by Lisa McGarry

This is the moment a terrified Carla Connor stares evil in the face ­ as her fiancé takes his twisted revenge for being jilted.

Factory boss Frank Connor, played by Andrew Lancel, attacks and rapes Carla, Alison King, when she dumps him the night before their wedding.

Viewers will see Frank pin Carla against the door of her flat when she asks him to leave ­ the actual rape will not be shown but when we return to the flat it is to find a broken and terrified Carla sobbing on the floor with Frank stood over her.

Shocked by his actions Frank runs off into the night and a traumatised Carla phones Maria Connor, Samia Smith, herself a victim of Frank¹s unwanted advances earlier this year.

In moving scenes to be shown all next week Carla will have to relive her ordeal as she reports the rape to specially trained officers and rape counsellors.

The storyline has been researched with experts from the St. Mary¹s Sexual Assault Referral Centre in Manchester.

A spokesperson for Coronation Street said: ³Whilst we don¹t see the actual attack on Carla the viewer is left in no doubt about what Frank has done to
her. These are powerful scenes which tackle a very difficult subject in a sensitive and moving way.²

Alison King said: ³As an actress it¹s different to anything I¹ve done before. I¹ve had to go to a few dark places with this plot which has been a real challenge.²

Andrew Lancel said: ³These have been some of the most challenging scenes I have ever had to play. Frank is an absolute monster but a great character to
play, that said the scenes following the attack were very difficult – It was very heavy stuff. I found it very hard. I didn¹t want to talk to anyone and
I was really snappy. We owed it to victims of this sort of attack to get it right and we made sure we researched it thoroughly.²

Coronation Street is on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday next week,

The attack scenes will be shown on Monday Sept 19th.