Corrie: When Peter Barlow and Carla Connor return to the Street, Peter has to choose between staying with his son or leaving again with Carla!

by Lynn Connolly

On December 10th, we’re going to see Peter Barlow and Carla Connor arrive back in Weatherfield, however, it quickly becomes clear that they’re only back to tie up some loose ends, then they’re intending to leave for good and build a new life in the States!

However, on the day they get back, Peter’s ex-wife Leanne (Jane Danson) is about to jet off to Las Vegas to wed her fiancé Nick Tilsley (Ben Price) but just as they’re about to get into the taxi to take them to the airport, Peter and Carla get out of one, prompting Leanne to declare she can’t go…

She tells a fuming Nick that given Peter’s track record – he of course previously abducted Simon and tried to flee the country with him – she can’t go now in case he tries to take Simon, who’s staying with her mum Stella (Michelle Collins) at the pub.

Reluctantly, Nick will agree to reschedule, and in later episodes, we’ll hear that he’s booked a wedding on Christmas Day!

However, getting back to Peter and Carla’s arrival, while it’s soon evident that Peter’s glad to be back, it’s equally clear that Carla isn’t, and even while Peter’s telling proud dad Ken (Bill Roache) that both he and Carla are on the wagon, she quietly hits the booze again…

But her secret drinking will be exposed when Peter – who’s busy with work – asks her to go and collect Simon from school. However, when she arrives, Simon can smell the alcohol and he refuses to get into the car with her.

That of course sends fierce Leanne into a frenzy when she hears that Carla – who of course knocked Stella down and nearly killed her while drunk – would have driven Simon around while under the influence.

Unable to stand all the rowing and tension, Carla makes a decision…

She tells Peter that she’s going back to LA the next day, and she pleads with him to go with her, however, when Peter goes to say goodbye to Simon, the little boy breaks down and begs his dad not to go.

So which way will Peter jump? Will he choose a new life in America with Carla (Alison King) or will he stay in Weatherfield for his son?

We’ll find out around Christmas! For now, here’s a truly brill Meerkat tribute to Corrie…

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.