Marc Baylis has revealed that he has already filmed his Coronation Street exit and that killer Rob Donovan’s story is set to climax in November.
“There’s a lot of great material that we literally finished filming at 3am on Monday morning,” the actor told RadioTimes.com at last night’s Inside Soap Awards. “It’ll all be climaxing on Guy Fawkes Night and, in all honesty, the whole team has seriously pulled it out of the bag. It’s full on.”
Viewers have seen Rob desperately trying to cover his tracks ever since he bludgeoned barmaid Tina McInrtyre (Michelle Keegan) to death back in June. And it seems that there are further twists to come in the story, with Baylis set to share some intense upcoming scenes with Alison King, who plays his screen sister Carla.
“There’s a lot of stuff coming up between Rob and Carla that delves into their past but also broaches what has happened in recent times,” teased Baylis, who picked up the award for Best Bad Boy. “It’s some of the best writing that I’ve had since since I’ve been on the show. And hopefully the audience will love what they see because a lot of hard work has gone into it. And the word on the street is that we’ve done it justice.”
When asked whether the strategy of revealing Rob to be the murderer had been successful, the star added: “I feel it’s been played absolutely right. It was right to see Rob committing the crime – Michelle Keegan deserved that big exit and I believe we should have had that period of time where nobody but the audience knew the secret.
“The climax to this story is, in my opinion, the pinnacle of the material that we’ve had throughout, so let’s judge it once everything’s been on air. But I feel that we did it the right way.”
Baylis also commented on the recent news that co-star Anne Kirkbride was to take three months away from Corrie, explaining that her break from the ITV soap was well-earned: “As anyone will have seen from watching the show this year, there’s been a lot of material in the Barlow household and anyone of Annie’s calibre deserves a break, I think.”