Coronation Street‘s Peter Barlow and Leanne Battersby are apparently about to fall for each other.

Bigamist bookmaker Peter, played by Chris Gascoyne, returns to the ITV1 soap on Wednesday evening with his five-year-old son Simon after estranged wife Lucy died of breast cancer.

The Sun reports that the Coronation Street bad boy is struggling to be a father and doesn’t receive a warm welcome from many of the street’s residents.

But former prostitute and drug addict Leanne (Jane Danson) knows what it’s like to have nobody to turn to, and her offer of supportive friendship soon develops into more.

Leanne is also feeling lonely after boyfriend Dan Mason dumped her over her involvement in step-mum Janice’s lottery scam.

A soap insider said: “Peter returns to Weatherfield a broken man. He’s finding his new role as a dad hard and he doesn’t get the warmest reception from the locals.

“When everyone else turns away from Peter, Leanne is there for him. She doesn’t judge him and she listens to his problems. What’s more, she proves a surprise hit with Simon, who is struggling with his new surroundings and the loss of his mother.”

Unfortunately, the unlucky pair’s romance is ill-fated. The source added: “Leanne and Peter’s problems bring them together, but it’s not long before their colourful pasts are tearing them apart.”

Peter fled the street after he was exposed for marrying both Lucy and barmaid Shelley Unwin.