Coronation Street: Simon Barlow's huge dilemma explained as Leanne Battersby forces him to lie for her

SIMON Barlow is left facing a huge dilemma tomorrow night (January 8) when he finds Leanne passed out on the sofa next to a bottle of sleeping pills.

Leanne – who pretended to move to France following the death of her son Oliver – will beg Simon to cover for her. But will the youngster agree to lie? Here’s the lowdown…

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Will Simon lie for Leanne in Corrie?

Corrie spoilers have revealed that Simon will agree to lie for Leanne this week after finding her unconscious in the flat.

Viewers will see the teen cover for Leanne when Nick asks him about why he's called for an ambulance.

Worryingly, the teenager will even cancel his date with Kelly Neelan so that he can look after his mum.

And Corrie scenes next week will see Simon continue to lie to Leanne’s family and friends about her whereabouts, while cancelling all his plans so that he can stay in and keep an eye on her. 

When Simon tries to get Leanne to eat, she flees to her room in tears. 

When Nick grows worried about Simon and let’s himself into the flat, he’s stunned to find Leanne there. 

But Leanne puts on a front and tells Nick she’s just got back from France, getting him to leave. 

Later, Simon agrees to let Leanne have one sleeping pill, but hides the rest.

Will Nick put two and two together and rescue Simon from the tense situation? 

What do we know about Simon and Leanne’s upcoming storyline?

Corrie boss Ian MacLeod revealed that Leanne will be forced to defend her son Simon in the coming months after Simon gets himself into a lot of trouble.

Speaking about what’s to come in the next few months, Ian said: "What we're trying to do with Simon and Leanne is find a way to play their grief that doesn't feel like grief stories that we've done and other shows might have done. 

“We've come up with something that starts quite small, but ends up turning into this colossal, thriller-ish, high-octane piece that will play out in the first six months of 2021. 

"It ends up with Simon being driven by grief and getting himself into an inescapable situation. 

“That forces Leanne to put her war paint on and go out in defence of her remaining son. She takes on an incredibly dangerous situation in order to protect Simon.

"That ends up drawing in Nick and Sam – and it collides with Peter and Carla's love story too. It is a grief story, but it's far removed from being one woman sitting alone in a room and feeling sad."

Why is Leanne grieving in Corrie?

Leanne has been hiding away in her flat unable to face the world after her son Oliver passed away from an incurable form of mitochondrial disease at the end of last year. 

Viewers watched parents Leanne and Steve insist on a long drawn-out legal battle to stop doctors turning off Oliver’s life support.

And when the court ruled that Oliver’s life support should be turned off so that his suffering wasn’t prolonged, Leanne launched an appeal to save her son. 

But when the doctors revealed that their son had begun bleeding into his own breathing tube after they were forced to resuscitate him while the legal battle dragged on, Leanne realised it was time to let her son go peacefully. 

Speaking to What’s On TV, actress Jane Danson – who plays Leanne – said she is ‘proud’ of the storyline.

She explained: "From a creative point of view, I’ll probably never get a story as strong and as powerful as this again. It has been such a gift of a story to explore, and an honour to be trusted with something so delicate."

She added: "In terms of logistics [because of the pandemic], it has been quite difficult, working in a way in which we can’t have physical contact, and can’t have children on set as much as we’d like. So that has been hard, but we have got used to it.

“Being in a hospital for 12 hours a day, talking about a dying child, is pretty heavy, but we’ve balanced it with lighter moments.

"We’ve all tackled this knowing that it’s a real story that happens to real families, so we owe it to them to tell it as truthfully as we can.

“Obviously, we’ve had the twisty soap elements mixed in, but in terms of a story about Oliver’s illness, we’re really proud of what we’ve been able to do during such strange times.”

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