Corrie spoilers: Pat Phelan ‘return’, Johnny murder secret and Ollie tragedy

Corrie spoilers: Pat Phelan ‘return’, Johnny murder secret and Ollie tragedy

Coronation Street is about to take a trip to the dark side next week, with criminal dealings and shameful secrets coming to the surface.

Corrie spoilers have revealed Gary Windass (Mikey North) goes against his instincts and teams with Ray Crosby (Mark Frost) in upcoming scenes, threatening the Platt family's happiness in the process.

Meanwhile, a shocking secret from Johnny Connor’s (Richard Hawley) past comes back to haunt him, as Scott Emberton (Tom Roberts) hangs it over his head as a threat.

On top of that, Leanne Battersby (Jane Danson) is forced to face the reality of her son's declining health, as her nearest and dearest accept his impending death.

Below we take a look at some of the most heartwarming – and heartbreaking – spoilers of the week, with a few surprises in store.

Johnny's twisted secret is exposed

Ignoring Johnny's protestations, Scott outlines the details of his plan to swindle Ray and his cronies out of their money.

With Scott's blackmail getting the better of him, Jenny Connor (Sally Ann Matthews) grows worried, fearing Johnny's MS has worsened.

As a thoughtful surprise, she books them a trip away to the Lake District, hoping it will give Johnny the chance to relax and unwind in nature.

However, when Scott hears about the romantic getaway, he forces Johnny to turn down Jenny's offer, threatening to tell her everything about their sordid past.

In a chilling revelation, Scott shares Johnny's dark secret – he once left a man to die when a robbery went badly wrong.

Could Scott's blackmail, and the truth of Johnny's criminal past, tear his relationship with Jenny apart?

The ghost of Pat Phelan haunts number 11

Eileen Grimshaw’s (Sue Cleaver) plan to save her son goes badly wrong when she calls Mick Costello’s home from the taxi office, threatening him with police involvement.

Unfortunately, Mick's hubby Eric answers, and suspects Tim Metcalfe (Joe Duttine) is behind the call – assuming he has been having an affair with his partner.

Things escalate when Erik confronts Tim in the middle of the street, accusing him of sleeping with his husband behind his back.

Eileen comes across the scene, and in her confusion invites Erik back to number 11, hoping to explain everything.

Once she has the front door unlocked, she finds Billy Mayhew (Daniel Brocklebank) inside, giving Todd Grimshaw (Gareth Pierce) an earful about disappearing three years ago.

It turns out Billy and Mary Taylor (Patti Clare) performed an exorcism hours earlier, convinced the ghost of Pat Phelan – Eileen's evil ex-husband – was in the attic.

When Todd emerged from the shadows of the house, Billy and Mary were gobsmacked, only for the shellshocked vicar to launch into an angry rant.

Stunned by the commotion inside the house, Eileen takes the opportunity to tell Erik she was behind the phone call.

Later, she turns her temper on Mick, ordering him to leave Todd alone and put their feud behind them.

Can Eileen save her son from Mick's clutches, or is it too late?

Billy is torn between his heart and his head

After Billy discovers him hiding in number 11, Todd decides to cause trouble in his relationship with Paul Foreman (Peter Ash), jealous to witness his ex moving on.

Billy is quick to reassure Paul, letting him know his feelings for Todd are long gone, and pointing out the former lawyer is nothing by trouble.

However, when Billy decides against going for the archdeacon position, Paul fears Todd has got inside his head.

Later, after Todd winds Paul up, he tells a conflicted Billy he still has feelings for him, three years after their split.

Billy refuses to give in to Todd's advances but as his eyes fill with tears, it's clear he has tugged on his heartstrings.

Todd tries to make an apology to Paul, but makes matters worse when he reveals Billy told him about his tough past.

Paul is furious, and even though Billy assures him he told Todd nothing about Kel Hinchley’s (Joseph Alessi) abuse, his suspicions linger.

Paul's fears multiply when Billy tells him Todd was the love of his life, but that he no longer wants to be with him.

Billy then tries to postpone the interview for the archdeacon position, but Paul orders him to go for it.

After spending the day interviewing for the job, Billy launches into a complaint about Todd's behaviour, leaving Paul concerned by his fixation with his ex.

Could Billy still harbour feelings for Todd, resulting in heartbreak for poor Paul?

Gemma hits the working world

With so many mouths to feed, Gemma Winter (Dolly Rose Campbell) orders Chesney Brown (Sam Aston) and Bernie Winter (Jane Hazlegrove) to find more work, frustrated by their dwindling funds.

Following her command, Bernie lands a few extra shifts at the cafe, thanks to Roy Cropper's (David Neilson) kind offer.

Chesney manages to get a part-time job packing at the factory, only for Gemma to pick up some bartending shifts at the Rover's Return.

The family suddenly realise there will be no one at home to mind the quads, so Chesney turns down the packing job.

Heading out to her shift at the pub, Gemma has a huge smile on her face, thrilled to get out of the house.

Could Gemma's new job be the lease of life she has so desperately needed since the birth of the quads?

Gary gets his hands dirty

Having harboured suspicions about Ray's intentions as a businessman, Gary finally gives in to his demands.

To new wife Maria Connor’s (Samia Longchambon) delight, Gary agrees to work for Ray, convincing the locals to sell their properties to the sleazy entrepreneur.

Impressed, Ray tells Gary his first job is to persuade the Platts to sell number five.

When David Platt (Jack P Shepherd) reaches out to Gary for advice, he suggests he sell the property to Ray, pointing out he will be able to continue renting it.

However, Ray later confides in Gary his plan is to evict David and the Platts from the building as soon as he gets his hands on the contract.

Gary feels guilty, especially when David tells him Ray's associate Roxy has promised they can continue renting his childhood home.

When Gail Platt (Helen Worth) hears David has signed over the paperwork, she is furious, and rightly suspects Ray has a trick up his sleeve.

How will the Platts react when they learn about Gary's involvement in the dastardly scheme?

The truth closes in on Leanne

Hoping to get a statement of support from the doctors for the final hearing for Oliver's case, concerned dad Steve McDonald (Simon Gregson) flies to Germany.

Later, a woman named Wendy meets Leanne and lets her know she has been chosen as Ollie's Guardian, only for the heartbroken mum to react with anger.

Accusing Wendy of siding with the doctors, Leanne loses her temper, as Nick steps in to apologise for the outburst.

However, the apology only stokes the flames of Leanne’s anger, as she lashes out over his refusal to side with her.

A journalist from the Gazette, who is a friend of Natasha Blakeman (Rachel Leskovac), offers to write a piece on Ollie’s story to help generate funds for his treatment.

Leanne is initially willing to discuss Ollie’s health battle, but when the journalist mentions her son’s impending death, Leanne loses her temper completely.

In a gesture of kindness, Nick's ex-girlfriend Natasha then offers him £20,000 to help fund Ollie's treatment, though he is quick to turn the offer down.

However, when Leanne learns about the generous sum, she accuses Nick of refusing Natasha's money because he no longer believes Ollie can be saved.

When Steve returns from Germany, he is heartbroken to reveal the doctors believe Ollie’s condition is incurable, leaving a devastated Leanne to thank him for doing everything he could.

His relationship on the brink, Nick opens up to Gail, and admits he is too scared to tell Leanne to face the truth about Ollie’s condition.

Can Leanne accept poor Ollie's days are numbered, and can her relationship with Nick withstand the strain?

Coronation Street airs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7.30pm and 8pm on ITV.

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