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Coronation Street

Episode 8304

Episode 8304

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Constancy is a rare thing in soap relationships. Bust-ups are ten-a-penny and infidelity is widespread but Roy and Hayley have always stood united, anoraks against the world. Now that love story is to come to an end with the climax of a plot that has, at times, been almost unbearably sad.

Here we see Hayley (Julie Hesmondhalgh) preparing for her death by ironing the shirt she’d like Roy to wear to her funeral. It’s such a Hayley thing to do and a fine example of how this plotline has stayed true to the Croppers’ quirks and foibles while saying something universal about love and suffering.

The fact that we follow soap opera characters over years and sometimes decades means that the genre has always been able to chart life and loss. But what hurts the most about Hayley’s demise is that, as Weatherfield’s bastion of kindness and decency, she’s an especially rare breed. It’s hard to imagine how the likes of Carla, Fiz and — most of all — Roy are going to manage without her.


Hayley decides that today is to be her last, and tells Roy she wants to see Fiz, Tyrone and the rest of the family - who happily reminisce, oblivious of her intention to end her own life. Nick encourages Leanne to make up with Stella, while Tim asks Sophie to tackle Maddie about Sally's gold watch, which was in the handbag she stole from the soup kitchen, and Chesney invites Sinead to move in with him.

Cast & Crew

Hayley Cropper Julie Hesmondhalgh
Roy Cropper David Neilson
Gloria Price Sue Johnston
Dennis Tanner Philip Lowrie
Rita Tanner Barbara Knox
Sinead Tinker Katie McGlynn
Chesney Brown Sam Aston
Beth Tinker Lisa George
Anna Windass Debbie Rush
Norris Cole Malcolm Hebden
Eva Price Catherine Tyldesley
Stella Price Michelle Collins
Tyrone Dobbs Alan Halsall
Fiz Stape Jennie McAlpine
Leanne Tilsley Jane Danson
Nick Tilsley Ben Price
Steph Britton Tisha Merry
Sophie Webster Brooke Vincent
Tim Metcalfe Joe Duttine
Sally Webster Sally Dynevor
Owen Armstrong Ian Puleston-Davies
Gary Windass Mikey North
Katy Armstrong Georgia May Foote
Carla Barlow Alison King
Maddie Heath Amy Kelly
Sean Tully Antony Cotton
Audrey Roberts Sue Nicholls
Tracy Barlow Kate Ford
Emily Bishop Eileen Derbyshire
Julie Carp Katy Cavanagh
Mary Taylor Patti Clare
Dr Akhtar Vinny Dhillon
Peter Barlow Chris Gascoyne
Kirk Sutherland Andrew Whyment
Kal Nazir Jimi Mistry
Jenna Kamara Krissi Bohn
Simon Barlow Alex Bain
Gail McIntyre Helen Worth
David Platt Jack P Shepherd
Kylie Platt Paula Lane
PC Carson Amy Searles
Director Kay Patrick
Executive Producer Kieran Roberts
Producer Stuart Blackburn
Writer Debbie Oates
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