CORONATION Street’s teenagers will be hit with a hard-hitting and tragic storyline in the new year, boss Ian Macleod has revealed.
The executive producer has teased a “social responsibility” storyline that will affect the likes of Dev’s twins Asha and Aadi and Roy Cropper’s niece Nina.
It will also feature drug addict Abi Franklin, suggesting a link to drugs.
Speaking to HOAR Online, Iain said: “A huge story for next year involves Asha, Nina, Aadi, Kelly – they will be mixed up in a hard hitting
story and massive ramifications for Roy and Abi.
“It’ll be one of our biggest, serious social responsibility stories next year by a margin. It’s incredibly sad and tragic but a really important story.”
The news comes as the soap confirmed it will return to airing six episodes per week from Monday September 14.
A series of explosive storylines will see David and Shona fighting to rekindle their lost love, Daniel’s confused emotional connection to sex worker Nicky deepen, an epic feud between Abi and Debbie begins, while Peter’s involvement in Abi’s dark past will bring trouble to his own door with Carla.
Leanne will take on the world as she fights to save her son Oliver, however a face from Nick’s past threatens his future when Natasha Blakeman returns to Weatherfield.
Natasha isn’t the only face returning to Coronation Street, Todd Grimshaw’s return spells more heartache for Eileen and plants a bomb under Billy and Paul.
But it’s not all heartache for Eileen when a new arrival puts a spring in her step and finally gives her a worthy love interest.
Iain said: “The amount of work that has gone into keeping Coronation Street on the air, and getting it back to six episodes a week, has been staggering.
“I am so proud of the tireless efforts of everyone behind the scenes and onscreen.
“We have been energised and motivated by the nearly 60 years of heritage behind the show, and the massively important place it still holds in the Nation’s hearts. “