PETER Barlow is going to save Billy Mayhew from a vicious attack in Coronation Street.
The owner of the Rovers Return – who is played by actor Chris Gascoyne in the ITV soap – will come to the vicar’s rescue in the upcoming scenes but he is unaware that Billy has been hiding the dark secret that he was responsible for Peter’s twin sister Susan’s death.
Billy, played by Daniel Brocklebank on the cobbles, is set to confess he killed Susan Barlow – Ken Barlow’s daughter and the mother of his grandson Adam.
It had previously been thought Susan had died in a tragic motorway accident in 2001, having seemingly lost control of her car.
But in shock scenes to air in the coming weeks, Billy finally admits his guilt and confesses to Todd Grimshaw he has lived with the secret for years – sparking fury and heartbreak which will build to become a major Christmas storyline.
A soap source revealed: “Billy is one of the nicest men on the Street, and fans see him as a mild-mannered voice of reason in amongst all the chaos.
“But in the coming weeks, fans will discover there is much more to Billy than previously thought – and he’s been harbouring a dark secret.
“For 16 years he’s been wracked by guilt knowing that he killed Susan, and finally things come to a head as he reveals to Todd he caused the accident when she died.
“It’s heartbreaking for him, and he tells how he now has to suffer the agony of living alongside the family he caused so much pain to all those years ago.
“It’s going to be a huge storyline this Christmas.”
Billy, who dates Todd Grimshaw on screen, has become one of the ITV soap’s most popular character since joining the show in December 2014.
The character found love with Sean Tully after meeting in a nightclub, but later sparked a romance with Sean’s pal Todd and was forced to come clean about his feelings.
His role as the local priest has also seen him become a major figure within other big storylines, including conducting Deidre Barlow’s funeral.
And he also helped Eva Price uncover modern slavery on the Street.
A spokeswoman for the show said: “We do not comment on storyline speculation.”
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