IT wouldnt be Christmas without rows, tears and sirens in the soaps…and Coronation Street is keeping up the tradition.
I can reveal there will be a bloodbath on the cobbles this festive period, with two people shot.
This Christmas Corrie fans can expect the usual rows, tears and sirens, but they might be shocked by the death of a favourite character
Derek Milligan decides to get revenge on Gary Windass after their business partnership soured and furiously wields a gun in the Rovers.
But during the firefight, which plays out on December 25, Michelle Connors partner Robert Preston, played by Tristan Gemmill, is fatally shot. Another resident is also wounded.
A soap source said: Derek gets drunk and starts waving a gun around the pub.
“Theres a tense stand-off then a massive fight between the two men and two people are shot, including Robert, who dies on Christmas Day.
Robert Preston gets caught up in a shootout on Christmas Day and is fatally shot, while another resident is wounded
The bloodbath starts when Derek Milligan decides to get revenge on Gary Windass and drunkenly wields a gun in the Rovers
He makes it to hospital but suffers a heart attack and dies off-screen in a bit of snub to Tristan. Its left to Michelle to tell everyone hes dead.
Gary, played by Mikey North , returned to Weatherfield to the shock news that Derek (Craige Els) had been romancing his ex Izzy Armstrong (Cherlylee Houston).
Derek, who opened up to her about his problems with booze, was horrified to learn that Gary is the father of Izzys son.
Tristan is among a host of names leaving the soap. Kym Marsh, who plays his onscreen partner Michelle, is also on the way out.
Michelle isnt being killed off, however, leaving the door open for a potential return.
And viewers were left in tears by Katie McGlynn’s recent portrayal of Sinead Tinker losing her battle with cervical cancer.
Another merry Christmas on the cobbles, then.
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Core blimey, Mick
DANNY Dyer is scary enough without dressing up as a murderous, blood-soaked doctor.
The telly hardmans EastEnders character Mick Carter is pictured here sporting the ghastly get-up while bobbing for apples at a Halloween bash in the Queen Vic.
EastEnders hardman Mick Carter gets even scarier this Halloween…by dressing up as a murderous, blood-soaked doctor
Strictly Come Dancing star Emma Barton‘s Honey Mitchell is rather easier on the eye, done up as a mermaid with long, multicoloured locks.
Here she enjoys a cheeky snog with love rat Adam Bateman, played by Stephen Rahman-Hughes, who has been cheating on her with Habiba Ahmed.
Halloween in Walford sounds like the perfect recipe for conflict.
Mick or treat, anyone?
Thankfully Honey Mitchell’s colourful mermaid costume is a little easier on the eye
But the party will only cause drama, as she enjoys a cheeky snog with love rat Adam Bateman
THE Chases Jenny Ryan will join The X Factor: Celebrity live shows after all.
In a U-turn of Saturdays axing, judge Nicole Scherzinger said: That voice of hers is one of a kind. We had to put her through.
Brit of a touchy subject
BRITANNIAS makers are facing a backlash after showing a comedy crucifixion of Jesus in the new series.
The irreverent period drama returns for a second run on November 7.
Britannia is already facing a backlash as critics say the upcoming season risks offending Christians
The opening scene depicts Jesus on the cross as David Morrissey’s character Aulus suggests to Hugo Speer’s Lucius he finish off Jesus so they can go to grab a bite to eat.
Aulus says: Is he still going? Well, I dont know about you but Im starving. What say we stick one in him and go for an early supper? Do the poor lad a favour.
Asked if he feared offending Christians, writer Jez Butterworth said: F*** them if they cant take a joke.
Writer Jez Butterworth responded to the concern, saying ‘f*** them if they cant take a joke’
Also in the new series, Zoe Wanamaker’s Queen Antedia is kept prisoner in a cage and forced to drink a mans urine.
It all leaves a bad taste in the mouth.
A Robbie bonanza
ROBBIE Wiliams will star in a one-off spectacular on ITV showcasing his biggest hits.
The Rock DJ singer will film the show next month at Londons Alexandra Palace.
Robbie Williams is filming a one-off Christmas spectacular where he performs fan favourites such as Angels and Let Me Entertain You
He will play host to special guests and belt out fan favourites such as Angels and Let Me Entertain You alongside tunes from his new Christmas album.
The show will air in December and comes 20 years after Robbie filmed the vid for Shes The One at Ally Pally.
You cant beat a bit of nostalgia over Christmas.
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The London rapper said: Theres a strong connection between greenery, creativity and mental wellbeing.
Big Tom thanks
NO wonder its all going so well for Noah Schnapp.
The 15-year-old star of Stranger Things has revealed Tom Hanks gave him tips as they filmed 2015s Cold War drama Bridge Of Spies.
Stranger Things star Noah Schnapp revealed that acting legend Tom Hanks gave him tips
Speaking to Rollacoaster magazine, available to buy at rollacoaster.tv, Noah said: Tom taught me the basics where to stand, how being on set works…I learned a lot on that film. Ever since, Ive really looked up to him.
Hes an amazing actor. I strive to be like him.
Jools is two nice
SIMON Mayos Radio 2 slot hit the skids when he was told to present with Jo Whiley but Jools Holland is sure the same wont happen to him.
He is being paired with guest co-hosts including Jessie Ware and Mark Ronson on his BBC2 show Later.
BBC2’s Jools Holland says he’s happy to start working with Jessie Ware and Mark Ronson
At the Boisdale Music Awards in Londons Canary Wharf, Jools said: If they want to get rid of me, theyd say. It needed freshening up and it looks better now.
Having flown solo for 27 years, Im not buying his cosy take on the change.