Coronation Street’s Simon Gregson has promised viewers can expect plenty of laughs when the McDonald family return to the Rovers Return.

Steve enlists the help of his mum Liz (Beverley Callard) to buy the Rovers Return from current landlady Stella Price, with the plan to keep his girlfriend Michelle Connor happy by letting her run the pub. But after the purchase Liz comes back from Spain to reprise her role as landlady.

Simon revealed: “Steve thinks Liz will be a silent partner, but then she arrives.

“I think it is great, it is nice to have the McDonalds partly back together. Bev is very funny, very witty and very bubbly so she is great to have around on set. There is scope for a lot of comedy there.

“When Liz comes back immediately the women join forces against Steve which is great fun. Steve is not allowed to act grown up around his mum or any other woman, he is still a kid in their eyes.

“He partly embraces this as he likes an easy life. Steve is very lazy – he can’t be bothered with confrontation. His heart is in the right place, but he is just lazy.”

He added: “It makes for some great comedy because half the time Lloyd thinks Steve is in the pub and Liz and Michelle think he is in the cab office and Steve is off somewhere else skiving from both jobs!”

The actor, who has been in Coronation Street since 1989, is proud to see his character’s name above the door of the iconic pub.

He admitted: “I was surprised but I love the fun element of it, owning the Rovers is quite cool and it is the first time I have seen my name above the door so I had a little moment there. Steve could never be the licensee before, but he can now as any criminal record has lapsed.”