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Coronation Street has had to halve the number of episodes shown every week as the ITV soap was forced to stop filming. Like with the majority of television shows, production has been put to a halt due to the coronavirus pandemic in a bid to slow the spread of the disease. But following Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s speech on Sunday, May 10, soaps have been given the go-ahead to get back to filming. However, this could take some time as the cast and crew need to work out the safest way to film while sticking to the government’s guidelines.
WARNING: This article contains spoilers from Coronation Street.
Coronation Street is in the early days of a new storyline which focuses on Oliver, Leanne Battersby (played by Jane Danson) and Steve McDonald’s (Simon Gregson) son.
Last month, while Steve went to help daughter Emma Brooker (Alexandra Mardell) as she threw her ex-boyfriend Seb Franklin’s (Harry Visinoni) stuff out of the window, he asked teenager Summer Spellman (Matilda Freeman) if she could briefly watch Oliver.
She agreed after he bribed her with £5 and he went across the road to help Emma.
As the dust settled with the Emma and Seb drama, Steve returned home but Summer was calling for help.
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Oliver was found lying on the floor as he had a fit according to Summer and he was taken to the emergency room.
He seemed fine afterward and they believed it was a one-off.
However, this week, Leanne went to check up on Oliver in his room and found him have a fit again.
She and Steve called the emergency services and they took him to hospital for tests.
While they waited to take Oliver home, one of the doctors looked as if something wasn’t right and wanted to do one more test.
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On arrival at the hospital, the family was greeted not only by their neighbour nurse Aggie Bailey (Lorna Laidlaw) but by Dr Ward (Zita Sattar) who would be the one looking into what’s wrong with Oliver.
When asked by Nick Tilsey (Ben Price) if it could be epilepsy, she said it was too early to tell at this stage and needed to perform more tests.
As Leanne, Steve, Nick and Liz McDonald (Beverley Callard) watched over a poorly Oliver, Aggie had a private word with Dr Ward.
The doctor told Aggie it should take another hour to perform one more test which wasn’t for epilepsy but some other condition which she did not specify.
Could Leanne and Steve soon find out Oliver has a life-threatening condition?
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Actress Zita Sattar is the woman behind Dr Ward in Coronation Street.
While on IMDB, she is said to only be starring in one episode, this does seem unlikely as she is the one digging into what’s wrong with Oliver.
So Dr Ward is likely to reappear in the last episode of this week which will be shown tomorrow, Friday, May 15, when the test results are back in.
While Sattar has got a smaller role in this soap, she was the main character in another BBC One drama.
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Long-term fans of Casualty will remember Sattar best for playing Anna Paul for two years from 2001.
The same character also had a cross-over into fellow medical drama Holby City in 2002 for one episode.
Besides these, Sattar has starred in Years and Years, Mount Pleasant, According to Bex and The Worst Witch as Miss Tapioca for three years.
Coronation Street continues on Friday, May 15, at 7.30pm on ITV.
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