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Rape story challenges Street stars

Petrified Carla Connor is pinned against a door as her twisted fiance prepares to attack her in a controversial Corrie storyline.

Factory boss Frank Foster - played by Andrew Lancel - is incensed at being dumped on the eve of his wedding and rapes her in the new plot.

Viewers will see Frank push Carla, played by Alison King, against the door of her flat when she asks him to leave.

However the actual attack will not be shown in the programme screened on Monday, and Corrie fans will see her later sobbing on the floor with Frank standing above her.

After he flees, traumatised Carla phones Maria, played by Samia Smith, who has already fallen victim to his unwanted attention.

In a plot which will dominate the ITV1 soap next week, Carla is seen reliving the incident as she reports the rape to police and counsellors.

Alison said: "As an actress it's different to anything I've done before. I've had to go to a few dark places with this plot which has been a real challenge."

Experts from St Mary's Sexual Assault Referral Centre in Manchester were brought in to advise on the scenes.

Andrew said: "We owed it to victims of this sort of attack to get it right and we made sure we researched it thoroughly." He added: "These have been some of the most challenging scenes I have ever had to play."

Coronation Street is on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday next week.

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