Coronation Street's Bethany Platt (Lucy Fallon) and Ryan Connor (Ryan Prescott) have had a few false starts in getting their romance off the ground, but next week the pair get closer to becoming a fully-fledged cobbles couple - thanks to some intervention from Ryan's mum Michelle (Kym Marsh).
Last month the Connors were involved in a devastating car crash that saw gangster Ronan Truman (Alan McKenna) pay the price with his life for his vendetta against the clan who he blamed for the death of his son, Cormac.
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Ali Neeson (James Burrows) killed the crime boss at the scene and made it look like he'd succumbed to his injuries before the ambulance could get there, and the guilt-ridden GP recently shared his deadly secret with mum Michelle. The Connor matriarch's other son, Ryan, was hospitalised as a result of his serious injuries.
Bethany has been visiting her friend in hospital, and out of her concern comes the sense the spark between them that fizzled out a while back when Ryan planned to return to Ibiza after visiting Weatherfield for Michelle and Robert's doomed wedding could be reignited.
On Monday 5 November, Ryan is home having been discharged, and 'Chelle decides it's time for some match-making as she reckons her boy and Bethany would make a great couple - they just need a nudge in the right direction.
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