Three stars are quitting Coronation Street in a cast shake-up involving two different sex scandals.
Dr Matt Ramsden and his wife Charlie will depart after a dramatic storyline in March in which the GP’s affair is exposed.
Another character saying goodbye to the Street is Bobbi Lewis, played by Naomi Russell, who leaves after a revenge campaign against Vikram Desai, played by Chris Bisson. Vikram makes the mistake of cheating on Bobbi with Hazel Wilding, played by Kazia Pelka.
In the storyline which sees the doctor’s departure, duped husband Ashley Peacock will finally discover his wife’s baby may not be his.
The damning disclosure comes as his wife Maxine’s night of adulterous drunken passion with Dr Ramsden is revealed.
Ashley, played by Steven Arnold in the hit soap, is devastated by the news, which is coupled with the fact that difficulties with the pregnancy mean Maxine (Tracy Shaw) could lose the baby.
The dramatic storyline leads to the departure of Dr Ramsden and Charlie (Stephen Beckett and Clare McGlinn).
In a desperate attempt to save their marriage, the couple leave the gossips of Weatherfield behind to start a new life.
In reality, Beckett is leaving to star in a film being shot in Ireland with his fiance Anna Brecon, who stars in the soap Emmerdale.
He said: ‘‘I have had a fantastic year and a half in Coronation Street. The cast and the crew are a fabulous bunch of people to work with and it’s great we are being given such a fantastic exit storyline.’’
McGlinn said: ‘‘We came in on a high and we are leaving on a high.’’
A show spokeswoman said: ‘‘We have planned an explosive end to this storyline and it is difficult to see how Matt and Charlie could stay around in Weatherfield after everything that has happened.’’
The spring storyline also features Gail Platt (Helen Worth), who accepts conman Richard Hillman’s wedding proposal believing she has found true happiness at last.
Earlier this week, producers dismissed as speculation reports that Tracy Shaw is considering a break from the show.