Coronation Street fans will have the chance to view both possible endings to Gail McIntyre’s murder trial before discovering the innocent widow’s true fate, soap bosses have revealed.
To keep the storyline’s conclusion under wraps, the ITV1 soap has filmed two outcomes, with the jury delivering both a guilty and not guilty verdict.
Viewers will have to wait until Monday to learn the real verdict but will be able to watch both scenarios on itv.com in the run-up to the revelation.
Gail, played by Helen Worth, is falsely accused of bumping off husband Joe (Reece Dinsdale), who met his watery end in a boating accident.
On Wednesday night fans see the jury retire to consider its verdict after a trial that does not appear to have gone well for Gail.
The weight of evidence against the defendant is huge, and a convincing performance by lying witness Tracy Barlow (Kate Ford) could be the final nail in her coffin.
Tracy, who is herself serving life for murder, told the court that Gail confessed to the crime while they were sharing a cell.
Unbeknown to the jury, Tracy struck a deal with police to extract a confession in return for a move to an open jail.
In one ending, a jubilant Gail is cleared of murder and leaves the court a free woman with her delighted family while, in the other, the jury finds her guilty of killing Joe and she is led into the cells, leaving her devastated relatives to face the press outside.
A sneak preview of both endings will be available on www.itv.com/corrie from 9.30pm on Thursday.