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Coronation Street star reveals soap relaxed social distancing rules to film anniversary stunt

Coronation Street Alya Nazir
(Image credit: Joseph Scanlon)

'The last thing we wanted was to be spaced apart…'

Coronation Street star Sair Khan, who plays Alya Nazir, has revealed that the soap relaxed the two metre social distancing rule in order to film a dramatic stunt for the climax of the Geoff and Yasmeen domestic abuse storyline.

In the soap’s 60th anniversary week, beginning on 7th December, Yasmeen’s trial for stabbing Geoff in self defence will draw to a close, and the abused pensioner will learn if she’s to walk free from prison or spend years behind bars.

Back on the cobbles, meanwhile, Geoff’s twisted behaviour shows no signs of letting up.

He attacks Alya and leaves her unconscious when she catches him trying to rob money from Speed Daal.

Alya eventually comes round, only to discover Geoff has set fire to number six.

Coronation Street Geoff and Alya

Alya catches Geoff robbing Speed Daal so he can fund a new life away from Weatherfield

The duo escape the fire by getting out through the loft, but a dramatic rooftop standoff then ensues.

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Filming the stunt 

Explaining how the soap filmed the spectacular stunt, Khan tells us: “If it was up to me, I’d have been up on the real roof of number six, but we had a purpose-built stunt roof on the ground and a green screen behind, and stunt people in harnesses on the real roof. And then we cut between those images. 

Ian Bartholomew Sair Khan stunt

Sair Khan filming the stunt with Coronation Street co-star Ian Bartholomew, who plays Geoff

“For viewers, everything happens in quick succession, but for us as actors, it was over a week of filming, so it was really important to keep up that intensity and make things look as real as possible.

"I came away with a few bruises, and there’s a part where Alya hits Geoff with something, and I caught my chin on the roof. 

Relaxing the rules 

She adds: “In order to do the stunt properly, we relaxed the two metre rule - this is the only time we’ve done that - so we had to self-isolate beforehand and be regularly tested.

"The last thing we wanted as we brought the storyline to a close was to be spaced apart - it wouldn’t have done it justice.”

The rooftop showdown is one of three big plots promised for the diamond celebrations; the other two being the residents’ battle to stop ruthless Ray Crosby’s redevelopment plans, and Peter Barlow’s growing paranoia over partner Carla Connor’s fling.

Carla's secret revealed?

Carla recently admitted to Peter that she’d cheated on him, but claimed her mystery man was a random businessman when, in fact, it was his nephew Adam. 

When Daniel learns the truth, then finds himself being wrongly accused by Peter, viewers will be left wondering whether the single dad will blow Carla and Adam’s secret.

Peter Barlow Daniel Osborne

The accused: Peter wrongly thinks brother Daniel is Carla's mystery man

Teases Alison King, who plays Carla: “She and Adam both have a lot to lose so she has no reason to think that the truth will come out. 

“But Carla’s secrets have a habit of coming out when she least expects them to…”

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.

Alison Slade
Alison Slade

Alison Slade has over 20 years of experience as a TV journalist and has spent the vast majority of that time as Soap Editor of TV Times magazine. 

She is passionate about the ability of soaps to change the world by presenting important, issue-based stories about real people in a relatable way.

There are few soap actors that she hasn’t interviewed over the years, and her expertise in the genre means she has been called upon as a judge numerous times for The British Soap Awards and the BAFTA TV Awards.

When she is not writing about soaps, watching soaps, or interviewing people who are in soaps, she loves going to the theatre, taking a long walk or pottering about at home, obsessing over Farrow and Ball paint.