Coronation Street: Peter Barlow’s life falls apart during tram crash anniversary

by Lynn Connolly

It’s been nearly a year since Peter Barlow – who’s played by Chris Gascoyne – nearly died in the tram crash disaster that was part of the show’s 50th birthday storylines.

And it seems that Peter’s still battling the mental scars as well as the physical ones – he was unable to walk for months after the crash – and the looming anniversary is set to push him perilously close to the edge…

Speaking to Soaplife about how Peter will be affected by the one year anniversary, Chris said, “Every time that night’s mentioned, it brings up feelings that he really doesn’t want to surface.

“He’s never confronted what happened that night. The anniversary pushes him to an all-time low.”

As you may recall, Peter was trapped in The Joinery after the tram crashed onto the Street, as were Nick Tilsley (Ben Price) and Ashley Peacock (Steven Arnold), who died…

Peter’s given a stark reminder of the hell he endured when begins when Emily Bishop (Eileen Derbyshire) asks him to say a few words at a memorial service that will honour those who lost their lives this time last year.

Of that, Chris said, “The thought of it absolutely terrifies him. He’s spent the whole of the past year trying not to think about it.

“On the one hand, it makes him very grateful he’s alive, but on the other it makes him feel guilty.

“Guilty that Ashley died and he didn’t. Guilty he’s not moved on – that the crash hasn’t changed him into a better person.”

It’s expected that in his grief, he’ll once again turn to booze, and will begin an affair with Carla Connor (Alison King).

Of Peter’s infidelity to Leanne (Jane Danson), Chris said, “He’s slowly realising his feelings for Carla…

“And obviously he’s tempted by drink during this period. Alcohol might weaken his resolve.”

O man, poor Leanne!!

Here’s a reminder of Peter being trapped in the rubble…

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.