A CORONATION Street spin-off written by Russell T Davies was shut down by soap bosses due to its jaw-dropping demonic twist.
The legendary screenwriter revealed all about the soap series that was due to focus on Sally Webster which was due to air in the 1990s.Russell T Davies wrote 12 scripts for the spin-off of the soap[/caption]
Russell, 58, who worked on Corrie early in his career, took to Instagram to spill the beans on the spin-off series that nearly made it to production.
Mario’s was due to focus on iconic character Sally Webster, played by Sally Dynevor, and her on-screen husband Kevin, played by Michael Le Vell.
The screenwriter explained that the show – which he wrote 12 scripts for – was due to air five days a week on ITV before the broadcaster turned it down.
He revealed that Sally and Kevin were due to “inherit some money” and move away from Manchester to open a garage down south.
They would become neighbours with a boozy housewife and lived around the corner from a pizzeria, called Mario’s, owned by an Italian family.
“They’d inherit some money, so Kevin opened a garage down south,” Russell wrote to his Instagram fans about the soap.
“They had neighbours like a boozy housewife in her negligee (sorry, it was the 90s), a Mrs Mangel-type woman and, on the corner, a pizzeria, Mario’s, with a boisterous Italian family.”
Russell added that he wrote “12 scripts or so” for the soap: “I think Kevin & Sally were called Paul and Linda so no one knew our secret.”
“But ITV said no. Hey ho. We marched onwards! Next!” he concluded the post.
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Acting stars Sally and Michael are among the longest-serving stars on Coronation Street, havign appeared on the soap since the 1980s.
Now married to Tim Metcalfe, Sally’s soap character has begun pursuing politics in recent episodes – and was a local councillor before becoming Mayor.
Sally also will take part in the 14th series of Dancing on Ice in January and she recently confessed she’s “terrified”.
During an appearance on Lorraine, she said: “Now everyone knows I’m doing it, I can’t back out can I? And I’m so scared.”
“This is a massive challenge, but I’m not getting any younger. I’ve got to take every opportunity. I’m not competitive or anything, I want to do this for myself.
“It’s completely out of my comfort zone. I’m absolutely terrified.”
Sally will join stars including S Club 7’s Rachel Stevens, rugby ace Ben Foden and Love Island star Liberty Poole on the ice.
Coronation Street airs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7.30pm on ITV.