Coronation Street producer Stuart Blackburn has promised there is a light at the end of the tunnel for Roy Cropper in the new year.

This year saw the cafe owner – played by David Neilson – was heartbroken with grief on the ITV soap when wife Hayley decided to take her own life as she faced losing her battle with terminal cancer.

He has also been rocked more recently after the flat he lives in above Roy’s Rolls was broken into and trashed. Roy suspects a group of youths who were hanging around the cafe are to blame and he has been left isolated and afraid by the incident.

Coronation Street boss Stuart told Scotland’s STV: “The good news is that in 2015 we’re going to see Roy back on an upward path, but there’s a way to go yet because if you think about it, every week that goes by is another anniversary – the anniversary of the trip to Blackpool that we all remember, the anniversary of Hayley telling him that she wanted to take her own life, the anniversary of the last Christmas.

“Roy being Roy has just bottled it up and bottled it up. Added to that is him feeling victimised and bullied by what are essentially just children. It’s all going to explode around Christmas time.”

Stuart also promised some joy for Beth Tinker (Lisa George) and Kirk Sutherland (Andrew Whyment), confirming their wedding will be a success.

He said: “It’s going to be the most bonkers wedding ever, though, absolutely bonkers! I can’t wait to see it. We’ve only just started shooting so I haven’t seen it yet. It’s going to be a really good Tinkers wedding.”