Gail Platt (Helen Worth) will find that it never rains but it pours in tonight’s Coronation Street. Not only has she recently had to vacate No 8 and move to a notorious local estate, but she’s now also set to discover that a beloved family member has died.
Scenes to be shown this evening will see Gail take a phone call from London and then confide in son Nick (Ben Price) that her long-lost dad Ted Paige has passed away.
The person on the other end of the line was Ted’s partner Andrew who has asked for Gail’s help with the funeral arrangements. Hence the Platt family matriarch then heading down to the capital to offer her assistance.
Long-time Corrie fans will recall that Ted (Michael Byrne) entered Gail’s life back in 2008, having been oblivious to her existence up until that point.
Ted then became a recurring character for the next couple of years and even gave his daughter away at her January 2010 wedding to Joe McIntyre. Ted was last seen on screen in that same month but has been referenced by Gail in the intervening years.
Gail’s trip to London is set to be a brief one, with her return having already been confirmed for next week, when she’ll be seen discussing Ted’s upcoming burial with local undertaker George Shuttleworth (Tony Maudsley).
It remains to be seen, though, whether she’ll be back in time to witness the fate of No 8 being decided when the property goes under the hammer in Monday’s double bill. Might Gail end up having to plan a funeral at the same time as new occupants are moving into her family home?
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