In the spring, filming began on a major storyline where Freddie Peacock was snatched from his bed by Casey Carswell. The plan was for Freddie to be missing for months, with one scene showing Ashley and Claire at a press conference appealing for information. In May, following the disappearance of Madeleine McCann in Portugal, producers decided that it would be inappropriate to broadcast the recorded material and six episodes were reshot with the new scenes showing Freddie being found abandoned in a park after a few days.
To celebrate 60 years of Coronation Street on television, we're going through the programme's entire history a year at a time. The full version of this article can be found here. Check back on 27th November for 2008!
Summer Spellman is the teenage ward of vicar Billy Mayhew. The adopted daughter of Billy's old flame Drew Spellman, Summer lost the only parent she'd ever known in 2017 when Drew died from complications caused by cancer. In accordance with Drew's wishes, upon his death the twelve-year-old was placed in the guardianship of Billy and his partner Todd Grimshaw, living at 19a Rosamund Street. The transition was difficult for all concerned, and within months Todd had abandoned Billy and Summer. Since then, Summer has helped Billy beat a drug habit and get his life back on track. Mature for her age due to the traumas she has suffered, Summer is a morose but intelligent girl, and a close friend of Amy Barlow and Asha Alahan. She continues to live in Rosamund Street with Billy and his boyfriend Paul Foreman.
"No, he doesn't really swallow them... it won't put the punters off... your sales of chicken in a basket will not plummet... no, it is not cruel to the hamsters, why it's the best act since Murphy's Educated Chickens."
Alec Gilroy making a phone call to try and get someone to book a disappearing hamster act
25th November1994: Following her divorce from Ken in February 1992, Deirdre Barlow had once again been a single woman and had enjoyed - or endured - relationships with Phil Jennings and Doug Murray. After a period of looking after her ill mother away from Weatherfield she took a holiday to Morocco where she had a romance with a twenty-one year old waiter named Samir Rachid. To everyone's surprise, he followed her back to England where he was greeted with guarded suspicion by almost everyone in the Street. When they announced their engagement, there were few cries of congratulation and Tracy Barlow especially was opposed to the match, thinking that her mother being married to a younger man was disgusting. She refused to go to the wedding but in the end couldn't keep away though she wouldn't congratulate Samir and left the registry office in tears. The day had a happier ending though when they returned to a surprise reception in the Rovers, thrown at the last minute by Bet Gilroy.
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