It’s been quite the week, hasn’t it?
In a week to celebrate 60 years of Coronation Street, we watched the residents come together in order to stop Ray Crosby (Mark Frost) and his redevelopment plans, Yasmeen (Shelley King) endure the concluding part to her trial, Carla (Alison King) and Adam’s (Sam Robertson) secret night of passion, Geoff’s (Ian Bartholomew) death, and that’s not even the half of it!
Aside from this week, the year itself has been huge in Weatherfield. With only a few weeks left of 2020, there’s still so much more to come between now and Christmas as the aftermath of the spectacular anniversary week kicks off…
What now for Yasmeen?
At last, Yasmeen is back in Weatherfield! Yasmeen is currently living with Alya (Sair Khan) and the journey ahead of her is set to be a tricky one. Now No.6 has considerable fire damage courtesy of Geoff, the place Yasmeen once called home has been ruined, and add this to the money troubles Alya discovered her gran had got herself into (again, all thanks to Geoff), the next few weeks will be hard for Yasmeen as she readjusts to life outside of prison.
Shelley King recently told us how Yasmeen will face an uphill battle now she’s back on the cobbles. She explained how ‘the tunnel doesn’t come to an end. This trauma will affect her for the rest of her life’ and as we already saw the memories of Yasmeen attacking Geoff haunting her already, even though Geoff may be gone, Yasmeen’s horrific ordeal isn’t over yet.
Tim and Elaine
Even though Elaine (Paula Wilcox) may be living her life now free of Geoff, so much has changed for her. She’ll be seeing more of Tim (Joe Duttine), who is moving too fast with Elaine and already asking her to move into No.4, so it’s possible Elaine may find everything a little too much.
What’s next for Tim? Put simply, a difficult few weeks. As Joe Duttine recently told us, ‘it’s opened up a whole world for Tim. He was happy in the cab office then his dad comes along and tells this massive lie. He has to deal with his whole childhood’ and with Tim already getting ahead of himself with Elaine, this character is one set to struggle. Add all of this to the fact that his dad is now dead, if Tim feels he can’t grieve for his dad because of what he put everyone through, that could make things a whole lot worse.
Gary and his crimes
Gary Windass (Mikey North) has done his best to keep his past crimes a secret from everyone and, apart from Sarah (Tina O’Brien) discovering he did kill Rick Neelan (Greg Wood), Gary’s walking around the street with his murderous secret still hidden – but how much longer will it last?
Well, not long! Gary’s past will come back to haunt him soon as he discovers the police are searching Beacon Woods for a body. As he’s already managed to worm his way out of being responsible for the factory roof collapse, but how will he get himself out of this mess if everything points to him?
If Gary gets away with murder (literally), it’s highly likely his murderous ways won’t be ending anytime soon, because his anger towards Ray for attacking his sister Faye (Ellie Leach) is bound to get the better of him soon enough. And as it looks like Faye will be pretty hesitant in reporting Ray to the police, Gary could think killing him will keep Faye safe (after all, he killed Rick to keep Sarah safe too).
Will Ray win?
Of course the residents weren’t going to let Ray win this week, but as much as they’ve won this week and stopped Ray demolishing their homes, it doesn’t mean this is the end! Ray’s a determined man, meaning if he can worm his way around a few rules and blackmail more people into selling him their properties; he will.
And let’s not forget Debbie (Sue Devaney)! She was acting as a secret mole for Ray but now her identity has been revealed, no one is happy. As Debbie and Ray are set on making their development plans work, could it really come down to it that the residents won’t have a choice but to let the changes happen? They’ve managed to stop Ray once; can they really do it again?
David and Shona
Away from the drama of the redevelopment, there’s David (Jack P Shepherd) and Shona (Julia Goulding).
It’s been a difficult year for them with Shona’s brain injury. The two of them have been forced to reconnect and after a couple of upcoming bumps in the road involving Simon (Alex Bain) and worrying their relationship isn’t working, it looks as though they are set to have a happy Christmas!
Corrie boss Iain MacLeod also explained in an interview back in September that Shona and David’s story will conclude in an uplifting way, and what a joy it will be for the Platts to have a positive Christmas (for once!).
Will Todd win Billy back?
Ever since Todd (Gareth Pierce) returned to Weatherfield he’s been scheming in one way or another. He’s now made himself comfortable back on the cobbles, and seems fixated on winning Billy (Daniel Brocklebank) back.
Things with Todd and Paul (Peter Ash) right now are in a strange place. While Paul is starting to think that Todd may be a nice guy after all, we all know what he’s doing is anything but an attempt at making friends with his ex’s new boyfriend – but will whatever Todd is inevitably planning even work? He’s set to spend time with Paul after he experiences a tough night on the helpline soon, but whatever Todd’s new scheme is, past experiences have taught us he will do anything to get what he wants.
Potentially sensing Paul’s vulnerability, will Todd use it to his advantage?
Leanne’s Christmas with or without Nick?
Leanne (Jane Danson) will be facing an emotional Christmas as she spends it without Oliver. As much as Leanne should be surrounding herself with those who love her, Christmas is set to be a tricky one for her.
Doing her best, Leanne tries to play happy families soon with Nick (Ben Price) and Sam (Jude Riordan), but things don’t exactly go to plan. With Toyah (Georgia Taylor) and Imran (Charlie De Melo) looking forward to their new fostering adventure, Nick spending time with Sam, Leanne will lonely this Christmas – but will anyone realise?
Who attacked Adam?
The moment Adam revealed that it was him that slept with Carla and not Daniel (Rob Mallard) we could see the anger boiling up inside Peter (Chris Gascoyne). Now Adam has been attacked and left for dead, another classic ‘whodunnit’ is on the way, and the suspect list is long already. There’s Sarah after discovering Adam slept with Carla, Peter, Daniel, or maybe someone we don’t expect?
Furthermore, Adam’s attack was brutal – so how will things change for him in the aftermath?
Racism storyline confirmed
A few months ago, the Bailey family were at the centre of a powerful storyline about racism. The story explored different attitudes towards racism that culminated in a powerful scene that saw Ed (Trevor Michael Georges) confront racist Bistro manager owner Don (Phillip Broadbent) about his unacceptable comments and behaviour.
Lorna Laidlaw, who plays Aggie Bailey, recently confirmed a longer strand storyline about racism. She explained how ‘we will do what Coronation Street does best – create a narrative that will move a nation and remind us all that we can do better.’
If the Bailey’s previous narrative about racism is anything to go by, this upcoming one will be a powerful and moving reflection of the real world.
Issue led teen story
A Corrie source recently revealed how 2021 will seen the younger generation take centre stage in some huge storylines. They told us ‘there is big stuff for Asha, Craig, Nina, Aadi, Simon, Summer, Amy, Faye and Kelly’ and with Faye and Craig (Colson Smith) already caught up with Ray, the insider explained how their ‘involvement will be pinnacle and face them with consequences to deal with.’
We also know a number of teenagers will be caught up in a life changing situation as the plot tackles a serious real-life issue. What happens between now and the end of December could set us up nicely for the teenager’s storylines to begin next year.
Baby joy for Toyah and Imran
Finally, there’s baby joy on the way for Toyah and Imran! After months of meetings, delaying things during Oliver’s illness, Toyah and Imran will finally get the call that they have been accepted as foster parents!
With brighter times on the way for them after a difficult year, we’re sure Toyah and Imran will make brilliant foster parents. They will be asked to foster a baby for the day, and fingers crossed it won’t be long until they can foster a child on a longer-term basis.
So much has happened this week and this year in Weatherfield, but it’s not over yet! There’s happiness, sadness, and drama on the way over the rest of December, all setting us up for another dramatic year for the residents of the beloved little backstreet in Salford.
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