Tracy is excited as she prepares for her wedding and at her hen do in the pub she tells the girls how Rob is her soul mate. Rob, meanwhile, spends his stag night with Carla where she quizzes him about the night of Tina's murder. Irritated by her obsessive questioning, Rob claims he and Tracy left their engagement party, returned home and had sex on the sofa. Nipping out, Carla corners Tracy in the Rovers and questions her also. But when Tracy tells her she and Rob went back to No.1 and headed straight upstairs, Carla realises their stories don't match. Returning home Carla tells a horrified Rob she now has the proof that Peter didn't kill Tina!
Kylie secretly phones the hospital and is relieved to hear that Gemma has been discharged. When David goes to read Max a story, she flushes her last wrap of speed down the sink, determined to be a better mother and wife.
Gary and Alya enjoy a romantic walk, clearly smitten with each other. Gary promises they'll take things slowly.
Michael is worried when he receives a letter from the hospital asking him to attend an appointment with the heart consultant. When Sinead finds Cilla doubled-up with pain, she begs her to tell the family about her illness.
Monday 27 October 2014
Carla reveals to Rob that she knows he's lying and reckons he's covering up for Tracy, the real murderer. As Carla reaches for her phone, intent on calling the police, Rob stops her. Rob explains that Tracy was actually driving a van load of stolen gear when Tina was murdered and they lied to the police knowing they'd both be sent down if they were caught. Rob tells Carla how much he loves Tracy and how he's looking forward to settling down and having kids. When Carla points out that Tracy's false alibi means he too is without an alibi, Rob loses his temper and storms out. Carla's taken aback by the ferocity of his outburst. Rob returns to the flat blaming it on wedding nerves. But Carla's not convinced and, pointing out how he seemed to know from the off that she was innocent, asks him if he killed Tina. Rob tries to deny it but Carla pushes and pushes until Rob can't take any more and finally confesses that he did murder Tina. Rob begs a shocked Carla to keep his guilty secret and not to involve the police, while, at No.1, an emotional Tracy tells Ken how much Rob means to her and how she wants their wedding to be perfect!
Wednesday 29 October 2014
His nerves in shreds, Rob irons his wedding shirt, wondering what Carla will do. Still conflicted, Carla tells Rob she needs to get ready for the wedding. Rob's relieved that she's chosen to keep quiet and as they set off, Rob thanks her for standing by him. Tracy's brimming with happiness as she, Amy and Ken leave for the wedding in a horse drawn carriage. Michelle ushers the guests into the venue, desperate for everything to be perfect after all her hard work. With the guests assembled, Rob waits nervously for Carla.
Unable to confide in Gail, it's left to Eileen to accompany a jittery Michael to his hospital appointment. Back at home, Gail plans a Japanese evening to cheer Michael up but when David and Kylie clock Eileen and Michael arriving home in a taxi, they wonder what's going on?
Cilla packs her bags and tells Fiz and Tyrone she knows she's outstayed her welcome. As Tyrone, Fiz, Chesney and Sinead see Cilla off on the bus, Sinead can see she's in a lot of pain.
Michelle confides in Liz that things are really bad between she and Steve.
Friday 31 October 2014
As Tracy and Amy pose for photos outside the wedding venue, Rob tries to read Carla. Will Carla stand by her brother and watch the wedding go ahead or is Rob and Tracy's perfect day about to be blown apart?
Michael and Gail enjoy their sushi. They're interrupted by David and Kylie who insist on joining them. When David accuses Michael of having an affair with Eileen, Michael is forced to tell Gail how Eileen accompanied him to his hospital appointment. Gail's furious that he chose to take Eileen rather than her. But when Michael reveals his results Gail is silenced.
Fiz and Chesney celebrate the fact Cilla's gone but Sinead can't bear it any longer and reveals that Cilla is in fact seriously ill. Fiz and Chesney are stunned.
Coronation Street fans already know that Rob Donovan murdered Tina McIntyre.
But will his fiancée Tracy Barlow find out before she exchanges her own 'till death do us part' vows with the killer?
Security was tight on Monday as the Corrie cast gathered to film one of the year's most tension-fraught weddings.
The scenes, shot at Capesthorne Hall in Cheshire, show the bridal party arriving in a horse drawn carriage
Tracy, played by Kate Ford, can be seen wearing her wedding gown as she rides to meet her murderous groom, alongside her daughter Amy and step-father Ken, played by Bill Roache.
However, there was no sign of her brother Peter Barlow, who is currently languishing in a jail cell, falsely accused of murdering Tina McIntyre.
Ken's presence, meanwhile, suggests that he manages to forgive Tracy for refusing to postpone the wedding after a alcohol binge left Peter fighting for his life in jail.
But does Ken realise that his son-in-law-to-be is actually the killer?
Rob battered Tina (Michelle Keegan) to death with a metal pipe back in May because she was threatening to reveal the scams he was running.
He then allowed Peter to take the fall after discovering he'd been having an affair with Tina behind his sister Carla Barlow's (Alison King) back.
But convinced of Peter's innocence, Ken is on a one-man mission to uncover the identity of the real murderer - although Rob still isn't on his radar.
‘Nobody suspects Rob, and Ken has no reason to think he was the killer, that is why Rob is able to get away with it for so long,' Bill Roache said. ‘What motive would he have? He has also played a very clever game sticking to his guns about Peter being the killer.’
On the edge of despair: Peter almost drank himself to death in jail after being falsely accused of murdering his mistress Tina McIntyre
Source: Daily Mail
Tracy Barlow (Kate Ford) is to be left "heartbroken" after discovering that partner Rob Donovan (Marc Baylis) is the killer of Tina McIntyre.
An increasingly desperate Rob has been trying to cover his tracks ever since he bludgeoned the Rovers barmaid back in May. But despite his nearest and dearest having so far failed to suspect him of the crime, it looks like Rob won't be able to keep his guilty secret from Tracy for much longer.
"Tracy has recently come to recognise how others see her - as a slightly deluded monster! But she's changed and she believes Rob has helped her to become a better person," producer Stuart Blackburn told Inside Soap. "For Tracy, this man's love matters more than anything else - so when his lies come spilling out, she will be absolutely heartbroken. But don't forget that it's in Tracy's DNA to put herself first at all costs."
Actor Marc Baylis revealed back in June that he was leaving Coronation Street, but promised plenty of surprises before he exits: "Once you are told that you are going to murder someone in a soap, you know that your time is limited. I do know when I am leaving, but there are so many twists and turns in the storyline that I don’t want to reveal that just yet," said the actor.
Source: Radio Times
Knowing the current storyline they are both involved in, and the fact that they are both leaving the show this year, we thought we could safely assume that when Chris Gascoyne and Marc Baylis made their Coronation Street exits, at least one of them would be permanent – But it seems we might have been wrong!
Fans of the hit ITV soap will know how Peter Barlow (Chris Gascoyne) is currently at deaths door having engaged in a lethal drinking binge whist serving time for the murder of Tina McIntyre.
Meanwhile the real killer, Rob Donovan (Marc Baylis) is still walking the cobbled streets of Weatherfield, so far his crime unexposed!
Like we said both actors are due to leave the show at the end of the year, which led us to the conclusion that we will see one life sentence in prison, and possibly one death offered as exits.
But now Corrie head honcho, Stuart Blackburn, has revealed that he would like to see both actors return – Does this mean two open doors and no cells or coffins?
Well it certainly looks that way as the executive producer is quoted by Inside Soap as saying of the departures:
“With both of them, I hope it is a case of ‘Goodbye… but we will see you again soon!'”
Blackburn went on to reveal that it is “incredibly hard” to let either actor, or character go, especially one “with the surname Barlow” whilst admitting that Rob has “grown and grown as a character in the last year.”
So how could the storyline conclude with both actors able to return in the future? I am afraid we will have to wait and see, as Blackburn wasn’t giving away any hints.
One thing he wasn’t so secretive about, however, is how Rob’s fiancée Tracy Barlow (Kate Ford) will react when she finds out that her future husband has been letting her brother serve time for a murder that he has committed, on which he commented:
“Tracy has recently come to recognise how others see her – as a slightly deluded monster! But she has changed, and she believes Rob has helped her to become a better person.
“For Tracy, this man’s love matters more than anything else – so when his lies come spilling out, she will be absolutely heartbroken. But, don’t forget that it is in Tracy’s DNA to put herself first at all costs.”
Source: Unreality TV
As we have previously reported, Coronation Street newcomer, Michael Rodwell, is set to be given some family in the show, marking his stay as more permanent.
Fans of the hit ITV soap will know how Michael (Les Dennis) is the would-be burglar who broke into Gayle McIntyre’s house causing her to become a temporary recluse.
After some victim / criminal therapy Michael and Gayle (Helen Worth) formed a firm friendship which, despite her son’s best attempts to scupper it, developed into a cute little romance.
Now Michael’s son, Gavin, is set to make his Weatherfield debut – And show exec producer, Stuart Blackburn, has been revealing a little of what we can expect from the father son reunion.
Blackburn who we reported earlier today is hoping for show returns from both departing actors Chris Gascoyne and Marc Bayliss, has revealed to Digital Spy that he believes Gavin, who is to be played by former Mr Selfridge and Hollyoaks actor Oliver Farnworth, will “fit in very well!”
The producer went on to say how the arrival will cause a bit of tension at first as Gavin, true to Michael’s “biggest fear”, is “damaged” and “hating” of his father for not being around, adding:
“At first, it seems that way, but Gavin is an incredibly forgiving guy. He is very funny too and a bit of a charmer!”
But Gavin is not the only new character getting some family – Tim Metcalfe (Joe Duttine) is to welcome his cousin, Howie.
Howie, who was described as a “cheeky chap” in his 40s who will have a visible disability back in May by casting directors on the hunt to find an actor to play him, will be a source of “more fun for the Webster family” according to Blackburn, who added:
“In the past, Tim’s relationship with Howie has been incredibly fragile. They never see eye to eye, and Howie loves winding up Tim.”
Blackburn went on to add that the process of casting an actor to play Howie was in “the final audition” stage and that we can expect to see him “on screen early next year!”
Source: Unreality TV (Except for the photo of Oliver Farnworth, as they had a picture of Sean Ward on their page, who is coming in to play Callum, Kylie's ex-boyfriend instead)
We knew it – As soon as we heard that there was someone from the Armstrong family’s past joining the cast of Coronation Street, we thought it would be Owen’s ex!
We also predicted that the absent mother of Izzy (Cherylee Houston) and Katy (Georgia May Foote) may set the scene for Katy’s exit next year, and it looks like we might have been right about that too!
As we have previously reported, Georgia May Foote, the actress who plays single teenage mum, Katy, recently revealed that, following news that her character is due to leave the show, she would be filming her final scenes early next year.
But before that happens it would seem that her long-lost mother is set to turn up on the cobbles of Weatherfield.
This news has been confirmed by show exec producer, Stuart Blackburn, who has been revealing all about the new addition to the Armstrong / Windass clan in a recent interview with Inside Soap!
And, according to the ITV soap’s head honcho, the arrival of the new character, whose name has yet to be revealed, will bring some secrets with them.
Discussing the backstory behind the ex-wife of Owen (Ian Puleston-Davies) Blackburn revealed to the publication how viewers will learn that Owen’s original explanation to his ex leaving in the first place, that she was ” too young and couldn’t cope with Izzy’s disability” is actually not as close to the truth as the builder has lead people to believe and that the new character will be harbouring deep and “genuine regrets” about the past with the “biggest one being leaving Owen!”
Blackburn also revealed that the arrival will be a “real challenge for Anna and the Armstrongs and it will give Katy some big choices to make” as well as adding that the casting process for this new role will begin within the next few weeks.
The magazine took the opportunity to quiz Blackburn over which “classic character” would be making a comeback next year, but he wasn’t giving much away!
As we have previously reported, Blackburn told Digital Spy last month how this popular character would be coming back early in the New Year, which led many to the conclusion that this character would in fact be Janice Battersby, played by Vicky Entwistle, a claim that the show has since denied.
But who it will actually end up being is still anyone’s guess, but Blackburn did confirm that there may well be more than one returning character, but all he would say definitively on the matter was:
“Let me just say that we have a couple of returning favourites on the cards. (We now know who it is, see further down the page!)
“The great thing about the show is that it has a 54-year history and so many departed characters still have strong connections to the families on screen.”
The producer also teased the possibility of a new romance for hopeless romantic, and slightly eccentric Mary Taylor, who fans will see left a little heartbroken over Dev Alahan’s upcoming romance with Julie, on which Blackburn said that it doesn’t quite happen how we may imagine, as Mary doesn’t love Dev in that way – it’s more about Dev and the kids making her feel as though she is wanted. For Mary, it’s vital that she feels needed by someone, and as though she is important.
Source: Unreality TV
"Steve is generally perceived as the joker of the show. But I wanted to get to the heart of Steve and find out what's behind the character," says show boss Stuart Blackburn
Steve McDonald is to be hit by depression in what show boss Stuart Blackburn has described as "a huge storyline" for the Coronation Street stalwart.
The upcoming plot will follow a medical scare for Steve (Simon Gregson) which will see him fretting that he has skin cancer after doing internet research following the discovery of a mole on his arm.
Now, producer Stuart Blackburn has revealed that Steve's anxiety is part of a larger plotline that will see him face problems with his mental health.
In an interview with Inside Soap, Blackburn said: "There's a huge storyline coming up that will show Steve battling depression. That's going to be very interested and unexpected because Steve is generally perceived as the joker of the show. But I wanted to get to the heart of Steve and find out what's behind the character.
"Depression in men is a subject that isn't often talked about and there's still the attitude that it can be tackled with a quick 'Cheer up, mate! Have a pint!'"
Depression is the most common form of mental illness, with it affecting one in 12 of the world’s population, and one in four people will experience a mental health problem at some point in their lives.
Source: Radio Times
Coronation Street’s Paula Lane has been filming her final scenes as Kylie Platt before she goes on maternity leave.
The actress is six months pregnant and will be leaving the show at Christmas.
Kylie has taken some of Max’s ADHD to help her with the stress of juggling work and the kids.
Lane told TV Times: “Kylie has been an addict, so the medication feeds her demons.
“There is going to be a big shift. She has had some really bad times on the Street and this is the darkest place she has ever found herself in."
Paula explained that she was hiding her pregnancy bump with patterns and big handbags.
Discussing the heavy schedule: “I'm lucky as they have been great here. I am tired and they said ‘You must let us know if it is too much’ and I am like ‘No, you are not taking this off me!’
“To be pregnant and doing something like this gives me a kick. I feel like I have gone on this journey with my little pal."
She added: “I did feel a bit sick in the first trimester, but pregnancy is odd.
“When people know and can be sympathetic, your symptoms start, but when people don’t know, something kicks in.
“Nobody guessed I was expecting and I've been able to share my experience with Jennie McAlpine who is four weeks ahead of me and Cath Tyldesley who is following."
Asked if she was worried about revealing her pregnancy, Paula said: “I was really terrified of telling Stuart Blackburn that I was pregnant.
“I couldn't bring myself to say it at first and I think he thought I wanted to leave.
“He said: 'It’s great, we'll sort it out' and this light bulb went ding! It is going to be a traumatic exit for Kylie. It has to be."
Lane is hoping to return to the show in March as she doesn’t want too much time off.
She said: “I have a very good support network so I will be making arrangements that will allow me to come back and get my feet back on the Street.
“This is my third big Christmas episode and as long as I am not in hospital hanging onto the wall, I'll be watching it."
Coronation Street star Tisha Merry has said that the viewers will soon see her character Steph Britton in a new light.
Viewers were originally introduced to Steph as Katy Armstrong's friend, but she was later promoted to regular character status. She was joined in Weatherfield by her brother Luke (Dean Fagan) earlier this year.
Speaking to Inside Soap, Merry said: "Steph has involved herself a lot in other people's business so it would be nice to see more of her family life. I would love for her mom and dad to come in, and for them to have some kind of dark past.
"But from what I have been told, the audience will soon see Steph in a new different light."
Dean Fagan as Luke Britton in Coronation Street
Fagan has also backed plans for his character Luke to be Maria Connor's latest love interest, adding that the pair would work well together
He said: "There is going to be something happening on screen soon with Luke and Maria.
"I know Maria has been through a lot recently, and I like that Luke is the kind of guy who would treat her right.
"He is a good lad. I am not sure exactly how it is going to pan out yet, but I think Luke and Maria would actually work really well together."
Source: Digital Spy
The 23-year-old actress, who plays man-eater Katy Armstrong, will fly to the US to make pilot TV shows after a blockbusting exit from the Street
Corrie sexpot Georgia May Foote is to leave Weatherfield for the bright lights of Hollywood, reports the Sunday People.
The 23-year-old actress, who plays man-eater Katy Armstrong, will fly to the US to make pilot TV shows after a blockbusting exit from the Street.
Her management team believe gorgeous Georgia’s smouldering looks will be a hit with executives in Los Angeles.
She is unknown across the Atlantic but reckons that could work to her advantage – just like it did for another sultry English brunette 20 years ago: Catherine Zeta-Jones.
Darling Buds of May star Catherine, 44, quit Britain in the 90s and landed a part in the US series The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, which was her springboard to Hollywood stardom.
Last night a source said: “Georgia has got the English good looks that American producers love and the fact that she is young and unknown is an advantage.
“She will probably be offered roles in one or two pilots and then the game is to try and pick the one that will be a winner and made into a series.
“If she gets it right she could be on the road to international fame and fortune.
“If she gets it wrong, well, there is always panto!”
Georgia, from Bury, Lancs, will be written out of the Street at the end of the year with the promise of a dramatic exit.
But producer Stuart Blackburn has confirmed she WON’T be killed off, leaving the door open for a return.
Georgia, who joined the show four years ago, plays single teen mum Katy.
Fans have seen her cheat on long-term fella Chesney Brown (Sam Aston, 21) with Ryan Connor (Sol Heras, 27).
Corrie boss Blackburn said: “Katy will not be killed off. We wish Georgia every success with her future career. ”
Her agent Dawn Green said: “She is an aspiring actress. Like all actresses they want to go to Hollywood.
"But realistically she can’t until she is available and that will be January or February.
“It’s all very exciting. The world is her oyster.”
Source: Daily Mirror
Coronation Street producer Stuart Blackburn has promised that viewers will witness "a real tragedy that's going to affect a dozen or so of our characters” in the New Year.
“It is going to be spectacular and a little bit heartbreaking,” says Stuart.
“Last year, we had David and the car crash and of course that was a stunt, but it genuinely felt like it had come from story,.
“It wasn't us suddenly deciding that we needed to do something spectacular to get the viewers. It’s the same with what we’re planning because it’ll come from a relatively long-running story,” OK! magazine reports, quoting Stuart.
And that’s not all…
Stuart is also planning to bring back another of the soap's most popular characters early next year. As part of the tragedy?
The Mirror reports that Stuart has revealed Weatherfield will be rocked by a blast from the past when a classic character returns next year, but is remaining tight-lipped on who the person in question is.
Stuart has already brought back Liz McDonald (Beverley Callard), Jim McDonald (Charles Lawson), Todd Grimshaw (Bruno Langley) - and, any minute now, Cilla Battersby (Wendi Peters).
“I love Jim’s story [prison top dog, giving booze to alcoholic Peter Barlow] and Charlie Lawson has played an absolute blinder on that one.
“Even prior to all of that happening, we did start making plans for the return of another popular character, so there is another one on the way. I won't say who yet as it's still to be signed, sealed and delivered, but we do have plans and the character will be back on screen early next year.”
Names in the frame include Kevin Kennedy as Curly Watts, Julie Goodyear as Bet Gilroy, Nick Cochrane as Andy McDonald and Bruce Jones as Les Battersby.
But we so want it to be Katherine Kelly as Becky McDonald. Her little sister, Kylie (Paula Lane), really needs her right now.
We know Kylie’s ex - Max’s birth father - Callum is going to appear soon… And we have a feeling that’s going to mean that Kylie, Max, Lily and David will need help from someone tough enough to deal with the ex-jailbird - and that would be Becky.
Source: What's On TV
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 boss Stuart Blackburn shares story gossip :
Are you aware that Tim has become popular with the fans? Is there more coming up for him?
"Definitely - Tim's relationship with Sally is a breath of fresh air and Joe Duttine is just brilliant. Obviously Tim will be right at the heart of the Faye storyline, but beyond that we've also got more fun and frolics for him and Sally.
"There's also quite a demanding surprise on the way for Tim. We'll learn something new about him which takes him out of the comedy for a little bit."
Will you continue to play with the possibility of a Webster reunion when Kevin returns?
"No, I don't think we will. Kevin will always regret what he did in the past and there'll always be a 'What if?' when it comes to Sally. His love for Sally won't go away, but I think it's time for him to move on and he will do that.
"Kevin has figured out now that Tim and Sally are for real. If there is going to be any type of affair, it's more likely to be Tim and Kevin heading off for a pint behind Sally's back!"
Is Max's ADHD story building up towards Kylie's temporary exit?
"Yes it is. It is a short-term exit and Kylie will be back, but the decisions she makes over the next few months are all going to be the wrong ones! As we head towards Christmas, it's really going to come to a head.
"The arrival of Max's dad Callum will also be a real blast from the past for Kylie. He's been mentioned on screen a lot and it's time for that past to come and visit us!"
Are you pleased with the reaction to Gail and Michael's story?
"I'm absolutely delighted. I don't think Les will mind me saying that when his name was first put into the hat for the role by our head of casting, I was nervous. I wondered whether it would look like stunt casting and whether it'd just be Les Dennis we were seeing rather than a character, but now it feels like he's been in Corrie forever. His arrival has really enlivened and enriched the Platt household and Gail."
Antony Cotton recently sparked some speculation by promising a big story for Sean. Can you give us any further hints?
"That will kick off later in the year around Christmas time, and it is going to be a love story. It's a really serious love story, as Sean is absolutely going to fall for this person. The only problem is who he falls in love with and what that means for the relationship - can it ever prosper?"
Fans were surprised at the news that Georgia May Foote's character Katy will be leaving the show. Why was that choice made and what can we expect from her exit?
"What we're going to start playing with Katy is a story that's hopefully quite truthful. She's in a family that's gone bankrupt and lost everything, so it's a story about her and the ambitions she has for her future and Joseph's. There's a recognition that she's been ambling around the fringes of life.
"We're going to give Katy some real ambition and tell a story of how difficult it is for a single mother to have that ambition and try to forge a career. She's not being insulting, but she doesn't want to be in the position that Anna and Owen are in. Katy realises that just doing a bit of part time work isn't really securing Joseph's future, but if she does go ahead on this ambition and has to rely on Sinead and Chesney to take on more of the childcare, what does that mean for her relationship with her son?
"On top of that, what starts this story is the return of a character from Katy, Owen and Izzy's past - although it's a new face for us rather than a past Coronation Street character.
"Georgia's exit from the show was storyline-led, as the writers came up with this story a while ago and we're just starting to play it out now. I really respect Georgia and can categorically say that she won't be killed off. Who knows what could happen in the future?"
What can you tell us about Cilla's return? We're keen to see her have some scenes with Beth!
"Cilla is Cilla - what I don't want to do is change her DNA. At times she'll be as feckless and as gobby as she always was, but things have very much changed for her. She's in a place now where she really needs the support of her family, but she also knows that she's been a complete disaster as a mother.
"Cilla is scared of asking for the help she needs, because she's got enough self-awareness to know how much she's cocked up as a mum - especially with Chesney. There will be fun because it's Cilla, but it's a story with a bit of heart to it. And yes, there will be scenes with Beth!"
Todd has returned to the street with a very different outlook on life. Will you delve into the reasons for that?
"At some point yes, but we're not there yet. Todd's feud with Jason will rumble on into the New Year, but it's perhaps then that we'll learn how rubbish life in London was for Todd, what really happened down there and what embittered him so much. We're not yet there but we're beginning the journey to us hopefully understanding a bit more."
Dennis Tanner was a character with a lot of history on the street, so why was the decision made to write him out?
"Again it was storyline-led. We don't sit there with a red pen, it's just that sometimes writers come up with stories that we want to run with. In this case, we wanted to see the Dennis Tanner of old again. He was always a bit of a liar, a bit of a rogue and a bit of a cheat, so we wanted to see the naughty Dennis.
"Just because you're in your 60s or 70s doesn't mean you have to be sedate or dull. I think we got into a position where we'd lost a little bit of Dennis Tanner, and once we began to bring the rogue back, it had to have consequences. It didn't feel right to tell a story where he was so badly behaved and then everything carried on as normal.
"What I will say is that Dennis's name is chiselled into the windowsill of one of the houses on the street, so he is absolutely part and parcel of Coronation Street's history and we're lucky to have him. The minute someone suggests Dennis returning and a great story which would come from it, who knows what could happen?"
We've seen in the past couple of years that Corrie can keep certain things under wraps, such as trial verdicts and the full details of Tina's murder. Would you like to give the viewers more surprises?
"Absolutely. We try to give as much away to make people excited about the stories, but then I always think about my mother as she hates it if she knows what happens! If she'd known what happened to Tina she would have been really upset!
"We're grateful to the press when they do help us to keep things under wraps, and I hope that we can carry on doing it. There's no point in storytelling if everybody knows exactly what's going to happen."
Last year's car stunt had a big impact on Nick. What's next for him?
"Once we made the decision that Nick would suffer brain damage, to 'fix' him possibly even in a decade would be such an insult to people who have gone through that. The reality for most people who have suffered brain damage is that it affects them for the rest of their lives. For as long as I'm here, that will continue to be a part of Nick's life but it won't necessarily be negative.
"Nick won't bang on about it and carry on stamping his feet - in fact he's going to find some new lust which takes him out of that for a while! He will be forgetful at times and perhaps be rubbish with numbers, but he'll learn to live with it with grace, dignity and good humour."
We've seen more of Maddie's softer side recently - has that been a conscious decision?
"It has been, but it's a difficult one because I don't want to lose what made her Maddie! She's still capable of being incredibly rash and impulsive. If she were ever in a position where she was defending Sophie, she would definitely go completely over the top.
"However, Maddie is also not a stupid girl and she's got a lot to be grateful for. Now she's got something that she never thought she'd have - a home, a family, and someone who loves her. Of course there will be stories in the future where she messes up, but she never was an evil person. She was just overly gobby and she prefers to attack first because of that defensiveness within her character."
Will Steve's depression be explored more?
"That's going to be a massive story. It's going to run through the autumn and build up from there. On Christmas Day and beyond, we'll see a real challenge to Steve and Michelle's relationship. I absolutely know that Simon Gregson and Kym Marsh are very good actors.
"I hope that the great comedy that Steve brings will absolutely be on screen for the next decade and onwards, but I also wanted to explore a story where Steve looked in the mirror on his 40th birthday and started to wonder whether he was really good enough for Michelle. He also blamed himself for Lloyd's heart attack and he feels guilty for his role in what happened to Tina.
"Steve is taking a long, hard look at himself and he's not liking what he sees. It's going to run from there, and there will still be comedy in the lead-up as Steve tries to hide away from the demons in his head. Fundamentally what I wanted to do is tell what will hopefully be a really positive, uplifting love story between Michelle and Steve."
Source: Digital Spy
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
Coronation Street mechanic Luke Britton becomes a knight in shining armor for Maria Connor in an upcoming episode.
Dean Fagan and Samia Ghadie, who play Luke and Maria, were spotted filming scenes together on location this week ahead of an upcoming romance storyline for their characters.
It's thought that Maria and Luke land themselves in bother after the owner of a car they were viewing falls ill and goes to hospital along with the car keys.
With the pair stranded on a country lane, Luke shows his chivalrous side by picking up Maria and carrying her off on his back.
Show bosses have confirmed that Luke and Maria will soon start dating, but it remains to be seen whether it's this incident which brings them together.
Will this be the start of something?
Luke has already made his mark on the cobbles following a brief flirtation with Carla Barlow and a short-lived fling with Katy Armstrong, so could he now spark some happier times for unlucky-in-love Maria?
Coronation Street airs these scenes later in the year.
Source: Digital Spy
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
It would seem that Todd Grimshaw is about to get his comeuppance in Coronation Street as a dramatic new storyline unravels.
Fans of the hit ITV soap will know since Todd (Bruno Langley) returned to the bosom of his family he has been nothing but trouble, manipulating and scheming his way through every situation, causing his poor mum Eileen (Sue Cleaver) nothing but shame and heartbreak along the way.
From leading poor Sean (Anthony Cotton) on to get free nights out, to breaking up a family, not to mention causing the roof to fall in on another, Todd is now arguably one of the least liked people on the Street.
Still, even with all that in mind, we can’t see that Todd really deserves what is coming his way next….
Corrie head honcho, Stuart Blackburn, held a press event in Manchester yesterday where he disclosed some gossip ahead of the autumn and winter months, one of which being a “savage” attack on Todd which will leave him “scarred for life”.
Digital Spy quotes the executive producer as saying of the upcoming storyline:
“At the centre of the Grimshaw family we have Todd and he has been vile to his family. He has pushed them too far and he knows it.
“He is genuinely trying to atone for those sins, but when gets savagely beaten – a beating that will leave him scarred for life – it is not his assailant he is going to blame, but his family. Eileen, Sean, and Jason especially. The whole lot of them.”
But that is not the only drama in store for the Grimshaw’s as Blackburn went on to tease a new illicit affair on the horizon between Tony (Terence Maynard) and Tracy Barlow (Kate Ford), who turns to the builder in her darkest hour – But if you think that makes Tracy vulnerable, think again, as Blackburn warned:
“Tony is going to get himself into a host of trouble. He is arrogant enough to think that he can take on Tracy Barlow – how wrong can he be?”
Source: Unreality TV
Coronation Street's producer Stuart Blackburn has promised that Roy Cropper will be back on "an upward path" next year.
The show's boss admitted that there is still a while to go before the popular character finds happiness again following the tragic death of his wife Hayley.
Roy (David Neilson) has suffered some upsetting setbacks this month as he struggled to cope on a return trip to Blackpool, having previously visited the seaside resort with Hayley a year ago. He was also further traumatised by a break-in at the café once he returned home.
Asked whether things will improve for Roy, Blackburn told STV: "They will. The good news is that in 2015 we're going to see Roy back on an upward path, but there's a way to go yet because if you think about it, every week that goes by is another anniversary - the anniversary of the trip to Blackpool that we all remember, the anniversary of Hayley telling him that she wanted to take her own life, the anniversary of the last Christmas.
"Roy being Roy has just bottled it up and bottled it up. Added to that is him feeling victimised and bullied by what are essentially just children. It's all going to explode around Christmas time."
Blackburn also promised happy times ahead for Beth Tinker (Lisa George) and Kirk Sutherland (Andrew Whyment), confirming that they will make it down the aisle with a successful wedding.
He said: "It's going to be the most bonkers wedding ever, though, absolutely bonkers! I can't wait to see it. We've only just started shooting so I haven't seen it yet. It's going to be a really good Tinkers wedding."
Sean Tully also has something to smile about when he finds love with a vicar called Billy, played by Daniel Brocklebank. However, there will be challenges when Sean starts to feel second best compared to Billy's job and his parishioners.
Blackburn said: "It's going to be tricky because there's three people in this relationship - Billy, Sean and God! But for once we might see Sean have a bit of happiness."
Source: Digital Spy
Coronation Street favourite Tina O'Brien returning to the cobbles as Sarah-Louise Platt
The 31-year-old actress is 'delighted' to reprise her role as Gail McIntyre's daughter in the spring of 2015
Tina O’Brien has revealed she is returning to Coronation Street - eight years after quitting the ITV soap.
The actress, who plays Sarah-Louise Platt, will start filming in the New Year along with her screen daughter Bethany, who is now 13 – the same age as Sarah-Lou was when she fell pregnant.
Tina - now 31 and a mum-of-two after giving birth just two weeks ago - joined the show as a teenager and the gymslip mum storyline sparked huge headlines in 2000.
The last time viewers saw Sarah-Lou was in 2007, when she left for Milan with Bethany after scuppering her brother David’s chance of landing a job by planting drugs on him.
Her return plot is being kept under wraps but insiders revealed Bethany was now every bit as much of a handful as Sarah Lou was at her age.
While mum Gail McIntyre, played by Helen Worth, will be thrilled to have her daughter and granddaughter back in the fold, Sarah-Lou is likely to clash with David’s girlfriend Kylie, who is currently trying to keep her genuine drug habit under wraps.
But announcing her comeback today, ITV said Bethany was now something of a “wild child” while Sarah-Louise would “cause more problems” for her long-suffering mother.
It will also bring strife for the Grimshaws because of her history with both Jason and Todd.
The decision to bring back the character has come from producer Stuart Blackburn, who last week said the soap was “on fire” thanks to the ongoing plot over who killed Tina McIntyre.
But O’Brien’s return might mean some awkward moments for her ex-partner Ryan Thomas, who plays her on-screen ex-husband Jason Grimshaw. In real life the couple had a daughter, Scarlett, in 2008 but split the following year after six years together.
Tina – a regular in FHM’s most sexy lists - gave birth to a son earlier this month, her first child with partner Adam Crofts, a fitness trainer.
When she quit the cobbles in 2007, Tina said “the time has come to see what else is out there for me as an actress”.
Her next role was in Waterloo Road as Bex Fisher, she later had parts in The Accused and Doctors before appearing in the 2010 series of Strictly Come Dancing – lasting until week five.
In 2011 she insisted that leaving Corrie had been the right decision, but earlier this year she admitted she would “jump at the chance” to reprise the role.
Today Tina said: “I am delighted to be returning. Sarah has a lot of history and unfinished business on the street and I’m looking forward to finding out what she’s been up to and why she’s returned home.”
A Corrie source said that in the storyline she would be forced to return to Weatherfield in order to escape from a problem in Milan.
Coronation Street stalwart Steve McDonald will battle depression in secret until a tragedy forces him to take action.
Speaking at a press event for upcoming Corrie storylines, show boss Stuart Blackburn said: ‘A story close to my heart is Steve battling secret depression.
‘He’s scared and confused and he thinks that stuff like this doesn’t happen to people like him. He’s absolutely terrified of admitting it.’
Further explaining the storyline, he continued: ‘It will come to a head in January when a tragedy will strike that will force him to face those demons.
‘This is simply a love story between Steve and Michelle.’
There’s plenty more in story on the cobbles for the nation’s much-loved families, including Kylie Platt’s drug addiciton,
“This marks the start of a cracking three or four months’ worth of stories,” he said.
Corrie boss Stuart also revealed wild child Jenny Bradley would be returning to Weatherfield next year and Sean Tully would have a new love interest in a vicar called Billy.
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.