Coronation Street fans will be stricken to see Todd Grimshaw's funeral air in upcoming scenes – even though the troublemaker is still alive.
The former lawyer, played by Gareth Pierce, was missing and feared dead for weeks, as Billy Mayhew (Daniel Brocklebank) and Sean Tully (Antony Cotton) launched a manhunt to recover his body.
However, in a Corrie twist, Todd appears in the cobbles this week, leaving his mum Eileen Grimshaw (Sue Cleaver) relieved beyond belief.
Unfortunately, Todd's life is in danger, after he angered a gangster named Mick Costello, who has put a price on his life.
Desperate to convince the gangster he is dead, Corrie spoilers have revealed Todd will beg Eileen to identify an anonymous body in the mortuary as his own.
Eileen considers it, but when she arrives at the morgue, she realises she cannot deprive another family of a proper funeral.
Meanwhile, she confesses the truth to Mary Taylor (Patti Clare), revealing Todd has returned but there is a bounty on his head.
Mary seeks help from George Shuttleworth (Tony Maudsley), who warns her Mick has a reputation for evil.
Cooking up a plan, George goes to visit a mysterious mate of his, as the two pals scheme to save Todd and Eileen from Mick's wrath.
Later, learning Eileen failed to identify the body as his own, Todd confesses he has no choice but to flee Weatherfield forever, bidding farewell to his mother.
Devastated to lose Todd so soon after his return, Eileen scrambles desperately to raise enough money to fund his escape.
Thankfully, Mary and George have come up with a clever alternative, and decide to stage Todd's funeral.
Leaving Eileen lost for words, they present her with a glossy black hearse, decked out with flowers spelling out Todd's name.
Explaining the ruse to Eileen, George maps out his plan to stage Todd's funeral to throw Mick off the scent.
As Mick arrives in Weatherfield, could the phony funeral be the lifeline Todd so desperately needs?
Coronation Street airs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7.30pm and 8pm on ITV.
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