Coronation Street spoilers: Ken Barlow ‘forced to exit’ in devastating Claudia discovery

Ken Barlow (played by William Roache) devastated Coronation Street fans when he announced to his dog Eccles it was time for him to leave the cobbles behind. Luckily, viewers were invited to join the stalwart on his latest adventure to the Stillwaters retirement complex but after splitting with Claudia Colby (Rula Lenska), Ken could find himself having to return to the complex after receiving some heartbreaking news. 

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In the soap’s 10,000th episode, Ken decided it was time to move away from the cobbles with girlfriend Claudia. 

The Coronation Street stalwart had second thoughts about leaving but when he saw how happy his daughter, Tracy Barlow (Kate Ford) was in his home, he realised it was time to go.

Tracy and Peter Barlow (Chris Gascoyne) began fighting over who would move into the iconic address as soon as Ken announced his news. 

Eventually Tracy, her husband Steve McDonald (Simon Gregson) and Amy Barlow (Elle Mulvaney) moved into No.1.

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Meanwhile, Ken and Claudia settled into life at the retirement complex and the stalwart was pleased to be reunited with good friend Norris Cole (Malcolm Hebden).

However, the pair soon realised something odd was going on with Charles Moore (Michael Elwyn) and Ken became determined to get to the bottom of it.

Ken confronted Charles and exposed his underhand activities to the rest of the residents while being cheered on by Claudia and Norris.

But Ken realised Stillwaters wasn’t for him and split with Claudia before returning to No.1 and moving in with his daughter.

Coronation Street suspended filming in March in order to abide by lockdown and the government’s social distancing rules.

But ITV boss Kevin Lygo has suggested that when filming does resume there may be certain actors who won’t be asked to return to work straight away. 

At 88-years-old, actor William is classed as vulnerable while the country tackles coronavirus and would be one of the actors who could be temporarily written out of the soap. 

Speaking at the Edinburgh Television Festival, he said: “They are working really hard now as to how, when, if and when restrictions are lifted a bit, how we can make the soaps in a safe way.

“Some people who are in a dangerous one for age or health reasons – they won’t be there, I’m sure, for a time.

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“They are being inventive and creative about rejigging storylines, I think we have got to accept there will be no more than two people talking in a room and looking at ways of shooting where people don’t appear to be six feet apart.

“We won’t go back to shooting until we’re convinced it is safe on a number of levels. 

“We don’t want to put any of the cast and crew at risk,” the soap boss continued. 

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“I don’t want Ken Barlow to get sick on my watch, so we will be mindful.”

Could a broken-hearted Claudia get in touch with Ken and deliver some devastating news about her own health? 

Although the stalwart realised he no longer wanted to be with Claudia, he wouldn’t abandon his ex-partner if she needed him and this would be a perfect opportunity to explain Ken’s temporary absence from the cobbles.  

Coronation Street continues Friday on ITV at 7.30pm.

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