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Coronation Street in 2022: Summer to battle "pressures of being a teenage girl"

Coronation Street in 2022: Summer to battle
Corrie boss Iain MacLeod offers hints about what's to come for Summer this year.

Coronation Street producer Iain MacLeod has given extensive teasers about what's to come on the soap in early 2022 - and it's set to be a year of teenage angst for Summer (Harriet Bibby).

Over the last few months, Summer has been caught up in a plot that has seen her develop a crush on teacher Daniel (Rob Mallard) as he coached her to get into Oxford University.

Worryingly, Summer - who is diabetic - has also begun to restrict her eating and fret about her weight, a development that will cause major concern for Billy (Daniel Brocklebank), Todd (Gareth Pierce) and Paul (Peter Ash).

"What we wanted to do with Harriet with Summer is a really relatable story of the pressures of being a teenage girl, encompassing having to look a certain way, romantic and academic stress, and how conforming with your peers might be risky from a health point of view," MacLeod told reporters.

"It digs further into Summer's experience as a diabetic - it's a down-to-earth story but at the core has a medical condition that many people don't know about.

"It will be a long-running, nuanced and heartbreaking watch as this promising young woman disintegrates but she will ultimately come through and value herself. She will learn to love herself – and we look at the under-explored dynamic where she has three dads, Billy, Todd and Paul, as they try to co-parent Summer, but with the undercurrent of their messed-up romantic entanglements underneath that."

Coronation Street continues Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays on ITV.

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