Phil Collinson plans explosive Coronation Street finale
- Bang Showbiz
- 20 August 2012
'Coronation Street' boss Phil Collinson is planning to blow up the Rovers in a dramatic finale which will see his time on the soap come to an end
'Coronation Street' boss Phil Collinson is planning to blow up the Rovers Return.
The executive producer of the ITV1 soap plans to quit later this year and is hoping for an explosive finale to his time on the show by blowing up the pub.
The dramatic scenes could see several members of the cast killed off, including actress Michelle Collins, who plays landlady Stella Price.
A source told the Mirror newspaper: "Blowing up the Rovers would be the most dramatic thing to happen on the Street. Phil thinks millions of extra viewers would tune in.
"But it means everyone in the show is looking over their shoulder wondering if they'll be inside when the pub goes up in smoke."
Earlier this year the producer revealed he was planning to leave the show by "the middle of next year" and now sources from 'Coronation Street' have said he will be moving on much sooner after a shake-up by ITV bosses.
The 43-year-old arrived on the soap in 2009 and is known for a series of dramatic story lines including the 50th anniversary episode in 2010 which saw two characters killed in a tram crash.
This year he led the show to be named Best Drama at the BAFTA awards, but despite his success he has been criticised for including too many gay plots.