These are the first look pictures at dramatic scenes ahead in Coronation Street which see Kate Connor and Imran Habeeb race to the rescue of Rana Nazir after she is reportedly kidnapped by her own parents in order to keep her apart from her lover Kate.
Kate and Rana have fallen for one another and it has destroyed the marriage or Rana and Zeedan. However, terrified of being left shamed by their daughter’s sexuality, her parents have struck a deal with Zeedan to pay him in return for keeping up the pretence of a marriage.
But given the strength of Rana’s feelings for Kate, this is not a long term solution and soon, she and Kate will fall into one another’s arms once again. Realising that they need to take drastic measures, the Habeebs plot to take Rana away from Weatherfield for good against her will.
The storyline was first revealed by Metro.co.uk, with our Corrie mole teasing: ‘The course of true love never did run smooth and Rana’s parents would do anything to keep her away from Kate – even if that means taking her away from Weatherfield for good.
‘Just as things start to come together for Rana, there could be more hurdles on the way – as there always is with the best soap couples. Can Rana and Kate overcome this? And will Rana’s parents manage to whisk her away from the Street and out of Kate’s life for good? Fans should brace themselves for more troubled times ahead.’
And as these location filming pictures show, the trouble is just around the corner. But discovering the plans of the dastardly parents, Kate and Imran are on the scene and can be seen urgently packing Rana into a cab.
Can they stop her from being whisked away from Weatherfield to Pakistan, where the Habeebs have booked a one way ticket to? And will the cruel relatives listen to reason or face consequences for their actions?
Filming the big scenes were Bhavna Limbachia (Rana), Faye Brookes (Kate), Qasim Akhtar (Zeedan), Shelley King (Yasmeen) and Charlie de Melo (Imran) and while the acting was highly charged, the close knit gang were all smiles in between takes.
And the pictures should give Kana fans hope that Kate will do anything to fight for the woman she loves – and she isn’t prepared to lose her after they have come so far.
As ever in soap, couples have to face their obstacles – but this seems set to be angst that will help to seal their love rather than drive it apart. That’s if Kate and Imran are indeed successful in getting Rana home – and can get the Habeebs out of their hair for good.
Fans can expect to see the episodes air in early spring.