Coronation Street producer Stuart Blackburn has been talking about actress Wendi Peters’s comeback to the ITV soap, revealing that Cilla Battersby-Brown will be in dire need of her family’s help when she returns to Weatherfield in October.
“Cilla is Cilla – what I don’t want to do is change her DNA. At times she’ll be as feckless and as gobby as she always was, but things have very much changed for her. She’s in a place now where she really needs the support of her family, but she also knows that she’s been a complete disaster as a mother,” said the show’s boss.
The news follows a tweet earlier this week from the official Corrie account that pictured Cilla reunited with screen offspring Fiz (Jennie McAlpine) and Chesney (Sam Aston). Also shown are Fiz’s partner Tyrone (Alan Halsall) and Ches’s partner Sinead (Katie McGlynn).
Wendi Peters is to return for a six-week stint in order to help facilitate Jennie McAlpine’s temporary departure while she goes on maternity leave. Speaking back in June when her signing was announced, Peters said: “I’m really thrilled to have the opportunity to revisit Cilla and the cobbles for a short while and to see what she has been up to for the last seven years.”
Now, producer Stuart Blackburn – in an interview with Digital Spy – has revealed that Cilla will be seen owning up to her deficiencies as a parent: “Cilla is scared of asking for the help she needs, because she’s got enough self-awareness to know how much she’s cocked up as a mum – especially with Chesney. There will be fun because it’s Cilla, but it’s a story with a bit of heart to it. And yes, there will be scenes with Beth!”