Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 30 July 2014

Corrie favourite back from brink

Peter Barlow (Chris Gascoyne) came back from the brink of death

Hammer attack victim Charlotte Hoyle became the third fatality of the Coronation Street carnage this week - but Peter Barlow came back from the brink.

Viewers saw Charlotte Hoyle (Becky Hindley) being bludgeoned at the start of the 50th anniversary week, but she managed to cling on to life.

However her attacker John Stape (Graeme Hawley) had a hand in ensuring her life support machine was switched off to cover his tracks.

Fans had been left with a cliff-hanger when Peter (Chris Gascoyne) flatlined in his hospital bed during Thursday's live episode - just moments after he married.

But in Friday's instalment he was brought back from the brink of death, although his condition remains critical.

And to complicate matters, loved ones at his bedside clashed bitterly when Carla Connor (Alison King) revealed her love for Leanne's new husband.

The tram crash disaster - which has unfolded throughout the week - has been pulling in huge audiences for the show.

Thursday's seamless live broadcast drew the biggest audience for almost seven years, with nearly 15 million tuning in at one stage.

Already this week viewers have seen Ashley Peacock (Steven Arnold) and Molly Dobbs (Vicky Binns) perish in the catastrophe. Many characters have been trapped for hours in the rubble in the aftermath of the crash, when a tram plummeted from the collapsed viaduct.

In Friday's episode viewers also saw a huge showdown when Sally Webster (Sally Dynevor) confronted unfaithful husband Kevin (Michael Le Vell) about Molly's dying confession - that he was the father of her baby Jack.

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