It’s probably little comfort to Sally Metcalfe, but she’s not the first woman to be wrongly imprisoned on Granada’s TV soap Coronation Street.
Sally, played by Middleton actress Sally Dynevor, was jailed for 18 months for fraud last week after being framed by bogus businessman Duncan Radfield.
Her incarceration has prompted a national outcry! Fans have bombarded the Manchester-produced TV programme with demands for her release.
But the backlash is nothing like the furore caused by Deirdre Rachid being banged up in Weatherfield prison in 1988.
Rachid, played by Oldham-born Anne Kirkbride, also fell victim to a conman – fake pilot Jon Lindsay who she met at a singles night.
Even Prime Minister Tony Blair got involved in the ‘Free the Weatherfield One’ campaign, which eventually saw Deirdre released after three months inside.
The whole Barlow clan united behind Deirdre – even daughter Tracey Barlow, who was no stranger to prison herself.
Unlike the other Weatherfield women, Tracey was guilty of her crime. She murdered her builder boyfriend Charlie Stubbs in 2007 and was sentenced to 15 years in prison.
Tracey was – and still is – played by Salford actress Kate Ford. Our photo shows the day of her trial at Weatherfield Courts of Justice.
Anxiously waiting with her on the steps are mum Deirdre and father Ken Barlow (William Roache) along with David Platt (Jack P. Shephard).
While she was in jail, Tracey latched onto another wrongly convicted Street character, Gail Platt. She was sent down in 2010 for a life-insurance fraud committed by her husband Joe McIntyre.
Gail, played by Helen Worth, was locked up on parole when Joe died in a boating accident after trying to fake his own death. Everyone thought she’d done it!
Tracey pretended to befriend Gail, keeping her spirits up by talking of happier times – including her wedding to first husband Brian Tilsley in 1979. It was an event attended by the whole Street.
But she was really just trying to gather enough facts to flesh out her false claim that Gail had confessed to killing her husband with a rolling pin.
She made up the confession to try to earn herself an earlier release. But it all backfired when Gail was found not guilty.
Mum Deirdre met a few rough characters in jail too – but none rougher than her cellmate and protector Jackie Dobbs, superbly portrayed by Making Out actress Margi Clarke.
Newly freed Jackie caused chaos on the Street when she turned up like a bad penny months later, looking for a place to stay along with her teenage son Tyrone.
When she swiftly scarpered with a new boyfriend, Tyrone was left with the good-natured Duckworths. He’s still in the series now, played by Walkden actor Alan Halsall.
Tyrone’s screen partner Fiz Stape did time herself in 2011 when she was wrongly jailed for three murders committed by her deranged husband John.
Fiz, played by Bury-born Jennie McAlpine, was released after John’s deathbed confession – but not before she was beaten up by fellow inmates for alerting warders to a drugs racket.
Anna Windass, played by Debbie Rush, was betrayed by murderous builder Pat Phelan – one of the Street’s darkest characters – when he framed her for the attempted murder of Seb Franklin.
Anna duly went to prison last January, but made a surprise return to the cobbles in May to rescue son Gary and fiancée Sarah Platt from Phelan, played to sinister perfection by Connor McIntyre.
She stabbed him as he tried to escape, finally ending his evil hold over her and the Street.
It’s difficult to know how Sally’s present plight will turn out. At the moment it looks bleak for the former Weatherfield Mayor.
But things can change very quickly in soapland!