Coronation Street – Audrey's friends make big decision after emotional heart-to-heart

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Note: The following article contains discussion of themes including suicide that some readers may find upsetting.

Coronation Street spoilers follow.

Coronation Street aired a dramatic, heart-touching episode tonight (August 15) in which Audrey confided in her friends Ken (William Roache), Rita (Barbara Knox), and Roy (David Neilson) a heartbreaking secret.

The group of friends enjoyed afternoon tea at a swanky hotel when Ken's ex-partner, Claudia (Rula Lenska), arrived to enjoy her own meal with Charles. Ken, Audrey, and Rita eavesdropped on Claudia and Charles until the couple argued and split up, with Charles storming out.

Claudia joined the four friends at their table, where Rita remembered it was Claudia's birthday not long ago. They then took turns revealing some long-held secrets.

Rita revealed she and Ken once had a fling years ago, while Roy hinted at once being arrested for "lewd behaviour" which he called a "misunderstanding".

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Photo credit: ITV

Then, Audrey shocked her friends and viewers alike with a dramatic, devastating revelation. She revealed that three weeks ago, she attempted suicide.

As the long-running British soap headed into an ad break, a waiter brought out a birthday cake and sang happy birthday. The other hotel guests clapped while Audrey's friends sat there in shock.

"Two glasses of prosecco and I divulge my deepest, darkest secrets, I'm so sorry," Audrey said. She reassured her friends that she had got through the dark period in her life but her friends persisted, asking her questions about the incident.

Audrey explained that her neighbour took her to the hospital having found her and thought she was having a stroke. Her friends apologised for not being there for her.

"I've let you down," Rita said. "My oldest and dearest friend was suicidal and I had absolutely no idea whatsoever."

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Photo credit: ITV

Audrey again told them they had done nothing wrong and asked them to change the conversation to something lighter, after which Claudia left, feeling Audrey would speak more freely if she weren't there.

However, once back from the bathroom, Rita, Roy and Ken again gently discussed the incident with Audrey, who admitted she hadn't told her children and also hadn't taken the anti-depressants her doctor had prescribed her.

Roy encouraged Audrey to take the pills or undergo therapy, but Audrey was resistant. The trio of friends proved their worth and took turns talking about their physical and mental ailments to make Audrey feel better.

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Photo credit: ITV

"To be honest, I feel so much better to able to confide in you three," Audrey said. "I shall start the tablets tonight, once the prosecco has left my system."

Audrey was satisfied when her friends said they'd like to meet up more often, while she promised to start taking the anti-depressant pills as soon as she got home.

The friends weren't completely satisfied themselves, however, so met up independently from Audrey for a "secret meeting".

They agreed to make plans with Audrey as a group in order to check in on Audrey regularly without her feeling like she's being actively checked up on. They were wary of pushing her away or making her feel babied.

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Photo credit: ITV

Monday's episode ended with a tender moment with Audrey, who headed back to her salon and toasted the neighbour who found her. She took the first anti-depressant pill before kissing her wedding ring.

"Life in the old girl yet, old fellow," Audrey said.

Coronation Street airs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 8pm on ITV and streams on the ITV Hub.

Read more Coronation Street spoilers on our dedicated homepage

We would encourage anyone who identifies with the topics raised in this article to reach out. Organisations who can offer support include Samaritans on 116 123 (www.samaritans.org) or Mind on 0300 123 3393 (www.mind.org.uk). Readers in the US are encouraged to visit mentalhealth.gov or the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

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