Having suffered the devastating loss of son Seb last year, Coronation Street’s Abi Webster, née Franklin, deserves a much happier 2022.
Sadly, that’s not on the agenda for the Weatherfield favourite, as show boss Iain MacLeod has promised that “another really challenging year” lies ahead, as Abi’s secret one-night stand with Imran Habeeb comes to light.
Abi, you’ll recall, bedded Imran as she spiralled out of control in the wake of Corey Brent’s shock acquittal for Seb’s murder.
On New Year’s Eve, she floored the lawyer by revealing she thought she was pregnant with his baby.
In Monday night’s double bill (3rd January), she revealed that a pregnancy test had, in fact, proved negative.
But Abi isn’t out of the woods just yet. As we all know, secrets in soapland never stay that way for long.
Reveals MacLeod, “Big, buried bombs are my favourite things in soap, and the way the bomb goes off in this story is entirely surprising. It starts off quite small, and turns into this gobsmacking cataclysm.
‘It’s not the huge, cinematic popcorn-size thing of super soap week – it’s a bit more intimate – but it’s just the shock of it. I think we’ll make people fall off their chairs!”
He adds: “It will see Abi risk losing Kevin and Jack, and pitched into a legal battle where it’s a David and Goliath struggle for her to keep hold of her life as it ebbs away from her.
“It also threatens to destroy Imran and Toyah’s relationship, because, at present, Toyah thinks she knows the whole truth about what went on in the aftermath of Seb’s trial but, of course, she does not.
“It will test the boundaries of Toyah’s forgiveness to the max, and it will force Imran to take a long, hard look in the mirror and question whether he’s the decent guy that he always felt he was.”
Kevin has always known that life with Abi would be eventful. Shortly before their marriage, he was rocked to learn that she had plotted to fatally shoot Corey, but ultimately decided that he still loved her.
Will his discovery that she cheated on him with their neighbour be too much to forgive and forget, or will he accept that she was in a bad place and give her yet another chance?
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