Coronation Street: Karl Munro will develop a gambling addiction!

by Lynn Connolly

As we saw in one of last week’s episodes, Karl Munro (John Michie) won over £1,000 from Ciaran McCarthy (Keith Duffy) in a game of poker…

But it seems that win is to set Karl on the slippery road to full on gambling addiction, which could see him losing everything.

And we’ve yet to find out what repercussions Ciaran will face for losing the money, which was meant to be a deposit on his and Michelle Connor’s (Kym Marsh) wedding venue.

However, it’s been widely rumoured that when Michelle finds out, things go from bad to worse for the couple, and they’ll end up calling the whole thing off.

But getting back to Karl’s plight, he told the Daily Record, “He is going to be gambling for a while and eventually he will have a few big losses, which is great for me.

“You know what gamblers are like, he has to lie, drinks a little bit more than he should and it is going to cause tension in his relationships.”

Maybe he should become best buds with bookie and former alky Peter Barlow, who can sponsor him to stop gambling and drinking!

But there, I wouldn’t bet my last pint on it that he will…

However, Karl’s gambling issues are set to see him feature more heavily in the show’s storylines next year.

Scottish born John – who’s also starred in Lovejoy, Poirot, Moon And Son and of course, Taggart, and is apparently fluent in Swahili – added to the paper, “This is Karl getting his feet under the table, in a sense.

“When I was asked to join the show, I was told initially they would bed me in and there is a lot planned for next year.

“He needs a strong storyline like this for people to get inside his mind a bit.

“I’ve really worked out who Karl is. It’s just the audience who have to get to know him, and that’s happening about now.”

However, Karl isn’t the first resident of the Street to fall prey to a weakness for gambling.

Check out this article from Corrie’s Wikia site about Minnie Caldwell…

Minnie was going through a phase where she was regularly going to the betting shop and betting on horses. Though she occasionally won, Ena made it clear how she felt about it, and was worried for Minnie.

The local bookie Dave Smith encouraged Minnie, incurring Ena’s wrath, but he put a stop to it when Minnie had run up a debt of £10 and was unable to pay it back.

Elsie Tanner convinced Dave to cancel the debt, but when Ena rowed with him for picking on an old woman, he changed his mind and gave Minnie 24 hours to pay the money.

Ashamed, Minnie fled Weatherfield. Ena found Minnie in hospital, suffering from pneumonia after sleeping rough.

Dave arrived at her bedside, flowers in hand, telling her he was wiping the slate clean, but that he was limiting her betting to 2/- a week.

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.