Dramatic scenes on Corrie as much-loved star departs the soap
Coronation Street fans were faced with dramatic final scenes on Friday as Les Dennis's character, Michael Rodwell, apparently died.
Rumours before the programme suggested that Rodwell, a regular character on the show since March 2014, would be killed in a stand-off with Pat Phelan, played by Connor McIntyre, after Rodwell discovered proof of his fraudulent misdemeanours.
In the two episodes broadcast on Friday evening, the first ended with the pair facing each other, with Phelan clutching a crowbar before saying, "Sorry Michael, I'll try to make this quick".
In the second episode, broadcast at 8.30pm, Rodwell began to run away through a construction site, but stopped when he appeared to have a heart attack.
Phelan ignored his pleas for help and left him dying.
Rodwell reached for his phone as Gary Windass, played by Mikey North, came to the site to try to find him and confronted Phelan.
It was not until the end of the show that Rodwell was shown, apparently dead, on a pile of sandbags.
Following the finale, the show's official Twitter page posted a behind-the-scenes video with Dennis and McIntyre.
Dennis said: "I've been here for two-and-a-half years and those two-and-a-half years have absolutely flown by. It's a show that I have loved since I was a kid and to have been part of it has been just a joy."