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Coronation Street


Craig gets a bolt from the blue

Maria fuels Caz's fantasy

Billy questions his calling

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Monday 12th September (episide 1)

When Maria reveals that Aidan’s got her an interview for a job at a local factory, grateful Caz instinctively kisses her on the lips. Maria’s confused by the gesture. Kate’s pleased when Aidan reveals he’s trying to find Caz a job to get rid of her. Aidan’s contact Vanessa interviews Caz. All’s going swimmingly until Vanessa explains the job is based in Newcastle. Insisting she can’t leave Weatherfield, Caz turns down the offer. Troubled Maria admits to Audrey and Sophie that Caz kissed her. Pointing out that Maria’s a magnet for the gays, they all fall about laughing. But Maria’s mortified to find Caz has walked in and heard every word.

Beth vows to make amends with Craig by visiting the police station and forcing them to reconsider his application. Proud of her ingenuity, Faye confides to Anna that she’s written to Craig’s dad in prison on his behalf. Anna’s appalled and marches round to see Craig.

Billy assures a sulky Todd he’d like nothing more than to live together but it’s just not possible. Todd’s placated by Billy’s words. Meanwhile as Billy and Todd join Sean’s friends in the Rovers for a birthday drink, Billy gets a phone call from his bishop with some disturbing news.

Robert persuades a reluctant Steph to cover for Leanne as Bistro manager and instantly tasks her with overseeing a booking for a party of 20. How will Steph cope? Sean’s fed up on his 40th birthday, living with Norris and stuck in the same old job. He’s underwhelmed when the factory girls suggest drinks in the Rovers to celebrate.

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Monday 12th September (episode 2)

Having trawled around town searching for Caz, Sophie and Maria finally track her down to a hostel. Maria pleads with Caz to come home. Arriving back on the street with Caz, Maria berates Aidan for tricking her about the Newcastle job and makes a dig about his honesty in front of Eva. Aidan’s unnerved. Alone in the flat, Caz and Maria agree to forget about the kiss.

Craig’s in turmoil as Beth forbids him from visiting his father, insisting he’s a liar and a criminal. Tim counsels Craig on the pros and cons of meeting his dad. Reaching a decision, Craig tears up Darryl’s letter. Beth floods with relief as Tim confirms Craig’s decided not to meet his dad. But will Craig have a change of heart?

Downcast Billy says the bishop’s had a complaint about Todd staying at the vicarage. As she comforts Billy, Eva can’t help glancing over at Sean. Following her gaze, Billy cottons on to her suspicions. Having heard from Eva how he tried to sabotage Todd’s hotel surprise, irate Billy accuses Sean of snitching to the bishop.

Having forgot the cake for the big booking Steph’s struck by an idea and calling at the Rovers she begs Sean for his birthday cake. Robert’s annoyed that Steph promised Sean a free meal in exchange for his cake. Andy can’t believe Robert’s ingratitude and thinks Steph should quit in protest.

Wednesday 14th September

Kirk finds Craig catching a bus to the prison. He tries to dissuade Craig from visiting his dad, for Beth’s sake, but Craig’s mind is made up. A nervous Craig meets his dad Darryl in the prison visits hall. Darryl’s every inch the proud dad and they get on famously, much to Craig’s delight. As their visit ends, Darryl quietly asks Craig to smuggle in some drugs next time.

Billy orders Sean to retract his complaint to the bishop. Seething, Sean insists he wasn’t responsible. After a bitter slanging match Sean’s heartfelt words finally convince Billy his accusation was false. The Bishop’s sympathetic as he informs Billy that since Todd’s presence at the vicarage is causing disquiet among the congregation, he must leave. Billy rails at the injustice of being unable to have a proper love life within the church.

Alex spends the night on Roy’s living-room floor as the sofa is too lumpy. Roy agrees to review the sleeping arrangements. But Cathy’s disappointed when Roy decides to purchase a sofa-bed for Alex, admitting to Anna she’d love them to share a bed.

Andy and Steph are planning a night out but when Robert moots replacing her with a more experienced manager, Steph cries off to impress him, leaving Andy frustrated.

Friday 16th September (episode 1)

Eileen and Phelan anxiously await the planning committee’s decision on whether or not the Calcutta Street development can proceed. In the Rovers, Vinny takes a call confirming planning permission has been granted. Eileen’s delighted, still blissfully unaware of Phelan’s plot to fleece buyers. Eileen gives Todd the good news but he remains cynical.

Kirk’s spent the night on the sofa. Beth explains she cut all ties with Darryl to protect Craig but Kirk can’t get over how she’s lied to him. When Johnny ticks off Beth and Kirk for arriving late for work, Beth bursts into tears leaving Johnny bemused and the factory girls speculating on the cause of Beth and Kirk’s row. A miserable Kirk reveals the truth about Beth to a gobsmacked Maria. While there’s another shock in store for Beth when her past catches up with her.

Anna tackles Roy about sharing his bedroom with Cathy. Roy’s reticent, pointing out that it’s Hayley’s room too, but it’s clear Anna’s words have had an effect. Cathy’s puzzled when Roy offers to move into her bedroom, freeing up his for Alex.

As Todd promises to move out, Billy resents having to compromise for the sake of his job. Billy confides his troubles to Sarah. When she jokes that he should be a social worker rather than a vicar, Billy’s given food for thought. Billy shocks Todd by suggesting he might leave the church for him. As they declare their love for each other, Todd’s torn.

Friday 16th September (episode 2)

Todd’s alarmed to find that Eileen’s disappeared. Vinny delivers Eileen to a waiting Phelan at the Calcutta Street site. Eileen’s impressed by the scale of it. Eileen’s excited by the mystery when Phelan announces he’s got a further surprise planned and packs her off in Vinny’s car again.

The factory girls discuss Beth’s past. Kirk’s gutted to realise his marriage is based on lies, while Craig’s adamant she deserves to pay for all her deceit. Beth seeks comfort from Kirk but he says she’s ruined everything. Kirk turns up on Maria’s doorstep with his bags.

When Roy reveals he’s ordered a new double bed for them, Cathy’s troubled to realise he doesn’t want her in Hayley’s old bed or her old room. Anna tries to cheer her up but Cathy feels she’ll always be second best to Hayley.

Audrey giggles at Freddie’s chat over dinner at the Bistro. As he kisses Audrey’s hand, Freddie is unnerved to spot a woman throwing him a filthy look. While Audrey powders her nose, Freddie’s shaken when his old friend Angelica rails at him for dating again so soon after Sadie’s death.

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