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Coronation Street's Martin Hancock reveals who he REALLY wants to share a scene with

Coronation Street Spider is at Toyah's protest.
Coronation Street's Martin Hancock makes his comeback as Spider Nugent. (Image credit: ITV)

Coronation Street star Martin Hancock has revealed what Weatherfield resident he would like to work with on the soap.

Martin will be reprising his role of eco-warrior Spider Nugent after nearly two decades since he left Coronation Street to start a new life in Peru.

Spider was best known for being Emily Bishop’s (Eileen Derbyshire) eco-warrior nephew and the on/off boyfriend of Toyah Battersby (Georgia Taylor) between 1997 and 2003.

Now, he is set to make his comeback as the green-fingered campaigner and reunite with his former girlfriend Toyah after he bumps into her at her waste incineration protest.

Toyah has been going through a traumatic time on the soap after her husband Imraan Habeeb (Charlie De Melo) was tragically killed in a car crash. She’s currently on bail after being arrested for his murder.

A young Toyah Battersby and Spider Nugent

Spider was well known for being Toyah's boyfriend. (Image credit: ITV)

With Spider exiting the soap 19 years ago, it’s no surprise that there has been an array of new faces walk the cobbles.

Talking to What to Watch Martin revealed what new cast member he would like to work with and even revealed his surprising connection to the star.

He said: “Well, funny enough. Although they’re not new, they are new in Corrie to me, but it’s Joe Duttine (who plays Tim Meltcalfe) because I went to drama school with him. In our thirty-year careers, we’ve never worked together and I think his character is brilliant. I love it. So I’d really like to work with Joe.”

Coronation Street Tim Metcalfe

Joe Duttine plays Tim Metcalfe in the soap. (Image credit: ITV)

Martin also said what character he also sees Spider becoming friends with.

“Definitely Nina,” he commented. "I was extremely nervous before filming. I did have sleepless nights, but I caught up with Simon Gregson the other day and I haven't stopped nattering with people to be honest with you!"

Coronation Street airs hour-long episodes on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 8 pm on ITV — see our TV Guide for full listings. You can also catch up on episodes on ITV Hub.

Grace Morris
Grace Morris

Grace is a digital writer with WhatToWatch.com, where she writes series guides for must-watch shows and the latest TV news. She graduated from Anglia Ruskin University in 2020 with a degree in Writing and Film Studies, which only made her love for creative writing, film and TV grow stronger.


You'll usually find her watching the drama unfold in the latest reality series and much-loved soaps (usually with chocolate by her side!). Grace also likes to explore new places with her friends and family and, of course, watch and read about the latest films and TV series.