The Rovers Return is to burn to the ground in a shocking new plot on 'Coronation Street'.
As well as leaving the iconic pub a burnt out shell - and the residents 'devastated' - the fire will also claim the life of Sunita Alahan.
Former barmaid Sunita, played by Shobna Gulati, will be a prime suspect for the pub having been burned down in an arson attack.
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Sunita's affair with Karl Munro (John Michie), boyfriend of landlady Stella Price (Michelle Collins), will end when Karl goes back to Stella.
A source told The Sun that 'Sunita begins to hate Stella and all she stands for'.
“Next thing the pub bursts into flames - and she’s on the scene. Even becoming a victim can’t stop people pointing the finger,” they added. “But obviously if they’re wrong then the real arsonist will still be at large.”
Other characters will also become trapped in an attempt to save people from the flames.
It emerged last year that Gulati was leaving the soap to pursue comedy writing, while the fire will be the final storyline presided over by departing Corrie boss Phil Collinson.
The set will then move to new premises in Salford. [The Sun]
Also in today's press
ITV is planning to take on 'Have I Got News For You' with its own current affairs quiz. Jo Brand will host 'Oh What A Week', with team captains Jonathan Ross and Jason Manford. Rather than being politics focussed, however, it will take on stories from the week in showbiz. [The Sun]
Former 'X Factor' contestant Rylan Clark is reportedly being lined up to present 'The Xtra Factor', replacing Olly Murs. “My dream job would be presenting on 'The Xtra Factor' - and I know my name has been banded about, but it's an honour that I've even been mentioned,” he said. Murs is thought to be quitting to return to his music career. [Digital Spy]
Jeremy Kyle is facing calls to make a public apology after mocking a dyslexic father on his show. 400 people have signed a petition from Dyslexia Together, after he confronted a man with dyslexia who could not remember his children's birthdays, saying his condition was no excuse. [Daily Mirror]
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Rovers to burn down in shocking Corrie plot - Daily TV round-up
The pub will be destroyed, killing off a key member of the cast... SPOILER ALERT!By Ben Arnold | Yahoo! TV News – Tue, Jan 29, 2013 11:19 GMT