Monday 17 November 2014

Tim and Anna share a laugh in the cafe. Sally enters and clocks their intimacy. When Sophie and Maddie then see Tim slipping through the backdoor of No.6 carrying a bunch of flowers, they break the news to Sally.  Inside, Anna is giving Tim his reading lesson when suddenly Sally bursts in with a face like thunder, demanding to know what's going on!
Michelle prepares for the hoedown party she's organising and it's clear she's going to get no help from hungover Steve. Desperate to avoid Michelle, Steve sneaks back to the bistro and guiltily orders up a cocktail. Steph's amused to see him back again.

When Carla moans about how hard it is proving to find a trainee manager, Alya overhears and asks if she can apply for the job. Alya prepares for her interview and Leanne warns her how scary Carla can be.

Owen's cheered when Tony offers him some work on a warehouse conversion. Michael and Gail head into town, back to the bar where hopefully the manageress has Gavin's contact details.

Monday 17 November 2014
Seething with rage, Sally accuses Tim and Anna of having an affair and storms out in tears before they can explain. Tim chases after Sally but Sophie and Maddie bar his way, while a furious Sally starts lobbing Tim's possessions out of the bedroom window and shouting abuse at Anna. In desperation, Tim shouts up to Sally, telling her that Anna has been teaching him to read and he's embarrassed.

Eileen moans to Liz and Michelle about how Steve failed to turn up for his Street Cars shift and nobody can get hold of him. Elsewhere, at the bistro, Steph is short-staffed and Steve insists on helping out behind the bar. But how will Steve explain himself when Michelle calls in at the bistro and finds him working there?

Carla interviews Alya. Alya describes her passion for upmarket underwear and then, realising Underworld aims at a much lower market, worries she's blown it. When Kal begs Carla to give Alya a chance because she'd be an asset to her business, Alya's mortified.

Faye confides in Craig how miserable it is to be skint and how she's dreading moving to the poky flat above the bookies. When Michael explains to the manageress how he's trying to find his long lost son, Gavin, she agrees to pass on his address.


Wednesday 19 November 2014
Knowing he's in the doghouse, Steve apologises to Michelle, explaining he simply fancied a change of scene. He promises it won't happen again and when he offers to help at the hoedown Michelle thaws. Meanwhile, when Steve spots a sports car parked at the garage, he ignores Kevin's words of caution and makes a rash decision to buy it. Calling in at the bistro, he excitedly tells Steph how he bought a sports car and insists she joins him for a spin just as Michelle prepares to set off for the hoedown.

Gail and a nervous Michael seek out Gavin's house. Nobody's in but Gail insists Michael pushes a note through the door. Michael later gets a call from Gavin asking to meet him tomorrow. Michael's petrified. Meanwhile, Kylie's on edge when she receives a text from Callum suggesting they meet up and she's tempted.

Alya approaches Carla with trepidation. She's surprised and utterly thrilled when Carla offers her the job of trainee manager.

When Dev laments to Mary that he's been invited to a posh birthday party but has no one to go with, Mary insists she'll be his plus one. Dev has little choice but to agree. Tim's touched when Faye offers to teach him to read.


Friday 21 November 2014
Michelle confides in Liz and Tony that she loves Steve to bits but she's at the end of her tether. Desperate to save their relationship, she books a weekend in the Lakes, telling Steve they'll go in his new car but he needs to be ready for 3 p.m. Liz warns Steve that if he doesn't buck his ideas up, he's going to lose Michelle and he'll only have himself to blame. But when Michelle finds him sitting in his car, showing no interest in going to the Lakes, she finally snaps and begs him to tell her what's wrong.

In the Bistro, Gavin approaches Michael and Gail and introduces himself.

Mary drags Dev into her camper van, explaining she's suffered an allergic reaction to her false eyelash glue and will have to pull out of the party. Encouraged by Steph, Julie agrees to accompany Dev to the party and hurries home to get changed.

Owen, Anna, Gary, Katy and Faye move into the bookies flat, determined to make the best of it. Pretending she's got a nail appointment, Kylie leaves David at the salon and heads off to meet Callum. He gives her some speed but refuses payment, claiming he's the father of her child and he's here to help.


Friday 21 November 2014
Michelle gives Steve an ultimatum, either he tells her what's wrong or she's leaving. Steve remains tongue-tied. Utterly devastated, Michelle gets out of the car and, returning to the pub, she announces that she and Steve are finished. Lloyd and Andrea find Steve sitting in his car listening to music. They beg him to apologise to Michelle and save his relationship, but Steve's unresponsive, unable to deal with his emotions. Will Lloyd be able to get through to Steve?

Michael apologises to Gavin for being an absent father and hopes they can get to know each other. Telling Michael he needs time to think things over, Gavin leaves. Gail does her best to comfort a deflated Michael as he waits to hear from Gavin.

Dev escorts Julie to the party at a posh hotel. He introduces Julie to his golfing friend Dominic and they hit it off immediately. Dev's quietly jealous, especially when Dominic and Julie exchange phone numbers.

When Kylie receives a text from Callum she quickly deletes it without reading it.


Source:  Corrie.net










As we have previously reported, Coronation Street newcomer, Michael Rodwell, is set to be given some family in the show, marking his stay as more permanent.

Fans of the hit ITV soap will know how Michael (Les Dennis) is the would-be burglar who broke into Gayle McIntyre’s house causing her to become a temporary recluse.

After some victim / criminal therapy Michael and Gayle (Helen Worth) formed a firm friendship which, despite her son’s best attempts to scupper it, developed into a cute little romance.

Now Michael’s son, Gavin, is set to make his Weatherfield debut – And show exec producer, Stuart Blackburn, has been revealing a little of what we can expect from the father son reunion.

Blackburn who we reported earlier today is hoping for show returns from both departing actors Chris Gascoyne and Marc Bayliss, has revealed to Digital Spy that he believes Gavin, who is to be played by former Mr Selfridge and Hollyoaks actor Oliver Farnworth, will “fit in very well!”


The producer went on to say how the arrival will cause a bit of tension at first as Gavin, true to Michael’s “biggest fear”, is “damaged” and “hating” of his father for not being around, adding:

“At first, it seems that way, but Gavin is an incredibly forgiving guy. He is very funny too and a bit of a charmer!”

But Gavin is not the only new character getting some family – Tim Metcalfe (Joe Duttine) is to welcome his cousin, Howie.


Howie, who was described as a “cheeky chap” in his 40s who will have a visible disability back in May by casting directors on the hunt to find an actor to play him, will be a source of “more fun for the Webster family” according to Blackburn, who added:

“In the past, Tim’s relationship with Howie has been incredibly fragile. They never see eye to eye, and Howie loves winding up Tim.”

Blackburn went on to add that the process of casting an actor to play Howie was in “the final audition” stage and that we can expect to see him “on screen early next year!”

Source:  Unreality TV (Except for the photo of Oliver Farnworth, as they had a picture of Sean Ward on their page, who is coming in to play Callum, Kylie's ex-boyfriend instead)
We knew it – As soon as we heard that there was someone from the Armstrong family’s past joining the cast of Coronation Street, we thought it would be Owen’s ex!

We also predicted that the absent mother of Izzy (Cherylee Houston) and Katy (Georgia May Foote) may set the scene for Katy’s exit next year, and it looks like we might have been right about that too!


As we have previously reported, Georgia May Foote, the actress who plays single teenage mum, Katy, recently revealed that, following news that her character is due to leave the show, she would be filming her final scenes early next year.

But before that happens it would seem that her long-lost mother is set to turn up on the cobbles of Weatherfield.

This news has been confirmed by show exec producer, Stuart Blackburn, who has been revealing all about the new addition to the Armstrong / Windass clan in a recent interview with Inside Soap!


And, according to the ITV soap’s head honcho, the arrival of the new character, whose name has yet to be revealed, will bring some secrets with them.

Discussing the backstory behind the ex-wife of Owen (Ian Puleston-Davies) Blackburn revealed to the publication how viewers will learn that Owen’s original explanation to his ex leaving in the first place, that she was ” too young and couldn’t cope with Izzy’s disability” is actually not as close to the truth as the builder has lead people to believe and that the new character will be harbouring deep and “genuine regrets” about the past with the “biggest one being leaving Owen!”

Blackburn also revealed that the arrival will be a “real challenge for Anna and the Armstrongs and it will give Katy some big choices to make” as well as adding that the casting process for this new role will begin within the next few weeks.

The magazine took the opportunity to quiz Blackburn over which “classic character” would be making a comeback next year, but he wasn’t giving much away!

As we have previously reported, Blackburn told Digital Spy last month how this popular character would be coming back early in the New Year, which led many to the conclusion that this character would in fact be Janice Battersby, played by Vicky Entwistle, a claim that the show has since denied.

But who it will actually end up being is still anyone’s guess, but Blackburn did confirm that there may well be more than one returning character, but all he would say definitively on the matter was:

“Let me just say that we have a couple of returning favourites on the cards.  (We now know who it is, see further down the page!)

“The great thing about the show is that it has a 54-year history and so many departed characters still have strong connections to the families on screen.”

The producer also teased the possibility of a new romance for hopeless romantic, and slightly eccentric Mary Taylor, who fans will see left a little heartbroken over Dev Alahan’s upcoming romance with Julie, on which Blackburn said that it doesn’t quite happen how we may imagine, as Mary doesn’t love Dev in that way – it’s more about Dev and the kids making her feel as though she is wanted. For Mary, it’s vital that she feels needed by someone, and as though she is important.



Source: Unreality TV
Coronation Street’s Paula Lane has been filming her final scenes as Kylie Platt before she goes on maternity leave.

The actress is six months pregnant and will be leaving the show at Christmas.

Kylie has taken some of Max’s ADHD to help her with the stress of juggling work and the kids.

Lane told TV Times: “Kylie has been an addict, so the medication feeds her demons.

“There is going to be a big shift. She has had some really bad times on the Street and this is the darkest place she has ever found herself in."

Paula explained that she was hiding her pregnancy bump with patterns and big handbags.

Discussing the heavy schedule: “I'm lucky as they have been great here. I am tired and they said ‘You must let us know if it is too much’ and I am like ‘No, you are not taking this off me!’

“To be pregnant and doing something like this gives me a kick. I feel like I have gone on this journey with my little pal."

She added: “I did feel a bit sick in the first trimester, but pregnancy is odd.

“When people know and can be sympathetic, your symptoms start, but when people don’t know, something kicks in.

“Nobody guessed I was expecting and I've been able to share my experience with Jennie McAlpine who is four weeks ahead of me and Cath Tyldesley who is following."

Asked if she was worried about revealing her pregnancy, Paula said: “I was really terrified of telling Stuart Blackburn that I was pregnant.

“I couldn't bring myself to say it at first and I think he thought I wanted to leave.

“He said: 'It’s great, we'll sort it out' and this light bulb went ding! It is going to be a traumatic exit for Kylie. It has to be."

Lane is hoping to return to the show in March as she doesn’t want too much time off.

She said: “I have a very good support network so I will be making arrangements that will allow me to come back and get my feet back on the Street.

“This is my third big Christmas episode and as long as I am not in hospital hanging onto the wall, I'll be watching it."

Source:  STV
Coronation Street star Tisha Merry has said that the viewers will soon see her character Steph Britton in a new light.

Viewers were originally introduced to Steph as Katy Armstrong's friend, but she was later promoted to regular character status. She was joined in Weatherfield by her brother Luke (Dean Fagan) earlier this year.

Speaking to Inside Soap, Merry said: "Steph has involved herself a lot in other people's business so it would be nice to see more of her family life. I would love for her mom and dad to come in, and for them to have some kind of dark past.

"But from what I have been told, the audience will soon see Steph in a new different light."











Dean Fagan as Luke Britton in Coronation Street


Fagan has also backed plans for his character Luke to be Maria Connor's latest love interest, adding that the pair would work well together

He said: "There is going to be something happening on screen soon with Luke and Maria.

"I know Maria has been through a lot recently, and I like that Luke is the kind of guy who would treat her right.

"He is a good lad. I am not sure exactly how it is going to pan out yet, but I think Luke and Maria would actually work really well together."


Source:   Digital Spy
The 23-year-old actress, who plays man-eater Katy Armstrong, will fly to the US to make pilot TV shows ­after a blockbusting exit from the Street
Corrie sexpot Georgia May Foote is to leave Weatherfield for the bright lights of Hollywood, reports the Sunday People.

The 23-year-old actress, who plays man-eater Katy Armstrong, will fly to the US to make pilot TV shows ­after a blockbusting exit from the Street.

Her management team believe gorgeous Georgia’s smouldering looks will be a hit with executives in Los Angeles.

She is unknown across the Atlantic but ­reckons that could work to her advantage – just like it did for another sultry English brunette 20 years ago: Catherine Zeta-Jones.

Darling Buds of May star Catherine, 44, quit Britain in the 90s and landed a part in the US series The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, which was her springboard to Hollywood stardom.

Last night a source said: “Georgia has got the English good looks that American producers love and the fact that she is young and ­unknown is an advantage.

“She will probably be offered roles in one or two pilots and then the game is to try and pick the one that will be a winner and made into a series.

“If she gets it right she could be on the road to international fame and fortune.

“If she gets it wrong, well, there is always panto!”

Georgia, from Bury, Lancs, will be written out of the Street at the end of the year with the promise of a dramatic exit.

But producer Stuart Blackburn has confirmed she WON’T be killed off, leaving the door open for a return.

Georgia, who joined the show four years ago, plays single teen mum Katy.

Fans have seen her cheat on long-term fella Chesney Brown (Sam Aston, 21) with Ryan Connor (Sol Heras, 27).

Corrie boss Blackburn said: “Katy will not be killed off. We wish Georgia every success with her future career. ”

Her agent Dawn Green said: “She is an aspiring actress. Like all actresses they want to go to Hollywood.

"But realistically she can’t until she is available and that will be January or February.

“It’s all very exciting. The world is her oyster.”


Source:  Daily Mirror





Coronation Street producer Stuart Blackburn has confirmed that there will be a teenage pregnancy storyline.

Faye Windass (Ellie Leach), who is 12-years-old, will fall pregnant later this year.

Blackburn said: “It's going to be horrible for all of her family.

“The first response for parents in a situation like that would naturally be, 'Where have we gone wrong?', so that'll be the case for Anna, Owen and Tim.

“They'll wonder how to deal with it and how to support a young girl who's in that position.

“Anna and Owen will be  close again by this stage, but it doesn't necessarily mean that they'll have the right answers.”

Faye will be the youngest Corrie character to have a baby.

Previously Sarah-Louise Platt (Tina O’Brien) gave birth at the age of 13.

Stuart told Digital Spy: “Teen pregnancies don't result in long-term welfare checks and a really easy life - it's a nightmare at that age so it's going to affect her physically and emotionally. It'll also affect her education.

“Faye is already a character who always worries that she's different, so this will only add to her fears of feeling like an outsider.

"It's a biggie and it's one of those stories where we've got a massive responsibility to get it right. Things are better than they were 20 years ago, but it's still a reality for tens of thousands of people out there."

Source:  STV



Coronation Street spoilers: Emmerdale star Claire King set to cross soap divide for Nick Tilsley fling

'A stint in Corrie is one of those ticks on most actor's bucket list of jobs you dream of doing,' she said

Claire King, one of Emmerdale’s most recognisable stars, is set to cross the soap divide and appear on Corrie’s cobbles this Christmas.

The Kim Tate actress arrives in Weatherfield when her barmaid character Erika flies in from Spain to catch up with mate Liz McDonald – but it isn’t long before she sets her sights on toyboy Nick Tilsley.

Claire, 51, who has also appeared in Bad Girls and was forced to leave the most recent series of Celebrity Big Brother due to illness, admitted appearing in Corrie was a dream job – even though ‘superbitch’ Kim terrorised the Yorkshire Dales soap for ten years.

"A stint in Corrie is one of those ticks on most actor's bucket list of jobs you dream of doing, so I can’t wait to start filming in a few weeks time,” she said.

Producer Stuart Blackburn added: “Erika is a woman who lives life to the full, Nick doesn’t stand a chance once she has set her sights on him, but he’s not complaining!

“We are delighted to have Claire on board to play Erika, she is a fabulous actress who will be a great addition to the cast.”

Claire is due to appear in Corrie for a few weeks in December before Erika jets back off to Spain at the end of the year.

Source:  Daily Mirror
The unlucky-in-love Rovers barman is set to be swept off his feet by newcomer Billy, played by Shakespeare in Love actor Daniel Brocklebank

Coronation Street’s Sean Tully is set to find love with a VICAR.

Shakespeare in Love actor Daniel Brocklebank has been cast as Billy, a good-looking newcomer who begins dating the Corrie favourite - played by Antony Cotton - after meeting on a night out.

The new couple will have a rocky start to their romance, however, when Sean struggles to play second fiddle to Billy’s new job at Emily Bishop’s church as well as his parishioners.

“I am thrilled to be joining Coronation Street,” said Daniel, whose character will arrive in Weatherfield in December.

“I’m hugely excited to be part of something that is such an institution. I'm really looking forward to working with Antony Cotton and the rest of the cast, as well as joining my best mate Hayley Tamaddon on the cobbles.”

Antony added: “I am thrilled that Sean is to find love again especially with this unique and exciting storyline.

"I'm sure it'll have it's ups and downs but that's what makes Coronation Street great. Hopefully it will be tender, funny and honest. Heaven!”

Meanwhile, Corrie boss Stuart Blackburn has promised a “very modern relationship” for Sean and Billy.

“It’s about time Sean had a romance, he’s been unlucky in love for a long time,” he commented.

“Billy is a great guy who is sincere about his feelings for Sean but his first love is and always will be God and the Church.”

Source:  Daily Mirror

Anne Kirkbride has requested a three month break from the show.

Anne, known to millions as Deirdre Barlow, met bosses of the TV soap over her future. After more than four decades on the cobbles, the 60-year-old confessed she needed an extended break to sort out personal issues.

A Corrie spokeswoman confirmed last night: “Anne Kirkbride requested a slightly extended period of leave from the show, a request the company was happy to grant.”

“Anne will return to work in the new year”

ITV chiefs confirmed they gave her their blessing. She will return to work in the new year.

They are keeping the circumstances of Anne’s exit a secret.

Source:  The Daily Star

Whatever the reason for this, being health or otherwise, the Coronation St Fun Pages wish Anne the very best, and a speedy return.

The ITV soap's team of writers have decided to imitate real life following a string of reports in the Daily Star.

For weeks Brits have been terrorised by the eight-legged invaders that have left victims with stomach-churning injuries.

Now the locals in Weatherfield will start fearing for their lives too.

In a hilarious plot to be screened next month Street favourites including Michelle Connor, Anna Windass and Sally Webster become obsessed with spiders.

“We like to react to what's going on in real life so as everyone is still talking about spiders it makes sense for us to feature them in Weatherfield”
Show insider
Anna - played by Debbie Rush, 48 - sparks the chaos when she reveals the local supermarket has been shut down.

Gossiping with some of the knicker stitching girls from Underworld, she admits: "Did you hear what happened in Freshco's this morning?

"A check out girl was waving around a bunch of bananas when a great big massive spider came out and bites her.

"The check out girl had to be rushed to hospital, they had to shut the shop and everything."

It doesn't take long for the news to spread around the cobbles like wild fire and soon everyone is gossiping about it.

At the Rovers, pals Michelle and Carla Barlow (Kym Marsh, 38 and Alison King, 41) admit Weatherfield could be under attack by the critters.

Michelle admits: "You've heard the news then?

"Liz reckons she was in there five minutes before it happened.

"I've heard they've closed the store because it bit a 48-year-old bloke and he's in a coma.

"I heard there was three of them and one is still on the loose!"

A show insider said: "We like to react to what's going on in real life so as everyone is still talking about spiders it makes sense for us to feature them in Weatherfield."

Source:  Daily Star

Coronation Street producer Stuart Blackburn has confirmed that Jenny Bradley will be returning to the show.

Actress Sally Ann Matthews is reprising her role after more than two decades away from the soap, and will return to screens this winter.

It was recently reported that Matthews was in talks to return, but Blackburn confirmed the news at a Coronation Street press event recently.

Matthews appeared in the soap as Jenny from 1986 until 1991, and made a brief appearance again in 1993.

Jenny's stand-out storylines from her time in Weatherfield include being fostered by Rita Tanner and blaming her for her father Alan's death.

Source:  Digital Spy

A new illicit affair is on the horizon between Tony (Terence Maynard) and Tracy Barlow (Kate Ford), who turns to the builder in her darkest hour – But if you think that makes Tracy vulnerable, think again, as Blackburn warned:

“Tony is going to get himself into a host of trouble. He is arrogant enough to think that he can take on Tracy Barlow – how wrong can he be?”

Source:  Unreality TV
Coronation Street's producer Stuart Blackburn has promised that Roy Cropper will be back on "an upward path" next year.

The show's boss admitted that there is still a while to go before the popular character finds happiness again following the tragic death of his wife Hayley.

Roy (David Neilson) has suffered some upsetting setbacks this month as he struggled to cope on a return trip to Blackpool, having previously visited the seaside resort with Hayley a year ago. He was also further traumatised by a break-in at the café once he returned home.

Asked whether things will improve for Roy, Blackburn told STV: "They will. The good news is that in 2015 we're going to see Roy back on an upward path, but there's a way to go yet because if you think about it, every week that goes by is another anniversary - the anniversary of the trip to Blackpool that we all remember, the anniversary of Hayley telling him that she wanted to take her own life, the anniversary of the last Christmas.

"Roy being Roy has just bottled it up and bottled it up. Added to that is him feeling victimised and bullied by what are essentially just children. It's all going to explode around Christmas time."

Blackburn also promised happy times ahead for Beth Tinker (Lisa George) and Kirk Sutherland (Andrew Whyment), confirming that they will make it down the aisle with a successful wedding.

He said: "It's going to be the most bonkers wedding ever, though, absolutely bonkers! I can't wait to see it. We've only just started shooting so I haven't seen it yet. It's going to be a really good Tinkers wedding."

Sean Tully also has something to smile about when he finds love with a vicar called Billy, played by Daniel Brocklebank. However, there will be challenges when Sean starts to feel second best compared to Billy's job and his parishioners.

Blackburn said: "It's going to be tricky because there's three people in this relationship - Billy, Sean and God! But for once we might see Sean have a bit of happiness."


Source:  Digital Spy

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.

Source:  Mirror
Coronation Street stalwart Steve McDonald will battle depression in secret until a tragedy forces him to take action.

Speaking at a press event for upcoming Corrie storylines, show boss Stuart Blackburn said: ‘A story close to my heart is Steve battling secret depression.

‘He’s scared and confused and he thinks that stuff like this doesn’t happen to people like him. He’s absolutely terrified of admitting it.’

Further explaining the storyline, he continued: ‘It will come to a head in January when a tragedy will strike that will force him to face those demons.

‘This is simply a love story between Steve and Michelle.’

There’s plenty more in story on the cobbles for the nation’s much-loved families, including Kylie Platt’s drug addiciton,

“This marks the start of a cracking three or four months’ worth of stories,” he said.

Corrie boss Stuart also revealed wild child Jenny Bradley would be returning to Weatherfield next year and Sean Tully would have a new love interest in a vicar called Billy.

Source:  Metro
Kylie Platt has been pressing the self-destruct button on Coronation Street for a while now, spiraling further into an addiction to speed.

And a dangerous connection with her drug dealer ex is pulling the mum-of-two further away from husband David and home.

At a recent press day, Coronation Street producer Stuart Blackburn described Kylie as 'battered' and called her storyline 'incredibly moving, powerful stuff'.

Teasing autumn/winter plots, Stuart said: "There is loads of stuff for the Platts coming up.

"Kylie is battered. She is so scared of failing as a mother – this is what drives her sometimes to do stupid things.

"In a way, her going back to her past in a stupid, naive way is ‘I’ll just have a little bit, if I can just get through today’ because she was struggling with Max’s ADHD and she just wanted a little help."

But help is the last thing that ex Callum is going to do. David will wind-up Callum, Max's father and he'll do anything he can to get payback from David.

Stuart said: "But Kylie’s now, of course, back in with her ex who is a violent drug dealer - who has never stopped loving her - which is a dangerous place to be.

"This is going to come to a head on Christmas Day I’m afraid."

We know that Kylie will have to leave the show for a while due to actress Paula Lane's pregnancy - will it be a festive exit?

Either way, it really isn't looking like a happy Christmas period for the Platts...

Stay tuned to Coronation Street on STV every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 7.30pm to see what happens to Kylie.

For all the autumn/winter storylines from Stuart, watch the full video in the player above.

Source:  STV
Coronation Street will be rocked by a minibus crash causing injury to more than a dozen characters.

The show is currently planning a massive storyline which will spell disaster for Weatherfield early in the New Year.

A show insider said the crash “leaves some of the Street’s favourite residents fighting for their lives” - and it could all be Steve McDonald's fault.

Steve, played by Simon Gregson, is behind the wheel driving staff from Corrie's knicker factory on a day's outing.

A source on the set told the Mirror: “Planning has already started on the dramatic stunt which will be filmed before Christmas and screened in the New Year.

“The staff of Underworld will be caught up in the horrific crash as they head off on a works’ outing in a Street Cars minibus driven by Steve McDonald.

“Bosses are trying to keep all the details secret until filming begins in about three weeks but more than one character will be hospitalised as a result of the crash and one of Underworld's girls will see their life on the line.

“They might have a happy Christmas on screen but most of the families will be rocked by this disaster early in 2015.”

Locations for the crash are currently being explored to find a suitably dramatic setting for what promises to be a high octane start to the new year for Corrie fans.

The crash will follow on from other high profile accidents in Corrie.

In the 50th anniversary year in 2010 a tram came off the tracks and in 1989 another character, Alan Bradley, was killed when hit by a tram in Blackpool.

Source:  Mirror
October/November Spoilers
Coronation Street bad boy Callum Logan will grow closer to his son Max as he spends time with him in an upcoming storyline.

Sean Ward, who plays Callum, was spotted filming on location with youngster Harry McDermott, who plays Max, earlier this week.

Callum meets his son Max in the park and begins to make up for lost time

During the filming in Manchester, it appears that Callum meets Max in the park and begins to make up for lost time as he bonds with his son.

While full details of the storyline are currently unclear, this latest turn of events won't be good news for the Platt family given Callum's drug-dealing and violent nature.

Although Kylie (Paula Lane) has already warned Callum to stay away from her son, the show's executive producer Stuart Blackburn recently hinted that Callum could have rights as Max's biological father.

Speaking at a Coronation Street press event last month, Blackburn said: "There is some incredibly moving, powerful stuff. I think all of you know that there will come a point where, for obvious reasons, Kylie vanishes.

"The story doesn't end there because, by then, David will have wound up Callum, who is not only Kylie's violent ex but is also the father of Max.

"He will do anything he can to get payback from David. We might also find that he has a few legal rights over Max as well given that he is his natural father."

Source:  Digital Spy

Coronation Street's Sally Webster will become suspicious of her partner Tim Metcalfe next week, believing he is cheating on her with Anna Windass.

In scenes to be aired later this week, Tim (Joe Duttine) will share his reading difficulties with Anna (Debbie Rush) after they attend their daughter Faye's school parents' evening.

While Anna promises to do all she can to help Tim learn to read, Sally (Sally Dynevor) gets the wrong end of the stick when she sees the pair share a friendly hug,

Sally's suspicions continue to grow next week when a distracted Tim fails to show her any attention as he is preoccupied thinking about his impending reading lesson with Anna.

After putting on a new dress and surprising Tim with a romantic meal, Tim's shifty behavior leaves Sally even more concerned.

As an embarrassed Tim later embarks on his first reading lesson with Anna, he is forced to lie to Sally, telling her he is cleaning windows instead.

However, when Sally checks Tim's sponge and finds it dry, she wonders if he could be having an affair with Anna. Will Tim tell her the truth?

Source:  Digital Spy

Coronation Street actress Kate Ford has revealed her character Tracy Barlow is out for revenge after Carla Connor (Alison King) called the police on her fiancé Rob Donovan (Marc Baylis) for the murder of Tina McIntyre (Michelle Keegan)

Kate Ford – who has starred as Tracy in the ITV soap since 2002 – has revealed her character is to become nastier than ever after her fiancé Rob Donovan (Marc Baylis) was arrested for the murder of Tina McIntyre (Michelle Keegan).

She explained: "The thing with Tracy is that when she's hurt, then she's vicious. And because she's so hurt, you're really going to see her bitchy and nasty side."

The 36-year-old actress says Tracy will first take out her anger on Rob's sister Carla Connor (Alison King), who called the police on her brother following his murder admission, not wanting to let husband Peter Barlow (Chris Gascoigne) rot in jail for a crime he didn't commit.

Kate told The Sun newspaper: "Firstly she steps up her war with Carla, who she 100 per cent blames for all this. She feels like Carla should have kept her mouth shut and that this woman took away her chance of happiness, so she's out for revenge."

And Tracy is to find herself embroiled in a seedy affair with Liz McDonald's (Beverly Callard) boyfriend Tony Stewart (Terence Maynard).

She added: "She's going to have a fling with Tony. It's nothing like her relationship with Rob. It's not a big love affair – it's messy, involving things like blackmail, power and money. It's a negative relationship, it's not good for any of them and the stuff we've shot is quite dark."

Source:  Tescoliving.com
Former Hollyoaks star James Redmond looks like he is trying to challenge Nick Grimshaw’s record of soap bombing as he has just been cast in yet another soap, this time landing a guest role in Coronation Street.

Redmond, who played Rory ‘Finn’ Finnigan in Hollyoaks from 1997 to 2002 – he returned to reprise his role for the 2013 spin-off, Hollyoaks Later – has, while making a name for himself in the world of modelling, also played the role of Abs Denham in Casualty…

After his guest appearance in Hollyoaks Later, the door of which was left open for him again to return in the future – as many fans hope he will – Redmond then joined the cast of Emmerdale to take on the guest role of Ruby’s ex, Seb, and now, as mentioned above, he’s moving over to Coronation Street, so Digital Spy reports.

Bosses at the hit ITV soap have confirmed that Redmond will be taking on the guest role of a new character called Hamish, who is set to tempt Michelle Connor (Kym Marsh) away from her current partner, Steve McDonald (Simon Gregson).

Corrie fans will already know that Steve is suffering from severe depression, but as of yet, he’s refused to tell his friends and family what’s wrong, which is set to take his relationship with Michelle into very difficult times, evidence of which can already be seen in the progressing storyline.

It is during this dark time in her love life that Michelle meets Hamish whilst organising an event for him, and an instant chemistry is ignited between them.

Meanwhile, back at home, Steve continues to push his partner further away which leads her to the uncharacteristic decision to start “seeing” the newcomer, which is set to contribute to the big dramatic Christmas climax to the story, significantly.

Source:  Unreality TV
Coronation Street's Dev Alahan will become jealous next week when his friend Julie Carp (Katy Cavanagh) attracts the attention of another man.

When Dev (Jimmi Harkishin) tells Mary (Patti Clare) that he has been invited to a posh birthday party but has no one to go with, Dev is forced to comply when Mary insists she'll be his plus one.

However, when disaster later strikes for Mary as she suffers an allergic reaction to her false eyelash glue, she is forced to pull out of the party.

Encouraged by Steph, Julie agrees to step in and accompany Dev to the party and hurries home to get changed.

As Dev escorts Julie to the posh hotel where the party is being held, he introduces her to a golfing friend of his called Dominic.

Dominic and Julie hit it off immediately and even exchange phone numbers, as Dev remains quietly jealous. Has he missed his chance with Julie?


Source:  Digital Spy


It was 80s fever outside Salford Civic Centre as Coronation Street rolled up to film scenes of an upcoming wedding - with Madonna appearing to marry Adam Ant.

Cast members dressed in flamboyant 80s-style outfits for what is set to be the soap's most outrageous wedding yet between Beth Tinker and Kirk Sutherland.

Beth, played by Lisa George, was dressed in white corset, lace fingerless gloves and netted skirt reminiscent of Madonna's Like a Virgin phase, while her hubby to be, played by Andrew Whyment, was a convincing Adam Ant - complete with leather trousers, white ruffled shirt and even face paint to embody the dandy highwayman.

The cast were causing quite the stir as they transformed Salford's main council offices in Swinton into "Weatherfield Civic Centre" for the registry office wedding, set to be screened on the ITV soap over Christmas.

And the 80s theme continued for Beth's bridesmaids with Tracy Barlow (Kate Ford) Maria Connor (Samia Ghadie) and Sinead Tinker (Katie McGlynn) all donning retro white dungarees, spots and striped tops and matching lace gloves, hair bows and funky creepers.

Cast were spotted getting out of a green Volkswagen camper van draped in rainbow-coloured ribbons.

Meanwhile other guests at the garish fancy dress wedding included Julie Carp (Katy Cavanagh) who was dressed in an all-pink ensemble that seemed more 1960s than 80s in style, while Kirk's friend Chesney was also spotted on set.

Groomsmen, Beth's son Craig Tinker (Colston Smith) and Chesney Brown (Sam Astin) looked cool as the Blues Brothers.

Signage outside the Civic Centre had also been altered to reflect the fictional 'Ridgeway Road' register office and a black cab was also decked out in colourful ribbons.

This Morning presenter Sharon Marshall was seen filming for the ITV show and blended right in with her red and black Madonna outfit.

The scenes shot on Tuesday will become Coronation Street's latest dramatic wedding - hot on the heels of the failed nuptials of Tracy Barlow to Rob Donovan.

In that wedding, shot at Cheshire's Capesthorne Hall, the wedding failed to go ahead after Rob was unmasked as the real murderer of Tina McIntyre, and was forced to go on the run as police arrived at the venue.

A distraught Tracy ended up in a scrap with Rob's sister Carla (Alison King) after spending months planning her perfect day in a Bridezilla plotline.

At least Tracy appears to enjoy another big day here - as one of Beth's 80s bridesmaids.

Source:  Manchester Evening News

Coronation Street bosses are planning to break up one of Weatherfield's favourite couples.
Rovers Return barmaid Michelle Connor - played by Kym Marsh - will be left heartbroken when partner Steve McDonald (Simon Gregson) walks away from their relationship after refusing to open up to her about his depression.

Fan favourite character Steve has been suffering with the condition since the murder of Tina McIntyre (Michelle Keegan) but has chosen to keep his feelings to himself, driving a wedge between him and Michelle.
Kym, 38, told The Mirror: 'She can't understand it. Every time they get a minute together he disappears. Michelle is absolutely heartbroken - she has no idea what she's done wrong.'

When she threatens to end their relationship, Steve just lets her leave without putting up a fight.
Later this month on the ITV soap, a confused Michelle will be seen crying on the shoulder of Steve's mum Liz McDonald (Beverley Callard).

Michelle cries: 'He's said nothing. No, "Get out I hate you", or, "It's not you, it's me". This makes no sense. He just sat in the car staring at the window.
'The only time he showed any emotion was when I threatened to smash it up. It's over, he doesn't love me, he doesn't want me.'
The distraught brunette then leaves the pub - which Steve had bought as a gift to her earlier this year - with her bags and heads to live at her best friend Carla's, admitting she'd rather there was 'another woman involved' than not know what's wrong.

Meanwhile, Simon Gregson has revealed he's excited about getting his teeth into such a hard-hitting mental illness storyline.
Usually famed for his comedic scenes and lighthearted banter, the actor thinks it's important to show that depression can affect anyone and thinks Steve was a great choice on the producers' part.
Simon told The Sun newspaper: 'I've suffered a little bit with depression myself in the past and I have friends who have.
'So to be able to do a very serious subject, which hopefully can help people, is a good thing. It's a real responsibility and we just want to make sure we get it right.'

Source:  Daily Mail


Coronation Street café owner Roy Cropper has had a serious case of annus horriblis this year, as not only did he lose his beloved Hayley to cancer, he’s also found himself the target of a gang of young thugs who seem intent on victimising him.

Over the last few weeks, we’ve seen the gang throwing eggs at Roy’s windows and taunting him at every opportunity they get. And Roy is convinced that they were behind the break-in at the café that occurred recently too.

So it’s not surprising that Roy (David Neilson) has become increasingly nervous about what the thugs may do next. But it seems that things are set to take a dramatic turn when a terrified Roy attacks someone during another break-in…

According to the Daily Star, the plot twist kicks off when Roy is sure he’s heard someone breaking into the café, and so, armed with a baseball bat, he goes downstairs to investigate. And sure enough, when he spots someone in the darkened café, he lashes out, causing the person terrible injuries.

However, it soon transpires that the intruder is in fact Gary Windass (Mikey North) and not the thugs who’ve been terrorising Roy, but nonetheless, Gary did break in and he did try to steal cash from the café’s till.

Viewers will learn that a desperate Gary broke into the café in a bid to get enough cash to buy Christmas presents for his young son Jake, but he’ll spend the festive holiday in hospital recovering from the attack.

Roy – who’s devastated when he finds out how seriously injured Gary is – will subsequently be arrested and charged with assault. However, when he’s given only community service, he will implore the judge to jail him!

gary windass coronation street

In court, Roy says, “I’ve committed a violent crime. I deserve to be in prison.”

However, Roy’s neighbours will rally round him and insist that what Roy did was excusable in the circumstances, and some will even say that Gary deserved the beating.

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Chesney (Sam Aston) is among those who believe that it was Gary’s own fault he ended up in hospital, and Norris Cole (Malcolm Hebden) will agree, saying of the former soldier, “That lad has been nothing but trouble.”

Source:  Unreality TV

Michael Rodwell (Les Dennis) is to collapse in an upcoming episode before revealing to long-lost son Gavin that he has an hereditary heart condition.

Michael's boy Gavin (Oliver Farnworth) is to be introduced to the ITV in the coming week and - in scenes set to be screened on Friday 28 November - the character will land himself a job at the Bistro, despite being clueless about cocktails.

Steph (Tisha Merry) offers to show Gavin the ropes and it's clear that there's an instant attraction between them. But any plans for romance are halted when Michael calls in to offer his support and ends up keeling over...

Source:  Radio Times

Coronation Street newcomer Sean Ward is to become a permanent fixture on the cobbles after landing a one-year contract, Digital Spy can exclusively reveal.

The actor has impressed show bosses with his portrayal of bad boy Callum Logan, who has been appearing on screen since early October.

Callum was originally only brought into the show to facilitate the temporary departure of his old flame Kylie Platt, but Corrie's team have now decided to make him a regular character.

Coronation Street's producer Stuart Blackburn revealed the news to Digital Spy at the RTS North West Awards on Saturday evening (November 15).

Blackburn explained: "On Sean's first day of shooting, I got texts about him from five of the actors and four of the crew, which has never happened before. They were saying, 'This kid is brilliant'. He's going to be staying for a lot longer."

Discussing his new one-year deal, Ward added: "I'm very excited. I only found out myself a week ago. There's a lot that we can do with Callum, so I was praying that the writers could see that!"

Paula Lane, who plays Kylie, has now gone on maternity leave as she is expecting her first child. She will remain on screen until Christmas, when Kylie's recent mistakes are expected to catch up with her in dramatic fashion.


Source:  Digital Spy


Digital Spy can confirm that Brown will appear in a handful of Corrie episodes next year as part of Steve McDonald's ongoing depression storyline.

When Steve (Simon Gregson) finally starts to seek help for his problems, Brown will feature as a therapist who treats him.

Viewers have already seen Steve speak to a GP about his troubles, but he has since gone into denial by refusing to acknowledge the possibility of depression.

Over the coming weeks, Steve will start to push his loved ones away by refusing to confide in them about how he is feeling - jeopardising the future of his relationship with Michelle Connor in the process.

A turning point in Steve's story is expected to arrive in January when a Streetcars mini-bus carrying a number of the local residents crashes while he is driving. The incident will finally make Steve realize that he needs some help, paving the way for Brown's on-screen arrival.

Coronation Street's producer Stuart Blackburn recently said: "This is a story about Steve battling his secret, hidden depression. He is a man in chaos, scared and confused, and stuff like this doesn't happen to people like him. He is absolutely terrified of admitting it.

"This will come to a head in January where a tragedy will strike that will force him to face up to those demons."

Brown played Grantly on Waterloo Road between 2006 and 2013. He has a large number of stage, TV and film credits to his name and previously appeared on Coronation Street in a small role as a police detective in 2005


Source:  Digital Spy




Kym Marsh says Michelle Connor will be "heavily involved" in the upcoming bus crash in Coronation Street.

The 38-year-old actress admits details of the shocking storyline are still being kept under wraps but she is delighted her soap character will be in the thick of the action.

She said: "You have probably read about the huge Corrie storyline that will be broadcast in the New Year.

"There's a minibus crash and I can exclusively reveal that my character Michelle Connor is heavily involved in the storyline."

The storyline will see staff of the Underworld underwear factory caught up in a crash as  they embark on a work outing in a Street Cars minibus driven by Michelle's boyfriend Steve McDonald (played by Simon Gregson).

It is believed that at least one of the soap's character will be left with their life on the line.

And Kym has promised fans are in for a  treat with the spectacular stunt.

She added in her column for OK! magazine: "It's so exciting being involved in such a dramatic storyline and having seen the scripts I can guarantee you'll be glued to your screens. I'd love to tell you more but I can't."

The dramatic stunt is to be filmed before Christmas and suitable locations are currently being explored to ensure the scenes - which are set to air in the New Year - are as spectacular as possible.

The crash will follow on from other high profile accidents in Corrie.

In the 50th anniversary year in 2010 a tram came off the tracks and in 1989 another character, Alan Bradley, was killed when hit by a tram in Blackpool.

Source:  Mirror