Coronation Street's Rita Sullivan is set to be 'left for dead' in a heartbreaking Christmas storyline.
The ITV soap is no stranger for killing off huge characters during their festive episodes and the long-serving character, played by Barbara Knox, 86, is left in a perilous situation over Christmas.
In an attempt to highlight the growing issue of loneliness and OAPs, Rita will be left trapped after an accident at home, with none of the Weatherfield residents aware of her plight.
Grave danger: Coronation Street's Rita Sullivan is set to be 'left for dead' in a heartbreaking Christmas storyline
It's said that Rita will fall at home after attempting to hang fairy lights on her Christmas tree.
Neighbour Dev put up her tree for her but didn't have time to hang the lights, resulting in Rita attempting to decorate her tree herself.
However, disaster strikes when she trips and the tree falls on top of her, with the character said to be trapped for days with no one to help.
After Rita told her pals that she was going away for Christmas, nobody bats an eyelid when they see her house in darkness, leaving poor Rita in peril.
Shock storyline: The long-serving character, played by Barbara Knox, 86, is left in a perilous situation over Christmas, with the plot highlighting the growing issue of loneliness and OAPs
The plot serves to highlight the importance of checking up on the elderly as Rita lies trapped for days on end.
Luckily, a neighbour soon comes to her rescue and Rita is saved from the clutches of death.
Later, in a devastating scene, Rita tells her pals that she 'thought she was a goner' after the freak accident.
An ITV source said: 'Dev puts up the Christmas tree for Rita but doesn’t have time to sort the fairy lights.