Rita Tanner (Barbara Knox) is set to be pulled into one of Coronation Street’s biggest stories of 2021 and the soap boss, Iain MacLeod has teased that it will lead to a surprising blast from the past for the iconic queen of the cobbles.
But who or what could be revisiting Rita after her very tumultuous and varied life on the cobbles?
The story will unfold as part of a narrative for Leanne Battersby (Jane Danson) and Simon Barlow (Alex Bain) which kicks off in the aftermath of Leanne’s agonising grief for Oliver.
As Simon tries to support his mum, events spiral into a different direction, with high octane and dramatic results. But where does Rita fit in?
Iain enthused to Metro.co.uk: ‘This is exciting me the most – it will draw in Rita and a blast from the past for her. It becomes quite high octane and you look back and wonder how you arrived here. It’s taken on a real and life of energy. It will end up in the place you least expect it.’
Adding further context to how the story develops, Iain continued: ‘What we try to do with Simon and Leanne was find a way to play their grief differently. It starts small but turns into a colossal, thriller-ish high octane piece that plays over six months.
‘Driven by grief, Simon is in an escapable situation and Leanne puts her war paint on to defend her remaining son. That draws in Nick, Sam and it collides into Peter and Carla’s story. It is a grief story but it’s far more than a woman sitting alone feeling alone.
‘The risk is with using the grief as a platform for another story is that it could do a disservice to the Oliver story but our storyliners and writers have pulled off some amazing alchemy and the payoff from the grief will be fantastic watch.’
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