But his next victim could not be any more well-known — one of Coronation Street’s biggest characters Michelle Connor.
Michelle, played by Kym Marsh, will be shot on her wedding day in scenes so graphic they are to be aired after the 9pm watershed.
She will be caught in the cross-fire as dodgy builder Phelan returns — having been presumed dead after being pushed off a cliff by wife Eileen.
Evil Phelan (Connor McIntyre), will crash Michelle and Robert’s big day at the Bistro and wreak havoc.
My Cobbles source said: “The scenes were shot last week and are more like a horror film than a soap.
“Phelan will come back to Weatherfield and crash Michelle and Robert’s wedding day. In all the carnage, she will end up being shot with Robert trying desperately to save her life before she bleeds out.
“Inevitably, the other guests will be involved in the madness too in the aftermath of him shooting her.
“The scenes are so gruesome ITV bosses have decided to play them after 9pm so they don’t fall foul of any rules.”
And as I’m relaunching Britain’s best TV column today, I thought I’d bring you a second Corrie exclusive.
I am told soap bosses plan to bring back Nick Tilsley. The character, introduced in 1981, will return this summer with Ben Price reprising the role.
It’s the first time Nick will have been seen on screen since he said goodbye to mum Gail Platt last June and drove off into the sunset. In a heart-to-heart just a few days after his near-death beach quicksand experience, he told his mum he needed “a reboot”.
My Corrie source added: “Exactly how Nick will be brought back into the fray is still to be decided.
“But the Platts, and in particular Nick, are a massive part of the Corrie family and always at the heart of some of the show’s biggest storylines.
“Producers are currently coming up with a bombshell way for him to come back to Weatherfield.”
Given Nick has been married three times — twice to the same woman — I’d put money on it involving a new love interest.
Not lou-sing sleep on Vic
Louis Walsh has forced Simon Cowell into having him back on The X Factor next year – and now he’s trying to decide who gets to sit next to him.
The outspoken Irishman wants Mel B or Rita Ora to replace outgoing Nicole Scherzinger. But one person he doesn’t want is Victoria Beckham.
Talking on Irish TV’s The Ray D’Arcy Show, he said: “I don’t know who will fill Nicole’s shoes. Mel B maybe or Rita Ora? I like Beyonce’s sister Solange.
“It could be anybody from Little Mix. It could be anybody from the Spice Girls – except Posh. She does not talk. I want somebody who is fun.”
And to be fair to Louis, he is that if nothing else.
- WHAT? Fergie Vs Wenger: The Feud, Channel 5, 10pm.
- WHY? Arsene Wenger might have taken Arsenal backwards in recent years, but the Premier League will be two greats shorter without him and his rival Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United. Here’s a chance to relive their famous battles in this docu.
A NEW version of Love Island that gives older folk the chance to find love has made its first signing – legendary ex-weather presenter Sian Lloyd.
ITV series My Shirley Valentine Summer – produced by the makers of hit reality show Love Island – will see Sian and seven other women aged 40-plus jet off to a Greek island in a bid to land a new man.
A source said: “Sian has been pretty unlucky in love over the past few years. It’s been three years since her divorce and she believes it’s time to settle down again.
“She thinks the show will be the ideal way to move on with the support of like-minded women.”
Sian was “traumatised” after racing entrepreneur Jonathan Ashman left her in 2015 following eight years of marriage.
She was also devastated when her MP fiancé Lembit Opik left her in 2006.
But now Sian has her eye on younger men, as she recently revealed: “Inappropriately young people ask me out. It’s great and it’s flattering.”
She would have been better suited for the standard version of Love Island.
Gary Lineker has spent nearly two decades on the box. And now the crisp-loving pundit’s eldest son could soon be following him on to the TV.
I can reveal that George is in talks to appear in E4’s Made In Chelsea after becoming close pals with cast member and I’m A Celebrity winner Georgia Toffolo.
A show insider said: “George is never far from Chelsea – and is constantly out partying with the show’s cast members.
“He’s really close with Alex Mytton, and him and Sam Prince are always joined at the hip.
“He’s also got a real penchant for the reality TV ladies, as he’s been getting pretty cosy with Toff recently, and once dated Big Brother winner Sophie Reade.
“Just like his dad, George is very straight-talking too and doesn’t mind getting involved in a debate so producers thought he would be a great signing in that aspect. They think it would be an explosive series if he were to get on board.”
George has been linked to a host of Made In Chelsea beauties in the past, including Jess Woodley and Jamie Laing's ex Tara Keeney. He’s also regularly seen with Kate Moss’s half-sister Lottie, who lives with cast member Frankie Gaff.
I’m sure they’re all hanging out with him for his sparkling personality and not the fact his dad does Match Of The Day.
Mad about Christina
IT’S fair to say Christina Hendricks came out of her shell at the Tribeca Film Festival debut of her new movie Egg.
The voluptuous former Mad Men star wore this eye-popping top at the SVA Theatre screening in New York on Saturday.
Christina, who plays housewife Karen in the comedy directed by Marianna Palka, joined co-star Alysia Reiner, who plays adventurous Tina, on the red carpet.
The festival says Egg tackles the “personal, social, professional, and ideological implications of bringing a new life into the world.”
Sounds, er, cracking.
DAVID TENNANT has a 2ft tall sparkly pink penis in his house. He said it was a “trophy” wife GEORGIA MOFFETT nabbed from a TV production she was in. I’ve always thought he was a bit of a c**k, so it’ll be in good company.
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