Huge Coronation Street preview: Massive exit, big returns and special week

Coronation Street is an unstoppable machine right now and the latest accolade is heading to their packed awards cabinet as the long running show has been recognised at the TV BAFTAs as the Best Soap/Continuing Drama.

The storyline which showed a hate attack on Nina Lucas (Mollie Gallagher) and her boyfriend Seb Franklin (Harry Visinoni) is arguably one of the most important and hard hitting issues tackled in the genre and viewers were impacted across the country by the sensitive but non diluted episodes. 

Accepting the award, the team dedicated the prize to Sophie Lancaster, on who Nina’s story was based, and her mum Sylvia, who recently passed away but has tirelessly campaigned and raised awareness in relation to hate crime since her daughter’s death.

The show has been on fire with fans and it isn’t just this particular story which has won acclaim from viewers and critics alike. 

The Platts will come to the forefront of the action as Audrey Roberts (Sue Nicholls) bristles at the way she is treated, while her relatives fear for her in terms of her age and also her drinking.

Miffed, Audrey is defensive and when her son Stephen Reid (Todd Boyce) arrives, there is another layer added – but is everything as it seems; does Stephen have ulterior motives? And how will the rest of the Platts react to his return? 

Speaking of returns, Spider Nugent (Mark Hancock) will show up back in his old stomping ground 25 years after fans first met him – but what brings him back? And how will Toyah react to having him back in her life?

Over with the chaotic triangle of Tyrone Dobbs (Alan Halsall), Fiz Stape (Jennie McAlpine) and Phill Whittaker (Jamie Kenna), there is more conflict than you can shake a stick at.

It’s clear to all that Tyrone’s torch for Fiz will never be extinguished and this will lead to a scrap with Phill. The last thing the need is for troubled Hope to become involved; that would just add some chaos to the mix wouldn’t it?

But does Fiz feel the same as Tyrone? And how will Phill react when ghosts from the past in the form of serial killer John Stape haunt Fiz?

Elsewhere, Sean Tully (Antony Cotton) has a new romantic interest in his life in the form of Frank Bardsley (Simon O’Brien) – but he is an unwelcome face from the past for George Shuttleworth (Tony Maudsley).

This is bound to come between Sean and Frank; will love be lost for Sean as soon as it is found? He is certainly going to be kept busy with the arrival of his son Dylan Wilson (Liam McCheyne).

In other news, Tim Metcalfe (Joe Duttine) continues to struggle with his feelings of inadequacy in relation to his impotence while Carla Connor (Alison King) faces a sinister dilemma from Mr Thorne (Dominic Mafham).

And do we sniff a special Corrie week ahead in which big twists and explosive scenes may hit our screens. Expect the unexpected; you will be glued to your seats and lives may be on the line…

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