No husband number six for Gail…yet!
Coronation Street producer Iain MacLeod has revealed that he ditched a plan for Gail Rodwell to have a holiday romance during her hiatus in Thailand.
Instead, Gail (played by Helen Worth) will still be footloose and fancy free when she returns to the cobbles next week after three months overseas.
Asked at a Coronation Street press event whether Gail had met a fella on her travels, MacLeod revealed: “There was originally a story on the table where she did, but we moved away from that in the end, just because we felt like we didn’t want Gail to get together with another serial killer. And if we were going to do it, we’d want to do it on screen rather than off screen.”
Gail will arrive home next Friday 25th October, just in time to witness young Bethany getting a tongue-lashing from Sally Metcalfe and Tracy Barlow. Her granddaughter becomes a street pariah after sharing a kiss with Daniel Osbourne while his wife Sinead is on her death bed.
MacLeod adds that Gail’s holiday romance isn’t the only storyline that was changed. Initially, it was intended for the character to have undergone something of a transformation after taking up yoga. However, this was later toned down.
He says: “Less has happened to Gail than had originally happened in some versions of the story, where she came back fully meditative and doing yogic flying and the like.
“She’s still the Gail that we recognise, but she’s a little more grounded and more mother earth. She’s the Gail we know and love, but there might be a few more harim pants in her wardrobe, and a few more coiffure choices.
“It won’t turn into a pastiche of hippy lifestyle. She’s still Gail.”