Coronation Street's Cathy Matthews and Brian Packham to face 'online bullying hellstorm' – but will it tear them apart?

CORONATION Street's Cathy Matthews and Brian Packham are set to face an 'online bullying hellstorm.'

The shop assistant could be set to have her past exposed as she and partner Brian are set for heartache in Weatherfield in the coming weeks.

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The couple are set to be thrust back into the spotlight on the ITV soap as Cathy's nephew Alex Warner (Liam Bairstow) is on the receiving end of online abuse.

As Cathy steps in to help, it's apparent she could be keeping a tragic secret about her past.

The kebab shop worker is very protective of her beloved nephew and this may get her into some bother with her fellow Weatherfield residents.

Executive producer Iain MacLeod told “I think Brian and Kathy have the flavour of an archetypal Corrie couple for me.

“They just feel like you could have probably had them on screen at any point in the history of the show and they would have felt right and very Coronation Street.”

The cobbles' top producer also teased that the couple may be heading in a new direction.

He continued: "It's not the biggest story we're doing by any stretch.

"But there's a really interesting story about the kind of perils of social media and the kind of hell storm that can rain down on you if you take on the trolls and that will arrive in the first quarter of next year."

Expanding on the upcoming angle, Iain added: "Essentially, Cathy will make some unwise choices in her online life which will threaten to sort of seeing them completely ostracised from their friends and sees them getting viciously trolled online and it'll bring in, bring in Alex as well.

“So there's a kind of angle for him in terms of the online cruelty that sometimes faces disabled people when they venture into social media.

“So it's really kind of complicated, modern story."

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