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Coronation Street's Kym Marsh to star in exciting new project with the BBC

Kym Marsh, wearing black, attending the NHS Heroes Awards
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It has been announced that Coronation Street actress Kym Marsh will be taking part in a brand new daytime TV show on the BBC...

It has been revealed today Kym Marsh is set to appear in a brand-new daytime series heading for BBC One.

The new venture for the actress, who is best known for playing Michelle Connor on Coronation Street for the last 13 years, is set to be part of the channel's new daytime scheduling.

For Love or Money is a week-long investigative consumer series that will see Kym Marsh and fellow presenter, BBC News reporter Ashley John-Baptiste, exploring the rapidly growing scam called 'romance frauds'.

Kym Marsh in For Love or Money

Kym has joined forces with Ashely John-Baptiste in For Love or Money (Picture: BBC)

The programme will expose the criminals conning online daters out of tens of thousands of pounds a year, with each episode following Kym and Ashley as they look into one case at a time, revealing the shockingly sophisticated techniques that fraudsters use to pull at vulnerable victim's heartstrings.

The pair will use a forensic style of crime investigation to find out how the criminals manage to appear so convincing, then reveal the real identity of those behind the fake online photos that they've used to trick people into trusting them.

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By the end of each episode Kym and Ashley will gather together all the evidence they have found and sometimes even make contact with the crooks themselves.

For Love or Money comes with a long list of new commissions for BBC Daytime, with other shows like Night Force and Call That Hard Work also being added to the schedule.

Kym Marsh in For Love or Money

Kym's new role is a far cry from playing Coronation Street's Michelle Connor (Picture: BBC)

Carla-Maria Lawson, Acting Head of BBC Daytime said: “Mornings on BBC Daytime are really resonating with audiences.  It's clear viewers appreciate modern, topical formats that reflect contemporary Britain.

"These new titles complement the slate of recent popular factual successes such as Fraud Squad NHS, Critical Incident and Defenders UK. I believe these new formats will enhance our offering to viewers of shows that give a fresh take on relevant issues”

For Love or Money is certainly a change for Kym after more than a decade in Coronation Street, but with her departure from the cobbles now imminent, it seems this could be a whole new direction for the actress.

Claire Crick
Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch

Claire is Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch and has been a journalist for over 15 years, writing about everything from soaps and TV to beauty, entertainment, and even the Royal Family. After starting her career at a soap magazine, she ended up staying for 13 years, and over that time she’s pulled pints in the Rovers Return, sung karaoke in the Emmerdale village hall, taken a stroll around Albert Square, and visited Summer Bay Surf Club in sunny Australia. 

After learning some tricks of the trade at websites Digital Spy, Entertainment Daily, and Woman & Home, Claire landed a role at What’s On TV and writing about all things TV and film, with a particular love for Aussie soaps, Strictly Come Dancing and Bake Off

She’s interviewed everyone from June Brown — AKA Dot Cotton — to Michelle Keegan, swapped cooking tips with baking legend Mary Berry backstage at the NTAs, and danced the night away with soap stars at countless awards bashes. There’s not a lot she doesn’t know about soaps and TV and can be very handy when a soapy question comes up in a pub quiz! 

As well as all things soap-related, Claire also loves running, spa breaks, days out with her kids, and getting lost in a good book.