A baby bombshell is set to send shockwaves through the Coronation Street cobbles and start a war between three families. Weatherfield newcomer Nicola Rubenstein, played by Nicola Thorp, will slip between the sheets with fan favourite Gary Windass (Mikey North). Nicola falls pregnant – and Gary is the father. And the baby news will bring family feuds to fever pitch.

Nicola recently discovered that she is the daughter of resident villain Pat Phelan (Connor McIntyre), the arch-enemy of Gary’s mum, Anna Windass (Debbie Rush). Phelan manipulated Anna into sleeping with him to save her previous boyfriend, Owen Armstrong, from financial ruin. Now they are going to be joined together by their grandchild.

And get ready for the Platts to wade into the fray; Gary is dating Sarah Platt (Tina O’Brien), who will be left devastated by his betrayal. A Corrie insider said: “The battle lines will be drawn and it’s safe to say that it’s going to be an explosive autumn in Weatherfield. Viewers need to hang on to their hats.”