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Coronation Street icon returns from dead โ€“ but there’s a sinister twist

In tonight’s episode, Roy Cropper (David Neilson) decided to get to the bottom Coronation Street cast newbie Rosemary Piper’s (Sophie Thompson) alleged psychic abilities.

She arrived in Weatherfield and got to work on Audrey Roberts (Sue Nicholls) and Gail Platt (Helen Worth), though not everything was as it seemed.

Audrey, originally a believer, changed her tune when she realised everything Rosemary told her was public knowledge or a good guess.

Gail, on the other hand, was the other way around, being a skeptic originally, before beginning to believe what Rosemary said.

To help his friend, Roy offered to speak to Rosemary to see if she could connect to anyone from his life.

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SKEPTIC: Roy didn’t believe Rosemary was psychic

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DEVASTATING: Roy lost Hayley in 2014

โ€œIt’s a man. Or it could be a womanโ€

Rosemary Piper

Of course, viewers were expecting the late Hayley Cropper (Julie Hesmondhalgh) to come through.

Rosemary said she got someone coming through to her, saying: “It’s a man. Or it could be a woman.”

Brian Packham (Peter Gunn) gave Audrey a look that seemed to confirm it was Hayley, but Audrey quickly quietened him in order to not give Rosemary any information.

Hayley was Roy’s wife, however was born as male Harold and died in 2014 after battling pancreatic cancer.

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FAKE: Rosemary couldn’t connect to Hayley for Roy

As Rosemary continued her deception, she confirmed it was in fact a woman she was speaking to and it was Roy’s wife.

But he said: “Is it? I’d considered removing my wedding ring, but I didn’t want to leave you entirely helpless.”

Suddenly Rosemary’s mood changed, as she said: “Your wedding ring didn’t tell me your wife was dead. I’m sorry, I refuse to work under these conditions.”

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WARNING OFF: Audrey told Rosemary not to speak to Gail anymore

Roy pressed Rosemary to give him the name of whoever she was speaking to, but she refused and ran off.

Audrey told her: “I don’t want to fall out with you, but you need to stop seeing my daughter. It’s not doing her any good.”

But with Rosemary clearly up to something, will everything end in tears?

Coronation Street airs Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays on ITV.

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