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DEVASTATION in Coronation Street tonight as THIS family secret is exposed

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Simon Barlow is devastated when he overhears something he shouldn't...

There is upset in tonight's Coronation Street when Simon Barlow overhears Leanne Battersby reveal a family secret that sends his world into a spin.

Tonight's Coronation Street sees the residents of Weatherfield struggling to get their heads around Oliver's devastating mitochondrial disease diagnosis.

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Steve and Leanne's world has been torn apart this week (Picture: ITV)

Parents Leanne and Steve were told on Monday evening that their three-year-old son, Oliver, had the life-limiting condition and that there was sadly no cure.

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But it's not just Leanne and Steve who have had their worlds turned upside down by the diagnosis.

Family heartache...

Leanne's sister, Toyah Battersby, has been life devastated, not only by the news about her nephew but also because she has now had to put her own fostering dreams on hold.

Emma Brooker is also struggling with the news, along with Leanne's other half Nick Tilsley and Steve's wife, Tracy McDonald.

Steve Leanne Coronation Street

Leanne has been pushing those closet to her away (Picture: ITV)

Leanne's adoptive son Simon is also struggling with the news, and to make things worse Leanne is pushing those closest to her away.

Leanne's dark confession

As a distraught Leanne opens up to Steve about the fact Oliver is unlikely to see adulthood, and totally consumed by her grief, she admits that all she has ever wanted is to be a mum and that without Oliver she has got nothing.

Simon is devastated that Leanne seems to have forgotten that she is his mum, too, and he dashes off totally heartbroken.

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Simon overhears Leanne making a confession and is heartbroken (Picture: ITV)

As he gets to school, he approaches his exam hall, but at the last moment he makes a sudden decision that will change everything.

But what will Simon do?

And just how much damage has Leanne's unintentional comment destroyed her family?

Coronation Street will temporarily air a reduced schedule of three episodes a week. Watch on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7.30pm on ITV. 

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 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.