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Will Corrie killer Richard Hillman return from the grave for revenge on Gail?

Coronation Street Gail

Gail Platt is in for a fright when she receives a ghostly message from her dead killer husband Richard Hillman...

It has been almost 15 years since Coronation Street's Gail Platt discovered her husband Richard Hillman was a murderer. He then tried to drive Gail and her family to their doom but ended up drowning in the canal.

Or did he?

In a killer twist, Richard will 'return' to Weatherfield this March via a psychic medium, Rosemary, who has a chilling message from Richard to Gail which is sure to leave her super-spooked!

As far as we know, Brian Capron who played Richard from 2001 to 2003 isn't returning to the role. But quirky Rosemary will be played by Sophie Thompson, who soap fans may remember as Phil Mitchell's short-lived wife Stella Crawford in EastEnders. Stella jumped to her death on their wedding day and Phil was later arrested and accused of her murder!

"Sophie is perfect for the role of Rosemary and we are excited she is joining the cast and working alongside Helen Worth (Gail) and Sue Nicholls (Audrey)," said a Corrie spokesperson. "Gail and her mum are convinced she is getting messages from Audrey's late husband Alf and Gail’s former husbands too. But it remains to be seen if she is all she claims to be."

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See Sophie Thompson as psychic Rosemary in ITV's Coronation Street from mid-March

Simon has long been a fan of soap operas, and especially loves OVER-THE-TOP plots involving evil twins, hair-pulling catfights and natural disasters.

Anyone remember the Sunset Beach earthquake/tidal wave?

Or when Krystle Carrington got locked in the attic and replaced by look-a-like Rita in Dynasty?!

Simon has written for a variety of TV and childrens’ magazines/websites including Inside Soap, Nickelodeon, What’s On TV, Radio Times, Metro, Girl Talk, Disney Girl, Toxic! and Digital Spy.

He has reported LIVE from the red carpet at The British Soap Awards interviewing glammed-up stars from soapland, and hosted a Facebook LIVE session for Metro with Home and Away legend Ray Meagher (Alf "Stone the flamin' crows!" Stewart) to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Aussie soap.

Simon is also co-author of The Treasures Of Coronation Street (Carlton Books)

And the writer and director of (very!) low budget fright flick, Midsummer Night's EVIL and the sequel webisodes series, The Hatchet Woods HORROR.