Corrie boss reveals deadly Fatal Attraction plot for Sarah and Adam

It’s no surprise to Coronation Street fans to learn that newcomer Lydia (Rebecca Ryan) is going to be a spanner in the works for popular couple Sarah and Adam Barlow (Tina O’Brien and Sam Robertson).

And show boss Iain MacLeod has revealed that films such as Fatal Attraction were the inspiration behind the story – although it has been updated to eliminate the underlying sexism of the now aged movies.

The producer told Metro.co.uk: ‘I hope to bring loads of excitement, Rebecca is fantastic since we saw her audition, it was a case of “where do we sign?” We wanted an updated version of a 90s thriller – like Fatal Attraction. They look horribly dated in gender politics.

‘So what would it look like as a 21st century story. I hope we’ve crafted it, everyone behaves badly, it’s very nuanced but she becomes a threat to the marriage; a catalyst for Sarah and Adam to destroy themselves.

‘There is lots of scheming and intelligent subterfuge in several parties. It culminates in some exciting pay off in the first six months. It starts small and even humorous with Adam and Sarah as they take pot shots, gradually it becomes more nightmare-ish. It’s exciting with three fantastic actors. It’s thriller-ish but modern.’

Whether Sarah and Adam’s marriage can survive this setback remains to be seen but newcomer Rebecca assured us that Lydia isn’t there to cause a split initially.

Becoming defensive of her alter ego, she shared: ‘I’m looking forward to her causing trouble, there’s always going to be a bit of drama.

‘But I also want people to see the reasons behind why she’s there to cause trouble. She doesn’t go in there intending – I want to get that across.

‘She doesn’t want to ruin everyone’s lives but she does do things. I do want to show her nice side and her friendships with Sarah and Daniel are genuine with real connections. I hope that comes across.’ Depending on her methods and the consequences, that remains to be seen!

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