David's furious to find Callum at no.8 having been getting it on with Sarah. David turns on Sarah and Callum enjoys winding David up. Shaking with rage, David orders Callum out of the house. Nick does his best to calm David down, pointing out it's Max's hearing in 2 weeks' time and he has to get a grip. But David is desperate and, clutching their passports, bundles Max and Lily into a cab.
Billy calls at No.11 and angrily shows Sean the Gazette article about their run in with the pub landlord. Sean is mortified and explains how Julie contacted the paper with their story. Worried for his career, Billy tells Sean he's got a meeting with the Bishop who has very conservative views on homosexuality. Sean feels terrible.
When Todd asks for credit in the corner shop, Mary overrules Julie and refuses him. Keen to get his own back, Todd reports Mary's motorhome to the council, claiming it's a hazard.
Despondent, Carla tells Michelle that her relationship with Nick is over before it began because his old flame Erica is back. Eileen is thrilled to receive another message from Jeff, flattered that he's so persistent. Todd smiles to himself. Steve is taken aback to find a dog in the back of his cab.
Monday 4 May 2015
Nick and Sarah are worried to discover David has done a runner with Max and Lily and taken their passports. David checks into an airport hotel and phones Nick, assuring him they're fine and not to worry. Nick is beside himself realising David has abducted Max two weeks before the custody hearing. Having discovered David's done a runner with Max, Callum is livid and, grabbing Nick's mobile, phones him. Callum tells David he's got until the morning to bring Max home or he'll finish him once and for all.
A council officer inspects Mary's motorhome and reveals that one of the neighbours has made a complaint about it. Mary is horrified. Convinced that Julie's never liked her, Mary accuses her of reporting her to the council. Julie is hurt and denies all knowledge. Norris does his best to calm Mary down.
Having returned from his meeting, Billy is upset and explains to Sean that the Bishop made his disapproval plain and in desperation, Billy lied to him, assuring him that he and Sean have ended their relationship.
Liz and Michelle are taken aback to find Steve has brought a dog home. Making out he's had a threatening call from the loan shark, Tony puts pressure on Steve and Michelle to find a buyer for their half of the pub.
Wednesday 6 May 2015
David dresses Max and Lily, explaining they're off on holiday. Gail and Michael return from honeymoon. Nick and Sarah break the news that Erica's pregnant, Sarah's started a relationship with Callum and David has done a runner with the kids. Horrified, Gail tries to phone David. Hearing David's mobile ring, Max goes to answer it but David slaps his hand away. Max becomes upset and David feels terrible. Meanwhile, Callum calls at No.8. He's livid when Gail lets slip that David has taken their passports with them.
Declaring his love for Sean, Billy announces that he's going to resign as vicar of St Mary's. Sean is deeply moved but as Billy sets off to hand in his resignation will Sean be able to stand by while Billy chooses between their relationship and the Church?
Steve returns from a walk with the dog having clearly enjoyed himself, explaining to Michelle that all the rescue centres are currently full so she's on a waiting list. But when Michelle sees how much Steve's spent on doggy shampoo, will she be so taken with Steve's canine pal?
Mary tells Emily she's not going to surrender to the council bullies and intends to stage a sit-in in her motorhome. Todd pretends to be supportive. Steve and Liz attempt to talk Michelle into having their wedding reception at the Rovers to save money.
Friday 8 May 2015
Gail lays into Sarah, blaming her for David's disappearance, and agrees to speak to Callum to try and buy David some time. In desperation, Sarah lies to Callum, telling him David has simply gone to visit his Dad in Liverpool and gives him a false address. David calls Gail from the centre of Liverpool, assuring her they're fine but he can't return home and risk losing Max. David kills the call, but he's horrified to realise Max has disappeared. David searches the streets in vain for Max. Alone in the city, Max pulls out his mobile and makes a call.
Tony milks Lloyd for ideas for his best man's speech. It's obvious to Michelle and Andrea that Lloyd should be Steve's best man and not Tony. They vow to sort it out.
Todd makes Mary see that it could have been any of her neighbours who complained to the council, not Julie. Finding Julie in the Rovers, Mary apologises for suspecting her of lodging the complaint. Julie graciously accepts. They're interrupted by Emily. The women emerge from the pub just in time to see Mary's beloved motorhome being towed away!
When Billy announces he'd rather stay in than go to the Bistro, Sean is disappointed, realising Billy's worried about being seen together. Steve reluctantly sets off with the dog to retrace his journey the day she jumped in his car. Steve calls at the house where he picked up a couple heading for the airport. The neighbour recognises the dog but tells him the owners are now in New Zealand.
Friday 8 May 2015
Distraught David frantically searches the city centre for Max. Will he find him and make his getaway before a raging Callum, now threatening to fight for full custody of Max, arrives on the scene?
Admitting he knows little about him, Tony suggests to Steve he'd be better off asking Lloyd to be his best man. With some encouragement from Michelle, Steve asks Lloyd if he'll be his best man. Will Lloyd agree?
Sean rustles up a meal for Billy but his disappointment is evident. Billy apologises to Sean for ruining the evening and assures him he's not ashamed of their relationship. Will Sean accept this?
At Julie's insistence, Mary moves into No.7. Aadi and Asha are thrilled whilst Julie wonders what she's let herself in for. Steve names the dog Rover but assures Michelle he'll return her to her owners when they're back from New Zealand. When Tony admits he feels guilty about their plan to take over the Rovers, Tracy's worried he's getting cold feet.
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…
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."
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.”
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.
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.’
"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.”
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.”
“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.”
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.”
There's no shortage of drama on the cobbles of Coronation Street.
And that trend continues when Anna Windass teaches her teenage daughter, Faye, a lesson in responsible parenting, next month.
The matriarch figure makes a very public example of her adolescent child, who is grappling with life as a young, single mum.
In scenes to broadcast over the next few weeks, Faye Windass - played by Ellie Leach - is shocked when her mum (Debbie Rush) turns up at her school with her baby.
As all her classmates look, Anna - who's frustrated with her daughter's lacking sense of responsibility - storms off.
The dramatic exchange, which plays out in full view of everyone including her pal Craig, leaves a reluctant Faye holding the baby - literally and metaphorically.
The new scenes are just the latest in the controversial storyline, which saw Faye become the show's youngest-ever mother.
Previously, that was a title held by Sarah-Louise Platt, played by Tina O'Brien, after discovering she was pregnant at the age of 13 in 2000.
But that changes, next week, when Faye starts contractions in the empty corner shop flat and, having kept the pregnancy a secret from her family, finally shares the shocking truth.
Speaking about the story arc with Digital Spy, actress Debbie Rush said the show handles it sensitively - yet also entertainingly.
'I say it all the time, we have brilliant writers,' she said. 'I think they approach things with great care, so I knew it was going to be done in a really positive way. The way we're doing it positively is showing that it's not a walk in the park.
'What we really have to get across to the public is that it's really, really tough. Certainly from the episodes I've been reading, we are showing that it's tough and it's not glamorised at all. It's going to be a really big fallout for all the family concerned and I'm sure that's what genuinely happens in the real world.'
However, the storyline is certainly reflective of the real world.
In April 2014 it was reported a 12-year-old girl and a 13-year-old boy were believed to have become Britain's youngest parents after she give birth to a 7lb 4oz baby girl.
At 12 years and three months, she was five months younger than the previous youngest UK mother.
Coronation Street star Paula Lane has returned to filming March 25.
The actress, who plays Kylie Platt on the ITV soap, has been on maternity leave since November.
Lane revealed her return on Twitter this morning, confirming that Kylie will soon be back on the cobbles.
Show bosses also released the first picture showing Lane back at the soap's studios in Trafford.
Lane and her husband Tom Shaw welcomed the arrival of a baby boy on New Year's Eve.
Kylie's Coronation Street exit scenes aired on Christmas Day, as her husband David (Jack P Shepherd) kicked her out of the Platt house after learning that her ex-boyfriend Callum Logan (Sean Ward) had become her drug dealer.
David later regretted his rash actions, but he was unable to get back into contact with Kylie as she fell completely off the radar.
When Kylie does return to Weatherfield, she will be shocked to discover that David and Callum have become locked in a bitter custody dispute over her son Max. Another surprise will be that Callum is dating David's sister Sarah (Tina O'Brien).
Coronation Street's producer Stuart Blackburn said in January: "[Kylie is] going to come back right in the middle of the custody battle and she'll come back realising that because of her using drugs, because of her disappearing act, she might be losing Max forever.
"So there's big stuff for her. She's going to have to get her act together, she really is."
Carla Connor isn’t known for picking men wisely in Coronation Street, and she is about to prove this yet again, in spectacular style.
The love life of Carla Connor (Alison King) has been a complicated one, as every man she has ever laid eyes on has ended up involved in a grizzly death one way or another.
First of all there was Paul Connor, who was employing the services of local high-end prostitute Leanne Battersby (Jane Danson) who ended up killing himself after smashing his car, with Leanne in the boot, when the truth about their business agreement threatened to come to light.
After this Carla moved on to Paul’s brother, Liam, whose marriage to local crimper Maria Connor (Samia Ghadie) didn’t stop them planning to run away together.
What did stop them, however, was Carla’s new husband, Tony Gordon, who found out about the affair and had Liam killed, before being blown to death in an explosion he caused in Carla’s factory.
Next there was Frank Foster, who was killed by his own mother after he raped Carla, who was initially suspected of his murder too.
After this Carla hooked up with Leanne’s husband, Peter, who she ended up marrying after their affair was exposed, only for him to do the dirty on her with local barmaid, Tina McIntyre, who he then went to prison for murdering before it was revealed that it was Carla’s brother Rob who had in fact killed her.
Recently Carla has been on a bit of a break from Weatherfield, and men we had thought, but when she returns next month fans can expect to see that twinkle back in her eye.
And wouldn’t you know it the man in question, Nick Tilsley (Ben Price) happens to be another of Leanne’s ex-husbands!
The situation is set to arise when, after returning from America, Nick and Carla get close over a few drinks after he agrees to fix her laptop for her.
Soon the pair can see a spark of attraction there and start dating in secret – But nothing stays secret in Corrie for long, does it?
So we are pretty sure that when news of this new romance breaks out there will be a few unhappy people – Namely Leanne (who we would tell to go and get with one of Carla’s exes for revenge, but she can’t as they are all mostly dead), and Nick’s new friend with benefits, Erica Holroyd (Claire King).
But despite that we can see why these two power-characters would be well suited, as can the show as The Sun newspaper quotes a source insider as revealing:
“Not everyone will be thrilled for them but they find they’ve got a lot in common, not least their exes.”
While we couldn’t be more delighted by the announcement that Samia Ghadie and Sylvain Longchambon are expecting a child together, the news is less positive for Maria Connor.
Coronation Street bosses are now working on a way to write out the luckless salon stylist over coming months and, if Maria’s past track record of plots is anything to go by, then it may not be a happy ending.
Maria has just entered a relationship with heartthrob mechanic Luke but with Samia due to take a hiatus from the show, this is bound to end in tears before long.
But how will the character bow out from the show?
Whispers suggest that teen tearaway Bethany Platt could be involved. After all, the troublesome lass is already getting her feet comfortable at the salon, which could well end up pushing Maria out.
With Kylie Platt’s return also imminent, there is unlikely to be much room left at Audrey’s.
After disastrous relationships with Jason, Tony and Marcus, we predict also that things will turn sour for Luke. Could one of the couple be tempted to stray ending in heartache? Or maybe Maria will become pregnant herself.
One thing is for sure though: with the dramatic exits of Eva and Kylie, whose alter egos also required maternity leave, Corrie have a habit of penning big plots for it’s mums-to-be.
Salford pub being transformed into a Liverpool gay bar
There had been rumours about him joining the soap, but now photos have appeared online believed to show Shayne Ward leaving a Coronation Street audition.
The 30-year-old former X Factor winner was snapped coming out of the ITV studios in Manchester yesterday and our interest is well and truly piqued.
Looking casual in a pair of jeans, black t-shirt, leather jacket and with a checked shirt tied around his waist, Shayne’s expression didn’t give anything away about how his meeting may have gone.
‘The bosses think Shayne would be perfect for the show. They’ve made moves to try and get him on board and have made it clear they are open to discussions,’ a source reportedly told the Daily Star earlier this month.
Adding: ‘He’s made it clear he’s definitely interested.’
Shayne – who releases new album Closer on April 13 – hasn’t been shy about his ambitions to join the show either, telling his 264,000 Twitter followers on more than a few occasions how he’d be keen to hit the Cobbles.
Meet Coronation Street’s youngest new cast members – triplets Erin, Eilah and Elsie.
The girls all play 13-year-old Faye Windass’ baby girl Miley, taking it in turns in front of the camera.
The triplets were cast after the hit soap put out a call to casting agents and put up posters in hospital maternity units in the region asking for identical twin girls to play the newborn.
Their proud dad Martyn Halliwell said: “My cousin, who is a theatre actor, suggested that we should get in touch with an agent.
“He said, ‘There is a high demand for twins, let alone triplets'.
“We sent some photos over and within two hours we heard back to say they had a client who was interested.
“On the Monday we were at Coronation Street.”
Martyn, a 29-year-old sales manager, and the triplets’ mum Laura Slinger, a 26-year-old beautician from Padiham near Burnley, are delighted at how well the girls, born on October 27, have taken to being on the famous soap.
And the family has received a warm welcome from all the cast and crew, particularly from Ellie Leach who plays teen mum Faye in the controversial storyline, and mum Anna played by Debbie Rush.
Martyn said: “Everybody is shocked at how good they are.
“One of the triplets cries on cue so when they need a crying baby we take Elsie down for filming and when they need a calm baby we take Erin.
“Everybody comes over and wants to look at the girls and they make a fuss of them, especially Debbie and Ellie.
“Ellie has been fantastic with the girls.”
The triplets, who have a six-year-old big brother Maddox, were born 10 weeks early at Liverpool Women’s Hospital.
Erin arrived first at 5pm weighing 2lb2ozs, followed by Eilah at 5.01pm weighing in at 3lb1oz and Elsie a minute later weighing 2lbs.
Martyn added: “Hopefully they will stay on the show if they are enjoying it.
“I have grown up watching Coronation Street and so has Laura.
“They have made us at home and comfortable and everybody is one big family.”
The triplets will make their first appearance on Good Friday when a shocked Faye goes into premature labour in the empty flat above Dev’s corner shop.
Sarah Harding will be the latest former pop star to join the cast in Coronation Street.
The ITV soap has seen the likes of Kym Marsh from Hear'Say and Boyzone's Keith Duffy take on roles in the past and now ex Girls Aloud singer Sarah will prove her skills on the cobbles.
She will make a guest appearance in four episodes which will air in the summer and although the full details of her storylines are being kept a secret, she will play a "feisty character" who is going to make life difficult for Tracy Barlow.
The 33-year-old star said: "I am extremely excited to be joining Coronation Street. As a fan of the show it is a huge honour for me to join the cast. I can’t wait to get started!!"
Producer Stuart Blackburn added: "Sarah is proving to be a gifted and exciting actor and I'm absolutely delighted to have her on board, the viewers are in for a treat as her character will be right at the heart of a massive new story for the Barlows."
Although some fans of the show thought it might have been an April Fools joke today, Sarah, who has also been working on solo material since Girls Aloud broke up, confirmed the news on Twitter and even posted a pic of her on the street.
She posted: "Yes it true I'm joining Corrie!!! As u all know I've been a huge fan for yrs now so can't wait to strut my stuff on those famous cobbles!!," along with a number of emojis.
Former wild child Sarah, who was once named Caner of the Year by a national newspaper, seems to be the perfect person to stir things up on the street, despite leaving her hard-partying days behind.
Sarah is no stranger to acting and appeared in the likes of Bad Day, the BBC television film Freefall, Run for your Wife and St Trinians 2: The legend of Fritton's Gold.
We think she might end up being in more than four episodes if she proves to be a hit with viewers.
Sarah Harding is causing a big headache for Coronation Street chiefs... because they can’t decide on a name for her character.
The former Girls Aloud star has been lined-up to make four appearances in the hit ITV soap.
Her guest stint will be screened over the summer - but Corrie sources admit they can’t choose a name for her “feisty character.”
A Street insider said: “We’re delighted to land Sarah - her character has real potential.
“She will prove a real trouble-making fly-in-the-ointment - especially for Tracy Barlow.
"The only trouble at the moment is coming up with just the right name for her character.
“Writers are currently using two different names as a working title for the character.
“Producers haven’t yet decided which one is best for Sarah - it is important they get it right.”
Although 33-year-old Sarah has been lined-up to appear in just four episodes, sources hinted she could become a regular - if fans warm to her character.
“Bosses have high hopes for her character and they believe she could become a permanent character - after all Kym Marsh originally came in for just a handful of episodes.”
Sarah whose acting credits include Bad Day and St Trinians 2, will start filming in May.
Producer Stuart Blackburn said: “Sarah is proving to be a gifted and exciting actor and I’m absolutely delighted to have her on board, the viewers are in for a treat as her character will be right at the heart of a massive new story for the Barlows.”
Sarah, who spent time in rehab to overcome her battle with booze and depression, said: “I am extremely excited to be joining Coronation Street .
“As a fan of the show it is a huge honour for me to join the cast. I can’t wait to get started!”
What should Sarah Harding's Corrie character be called?
The Mirror is running a poll to see which name the viewers pick for her. Your choices are Cheryl, Nadine, Nicola or Kimberley. At the time of writing, Kimberley is out ahead. If you would like to vote on it, go to the link below:
Steve McDonald’s upcoming Corrie wedding has been ruined by gale – not of the Platt/McIntyre variety, the windy sort.
Steve has weathered all kinds of storms, but the latest to hit Weatherfield is just one too many.
Gale-force winds have wrecked the set for Steve McDonald and Michelle Connor’s wedding meaning scenes have had to be axed as the set has to be rebuilt.
In an exclusive interview an insider revealed to The Sun: ‘The weather has caused chaos. Steve (Simon Gregson) and Michelle (Kym Marsh) are supposed to tie the knot in May.’
Filming will now be massively behind schedule as the scenes will be reshot.
Describing the incident the insider explained that 60 mile an hour winds ravaged the set, tearing off an aerial and throwing sideways rain at the actors dressed in summer clothes. Health and safety concerns meant filming had to be shut down.
‘It couldn’t have come at a worse time. It may mean a lot of overtime is needed.’
Indeed the timing is bad as Simon Gregson has just returned from sick leave which has also meant other scenes, including his stag do, were axed.
Tracy Barlow's ex-husband is to return to Coronation Street with a surprise bonus.
ITV bosses are on the hunt for a hunky actor to play Tracy's long-lost ex-husband Robert Preston, who is also going to be Sarah Harding's on-screen love interest.
The 33-year-old former Girls Aloud star was recently confirmed as the newest member of the cast and show bosses are currently on the lookout for an attractive male aged around 35 to play Tracy Barlow's long-lost ex-husband and Sarah's current on-screen partner Robert Preston.
A source told The Sun newspaper: "Robert is going to be a really good character and shake things up for Tracy.
"When we last saw him he was a carpet fitter but these days he's a chef.
"The love triangle will be gripping and viewers will be waiting for the penny to drop as he tries to juggle two very strong women."
Sarah - whose character is still to be named - is only scheduled to appear in four episodes of the popular soap opera, but show bosses have already said there's scope to extend her role.
Robert Preston was previously played by Julian Kay
Speaking last week after her casting was confirmed, Sarah said: "I am extremely excited to be joining Coronation Street.
Julian Kay as Robert Preston, along with Dawn Acton as Tracy
Todd Grimshaw uncovers Tracy Barlow's affair with Tony Stewart.
Todd (Bruno Langley) has been suspicious over the pair's connection for a while, but his theory is finally confirmed when he spots them sharing a secret kiss at Barlow's Buys.
Kate Ford, who plays Tracy, recently teased: "Tracy's not worried about Todd knowing. I think she's more bothered when he begins to use the fact that he knows about the affair to wangle a pay rise, so she ends up having to buy his silence.
"I don't think Tracy is bothered about Liz eventually finding out, but she knows she has to bide her time if she's to get what she wants."
David Platt and Callum Logan’s custody battle for young Max is set to explode with the return of Kylie Platt in coming weeks.
Paula Lane has been back on set for a number of weeks after giving birth to a baby boy at the end of last year and she looks set to get her teeth into some more meaty storylines for her troublesome alter ego.
And worryingly, Kylie still seems to be caught in the shady world which caused her marriage to break down as she meets up with Gemma Winters.
Gemma is a friend of Callum’s who helped lead Kylie back down the road to drug addiction but Kylie will have no choice but to reappear as Callum and David’s war reaches it’s peak.
With mediation on the road to failure, the fight for Max heads for court and Kylie will have a big struggle on her hands to hold on to her son.
But that won’t be the only drama she will become embroiled in. She is set to clash with David’s sister Sarah Lou who is romantically involved with Callum and will no doubt have a part to play in the reveal of the fake Gavin secret.
As Coronation Street heads to a dramatic September live episode, the Platts will be involved in some huge plotlines. And Kylie, as always, will be right in the middle of it all.
We wouldn’t have it any other way – welcome back, chuck!
Sean Ward says the "end is in sight" for his Coronation Street character badboy Callum Logan.
The 26-year-old actor admits the bad boy has a natural "lifespan" like all good soap villains but even if his time in Weatherfield is coming to an end his story is set to get "a lot more intense" first.
In an appearance on This Morning, Sean said: "I obviously know, as a villain, there's some sort of a lifespan for him. So I know there might be an end in sight for Callum, but either way I think it's going to get a hell of a lot more intense way before that happens."
Callum's departure will be hastened by the return to the Corrie cobbles of Paula Lane - who portrays David's wife Kylie Platt.
Discussing Callum's future, he added: "Paula is coming back - I think she's back on at the beginning of the summer."
Coronation Street will welcome former Waterloo Road star Melanie Hill to the cast next week as she takes on the role of newcomer Cathy Matthews,
Roy Cropper (David Neilson) will meet Cathy at the local allotments, where he and Sharif Nazir discover that she owns the adjacent plot.
When they start to confide in each other, Cathy tells Roy that she is getting over the death of her husband and the pair find themselves bonding over their grief.
Here, Melanie Hill talks about her new role and hints that Cathy is harbouring a big secret.
Kathy has been brought in as a romantic interest for Roy. What can you tell us about that?
"Basically they meet on the allotment that Roy has got and Cathy's husband, who has just passed away, had the allotment next to it. Cathy is being introduced as a friend for Roy and it is all going to be very gently done because obviously Hayley was such a popular character and so is Roy. At this stage, they are just going to have Cathy come in gradually as a friend for him.
"The common ground that they have got is that they have both lost their partners and they strike up this friendship because they are both quite lonely. They end up confiding in each other and talk about things that Roy wouldn't normally talk about to with anyone else on the street. They just form a friendship."
How would you describe Cathy as a character?
"She is basically just consumed with the loss of her husband. It has affected her in such a way that she is now very anxious and very nervous. He took care of everything in their lives like looking after the bills and obviously the allotment. She has never had to take care of anything before and now she is on her own so she is struggling with that massively. She talks for England but she is very nervous. She trusts Roy because she doesn't have many friends. Also, there is more to her than meets the eye. In future episodes we find out that she is carrying this big secret which she doesn't want Roy to find out so that is going to be very interesting, but that is further down the line."
What is her first meeting like with Roy?
"It is at the allotment and it is all very gradual. At first, she is actually a bit annoyed with him when they meet. They are throwing rubbish into her allotment so it starts off on a bad foot. But they soon get talking and they discuss their partners passing away."
Does Cathy have children?
"We are not really bringing that into it yet. We are leaving it open at the minute. She is basically just trying to survive after the death of her husband."
Is it quite daunting knowing that Roy was previously part of such a popular double act with Hayley?
"It is, very. Obviously I would never try and replace Hayley or come anywhere near that. At the moment, I am just working with him as a friend. But who knows what will happen in the future?"
Do you think viewers will warm to Cathy? Or will they resent her because of her closeness with Roy?
"I think they might have a problem with it because obviously this comes back to Hayley being such a massive character. I think the people on the Street are going to have a problem with it as well because obviously they are protecting Roy."
Do you think Cathy will be a conflict character or a comedy character?
"I think a bit of both to be honest - that is what I would like to think. She is quite funny in her own way. She makes big faux pas because she is nervous and she says the wrong thing. She is quite ditzy, but there will be conflict coming into the Street, obviously. She is an outsider coming into the heart of it. I am looking forward to seeing what comes. That is why I like the fact you don't know what is going to happen. You are in this show playing the same character, but you still don't know what is round the corner. You are waiting for the scripts with bated breath."
Roy is very unique personality, so does Cathy understand him?
"I don't know if she understands him, but she has bonded with him because he is a gentle soul. She feels safe with him. I don't know about understanding him, but she does get very close to him very quickly because they are both simple people and they start talking quite deeply early on."
Do you think they would be so close if it wasn't for the grief they both share?
"No, they wouldn't. I think at the time, the universe has aligned and they met and formed this friendship. If they had their partners here, they probably wouldn't. Her husband passed away from cancer as well."
Did you have to screen test with David before getting the role? And would you say you had instant chemistry?
"I didn't know David before but I screen tested with him. I would like to think we did have chemistry. He is so lovely and put me at my ease. That was very helpful."
How long is your initial stay for?
"I have signed for a year."
Are they any other characters in on the show that you would love to have some scenes with?
"I am looking forward to working with Jennie McAlpine, who plays Fiz. She is another favourite of mine and I think there is a lot of potential aggro there as Fiz is going to protect Roy."
Have you ever auditioned for a role in Coronation Street before?
"No I haven't - this is the first time. It is the perfect time for me as I am happy to be in something long running and long may it last. I did Waterloo Road for three and a half years and I like working like that. Very often in this business, you are working for three months and then you move on and you have to make new friends. It is daunting as you get older to be thrown into a situation with all new people. I find it a bit hard so I liked being with the Waterloo Road folks and staying with them everyday. I liked that comfort although I know a lot of actors don't. It appeals to me."
What was it like seeing the Street for the first time?
"It was quite emotional. I really felt like it was where I was meant to be and that sounds quite silly, but I really feel so happy about where I am. I was terrified when I went into Roy's Rolls though - that was really scary. The screen test was also really nerve-wracking because they were filming when I went in. I expected it to be one camera and it wasn't like that. In the scene, I had to open an umbrella so to be on the safe side, I bought an umbrella and I was rehearsing with it. But as I went into the studio, they said "we've got all that" so I didn't need it. They gave me an umbrella that broke during my first take I did, so imagine my nerves. I tried to improvise my hardest but I failed miserably. I had to apologise. I was convinced I had blown it."
You knew Les Dennis before you started, so was this reassuring when you started?
"Yes I know him through mutual friends near where we live so it has been really really good to know him. It is nice to know a friendly face. He has been really helpful and shown me the ropes. David has also been really helpful because a lot of my stuff is with him. Also, Katie McGlynn was in Waterloo Road so it was nice to see her. I spent the day doing scenes with her a couple of days ago so that was lovely."
How similar is Coronation Street to other shows you have done?
"Well I was only a semi regular on Emmerdale and The Bill, so it wasn't the same as Corrie. Once you are regular, you are part of that gang and the team and I never felt as part of it there as I do on this."
With Waterloo Road finishing, do you think it is a shame that there are fewer opportunities for writers and actors in continuing dramas?
"Yes, I was gutted when The Bill went as it had won loads of awards and then they canned it. There is less opportunity for people my age as the average age in these things tends to be quite young. That is why Corrie is good as it keeps the older actors and they are the interesting ones to me anyway. People identify with those characters."
Do you miss Waterloo Road?
"I miss the people, yes. We formed a really tight friendship. When Heather Peace left, there were five of us girls who were so close and we still keep in touch. When you have been on something for three years, you do form really strong bonds. So, I miss them. We do keep in touch but it isn't the same as when you see people everyday because everyone is so busy. That is why I like the idea of staying in one thing because I don't like just meeting people for three months and then saying goodbye. It can be hard."
Coronation Street will air Cathy's first scenes on Monday April 20 on ITV.
Unreality TV on the other hand are speculating that Deirdre also could perish in this fire, but personally I am not putting my money on that one.
Jenny Bradley to attack Maria Connor during shock confrontation
But an increasingly unstable Jenny will then lie and claim to Kevin that it was Maria who lashed out at her!
Maria Connor (Samia Ghadie) is to be left gobsmacked next week when an increasingly volatile Jenny Bradley (Sally Ann Matthews) lashes out.
A showdown in the salon sees Jenny angrily telling Maria that she witnessed Liam hitting Jack. But in a fine example of grown-ups not being any mature than children, Jenny will then lose control herself and slap Maria across the face!
Scenes to be shown on Monday 27 April will then see Sophie (Brooke Vincent) grow increasingly suspicious after Jenny claims that it was Maria who slapped her and not vice versa.
But when Sophie tries to tell Kevin (Michael Le Vell) the truth about Jenny, he refuses to believe her. Desperate for someone to believe her, Sophie tries to get Maddie on side, but even she thinks that it's an over-reaction.
Despite feeling that she's the lone voice of reason, Sophie will - by the end of next week - decide to eventually bite the bullet and make amends with Jenny. But, tempers will fray again when Jenny snaps and orders Sophie to back off from Kevin's son Jack.
When Kevin and Maddie walk in, Jenny hurriedly tell them that Sophie attacked her. But will Kevin buy her latest story?
Recent press stories certainly point to the situation intensifying, with the Sun reporting that an upcoming plotline will see Jenny kidnap Jack and threaten to jump from a rooftop with him, although a Coronation Street spokesperson refused to comment on the speculation.
Coronation Street's Nick Tilsley will be given a huge surprise next week when his former fling Erica Holroyd arrives back in Weatherfield and announces she is having his baby.
As Nick reels from the bombshell, he finds himself turning to Carla for support. However, as Nick faces up to his responsibilities, it looks as if he might have to put his growing feelings for Carla to one side.
Here, Ben Price - who plays Nick - discusses the dramatic week for his character and what the future now holds for him and Carla.
Is Nick aware of a growing attraction between himself and Carla?
"Oh God yes! Absolutely. He fancies her and he's desperate for her! After the stuff with Leanne, Nick now sees Carla as being the complete opposite. He doesn't think Carla would give him a hard time - she's got her own life and she's very independent. Leanne was quite independent too - I think Nick likes that in a woman. But the Nick and Leanne chapter has closed and so he's ready to move on. He finds Carla to be a real laugh - she's a lot of fun."
Has he always secretly fancied her?
"Nick and Carla have always had that little spark. I think when I first came to the show it was there, but all the history with Leanne took over. They are both just waiting for one another to bring it up. I think he's thinking that he doesn't want to get into something too heavy and she's thinking she's not going to do any of the running. I think they are just taking it easy. Nick just needs a bit of fun."
Nick and Carla used to be at each other's throats when they worked together. What has changed?
"She was a lot harder then, but with all the Peter stuff it's different. They're both broken people. Nick isn't the guy he once was and she's been through a lot. I think he just thinks why don't we both have a laugh and why wouldn't it work?"
How does he feel about Erica?
"She was a laugh - that was it! I think it moved him on from Leanne. Erica's very good at de-stressing him and chilling out. I think she's been great for him."
What is Nick's reaction when she arrives on the Street to tell him she's pregnant?
"He's supposed to meet Carla and Erica puts her hands over his eyes which makes it a bit awkward, because he thinks she's Carla. Then he thinks great, she's a mate. When he finds out she's pregnant, it's very tricky for him. Not that he'd run away because he's always wanted a kid - it's just not the best situation. It's a shock! His reaction is that he's shocked, but he's there for her. They may not be a couple but he's there for her and she just needs to tell him what she needs. He's very practical about it."
Does Erica want them to bring up the baby together as a couple?
"No, she doesn't want them to be a couple. She's absolutely cool about it."
Does he want to do the honorable thing and stand by Erica?
"He thinks he should stand by her because they got on. He thinks she's a nice girl and maybe that's the way life works for him. He had a brain injury, she handles that very well and now she's having his baby. He thinks 'yeah let's stick around'."
Nick then confides in Carla about Erica's pregnancy, but is he aware she may have developed feelings for him?
"He can see what's happening between them but he either brushes her off a couple of times, is late, or is meeting Erica. So he just wants to be honest with Carla about what is going on. "
What advice does Carla give Nick ?
"Go for it. She sort of becomes aware that nothing is going to happen between them. She just brushes it off a bit. Then he's a bit gutted because he thinks it's not going to work. She is his perfect match in that way."
Is Nick happy at the prospect of being a dad?
"Yeah, totally, I think he really is. He always wanted a child and it's not really worked with him and Leanne. I think he always wanted a baby with her. He's always wanted a family. In his ideal world it was probably him, Leanne and child whilst living next to his mum with his job across the road. That didn't work out and he's realistic about it."
What will Gail say about the baby and Erica having a tie to their family?
"She hates the fact that Nick has had a fling with Erica and she will go mad when she hears Erica is pregnant. There's not a woman in the world that Nick can go out with. Gail hates Erica! She will never accept her in the family, she assumes every woman is trying to trap him. She didn't like Leanne really. She still doesn't!"
When Jenny accidentally walks into Maria, Maria is slightly annoyed but is shocked when Jenny angrily bites back. Later, as Liam and Jack play together, Jenny is furious when she catches Liam hitting Jack and vows to tell Maria how badly behaved her son was. But when a row ensues in the salon Jenny ends up slapping Maria in the face, leaving Maria completely stunned!
As Sinead prepares to leave the hospital for home, Chesney is overcome with jealousy when Sam hands her a parting gift. When Sam later tips up at No.5 to return Sinead’s favourite pyjamas, Chesney feels pushed out.
Sarah is horrified when Bethany appears ready for her first day at Weatherfield High in a short skirt and bright red lipstick.
Sophie’s suspicious of Jenny and curiosity gets the better of her when she goes rifling through Jenny’s bag to dig up some dirt. But when Jenny catches her, how will she react? And Sharif leaves Roy to do his dirty work.
Sophie is still suspicious of Jenny and doesn’t believe her when she tells them all that it was Maria who slapped her, and not vice versa. But when Sophie tries to tell her dad the truth about Jenny, he refuses to believe her when she tells him that Jenny lied about the fight with Maria and that Jenny wasn’t sacked from her job at all - she quit. Desperate for someone to believe her, Sophie tries to get Maddie on side but when even she thinks Sophie is over reacting, Sophie storms off to her mum’s.
Chesney struggles to hide his jealousy towards Sam. Picking up on this, Sam makes his excuses and leaves - but not before Sinead makes him promise to visit again. But when Sam approaches Chesney outside the chippy, Chesney is pacified when Sam tells him that Sinead is lucky to have such a loving boyfriend and promises to stay out of the way.
Sarah manages to talk Steve round and becomes the latest barmaid to grace the Rovers Return, which gives Callum the perfect opportunity to flirt with her over the bar. Meanwhile Bethany’s unfazed when Nick reads her the riot act about going back to school.
Cathy calls to see Roy in the cafe but quickly leaves in a hurry when Roy suggests a drink in the Rovers.
Chris Gascoyne is to make a Coronation Street comeback as Peter Barlow in time for screen step-mum Deirdre's funeral.
The ITV soap is planning a send-off for the late Anne Kirkbride's character, with emotional scenes expected to be broadcast this June.
"They asked me to go back to the Street for a couple of episodes and of course I said yes," Gascoyne said today. "It is only right that Peter would be there, and if I can I will always want to keep that continuity. The show has been very good to me. I worked with Annie for 15 years and I loved her. She was a really lovely woman and I miss her."
Peter was last seen on screen in November 2014 when he exited for a new life in Portsmouth after being released from prison. Now, though, Gascoyne is to reprise the role in order to pay his respects to Kirkbride, who died in January from cancer.
It was announced following the death of Kirkbride that Street bosses were working in consultation with the actress's family in order to give Deirdre a fitting send off.
Speaking of this experience watching Corrie now that Deirdre is no longer on the Street, Gascoyne added to the Birmingham Mail: "When I watch it now, it’s very strange to think of Ken being there in Number One on his own. We will be saying goodbye to Deirdre but also to Annie, so it is bound to be very emotional.”
The actor is currently set to star in The Rise and Fall of Little Voice at Birmingham Rep from 15-30 May.
Toxic Tracy vows revenge as massive fire on Coronation Street causes carnage!
An inferno at Victoria Court will coincide with Steve and Michelle's wedding in scenes to be shown later this month
Tracy Barlow is to wreak revenge on the residents of Coronation Street after her bid to buy the Rovers Return is foiled by Carla Connor.
Toxic Tracy will try to get her own back on those she feels have crossed her during a dramatic week that sees Steve and Michelle's wedding coinciding with a massive fire at Victoria Court.
With her landlady dream in tatters, a vengeful Tracy will have a huge showdown with Liz and reveals everything about her and Tony's affair, as well as their plan to usurp the McDonalds at the Rovers.
While Liz wants to protect Steve and Michelle from the vitriol on their big day, Tracy will stop at nothing to cause havoc and get her own back on the one person she feels always gets the better of her - Carla.
But will the inferno at Victoria Court be part of Tracy's plan or will her vengeance take a different turn entirely? Show bosses are planning "lots of twists, turns and surprises" in a week of episodes set to air from 25 May on ITV.
Coronation Street star teases more drama for Jenny
Coronation Street star Sally Ann Matthews has revealed her upcoming storyline is set to keep viewers on the edge of their seats.
Fans of the ITV soap have seen the actress’ alter-ego Jenny Bradley get close to Kevin Webster (Michael Le Vell) and his son Jack – and upcoming episodes will show her abducting the four-year-old boy.
“I’ve so enjoyed being back playing Jenny. It’s been such fun. It has been such an enjoyable storyline, seeing where Jenny goes and her relationship with Kevin, Sophie and Jack and there is so much more to come yet,” Sally Ann told the soap’s official website.
“It’s brilliant drama and it’s going to keep you guessing till the end – and I’m not fibbing.”
This week’s episodes show Jenny demonstrating her darker side, when she slaps Maria Connor (Samia Ghadie), and later lies about it.
It sets alarm bells ringing for Kevin’s daughter Sophie (Brooke Vincent), who has already been suspicious of her father’s new girlfriend.
“Things between Kevin and Jenny has been going very well so far. They’re quite loved up… Sophie, on the other hand, is not too pleased that Jenny is around,” Sally Ann explained.
“I think it’s for a number of reasons – she doesn’t trust her, she’s a little bit jealous that Jenny’s getting a bit too much of her dad’s attention.”
The actress added: “This week, things get a bit darker and they do take quite a dramatic turn and we may well see that Jenny is enjoying the relationship with Jack a little bit more than the relationship with Kevin.
“Just when you think that you know Jenny could not get any more extreme in her behaviour, she tells Jack that they should go on a little adventure together.”
Hayley Tamaddon will wave goodbye to her role as Andrea Beckett in dramatic scenes in Coronation Street’s upcoming live episode, it has been confirmed.
The actress, who has played Andrea for two years, announced her departure today.
However, details of her exit plot are being kept strictly under wraps with bosses keen for audiences to be shocked at developments.
Fans can be assured that it won’t be a grisly end though as the door is being left open (although we’re pretty sure that’s what was said about Michelle Keegan’s character Tina McIntyre last year and look what happened to her).
Hayley joined Corrie in 2013 as Steve’s night class friend Andrea who had a major crush on him. Luckily, she soon fell for his BFF Lloyd Mullaney (Craig Charles) though and the two are still happily ever after now.
Speaking of her sure-to-be-dramatic exit, Hayley said: ‘I came into Corrie for three months and have stayed for two years!
‘I will be so sad to leave, I have had the best two years of my life here, it really is one big family. Everyone looks out for each other and I’ve made some incredible friends.’
And speaking of her future, she added: ‘I am excited about my exit storyline and the fact that it is part of the live episode. Corrie has given me a great platform to hopefully go on to work on other dramas but I’d never rule out a return to Weatherfield as I love it so much.
‘I am looking forward to what the future holds but in the meantime there is still plenty more to be done here.’
Hayley will start filming her exit storyline in July but will be on screen until September for the live episode.
Soap producer Stuart Blackburn said: ‘Hayley has brought real magic to the Corrie cobbles, funny, energetic, totally professional and a joy to be around as a friend and colleague alike she’ll be sorely missed and I’d simply like to wish her all the very best for the future.’
Comedy star Paddy McGuinness has won a guest role on Coronation Street - following in the footsteps of his star pal Peter Kay
Comedy star Paddy McGuinness is joining the cast of Coronation Street - as a Bear Grylls-style survival expert.
Bolton comedian and TV presenter Paddy will star in six episodes of the soap as wilderness survival enthusiast Dougie Ryan who meets up with the Tinker and Dobbs families on a camping holiday in the summer.
Corrie bosses say it won’t be long before Dougie is putting Kirk, Beth, Craig, Chesney, Sinead, Tyrone and Fiz through their paces with hilarious consequence, as he shames the boys with his expertise in all things outdoors.
Dougie will be on holiday with his teenage daughter Caitlin who strikes up an unlikely friendship with loveable Craig Tinker, played by Colson Smith.
Take Me Out presenter Paddy, whose acting credits include Phoenix Nights, Max and Paddy and The Delivery Man, starts filming next month, with all the episodes to be filmed at an undisclosed outdoor location.
The scenes, which are shaping up to be some classics, are set to transmit in August.
Coronation Street Producer Stuart Blackburn said: “It’s an absolute delight to be working with Paddy who is a talented actor with a flair for comedy that will ensure he fits right in with the Corrie cast.”
Paddy follows in the footsteps of his Phoenix Nights comedy cohort Peter Kay, who filmed a series of episodes as unlucky-in-love drayman Eric Gartside in 2004 - who tried to woo barmaid Shelley Unwin, played by Sally Lindsay, with disastrous results.
Paddy said: “Being asked to appear in Coronation Street was a very special moment for me. I remember Peter telling me how much he enjoyed his guest spot on the show and I can’t wait to get started. An iconic and much loved show not just in the UK but around the world. The character I’ll be playing is very funny and I’m sure the Corrie fans will love him.”
It’s yet another starry signing for Coronation Street - who recently announced that Sarah Harding will be joining the soap as a feisty new character set to be a match for baddie Tracy Barlow, in epsiodes to be screened in May.
And it comes amid a busy time for Paddy. Fresh from that record-breaking run of live charity shows with his Phoenix Nights comrades, Paddy has announced a new solo comedy tour, Daddy McGuinness, which heads on the road in the Autumn.
That will coincide with filming restarting on a new series of Take Me Out, for which Paddy has become famed for his catchphrase "no likey, no lighty."
Paddy is currently filming new Channel 4 game show Benchmark at MediaCityUK in Salford.
Coronation Street's Sophie Webster will soon be proved right about her misgivings towards her dad's girlfriend Jenny Bradley.
Kevin Webster's refusal to accept that there's anything remotely dodgy about his new girlfriend, despite her frequent lies and strange behaviour, has already seen Sophie move out of her dad's house and back to her mum's across the road, but now it looks like Kevin's wilful blindness could have a much higher cost.
In dramatic scenes, shot in Manchester today, Jenny kidnaps Kevin's son Jack and takes him to her sixth floor flat and lingers ominously on the balcony with the tot in her arms.
Viewers watched on Monday night's episode when after accidentally walking into Maria, a furious Jenny let her anger fly at Maria, and later Maria's son Liam.
Though now it appears the former troubled youngster's behaviour has taken a worrying turn as she spirits Jack away from his family and places his life in danger.
Brooke Vincent - who plays Sophie in the soap - was seen filming looking terrified as she raced to help save her younger brother, while Michael Le Vell (Kevin Webster) and Barbara Knox (Rita Tanner) were seen filming scenes on the balcony with Jenny.
Viewers will have to wait until next month to see Jenny's behaviour unravel.
Fans of the long-running soap opera Coronation Street were left shocked after it was revealed that the actress who plays Carla Connor will be leaving the show.
Actress Alison King is expected to leave the show when her contract expires at the end of the year, according to The Sun.
ITV executives insisted that she would be returning to show and that the parting of way was merely 'a sabbatical' break.
King will be at the centre of a major storyline in the coming weeks in which a fire will rock the Street.
A Coronation Street spokesman said: "Alison King has indicated to producers that she would like to take a sabbatical from the show for creative reasons at some point in 2016.
"She wishes to try her hand at other projects before returning to the part of Carla Connor, a role she has enjoyed playing for nine years.
"Before Ali takes her break Carla has much more drama to come. At the end of this month she will be central to the explosive storyline which sees Victoria Court go up in flames, and the aftermath of that plotline will have huge consequences for the factory boss.
"Ali's desire to take a break from the show gives the writers the opportunity to come up with a enthralling exit for the character."
Coronation Street's Jenny Bradley weeps as she's arrested after kidnapping Kevin Webster's son Jack in dramatic new scenes
After weeks of baffling Coronation Street viewers with her bizarre behaviour, Jenny Bradley's true sinister intentions are set to rise to the fore in upcoming episodes of the long-running ITV soap.
In newly unveiled pictures, Jenny (Sally Ann Matthews) is seen getting hauled off by police offers after she kidnaps Kevin Webster's (Michael Le Vell) son, Jack (Maddox Beswick).
Handcuffed Jenny is shown weeping uncontrollably as stone-faced law enforcement officers march her to a waiting police car and drive her off on abduction charges.
As the ordeal comes to a close, a distraught Kevin hugs his daughter Sophie (Brooke Vincent) once the relief of getting Jack out of Jenny's clutches.
The dramatic scenes will serve as something of a vindication for Sophie who was ignored after repeatedly warning her dad of her suspicions of Jenny.
When he finally does take heed, Kevin makes his way to Jenny's flat, where he races straight to her balcony to reclaim his son.
On hand to watch everything go down is Rita Sullivan (Barbara Knox), who stands by with a concerned look on her faces within feet of the action.
In a recent interview on the soap's official website, Sally Ann gave hints of the upcoming storyline.
She said: 'We may well see Jenny is enjoying the relationship with Jack a little bit more than she’s enjoying her relationship with Kevin.
'And then just when you think Jenny couldn't get any more extreme in her behaviour she tells Jack they should go on a little adventure together.'
In another upcoming plotline, Tracy Barlow (Kate Ford) finds her hatred for arch-nemesis Carla Connor (Alison King) will reach new heights when she discovers she has scuppered her and lover Tony Stewart's plan to take over the Rovers Return.
In a menacing new promo for the ITV soap, Tracy is seen flicking a lighter as she sits in the pub, which has been decorated for the wedding of Tracy's ex Steve McDonald and Michelle Connor.