Preview Pictures: A Matter of Life and Death

Coming up on the Street: Gary and Maria become closer, Emma faces a dangerous operation, Daniel struggles to cope with the grief, Gail returns to the cobbles as David faces his day in court and a trip to the seaside turns into a matter of life and death for Gemma and Chesney.

Gary and Maria get closer

Maria, Gary and Bethany - Coronation Street - ITV
Bethany quizzes Maria about her feelings for Gary. But while Maria insists they’re nothing more than mates, Bethany reckons she should go for it.
Maria and Gary - Coronation Street - ITV
Later, Tyrone invites Maria and Gary to a Halloween party. To Maria’s amusement, Gary arrives wearing a zentai gold bodysuit.
Maria and Gary - Coronation Street - ITV
When Gary suggests they could meet for lunch, he's delighted when Maria readily accepts.

An 'eventful' day out to the seaside

Chesney, Gemma and Bernie - Coronation Street - ITV
Gemma and Chesney are horrified to see that in her magazine interview Bernie has painted Chesney as a love rat, claiming it made a better story.
Gemma and Chesney - Coronation Street - ITV
Escaping the cobbles for a day out to Llandudno. In a cable car, Chesney's romantic intentions are rudely interrupted when Gemma suddenly goes into labour
Gemma and Chesney - Coronation Street - ITV
Having pulled the emergency brake, as the cable car swings in the breeze Gemma panics whilst Chesney calls an ambulance. Is Gemma about to give birth up in the clouds?
Gemma and quads  - Coronation Street - ITV
Later back on solid ground, Gemma eases herself out of her hospital bed and gazes at her four babies with awe and trepidation.
Gemma and Cathy - Coronation Street - ITV
However, she's worried when she is told she is being discharged but the babies must remain at the hospital.
Gemma and Cathy - Coronation Street - ITV
She's also furious when she discovers Bernie has made the quads their own Instagram account.
Cathy, Bernie, Gemma, Joseph and Chesney - Coronation Street - ITV
However, Cathy then tells a stunned Gemma that she has used the quads Instagram account to get them a free room at an upmarket local hotel as long as they can use the ‘Cable Car Quads’ as promotion.

Gail lays down the law

Nick, Sarah, Bethany, Audrey, Leanne, Shona and Gail - Coronation Street - ITV
Gail calls the family together at No.8.
Bethany, Sarah, Audrey, Leanne, Shona and Gail - Coronation Street - ITV
She tells them she’s sick of all the infighting and it’s time they pulled together.

David faces his day in court

David and Abe - Coronation Street - ITV
Having been charged with the attempted murder of Josh, a worried David prepares for his hearing. But Abe urges him to stick to the story unless he wants to end up like Josh.
David and Imran - Coronation Street - ITV
Gail, Sarah, Nick and Shona attend David’s hearing in the Magistrate’s Court to hear David, Abe and Tez all plead not guilty to the attempted murder of Josh.
Imran and David - Coronation Street - ITV
To the family’s horror, David is refused bail and remanded in custody until the trial.

Geoff gets his feet (even more) under the table

Tim, Sally, Yasmeen, Geoff and Abi - Coronation Street - ITV
Clearly enjoying his new owner status, Geoff invites Sally, Tim, Abi and Faye to join him and Yasmeen for dinner at Speed Daal.
Yasmeen and Geoff - Coronation Street - ITV
When Geoff announces he’s nipping out for some wine, Yasmeen worries that Alya will disapprove.

Jade plays the dutiful friend

Fiz, Hope and Jade - Coronation Street - ITV
Fiz takes a call from her Mum who reveals she’s had an accident and is in hospital. Jade assures her she’ll look after the girls while she goes to see to her Mum.
Fiz, Hope and Jade - Coronation Street - ITV
But when Hope hears Fiz’s plans to go away, she becomes upset and angry.

Daniel struggles to cope with his grief

Daniel and Bethany - Coronation Street - ITV
Having been earlier defended by Daniel, Bethany can't walk by when she sees Daniel struggling with his grief.
Daniel and Bethany - Coronation Street - ITV
Offering him a shoulder to cry on makes all the difference to grief stricken Daniel.
Daniel, Bethany and beth - Coronation Street - ITV
But Beth is furious when she finds Bethany comforting Daniel and accuses them of having an affair before Sinead is even cold.

Ali loses control

Ali and Toyah - Coronation Street - ITV
Ali assures Toyah that he’s gradually weaning himself off the diazepam and he’s in control.
Maria, Gary, Steve and Ali - Coronation Street - ITV
But Ali, Steve, Maria and Gary find themselves in hospital when Emma has a ruptured appendix and needs an emergency op.
Maria, Gary, Steve and Ali - Coronation Street - ITV
Steve is furious when he finds out Ali told her earlier she only had food poisoning and accuses him of medical negligence.