Steve lies in bed, utterly depressed. Liz is frustrated by Steve's attitude and worried about the impact it's having on Amy. With this in mind, Steve plucks up the courage and goes to see the doctor. It becomes clear he's suffering a panic attack but the doctor calms him down and diagnoses Steve with depression and suggests psychotherapy for Steve's condition.
Michael heads out on a fishing trip with Gavin. Gail reminds him that he must tell his son about his heart condition. During their conversation, Michael explains how he burgled Gail's house but she forgave him. When Michael then lets slip that Gail sold her house to David so she must have some substantial savings, Gavin's all ears.
Tony calls in Barlow's Buys and offers to supply Tracy with some more gear. Tracy gives him short shrift, telling him she wants nothing to do with him.
Julie makes a point of telling Dev about her forthcoming date with Dominic. Dev feigns disinterest whereas Mary's thrilled with this news. Norris finally tracks down his elusive parcel. He's touched to discover it's a telescope from Ramsay that he must have sent before he died.
Monday 24 November 2014
When Michelle gets a call from school to say Steve has failed to collect Amy, she sets off. Meanwhile, Steve sits parked up in his car and tries to summon the courage to text his Mum but can't bring himself to do it. Discovering the car won't start, Steve is forced to phone Kevin to tow him home. Back on the street, Liz and Michelle lay into Steve, demanding to know where he's been and what he's playing at. Unable to handle their hostility, Steve turns and walks away. The doctor approaches Steve and implores him to talk to his family about his depression.
Michael introduces Gavin to Audrey, who's interested to hear that Audrey owns her own hair salon. However, when Audrey quizzes Gavin about his Mum, Gavin is evasive. In the Rovers, Michael admits to Gail he still hasn't told Gavin about his heart condition, explaining he wants to get to know his son better before he drops the bombshell.
With Beth's help, Tracy sorts through Rob's things hoping to sell them in the shop and make a bit of much needed money.
Dev calls on Julie intending to admit his feelings but will he bottle it?
Wednesday 26 November 2014
Frustrated at Steve's attitude, Liz continues to hound him, telling him it's time he started pulling his weight and did some work but Steve remains unresponsive. Lloyd tries to talk to Steve, concerned that he's throwing his life away but Steve is only interested in his sports car. When Tyrone breaks the news to him that it needs 2000 pounds worth of repairs, more than the value of the car, Tyrone's stunned when Steve tells him to go ahead with the work. Meanwhile, Liz dupes Steve and Michelle into working the same shift, hoping it'll give them a chance to talk.
When Gavin fails to turn up for his appointment at the salon, Michael gives him a call. At first Gavin shouts at Michael to leave him alone but later calls at No.8 apologising for snapping and suggesting it might be better if they didn't see each other again. Michael's gutted and begs Gavin to reconsider.
Dev does his best to sabotage Dominic's date with Julie by warning him that she's already got him pegged for marriage and sleeps with 9 cats on her bed.
Craig gives Norris his first lesson on his tablet computer and shows him how to download the astronomy app.
Friday 28 November 2014
When Nick complains he's short-staffed at the bistro, Michael offers Gavin services, explaining he's a professional cocktail waiter. Gavin is forced to agree and although he's clearly clueless about cocktails, there's an instant attraction between he and Steph as she shows him the ropes. Michael calls at the bistro to lend Gavin his support but suffers a dizzy spell and collapses. Having helped Michael home, Gavin and Gail fuss round him. Under pressure from Gail, will Michael finally confess to Gavin that he has an hereditary heart condition?
Tracy's despondent when the bank rejects her loan request and is worried she'll have to fold the business. When Carla then storms into the shop and demands to buy all Rob's possessions, appalled that Tracy could be so callous as to sell them, Tracy lets rip.
Julie excitedly tells Sophie she's got a date with Dominic but Dev warns her that Dominic hasn't got over his bitter divorce. During lunch, Julie and Dominic soon realise that Dev has been telling them both scurrilous stories about the other. Julie confronts Dev and demands to know why he's been telling lies but she's stunned by his response.
Tracy calls at No.11 and orders Todd back to work. Todd explains he's embarrassed about his face and doesn't want to leave the house but Tracy pulls no punches, pointing out he can't hide away forever.
Friday 28 November 2014
Michael is worried that, having given Gavin the awful news about his health, he's scared him away. At the Rovers, Gavin confides in Steph how confused he feels about Michael. Steph assures him the Platts are a lovely family and that if he walks away now it'll break Michael's heart. Feeling guilty, Gavin calls at No.8 and assures Michael he just needed time to think. Thrilled to have his son back in his life, Michael urges Gavin to see a doctor and get his heart checked out. Gavin agrees but picking up his phone we discover Gavin's hiding a secret of his own!
When Beth buys a birthday present for Craig in Barlow's Buys, Tracy gives her Rob's cufflinks for free, telling her they're a wedding present for Kirk. Calling Tracy's bluff, Carla thanks her for giving the cufflinks to a friend rather than selling them on. Realising Tracy was only using her to score points off Carla, Beth hands the cufflinks to Carla.
Dev plans an evening out with Julie, asking Mary to come round. Getting the wrong end of the stick Mary arrives with a DVD and is stunned to see Dev and Julie in a passionate embrace. Dev proudly announces he and Julie are going on their first date. A disappointed Mary realises she's nothing more than the babysitter.
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."
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”
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 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.
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.
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.
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."
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
Digital Spy can confirm that Philip Martin 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
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.
X Factor judge Mel B is set to walk the famous Corrie cobbles after signing up for a guest appearance.
The Spice Girl will follow in the footsteps of her fellow talent show judge Cheryl Fernandez-Versini by appearing in this year's Text Santa charity special.
A Text Santa spokesperson confirmed the news to Mirror TV saying: "It's great that Mel B will be a guest star in the special Coronation Street sketch for Text Santa."
Mel, 39, is expected to film her cameo this week and it will be shown on ITV during the Text Santa fundraiser on December 19.
The appearance marks a return to the cobbles for Mel who previously played checkout assistant Amy Nelson in 1993, a year before she found fame with the Spice Girls.
Last year's Text Santa special starred Cheryl as herself alongside Michelle Keegan's murdered barmaid Tina McIntyre.
On Wednesday ITV confirmed plans for a live episode of Corrie to mark the soap's 60th anniversary next year.
The episode will air in September just months after EastEnders' live 30th anniversary episode.
Executive producer Stuart Blackburn said: “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.
Note: Mel B only played Amy Nelson in her final episode. She had originally been played by Louise Duprey, and the intention was to have her marry Andy McDonald, giving the Street its first inter-racial marriage. But Louise had a hard time dealing with the publicity, and had a nervous breakdown in 1993. They therefore had to write her out, and Mel B played her exit scene. Louise Duprey sadly died of a drugs overdose seven years later.
It looks like the Platt family is in for yet another traumatic Christmas, this time thanks to the actions of an increasingly wayward Kylie.
"It's safe to say that there'll be sparks flying and not for the right reasons," says actress Paula Lane. "There's never a dull Christmas in the Platts. Kyle's had one bad Christmas after another, so I think she should resign herself to the fact that she's not destined to have a happy time during the festive season. Let's just say that Callum will be ruffling a few turkey feathers!"
Over the past couple of months, viewers have seen Kylie go off the rails after re-establishing contact with ex-boyfriend Callum (Sean Ward), who has now started to deal drugs to her. But Kylie's husband David (Jack P Shepherd) has yet to find out about his wife's increasing dependency on speed. So are the Platts actually going to make it to the Christmas dinner table?
"Yes, although how happy an occasion it will be is questionable!" continues Lane. "There's going to be a lot of tension and tears on Christmas Day."
And it seems that screen husband Jack P Shepherd is in full agreement: "David is going to have a very miserable Christmas. There's lots of drama, agony and emotional scenes," adds the actor.
Of the upcoming storyline, producer Stuart Blackburn has already revealed that the Platts will be left reeling when Kylie does a vanishing act in order for a pregnant Paula Lane to take maternity leave.
"For the Platts, it's just chaos, isn't it?" said the show's boss back in October. "Kylie has gone back to her past and will fall into drug addiction. There's some incredibly moving, powerful stuff. There will come a point where, for obvious reasons, Kylie vanishes. But the story doesn't end there because, by then, David will have wound up Callum, who is not only Kylie's violent ex, but also the father of Max. He'll do anything he can to get payback from David."
In a further hint about what lies ahead, Blackburn added:
"We might also find that he has a few legal rights over Max as well given that he is his natural father."
Coronation Street star Simon Gregson has hinted that there are more challenges ahead for his character Steve McDonald at Christmas.
Steve is secretly suffering from depression in his current storyline, but the show's festive episodes will see him attempt to bounce back for the sake of his young daughter Amy.
The Rovers boss is determined to make it a Christmas to remember for the schoolgirl, but his private struggles are not yet over.
Gregson commented: "Christmas Day is good, but the rest of it is not too clever. He drags himself up for Amy but goes a bit overboard.
"He invites everybody - the world and his dog - and tries to make it the best Christmas ever, but in true Steve style it doesn't go quite to plan."
With Steve and his partner Michelle Connor soon due to split up, they won't have resolved their differences in time for the festive season.
Michelle ends her relationship with Steve after his unusual behavior pushes her to breaking point, failing to realize why he isn't himself.
Kym Marsh, who plays Michelle, explained: "I think Christmas will be bittersweet. She does get to spend it with Steve, but I don't think it's the Christmas reunion she will be hoping for."
On her hopes for Michelle in the New Year, the actress added: "I'd like things to sort themselves out for her and Steve. I'd love them to get back together and resolve their issues and get Steve back to being himself."
Steve is expected to fully face up to his demons in January following his involvement in the show's upcoming mini-bus crash stunt.
Coronation Street's new recruit Claire King has spoken about her romance storyline for the first time, backing her character Erika as a good match for Nick Tilsley.
The former Emmerdale and Bad Girls actress will make her first appearance on the cobbles in the run-up to Christmas, when Erika arrives in Weatherfield to catch up with her old friend Liz McDonald.
As Erika settles into Weatherfield, she soon takes a fancy to Nick and they end up enjoying a fling together.
Praising the pairing, King revealed that Erika and Nick work well together as neither of them wants anything more serious.
"Erika wants it to be a fling and I think he wants the same, but she's worried because it's New Year's Eve and she has to tell him that, not knowing how he really feels," King explained.
"Luckily he's thinking the same so it's quite a good little catch."
She continued: "Perhaps because she's more mature and not a kid, she can handle just being friends with benefits. I think he's quite capable of doing that and enjoys having her around - she brings him out of his shell as well as his suits.
"It has been really good for both of them, so they possibly could just go on and there wouldn't be any jealousy and negative things you can get with someone that is a bit younger. They are both mature enough to handle it and to enjoy themselves sexually too."
King finished filming her short guest stint earlier this month, but Coronation Street's producer Stuart Blackburn has since revealed plans to bring her back for more episodes.
Coronation Street's cast and crew filmed out on location last night (November 19) as work continued on the show's mini-bus crash episodes.
The soap's team are in the early stages of filming on the storyline, which will center around a disastrous evening for the Underworld factory workers.
A number of the program's stars worked late last night for the early scenes, which see Carla Connor (Alison King) and her employees set off in a Streetcars mini-bus driven by Steve McDonald (Simon Gregson) for a work outing.
The pictures confirm the involvement of various characters, including Sally Webster, Kirk Sutherland, Sean Tully, Julie Carp, Sinead Tinker, Maddie Heath and Alya Nazir.
Michelle Connor and Tracy Barlow also come along for the night out, blissfully unaware of the horror that will soon follow as the bus will crash.
Filming will continue over the next few nights for more scenes from the episodes, including the stunt itself.
Coronation Street will air the crash storyline in January and the plot will tie in with Steve's ongoing depression storyline.
A show statement recently teased: "Exact details are being kept under wraps, but more than one character will be hospitalized as a result of the crash and one Underworld knicker stitcher's life will be on the line."
Source: Digital Spy
Former ‘EastEnders’ actress Jacqueline Leonard is doing a soap switch-a-roo, and will arrive on ‘Coronation Street’ in February.
Jacqueline’s arrival in the ITV series looks set to cause serious trouble for the Armstrong-Windass family (because, y’know, they haven’t even had enough drama lately), as she’ll be playing Katy and Izzy Armstrong’s estranged mum, Linda.
Katy and Izzy haven’t seen their mum in years after she left them when they were kids - or so they’ve been led to believe.
In fact, Linda's arrival on the cobbles will throw up some questions for her daughters, and it turns out their dad, Owen, may have been a bit economical with the truth, when he told them what happened to their mother.
‘Corrie’ producer Stuart Blackburn says: “Linda's arrival will have a devastating affect on how Owen's family see him and he'll have the fight of his life to hold on to everyone and everything he holds dear.
"The sins of the father really will visit Owen's children."
The actress has also said: “I love the Northern wit and humour along with the drama and tension that the wonderful scripts of ‘Coronation Street’ encapsulate. So excited to start!”
It was recently announced that Ian Puleston-Davies, who plays temperamental builder Owen Armstrong, would be leaving the soap next year, though viewers were assured there'd be plenty of drama before his departure.
Before taking on the role of Linda, Jacqueline was known for playing Lorraine Wicks in ‘EastEnders’ in the 1990s.
Bosses confirm hot headed builder Owen Armstrong is next to leave the show, but how will he go?
It has been confirmed by the Coronation Street bosses that builder Owen Armstrong played by Ian Pulston- Davies will be leaving the show earlier next year after appearing in the show for nearly five dramatic years.
Corrie boss Stuart Blackburn has guaranteed that there is plenty of drama in the works before Owen’s departure but the question is how will he leave the cobbles of Coronation Street.
Will it be in the back of a cab like may others or is there a bloody end in store for the hot headed builder?
We have come up with our list of how Owen life on the street could come to an end.
Anna Slutty Windass
Could it happen again?
Was Sally Webster right when she said ‘Anna Slutty Windass’? Could those one on one evening reading lessons with Tim turn into something more?
Poor Owen forgave Anna once already but could maybe this possible second affair could be the straw that broke the camels back causing Owen to leave Coronation Street.
But if it isn’t his cheating wife that causes Armstrong to leave could it be the dramatic teen pregnancy of his 12 year old daughter.
As revealed previously young Faye will find herself in a sticky situation as she falls pregnant at the very young as of 12, Owen is expected to find out and share in the dramatic story line but could that really be his ticket out of the show?
Handling with the pressure of having a very young pregnant teen Owen might find himself suggesting a one way ticket trip into town.
But the question really is could Owen really leave his family in their hour of need?
Return of the ex
With the news that Owen’s ex will be making a come back, played by actress Jacqueline Leonard, this could be his fresh start with the mother of daughters Izzy and Katy.
As the Windass household try and deal with the young Faye’s pregnacy bombshell Owen may see a way out, starting new life with his old flame leaving Anna to possible fall back in the arms of hers.
You’ve been framed
Corrie loves nothing more then to set up a character to a crime they didn’t commit as we recently saw with poor Peter Barlow but could Owen get caught up in the same mess?
Currently working a few odd jobs to help the family stay a float Owen could find himself in a bit of hot water when it comes to crafty Tony.
Covering up dodgy jobs in the past Tony has no problem bending the rules in his favour if it earns him a quick bit of cash but could it be Owen that gets left cleaning up the mess? even possibly finding himself sharing a cell with good old Jim McDonald.
Could enjoying a typical builders breakfast in Roy's cause this character to make a quick exit?
If there wasn’t enough stress in his life with the financial struggles the family are going through not to mention the teen pregnancy Owen's heart just cant take much more.
Could the dramatic ending be a sudden heart attack as the family continue to deal with the the nightmare they are going through.
All we know is that all of these story lines have previously happened to our loved character before they leave the cobble streets behind we suspect that what ever happens the street will be left shocked and heartbroken as another character says their farewell to Coronation street.