Corrie fans might soon be bidding farewell to a beloved member of the Street as speculation swirls that long running character Rita Tanner might be bumped off.
Fans of the long running soap are about to find out that Gemma Winter has a dark past – that could lead to murder on the Cobbles.
Is Rita looking at her own killer sitting beside her?
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Coronation Street fans are no strangers to a big of murder on screen as the show has made headlines over the decades for its wildly dramatic plot lines.
But the loss of Rita – who has been played by 85-year-old Barbara Knox since 1964 – could change the street forever.
Drama is set to unfold in the coming weeks when Gemma (played by Dolly-Rose Campbell since 2014) gets a blast from the past in the form of her twin brother, Paul Foreman, arriving in Weatherfield.
Paul arrives on the cobbles fresh from jail – however it might transpire he went down for a murder he didn’t commit in order to protect Gemma.
Rita has always given Gemma a friendly shoulder to cry on
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“Gemma fears all her secrets will be exposed when her brother Paul arrives in Weatherfield,” a show source blabbed to The Sun.
"She’s managed to build a life for herself and put herself behind her. The last thing she needs is for Rita to find out that she had ties to the death of a rich old lady,” the source continues.
"However, Paul thinks Gemma’s up to he old tricks, and Rita could be in danger. Gemma tries her best to keep Paul away from Rita, but things could get difficult as he starts to get settled,” they teased.
But will Rita be proved to have made a grave error in judgement?
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ITV have declined to comment on the speculation.
Speculation that Rita could be killed off comes one year after actress Barbara reassured fans she wanted to continue playing the iconic role for years to come.
“I would like to keep working, I really would. It is marvellous – it’s stimulating, you get fed up, you get tired,” she told Lorraine Kelly last December.
“But at the end of the day you go ‘Oh thank God, I’m working. It’s wonderful’,” she added.