Coronation Street icon Liz McDonald to return as Jenny Connor makes devastating discovery?

Corrie: Beverley Callard discusses Liz McDonald's exit

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Liz (played by Beverley Callard) was written out of Coronation Street last year as the coronavirus pandemic made it impossible for the character to make a dramatic exit from the ITV soap. Fans were simply told the beloved Rovers Return barmaid had flown over to Spain but they were disappointed she hadn’t been able to get a big send-off after three decades on the show. However, with her former lover Johnny (Richard Hawley) having been killed off in recent scenes, his demise could prompt the character made famous by actress Beverly to return. Always at the centre of the drama, Jenny (Sally Ann Matthews) could discover her husband’s love affair with Liz wasn’t completely over after they called it quits.

In Monday night’s episodes of the weeknight serial drama, the residents of Weatherfield were trying to get their heads around the significant loss to their community.

As Jenny wanted her husband’s memory to be honoured in the local newspaper, she ended up turning on those closest to her.

Not only did she show her new love interest Leo (Joe Frost) the door but she also pushed away stepdaughter, Daisy Midgeley (Charlotte Jordon).

Carla Connor (Alison King) also tried to get through to her but her demons with alcohol resurfaced as she let her emotions get the better of her.

The last time she struggled with a drinking problem was when she discovered Johnny was having an affair with Liz which led to her running over her love rival.

It might be drink-related why Liz returns but it could be purely coincidental Jenny turns to the bottle once more at a time when her love rival is playing a bit part in her storyline.

The two ladies could share the screen once more as Liz returns to the cobbles from Spain on hearing she has been included in Johnny’s will.

This is a discovery which would leave his wife devastated as she thought his feelings for Liz were dead and buried.

Unfortunately, he could have changed his will at a time when he thought his marriage was over and he was going to pursue a relationship with his secret lover back in 2018.

When he decided to give things another go with his wife, Johnny could have forgotten to change his will back.

It was a massive decision

Beverley Callard

This means his former lover could be entitled to a share of his life savings along with his daughters Carla and Kate Connor (Faye Brookes).

Jenny would therefore be left with nothing from her late husband, fuelling her hatred for her love rival once more.

Liz could be just as shocked to learn she has inherited some money from her former lover, not realising how much she meant to him.

At the funeral, the women could go head to head in true soap fashion as they have a showdown at the graveside.

The residents of Weatherfield would watch on in horror as even beyond the grave, Johnny seems to be stirring up trouble.

It was always hoped for the actress who plays Liz, Beverley, to be brought back into the show this year to bring her character’s story to an end.

She was originally going to be implicated in a harrowing storyline involving her late grandson, Oliver Battersby (Emmanuel and Jeremiah Cheetham).

The veteran soap character was meant to steal some money to help her son Steve McDonald (Simon Gregson) get the treatment his son was needing.

Unfortunately, the consequences of her actions would have seen the character leave her life on the cobbles behind her for good.

With the plans for the exit put on the back burner, a feud over Johnny’s money could be the dramatic departure fans would want to see for Liz.

In 2019, it was announced Beverley was quitting her role after 30 years, with her alter-ego’s story being closed for good with no chance of a return.

Speaking in an interview, the actress explained the reason she left, stating: “It was a massive decision for me to make.

“I felt Liz had run her course. I’d hate to cheat any fans out there who were waiting and hoping for something amazing to happen to her.

“I felt like she’d lost her way,” she continued to tell OK Magazine, with the soap star also stipulating she would be happy if her character was killed off-screen.

“I’m not going to film an exit they could even kill me off-screen. If they do I’ll accept it with grace.”

Coronation Street airs Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7:30pm and 8:30pm on ITV.

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