Christmas on the cobbles is quick approaching – and the neighborhood of Coronation Street may very well be set for probably the most dramatic festive seasons the cleaning soap has ever seen.
Emotional farewells, sudden developments and twists will maintain Corrie followers entertained this Yuletide. Some storylines are confirmed however there’s additionally loads of rumours flying round – let RadioTimes.com stroll you thru a Weatherfield winter wonderland with our Crimbo preview…
Killer exits for Michelle and Robert
Michelle Connor and Robert Preston put together to marry on Wednesday 4th December, setting the scene for each characters to make massive departures by the top of 2019. ‘Chelle is taking part in an extended recreation of revenge on her philandering fiance for getting Vicky Jefferies pregnant and promising to additionally marry her, however can she perform her plot to tie the knot and fleece him financially?
Kym Marsh has stated the door can be open for her alter ego whereas she takes a break, however hearsay has it there’ll be no coming again for co-star Tristan Gemmill as tabloid studies declare Robert is shot and killed in a dramatic Christmas Day siege (extra beneath). That is unconfirmed by Corrie, however there are extra potential passings throughout December…
Vicky homicide thriller
Robert’s deception comes again to hang-out him when Vicky’s son, tearaway teen Tyler Jefferies, storms the church through the wedding ceremony accusing him of homicide! Vicky suspiciously disappears after an earlier showdown with Robert during which he warns to keep away from the ceremony so he can have his excellent day with Ms Connor. Police query the dishonest chef and quickly he’s prime suspect in a possible homicide investigation – has he performed away with Vicky? May these capturing rumours be false and Robert will get completely banged as much as silence his bit on the aspect?
Gary’s lethal showdown
He’s lied, cheated, tinkered with scaffolding and killed in chilly blood, and life is ready to take extra twists for unhealthy boy Gary this festive season. Previous enemy Derek Milligan is on a mission to get revenge on mortgage shark Gaz, who he blames for ruining his life – discovering a loaded vintage rifle within the furnishings store he goes on a drunken rampage resulting in an almighty showdown that leaves a minimum of one native lifeless. Is it Robert? Shona? Maria? Adam?
“We wish to subvert expectations from the traditional ‘fluffy’ Corrie Christmas,” says producer Iain MacLeod. “This can be a lifelike and truthful payoff to Gary’s story about mortgage sharking, the pressures of poverty and the psychological collapse that may trigger. Killing somebody on Christmas Day is commonplace on the opposite soaps however much less so on Corrie, however we wish to inform essentially the most thrilling storyline and it justifies the end result.”
Funfair on the cobbles
Wannabe entrepreneur Michael Bailey’s newest scheme is to stage a Christmas fairground on the road. Nonetheless, his dream of a winter extravaganza full with rides, stalls and enjoyable for all of the household doesn’t fairly pan out when the locals expertise the disappointing actuality of his enterprise enterprise – and that’s earlier than the siege breaks out and there’s a skirmish on the helter skelter…
Underworld is again in enterprise
The Underworld manufacturing facility was destroyed in March’s dramatic roof collapse attributable to Gary Windass that resulted within the tragic loss of life of Rana Habeeb, and turned the redheaded rogue right into a murdering villain. The workforce pulled collectively and obtained the enterprise again on its toes, solely to reel when the be taught who their new landlord is…
Can squabbling sibling bosses Nick Tilsley and Sarah Platt put their variations apart for the grand relaunch? And the way will the workers address operating the knicker-stitching empire themselves having made it co-operative during which they’re all shareholders?
David’s massive shock
He’s been in jail, confronted his rapist, nearly misplaced the love of his life and fallen out together with his household, so David Platt is greater than prepared to attract a line underneath 2019. Earlier than that, although, it’s time to have fun his Christmas Day birthday (he’ll be 29, reality followers) for which his nearest and dearest have deliberate a suitably festive shock on the aforementioned fairground.
New spouse Shona has one thing massive up her sleeve, solely to search out herself caught up in Derek’s gun-toting rampage, and with actress Julia Goulding quickly to depart to accommodate her real-life maternity depart the character must be written out for a substantial time frame… “The occasions of Christmas Day precipitate a extremely severe story for the Platts,” divulges MacLeod. “They’re undoubtedly the central household at Christmas. David and Shona’s relationship can be sorely examined for the entire of subsequent 12 months…”
Additionally caught up in Gary’s misdemeanours is present girlfriend Maria Connor, whom that pesky hearsay mill would have us imagine will uncover she’s pregnant by the mortgage shark.
Unfortunate-in-love Maria is unquestionably set to be in festive focus this Christmas and New Yr, with actress Samia Longhambon not too long ago teasing being a part of the siege scenes: “We filmed it at night time for these episodes which made it really feel completely different. It should look wonderful and me and Mikey North (Gary) actually have one thing to get our enamel into for our scenes collectively. There’s a lot nice stuff developing.” Is Maria up the duff and at risk?
Street stalwart is dwelling alone for the festive season, however a freak accident at dwelling leaves her in grave hazard – might this be her final Christmas on the cobbles? “No!” confirms MacLeod. “I gained’t count on you to tune in on Christmas Day and watch Rita’s demise – that’s one thing that I’d by no means do!
“Rita’s storyline just isn’t actually about her being in bodily peril, however it’ll have far-reaching penalties by way of the notion of her position on the planet, and on the road. That can play off into the brand new 12 months culminating round February. It’s heartbreaking, delicate and poignant, and Barbara Knox nails it with the gusto you’d count on.”
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