Coronation Street producer Stuart Blackburn says that far from leaving a big hole, Tina McIntyre’s exit early in 2014 will be the start of much bigger plot.

He told What’s on TV: “There’s some stunning stuff coming up with Tina and Peter, that’s really starting to heat up. Everyone knows that Tina’s leaving, well in a way her leaving is a kind of prologue for a much bigger story that takes us into 2014 and even into 2015.

“Obviously Kevin [Webster] is coming back, which is brilliant for all of us, and Jason Grimshaw’s dad, a man who doesn’t like to be told no. He’s turning up and he’s going to be causing some serious trouble in the coming months.”

Stuart also has big plans for Jimi Mistry’s new character Kal. “Once he settles in we’ll start to introduce Kal’s son and Kal’s dad as well, so quite a few new face to look forward to.”

Watch the interview with Coronation Street producer Stuart Blackburn: