Coronation Street boss Stuart Blackburn has revealed that the Barlow family is going to be at the centre of storylines for 2014.
“It’s going to be the year of the Barlows,” the soap’s producer today told RadioTimes.com. “Tracy and Peter are both getting big stories.”
On the topic of Peter’s (Chris Gascoyne) current extra-marital affair with Tina (Michelle Keegan), Blackburn commented:
“I absolutely adore the love triangle between Peter, Carla and Tina. Some people aren’t sure because of his age, but I think it works on screen. Even I’ve got a man crush on Peter. I hate him, but damn him, he’s gorgeous! We all know Michelle Keegan is leaving in the middle of the year: people say affairs are bad, well Peter and Tina will regret this one for sure. And the consequences of it are going to take us right through to Christmas.”
Michelle Keegan announced back in November 2013 that Tina was being bumped off in an upcoming storyline: “She’s getting killed,” said the actress. "At first she wasn’t and then they came up with a really good story that involves a lot of characters on the street and it’s going to be a big storyline. So, in a way, it’s an honour and I’m very excited for it.”
In the past few months, viewers have also seen Tina tangling with would-be Weatherfield entrepreneurs Tracy (Kate Ford) and Rob (Marc Baylis) – and it seems that there’s more to come where they’re concerned too.
Said Blackburn today: “There’s good stuff coming up for Tracy and Rob. Rob has fallen in love with Tracy, which has taken him by surprise. And she’s fallen for him. Those two are going to be massively involved with the Tina, Carla and Peter story.
“Then there’s their desire to make the shop work. It’s taking time, as it does for a lot of new businesses, and they’re going to get a little bit impatient. Jason’s dad Tony will get involved with Tracy and Rob and he’s definitely a man with an edge. The pair of them may have bitten off more than they can chew with him.”
And there’s good news for those who thought that a drunken Deirdre (Anne Kirkbride) was one of the highlights of the recent Christmas Day episode. “Throughout the year, Deirdre will continue being comedy gold. I wish she could be in every episode.”