In upcoming episodes of Coronation Street, the sinkhole disaster plotline will be revisited ahead of what promises to be a tumultuous few weeks on the cobbles.
The sinkhole storyline began last year, in case you forgot.
A massive hole formed in the Platts’ back garden, much to their amazement, and they have been unable to patch it since.
Jenny (Sally Ann Matthews) will speak with newcomer Leo, who will reveal that he is working on the sinkhole at No. 8 and intends to stay in Weatherfield for a while.
Iain MacLeod, the show’s executive producer, recently teased Metro.co.uk about what’s to come for the Weatherfield people participating in this new plot.
He explained, “We don’t have Chekhov’s gun in our stories, but we do have Chekhov’s sinkhole.”
‘We sought to subvert the last 12 months and the constrained method in which all soaps have been obliged to tell their tales by saying, ‘We’re back.’ It’s going to be massive — there’ll be a lot of passion, a lot of enormous spectacle – it’ll be cinematic.
‘It’s a statement of intent that we wanted to make as a show — to make something we couldn’t possible have made in the previous 18 months due to the pandemic.’
When you tell a story of a certain scale and level of spectacle, the audience expects there to be substantial consequences and repercussions.
‘So, yes, Chekhov’s sinkhole will result in a fatality.’
Only one critical question remains: who will die?