Tonight on Coronation Street...
Eva's back from France - she's got a lot of catching up to do!
Steve turns to Dev as a confidant.
Jenny realises that knowledge is power - everyone in Underworld should start looking over their shoulders.
And, Eileen suspects that Todd has a new man in his life.
David is understandably struggling with the death of Kylie. We spoke to Jack P Shepherd about how David is going to move forward.
How is David coping in the aftermath of Kylie’s death?
It is mixed, he has his bad moments sometimes, usually when he is with the kids and it all falls apart for him. He is trying to look after them and keep them away from being sad and trying to get them to think of her in a positive light and remember the good times but when they start bringing things up that makes David very emotional. But the rest of the time he is putting on a bit of a facade that he is coping with it. He even goes for a drink in the pub and no one talks about it, as they all find it very difficult. So it isn’t being dealt with it, it’s very clever actually the way it has been written and the two sides to David. He is also keeping himself really busy trying to make the funeral exactly right, anything but deal with the emotions surrounding her death.
How do the rest of the family react to the news?
They are all walking on eggshells around David because they don’t know if he is coping with it. They are worried about him because he wants all of her possessions to be binned straight away, he says he wants them out and he wants to move on. And the family are thinking that is all a bit too soon. Everyone reacts differently and it was such a sudden death, it’s hit everybody hard.
Why is he so desperate to find someone to blame for Kylie dying?
It gives him something to focus on, he has always had this single minded streak and it gives him a reason to carry on. He wants to blame somebody for taking her away from them. Now he doesn’t have anyone like Kylie to reign him in so he is on the warpath. Everything was going great in his life and now he wants someone to pay for what happened.
Are we seeing a bit of the old David?
He has always been there, the audience know and I know that it needs something like this to trigger a reaction and send him over the edge and this is big enough for an extreme reaction.
How did you feel when you found out Kylie would die?
I understand why they decided she had to die because if she had been left hanging around, in prison or in another country then she would still be very much part of their lives in some way. She has left him before. If she was in prison he would have had to visit her even if it wasn’t shown on screen, with a death he has to move on in one way or another. A death makes it very final so there is a different way for him to move on.
How does Sarah react when he breaks the news to her?
Well Sarah is only just starting to recover from her breakdown. David was there for her and now it is Sarah’s turn to be the strong one and she is really worried about him.
Can you talk us through the scene where he visits Kylie in the chapel of rest?
Initially they weren’t going to have Paula in the coffin, they were going to shoot it without seeing the body. But the director asked how we would feel about it and in particular how Paula would feel and she said she was prepared to do it. So now you do see David talking to his dead wife and it made the scenes more emotional for me to play. He gets an extra chance to go and see her. They are great scenes where DAvid says goodbye to Kylie for the last time.
You’ve wanted the return of bad David for a while – how do you feel about him coming back under these circumstances?
I’m really pleased with the storyline, it warrants this type of story. We know David doesn’t respond well under pressure, certainly in a situation like this he will go on the warpath and I am really looking forward to watching how it all plays out over the coming months. It is due to continue well into the autumn.
What’s it like on set without Paula?
It is weird, on her last day she finished before the end of the day so the scenes we did after she had left felt different. Even though I had been filming scenes post Kylie’s death beforehand I was still seeing her around in the green room and in some scenes. That afternoon I had to film the first scene after she dies and she had literally just left for the final time so it was really weird. I loved working with her, I didn’t think I would miss her as much as I do, I’m always really blase about people leaving, but she has become a great friend, she was a big character within the Platt family and we all miss her.
What do you think the future holds for David without Kylie?
For now, grief and a desire for revenge but in the long term it will be interesting to see what sort of person he will become/ He is a great father so I do think that will be his focus for a while.
Tonight on Coronation Street...
Michelle rushes to Leanne's aid when she suffers pain in her stomach. Is the baby okay?
Ignoring Rita’s words of warning, Jenny decides to give Johnny another chance.
Sophie's shocked when Luke admits that Caz is secretly staying with him and Maria.
And, David’s faux cheeriness when he comes back to work unnerves Audrey.
Kate finds out about where Caz is staying and she is not a happy lady!
Leanne and Michelle wait for news about the baby.
And, Jenny fuels Johnny's jealousy when she gets treated to a drink by one of Underworld's clients.
For the first time outside of the North West, Coronation Street’s iconic cobbles, sets, props, costumes and memorabilia will go on tour this August.
Coronation Street On Tour will premiere at the SECC in Glasgow from 27th August to 1st January before relocating to Belfast, the latter subject to full planning permission.
An impressive, purpose built inflatable showdome will feature authentic sets and preserved memorabilia in a compelling and extraordinary environment.
With a ‘Virtual Reality’ welcome by fan favourite, Alison King (Carla Connor), visitors will then be immersed behind the scenes of the nation’s favourite street.
From Roy’s Rolls to the Rovers, Coronation Street On Tour will give fans the chance to experience Corrie in a way it’s never been seen before.
Abundant with memories old and new from some of the best-loved characters and stories, this is everybody’s chance to take a trip through the atmospheric world of Weatherfield.
Discover the Duckworth’s and Platt’s inner set secrets, saunter past Street Cars and experience the much-loved surroundings of Roy’s Rolls and The Kabin before stepping through the doors of the famous Rovers Return for a souvenir picture behind the bar.
ITV, in partnership with Continuum Attractions, have unveiled the exciting, long term plans following the unprecedented success of Coronation Street The Tour in Manchester, which welcomed almost one million visitors during its 18 month run.
With tickets expecting to sell faster than the famous Rover’s Hotpot, don’t miss out!
Tours will run daily from 10am.
Tickets for Glasgow dates now on general sale: ticketmaster.co.uk/coronationstreet
Dates for Belfast will announced in due course.
Les Dennis has today announced his intention to leave Coronation Street later this year in a hugely dramatic storyline.
Les joined Coronation Street in 2014 as charming house burglar, Michael Rodwell, who then began a relationship with Gail Platt after she forgave her uninvited guest.
Following a storyline about restorative justice, their romance blossomed when she got know the ‘gentle’ man behind the burglary. Softhearted Michael soon made himself at home, working as a taxi driver for Steve MacDonald and becoming a regular in the Rovers.
However, his marriage to Gail hit the rocks within hours of the nuptials when he discovered Andy had been masquerading as his son, Gavin. Michael was horrified to discover Gail had lied to him and even worse, Gavin was actually dead and she'd kept that from him too.
Angry and betrayed, Les's character fell into the arms of Gail's nemesis, Eileen. This was fairly short lived as Eileen soon replaced Michael with local builder, Pat Phelan. Michael could see Pat for what he was, but Eileen refused to see it.
Of late, Michael’s confrontations with Pat have become legendary, as he seems to be one of the very few characters on the Street who’ve got the measure of evil and conniving Phelan.
Renowned for his stage and television work, Les has become a firm favourite with fans of the soap, fellow actors and colleagues at Coronation Street’s production base in Trafford, Manchester and having achieved a long held ambition, feels excited to move on to new projects.
Of his decision Les said:
"As a lifelong fan of the show, playing Michael Rodwell in Coronation Street has been a dream come true. Becoming part of the ITV Coronation Street family has been a wonderful experience and my decision to leave was a hard one.
“Earlier this year, thanks to Coronation Street giving me a sabbatical from the show, I was thrilled to be able to produce and star in a sell-out production of Alan Bleasdale's Down the Dock Road at The Royal Court Liverpool. I always knew that the time would come when I would want the freedom to do more projects, and now feels like the right time.
“The talented team of writers and producers have come up with a very dramatic exit for Michael on the show which will be exciting to film. I’ll treasure the two and a half years I have been part of such an iconic show and move on with very fond memories, so many lovely friends and colleagues and an ambition achieved."
Coronation Street producer Kate Oates commented:
“We’re very sad to see Les leave Coronation Street as he’s an enormously popular and talented actor. He’s brought warmth, wit and integrity to the character of Michael. We have worked on giving him a great story to ensure a fantastic and dramatic end to his time on the Street. I can't wait to see it unfold!
"He will be very much missed and we wish him many successes with his new ventures."
This week on the Street: Caz causes trouble for Maria, everyone worries about how David is coping in the wake of Kylie's death, is Eileen onto Billy and Todd? and Leanne has a scare about the baby.
Following the devastating death of his wife, is this the moment that David exacts his revenge on Kylie’s killer?
On Friday 15th July viewers watched David cradle his dying wife in his arms after she was stabbed by Clayton, one of the gang from Callum’s old haunt The Dog & Gun.
As he struggles to come to terms with his sudden loss David spots Clayton, who’s now on the run from the police, threatening Gemma to keep her mouth shut.
Grabbing a piece of scaffolding from the builders yard an angry David loses control as he pins Clayton to the ground.
The pain still raw, will an unhinged David go vigilante as he vows to make Clayton pay for taking his wife and the mother of his children from him?
Look back at some of Kylie Platt's best bits and go behind the scenes during Paula Lane's final episode.
How do you describe Kylie Platt? Feisty? Caring? Gobby? Strong?
Whatever you call her you can guarantee that there will be a massive Paula-Lane-shaped hole in the cobbles for a long time to come.
What made you decide to leave?
I have made no secret of the fact that I never saw myself being in a long running drama for the rest of my career. I was only contracted for 6 months and ended up staying six years. Six years is a nice amount of time to make an impact, but not be typecast, I was very conscious of that, time goes so fast in soap, as we film ahead, I thought I am going to have to run and jump and see that decision through.
Were you surprised to be told she was being killed off?
I knew it was a possibility, they have free reign to do what they want with your character once you make that decision to leave and sometimes when it is a much loved character they want to go for a big impactful exit. I am more than happy with the exit and creatively I am excited to play it and see people’s reaction.
How did they tell you?
Kieran Roberts the executive producer me sat down explained how and why, I was excited. You don’t get to have that kind of exit every day and people will really remember it so I am really pleased. Hopefully it will leave the audience wanting more.
Of course it is nice to have the door open, it gives you a kind of safety net but I hope I can go on to do other things, this is a great spring board I feel like I have been given so much opportunity here and I am so grateful to that.
Has that been tricky keeping the secret?
My family and friends kind of know not to ask, but I have a very tight circle of people who knew. It is great that we kept the details of how she dies a secret though.
Go behind the scenes during Kylie's final episodes to see how the dramatic episodes were made.
What was Jack’s reaction?
He was very laid back about it, but It is heartbreaking really because I could have seen them last a lifetime together. It is hard when you have someone you have worked with for six years turn round and say ‘I am going and I won’t ever be coming back.’
Will you take any mementoes?
No I don’t think so I think it has got to be clean break.,
Will you be teary yourself?
I can’t quite go there, I have so many friends here and Jack really is great to work with, I love him to bits, it is going to be gut wrenching, it is safe to say the performances the viewers will be seeing will be real.
What would your dream job be?
I loved Marcella, loved the style, really gritty. ITV has got some great dramas on at the minute, so you just have to see. Of course it is easy say I would love to do something completely different from Corrie like a period drama, or sci-fi. And I would love to do theatre as well.
What’s been your favourite storyline?
It’s hard to just pick one. I loved spending time with Katherine Kelly and being in her shadow kind of thing when I started at Corrie. Then things got a bit more serious and Kylie slept with Nick, and we had ‘Is the baby Nick or David’s?’ thing. I’ve loved everything. I can’t really pinpoint one moment.
What will you miss the most and the least?
I won’t miss the many costume changes – it’s like going on a shopping spree everyday but without the end product. You know, you’re just constantly trying on clothes. I would never want the end product, either. I won’t miss the early starts, the drive. But I will miss the people, the buzz on set when a take goes well – we have so little time to shoot the scenes –when it just works, you go ‘Wow!’ and it feels great that you’ve managed to achieve it. Most things I’ll miss, I really will.
Is Kylie dying after killing Callum the ultimate soap justice?
I have to admit that when they made Kylie a murderer I did sort of think, ‘This means something quite big now.’ It does change things for the character when they commit a big crime.
Did that have any bearing on your decision to go?
I think it just reinforced the fact that they can do whatever they want to a character. And I still wanted her to be believable. There were so many parts of her that I’d played that I thought it was time for me to wrap it up.
As far as Kylie’s relationship with David is concerned, is this the best way for her to leave?
Yes – the family now get a clear cut end. She’ll forever be in David’s heart obviously but one of the best ways for her to go is not by choice. David has to try and move on if she is dead whereas if she had been in prison or had run away he would always be waiting for her. It will be a long process but will give him some great drama.
Do you think David will go off the rails after Kylie’s death?
Probably. It’ll catapult him into a new lease of life. The way she goes will lead to so much for Jack to be able play.
Is it one of the most shocking deaths in Corrie history?
Yes - without a doubt.
I’m not just saying this because I’m involved but I don’t think I’ve ever read an ending like it. The audience are going to get a real sense of shock and surprise – how a sudden death is. They’re going to feel those emotions.
How are you feeling about having to play dead?
It is a bit weird. I just hope my eyes don’t start flickering. I’ve never done it before so I don’t know. I’ve not practiced staying very still or anything. That’s what I mean about being given a storyline like this. It’s a new avenue, something different.
What’s been your proudest Corrie moment?
Without a doubt. The Live episode. The audience was completely oblivious to what me and Jack were doing logistically. In between scenes we were running around the set with about 30 seconds to spare. It was crazy. And then all those millions of people watching. It was an unbelievable feeling.