Yesterday, Coronation Street’s executive producer, Phil Collinson, dropped lots of hints about forthcoming storylines, including one in which Rita Sullivan will be kidnapped on her wedding day, and another which will see Stella Price battling to keep the Rovers…
Collinson also confirmed that Royle Family star Sue Johnston will join the cast as Stella’s (Michelle Collins) mother, Gloria.
Of the character, Collinson said, “She’s a terrifying, domineering, overbearing mother, so there’s going to be some real sparks flying.”
And of the storyline which could see Stella forced to leave the pub, that begins with Betty Williams’ funeral which will air next month…
During the plot, Rita and Emily (Eileen Derbyshire) will find a letter amongst Betty’s things that reveals that former pub owner Annie Walker – who was played by Doris Speed – bequeathed the pub to Betty decades ago.
That of course means that technically, the Rovers now belongs to Betty’s son Gordon, who it seems will indeed try to settle the legal battle to claim ownership of the iconic boozer.
Collinson explained, “Betty has carried this secret and never took up this bequest.
“So she’s left this bombshell for Stella, especially in terms of who owns the pub now and what happens going forward.
“I think that’s a brilliant tribute to Betty.”
Betty Driver, who of course played Betty, died last October aged 90, and in the episode that features the barmaid’s wake, we’ll “see a few familiar faces” who come back to the Street to pay their respects, and of course among them are Bill Kenwright who plays Gordon.
And finally, of the dramatic kidnap of Rita Sullivan (Barbara Knox) on the day she’s due to marry Dennis Tanner (Phillip Lowrie), Collinson said that the plotline would begin on the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee day.
But who on earth would want to kidnap Rita? Any ideas?