Audrey Roberts faces off against killer son Stephen Reid in Coronation Street
WITH his many secrets finally coming to light, comeuppance is near for Stephen Reid.
The Coronation Street serial killer is confronted by his mother Audrey Roberts as she figures out what he’s been up to.
Three lives have been brutally taken by the businessman portrayed by Todd Boyce in the course of a year.
Unfortunately for the serial killer, secrets rarely remain under wraps forever in the ITV show.
Coming up next week, as a new day dawns in Weatherfield, Stephen is planning his escape from the cobbles and the trail of dead bodies he has left behind.
Stephen suggested to his other half Jenny Connor (Sally Ann Matthews) that they move away together in Thailand as she would no longer be at the helm of the Rovers Return inn.
But he is completely unaware that fellow residents are putting together the pieces of a blood-curdling jigsaw puzzle, one that could leave him seeing out his days behind bars and not running on a sun-soaked beach.
A frustrated Carla Connor (Alison King) is correctly convinced Stephen dosed her up on LSD but without evidence the police can’t prove it.
When she finds a print out of one way tickets to Thailand in the office printer, she convinces DS Swain that Stephen is a flight risk.
Ignoring Swain’s insistence that she tell no one Carla explains to Jenny that the police are investigating Stephen and implores her not to go to Thailand with him, as she could be running off with a murderer – how will she react?
Meanwhile, Tim Metcalfe (Joe Duttine) is distracted from Sally’s plans for their wedding anniversary when a passing mention from Brian Packham of Stephen’s interest in the canal dredging project gets his cogs whirring.
On the canal towpath, Tim finds a discarded boat hook and starts poking about in the water.
He’s horrified when a corpse’s hand floats to the surface.
Fleeing back to his cab, Tim dials 999 and reports finding a dead body.
But the phone cuts out and before he can call back, Tim’s aghast when Stephen climbs into the back seat of the cab.
As Stephen tries to strangle him with a tie, Tim makes a bid for freedom but trips on his shoelace and, as he clambers to his feet, he’s knocked unconscious by Stephen with a brick.
A furious Sally (Sally Dynevor) assumes that Tim has gone to the county match with Kevin while her husband is actually fighting for his life in the boot of his car which is being doused in petrol.
In later on, Stephen arrives back on the cobbles smoothly bypassing Jenny and heads straight for a shower to wash away all traces of blood and fuel before calling the airline to confirm his flight for tomorrow.
Stephen then tricks an oblivious Michael into enabling him to transfer the full balance of Underworld’s account into a bogus one he has set up.
Carla is shocked when she gets a notification of the transfer.
The Platt family are stunned when Sarah (Tina O’Brien) breaks the news of Stephen defrauding Audrey Roberts (Sue Nicholls) and drugging Carla.
Stephen leaves his flat but he is attacked by a furious Peter Barlow (Chris Gascoyne).
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Audrey arrives and sends the cabbie packing much to Stephen’s relief.
But he’s met with another shock when his mother accuses him of stealing her house, after finding out what he had been up to behind everyone’s backs.
With Stephen’s crimes finally coming to light after several months of impunity, could Sarah be considered an accessory and get into legal trouble herself?
Regular viewers of the long-running show will remember that Stephen rocked up Weatherfield in 2022, as Audrey was struggling with her mental health.
When she decided to make him responsible for her fortune, Stephen was delighted as he knew it would give him access to a whopping amount of money.
However, things took a turn for him as Audrey backtracked and Stephen planned to poison her to get his hands on her wealth.
What’s in store for Stephen?
Coronation Street airs every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8pm on ITV.
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