Corrie 2023 sees Carla in danger, Mike and Esther future, Stephen’s next target
2nd January 2023

Coronation Street boss Iain MacLeod has teased what fans can expect over the next 12 months.

2022 saw plenty of emotional exits, dramatic deaths and hard-hitting storylines from our Weatherfield favourites.

And it appears that 2023 will be just as thrilling with steamy affairs, more murder fears and new arrivals.

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With the climax of the far-right grooming storyline around the corner and Summer's surrogacy storyline taking a dark turn, Daily Star has put together just a few snippets of what Corrie fans can look forward as we enter the new year from the producer.

Max's redemption

The far-right storyline involving young Max Turner (Paddy Beaver) and Griff Reynolds (Michael Condron) has gripped viewers in recent months and Iain has confirmed it will end in the near future.

He explained: "It will reach its kind of climax in the first couple of months of the year.

"Over the course of 2023, Max will realise the error of his ways and a lot of what we're doing after that is about him kind of being deprogrammed and un-brainwashed and there's redemption for him on the horizon after all of what he's been through.

"The after effects, like with all our stories, will last for a very long time after that."

Damon's affair with familiar face

Jacob Hay's (Jack James Ryan) drug dealer dad Damon Hay (Ciaran Griffiths) is set to turn the head of a "notable female character", Iain teased.

He said: "Damon brings some criminality into a family that could probably do with moving on from their past but suddenly they are back in the mess again thanks to him.

"There's loads of stuff to play as he connects with family members and upends their lives aswell.

|As the year goes on, there's something about a bad boy I think it's fair to say, and he's got this attraction for a notable female character in the show who's going to have her head turned in a way that has consequences.

"I'm currently working on storylines for June and there's a built up and an explosion in the storyline involving Damon and this love story. I'm really excited about Ciaran's presence in the show and he just has this sense of danger about his performance."

Dry spell for Fiz and Tyrone

Corrie viewers watched Fiz Stape (Jennie McAlpine) and Tyrone Dobbs finalyl tie the knot on Christmas Day but the couple quickly start to worry their love life has become too complacent.

Producer Iain told Daily Star has other press: "Fiz and Tyrone feel like a bit like they maybe sleepwalking back into the staleness that led Tyrone to stray last time so they decide to re-liven the romance side of their relationship and it all goes horrendously and embarrassingly wrong.

"Sally and Tim's dressing up got features and you've also Evelyn [Plummer, played by Maurren Lipman] in the middle of all that."

Chinchilla-gate

Fiz's daughter Hope Stape (Isabelle Finnegan) gets on the wrong side of one of her neighbours which ends up in an "acrimonious" feud involving a chinchilla.

Iain said: "Fiz and Tyrone are trying to put the troubles behind them but there's some difficulty of parenting Hope going forward and Hope's troubled behaviour ends up in a fairly acrimonious feud with one of her adult neighbours that involves a chinchilla.

"That's the sort of tone we've got with that family next year, there's difficult bits and Hope's behaviour will become increasingly difficult but the chinchilla stuff is very funny and light-hearted.

Stephen's next target 'confirmed'

Iain revealed that "everyone should be worried" when it comes to Weatherfield killer Stephen Reid and that the businessman will set his sights on bumping off Carla Connor (Alison King) in the next few months.

He explained: "Stephen sees his first step back on the ladder to the international rag trade as getting in Underworld and trying to topple the current queen of the pile, Carla, and there's a really good psychological warfare that goes on between those two.

"Viewers know he's killed someone so when Carla's there belittling him and making him make the tea, she's unwittingly poking this hornet's nest at some point all the hornet's do come out but not in the way you'd expect.

"I reckon if anyone predicts what Stephen does to Carla I'll eat my hat. Honestly, his plan is so out there and dark and I'll be incredibly surprised if anybody spots it coming over the hill."

Mike and Esther's fate 'sealed'

Iain has revealed that the Mike and Esther Hargrove ongoing surrogacy storyline "ends badly" for some of the characters involved.

He teased: "It's going to end badly for some of them. Summer, we sort of realised this year, for an intelligent young woman she's made some incredibly bad decisions and she will continue to make some more in the course of this.

"It's more driven by the fact that she feels horrifically guilty for some of the lies she's told to Esther and Mike.

"It's all quite exciting. In the end it's her three dads who save her from oblivion and bring her back normality and reconnect her to who she was before she lost her way a bit. So it's got a really heartwarming aftertaste."

Daisy's mum arrives

Daniel Osborne (Rob Mallard) proposed to Daisy Midgley (Charlotte Jordan) over the festive period and she wastes no time in planning her wedding.

However, she gets a huge shock when her mum Christina (Amy Robbins) arrives on the cobbles.

Iain said: "Most of the story is built as quite light-hearted with cultural clash comedy between Daniel, who feels they should have a Dickens themed wedding, and Daisy's like are you having a laugh.

"It's the idea of having this mini Ken Barlow who wants this serious and academic wedding and then Daisy who wants everything to be a bit extra.

"There' a socially important story with far-reaching psychological impact which runs across the whole of 2023 and threatens their relationship and leads of Daisy faith in Daniel being shaken as she maybe has her head turned.

"We do meet her mum in the middle. Her mum is chaotic, selfish, hates Jenny [Connor, played by Sally Ann Matthews].

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"It also illuminates Daisy's backstory because she presents this put-together, confident in her own skin and sort of glamorous young woman but we discover that her past is slightly sadder than that.

"Nothing hugely tragic or traumatic but it really balances out the crazy nonsense of her wedding planning.

"It's hugely important story for us and one you don't generally see on television. Lots of play out for those Daisy and Daniel in the new year."

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