With Christmas comes the traditional gloom, doom and drama brought to us by the Great British Soap, but this year we can look forward to a bit of slapstick comedy too, as Coronation Street injects some humour into its festive viewing, by means of a turkey dump!
Weatherfield bird-brains, Kirk (Andy Whyment) and Chesney (Sam Aston) are set to have us rolling off our seat with laughter as they are caught dumping a load of frozen turkeys into a canal after causing an outbreak of food poisoning!
The turkeys are a new business venture for the Del Boy and Rodney of Weatherfield, who are used to selling dog collars and biscuits from a market stall. Having bought the birds on the cheap, they start to rake in the profits, but when the residents of Coronation Street start dropping, one by one, from the poisoned poussin (we know that is French for chicken, not turkey, but the pun was just too good to leave out), the boys panic and decide to ditch the rest of their stock.
Deciding the canal is the best place to hide the rest of the infected birds, they throw them over, not realising that instead of sinking, they would all float in plain view!
These hilarious scenes were spotted being filmed by Whyment and Aston last night, according to the Sun newspaper, and will be shown in the run up to Christmas.
Meanwhile, Coronation Street is giving us something else to smile about, with the return of Carla Connor (Alison King) and Peter Barlow (Chris Gascoyne).
Peter and Carla were last seen on our screens in the summer, as they headed off into the sunset after losing the custody battle of Peter’s son, Simon, after a failed attempt to kidnap him and take him with them. Peter’s estranged wife, Leanne (Jane Danson) turned up in time to take back Simon, but Peter and Carla decided to leave anyway and start a fresh somewhere new.
In reality the actors who play the hugely popular characters had been given a brief sabbatical from the soap, following two years of continued high-end storylines, including the tram crash which saw Peter at deaths door, the factory heist and explosion, which saw Carla’s ex-husband, Tony Gordon holding her staff hostage and Carla’s rape by Frank Foster, which lead to the highly publicised affair between Carla and Peter.
We reported last month how Gascoyne, who plays Peter, had been spotted picking up his scripts onset, but at that stage there was no sign of King who recently split up from her Corries sound technician fiancée, fiancé Adam Huckett.
However, both are back on set now, as pictures in today’s Sun newspaper show, so it is only a matter of time before the drama starts again!
Coronation Street can be seen week nights on ITV1/ITV1 HD.