As fans of Corrie may know, when Lloyd Mullaney returns to Weatherfield next week, his best bud Steve McDonald (Simon Gregson) is going to be livid when he discovers that Lloyd has opened a rival taxi cab firm…
And poor old Eileen Grimshaw (Sue Cleaver) will find herself a helpless pawn in their game of cab chess as they vie for her services, telephone and operator-wise that is.
The whole cab wars will of course put former BFF’s Lloyd and Steve at odds, but Craig Charles – who has been absent from the Street as he’s been filming a new series of Red Dwarf – who of course plays Lloyd, is hoping that the show’s writers will end up making Steve and Lloyd a bromance story again.
Comparing Steve and Lloyd to Corrie legends Stan Ogden and Eddie Yeats, Craig told Inside Soap magazine, “I’d love for Lloyd and Steve to play the odd couple for a while!
“There’s so much scope for comedy in that, and it would be great Corrie tradition too…
”We would be like the new Stan Ogden and Eddie Yeats – sat there in our boxers, string vests on, watching the telly, eating burgers and talking rubbish.
“It’d be great fun.”
For fans who’re too young to remember who Stan and Eddie were, Stan was married to Hilda Ogden, and was a window cleaner, or at least he was when Hilda forced him to be. Eddie, who was Stan and Hilda’s lodger, was a bin man. The role of Eddie was played by Geoffrey Hughes, who of course went on to play Twiggy in The Royle Family.
However, back to what Craig had to say, and he’s hoping that Lloyd and Steve’s shared problem of finding the right woman – or indeed, any woman – might reconcile them after cab wars.
He said, “When it comes to women, Lloyd and Steve are always attracted to the wrong ones!
”Let’s face it, Steve is probably the most unlucky man ever when it comes to love that lasts – and Lloyd comes a very close second to him.
“The only difference between them is that Lloyd hasn’t started to collect any ex-wives – not yet, anyway!”
Give it time Craig, give it time…