AFTER falling back into his old ways as his gambling addiction is back with a vengeance, Ed Bailey stoops to yet another low.
The Coronation Street builder played by Trevor Michael Georges uses the late Norris Cole as part of his new scheme.
The ITV soap has been exploring Ed's gambling problem and the fan favourite is set for some drama-packed scenes in the build-up to the Christmas season.
Coming up next week in the cobbles, Ed uses Norris' identity again to get what he wants as he opens a letter addressed to the late stalwart.
Ed is pleased to find a credit card in the envelope and secretly pockets it before heading to a casino in town.
How will he cope with the temptation?
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Will he be able to overcome it easily and do what is right?
While this remains to be seen, Ed is due for an explosive family reunion in upcoming instalments of the Manchester-based drama with Desmond actor Ram John Holder has been cast his and Ronnie's father Sarge Bailey.
Speaking about the storyline and the upcoming arrival of Sarge, Corrie boss Iain MacLeod said: "Ed's gambling so far is something that's existed in backstory."
"We've seen him tempted a couple of times, but we thought there was a huge unexplored storyline there for us."
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"The addition of the dad was an effort to try and contextualise what's made Ed the way he is."
"Addictions come from somewhere normally, so we thought: 'What is it about the family's shared history and home environment that might have caused Ed to have this vulnerability in his personality?'"
"So here comes the dad to help us fill that out. He is also a massive dose of good fun across the episodes where he arrives."
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"He's an incorrigible cheeky banter-filled pain in the neck really, depending on your perspective!"
"Him and Ronnie are like two peas in a pod, whereas the same behaviour rubs Ed up the wrong way."
"We'll start to understand, via that, what might have driven Ed in this direction."
Could it also help Ed to overcome his addiction once and for all?
Coronation Street airs every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8pm on ITV.
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