Alya Nazir’s (Sair Khan) life hangs in the balance tonight in shocking Coronation Street scenes, as she’s stabbed when she steps in to save Maria Connor (Samia Longchambon).
In tonight’s instalment of the ITV soap, which airs on ITV at 8pm, Maria is holding an event at Speed Daal to celebrate the new refugee centre. But, thanks to propaganda created by brainwashed teen Max Turner (Paddy Bever), the local councillor is in danger.
Fellow teen Blake (Adam Little) has been impressed by Max’s harmful words, and decides to livestream from the event.
As Max watches the footage, though, it becomes clear that Blake intends to hurt Maria when he brandishes a knife.
Max rushes to the restaurant to warn everyone, but when Maria’s husband Gary Windass (Mikey North) blocks his entry, the young man can only watch as Blake runs towards Maria with the weapon.
But when Alya realises what’s going on, she jumps in front of Blake, who stabs her in the stomach.
Gary and Daryan Zahawi (Twana Omer) try to overpower Blake who is still holding the knife, while Alya is rushed to hospital for life-saving surgery. Will she survive this terrifying ordeal?
Remember, it’s only been a matter of weeks since Alya had a narrow escape when Griff’s gang planted a bomb in the Speed Daal van.
The upcoming scenes mark the conclusion of Corrie’s ongoing storyline, highlighting the grooming of impressionable, disenfranchised young men. Max was radicalised by extremist Griff Reynolds (Michael Condron), who was recently arrested by undercover officer Spider Nugent (Martin Hancock).
But in Griff’s absence, Max has been unable to let go of his newfound beliefs. In the aftermath of this attack, he will be arrested when Blake insists that Max’s videos inspired him to take such awful action.
Max is left trying to explain his involvement, and soon faces a jail sentence for incitement to commit murder. Will the police take his efforts to warn the public into account?
Coronation Street’s executive producer, Iain MacLeod, reveals: “We are exploring a very 21st Century problem: teenagers self-radicalising through watching extreme content online.
“In the end, we wanted this to be a story about communication within families - what are the right and wrong ways to talk to younger family members who are gravitating towards extreme views?”
Whatever the outcome for Alya and Max, prepare for another tense episode as the stars at the centre of this story, Bever and Khan, put in powerful performances.
Coronation Street airs these scenes in an hour long episode on ITV from 8pm.
Watch how Blake's plot unfolds in this Coronation Street spoiler video