Shock death rumoured for THIS Coronation Street favourite in Christmas Day BLOODBATH

Coronation Street Christmas pic of Rovers
Coronation Street Christmas pic of Rovers (Image credit: Getty Images)

It has been reported that Robert Preston will meet an untimely demise in Coronation Street this Christmas...

It has been hinted that Coronation Street is planning a Christmas Day episode packed full of shocking drama this year with Robert Preston's death taking centre stage.

Reports in The Sun have claimed that Robert will meet an untimely end as he finds himself caught in the crossfire when a shooting takes place on the cobbles.

Robert Preston in Coronation Street

Rumours are rife that Robert is set to die on Christmas Day after a dramatic shooting in the Rovers (Picture: ITV) (Image credit: Mark Bruce)

While Christmas is usually about family, feasting, and the Queen's speech, soap fans know things are usually very different in soapland.

Viewers are used to huge drama unfolding as we watch the festive instalments of our favourite soaps, and it seems this year Coronation Street is keeping up the tradition of deadly shocks.

It has been reported that a drunk Derek Milligan returns to the cobbles looking for revenge on business partner Gary Windass.

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Gary's business partner Derek will reportedly be back looking for revenge (Picture: ITV)

Fans of the soap will remember that Gary warned Derek away from Weatherfield when he started taking a shine to Izzy... but it seems that as Christmas approaches the pair's business partnership will turn sour.

It has been claimed that alcoholic Derek will arrive at the Rovers on Christmas Day waving a gun around, and soon things turn into a bloodbath as two people get shot.

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A source reportedly told the publication: "Derek gets drunk and starts waving a gun around the pub.

"There's a tense stand-off then a massive fight between the two men and two people are shot, including Robert who dies on Christmas Day.

Nick Tilsley, Coronation Street, Gary

There's trouble heading for Weatherfield this Christmas in the form of Derek Milligan (Picture: ITV)

"He makes it to hospital, but suffers a heart attack and dies off screen. It is left to Michelle to tell everyone that he is dead."

It's no shock that Tristan Gemmill, who plays doomed Robert in the soap, is departing the cobbles after announcing his exit earlier this year, and his on-screen partner Kym Marsh, who plays Michelle Connor, is also bowing out of the soap.

Thankfully for Michelle it seems she is set to survive the Rovers' shooting as it has been revealed the door has been left open for Kym to return to her role in the future.

Michelle and Robert in Coronation Street

Will Robert's death lead to Michelle's exit? (Picture: ITV)

With Robert's demise leading the way for Michelle's exit, it looks like there is plenty of drama heading to Weatherfield this festive season.

But what about the second person rumoured to be shot? Will they meet a grisly end as well?

Coronation Street airs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7.30pm and 8.30pm on ITV.

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 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.