Coronation Street has been somewhat of an acting masterclass this week, seeing actors Julie Hesmondhalgh and David Neilson act out some incredibly emotional scenes in Hayley Cropper’s incurable pancreatic cancer storyline.
Well things are set to get even more emotional as Coronation Street will soon start to explore the issue of the ‘right to die’ when Hayley decides that she wants to take control of her own death.
Corrie legend Hayley was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in July and was this week told the tragic news that her illness is incurable.
Her health is set to deteriorate over the next few weeks, before Hayley makes the momentous decision that she will take her own life.
Coronation Street’s producer Stuart Blackburn commented:
“Hayley has been through such a lot in her life and is very concerned about losing control as the disease progresses.
“The palliative care Hayley receives is superb, but she is scared that pain relief can cause confusion and a loss of clarity. She is concerned that she might regress back to being her former male self, Harold. She has already had one such nightmare.
“So she comes to the decision that she wants to die in peace, to die with her clarity of thought still intact and most of all to die as Hayley – the identity she has spent her whole life fighting to be.
“Once she knows that she has a very short time left to live, she sets about getting her life in order so that she can take control of her final moments before the illness renders her incapable of doing so.
“This is a very sensitive issue and we will be exploring the effects of her decision on husband Roy who has a huge emotional and moral dilemma over her choice to die this way.”
Get set for many more acting masterclasses and no doubt plenty of awards for Julie and David as Hayley’s final storyline plays out!