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Does this Corrie clue expose Gary as new villain?

Digital Spy (UK) logo Digital Spy (UK) 11/02/2019 Daniel Kilkelly
a close up of Mikey North in front of a brick building: Coronation Street offers a possible new hint to the identity of its next big villain next week. © ITV Coronation Street offers a possible new hint to the identity of its next big villain next week.

Coronation Street offers a possible new hint to the identity of its next big villain next week.

Show bosses have kept fans guessing by promising to turn an existing character into a major new bad guy this year.

Nick Tilsley, Gary Windass, Seb Franklin and Ali Neeson are among those who've been pinpointed as likely suspects by the fans.

Next week's episodes feature a new clue that Gary (Mikey North) is heading to the dark side when his girlfriend Sarah Platt catches him up to no good.

Mikey North in a striped shirt: Gary Windass in Coronation Street © ITV Gary Windass in Coronation Street

Coronation Street's official website has confirmed that Sarah (Tina O'Brien) will be shocked to find Gary quoting an inflated price for repairs at Number 8.

Gary looks set to rip off David (Jack P Shepherd) after the upcoming boat fire on the cobbles causes damage at the Platt house.

Will Sarah stand by and do nothing while Gary targets her own family? Is this an early sign of a darker direction ahead for Gary? Only time will tell.

a person sitting at a table in a kitchen: Gary Windass and Sarah Platt in Coronation Street © ITV Gary Windass and Sarah Platt in Coronation Street

Viewers know that Gary has been struggling with financial issues this year, causing problems for his relationship with Sarah.

Last week, paparazzi pictures also showed Gary doing the dirty work of loan shark Rick Neelan – another clue that he'll become far more ruthless over the next few months.

Speaking about the mystery new villain last year, Corrie's producer Iain MacLeod commented: "I won't tell you who it is - we're a long way off that yet.

"What I have always liked about Corrie is the ability to have villains like Hillman and Phelan who come in and burn bright and also the more complicated, long range villain like Mike Baldwin - ruthless, self serving and looking out for number one.

EMBARGO 21.30 01/06/2018 Anna Windass stabs Pat Phelan in Coronation Street © ITV EMBARGO 21.30 01/06/2018 Anna Windass stabs Pat Phelan in Coronation Street

"We're designing a character in that latter type who can stay long term as an antagonistic person who's just messing up lives.

"The other thing I am attracted to is watching the genesis of that person, rather than bringing someone new in. By going with this character on this journey - their intentions are good and they rapidly snowball. It will be a very slow burn."

Coronation Street airs these scenes on Monday, February 18 at 7.30pm and 8.30pm on ITV.

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