Previews: Friday 28th November

Tonight on Coronation Street...

7.30pm

Michael collapses in front of Gavin.

Tracy is worried when the bank rejects her loan request.
Julie confronts Dev and demands to know why he’s been telling lies.
And, will an unlikely person manage to persuade Todd out of hiding?

8.30pm

Carla puts Tracy in her place...

Michael worries he's scared Gavin away with his health issues.
And, Dev and Julie on a date? Don't tell Mary!

Preview: Wednesday 26th November

Tonight on Coronation Street...

7.30pm

Liz dupes Steve and Michelle into working the same shift, hoping it’ll give them a chance to talk. Will her efforts be rewarded?

Is everything what it seems with Gavin?
Dev does his best to sabotage Julie's date with Dominic.
And, Craig becomes an unlikely teacher.

Coronation Street: Live

Coronation Street is going LIVE for a special episode in celebration of ITV's 60th Anniversary.

Speaking today at the Salford Media Festival, ITV’s Director of Television Peter Fincham will confirm Coronation Street is to broadcast a live episode in 2015 from its new production base in Trafford, Manchester.

The special episode will be filmed at Coronation Street's new state-of-the-art production base on the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal overlooking MediaCity in Salford, and will mark ITV’s 60 years on air.

Cast, crew and writers have received the news this morning (19 November) ahead of the announcement. The live episode will broadcast in September 2015 and will ensure viewers are tantalised by storylines reaching a dramatic climax.

"We’re delighted to be marking ITV’s 60th anniversary with a live episode from Coronation Street’s brilliant new studios and set," said Executive Producer Kieran Roberts.

"We’re immensely proud of our new home and it’s been the most amazing first year of production.

"The cast, writers, and production team are exhilarated by the prospect of a live broadcast as the programme’s 50th anniversary episode was received so brilliantly by the audience,” he added.

The tram crash

Coronation Street Producer Stuart Blackburn, who produced Emmerdale’s live special to celebrate the drama’s 40th anniversary in 2012, will mastermind Coronation Street’s live episode whilst continuing to oversee the soap.

His production team will pre-record episodes across the summer of 2015 which will dovetail into the live episode in September.

“It’s an honour to be at the helm as Coronation Street goes live once more,” said Stuart.

“We’ve a reputation to uphold after the success of the tram crash and I’m going to enjoy working with the storyliners and writers as we plot stories for our live episode in 2015.

We’ll be doing all we can to eclipse what’s gone before,” said Stuart.

Jacqueline Leonard joins Corrie

There is more trouble ahead for the Armstrong Windass clan early next year with the arrival of Katy and Izzy’s estranged mum Linda.

Owen’s ex will be played by former Doctors and Eastenders actress Jacqueline Leonard.

Linda turns up unexpectedly in Weatherfield in February keen to build bridges with the daughters she left behind when they were children.

Owen, Katy and Izzy are stunned when she arrives on the cobbles from her home in Portugal as she hasn’t been in contact for years.

Having always been told by their dad that Linda abandoned them as she couldn’t cope with them as children, Katy and Izzy are reluctant to give her the time of day.

But it soon becomes evident that Owen was perhaps a little economical with the truth and Linda’s arrival puts the cat amongst the pigeons - not least with Anna who is worried about Owen’s relationship with his ex.

Jacqueline said:

"I am incredibly honoured and excited to be joining the amazing cast of Coronation Street.

"I love the Northern wit and humour along with the drama and tension that the wonderful scripts of Coronation Street encapsulate. So excited to start!"

Stuart Blackburn said:

“Linda's arrival will have a devastating affect on how Owen's family see him and he'll have the fight of his life to hold on to everyone and everything he holds dear.

"The sins of the father really will visit Owen's children."

Jacqueline is a popular face on television having played regular roles on several other dramas including Peak Practice, Holby City and most recently River City.