PAT Phelan (Connor McIntyre) is one of the most talked about soap villains of all time.
The Coronation Street cast member terrorised the residents of Weatherfield, raping Anna Windass (Debbie Rush) and plunging the Windass family into financial ruin.
Pat managed to murder four characters during his time on the Cobbles, before a grisly final showdown.
The Coronation Street killer headed to Michelle Connor and Robert Preston’s (Kym Marsh and Tristan Gemmill) wedding in the Bistro, out for revenge on his estranged wife Eileen Phelan (Sue Cleaver), who had pushed him into the sea after discovering the extent of his crimes weeks before.
The heartless murderer went on a the rampage and shot his daughter Nicola Rubinstein (Nicola Thorp) and Michelle.
But Phelan finally got his comeuppance when Anna returned and stabbed him.
Anna successfully ended Phelan’s reign of terror once and for all – or so we thought.
Speaking exclusively to Daily Star Online, Coronation Street boss Iain MacLeod revealed there’s one particular character he’d love to see return to Weatherfield.
“One of the things I like most about Corrie is all my favourite characters are still in it and have been for 40 years,” he explained.
“Mischievously I would have liked to have had a go on Pat Phelan for a bit but I appreciate that story played out over the time it played out, it was a brilliant ending”
“All the ones that might still give you a frisson of excitement, a lot of them are now dead, fictionally speaking.
“Mischievously I would have liked to have had a go on Pat Phelan for a bit, but I appreciate that story played out over the time it played out, it was a brilliant ending.”
That’s not the only plan while Iain is in charge though, after he took over from former Corrie producer Kate Oates.
Kate sparked controversy for producing dark storylines, but Iain won’t be changing the tone too much.
He continued: “I know there’s been a lot of talk about the tone of the show.
“The show is at its best when it’s got comedy in it, when it’s got key, heartbreaking poignant stuff like the Daniel and Sinead stuff and some high drama and action-packed sequences.
“That’s a good microcosm of what Corrie needs to be. It’s all about balance.
“My background in Corrie is I like all the funny stuff, but equally, I worked on the tram crash in my previous incarnation in the show.
“I also worked on Tyrone Dobbs’ domestic violence storyline and Carla Connor’s rape, so my preferences are broad and I think that is reflected in the audience.
“Corrie has been very. very good at pleasing most of the people, most of the time. I’m hoping we can give everybody under my tenure a little bit of what they like.”
Coronation Street airs Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7:30pm and 8:30pm on ITV.