This article contains sensitive content related to end-of-life decisions and terminal illness.
In the upcoming episodes of Coronation Street, emotions run high as Paul faces a life-altering decision while dealing with his battle against Motor Neurone Disease (MND). As Paul waits for his appointment at the MND clinic, he unexpectedly finds solace in an encounter with Shelly, a fellow member of his support group.
Shelly’s unwavering positivity leaves a lasting impression on Paul. Encouraging him to seize control of his life, she urges him to pursue his dreams without delay. Inspired by her words, Paul opens up to Billy, his partner, about the newfound clarity he has gained. This revelation sets the stage for an important conversation between them.
With a mixture of anticipation and excitement, Billy confides in Summer, sharing his belief that a marriage proposal may be imminent. However, the gravity of Paul’s request leaves him stunned. Summoning his courage, Paul reveals to Billy that when the time comes, he would like his assistance in ending his life. The impact of this statement hangs heavy in the air as the question remains: how will Billy respond?
‘Paul basically asks him to help him kill himself when the time comes. That was not what he was expecting. But eventually Paul does ask him to marry him and he is thrilled,’ reveals Daniel Brocklebank who plays Billy.
‘I think there’s a lot of reasons, both personally professionally and spiritually, why Billy is against the assisted dying thing.’
As the story progresses, Summer enthusiastically explores various wedding venues while Paul contemplates the significance of a church wedding, recognizing its importance to Billy. In a heartwarming moment, Billy reassures Paul that the location of their union holds little significance compared to the love they share.
Amidst the emotional turmoil, Paul introduces Billy and Bernie, his mother, to Shelly and her personal assistant, Cags. Bernie is profoundly affected by the visible progression of Shelly’s condition, serving as a stark reminder of the challenges that lie ahead for Paul and their family.
Coronation Street airs these scenes from Monday, July 24th, 2023 on ITV1
Coronation Street airs Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8pm on ITV