Tonight on Coronation Street...
Aidan offers to help as Maria prepares to say goodbye to an old friend.
Is there anything I can do?
Todd insists on helping Billy with a community project to try and get back in his good books.
Tyrone tries to gently broach the subject of marriage with Roy and questions him about him and Cathy.
And, Gail announces that Michael is moving back in.
Tonight on Coronation Street...
Roy and Tyrone have a heart-to-heart about Cathy.
I have to learn that Cathy is not Hayley.
Billy gives Eileen food for thought about Todd and Phelan.
Maria and Kirk are devastated by some shocking news.
And, will Sharif have landed himself in even more hot water?
Actress Georgia Taylor will return to the role of Toyah Battersby next month and will appear on screen this December.
Christmas is a time for families and Leanne Battersby is heading for a festive family reunion with her step-sister Toyah.
With Leanne pregnant with Steve McDonald’s baby the sisters have a lot of catching up to do, but viewers will have to wait and see what exactly brings ‘Our Toyah’ back to Weatherfield.
Toyah was last seen on the cobbles 13 years ago in February 2003. She left Weatherfield after finding out her college lecturer boyfriend had got her friend Maria pregnant.
She has been mentioned regularly in scripts by Leanne who has visited her sister a few times.
How has Toyah changed in the past 13 years? Does she have unfinished business with certain residents? What baggage will she bring with her to Weatherfield and is she here to stay? All will be revealed this Christmas on the ITV soap.
Producer Kate Oates said:
“I am delighted that Georgia Taylor has agreed to return to the role of Toyah. She is a talented actress who has had great success since leaving the show in 2003.
“Family relationships are the lifeblood of soap operas and I am excited to explore the drama that Toyah will bring with her to the cobbles. She has led an interesting life away from Weatherfield and she has secrets she has kept even from Leanne.
“Her arrival this Christmas looks set to put the cat amongst the Coronation Street pigeons.”
Georgia Taylor said:
“I am thrilled to be re-joining my old friends on the cobbles and hugely excited to be given the opportunity to explore the character of Toyah 13 years on.
“Coronation Street has always had a place in my heart and I'm delighted to be working again with my good friend Jane Danson and bringing the Battersby sisters back together.
“The script writers and producers have come up with some fantastic, clever, and detailed story-lines that have inspired me and I feel excited to get started!”
Tonight on Coronation Street...
When Aidan tells Alya that they’d need in order to bulk produce her designs would cost up to £14k, Alya vows to get her hands on the money...
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Beth resolves to fight for her man!
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Thanks for having me.
Sharif is in turmoil as Alya and Sonia make demands. How is he going to get out of this one?
Beth is devastated when she heads off to court with neither Craig nor Kirk by her side.
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This week on Coronation Street: Can Roy stop Alex leaving for Scotland? Maria and Kirk get some devastating news, Billy tempts Todd back to the light and Gail and David have a little chat...
Sarah is delighted when she unexpectedly receives a large sum of money and decides to approach Phelan and Vinny about buying one of their flats for her and Bethany.
When Todd learns that Sarah has decided to invest in a flat he’s panicked and confronts Phelan, ordering him not to rip off his close friend or he will blow the whistle on him and Vinny.
But when Phelan tells Todd what Vinny is capable of, will Todd have a change of heart?
Pat has played a masterstroke by offering Todd in on his scam.
Will Todd make a deal with the devil, or is Phelan about to get his fingers burnt? Bruno Langley teases what's to come!
When does Todd first find out about Phelan’s building scam?
Todd has known that Phelan is not a good guy for a long time. He overhears conversations and because he is quick and quite a clever guy, he can put two and two together.
He is constantly confronting Pat and vows to find proof of the building scam to give to the police.
Why can’t he report Phelan to the police?
Todd’s frustrated because he feels that the police won’t take him seriously. Phelan has also stated there would be bad implications on Eileen and Jason’s finances so Todd decides the best thing to do is keep his mouth shut.
How does Todd react when Phelan calls him to the building site for a chat?
Todd is pleased. He thinks he finally has Phelan on the back foot but, unbeknown to him, things are about to go from bad to worse after he leaves his phone in the Rovers...
Billy finds out that Todd has reported them to the Bishop. Can you tell us why he did that?
Todd is testing Billy’s morals and whether he is more important to him than his congregation. Todd does care a lot about himself so when Billy first mentions that he might leave the church, in the back of Todd’s mind he just focuses on: ‘Wow, Billy really does like me because he is willing to give all that up.’
So that is what spurs Todd on. He thinks that Billy just needs that extra push and he later tells Billy that he did it for him so he could be free to be himself.
I don’t believe Todd though. I think Todd did it for himself and maybe like 5% he did it for Billy!
How does Billy react when Todd explains himself?
Billy is furious and says it is over, that’s it, clean cut for him. He says ‘I don’t understand you Todd, you can be nice when you want to be.’ He is baffled by Todd’s behaviour and Todd feels so bad when Billy dumps him, he’s upset.
Why does Todd go to the building site?
Firstly, Phelan keeps giving Todd little digs about working in a flower shop with all his pansies. He goads Todd with the promise of working with the big boys, making some money and doing something with his life. Phelan is telling the truth from his point of view and Todd takes it onboard. So when Billy says it’s over, that is the catalyst for Todd.
He looks at what he has got and decides he might as well step up to what Billy thinks of him, put his morals on the back burner and just get on with it.
How does Phelan react to Todd’s change of heart?
Phelan is suspicious but like most things in life you know when someone is telling you the truth. Todd tells Phelan it is because he is twisted and that’s who he is… and Phelan buys it!
I think Phelan sees a lot of himself in Todd.
Do you think Todd is a match for Phelan? Or do you think they could be a dangerous team together?
Yes, they are a match for each other but that is a hard one because I really like Connor (who plays Phelan) and I really like working with him. So if that means that I prefer the two of them in some dastardly plan together, then so be it. We work well together because he is a very serious actor and I take it very seriously too so we both really care about the work.
What reaction do you get from viewers - are they ‘Team Todd’ or ‘Team Phelan’?
Connor knows more about this than me because I try not to think about it. People in the street ask me, ‘When is Phelan going to get his comeuppance,’ as they would do because that’s what happens with a villain. People want that and villains have to get their just deserts...
Would you personally like Todd to be the one to bring Phelan down?
Yes, of course because I love the drama!
He seems a bit nicer these days - do you prefer good Todd or bad Todd?
I don’t think they both have to be mutually exclusive. I like both sides to him and I like that you can’t pin him down which makes interesting viewing because you don’t know what he is going to do next.
He is very unpredictable and that’s great to act. I don’t want to be the nice guy in the pub! It is harder for me to get where he is coming from when he is doing these bad things because that’s not me, I consider myself quite a nice guy, but either way it is fun!
What else is coming up for Todd?
We will see Todd using his effortless charm to fleece his neighbours but, realising he is playing with fire, it’s a ticking time-bomb before Todd and Phelan lock horns again.
Although Todd and Phelan are both similar characters in their twisted ways, Todd has one weakness and Phelan knows exactly how to use this to his advantage.
Todd is in real danger if he doesn’t act smart and quick.
Tonight on Coronation Street...
Someone has taken Sally's ham and cheese croissant - we're looking at you Jenny Bradley!
Do I speak in riddles?
Disaster strikes when Cathy leaves Alex in charge of the cafe!
Alya tells Sonia she’s outstayed her welcome at No.6 but will she listen?
And, Erica looks after Aadi and Asha for the day and they’re quick to realise she’s no Mary!
Maria conspires with Tyrone to set Audrey and Freddie up!
Maybe just plant a little couple of seeds?
Back at the cafe Roy returns with Alex, and baffled by Cathy’s foul mood, demands to know why she walked out.
Can Sharif continue to keep his secret hidden?
And, revealing their designs impressed the client, Aidan offers Alya and Sinead a bonus.