CORONATION STREET saw love and romantic projects hit the cobbles of late, with just a few weeks ago the ITV soap filming a wedding. Some of the most unlikely bachelorettes of Weatherfield may, however, be walking down the aisle as a former flame returns to the photo.
After moving to Coronation Street almost two years ago, Evelyn Plummer (Maureen Lipman) has made quite a name for herself. The battle-axis found itself in the middle of the family troubles of her grandson Tyrone Dobbs (Alan Halsall) and rubbed up some of her neighbors in the wrong way. What ITV soap fans haven't noticed is that the retiree embarks on a romance but things are about to change. Yet does her new storyline see the matriarch say' I do' as she rejoins a former lover?
The only glimmer of hope Evelyn may have struck a romance was last year with friend/rival, Roy Cropper (David Neilson), but any spark fizzled out between the two when his uncle, Richard Lucas (Paul Bown), passed away.
Before landing on the cobbles, not much is known about the history of the battle-axis, with the only details viewers being told about how Tyrone was abandoned for adoption. It seems like both relationships and the character's past are about to converge when a stranger makes its way to Weatherfield. Former Emmerdale actor Paul Copley, 75, joins the cast as Arthur Medwin's love interest for grandma, but will marriage be on the cards? Next week it all kicks off as Evelyn takes her beloved dog Cerberus to the Tyrone vets when her pet gets unwell. Everything will be okay though, and when she goes to pay the bill she's balled over to see Arthur and his cockapoo enter the surgery. The grandson of the battle-axis is totally stumped on who the outsider is, but is amazed at the way his grandmother gets lost for words. The mechanic at home asks his girlfriend Fiz Stape (Jennie McAlpine) about the reuniting of the former flames, and notes that there is always chemistry between the pair.
Later on in Victoria Gardens, as the grandmother goes for a walk with Cerberus, she again runs into her former love interest. Known for its rough exterior, in these scenes, viewers can see a warm-hearted Evelyn as the pair reminds of the good old days. Arthur then drops a bombshell, as he informs the battle-axis that they would have been married if circumstances had been different. The pensioners agree to meet up in the Rovers Return, hoping to continue their trip down memory lane, but will the newcomer propose? Can Tyrone see his grandmother walking down the aisle and having spent so much time with her be part of her special day?
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Hoping to go quietly into the night, Evelyn books a booth for her and Arthur at the bar, but hairdresser Claudia Colby (Rula Lenska) can't help getting involved. The trendy pensioner gets to work promising to spruce the battle-axis up for her date but her client is not too pleased with the outcome. The boisterous character arrives at the Rovers after undoing all the work done to her and waits for the arrival of her former boyfriend.