ITV Coronation Street’s ‘bittersweet’ exit scenes confirmed for Peter Barlow

Corrie favourite Peter Barlow is set to exit the soap in an explosive two-part Christmas special.

Chris Gascoyne first appeared as Peter back in 2000 and has been a regular on the cobbles ever since. However, it's now been revealed he'll leave Weatherfield at the end of the year.

Peter recently got revenge on serial killer Stephen Reid, but is now facing prison and struggling with booze and drugs. Soap boss Iain Macleod has now hinted at what goes on before he departs our screens, and what happens between him and on-off wife Carla Connor.

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MacLeod told Manchester Evening News: "We were very clear when we started the chapter of this story that we didn’t want him to fall off the wagon again so you won’t see that, we thought it was important as a transplant recipient that he didn’t drink again as we were worried about the messaging, but that does not mean that he won’t profoundly struggle psychologically and that will start to impact on his level of happiness in Coronation Street.

"There are a few explosive Peter Barlow-style outbursts that start to bring to Carla’s attention that he’s really not okay, and they reach this enormous fork in the road where they love each other, but perhaps their happiness is no longer reliant on each other, which is to say maybe they start to wonder if they’d be happier in some other situation somewhere else basically.

"And it all builds up to this incredibly surprising Christmas Day episode, then there’s a huge two-hander between the two of them, more or less they are the only two cast in the episode."

Addressing Peter's romance with Carla, he went on: "It’s a greatest hits compilation for those of you that have been big fans of Peter and Carla since the start that picks over every single detail of who are they are, what they’ve been as a couple and what they want for their future and what happiness looks like for them – and it’s building towards an exit for Peter which is really brilliant and bittersweet and feels like Corrie at it’s very best."

"We often think that Peter and Carla are the Burton and Taylor of the cobbles and we want it to have this highly emotional, very nuanced and realistic ending which I think is what the writers have achieved.

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He added: "It's the culmination of over a decade-long love story so I think the viewers are going to really love it." Chris was snapped shooting his exit scenes, airing on Boxing Day, which see him jumping onto a tram to Piccadilly.

Alison King, who plays Carla, suggested Peter would return to Corrie in the future. She said: "Oh I hate it when he leaves me, it’s horrible. But luckily I just hand him over to his normal wife for a bit and then he comes back to his on-screen wife for a bit."

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