Plus Sue Nicholls talks “exciting” Audrey and Lewis affair, and Bill Kenwright’s death bed promise to Betty Driver
In a story that might be given the hashtag ‘Christonabike’, Corrie’s Christian lesbian Sophie Webster is about to become a crack addict when returning character Ryan Connor – Michelle Connor’s son – introduces the troubled teen to the drug.
We last saw Ryan, who’s played by Ben Thompson, in 2010 when he departed Weatherfield headed for university, and it seems when he returns, he’s a far more mature, and apparently nasty, person than he was when he left.
And of course, there are already rumblings about the controversy this storyline is set to cause, given that unless special circumstances warrant it, the show airs before the 9pm watershed, and kids watch it.
An insider told the Daily Mirror, “This storyline would be one of the most shocking the soap has ever tackled.
“And there is a real fear among some of the crew that it could be too much for some of the more traditional viewers.
“For many people Coronation Street remains a national institution and long-term fans love the portrayal of working-class life in a northern town.
“Scenes such as these are likely to be far too edgy for many.
“As well as the older fans, families sit down to watch Corrie together with their children next to them and these scenes will air well before the 9pm watershed.”
The insider added, “Ryan returns after spending two years in Glasgow, where he has picked up some alarming traits which he quickly passes on to Sophie.
“He comes back as a very dark character indeed and is set to have a damaging impact on several of the soap’s younger characters.”
What do you think of this news?
I must reiterate what I’ve said many times before; that I love the juicy plotlines on the soaps.
And no, it’s unlikely there would be so many murders, murderers and various other assorted scary folk on one Street, but would it be any fun to watch if it just reflected – boring – normality?
For instance, where I live, the most exciting thing that’s happened recently is that some washing dried on the line. Earth shattering reality?
I think not.
However, other news from Weatherfield today is the far gentler tale of Audrey Roberts’ renewed affair with former cad and bounder – well, he says he’s ‘former’ and a reformed character now – Lewis Archer.
And Sue Nicolls, who plays Audrey, has told the show’s website that she’s enjoyed her character’s secret affair with Lewis – who’s played by Nigel Havers – but she also revealed that their romance doesn’t stay a secret for long.
She said, “The secret affair is quite exciting. Nobody should know about it, because they’re giving Lewis such stick.
“It’s rather difficult, really, as Weatherfield is quite a small community. There aren’t many roads, so trying to keep away from the family is quite a difficult process.
“But they do have quite a lot of fun to begin with. [But] when the secret does eventually come out, it really is splat at the Platts’, I can tell you!
“There’s a lot of harsh words from both sides.”
Here’s a sneak peek at Audrey and Lewis nearly getting caught together at the salon…
And finally today, Everton football club’s chairman Bill Kenwright – who played the role of Betty Turpin’s son Gordon on Corrie – has revealed that he’s had to break a promise he made to Betty Driver shortly before she died last October.
Bill, who will be reprising the role of Gordon for a one-off appearance for Betty’s on-screen funeral which will be aired in April, told the Sun, “She was a star till the end. I went to visit her in hospital. She was in and out of consciousness.
“I whispered that if she knew it was me to squeeze my hand, and she did.
“I told her I’d only return to the Street if she were there, upon which she raised herself up and whispered that I dared not go back without her!”
At Betty’s funeral in Manchester last year, Bill paid moving tribute to her, calling her his “second mother”.
More Corrie news soon.