Coronation Street spoilers follow.
Note: This story discusses topics including rape and sexual assault.
Coronation Street has confirmed plans to revisit the romantic chemistry between Aadi Alahan and Amy Barlow.
A possible spark between the pair was first explored earlier this year, but Aadi became distracted when Courtney Vance made a play for him and they started an affair.
Aadi and Courtney are now living together in a flat at the Weatherfield Precinct, but recent spoilers have suggested that their relationship could be nearing its end.
In the coming weeks, Aadi will become more closely involved with Amy again as the show explores how she's coping following her rape ordeal. Elle Mulvaney, who plays Amy, first hinted at this story last week when she promised some surprising new scenes.
Speaking to Digital Spy and other media in a recent press call, Coronation Street's producer Iain MacLeod explained: "Amy, despite outward appearances, is profoundly affected by what happened – as she will be for the rest of her life. So there's another chapter of this.
"We wanted this chapter to be a final catharsis that doesn't allow Amy to move on exactly, because I don't know that you ever can. But it allows her to enter a different chapter of her reaction to what went on.
"Amy will find herself driven to some fairly extreme lengths, in what she sees as an attempt to right some wrongs. She feels that she's acting in an entirely justified way. But it will fall to one of her friends to pull it back from the brink before she criminalises herself essentially, in a pursuit of what she believes to be a just outcome.
"I've just watched these scenes recently, and they are stomach-churningly good and entirely believable. I think Elle Mulvaney and Adam Hussain, who's the actor in the middle of it as Aadi, are fantastically good – both individually and together across this story.
"Indeed, this story is a really significant staging post in our ongoing fostering of this closeness between Aadi and Amy. It's them being best friends and having each other's back, come what may. It's a really, really long-range love story that we're hoping to tell with them. It's going to really engage the audience."
He continued: "With what's on screen in November, Amy and Aadi have to collaborate to escape from the crisis. They come out the other side with a totally different assessment of their feelings for each other.
"The story is troublingly very close to events that can and do happen in the real world. It's a continuation of a story that I think we've told really well. I think it's been very truthful from the outset – and the writing, the performances and the direction has been very realistic.
"We were keen to try to make sure that we retain the same level of sensitivity around this. So yes, it's big and dramatic, but we've tried to do it sensitively. It's a really powerful storyline that will take us through that major incident in November and then into a love story chapter for Amy and Aadi."
MacLeod also addressed what Aadi's growing closeness to Amy will mean for Courtney's future in the show.
He said: "I should say, I love Steph [Davis, who plays Courtney]. And I love Courtney! I think she's just been a big, colourful glitter bomb that's gone off in the middle of that storyline.
"But the long-term direction for Aadi is Amy Barlow. So what Courtney's role, if any, might be going forward, I don't know definitively, but I don't see her and Aadi as being the forever couple."
Coronation Street airs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 8pm on ITV1 and streams on ITVX.
Coronation Street has been working with the Schools Consent Project on Amy's storyline.
If you've been affected by the issues raised in this story, you can access more information from Rape Crisis England and Wales, who work towards the elimination of all forms of sexual violence and sexual misconduct, on their website or by calling the National Rape Crisis Helpline on 0808 802 9999. Rape Crisis Scotland’s helpline number is 08088 01 03 02.
Readers in the US are encouraged to contact RAINN, or the National Sexual Assault Hotline on 800-656-4673.
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