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Three more stars are being booted off Coronation Street as the soap tries to cut costs in the credit crunch.

Miseryguts Paula Carp, barmaid Poppy Morales and Norris Cole’s meek missus Mary Taylor leave our screens in weeks.

Bosses say the characters — who have only been on the series for around six months — have failed to make their mark on the ITV1 show.

A source said: “It’s a real shame they’re leaving but their characters haven’t made a huge impact and we haven’t got any more big storylines for them. We just can’t afford to keep them on.

“We can’t be sentimental and we felt their characters had run their course.

From The Sun

I cant say they will be missed - all rubbish characters

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JP Liz said:
From The Sun

I cant say they will be missed - all rubbish characters

I actually don't even know who they are.....and i watch Corrie......definitely didn't make an impact!

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Tupins Registered User

Hmm, it's unfortunate for the actors but I suppose sometimes characters come into the show and don't seem to be going anywhere - but surely that's down to their storylines??

Paula Carp I can understand as she clearly just came in for the whole story about her daughter (can't remember her name just now). Mary is quite a boring character but I don't think we've had enough of Poppy to judge really - she never really had any story lines of her own. I think she's got potential to be a good character. Like we don't really know anything about her - she could have some dark secret lurking

jobucks Banned

ya I actually though there was going to be something between herself and Lloyd and then it would all kick off with her and Liz... they really didn't give her a chance at all did they

JP Liz Registered User

'Coronation Street' favourite Sunita Alahan is reportedly returning to the show after three years - with a glamorous new look.

Actress Shobna Gulati, who plays Sunita, has gone from brunette to blonde, and the Daily Mirror reports that her comeback is scheduled for later this year.

On her return Sunita is expected to make life very uncomfortable for her cheating ex-husband Dev (Jimmi Harkishin).

Sunita left Weatherfield in February 2006 after discovering that Dev had had several children with different women.

Sunita had not long given birth to twins and Dev was heartbroken that they and his wife would no longer be part of his everyday life.

The Mirror quotes a 'Coronation Street' source as saying: "Talks have been going on for some time to finalise a deal acceptable to all those who are involved.

"Sunita was a great character, so to have her back is exciting."

Ann22 Registered User

Mary's no loss, though it was funny tonight with her trying to jump poor Norris. Looking forward to seeing Andrew Sachs' arrival...he seems like a sweet little man.
Poppy had potential for an affair with either Lloyd or Dev. Sunita was a nice person, it took me a minute to picture her though...can't imagine the blonde hair suiting her.
Paula I assume, is Julie's mother? I think she's very dull...her face seriously lacks expression.

JP Liz Registered User

John Thomson is to become embroiled in a screen love triangle when his character returns to Weatherfield later this year.

The 40-year-old initially signed for three episodes as comedic kids' entertainer Jesse Chadwick.

Following his brief stint, which aired at the end of last year, it was announced in January that he would make a permanent comeback next month.

On returning to the cobbles, Jesse finds himself at the centre of a complicated love triangle between the lady of his affection, Eileen Grimshaw (Sue Cleaver), and her new found half-sister, Julie Carp (Katy Cavanagh).

According to the Daily Star, Julie manages to convince Jesse that she should be his stagehand, prompting her to become a Debbie McGee-style assistant. Their time spent together allegedly results in Jesse dumping Eileen after embarking on an affair with Julie.

A source said: "Eileen is devastated at losing Jesse - especially to Julie. She thought she had finally found a man she could trust."

JP Liz Registered User

Another two Coronation Street characters are to be written out of the show, Digital Spy can confirm.

Darryl Morton and Vicki Dankowska - played by Jonathan Dixon and Wanda Opalinska - will bow out of the show later this year owing to "natural story progression".

Meanwhile, Nikki Patel (below), who portrays Dev Alahan's (Jimmi Harkishin) daughter Amber Kalirai, will now appear on an "episodic" basis as opposed to an ongoing contractual one. Her storyline will see Amber leave for university in September and make numerous reappearances thereafter.

However, reports claiming that Andrew Whyment (Kirk Sutherland) it to be written out of the Weatherfield soap are unfounded as he recently signed another contract to remain with the show for at least another year.

A spokeswoman for the soap this afternoon told DS: "Some characters will be leaving Coronation Street later this year as part of natural story progression. Characters have always come and gone in Weatherfield, some stay for years, others pass through. This is not about cost cutting it is about storytelling."

Dixon, 20, joined Corrie in March 2007 and is now the only remaining original member of the Morton family - most of whom were axed last year. Polish actress Opalinska, meanwhile, first appeared on the Street in February 2007 and has mainly served as a background character at local knicker factory Underworld.

Other recent or upcoming storyline-based departures include Sharon Duce (Paula Carp), Sophiya Haque (Poppy Morales), Pattie Clare (Mary Taylor), Edward de Souza (Colin Grimshaw), Ayesha Dharker (Tara Mandal) and Andrew Sachs (Ramsay Clegg).

In March, Philip McGinley was written out of the show as his character Tom Kerrigan had 'run his course'.

MrVestek Registered User

Omg! Spoiler alert! I hear that kryten, the cat, rimmer and dave lister are due to make an appearence soon. Apparently kryten is going to go work in the knicker factory.

JP Liz Registered User

Source - Digital Spy

Former Coronation Street regulars Charlie Lawson and Nicholas Cochrane are to return to Weatherfield for a "big old McDonald wedding", Digital Spy can exclusively reveal.

The duo, who play father and son Jim and Andy McDonald (below), return to filming at Manchester's Granada Studios later this month for their son and twin brother Steve's (Simon Gregson) second wedding to loudmouth barmaid Becky Granger (Katherine Kelly).

Speaking to DS, the soap's producer Kim Crowther said: "Lloyd [Mullaney] plays quite a major part in Steve's next wedding when Jim McDonald makes a reappearance. The thing that Jim gets embroiled in isn't what you'd expect, though."

She continued: "Lloyd manages to cause a rumpus at the nuptials without it all panning out as you'd think - considering Lloyd's going out with Liz, that is. Jim - and actually Andy, too - reappear, so it'll be a big old McDonald wedding."

A Corrie source added: "It's a lovely McDonald family reunion but as with all soap weddings, there's an extremely dramatic ending to the day."

Earlier this year, Steve and Becky's first wedding didn't go to plan when the blushing bride turned up at the register office in an inebriated state. The registrar subsequently refused to marry them.

Lawson briefly reprised his role as Jim at the end of 2007 for his former screen wife Liz's (Bev Callard) sham wedding to Vernon (Ian Reddington).

Cochrane, meanwhile, was last seen on the cobbles as Andy on February 20, 2004, when he left for a new life in Spain after serving as a witness at his brother's second marriage to Karen McDonald (Suranne Jones). Andy has since been cited in several scripts but has remained unseen.

Steve and Becky's "bigger and better" second nuptials are due to air in mid-August.

JP Liz Registered User

There are dramatic times coming up in Coronation Street.

Claire Peacock will try to throw herself off a hospital roof after miscarrying.

She loses the baby due to a potentially fatal blood clot on her lung.

Claire (Julia Haworth) and husband Ashley (Steven Arnold) are set to go through a rocky patch in their marriage and constantly row over cash. In heart-stopping scenes, Claire will collapse and be rushed to hospital, where doctors reveal to Ashley that his wife could die from a blood clot that’s formed, and also that she’s pregnant.

Claire will survive the op, but her baby won’t, leaving Claire so distraught she decides to end it all.

Ashley discovers her teetering on the hospital’s roof and says: “Claire, Claire, what are you doing? Please get away from the edge. What would the boys and me do without you?”

Claire responds: “Do you see everybody out there Ashley?

They’re normal people getting on with their lives…Why can’t I be normal Ashley? Why can’t I be normal?”

She then begs Ashley not to have her sectioned again.

Claire was sectioned under the Mental Health Act in 2006 suffering from severe post-natal depression after the birth of Freddie.

dlambirl Registered User

I dont like Claire as a character or Julia as an actress...

Not looking forward to these storylines, although i'm sure corrie writers will write them perfectly.

JP Liz Registered User

There is rumours of Karen McDonald returning

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JP Liz said:
There is rumours of Karen McDonald returning

I hope they stay rumours. Wouldn't like to see Karen back on the street, dont see any point to her.

...hmmm...not sure I like Claire and Ashley storyline - doesn't it seem rather pointless? (as I'm presuming she'll sort herself out within no time at all and Ashley and Claire will just go back to being invisible) ...also- the roof connection seems a bit strange given what happened with Casey (...I realise it wasn't technically a roof but near enough).

JP Liz Registered User

Jason and Tina get it on next week - David wont be happy

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