Coronation Street fans are set to be taken on a rollercoaster ride next week, with the introduction of a number of explosive storylines, including two weddings, a car crash and a funeral.
And, as if the extreme highs and lows of those plot lines aren’t already enough, there’s also the impending murder of Jim McDonald (portrayed by Charles Lawson), one of Weatherfield’s most well-known residents.
The explosive action, set to shake up the humdrum of life on the cobbles from next Monday, will serve as quite the memorable swansong for Corrie boss Kate Oates, who is leaving her role as series producer after two years.
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Trouble on the cobbles: Coronation Street is set to kick off the autumn season with a bang as dramatic storylines hit screens
In the first round of shocking drama, Tracy Barlow (Kate Ford) and Steve McDonald (Simon Gregson) will be seen preparing to take a second trip down the aisle.
However, her dreams of a seamless day are disrupted by none other than her adoptive half-brother Daniel Osbourne (Rob Mallard), when he decides to tie the knot with Sinead Tinker (Katie McGlynn) on the same day.
The cruel clash of dates leaves their dad Ken Barlow (William Roache) facing a dilemma: Whose wedding will he attend? Sadly for Tracy, she’ll soon learn that her brother’s nuptials win out.
Wed: Tracy Barlow (Kate Ford) and Steve McDonald (Simon Gregson) will be preparing to take a second trip down the aisle
Not forsaking all others: With the planned nuptials marking Steve’s seventh trip down the aisle, he’ll be seen getting ready to promise to forsake all others — even though he’s already cheated on his bride-to-be
Figuring things out: Tracy is soon onto her husband-to-be. But while she figures out that her man has been untrue to her, she mistakenly takes aim at Abi Franklin (Sally Carman) — unaware that it’s Leanne Barlow (Jane Danson) once again
And with one half of each newlywed couple hiding a massive secret from their partners, the drama is heightened.
With the planned nuptials marking Steve’s seventh trip down the aisle, he’ll be seen getting ready to promise to forsake all others — even though he’s already cheated on his bride-to-be.
Tracy is soon onto her husband-to-be. But while she figures out that her man has been untrue to her, she mistakenly takes aim at Abi Franklin (Sally Carman) — unaware that it’s Leanne Barlow (Jane Danson) once again.
The secret awaiting bridegroom Daniel is Sinead’s devastating cervical cancer diagnosis, which she received after undergoing an early pregnancy scan.
Cruel clash of dates: Tracy’s adoptive half-brother Daniel Osbourne (Rob Mallard) decides to tie the knot with his love Sinead Tinker (Katie McGlynn) on the same day as her wedding
Hiding a big secret: Daniel will be seen happily exchanging nuptials with his bride as she hides a devastating secret from him
Outside of the wedding drama, ne’er-do-well Ronan Truman (Alan McKenna) triggers terrifying moments when he tails Michelle Connor (Kym Marsh) and her sons Ryan (Ryan Prescott) and Alex (Dario Coates) in his car.
With local gangster Ronan out for blood as he seeks revenge for drug dealer Ryan’s involvement in his son Cormac’s (Joe Mallalieu) overdose death, Michelle attempts to speed off with her sons to escape his wrath.
However, Ronan is right behind the horrified family, tailing them until Michelle’s car breaks down and Ryan is forced to attempt to reason with the criminal — only to end up getting run over.
Devastating diagnosis: Sinead is fighting cervical cancer, receiving her diagnosis after undergoing an early pregnancy scan
Dilemma: Faced with the dilemma of whose wedding to attend, dad Ken Barlow (William Roache) celebrates his son’s wedding
After running Ryan over, Ronan attempts to escape the approaching sound of sirens, knocking down a bystander in the process, before running himself off the road. As such, both Ryan and Ronan will be fighting for their lives.
Kym, who was helped through her high-octane scenes by the stunt team that worked on The Fast & The Furious, said of the shooting the sequence: ‘It was great. They made me feel super-confident.
‘I was a little bit scared but I was supposed to be anyway, so it helped. It added to the scene. I didn’t realise how much of the driving I’d be able to do.
‘Trying to drive and say the lines was like patting your head and rubbing your stomach. It was one of the most dramatic stunts I’d ever been involved in.’
Escape: Outside of the wedding drama, Michelle Connor (Kym Marsh) and her sons Ryan (Ryan Prescott) and Alex (Dario Coates) attempt to escape Weatherfield in her car, as Ronan Truman (Alan McKenna) seeks revenge
Sudden breakdown: However, their attempt to get away hits a major snag, when upset Michelle’s car suddenly breaks down
Corrie fans are also set to be gripped by a whodunit line, with Jim McDonald’s impending grisly end also hitting screens.
Speaking on This Morning on Monday, Beverley Callard, who plays Jim’s estranged wife Liz on the ITV soap, said of the murderer: ‘It’s got to be Liz. But I think there’s a long time to go before that could or would happen.’
It was recently revealed that Jim is going to be written out for good, shortly after his return to Weatherfield in the summer. And now some fans are convinced that his former wife will be the one to murder him.
Beverley has previously hinted that Jim will face the fury of his ex-wife Liz after she discovers their so-called ‘long lost daughter’ Katie McDonald, aka Hannah Gilmore (Hannah Ellis Ryan), is actually an impostor.
Fateful exit: Realising that he now cannot escape Ronan’s wrath for his part in his son Cormac’s death, Ryan exits the vehicle
Panic: Drug dealer Ryan is forced to attempt to reason with the criminal — but begins to panic as the car speeds towards him
Speaking to The Sun Beverley hinted that a whole new revenge plot could be on the horizon after she finds out that Katie is actually Jim’s lover, and the pair are working together to con her out of her savings.
She said: ‘Listen feisty Liz returns with a vengeance, that’s all I can say about that,’ she laughed.
‘We’re a long way off that now but the scenes are just brilliant. You know you get the script and think ”Oh that’s good, that’s good” but honestly I could not wait to film them.’
Fans have been left sickened by the plot, as not only does it sit uncomfortably that Jim is having a relationship with his ‘daughter’ but they also slammed producers for the story which flew in the face of Liz’s tragic loss decades earlier.
Out for blood: Local ne’er-do-well Ronan Truman (Alan McKenna) is out for blood after the overdose death of his son Cormac
Fighting for life: Michelle is left devastated as she watches gangster Ronan run over her son, leaving him fighting for his life
So furious: The protective mother is furious as she runs towards Ronan’s car, but he drives off as he hears approaching sirens
Actress Beverley was praised for her performance in the 1992 scenes when her baby daughter was born prematurely and died hours later, especially as such a plot had not been substantially covered in soap before that point.
Viewers have already claimed Jim’s plan will implode as he cannot hide his long-lasting love for Liz, especially as he still called her ‘my Elizabeth.’
Adding fuel to the fire, actor Charlie Lawson recently told Digital Spy: ‘Jim just wants Liz back, but by that stage, he’s in too deep.
‘It gives the character a sort of redemption, which is important. Jim’s never been a bad man, he just makes mistakes as every man does.’
Trouble: Jim McDonald’s estranged wife Liz could become the top suspect after when character soon meets his grisly end
The end: It was recently revealed that Jim, played by actor Charles Lawson, is going to be written out of the soap for good