Coronation Street: Oliver's heartbreaking final scenes revealed

Coronation Street: Oliver's heartbreaking final scenes revealed

11/18/2020

CORONATION Street has confirmed it will be airing Oliver Battersby’s tragic final scenes next week. 

The youngster – who is in hospital on life support after being diagnosed with an incurable form of mitochondrial disease – will die surrounded by his family. Here’s the lowdown…

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How does Oliver die in Coronation Street?

Spoilers have revealed that Oliver’s tragic storyline will come to an end next week.

The toddler passes away in a devastating double bill of episodes next Friday (November 27) after Leanne and Steve make the arrangements for his life support to be withdrawn.

Oliver dies with his heartbroken family around him. 

Viewers will see Steve and Leanne sitting at his bedside singing ‘You are my Sunshine’.

As the singing stops, it’s clear Oliver has died. 

Does Leanne drop the appeal to save Oliver?

Leanne has remained in denial about Oliver’s condition and spent weeks fighting a legal battle to stop doctors turning off her son's life support.

She starts off next week by taking a different approach, telling her solicitor Imran she wants to sue the hospital for negligence. 

A desperate Leanne then barricades herself in Imran’s office when he refuses to help her with her appeal to stop doctors turning off Oliver’s life support. 

But when Nick, Toyah and Steve arrive having been summoned by Imran, the solicitor manages to drag the cabinet away from the door and let them in. 

In emotional scenes, Steve gently begs Leanne to let Oliver die – and she eventually agrees it’s time to let go.

Leanne and Steve then prepare to say goodbye to their son, with Leanne going to get Oliver’s favourite pyjamas from home before heading to the hospital. 

What has Jane Danson said about the storyline?

Speaking to What’s On TV, actress Jane Danson – who plays Leanne – said she is ‘proud’ of the storyline.

She explained: "From a creative point of view, I’ll probably never get a story as strong and as powerful as this again. It has been such a gift of a story to explore, and an honour to be trusted with something so delicate."

She added: "In terms of logistics [because of the pandemic], it has been quite difficult, working in a way in which we can’t have physical contact, and can’t have children on set as much as we’d like. So that has been hard, but we have got used to it.

“Being in a hospital for 12 hours a day, talking about a dying child, is pretty heavy, but we’ve balanced it with lighter moments.

"We’ve all tackled this knowing that it’s a real story that happens to real families, so we owe it to them to tell it as truthfully as we can.

“Obviously, we’ve had the twisty soap elements mixed in, but in terms of a story about Oliver’s illness, we’re really proud of what we’ve been able to do during such strange times.”

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