Spoilers: Explosive newcomer ‘throws grenade’ into the community in Corrie

The Bailey family is set to welcome a new addition to their ranks in coming months as Ed’s brother Ronnie will arrive and bring chaos to Coronation Street – right at the most inopportune time!

With pregnant Grace back on the scene with Michael’s baby, it’s during an unexpectedly early labour that ‘jack the lad’ Ronnie turns up – but what secret is he hiding?

And is Ed happy to see his sibling – who looks like he will upheave the existence the Baileys have developed for themselves on the Street?

Show boss Iain MacLeod told Metro.co.uk: ‘The biggest news is we have a new Bailey – Ed’s brother Ronnie turns up and he is a massive injection of chaos, energy and humour, a real jack the lad. It will tip their cosy lifestyle on its head.

‘He arrives on the back of a family drama and with a secret. Michael and Grace are trying to contend with the arrival of their slightly premature baby and in comes the uncle, he comes in with a grenade and explodes it at the worst possible time.

‘He reminds me a lot of Danny Baldwin – a ruthless vibe but a lot of charm. I’m excited to bring him in – we have a really strong actor in the role.’

But what else is coming up for the family in 2021? Iain expanded: ‘There will be a happy ending for James over the next six months and with Michael and Grace, we will use their situation for comedy. She is tied forever to Aggie and they can’t stand each other.

‘But there’s also a slow burn exploration of systemic racism. We touched upon that with verbal abuse earlier in the year but we are exploring it in the more subliminal and insidious form.

‘Not name calling but things our actors have told us about subconscious, systemic racism. It’s not the only story they will have, we will explore many issues in the background and then it comes to a dramatic peak around July.’

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