Ashley and Molly perish in live Coronation Street

Molly Dobbs is left fighting for her life as a tram plunges into the street

Molly Dobbs as the tram crashes into the corner shop

Viewers saw Ashley Peacock and Molly Dobbs perish in dramatic scenes during last night's (09.12.10) historic live episode of 'Coronation Street'.

Ashley Peacock and Molly Dobbs perished in last night's (09.12.10) dramatic 'Coronation Street' live episode.

The shocking hour-long special of the legendary ITV1 soap kicked off with the sad news that local butcher Ashley - played by actor Steven Arnold for the past 15 years - had died a hero after freeing love rivals Peter Barlow (Chris Gascoyne) and Nick Tilsley (Ben Price) from the wreckage of the tram crash.

Chaos then descended on the cobbles when a paramedic told hysterical crowds - including Ashley's widow Claire (Julia Haworth) - there was "no sign of life".

Meanwhile, Fiz Stape (Jennie McAlpine) acted out giving birth live on air to a premature baby girl named Hope, who was then accidentally referred to as a "baby boy" in one of the episode's few blunders.

In other baby drama, love rat Kevin Webster (Michael Le Vell) was forced to make the agonising decision between revealing the truth that Molly's (Vicky Binns) baby Jack is actually his child or letting the tot go without the vital blood transfusion he needed from his biological father to save his life.

However, a guilt-ridden Molly decided to reveal all to Kevin's horrified wife Sally (Sally Dynevor) as she lay dying under the wreckage of the corner shop.

She said: "I didn't want to hurt you, but if Jack's not going to have his mummy, he's going to need his daddy. It's Kevin. I'm so sorry. He chose you. You're beautiful inside and out."

The live episode - which was the culmination of a week-long series of explosive events to celebrate the soap's 50th anniversary - wasn't without its blunders, including one shot where disabled Izzy Armstrong - played by Cherylee Houston - accidentally stood up from her wheelchair.

Viewers will now have to tune in to see whether Peter Barlow - who was left fighting for his life after marrying fiancee Leanne Battersby (Jane Dason) by his hospital bedside - will live or die when the sound of the flatline from his life support machine came in shortly before the final credits rolled.


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