Coronation Street spoilers follow.
Coronation Street has confirmed the details of Wendy Crozier’s return to the cobbles.
Roberta Kerr recently returned to filming at the ITV soap, reprising her role as Ken Barlow’s old flame for the first time since 2012.
Official spoilers have now confirmed that Wendy will be playing a part in Abi Webster’s ongoing storyline.
In next week’s episodes, Abi is told that she’ll have to re-apply for custody of her baby son Alfie if she wants him back.
Abi is left with little time to prepare, as the hearing will be taking place the following day.
It also soon dawns on Abi that this won’t be as simple as Alfie coming straight home with her. A social worker explains that the best she can hope for is custody of Alfie, but under the supervision of a foster carer.
The next day, Abi heads to court for the hearing.
Feeling nervous, Abi speaks harshly about the judicial system in a chat with a woman nearby.
The hearing starts shortly afterwards and when the judge takes her seat, Abi is mortified to spot that she’s the same woman she met in the waiting room.
Abi believes that she has already blown any chance she had – and her pessimism grows as the local authority solicitor lists her many failings as a mother.
In the end, the judge orders that Alfie should be placed with Abi in a mother and baby foster facility.
This will allow Abi to be assessed before any further decisions are made.
Abi is introduced to Wendy, who’ll be their foster carer.
When Abi mentions that she’s from Coronation Street, Wendy keeps quiet about her links to the cobbles.
In Wendy’s original Weatherfield stint in 1989 and 1990, she had an affair with Ken. This led to the break-up of Ken’s marriage to Deirdre.
When Wendy returned in 2012, she made an ill-fated attempt to rekindle her connection with Ken.
Coronation Street airs these scenes on Friday, June 17 at 8pm on ITV. The show also streams on the ITV Hub.