Explosive 'Coronation Street' stunt to see at least one fan favourite DEAD this autumn

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There are exciting times heading to the cobbles later this year. (Image credit: ITV)

Coronation Street bosses have promised a huge stunt is on the cards that will see at least one character killed off in dramatic scenes. 

The episodes, which are set to air later this year, promise to be so huge that they'll be bigger and better than the famous cobbles tram crash that claimed the lives of three characters back in 2010. 

The epic stunt, which was part of the soap's 50th-anniversary celebrations saw both Ashley Peacock and Molly Dobbs meet a grisly end. 

But instead of a tram, this year's huge stunt will focus on the return of the huge sinkhole in the Platts' garden that first appeared last year.

Coronation Street spoilers: A sink hole appears in David Platt’s garden!

David Platt was stunned to find a huge sinkhole in his back garden last year. (Image credit: ITV)

Coronation Street boss Iain Macleod compared the new storyline to Chekhov's gun – which is a dramatic principle that states that every element in the story must be relevant and no false promises should be made...

He told mirror.co.uk: “We don't have Chekhov's gun in our stories but we do have Chekhov's sinkhole. We've tried to look at the last 12 months and the limited way in which all soaps have been forced to tell their stories, and try to subvert that and go 'we're back'.

“It's going to be really huge - there's loads of emotion, there's loads of big spectacle – it's going to be cinematic.

"It's a statement of intent that we wanted, as a show, to put out there - to make something we couldn't possibly have made in the past 18 months because the pandemic wouldn't allow it. But we're back now, our team is the best in the business and we can do it and we're going to do it and it's going to be incredibly impressive."

“When you do a story of a certain scale and at a certain level of spectacle the viewers expect there to be significant aftermath to it and significant outcomes.

"So yes, I can confirm that Chekhov's sinkhole will result in a death.”

Tram Crash Coronation Street 2010

This year's stunt is set to rival the 2010 cobbles tram crash which claimed three lives.  (Image credit: PA)

Coronation Street celebrated a huge night at the National Television Awards on Thursday, sweeping the board by taking home three awards. Speaking of the soap's win, Iain said: “Our team is the hardest working, most talented, most dedicated in the business.

"Making soaps is hard anyway but doing it while there is a deadly virus out there is even harder and what we are doing now, the episodes around the sinkhole, are testament to how incredibly indefatigable our production team, our writers, and our actors are."

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. You can also catch up on episodes on ITV Hub now. 

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.