THIS Coronation Street LEGEND is returning to the cobbles TONIGHT in a hour-long special!

There's excitement in Coronation Street tonight when the legendary Norris Cole returns...

Coronation Street just isn't the same without the legend that is Norris Cole on the cobbles, but tonight that's all set to change when he returns as part of Rita Tanner's new storyline.

According to The Sun there is a huge storyline on the cards this Christmas for Rita when she has a fall while putting fairy lights on her Christmas tree.

Later, Rita collects a relieved Norris from the police station. But what will become of Mary? Watch the action unfold on Coronation Street on ITV1 from Sunday, May  2

Rita and Norris are reunited tonight, but not for long... (Picture: ITV)

But in a sad twist, poor Rita is set to be left lying on the floor for days because she has told people that she is going away for the festive period.

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But in the run up to Rita's Christmas tree dramas she is set to find loneliness setting in when everyone around her seems to be busy with their lives, leaving her with more time on her hands than she would care for.

Jenny is busy with the pub, while Gemma has got her hands full with the quads... and poor Rita has found herself surplus to requirements.

Rita and Jenny Coronation Street

Rita is set to become very lonely this Christmas (Picture: ITV)

Tonight sees Norris return as part of Rita's loneliness storyline, and having already been fobbed off by Jenny earlier in the day, Rita is thrilled to see her old friend on the cobbles.

Urging Norris to come over to her flat for a cup of tea, Rita is in her element as the old friends catch up with the latest Weatherfield gossip.

But sadly for Rita her joy won't last for long because soon Norris will need to dash back to see Freda, and all too quickly he is gone.

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Rita is upset when Norris tells her he has to get back to Freda (Picture: ITV)

Rita struggles to hide her disappointment at his hasty exit, and once again she is set to find herself alone for the duration of the day.

But as Christmas approaches, it seems things are only set to get worse for Rita when she has her accident. But will Norris be returning again soon? Watch this space...

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

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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.