terrified youngster hasn’t even told her mum Anna that she’s pregnant, and as of right now, Faye intends to give birth in secret then leave the baby at a hospital before fleeing.
However, Coronation Street actor Colson Smith has perhaps revealed that Faye – who’s played by Ellie Leach – will keep her baby, and that his character, Craig Tinker, will continue to support Faye as she struggles to deal with motherhood at such a young age.
What’s On TV report that Colson said, “We’ve already met the babies, they’re brilliant, they’re really cute.”
The show’s bosses usually cast twins in the role of a Corrie baby, so as to be able to use both children during filming.
Colson continued, “I’ve not had many scenes actually holding them, but Ellie loves it, she’s taken to it really well.”
And of how Craig will continue to be there for Faye, Colson remarked, “Craig’s going to try and help as much as he can.
“He’s a soft kid, he’s a goody, he really likes helping out, so I think he’ll help Faye after the baby has been born as much as he can.”
And finally, of playing out the controversial storyline, the young actor said, “Me and Ellie are both hoping we do it justice and that comes across on screen.”
As mentioned above, to date, Anna – who’s played by Debbie Rush – has no idea that Faye is pregnant, but despite Faye’s fears to the contrary, she’s sure to be supportive once she does find out.
"When I was told about this storyline I felt it was a brilliant way to say goodbye to Kal," reveals the actor who plays Gym owner Kal Nazir
Jimi Mistry to exit Coronation Street as part of ''fantastic'' twist, it has been announced.
Gym owner Kal Nazir is to bid farewell to Weatherfield in a dramatic storyline later in 2015.
Jimi said: "When I was told about this storyline I felt it was a brilliant way to say goodbye to Kal and I am really looking forward to filming my departure scenes.
"I want to thank Stuart and the team for giving me the opportunity to be part of such a fantastic show. This is the longest I have ever been in one job and I have enjoyed it immensely."
Producer Stuart Blackburn added: "Kal’s departure will be a big part of the fantastic spring and summer of drama on Coronation Street.
"We discussed the plot idea with Jimi and we all feel it is a great storyline which will have huge ramifications for the Nazirs and Leanne going forward.
“Jimi is a talented actor and an asset to the show and we will be sorry to see him go, but this is a fantastic exit storyline there are still many twists and turns for the character in the coming months.”
Coronation Street Spoilers: Will Michelle say yes when Steve proposes? Kym Marsh spills…
Michelle Connor surely must qualify for some kind of loyalty and devotion award, given all that she’s been through with her boyfriend Steve McDonald on Coronation Street recently.
She put up with months of being in the dark about his depression – and feared that he had in fact fallen out of love with her – and now, she’s about to learn that he owes a small fortune to the taxman, and as a result, may lose the Rovers.
So when Steve asks Michelle to marry him, which he’s set to do in upcoming episodes, it would be understandable if she was reluctant. But will she in fact jump at the chance to become Mrs McDonald?
Kym Marsh, who plays the long-suffering barmaid, has been talking about that and other plot twists with ITV.
Here’s what she had to say…
How does Michelle feel things are panning out with Steve – slowly but surely getting back to the Steve he once was?
They’re slowly making progress, she’s takes every day as it comes but they’re getting there, and Steve is doing well. Michelle feels she will eventually get the Steve she knows and loves back.
Does she still love him as much?
I think she loves Steve more than ever; they’ve been through so much that it’s brought them closer together.
Is it a shock when she finds the letters about his tax?
It’s a massive shock, Michelle had no idea there was a problem at all and she’s really troubled by it. She tells Liz that he’s obviously been hiding the letters for months but she’s reluctant to tell him for fear of setting back his recovery.
What does she decide to do? Is she worried about approaching him in case he becomes very down about it?
Michelle and Liz check with the tax office and confirm the bill is correct. It is and Michelle’s gutted, she’s really not looking forward to the prospect of breaking the news to Steve.
How does she approach him about the arrears?
She tries to go easy on him because she doesn’t know how he’s going to react and she doesn’t want to send him into another downward spiral. She shows him the letters to see if he has any memory of the problem.
What’s his reaction?
Steve’s mortified and admits he hid the letters away at the height of his problems and forgot about them.
Does Michelle feel even sorrier for him?
Steve feels really guilty that he’s got them into another mess, obviously Michelle’s not happy about it but she does really feel for him.
He offers to ‘fix things’. Is she worried what he might do? Steal the money, perhaps?
She’s worried when he promises to fix everything because she has no idea what he’s going to do and where he’s going to get the money from. She’s impressed when she sees him calmly poring through the pub paperwork trying to find a solution, but when she then catches him bulk buying toilet roll, she’s worried that he’s maybe not coping as well as she initially thought. It confirms her fears that this could really setback his recovery.
What does Michelle think about Liz asking Tony to pay off the tax? Is she concerned about how Steve may react?
She’s really grateful to Liz and Tony but she’s worried how Steve might react so they agree not to tell him until the cash become available.
How does Michelle feel when Steve suddenly asks her to marry him?
She’s stunned when he proposes to her, it’s not what she is expecting at all, so it comes as a bolt out of the blue.
Isn’t his timing way off? He’s still ill and now owes thousands in tax – wouldn’t it be better to wait?
It probably would be much better to wait and Michelle’s really not the sure the timing is right but she does really love Steve and she’s not sure if she can bring herself to disappoint him.
Would she like to marry him? But maybe when everything’s sorted out?
I think she does want to marry him but she’s really concerned about the timing. If she is to say yes she may suggest a long engagement. She doesn’t want to put Steve under any more pressure and she wouldn’t want to rush things but then she doesn’t want to disappoint him either. I guess it will depend on whether she lets her heart rule her head!
Now, we know that the plan in Coronation Street at the moment is to make Michael Rodwell keep believing that Andy is his son Gavin, and that he must never find out that the real Gavin is actually dead and that everyone has been lying to him for weeks, if not months.
So of course we are all just sat waiting for this massive secret, which has the capacity to kill Michael (Les Dennis) let us not forget, to explode on our screens.
After all, have you ever known a secret stay that way in Weatherfield?
But just what sort of impact will it have on Michael when he does find out that Gavin is really Andy (Oliver Farnworth), and that his fiancée Gail (Helen Worth) knew and has been keeping the truth from him?
Les Dennis, the actor who plays Michael, has been discussing the possible outcome of such a reveal in a recent interview with Digital Spy, who quotes him as saying:
“I haven’t seen the scripts yet but the talk is that it will be dramatic.”
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“If you found out that somebody had been pretending to be your son and your wife had kept it from you, and that you didn’t have the chance to go and see your own son, I think you’d be pretty livid.
“I can imagine that this mild-mannered man we know as Michael Rodwell could be the one that turns.”
On how such a betrayal will affect Michael’s relationship with Gail, Dennis mused that the situation would put it “under a lot of pressure” whilst adding that “it gives it another aspect to play!”
However, Dennis insists that Michael is “devoted” to Gail as well as hinting at the time scale we are looking at for this secret to be unearthed:
“At the moment, Michael is devoted to Gail and the revelation is still a long way off because they do keep the secret for a long time, but I think when the revelation comes out, then it is going to really explode. It will be a big storyline.”
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Finally Dennis went on to reveal that another wedding is on the cards for Michael and Gail, and that it has already been filmed without as much drama as the last one, adding:
“I can say that Michael and Gail do get married – that does happen. But there is still a lot to come afterwards and it is all Andy’s fault.”