There's nothing we love more than sharing a juicy Coronation Street spoiler with our readers, but sometimes we also love the buzz when an explosive storyline development is kept completely under wraps until it airs on telly. Just look at how everyone's been talking about the 'Who Shoved Ken?' curveball this week.
Corrie has spent years lagging behind the other soaps when it comes to delivering genuine on-screen surprises, but that's all changed over the past seven months or so.
The Street's latest producer Kate Oates is known to favour unpublicised twists rather than spoilers which spell out every last detail, and her approach is certainly paying off with plenty of shock value in recent months. Here, we take a look back at 10 of the best recent jaw-droppers...
1. Carnage on the cobbles! (October 2016)
Super Soap Week in October is now a much-hyped annual event for ITV, but Corrie changed things up last year by deciding not to tell us exactly what to expect in advance. The big hook for the week was David Platt's deadly plan for revenge against Kylie's killer Clayton, which pushed his frantic family to lock him in the Bistro cellar to keep him out of trouble.
Despite the usual pressure for high ratings, Corrie opted to keep quiet about how David would eventually make a daring escape from that cellar, drive off in a car laden with petrol and cause a huge crash and explosion on the cobbles.
Okay, so David didn't actually get very far with his revenge (he only made it to the bottom of the Street), but we were still very impressed that Corrie went to such expense and effort for the explosion without shouting about it for weeks beforehand.
Even Debbie Rush, who was set on fire for real for her scenes as Anna Windass, kept quiet right up until transmission. We'd have been telling anyone who'd listen, if it was us being bravely covered in flames.
2. Who Shoved Ken? (March 2017)
Soap whodunits can be so overhyped with pre-publicity that it's easy to get sick of them before the storyline even starts on screen. With that in mind, Corrie's approach with the new 'Who Shoved Ken?' storyline has certainly been refreshing.
Okay, so many of us did suspect something was afoot when Ken randomly started upsetting every single member of his family in turn this month, but nobody had any idea that the Street stalwart would be violently attacked until Monday night's episodes aired.
The secrecy meant that we've all been watching months of build-up, hints and clues to the reasons for Ken's attack without really knowing it. Maybe it's time to frantically re-watch the last few weeks' of episodes to see if we missed anything important...
3. The Steve and Leanne reveal (February 2017)
It's usually a Corrie rule that the most dramatic episodes of the week air on Monday. This makes sense since more viewers tune in at the start of a new week, but it can also become slightly boring and predictable if the next three episodes are worth skipping with not much going on.
So imagine our surprise when Leanne and Steve's scandalous baby secret – the Street's biggest unexploded timebomb – was suddenly revealed to everyone without any warning during a Friday night double bill last month.
One minute the Platts were celebrating baby Ollie's homecoming at the Bistro, the next Steve was singing like a canary and confessing everything. We were then treated to some of the best soapy drama we've seen in ages, as Michelle's rage-fuelled meltdown was classic Corrie. We'll never be tempted to go out on a Friday before Corrie's finished again, just in case they pull the same trick twice.
4. Andy's death (January 2017)
Corrie's Pat Phelan has always been a total sleazeball, but it was still a pretty big surprise when he crossed the point of no return in January by murdering poor old Andy Carver in cold blood. When news came through that Andy and his girlfriend Steph would both be leaving Corrie in the same episode, we felt pretty sure that they'd fly off into the sunset together in a happy but slightly dull ending.
Sadly for Andy, it just wasn't to be as Phelan topped off weeks of blackmail, threats and manipulation by suddenly smashing his skull in with a laptop before sneakily hiding his body. Yikes – we definitely hadn't been told to expect that in the spoilers...
5. Shona's link to Kylie (February 2017)
It was always clear that Corrie newcomer Shona Ramsey has her secrets, but for a while we had a sneaking suspicion that her links to evil Nathan would be the only backstory we'd need to worry about. But once again, Corrie had an ace up their sleeves.
Back in February, we saw Gemma Winter suddenly blurt out that she recognised Shona from somewhere, sending the mysterious newcomer into a panic. Not long afterwards, shifty Shona paid a visit to Kylie Platt's grave after dark and fought back the tears, with the strange scene throwing fans into a spin.
We still have no idea what the link is between Shona and Kylie (although we have a few theories), but it's certainly all very intriguing – all the more so because those pesky "Corrie sources" haven't gone running to the papers with the answer to the mystery.
6. Beth's bigamy (September 2016)
Gobby Beth Tinker is often used for comedy value rather than huge storylines, but she was actually the first character to have a genuine shock cliffhanger moment in ages when Corrie took on its new approach last autumn.
When Corrie brought in Beth's jailed ex-partner Daryl, they did tease us with promises that a big secret would be revealed – but it was only when Craig visited his dad in prison that we learned his mum was a bigamist.
In a sign that Corrie was picking up the pace, Craig spared us weeks of whispers and suspicious glances by going straight home and breaking the news to Beth's new husband Kirk, shattering the pair's marriage. Well, for a few weeks, at least.
7. Mary's secret son (December 2016)
Mary Taylor is another Corrie comedy character who was suddenly brought to the forefront of the show in a surprise twist last year. Best known for wittering on at a million miles an hour, Mary featured in unexpectedly moving scenes just before Christmas as she confided in her friend Norris Cole about how she was raped as a teenager and ended up pregnant.
Fans were stunned as Mary revealed how she gave birth to a baby son and left him outside a church after failing to receive any support from her mother. This all paved the way for Jude's miraculous arrival on the cobbles on Christmas Day.
Okay, so this storyline did lose impact slightly by being quite blink-and-you'll-miss-it, but Corrie boss Kate Oates recently dropped a hint that Jude hasn't been forgotten, so watch this space.
8. Michael's death (November 2016)
Back in those innocent days when Pat Phelan wasn't a cold-blooded murderer, he still came pretty close when Michael Rodwell exposed his role in the Street's never-ending property scam. When Phelan found Michael with the all-important evidence which could destroy him once and for all, we all wondered how far the sinister villain would go to silence his enemy.
Well, as it turned out, Phelan didn't have to do too much at all. The stress of the high-stakes situation caused Michael to suffer another heart attack, much to Phelan's delight as he stood by and did nothing to save him.
Although not technically murder, it was another shock moment in the Phelan story that Corrie had kept very quiet about – and it certainly set the tone for what was to come with Andy two months later...
9. Alex's real father revealed (September 2016)
Cathy Matthews was well and truly on the warpath last autumn when she confronted Alex Warner's "father" Nigel, demanding to know why he wanted nothing to do with her kind-hearted nephew. When Nigel made some vague remarks about how all wasn't as it seemed, Cathy was forced to do some detective work and discovered that Alex's father wasn't really Nigel, but in fact her own late husband Alan!
Cathy's face was a picture as the truth dawned on her, and we were all pretty shocked too, especially since this was one of the first surprises under the Street's new producer.
10. Ken's stroke (October 2016)
Okay, so this one didn't exactly go to plan, but we still had to include it as an "almost-but-not-quite" example of a Corrie secret. Last year's Super Soap Week saw Ken suffer a devastating stroke just hours after his son Peter had made a reappearance on the cobbles.
A few days earlier, Corrie had put on an exciting press screening for the big week but told everyone to keep quiet about Ken's stroke, wanting it to be a surprise moment that came completely out of the blue.
Alas, long-time Corrie star Helen Worth (Gail McIntyre) didn't get the memo. When she appeared on This Morning on the day of transmission, she casually mentioned Ken's stroke and accidentally blew the whole secret live on air just hours before it was due to transmit. So this was a big Corrie shock revealed on another programme altogether!
In truth, most Corrie viewers likely won't have seen that episode of This Morning, so it would have still been a surprise to the vast majority of fans. But no wonder the storyliners had it in for Ken again so soon, sending him back to hospital for the shocking "Who Shoved Ken" saga just a few months later!
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