SHOCK split for THIS legendary Coronation Street couple next week?

Coronation Street
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Is this the end of the line for Ken Barlow and Claudia Colby?

Next week's Coronation Street sees Ken Barlow realise he and girlfriend Claudia Colby want different things from life, but does this mean the end of their romance?

The pair, who started dating back in 2018, have recently moved to retirement complex Stillwaters, and while Claudia is loving their glamorous new home, Ken has struggled to settle in.

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Ken and Claudia moved to Stillwaters earlier this year (Picture: ITV)

There was uproar amongst Coronation Street fans when Ken, the soap's longest-serving character, left the cobbles earlier this year as part of his latest storyline.

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And as Ken continues to miss Weatherfield, he has started to become even more homesick since the death of his beloved dog, Eccles.

Fans were left distraught last week when poor Eccles died after being on the show for more than a decade, and it seems the news has hit Ken particularly hard.

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Ken lost his beloved Eccles last week (Picture: ITV) (Image credit: Coronation Street YouTube)

Ken still blames his new nemesis, Charles, for Eccles not being allowed at Stillwaters, and next week sees Ken get revenge by revealing Charles' scheming ways to the rest of the retirement complex's residents.

Ken recently worked out that Charles had been pocketing money from the other residents, and there is uproar next week when he announces what Charles has been up to at the election night.

But despite feeling better after Charles gets his comeuppance, Ken admits to Claudia that Stillwaters will never be his home.

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Will Ken choose Claudia or the cobbles? (Picture: ITV)

However, the pair hit the rocks when Claudia admits that she wants to stay put in their new home, and Ken is forced to choose between Claudia and his beloved Coronation Street.

Faced with one of the biggest decisions of his life, what will Ken decide?

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
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.