Coronation Street’s Stephen strikes again as another murder rocks the cobbles
Coronation Street was full of drama on Friday night as murderer Stephen Reid claimed another victim on the cobbles in a desperate attempt to cover up his first killing.
Viewers will recall that Stephen murdered Leo Thompkins last year and only recently tried to kill the latter's father, Teddy, in hospital after he was hit by a speeding van.
And during the latest instalment, Stephen killed again as he went through with his plan to kill Teddy in a bid to stop him uncovering the truth.
The chilling scenes happened at the Underworld factory as Teddy confronted Stephen about his missing son's whereabouts and vowed to report him to the police.
To which Stephen whacked him over the head, claiming another victim on the cobbles.
Talking about the storyline, actor Todd Boyce, 61, who plays Stephen, said: "Now that he’s got one body down, he’s perfectly willing to cover that up with another murder."
He added: "I’m so glad I’ve gone to the gym all these years because I’m doing a lot of heavy lifting.
"Probably 10 characters come in very, very close proximity to his dead body, unwittingly, which is very, very funny. Some people help me inadvertently. Audrey could be implicated if things go wrong."
And asked who might be next in Stephen's sights, Todd warned that Carla Connor, played by Alison King, could be in danger.
He said: "Carla is getting on his wick. She’s humiliated him on two occasions in front of his former colleagues from when he was a bigwig in Milan.
"They’ve wandered into Underworld. I keep pretending I’m just doing some consultancy work, she’s got me out the back helping in packing.
"She crushes me in front of them and also she’s got a business I’d like to get my hands on. She’s annoying me. She’s skating on thin ice."
The character follows in the footsteps of Weatherfield serial killers Pat Phelan, played by Connor McIntyre, and Richard Hillman (Brian Capron).
Todd said he first discovered Stephen would become a soap villain when speaking to producer Iain MacLeod.
He said: "I think the blood probably drained from my face when he said ‘you’re going to be a murderer’. I said, ‘Oh my God, I’m going to be a baddie’. The blood came back to my face. I thought, ‘This is amazing’."
The actor said Stephen, who has been facing money troubles since he arrived on the street, had scenes with most of the show’s main characters – making everyone nervous.
He said: "If I get asked one more time, repeatedly by the same people, 'So how long are you going to be in the show?' They’re just sweating it, they really are."
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