Coronation Street horror for Nick and Leanne as Sam Blakeman in sinkhole disaster?

Corrie: David Platt discovers a sinkhole in his garden

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ITV bosses recently announced a popular Weatherfield resident will meet their end at the hands of a sinkhole as part of an unravelling storyline set to rival the famous tram crash of 2010. Coronation Street star Jane Danson (who plays Leanne Battersby) has hinted it could be a child who dies in the disaster. Could she and Nick Tilsley (Ben Price) have their worlds turned upside down if Sam Blakeman (Jude Riordan) tragically dies? 

Last year, a sinkhole appeared in the Platt family’s garden, but the story hasn’t ended there. 

In a Coronation Street plot said to be big enough to compete with the tram crash which marked the soap’s 50th anniversary, a huge sinkhole is set to return. 

Speaking to Express.co.uk at the TRIC Awards, Jane warned a “small child” could be in danger later on this year. 

She said: “It is really hard because we’re so much further ahead than what you are on-screen.

“A lot happens in the next couple of months.”

The actress, who has been part of the soap on and off for two decades, went on to add: “I don’t know how much I can say but I will say it might involve a small child. We’ll go with that.” 

While she didn’t give away any names, one Weatherfield child who is a fan favourite is ten-year-old Jude’s character Sam. 

Sam, who is Nick and Natasha Blakeman’s (Rachel Leskovac) son on the soap, made his Corrie debut last October being introduced as the secret son of his parents. 

He’s been involved in several storylines during his time on the soap and was even kidnapped by a thug working for Harvey Gaskell (Will Mellor) in May. 

But will his time in the ITV show come to an end sooner than anticipated if he falls into the sinkhole which is due to re-emerge? 

“I can’t [say anything] because it isn’t done yet,” Jane said when asked about the upcoming Christmas plot. “But we should get the scripts in the next few weeks, but there is a big super soap week and it involves a lot of the cast.”

Other cast members have dropped hints about the upcoming sinkhole disaster storyline recently. 

During the National Television Awards Abi Franklin (Sally Carman) told The Mirror: “It’s going to be so big it will rival the tram crash. You’re going to have your socks blown off.”

Coronation Street boss Iain Macleod also left fans in further suspense during the awards, saying: “We don’t have Chekhov’s gun in our stories but we do have Chekhov’s sinkhole.

We’ve tried to look at the last 12 months and the limited way in which all soaps have been forced to tell their stories, and try to subvert that and go ‘we’re back’.

“It’s going to be really huge – there’s loads of emotion, there’s loads of big spectacle – it’s going to be cinematic. 

“It’s a statement of intent that we wanted, as a show, to put out there – to make something we couldn’t possibly have made in the past 18 months because the pandemic wouldn’t allow it.”

Now coronavirus measures have been lifted, bosses can look forward to thrilling viewers once again with more action-packed content. 

Mr Macleod added: “When you do a story of a certain scale and at a certain level of spectacle, the viewers expect there to be significant aftermath to it and significant outcomes. So yes, I can confirm that Chekhov’s sinkhole will result in a death.”

If Sam is the unfortunate child who dies, how will his loved ones cope? 

And how will his fans who have got to know and adore him over the past year find the soap without him? He’s made a huge impression on the show and was even presented with a National Television Award for the Best Newcomer category. 

Coronation Street airs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7.30pm and 8.30pm.

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