Coronation Street fans baffled as Audrey Roberts sides with Ray Crosby on return to soap

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Audrey (played by Sue Nicholls) has been missing from the drama on Coronation Street for some time now after the coronavirus pandemic meant more vulnerable members of the cast had to shield. The iconic ITV soap character has been referenced by the Platt family on several occasions but during the second episode of Wednesday night’s double-bill, she made her comeback as the residents of Weatherfield had just discovered Ray Crosby (Mark Frost) was planning on destroying the cobbles. It seems the pensioner supported his business acumen and viewers were mystified as to why the grandmother was willing to support his venture.

Whilst David Platt (Jack P Shephard) and his sister Sarah Platt (Tina O’Brien) discussed what the best plan of action would be to stop the villain’s plans, their grandmother walked in from the back garden.

Audrey explained to her grandchildren she was having a look at the gaping sinkhole, with her granddaughter telling her she wasn’t meant to be out there.

Having been summoned to the house to prevent her from selling the hairdressers to Ray, the soap stalwart revealed some news of her own.

“It’s too late. I was having a word with Maria [Connor] and I have decided to sell the salon flat and Claudia [Rula Lenska] and Maria have agreed to sell the salon underneath.

“So, that means I have some money I can spend on the barbers,” she added, with her grandson branding her “a traitor”.

“David, I think it’s best you don’t start banding words like that about after what you and Nick [Tilsley] did to me,” she continued.

Sarah then jumped in as she said: “You cannot just let Ray tear the street down,” with Audrey replying: “But, I believe it’s just half the street.”

“He’s doing it by undermining our garden. I mean someone could have died,” David told his grandmother before she declared she had made up her mind.

“When you get to my age, you know there is no way you can stop progress,” the iconic character remarked, leaving destruction in her wake as she walked out the house.

There is no way you can stop progress

Audrey Roberts

With both David and Sarah in disbelief at their grandmother’s defiance towards Ray’s plans, viewers quickly took to Twitter to comment.

One wrote: “Audrey hasn’t been seen in months… swans in, ruins all the plans, agrees to sell up and let Ray take over and then f***ks off again… yeah, great #Corrie.”

A second added: “That one scene from Audrey after six months away, drops a bombshell and tells them to tell Gail [Platt] that she popped in. Sensational. #Corrie.”

“Ha! Even Audrey’s bored of the street being under threat again #Corrie,” a third commented with a fourth sharing: “Why would Audrey want half the street to be demolished? #Corrie.”

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A fifth posted: “Audrey would never let the street be knocked down surely?! #corrie,” with a sixth opining: “Please don’t sell Audrey #corrie @itvcorrie.”

However, others were completely unphased by the storyline and were just pleased to see the soap icon back on the cobbles.

“Good vaccine news, lockdown lifted and Audrey Roberts’ return to #Corrie all in the same day?! We don’t deserve 2nd December 2020,” a seventh remarked.

“When Audrey walked into the Platts I almost screamed with joy. So glad to see Sue Nicholls again, have missed her! #Corrie,” an eighth wrote.

Following Audrey’s confession, this now means Ray is swiftly gaining power over the entirety of Weatherfield as the 60th-anniversary episodes loom.

Having the hairdressers and the flat above it means the villain only needs to secure three more properties to complete his dangerous game of monopoly.

This includes The Kabin newsagents, Rita Sullivan’s (Barbara Knox) flat and the deeds to the Underworld Factory.

With bulldozers turning up on the cobbles next week, will Ray flatten the properties regardless of whether he owns them or not?

Coronation Street continues Friday at 7:30pm on ITV.

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