MARIA Connor has had a lot on her plate in the last few weeks.
But when Phill Whittaker decides to help her, she takes another hit on Coronation Street next week.
Corrie viewers know that Maria (played by actress Samia Longchambon) has her hands full as she not only takes care of the recalcitrant Kelly Neelan and her ailing mother Laura, but also competes for a place on Weatherfield’s council .
Her political campaign hasn’t been the easiest, but in scenes to air next week, she enlists the help of Phill (Jamie Kenna), who hatches a plan to turn everything around.
With the help of Maria’s brother Kirk (Andy Whyment), who is wearing his Buzzer the Bee costume, Phill compiles a confidential report to prove the Council is covering up the dangers of local air pollution.
However, his gesture gets him in big trouble.
As Maria and her husband Gary Windass (Mikey North) cast their ballots and pose for photos outside the polling station, Maria receives devastating news from Phill.
Phill admits he could lose his job over the leaked report.
Maria feels even more terrified when she finds out that Kirk was fired for being Buzzer the Bee.
Phill has been very supportive of Maria as she has dabbled in local politics.
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ITV viewers recall he was the one who suggested she try for a seat on the local council and guided her through what had to be done.
In recent episodes he has decided to help her as Maria struggles to go head-to-head with her main rival Bernard, portrayed by Benidorm creator and actor Derren Litten.
The latter sabotaged Maria’s efforts to get some photos of her at Victoria Garden for her campaign by showing them up from Weatherfield County footballers James and Ashley.
Since she spent time with Phill to help her political career – despite a feud with Sally Metcalfe – some fans have speculated that she could cross swords again with Phill’s partner Fiz Stape.
Maria tried to sabotage Fiz’s relationship with Tyrone Dobbs back in 2014 but failed.
Despite being happily married to Gary, his efforts to keep his murderous secret a secret may bring Maria closer to Phill.
But will their efforts be enough to help Maria for now?
Coronation Street airs Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8pm on ITV.
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