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Coronation Street fans spot something strange during Steve and Leanne scenes tonight

Coronation Street spoilers: Leanne Battersby has her day in court

Coronation Street fans have been watching tonight's episode very closely...

Coronation Street fans have been left baffled after watching a scene with Steve McDonald and Leanne Battersby tonight.

This evening's episode focused entirely on Steve and Leanne's desperate bid to keep their son Oliver alive.

Coronation Street spoilers: Leanne Battersby has her day in court

The judge announced that it could be kindest to withdraw Oliver's life support (Picture: ITV)

Fans of the soap will already know that three-year-old Oliver is suffering from Mitochondrial Disease and sadly only being kept alive with the aid of machines.

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The heartbreaking storyline has been running since April, when Oliver first started showing signs of the life-limiting illness.

Steve and Leanne have been battling with doctors in court in bid to stop them withdrawing Oliver's care... however tonight's hour-long episode saw the judge decide that it was time to switch off Oliver's life support.

Coronation Street spoilers: Will Leanne Battersby agree to withdraw Oliver’s life support?

Leanne was devastated when Steve told her he didn't support her decision to appeal (Picture: ITV)

The parents were understandably devastated by the decision, but while Nick and Steve seemed to understand where the judge was coming from, Leanne announced that she was going to launch an appeal.

Steve initially agreed to support the appeal, but deep down he realised it was time to let Oliver go, and he admitted to Leanne he thought she was wrong to appeal the decision.

Where's Oliver?

But while the pair discussed Oliver's future at the end of the episode, fans noticed that they appeared to be arguing over an empty hospital bed.

Coronation Street spoilers: Leanne Battersby needs Steve’s help

Where is Oliver? Fans have been distracted by the fact Oliver seems to vanish from his hospital bed (Picture: ITV)

Eagle-eyed Coronation Street fans noticed that Oliver's bed appeared to be empty, when just moments before Steve had been talking to his son...

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Of course the actor who plays Oliver is only in certain scenes, and the production team have had to use some camera trickery to try and make it seem he is present at all times.

By the end of tonight's episode Steve was being thrown out of his son's hospital room by Leanne, who accused him of not loving Oliver if he was willing to let the doctors switch off his life support.

With Leanne now completely alone in her fight for Oliver, how much longer will it take her to realise that, tragically, Steve's decision is the bravest one?

Coronation Street airs on Mondays and Wednesdays 7.30pm and 8.30pm with an hour long episode at 7.30 on Fridays on ITV-  see our TV Guide for full listings.

Claire Crick
Claire Crick

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.