As we reported recently, veteran actor Timothy West is joining the cast of Coronation Street in the role of Eric, who is Gloria Price’s new boyfriend…
And today it’s been revealed that among Eric’s storylines will be his attempt to seduce Gloria’s granddaughter, Eva!
Fans of the show will know that Gloria (Sue Johnston) was banished from The Rovers by her daughter Stella (Michelle Collins) last year after it was revealed that she’d faked customer feedback forms in order to win an award for the pub.
It all backfired rather spectacularly of course, and as mentioned, Gloria was sent packing, but she evidently soon bounced back from her humiliation and when she returns to Weatherfield, it will be with Eric on her arm.
However, the Daily Star reports, “But Eric – played by Timothy West, 78, right – will turn out to be a real sleaze and tries his luck with younger model Eva…”
In scenes that will in March, we’ll see Eric lusting after Eva (Catherine Tyldesley) and offering her a shoulder to cry on over the trainwreck that is her love life.
She’ll tell Eric, “Thanks for listening to me before. My gran is lucky to have you. Maybe I should just give up on men.”
But he’ll tell her, “That would be a terrible loss to mankind. I wish I could think of something to cheer you up.”
And he apparently does think of something; an expensive bracelet, which he’ll present to a bemused Eva while hinting that further gifts could follow if she’d care to join him in the bedroom!
That plot twist begins when Eva asks why he’s giving her gifts when it’s her gran – his fiancé – that he should be trying to impress.
Eric will reply, “Because I think you’re wonderful. It’s time someone told you what you’re worth…
“Gloria’s a stimulating woman, but I don’t love her. I’m going to call off the wedding.
“I want to spend my final years with someone I have a connection with, somebody like you.”
A show insider said, “Eva’s totally shocked by his advances.
“It’s one thing trying to steal her sister’s fella but she’s not going to go after her gran’s.
“Gloria will to hit the roof when she finds out.”
Here’s a reminder of some of Gloria’s rows before she left last year…