Coronation Street Roof Collapse: Fans go behind the scenes as Mikey North claims Gary Windass could be the HERO not villain
CORONATION Street has given fans a behind-the-scenes look at how they filmed the devastating factory collapse and have hinted that Gary Windass saves the day.
Sharing a sneak peek behind the ITV soap's most dramatic stunt ever, Mikey North, who plays Gary, told viewers "to watch this space" as he discussed the harrowing storyline.
Filming in The Space in Manchester, he said: "Exciting times. Look at this all built for us", pointing at the dust-filled set.
"I'm hoping to be the hero not sure if that will work out or not but watch this space. Gary Windass could be a hero hopefully."
Other characters involved in the behind-the-scenes video included Connie Hyde (Gina Seddon), Andrew Whyment (Kirk Sutherland, Sean Tully (Anthony Cotton) and Alan Halsall (Tyrone Dobbs).
Weighing in on the collapse, Alan joked his character Tyrone's rushes to the scene to save his "true love" Kirk.
"I think Tyrone had so much going on at home being a single dad," he said. "But as soon as he heard Kirk was in there, the true love of his life, forget Fizz.
"I had to drop everything and break in."
While Sean, who plays Anthony Cotton, admitted he doesn't know who will die in the action-packed week of episodes.
He said: "I've been asked to ponder, who might die? Truth is, I don't know. I've been under rubble for 48hrs… It's not me."
The clip comes after builder Gary is left shaken when he's pulled in for questioning by the police over the devastating factory collapse on the Cobbles next week.
As the residents rally round and come to terms with the tragedy and the loss of a much-loved friend, Gary – along with factory bosses Nick Tilsley and Carla Connor – is left shaken when they discover they could be looking at a manslaughter charge if it’s proved they knew how dangerous the roof was.
Gary is then called in to make a statement, but what will he say?
When he discusses his dilemma with fiancée Sarah Platt, she tells him that if he keeps quiet about what he knew about the factory roof, they're finished.
Last week Corrie fans were convinced that Seb – played by Harry Visioni – would be unmasked as the mystery person who sabotaged the roof to get back at Gary for firing him.
Sally was on the roof with the protesting Underworld workers.
Thet decided to occupy the factory to protest their boss Carla deciding to outsource knicker production to keep costs down.
The protesters – accompanied by Gemma Winter and Emma Brooker – storm the factory and barricade themselves inside.
Sally Metcalfe and Gina Seddon head up onto the scaffolding which has been put up by builder Gary Windass who is in the middle of doing a patch-up job on the dodgy roof.
But the peaceful protest soon took a nasty turn when the sisters have a furious argument as months of tension comes spilling out.
A scream is heard before Sally falls and the roof caves in on itself. Inside the factory, Sally lies unconscious and trapped under a pile of debris from the roof.
The other workers can be seen lying slumped and also buried under rubble while a burst pipe send leaking water towards a live cable.
Show boss Iain Macleod had previously described the scenes were "heart-breaking".
He added: "It's a colossal big stunt.
"It will at first appear to be an accident. It will then be revealed that it was a criminal enterprise that caused it to collapse. And someone will be dying in said collapse.
"This is the beginning of the next generation of a Corrie bad guy. The factory collapse will be the start of that."
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