Jim McDonald is returning to Coronation Street. So he is

He's out of the big house...

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Coronation Street hard man Jim McDonald is returning to Weatherfield, with actor Charles Lawson set to reprise the role later this year.

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Said a show spokesperson today: “Jim is such a hugely popular character. We’re delighted he is coming back for what will be a typically explosive Jim storyline.”

Jim has been banged up in “the big house” (or “prison” to you and me) since 2011 after being jailed following a botched armed robbery.

But it looks as though he’ll be reunited with both ex-wife Liz and son Steve very soon – whether they’ll be pleased to see him is another matter entirely…

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Speaking to the Mirror, Charles Lawson said: “They wanted me back full time this year, but I couldn’t do it as I am doing Rebus on stage and a thriller. I’m going to film a bit, but then will be back again next year.”

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

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