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Character teasers from Corrie's Phil Collinson

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Corrie Producer Phil Collinson

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New Coronation Street producer Phil Collinson dishes the dirt on his vision for the long-running ITV soap right here...

If, however, you're partial to gossip about that fate of some of your favourite characters, then read on...

The Armstrongs
"They're an interesting family… Owen has his own builders business and he'll be a key player in the renovation of Underworld following the explosion. He has quite a checkered relationship with his daughters and it's fair to say that he smothers Izzy because of her disability. Katie, his other daughter, suffers a little because of that. He's quite a dark, brooding character and he'll be involved in a relationship with a couple of our female cast. He'll really set the cat among the pigeons."

Liz and Owen hit it off in the Rovers.
Apparently you're on the lookout for a new bad boy character…
"I've high hopes for Ian Puleston Davies who plays Owen as he's a very different bad boy. He's that little older and wiser and potentially a dangerous character. We've also cast Will Thorp who's coming in to play Cheryl's husband Chris. He'll be a thorn in Lloyd and Cheryl's side for a long time. Will's a brilliant actor who's delivering a very chilling performance. Again, he's quite a different bad boy - he's rough and ready, much more of a Charlie Stubbs-type character who starts working for Owen. He can certainly pack a punch and hold his own. Definitely one to watch!"

Becky's sister's been cast, too, apparently...
"We've just cast Paula Lane as Becky's sister Kylie Turner. She's brilliant and I'm very excited. She'll come in and move into the pub with Becky, Liz and Steve. She's a big character across the next six months and beyond and it's fair to say that she'll cause hell for the McDonalds…"

Eileen's been criminally underused in recent months…
"I love Eileen and she has a very big story coming up, so watch this space. We'll see a lot more of Eileen over the next six months…"

Natasha Blakeman from Coronation Street
Natasha
"Natasha's story will take a really interesting turn. Her story with Nick is another big plot across the summer into the early part of the autumn. She'll have a really big, memorable exit. Natasha becomes really important in the run up to her departure. All I'll say is, don't believe everything you read in the papers…"

Nick and Leanne
"They're an interesting pairing. What I love about Corrie is that so many characters have such history. I know Nick's played by a different actor but I think it's brilliant that you can refer to Leanne's abortion and that Nick and Leanne were married. Their relationship is tinged with lots of bitterness and unresolved feelings. We may very well go back there with them but there aren't any plans in the foreseeable."

Becky and Steve
"We'll continue with Becky and Steve's desire for adoption. Becky's desperation for a child, for everything she didn't have herself when she was growing up, will take her and Steve into dangerous waters."

Carla Connor from Coronation Street
Could we maybe delve more into Carla's past? Maybe her family?
"I don't think we'll go into her past - and there are no plans at the moment to bring in her brother Darren. I love Carla - we're going to be seeing a lot of her. She's a very significant, complicated character on the Street. You're right to identify that she's missing a family angle to her but what you'll see happening is her relationship with Michelle developing. They're sisters in many ways - they're not, they're sisters-in-law - but it's a really nice relationship which we'll be pushing. We'll be putting Kym Ryder in the factory, running it with Carla. That's really exciting!"

Molly and Kevin
"It's going to be a big, important story for the rest of the year and into next year. Molly's baby is due in September and that's going to be huge. That'll be the beginning of the next chapter of this story."

The Windasses
"That's an important one for us to tell. We'll see Gary go off to war and from that, explore what it's like for the parents of servicemen."

Tina and Graeme kiss.
Graeme and Tina - do they have a future?
"Certainly for the foreseeable. I'm loving what I see. Sometimes, you put the unlikeliest of people together and it can go either way but they're an example of it working. I love watching them - they're both consummate actors and they'll be working with each other for a good while. But nothing's ever forever in soap, is it?"

Maria will be at a bit of a loose end when she returns…
"She still has her brother Kirk and her job in the hair salon! She's connected to Carla and Michelle because of the baby, too, so I think she feels part of that family. There aren't any plans for her to have a massive story over the next couple of months because she's been through a lot."

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