Coronation Street will celebrate its 60th Anniversary next week, and it’s set to be far from a happy occasion on the cobbles as they are thrown into turmoil.
The soap has revealed the much-anticipated story lines for the momentous week of episodes, and Yasmeen Metcalfe will finally learn her fate after weeks behind bars, with fans hoping her abusive husband Geoff will finally get his comeuppance.
Meanwhile the Street will come together to save their homes as Ray Crosby’s plot to bulldoze the cobbles is exposed, and the Barlow family is thrown into crisis after Adam’s illicit liaison with Carla is revealed.
60 years! Coronation Street will celebrate its 60th Anniversary next week, and Yasmeen Metcalfe will finally learn her fate (left) as Ray Crosby’s sinister plot is exposed (right)
Yasmeen (played by Shelley King) has been on trial for attempted murder after confessing to stabbing Geoff (Ian Bartholomew) with a broken bottle, despite it clearly being in self-defence after months of his controlling and bullying behaviour.
Geoff has repeatedly insisted he’s innocent even after his family, including son Tim, learned of his horrific behaviour.
In dramatic scenes Yasmeen will finally learn whether she’ll walk free or spend months behind bars, with Geoff growing more and more desperate as he and Yasmeen’s granddaughter Alya (Sair Khan) have a tense final showdown.
Will she walk free? Yasmeen has been on trial for attempted murder after confessing to stabbing Geoff with a broken bottle following months of his controlling behaviour
Worried: In dramatic scenes Yasmeen will finally learn whether she’ll walk free or spend months behind bars
At last! Meanwhile Geoff grows increasingly more desperate after repeatedly claiming he is innocent, and Yasmeen is actually the abuser
It remains to be seen whether Geoff escapes their meeting unscathed, but bosses have already teased it’ll take a dramatic, and possibly deadly, turn.
Speaking in a Q and A ahead of the anniversary, Shelley admitted that whatever the verdict Yasmeen will struggle to move on from her ordeal, with the storyline far from over even as the court case draws to a close.
She said: ‘I think I’ve been given a great opportunity as an actor because in something like this when you say the tunnel comes to an end it really doesn’t, because this sort of trauma will affect a character, a person for the rest of their lives.
‘I’m looking forward to seeing how or trying to portray how that will affect Yasmeen because I think it would be too simplistic just for her to completely be cured as it were.’
Tense: He and Alya Nazir will come face-to-face in a dramatic final showdown, as the Street comes to Yasmeen’s fate
Fearful: Actor Ian Bartholomew has hinted the storyline is far from over despite Yasmeen learning her fate, as she copes with the ‘trauma’ of her abuse ordeal
The actress admitted the hard-hitting have taken a toll on her own mental health, praising the support of her partner for helping her unwind after a difficult day of filming.
‘I think it would have been very difficult. And it hasn’t been easy and I’ve been quite grumpy and sometimes I don’t want to talk and I’ve been quite tired because you have to access so many things within your own personality to be true to the people who have shared their story with you,’ she added.
‘So it hasn’t been an easy journey, but I think it’s, from the response that we have. It’s been an extremely rewarding one and yes and thank you to my partner for being so understanding.
‘I think we’ve all grown to trust and become very close together during that time and so I’m very privileged.’
A stunt? Bosses have hinted Geoff’s fight for freedom could turn deadly, as he and Alya are involved in dramatic stunt scenes (pictured during filming)
Actor Ian agreed that he’s embraced the opportunity to play such a hated character as Geoff, and hinted that while the verdict will bring an end to this part of the abuse storyline, the long-term effects on Yasmeen are far from over.
He said: ‘We’ve been playing this story now for the best part of two years and, I think it’s pretty much understood that if you play a character like this, if you are a villain or a baddie there is a certain amount of shelf life.
‘So it wasn’t a surprise when we realised that we were coming to some sort of conclusion or some sort of catharsis and for Yasmeen and whatever happens she has to deal with the aftermath of it and I think that’s important to stress and to understand that that is going to be continuing and it needs to continue.’
Has he won? Elsewhere on the cobbles, businessman Ray Crosby has been secretly plotting to buy up all the houses on Street to bulldoze them, and he calls in the builders next week
No chance! But the Street’s residents aren’t so open to Ray taking their homes, and stage a sit-in on the cobbles as the diggers roll in
Elsewhere on the cobbles, businessman Ray Crosby (Mark Frost) has been secretly plotting to buy up all the houses on Street with the hope of bulldozing them to build a block of flats.
But as ever the residents come together to fight back, sparking a sit-in on the cobbles to keep the bulldozers out, and as Abi (Sally Carman) jumps behind the wheel of a digger, but accidentally knocks out the Street’s power as she loses control of the arm.
Leading the crowds will be Corrie veteran Ken Barlow (William Roache), who has been a fixture on the soap since the first ever episode six decades ago.
Actor Bill said: ‘It’s about the small people in a back street facing the adversity of life and everyone can identify with that and of course it has to be well written, well directed. I think 60 years has shown that we can do something right and there’s no reason why I shouldn’t go on forever.
‘I think almost immediately we were all astounded at the effect that we had because owe were a cutting edge drama with the new realism and we were highly fated and criticised all the top periodicals and everything, but I think we all realise this was something special.’
Defiant: Leading the crowds will be Corrie veteran Ken Barlow (William Roache), who has been a fixture on the soap since the first ever episode six decades ago
Oops! But things take a dramatic turn when Abi jumps behind the wheel of a digger, and accidentally knocks out the Street’s power as she loses control of the arm
As Ray fights to keep his business plan afloat, Kevin Webster will be devastated to learn his sister Debbie was in on the plan, and it remains to be seen whether the family can rebuild bridges when the dust finally settles.
On the scenes actor Mark said: ‘I had no idea the best part of two years ago when I joined, where this would go. I knew there was a slightly sleazy misogynist kind of element to him and that he would sort of potentially echo the Harvey Weinstein.’
‘But I had no idea that he would sort of branch out and become a real menace to the whole street and a part of the 60th anniversary, so it’s been great fun.’
It also seems that despite months of villainous behaviour, fans will see even Ray’s right hand man Gary Windass turn against Ray.
Despite finally getting the contract that hands over control of the Underworld factory, Gary is furious when he finds Ray in an uncompromising position with his sister Faye.
Fuming: It also seems that despite months of villainous behaviour, fans will see even Ray’s right hand man Gary Windass turn against Ray
Raging: Despite finally getting the contract that hands over control of the Underworld factory, Gary is furious when he finds Ray in an uncompromising position with his sister Faye
Actor Mikey North explained: ‘I do think there is that redeeming quality to him which which hopefully is why he can be forgiven of some of the things that he’s done and I think a lot of the bad things that he does do is always with a good intention at heart.
‘He’s trying to protect the people that he cares about, you know, he hasn’t killed anybody in cold blood just yet but yeah, I think he’s a nice guy deep down and as an actor he’s great fun to play.’
As ever the Barlow family will take centre stage in the Anniversary week, as they are torn apart by the bombshell revelation that Peter’s partner Carla (Alison King) had a one-night stand with his nephew Adam (Sam Robertson).
While Carla has desperately tried to keep her liaison a secret, as ever in soap it’ll come to the surface, when Adam’s uncle Daniel (Rob Mallard) finds out.
Devastating: As ever the Barlow family will take centre stage in the Anniversary week, as they are torn apart by the bombshell revelation that Carla had a one-night stand with Adam
Oh dear! While Carla has desperately tried to keep her liaison a secret, as ever in soap it’ll come to the surface
Actor Chris Gascoyne explained Carla’s infidelity stemmed from Peter’s decision to start drinking again despite battling alcoholism for decades.
He said in the Q and A this will likely be the last time he falls off the wagon, as doctors tell him the next drink could prove deadly.
‘Everytime he has a drink we can’t keep saying if you have another drink you could die so we had to finish this storyline at some point and there after this he will never ever be able to drink again,’ Chris said.
On the Barlow’s turbulent relations, he added: ‘I think there’s a deep love for each, but I think they’re all loving each other, they look after each other and they can argue with each other which I think all families do you know to an extent.
‘I think Peter’s relationship with Carla is so brilliantly written, so messy and detailed but you’re just on the edge of your seat the whole time because you kind of want them to succeed but you never know which way it’s gonna go, in one scene to the next.’
Embattled: Actor Chris Gascoyne explained Carla’s infidelity stemmed from Peter’s decision to start drinking again despite battling alcoholism for decades
Rage: Adam was sworn to secrecy after his illicit affair with Carla, but the truth is revealed when his uncle Daniel Osborne finds out
Producer Iain MacLeod admitted that filming the 60th Anniversary storyline was no easy feat given restrictions brought in due to the COVID-19 pandemic, admitting some stars were forced to self-isolate and get tested so they could film stunt scenes.
In an unusual twist, he also revealed the idea of a virus hitting the Street was pitched last year, but was binned for being ‘too far-fetched.’
He said: ‘Nobody could have written this, about a year ago when we’re talking about what we would do for our 60th anniversary and two of my writers pitched a story for a global pandemic would you believe?
‘It originated in Tyrone’s pigeon loft that took up racing pigeons in homage to Jack and it came in as some kind of former bird flu and spread around the Street.
‘The consensus around the writing room was ”no it’s just far too far-fetched no one’s gonna buy that” and fast-forward to now and that all looks horribly prescient.’
Challenging: Producer Iain MacLeod admitted that filming the 60th Anniversary storyline was no easy feat given restrictions brought in due to the COVID-19 pandemic
What idea? In an unusual twist, he also revealed the idea of a virus hitting the Street was pitched last year, but was binned for being ‘too far-fetched’ (filming is pictured)
Coronation Street will officially celebrate its 60th Anniversary on Wednesday 9th December, after airing it’s first episode on that day six decades ago.
More than 10,000 episodes later the soap has seen 57 births, 146 deaths and 131 weddings alongside no shortage of affairs, murders, secrets and lies.
The show will be screened on ITV as three one hour episodes on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 7:30pm.
During the anniversary week fans will also be treated to two new ITV documentaries; Coronation Street 60 Unforgettable Years and Queens Of The Street.
Coronation Street’s Anniversary Week starts on Monday, December 7th at 7:30pm on ITV.
Behind the scenes: Coronation Street’s Anniversary Week starts on Monday, December 7th at 7:30pm on ITV