Two new characters hit the cobbles

Oliver Farnworth and Sean Ward will play Gavin and Callum

Coronation Street fans are in for a treat as two explosive new characters are set to cause fireworks on the cobbles.

Sean Ward and Oliver Farnworth will set hearts racing in the respective roles of Kylie Platt’s ex Callum and Michael Rodwell’s son Gavin. Both have a past that could really set the cat amongst the pigeons in the already fractured Platt household...

Charlie Lawson on the return of Jim McDonald

We caught up with Charlie Lawson about Jim's return to Coronation Street.

How did you feel about being asked to come back?
I was absolutely delighted, I love playing Jim and when I was told about the storyline I was really pleased with the idea that they had. If you are going to use a character you may as well use him properly, I don’t think I would have been as interested in coming back for a one episode prison visit for example.

Is it odd to be back but not actually working on the Street itself?
Not at all because they have built a prison set above Roy's Rolls so it does feel like I am on the street. We have filmed at a real prison in the past but it is much easier to have the purpose built set here on site. It also means I get to work on the new set, which is fantastic.

How has Coronation Street changed since you started in the late 80s?
When we first started it was a lot slower, there were far less people and we only did two episodes a week. The atmosphere was different, we worked hard and played hard. We had a Coronation Street Cricket team but there's not time for any of that now.

The pace is much quicker, more episodes, more cast. People tend to go home to learn their lines, but the whole industry is like that now. We can have four units working, so you can be here and not see people who are in working on the same day.

Can you remember your early days on the show joining as a family?
It was very funny because people had their own chairs and you had to be careful where you sat! I didn’t know anyone in the show, but I knew how enormous the show was.

It was a different animal in those days, people were huge stars, they had come through the 60s and 70s as the first big TV celebrities. We were very lucky to come in together, I was cast first and had an input in choosing Beverly (Liz) and then we both helped choose the boys.

You are starting from the right premise and you know it is going to work when it is done in that way. We were always very close and we came in on a year’s contract and right from the word go it was clear that they were writing for us.

People got used to the new kids on the block very quickly. They felt different and had some amazing storylines.

Welcome back Wendi Peters

Fiz and Chesney are in for a shock later this year when their errant mother Cilla Battersby-Brown makes a surprise return to the street.

Wendi Peters as Cilla Battersby-Brown

Actress Wendi Peters will reprise the role she made famous 7 years after Cilla left Weatherfield.

During her time on Coronation Street loudmouth Cilla made many enemies with her outrageous behaviour and she left in October 2007 after inheriting a £45k necklace from a pensioner who died whilst in her care.

She was last seen in the DVD spin off Out of Africa in 2008.

Exact details of the storyline surrounding her return are being kept under wraps but it will help facilitate Jennie McAlpine’s maternity leave when she leaves the show in the autumn to have her first baby.

Cilla will be on screen for 6 weeks from October.

Wendi Peters said: "I'm really thrilled to have the opportunity to revisit Cilla and the cobbles for a short while and to see what she has been up to for the last 7 years."

Coronation street Producer Stuart Blackburn said: “We can't wait to see Cilla back on the cobbles, she's a truly unforgettable character who is at the heart of Corrie's rich history.”

Since leaving the show Wendi has worked extensively in theatre notably in the The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Rutherford & Son and White Christmas - a show to which she returns to at the Dominion Theatre, West End this Christmas.

On television she has been seen in Hacker Time, Sadie J, Crime Stories and was also a finalist of Celebrity Masterchef in 2009 as well as being the narrator of ITV's Britain's Best Bakery.

Justin Moorhouse joins Coronation Street

We're delighted to announce that Actor and Comedian Justin Moorhouse will be crashing onto the Cobbles in August.

Pitted against Steve in a pub cricket match, Justin will play Dean Upton, landlord of rival pub The Flying Horse.

I’m delighted to be treading the cobbles. It’s always been a dream of mine to appear in the Rovers Return, even though as Dean, landlord of the Flying Horse, I feel like I’m a spy!

– Justin Moorhouse

Justin, known for Phoenix Nights and Looking for Eric, will be joining the Street prior to taking his one man Stand Up Show to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this Summer.

British Soap Awards 2014

Coronation Street brought home a phenomenal nine awards, including Best Actress and Best Actor for Julie Hesmondhalgh and David Neilson in the British Soap Awards.

Julie and David continued their winning streak by receiving the Best On-Screen Partnership Award, for their portrayal of Roy and Hayley, with David also collecting the award for Best Dramatic Performance.

Hayley's death won the accolade for Best Single Episode, whist Best Storyline went to the Hayley's cancer storyline.

Simon Gregson collected The Best Comedy Performance prize for his stand-out portrayal of Steve McDonald.

For the sixth year running, the brilliant Michelle Keegan won the Sexiest Female Award.

And, the Outstanding Achievement was presented to Helen Worth for her amazing performance of Gail McIntyre for 40 years.

A huge thank-you must go out to everyone that took the time to vote in the awards this year, we really appreciate it!

Don't forget to tune in at 8.15pm on Sunday night to watch the Awards on ITV.

See the tweets from the red carpet

New cast photo

The cast of Coronation Street have posed for their first official photograph at the show’s new home.

From the newest to the longest serving member of cast, children and pets, everyone gathered on the cobbles of the set at MediaCityUK in March for the new line-up.

Now the photograph has been released hot on the heels of the show being awarded a prestigious BAFTA on Sunday night.

And to top off an already fantastic week the new building was yesterday officially dedicated to Coronation Street creator Tony Warren.

Hundreds of cast and crew gathered as ITV CEO Adam Crozier and Coronation Street Executive Producer Kieran Roberts were joined by Tony to unveil a sign naming the new studio ‘The Tony Warren Building’.

A five foot cake model of the street was cut by Barbara Knox whilst William Roache raised a toast to Tony and the programme.

Show your support for Coronation Street in the British Soap Awards