Ashley Peacock and Molly Dobbs perished in last night’s hour long ‘Coronation Street’ live episode.
The shocking dramatic special of the long running ITV soap kicked off with the sad news that local butcher Ashley – played by actor Steven Arnold for the past 15 years – had died a in The Joinery after freeing Peter Barlow and Nick Tilsley from the wreckage of the explosion.
Chaos then descended on the cobbles when a paramedic told hysterical crowds – including Ashley’s widow Claire and hairdresser Audrey Roberts – there was “no sign of life”.
Meanwhile, Fiz Stape acted out giving birth live on air to a premature baby girl named Hope, who was then accidentally referred to as a “baby boy” in one of the episode’s few blunders.
In other baby drama, love rat Kevin Webster was forced to make the agonising decision between admitting that he was the real dad of Molly’s baby Jack or letting the tot go without the vital blood transfusion he needed to save his life.
However, a guilt-ridden Molly decided to reveal all to Kevin’s horrified wife Sally (Sally Dynevor) as she lay dying under the wreckage of the corner shop.
She said: “I didn’t want to hurt you, but if Jack’s not going to have his mummy, he’s going to need his daddy. It’s Kevin. I’m so sorry. He chose you. You’re beautiful inside and out.”
The live episode – which was the culmination of a week-long series of explosive events to celebrate the soap’s 50th anniversary – wasn’t without its blunders, including one shot where disabled Izzy Armstrong – played by Cherylee Houston – accidentally stood up from her wheelchair.
Viewers will now have to tune in to see whether Peter Barlow – who was left fighting for his life after marrying fiancee Leanne Battersby (Jane Dason) by his hospital bedside – will live or die when the sound of the flatline from his life support machine came in shortly before the final credits rolled.