RICHCRAFTCorrie villain Richard Hillman back to haunt Gail Platt from beyond the graveTHE arch villain, who attempted to murder Gail alongside her kids David and Sarah, is set to return to the Street but not as you might think. We reveal how the long-dead killer is set to once again haunt the troubled Platt family.

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Coronation Street villain Richard Hillman back to haunt Gail Platt from beyond the grave

The arch villain, who attempted to murder Gail alongside her kids David and Sarah, is set to return to the Street but not as you might think

FORGET Blue Monday, CORONATION STREET’s Gail Platt is having a whole Blue January.

I can reveal Richard Hillman, her ex husband and one of the greatest soap villains of all time, is coming back to Weatherfield.

 Gail will speak to the murderer in a conversation with a clairvoyant

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Gail will speak to the murderer in a conversation with a clairvoyant

But not how you might think.

Gail, who he tried to kill alongside her kids David and Sarah and granddaughter Bethany in his final act of revenge, will speak to the murderer in a conversation with a clairvoyant.

And the Mystic Meg wannabe will be a familiar face, as she will be played by Harry Potter star SOPHIE THOMPSON, sister of A-lister Emma.

It comes after I revealed yesterday another ex husband Martin Platt was returning to the Cobbles after 13 years away.

 Richard, played by Brian Capron, has been voted one of the greatest villains in soap history

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Richard, played by Brian Capron, has been voted one of the greatest villains in soap history

A Street source said: “Richard coming back will get fans talking massively.

“He was one of the most terrifying characters ever to step onto the cobbles.

 The Mystic Meg wannabe will be a familiar face, as she will be played by Harry Potter and Detectorists star Sophie Thompson, sister of A-lister Emma

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The Mystic Meg wannabe will be a familiar face, as she will be played by Harry Potter and Detectorists star Sophie Thompson, sister of A-lister Emma

“He won’t be on screen, but his conversations with Gail will form a major storyline over the coming weeks.

“Bosses have got a big name in Sophie to play the clairvoyant too. It should be a real trip down memory lane for Gail.”

But I’m told despite looking legit on the surface, the supernatural loving new signing might not be all she’s cracked up to be.

 The killer parting shot was trying to kill Gail and her family by driving the family car into the canal

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The killer parting shot was trying to kill Gail and her family by driving the family car into the canal

Richard Hillman met his maker when he ploughed his car into the canal with the Platts inside

The source added: “The story is going to run for a few weeks and Sophie’s character has a bit of a back story too.

“It’s not clear whether she might have a previous link to Richard but she’s certainly a mixed bag.”

Richard, played by Brian Capron, has been voted one of the greatest villains in soap history and rightly so.

 Hillman's reign of terror saw him kill his ex-wife Patricia and Maxine Peacock, set his mother-in-law Audrey’s house on fire, and tried to kill Emily Bishop

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Hillman's reign of terror saw him kill his ex-wife Patricia and Maxine Peacock, set his mother-in-law Audrey’s house on fire, and tried to kill Emily Bishop
 Ex husband Martin Platt is also returning to the Cobbles after 13 years away

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Ex husband Martin Platt is also returning to the Cobbles after 13 years away

His reign of terror saw him kill his ex-wife Patricia and Maxine Peacock, set his mother-in-law Audrey’s house on fire, and tried to kill Emily Bishop for money.

But his parting shot was trying to kill Gail and her family by driving the family car into the canal.

She will be sticking to Ubers from now on.

Richard Hillman violently kills Maxine on Coronation Street


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Grin 'n bare it, Lucy

 It’s nice to see actress Lucy Fallon with a grin on her face after a grim year on Corrie

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It’s nice to see actress Lucy Fallon with a grin on her face after a grim year on Corrie

AFTER a grim year on Coronation Street, it’s nice to see actress LUCY FALLON with a grin on her face.

The star, who plays Bethany on the cobbles, joined co-star ROB MALLARD on the This Morning sofa yesterday.

She spoke about this week’s explosive ­episode in which Bethany is found working at a lap-dancing club by boyfriend Craig.

 Lucy, who plays Bethany on the cobbles, joined co-star Rob Mallard on the This Morning sofa

Lucy, who plays Bethany on the cobbles, joined co-star Rob Mallard on the This Morning sofa

Meanwhile, Rob accidentally confirmed my story from last month, when I told you the ­returning Carla Connor, played by ALISON KING, would shack up with his character Daniel Osbourne.

When asked if Daniel and his former sister-in-law will get together for a fling, Rob said: “Yeah, it’s Carla. You can say it – I just wasn’t sure whether I was allowed.”

Don’t worry Rob, I beat you to it.

 Corrie's Bethany was found working at a lap-dancing club by boyfriend Craig

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Corrie's Bethany was found working at a lap-dancing club by boyfriend Craig

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THE day the Brannings have long been dreading finally arrives in EASTENDERS as doctors prepare to turn off Abi’s life support.

They congregate at the hospital to say their farewells and reality finally sets in for Lauren. But Max is still struggling to accept what is happening.

In CORONATION STREET, there is drama in the Rovers when the Battersby and Connor ladies cause a commotion.

Elsewhere, Phelan becomes the focus of attention at Anna’s trial, while Gemma enjoys a stroke of luck and Bethany sets up Gary in a sting operation.

Plus, Peter reassures Toyah he’s not a cheater and Liz persuades Gemma to stage a bash for Henry.

 Joanna Lumley during her stint as Coronation Street's Elaine Perkins in 1973

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Joanna Lumley during her stint as Coronation Street's Elaine Perkins in 1973

SHE left Coronation Street in 1973 after her character Elaine Perkins turned down Ken Barlow’s marriage offer.

And JOANNA LUMLEY has revealed she rejected another Corrie proposal more recently – this time from soap bosses wanting her to return.

She said: “Three years ago they said, ‘Would you fancy picking this up again?’ They wanted Elaine Perkins to come back. I said yes.

 Joanna as she is today in 2018

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Joanna as she is today in 2018

“They said, ‘These are the dates when we are filming,’ but it was when I was doing one of my travel pieces for ITV. It was a pain. I think I am past it now. But Ken is still around.”

Joanna reflected on Ken, played by WILLIAM ROACHE, getting down on one knee at the end of her original eight- episode stint. She added: “Ken came round to my posh house and asked me to marry him and [Elaine] said that Coronation Street was too boring. Britain hated me and I left.”

Joanna redeemed herself by forming a more enduring twosome with JENNIFER SAUNDERS in Absolutely Fabulous, so all is forgiven.

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Rainie's moving back in

 Tanya Branning’s wild sister Rainie Cross, played by Tanya Franks, is heading back to EastEnders three years after fleeing in disgrace

Tanya Branning’s wild sister Rainie Cross, played by Tanya Franks, is heading back to EastEnders three years after fleeing in disgrace

THERE’S a Rainie cloud over Albert Square tonight – as one of the soap’s most notorious troublemakers returns.

I can reveal Tanya Branning’s wild sister Rainie Cross (TANYA FRANKS) is heading back to EastEnders three years after fleeing in disgrace.

But she’s unlikely to get a warm welcome, with residents worried the drug addict will bring her usual trail of destruction with her.

 Tanya Franks is returning to EastEnders as Rainie Cross

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Tanya Franks is returning to EastEnders as Rainie Cross

A soap source said: “Rainie has always been bad news, so her return will raise more than a few eyebrows.

“She’s coming back briefly to join her family in saying an emotional goodbye to Abi Branning, but then she’ll make a full return. While she has always promised to change, she has never managed to shake those demons.”

Rainie was last seen stealing from her mother, Cora, before fleeing Walford – having embarked on a drug-fuelled descent into chaos alongside Phil Mitchell, above.

She’s the latest classic character to return to the soap after veteran boss John Yorke began reviving its fortunes.

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JESSIE WALLACE is back as Kat Slater and TAMZIN OUTHWAITE is also reprising her role as Melanie Owen.

Tanya said: “It’s like I’ve never been away. I love working with everyone at EastEnders.

“With John Yorke at the helm at the moment, the show is in good hands and I’m excited to explore the next chapter in Rainie’s journey.”