If you thought that Coronation Street was exciting now then just wait until you see what the soap has in store for your favourite characters this spring. Our explosive spoiler preview lifts the lid on brand new arrivals as well as Kym Marshs exit as Michelle Connor.
There is also a major trauma ahead for Carla Connor (Alison King), Ranas killer is revealed, Gary Windass (Mikey North) hits rock bottom and we finally welcome back everyones beloved busybody Norris Cole (Malcolm Hebden).
Chuck in some armed robbery, a shock pregnancy, a potential affair and a serious issue led story on modern day slavery, and there is a lot to wrap your viewing eyes around.
The end for Carla?
Carla is heading for rock bottom and fast. As she goes missing, Peter, Kate, Johnny and Roy are on the case to find her and bring her home. But her psychosis means she can trust no-one. Not wanting to be found, Carlas harrowing state of mind implodes – leading to some heartbreaking scenes delivered expertly by Alison King.
A standalone episode about Carlas mental health will follow, with show boss Iain MacLeod telling us: Its a standalone episode that will be mental health focused and Carla focused. It will also be the reveal to the audience of who was behind the factory roof collapsing. Its a really nice fusion of important, serious drama about mental health.
The investigation into who brought that roof down and killed Rana will continue for some time (which may or may not be good news for you) and there are indications that the viewers will discover their identity long before the community. But it leads to the incarnation of the latest cobbles bad guy.
Iain teased: What I have always liked about Corrie is the ability to have villains like Hillman and Phelan who come in and burn bright and also the more complicated, long range villain like Mike Baldwin – ruthless, self serving and looking out for number one.
Were designing a character in that latter type who can stay long term as an antagonistic just messing up lives. By going with this character on this journey – their intentions are good and they rapidly snowball. It will be a very slow burn.
Gary loses everything
Gary has got himself into a right old mess with villain Rick and its not going to get much better for him. As he is forced to do the loan sharks bidding, he finds himself ripping off and threatening innocent people and his conscience gets the better of him.
But when it comes to confessing to Sarah, he could lose her as well as his job and money. And Rick hasnt finished with him yet either…
Meet the Baileys!
Led by Aggie, the cobbles newest clan are about to land. And with son James set to be involved in a footballer homophobia storyline, they will soon be in the midst of some heavy drama. But theres plenty of warmth and humour to be had from them too says Iain.
He told us: I am really excited to introduce this new family – the audience is going to love them! Theyre funny, warm and will pull together through thick and thin in the storylines weve got lined up for them.
Seb is set to have a new interest in the form of nail bar worker Alina but when it transpires that she is living in a hovel and being used as a slave, Seb determines to crack the trafficking ring. But he will be horrified when he realises that Jan is involved.
This is one of the biggest hidden scandals in the UK today. Our research has shown us that in many towns and cities across Britain, people are being forced to work against their will, living in extreme poverty and in fear for their safety, all so ruthless criminal gangs can get rich at their expense.
Steve in danger
A normal fare for Steve is set to turn into a nightmare when the person he is transporting turns out to be an armed robber. With Steve inadvertently becoming a getaway driver, he is then left terrified when the criminal turns the knife on him.
Will he get out of this alive?
David cheats on Shona?
Newcomer Natalie may not be Nicks favourite person in the world but she is set to strike up a friendship with David. And when her interests in him seem to go beyond that, could Davids engagement to Shona be at risk?
Cassie Bradley, who plays Natalie, told Metro.co.uk: She actually gets along really well with DaRead More – Source