Sent down or set free Coronation Street fans teased over Frank's fate as sneak peak courtroom scenes show both guilty and not guilty verdicts in his rape trial
It's been branded as the soap trial of the century as factory boss Frank Foster waits to see if he will be found guilty or not guilty of raping Carla Connor.
And although the soap's bosses are keeping the verdict very close to their chest, fans have today been teased with alternative ending scenes.
Pictures have been released showing Frank, played by Andrew Lancel, standing in the dock looking down as he is found guilty of the sex attack.
Is he or isn't he In two alternative verdicts, Frank Foster, played by Andrew Lancel finds out he is guilty and not guilty of the rape of Carla Connor in scenes to be aired on Coronation Street this Friday night
In the background, Carla's sister-in-law Michelle Connor, played by Kym Marsh, claps her hands in delight
But in another, Frank can barely contain a smug look as he leaves the courtroom having been cleared of rape while Michelle, Carla and their other sister-in-law Maria, played by Samia Smith, look on in shock.
Other scenes also show Peter Barlow,
played by Chris Gascoyne, giving evidence, and a harassed-looking Carla
also speaking from the witness box as she is cross-examined about the
attack and her relationship with Peter.
Nervous: Frank keeps his head down as he stands in the dock and awaits the verdict
Jubilation: Michelle Connor, played by Kym Marsh, claps her hands in delight as Frank is found guilty… but is also seen looking on in shock as he is found not guilty
Another shows Carla and the girls arriving at court just as Frank arrives with Sally Webster, played by Sally Dynevor, and his mother Anne, played by Gwen Taylor.
Earlier this month is was revealed
that two endings had been filmed and ITV released scenes from outside
the courtroom after the trial showing a happy Frank celebrating with his
mother and Sally and another showing Anne in tears and being comforted
And these interior shots
are bound to have fans chomping at the bit, many of whom will be glued
to their televisions on Friday evening.
Shocked: Carla, who accused Frank of raping her, cannot believe it when she hears the not guilty verdict
Under the spotlight: Earlier in the episode, Carla gives evidence against Frank
Andrew, who plays Frank, revealed this week that he loved filming the court scenes and really enjoyed being in the dock.
The actor, 41, who is also known for his role as DI
Neil Manson who he played in The Bill for seven years, said: 'It was
brilliant. I have always wanted to do a big court room drama.
'I did hundreds of trial-y things in The Bill but I've never been in the dock before. But it was great.
'You literally had to switch from
guilty and not guilty. Not just the words but what happens afterwards.
So it was very exciting. Keeping people guessing and keeping us all
Under oath: Peter Barlow, played by Chris Gascoyne, is seen giving evidence at the trial
'I think it's quite apt really for the way this man has twisted and turned since he set foot in that place. It's very apt to keep those twists and turns right down to the very end.'
Some rumours have suggested that Frank will be found not guilty and the aftermath will lead to his death – but Andrew is keeping quiet, even though he is set to leave the soap soon.
He said: 'Whatever Frank's outcome it's been a gift from day one, so I don't mind which way it goes.
Face-to-face: Frank walks into court with Sally Webster and his mother Anne just as his accuser Carla arrives with Maria and Michelle
But he added: 'I know which way it goes and I've always known, so I've never minded.'
And it won't be just the verdict creating a buzz among them but a separate storyline which also involves Carla, is set to reach a climax this Friday too.
In a scene shown from the courtroom, Leanne Barlow, who most will know as Battersby, is seen looking at pictures of her husband Peter kissing Carla.
The truth emerges: Leanne Barlow, played by Jane Danson, is given pictures of her husband Peter kissing Carla
Confrontation: Leanne stands up in the public gallery after seeing the pictures and appears to direct her anger at Peter who is giving evidence
She is then seen standing up in court, her glare possibly directed at Peter who is giving evidence, before she storms out the court.
She is believed to have been given the pictures by Anne, who passes them to her from the public gallery after Carla denies to the jury that she is having an affair.
But a later shot suggests that Stella Price, played by Michelle Collins, might have also been in on the revelation, as she found out about the affair not long after she revealed herself to be Leanne's biological mother.
The truth comes out: Peter is seen with his wife and Stella, her biological mother, upstairs in the Rovers Return after the trial