Coronation Street fans have made the same demand ahead of Martin Hancock’s return. The soap legend is set to reprise his iconic role as Geoffrey David ‘Spider’ Nugent in the ITV soap this summer.
It has been almost 20 years since Spider was last seen in Weatherfield. Emily Bishop’s eco-warrior nephew made his debut in 1997 before leaving the cobbles in 2003.
However, Corrie bosses have now revealed that Spider will be back on screens from July. During his time on the street, Spider dated Toyah Battersby (played by Georgia Taylor), with the pair leaving to start a new life together in London in 2003.
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They later separated off-screen, with Spider moving to Peru and Toyah returning to Weatherfield to reunite with her family in 2016. Speaking ahead of Spider’s return, Corrie producer Iain Macleod teased: “His return heralds an enthralling new story for Toyah, who will be embroiled in a mess of guilt and secrecy when Spider arrives. Will he be her saviour or the thing that ruins her life forever?”
But after hearing the news, Corrie fans were quick to demand the return of other classic characters, including Les Battersby and Curly Watts. Twitter user @SmilieFlorida demanded: “With the excitement of Spider coming back please consider bringing back more ex residents … Curly .. Graham (love to see him back with a great success story ) and Martin to start with!”
Responding to Corrie’s original announcement, Suzy @SuzyYoung24 wrote: “Is that Spider?? Oh we so must have Curly with him writers producers C’mon we need that duo.”
Meanwhile, Anne Marie @AnneMarie_Sings wants to see the return of a different familiar face. She wrote: “So we have Spider returning to #Corrie which is awesome! Can we also have @Brucejonesnew as Les Battersby?”
And Sheila @shevod asked: “If we’re bringing back fabulous actors from yesteryear any chance of Craig Gazey aka Graham Proctor making a comeback? The show needs his mad humour & David could do with a friend like him.”
Coronation Street airs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 8pm on ITV and ITV Hub
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