Corrie: See the moment Maria Connor and Marcus Dent kiss, of which Samia Ghadie says Maria’s “fallen in love with her friend!” (VIDEO)

As fans of Corrie will know, Maria Connor and Marcus Dent (Charlie Condou) have always been close, but as they both struggle to cope with the terror of waiting to discover if Maria has cancer, they grow closer than ever…

And in Friday’s double-bill of episodes, we’ll see the pair share a kiss, which of course, given that Marcus is gay, is an unexpected twist in their friendship!

We have a clip for you of that moment after the jump, but first, Samia Ghadie, who of course plays Maria, has been talking to TV Choice magazine about the storyline.

The interview began when Samia was asked if she can relate to Maria’s feelings for Marcus.

She replied, “Yes, I can. It’s never happened to me, so I can’t fully relate to it, but I can understand it from Maria’s point of view…

“She’s fallen in love with her friend, Marcus.

“If he was straight it would be perfect, but she’s kind of always pushed it to the back of her mind.”

She added, “It’s not a lust thing. It’s not like she really fancies him, she genuinely loves him. It goes beyond friendship.”

As to what Maria sees in Marcus, Samia said, “It’s a very easy relationship, there’s no effort, which is quite hard to find. And he’s also a brilliant father to Liam…

“That’s one of the main factors I think. She’s got that family unit there with him.”

The outcome of that kiss, and what it means for Maria and Marcus is being kept a secret, however, rumour has it that the couple are going to decide to continue their relationship and go public with it, which is of course set to upset and humiliate Maria’s boyfriend Jason Grimshaw (Ryan Thomas) who’s just about to move in with her!

We’ll keep you posted on that, but for now, here’s the clip…

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.