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Aidan's Exit

Coronation Street is to highlight the important issue of male suicide when Aidan Connor tragically takes his own life.

In episodes to be screened the week of May 7th viewers will hear that Johnny Connor has discovered his son’s body at his Victoria Street flat, after Aidan failed to turn up for work at the factory.

As the news of what Aidan has done spreads, his devastated family and friends try to come to terms with the shock of their loss and begin to question why they hadn’t spotted any signs that he was struggling to cope with life.

Viewers will last see Aidan on screen on Monday 7th May when he goes to see Eva at the cottage where she is living after giving birth to baby Susie, before returning to a family party at the Rovers. His final scene will see him back at his flat alone. No element of the suicide will be shown on screen.

Johnny makes the devastating discovery at the beginning of an hour long episode on May 9th.

Actor Shayne Ward, the writers and production team, have worked closely with charities Samaritans and CALM to ensure the storyline is handled sensitively and realistically.

Shayne Ward said:

“I am honoured to have been trusted with a storyline like this, it shows the confidence that Kate and the team had in me to be able to play it. When you get given a storyline like this it is a decision that is not taken lightly, I have played it with as much honesty and truth as I could. I am very proud of what I have done in my three years on the show and on this storyline in particular.

“Aidan is an ‘everyman’ figure, he is someone men can identify with, which is important in telling this story."

We hope that anyone who recognises something of themselves in Aidan, will realise they can, and really should, talk about how they’re feeling.

– Shayne Ward

Coronation Street Appoints New Producer

ITV today confirmed Iain MacLeod has been appointed as the new Producer of Coronation Street, following Kate Oates’ decision to leave the soap and move into drama series production.

Kate is moving to work with ITV Studios owned label Tall Story Pictures, where she will produce the forthcoming second series of Bancroft, starring Sarah Parish.

Kate and Iain leave their respective soaps in strong form, as each is up +5% year-on-year for volume, on both consolidated and overnights ratings.

In 2018 to date, Emmerdale has increased its average audience in the consolidated ratings, pulling ahead to become the UK’s second most popular soap.

The Emmerdale appointments will take effect from the beginning of June, to coincide with Iain taking the helm at Coronation Street.

Find out more about Emmerdale's restructure

9.4M viewers tuned in to see Eileen confront Phelan

Coronation Street continues to be the UK’s most popular soap, with Good Friday's 8:30pm episode scoring the highest rating in this slot in more than 4 years when 9.4m viewers tuned in to see Phelan confess his string of crimes to Eileen at the lighthouse.

Across that week, Coronation Street delivered an impressive 40% share among 16-34's, the soap’s highest share for this demographic since just before the tram crash in 2010.

Victoria Street

ITV is excited to announce a brand new sitcom based in Weatherfield, featuring well-known faces from the world of Coronation Street.

Appearing on our screens in Autumn, this modern day Bread meets Benidorm in the rain, is a high concept, big scale comedy featuring a dysfunctional group of Weatherfield residents, headed up by Liz McDonald herself, Beverley Callard.

Co-starring fan favourites, Daniel Brocklebank (Billy), Bhavna Limbachia (Rana), Julia Goulding (Shona) and Colson Smith (Craig), Victoria Street is crammed with silly jokes for new audiences and lovers of classic Corrie alike!

Will Eileen pay for Phelan’s crimes?

After the harrowing fight for her life, this is the moment that a stunned Eileen is arrested on two counts of murder!

Battered and bruised after an epic struggle with Phelan, which saw him fall to his death, Eileen is still in shock following the revelation that the man she loved was a murderer.

But worse is still to come for Eileen, when the police make it clear they’re linking her to the crimes and she could be held accountable for assisting an offender.

Louis Emerick Joins Coronation Street

Louis Emerick is to join the cast of Coronation Street as a former school teacher of Steve McDonald.

Liverpool born Louis will first appear as Mike Thornberry next month when he turns up in the Rovers and takes a shine to Liz McDonald.

Steve is unimpressed when Liz starts flirting with Mike, and horrified when she suggests he might be able to give his old teacher a job driving a cab.

Former Brookside and Last of the Summer Wine actor Louis begins filming next week and will be on screen initially for a few months.

He said:

"I am chuffed to bits to be joining the cast of Corrie, I first appeared in the show in 1986 as a delivery man, it’s only taken me 32 years to be invited back!

"I can’t wait to start working alongside Simon and Beverly who I have known for years, it’s going to be a lot of fun."

Richard Hillman Haunts Gail!

Gail Rodwell is to get a shock when her serial killer hubby Richard Hillman comes back from the dead - via a psychic medium.

Sophie Thompson has been cast as quirky medium Rosemary who meets Audrey when she visits her salon and convinces her she has been contacted by her late husband Alf.

Gail is dismissive of Rosemary and her ‘gift’ and warns Audrey to be careful but it isn’t long before Rosemary says she is getting messages from Gail’s dead husbands.

Sophie will first appear on screen in mid March and it isn’t long before Gail is keen to find out just what her late husbands, including Richard want to tell her.

A Corrie spokesperson said:

"Sophie is perfect for the role of Rosemary and we are excited she is joining the cast and working alongside Helen and Sue.

"Gail and Audrey are convinced she is getting messages from Alf and Gail’s husbands. It remains to be seen if she is all she claims to be."

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