Neighbours from hell rock Rovers.
Regulars at the Rovers Return are horrified when a gruff newcomer with a jailbird wife and two tearaway teenage sons moves into Weatherfield.
Even loudmouths Jack and Vera Duckworth are lost for words when they discover the man's other half is behind bars for shoplifting.
New-broom producer Brian Park is axing four cast favourites, including dopey Derek Wilton (Peter Baldwin) and Don Brennan (Geoff Hinsliff).
It's all part of a brutal shake-up sparked by a soap ratings war.
The Street has been criticised for being too boring compared with the gritty, real-life drama of BBC rival EastEnders.
But a Corrie insider said: "This new family are real neighbours from hell.
"It's a taste of things to come from Park, who thinks the troublemakers will bring in the viewers.
"He doesn't like the softly softly approach and wants to replace the cosy scenes of days gone by with some really hard-hitting storylines. Park is on the look-out for younger members of the cast and the new one- parent family will give writers more scope for action and dialogue.
"The last 'new guns' in the show were the McDonald twins - but that was a few years ago.
"They were always getting into trouble, providing lots of laughs and action.
"The new family will have a big impact on everyone.
"A second shock is in store for the locals when the writers introduce mum by releasing her from jail.
"This is the last time Albert Square takes on Weatherfield and wins the ratings battle. Viewers are going to be pleasantly surprised by some of the new twists in plots."
THE younger brother of former Street star Lynne Perrie has made a guest appearance on the soap.
Duggie Brown played the former owner of Liz McDonald's wine bar, The Hour Glass.
The move was the ultimate snub for Lynne, 65, whose pleas to remain as Ivy Brennan fell on deaf ears.
Comedian Duggie, 57, a regular in Brookside, said: "It seemed strange walking on the same cobblestones that Lynne tred for 23 years. But I really enjoyed it."
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|Publication:||The People (London, England)|
|Date:||Feb 23, 1997|
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