Corrie fans feel ‘refreshed’ as Kevin and Debbie don’t socially distance for hug

Coronation Street fans were left distracted last night during a scene between Kevin and Debbie Webster (Michael Le Vell and Sue Devaney) – that didn’t feature any social distancing.

Fans of the soap got to see the siblings put the past behind them and embrace as they were forced face to face locked inside a walk-in freezer.

While the emotional significance wasn’t lost on audiences, some queried why the two actors didn’t have to socially distance.

ITV has run a tight operation since Corrie filming got back underway over the summer last year, with regular testing and social distancing of cast and crew.

But to pull off this particular scene, Sue and Michael had formed a bubble beforehand – meaning they didn’t need to stay two metres apart.

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Kevin and Debbie reconciled before their fate was left on a cliffhanger

An ITV announcer explained the filming technique before the episode aired, with many tweeting how strange it was to see characters close together again after nearly a year of socially distanced scenes.

“Weird seeing people up close on Corrie line Kevin and Debbie!” one wrote.

Another remarked: “I love Debbie & Kevin not having to social distance it feels so refreshing to see closeness.”

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The actors had formed a bubble to be able to film safely

It was Ray Crosby (Mark Frost) who trapped the brother and sister in the fridge after an altercation in the bistro, running away after locking the door.

The two locked horns in close quarters, before their true feelings came forth and they reconciled.

Debbie admitted she’d let her jealousy get the better of her over Kevin’s happy family life.

Kevin was shocked to hear it, thinking Debbie preferred her own hard-partying, jet-setting way of life.

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Abi came looking for Kevin – but couldn’t hear his cries for help

Abi Franklin (Sally Carman) noted Kevin’s absence and went looking for him in the bistro, but their cries for help didn’t carry through the freezer walls.

Debbie soon begins to slip from consciousness, Kevin holding her to keep her warm and singing to keep her focused on his voice.

“I won’t let you down,” he vowed.

The episode ended on a cliffhanger – meaning fans will have to wait until Wednesday for answers.

Coronation Street airs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7.30pm and 8.30pm on ITV.

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