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Terror in Coronation Street as cobbles killer Pat Phelan returns from the dead?

Pat Phelan - Connor McIntyre - Coronation Street

Is Eileen's house being haunted by the ghost of Phelan?

Next week's Coronation Street will see Mary Taylor convinced notorious Weatherfield killer Pat Phelan has returned to the cobbles as a ghost.

Coronation Street fans will know that Phelan's reign of terror came to an end when he was killed by Anna Windass back in June 2018.

Pat Phelan Coronation Street

Pat Phelan's reign of terror finally came to an end in June 2018 (Picture: ITV) (Image credit: ITV)

Phelan cemented his place as one of Coronation Street's best villains of all time after he took Andy Carver hostage, before forcing him to shoot Vinny Ashford dead.

After holding Andy hostage for months, Phelan eventually killed him and dumped his body in a lake.

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Phelan is also responsible for the deaths of cobbles residents, Luke Britton and Michael Rodwell.

Is Phelan back?

Next week, Mary hears noises upstairs at Eileen's house, and is convinced that it is the ghost of Phelan is haunting the Grimshaw's house.

Mary Taylor Coronation Street

Mary is convinced Pat Phelan has returned a ghost next week (Picture: ITV)

Deciding that she needs to take action, Mary asks local vicar Billy Mayhew to perform an exorcism.

But the pair are left stunned when Todd comes down the stairs, having been hiding in the attic at Eileen's house.

Todd comes out of hiding

Daniel Brocklebank, who plays Billy has revealed this is a scene not to be missed...

"It's an absolute gem of a scene. When I read it, I literally squeaked!

"Patti is just fabulous as Mary. It's a brilliant scene because it goes from high comedy to absolute drama.

Coronation Street new Todd Grimshaw

Todd gives Billy and Mary the fright of their lives after hiding in the Grimshaw's attic (Picture: ITV) (Image credit: Mark Bruce)

"It is Corrie perfectly, there are very few shows where you get to play comedy and drama in the same show, let alone the same scene.

"It was an absolute joy."

Billy and Todd reunited 

Coronation Street fans will remember that Todd and Billy were in a relationship before Todd's exit, but how will the pair feel coming face-to-face after all this time?

"To have Todd walking down the stairs after three years, it's like being smacked in the face," continues Daniel.

"It's disbelief at first and he is wondering if he is seeing things.

Daniel Brocklebank as Billy Mayhew

Billy is shocked to come face-to-face with Todd next week (Picture: ITV) (Image credit: Joseph Scanlon)

"Then there is the realisation and absolute mixture of emotion from anger to being pleased that Todd isn't dead.

"Billy doesn't know what to think at that moment."

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
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 whattowatch.com 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.