Michael Rodwell (played by Les Dennis) popped up in the show after Pat Phelan (Connor McIntyre) used his photo as part of his sinister plans.
In January fans watched on as Phelan discovered that Andy Carver (Oliver Farnworth) had vital evidence proving that he was behind the luxury apartments con that he had planned with his friend Vinny Ashford (Ian Kelsey).
Now that Vinny has returned, Phelan told Andy that his former friend was behind Michael’s death.
Locked in the basement, Phelan said to Andy: “Are you okay? Oh, I’ve got something for you.
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“Now I know me and Michael were never the best of friends, but he was a good and decent man. And he would still be here with us if it wasn’t for Vinny Ashford.”
Almost frothing at the mouth, Andy raged: “What do you want me to do?” as Phelan said: “You just stay calm and wait for instructions.”
Andy added: “I’m ready. Whatever you want,” prompting Phelan to reply: “Easy, tiger. We’re almost there. If this works, we’ll both finally be free.”
Viewers instantly took to social media following Michael’s appearance, with one tweeting: “An old photo of Michael Rodwell. Wonder why Eileen kept that?!”
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“Just when things couldn’t get any worse for Andy, Pat Phelan hands him a signed photo of Les Dennis #Corrie #CoronationStreet,” posted another, as a third teased: “I only started watching Corrie again this year and so I really just thought Phelan handed Andy a photo of Les Dennis.”
A fourth wrote: “#Corrie I can’t wait for Phelan to get what he deserves & I hope Andy gets his revenge on him for what he did to Michael!” as another noted: “#Corrie Phelan egging Andy on by telling him Vinny killed Michael. @itvcorrie.”
Another added: “Yes andy its Les Dennis #corrie. Who's gonna still be in the cellar next week? Our survey said…” as one fan questioned: “Why is Eileen keeping photos of her ex when she's married? #Corrie And also what does Phelan want with a photo of Michael?”