Fans of Coronation Street will of course know that Hayley Cropper (Julie Hesmondhalgh) learned this week that her cancerous tumours are inoperable, and therefore, all the doctors can do for her now is to make her last weeks as comfortable as possible.
On hearing the devastating news, stoic Hayley decided to make the most of every last moment, and will be seen making a so-called Bucket List of things she wants to do before she dies…
And on that list is a trip to the famous North West seaside resort of Blackpool, which is where The Sun’s TV Biz spotted actors Julie and David Neilson – who of course plays Hayley’s husband Roy – filming the scenes, which will air in around six weeks.
Around nine million of us tuned in on Monday night to see Hayley and a devastated Roy learning that medics can do nothing to cure her pancreatic cancer. As a result of the plotline, an online petition urging the Government to invest more funds into pancreatic cancer research has seen support mount, and as of last night, almost 10,000 people had signed.
The paper adds, “Julie is leaving the soap at the start of 2014 after nearly 16 years as Hayley – and her alter ego wants to go out in style.
“Her [bucket] list includes dancing at the town’s Tower Ballroom and strolling on the Promenade – all while wearing her red anorak.”
It’s expected that Hayley will lose her fight for life over Christmas or in the New Year, but whenever it is, it’s sure to be a tearjerker!
And apropos of that, I thought Monday night’s episodes contained some of the most remarkable and moving scenes we’ve witnessed from Julie, David and Jennie McAlpine, who of course plays Fiz.
There wasn’t a dry eye in my house as we saw Roy calling Fiz to tell her that there’s nothing the doctors could do to save Hayley.
It was a master class in the economy of dialogue as we saw that what Roy couldn’t and didn’t bring himself to say painted a poignant and vivid picture of shock and grief far more eloquently than a long, emotive speech would have done, so well done you guys!
Let us know what you thought of the episode, but for now, here’s a look at the next visit to the nation’s favourite street…