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Video: He's back, so he is... Jim McDonald in 'explosive' Coronation Street return

Jim jailed for botched bank job

Jim McDonald is set to make an "explosive" return to Coronation Street, it has been revealed.

Northern Ireland actor Charlie Lawson, 58, will return to the iconic role after his character was jailed for armed robbery in 2011.

Asked if he was heading back to the cobbles, he responded "patience lads, patience," in a tweet.

Lawson told The Mirror: “They wanted me back full time this year but I couldn’t do it as I am doing Rebus on stage, and a thriller. I’m going to film a bit but then will be back again next year.”

A Coronation Street spokesman added: “Jim is such a hugely popular character. We’re delighted he is coming back for what will be a typically explosive Jim storyline.”

Lawson joined the Manchester-set soap in 1989 as Belfast squaddie Jim, alongside Beverley Callard as his on-screen wife Liz.

He quit the programme in 2000 but returned ten years later.

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Charlie Lawson as Jim McDonald with wife Liz

In 2011, Jim was jailed after a botched attempt to rob a building society, so Liz could buy the Rovers Return.

He made a brief return to the soap in 2014 where he was seen behind bars causing trouble for Peter Barlow.

Outgoing Corrie producer Kate Oates recently revealed a "well-established character" would be returning to Weatherfield.

She said: "We are having a discussion about bringing someone back. It's a well-established character - a long-standing name.

"It wouldn't be for a long period. It would be a short stint. I can't say more than that at this stage but fans should watch this space."

It's reported Jim will make his return to the Street in time for son Steve McDonald's second wedding to Tracy Barlow.

The "explosive" scenes of Jim's return could have something to do with Steve turning his father in to the police for blackmailing his friend Peter.

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