Coronation Street murder trial drama and more soap spoilers

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Soap spoilers follow.

Note: The following article contains discussion of sexual misconduct that some readers may find upsetting.

Struggling to keep track of the constant stream of soap spoilers? Fear not, as every Monday Digital Spy picks out the biggest and best storylines hitting your screens in the week ahead.

1. Coronation Street: Imran fights dirty to save Kelly

(Wednesday at 7.30pm on ITV)

Photo credit: ITV
Photo credit: ITV

Imran's past becomes his present when his ex-wife Sabeen arrives in Weatherfield with big news – she'll be acting as a barrister on Corey's defence team in Seb's murder trial. Smug Sabeen informs Imran that he doesn't stand a chance of securing his foster daughter's acquittal.

It seems things are shifting in Corey's favour when Abi learns that local footballing legend Tommy Orpington is being lined up to act as a character witness.

The news leaves Jack troubled, and unable to stay silent, the naïve lad posts about his feelings on an online fan site dedicated to Tommy. However, his actions may have serious repercussions when Corey's identity is leaked, throwing the trial into jeopardy.

When the police arrive on the Street to talk to Jack, Abi accuses Imran of using the youngster's mistake to delay the trial for Kelly's sake. And Toyah is shocked when her partner admits that's exactly what he's doing, vowing to stop at nothing to clear Kelly's name.

As the pre-trial review gets under way, Imran declares that he has fresh evidence about the blood splatters found on Kelly's trainers, but is soon left conflicted when she and Corey are offered a reduced sentence if they plead guilty to manslaughter.

While Imran has a decision to make, Simon pays Kelly a visit and finds her in a terrible state. Fearing his friend could go down for a crime he believes she didn't commit, Simon pleads with Nina to try and remember what happened that fateful night, insisting that she's Kelly's only hope of avoiding life behind bars.

2. Emmerdale: Liv faces more trauma

(Thursday at 7pm and 8pm on ITV)

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Photo credit: ITV

Sobriety is proving a massive struggle for Liv, and Aaron and Vinny's smothering behaviour isn't making things any easier. Feeling overwhelmed, the anxious teen ends up breaking down in front of Laurel, who knows only too well how hard it is to overcome an alcohol addiction.

Laurel tries to stage an intervention and offers words of wisdom, but ultimately temptation proves too much for Liv when she ends up swigging from a can of lager.

The next morning, Liv wakes up in a state of confusion, with bruises on her arm and no memory of what happened to her the night before. Aaron fills in a blank by explaining that he found her slumped in a doorway, but as Liv starts experiencing disturbing flashbacks, she realises to her horror that she was involved in a violent tussle with Noah.

Gabby is reeling when Liv recalls what she can remember, and feeling uneasy after her own run-ins with Charity's son, she warns her friend they might be dealing with the aftermath of rape.

As Liv fears the worst, Aaron overhears the girls' conversation and storms off to confront Noah. Later, he urges his sister to report what happened to the police – but is Noah really capable of such a sickening attack?

3. EastEnders: Keegan and Dotty's secret is out

(Tuesday at 7.30pm on BBC One)

Photo credit: Kieron McCarron/Jack Barnes - BBC
Photo credit: Kieron McCarron/Jack Barnes - BBC

Wanting to impress Dotty, flirty Vinny tells her about his upcoming meeting with Phil to pitch his tech booth idea. But Keegan isn't impressed by the pair's sudden bond and warns his mate that Dotty isn't worth chasing after.

Unable to shake off his guilt, Keegan confesses the truth about his drunken night of passion with Dotty to Mitch, who advises his son to come clean to Tiffany.

Later in Ruby's office, Dotty is horrified when Keegan reveals that he's going to tell Tiff everything, but as she tries to change his mind, the pair are unaware that Vinny is standing in the hallway listening in on their conversation.

Determined to move on, Keegan returns home and prepares a romantic meal for his missus. But as he gears up to admit his infidelity, Vinny beats him to it when he runs into Tiffany on the Square.

When she arrives home, Tiffany immediately tells Keegan that she knows about him cheating with Dotty, and over at the club, Vinny admits to Dotty that he dropped her in it. Worried, she rushes off, and as the terrible truth sets in for Tiff, her marriage to Keegan could be finished.

4. Hollyoaks: Cher's revenge plan takes a sinister turn

(Thursday at 7pm on E4 and Friday at 6.30pm on Channel 4)

Photo credit: Lime Pictures
Photo credit: Lime Pictures

Dark clouds are looming over Mercedes and Sylver's marriage as both parties continue to conceal huge secrets from one another.

While Sylver makes a deal with dodgy Fergus to fund his fertility treatment, the pressure is on for Mercedes as blackmailer Donna-Marie reveals she has got recorded footage of her and Romeo discussing their one-night stand and demands £2,000 in exchange for her silence.

Thinking her luck is in, Donna-Marie starts planning a holiday with the money she's expecting from Mercy. And when Sylver lets slip some incriminating info, the scheming mum uses it to her advantage by upping her price.

Mercedes has had enough of being pushed around though, and determined to eliminate her enemy, she decides to spike Donna-Marie's drink. Naturally, her plan goes awry and Mercedes is forced to deal with the fallout.

Elsewhere, Romeo finally admits to Cher that he doesn't love her. Heartbroken, she responds by sharing a secret about his mum, then proceeds to take dangerous advice from her mysterious online mate 'Jade'. Later, Cher is horrified to realise she has made a potentially fatal error and poisoned the wrong person…

5. Neighbours: David's in meltdown

(Tuesday at 1.45pm and 5.30pm on Channel 5)

Photo credit: Fremantle - Channel 5
Photo credit: Fremantle - Channel 5

As the search for missing Nicolette continues, Chloe's conscience kicks in just as she's about to lock lips with Leo. Pulling back, Chloe admits her heart lies elsewhere, but is left stunned when Leo comes clean about his mission to sabotage her relationship.

While Chloe questions how she could have been so gullible, the stress of recent events is taking its toll on David, who takes his distress out on Nicolette's obstetrician.

Out of concern for his colleague, Karl suggests to David that he takes some time off from the hospital, but his well-meaning offer is met with an angry response. Finally, Aaron reaches the end of his tether with David's destructive behaviour and demands he pulls himself together.

It's not just the couple who are at odds, as David continues to blame Leo for what has happened and refuses to acknowledge his efforts in hunting down Nicolette.

However, there are hopes of a reconciliation between Aaron and Chloe when he reaches out to his sister, and admits he wants to save their relationship before it's damaged beyond repair.

6. Emmerdale: Wendy's terrorised by her abusive ex

(Monday at 7pm on ITV)

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Photo credit: ITV

The mystery of who has been watching Wendy is answered when her abusive ex-husband Russ rocks up on her doorstep, wanting to know why his late mother has left everything in her will to baby Harry. Raging at being disinherited, bullying Russ announces that he's not going anywhere until Wendy sorts things out for him.

Feeling pushed into a corner, Wendy introduces him to Victoria as Harry's granddad, and is coerced into backing up his claims that he wants to be part of their lives.

Later in private, Wendy begs her former spouse to stay away from Victoria, promising she'll get him his money back. But Russ is adamant that he doesn't have time to wait, and aggressively warns that unless he receives the cash now, he'll make sure she and Vic suffer the consequences.

As oblivious Vic and Bob try and make the best of the newcomer's arrival, Wendy is consumed with fear as she watches her evil ex playing the part of doting granddad. Can she sort the situation before things turn very ugly?

7. Coronation Street: Maria's on the rampage

(Monday at 7.30pm and 8.30pm on ITV)

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Photo credit: ITV

Gary returns from Bristol to be met with bad news when Maria informs him that Imran can't afford the professional experts needed to try and clear Kelly's name. Driven by his guilt over what he did to Rick, Gary insists that he wants to hand over the cash anonymously, but his furious wife makes it clear they're finished if he puts Kelly before her and Liam.

Later, Maria's mind is elsewhere when Sally collars her about the parking campaign, but disaster suddenly strikes when Liam begins gasping for air. An ambulance arrives on the scene but is unable to turn onto the street due to the double-parked cars, leaving Maria beside herself as Liam fights for every breath.

Thankfully, Ronnie swiftly moves his car and a paramedic is able to give Liam oxygen before he's taken to hospital. Once there, the doctors diagnose the lad with asthma, and Maria's shocked to learn the air pollution from the traffic fumes is likely to have caused his condition.

Fraught with worry, Maria decides that Underworld's van is to blame and orders Sarah to remove it from the cobbles to save the environment. But when Sarah declares it won't be going anywhere, the red mist descends over Maria as she grabs a metal bar and smashes up the vehicle in a fit of fury.

8. EastEnders: Chelsea plays a dangerous game

(Tuesday at 7.30pm on BBC One)

Photo credit: Kieron McCarron/Jack Barnes - BBC
Photo credit: Kieron McCarron/Jack Barnes - BBC

While enjoying a drink with Gray in the Prince Albert, Chelsea is surprised to see James – the guy she hooked up with – sitting across the bar. Coincidentally, Gray also knows James (what are the chances?), and oblivious to the fact that he fooled around with his girlfriend, Gray invites him to join them for a drink.

While Gray is busy at the bar getting a round in, Chelsea decides to play with fire and secretly arranges to meet James for a date.

The following day, Chels ditches her plans with Gray and convinces Jack to go engagement ring shopping for Denise. Chelsea ends up purchasing a ring for herself from the pawn shop, but when Gray recognises it as Chantelle's, he angrily orders her to remove it.

Later, Chelsea tells Jack and Kim about the outburst, and the copper is left suspicious when Gray shuts down his attempts to discuss what happened. Not realising Jack is onto him, the evil killer goes grovelling to Chelsea for forgiveness, but whether she'll want to know is another matter.

9. Hollyoaks: Warren lashes out over Maxine's betrayal

(Monday at 7pm on E4 and Tuesday at 6.30pm on Channel 4)

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Photo credit: Lime Pictures

Maxine's supposed night of passion with Fergus has major consequences when her guilt prompts her to make a huge decision. Her announcement leaves Warren reeling, and unable to distract himself with work, he confronts Maxine, demanding to know exactly what she has been up to.

The situation grows even more complicated when he wrongly believes his girlfriend has been sleeping with Sami, and as his temper reaches boiling point, it's poor Misbah who has to face Warren's wrath.

Warren's threatening behaviour doesn't go down well with Fergus, and fearing his partner is out of control, he lets Warren go from the business.

Maxine tries to pick up the pieces and restore Misbah and Walter's faith in Foxy, hoping they'll give him another chance. But all might not be lost for Warren when Fergus has a change of heart.

10. Home and Away: Leah's under arrest

(Friday at 1.15pm and 6pm on Channel 5)

Photo credit: Jeremy Greive - Channel 5
Photo credit: Jeremy Greive - Channel 5

Grateful to have been given a second chance, Justin thanks Leah for not giving up on him during his darkest hours. He's also thankful for Ziggy's support as she promises to look after the garage whilst he continues his recovery from his painkiller addiction.

Despite Justin making great strides, Leah decides it's time to unburden her guilt and admits there was a moment she believed he could be responsible for Susie's murder. But instead of kicking off, Justin calmly agrees with Leah that his erratic behaviour appeared suspicious.

With their relationship on the right track, Justin wants to move back into the Morgan house, but Leah's not quite ready to take that step. The couple agree on a compromise – that Justin will stay in the cottage in the backyard – but trouble is brewing as Leah has got hold of the bag of money Susie stole from them and hides it from her other half.

Eventually she owns up to Justin, but while Leah wants to keep quiet and use the cash to purchase another house, Justin issues her an ultimatum – either she gives it to the police, or he will.

Later, they finally reach an agreement over what to do and after calling new copper Cash to the house, they hand over the money along with Stephen's laptop. Cash informs Leah she'll be arrested and charged, but soon finds himself unable to go through with it.

Breaking the law, Cash lies to his fellow officers, making out he discovered the evidence himself following an anonymous tip-off. Will he get caught out?

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If you've been affected by the issues raised in this story, you can access more information from Rape Crisis England and Wales, who work towards the elimination of all forms of sexual violence and sexual misconduct, on their website or by calling the National Rape Crisis Helpline on 0808 802 9999. Rape Crisis Scotland’s helpline number is 08088 01 03 02.

Readers in the US are encouraged to contact RAINN, or the National Sexual Assault Hotline on 800-656-4673.

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