Coronation Street first-look pic: Louiza Patikas – aka Helen from The Archers – makes her debut as Liz’s new boss

Expect clashes between Liz and manager Moira next week

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Louiza Patikas – star of BBC Radio 4’s The Archers – will make her Coronation Street debut next week playing Liz McDonald’s new boss Moira.

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Battleaxe Moira is a world away from Helen Titchener, the character Patikas portrays in the Ambridge-set drama, and Corrie fans should be braced for some clashes between her and former Rovers landlady Liz.

The upcoming drama sees Liz secure a new job after the McDonalds’ relinquish control of the Weatherfield pub. But work as a receptionist in the medical centre doesn’t quite go the way Liz had planned.

Scenes to be shown on Friday 14 July see manager Moira heading out for a meeting leaving Liz in charge of checking in the GPs’ appointments. 

But with the queue of patients growing and the phone continually ringing, Liz struggles to keep her temper. Just how will Moira react when she witnesses the chaos?

Speaking about her new role, Patikas said recently: “I’m cock-a-hoop to be working on Coronation Street. It’s a fantastic show which I’ve always loved for its superb writing and iconic characters”.

Corrie producer, and one-time boss of The Archers, Kate Oates added: “I’m so excited to welcome Louiza to Corrie. Louiza is no stranger to long-running drama, but as Moira, viewers will get to see another side to her – and enjoy her amazing talent for comedy.”

You can watch a 60-second rundown of next week’s episodes of Coronation Street below.

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