'Coronation Street' cast prepare for filming of difficult upcoming rape storyline

The cast of ITV1 soap Coronation Street are set to begin filming the tragic upcoming rape storyline involving Carla Connor (Alison King) next week. Cast and crew at the soap which celebrated its 50th anniversary in December are gearing up for the difficult scenes which will air later this year.

As we revealed last month, Carla will be subjected to a terrifying ordeal at the hands of her jealous and possessive boyfriend Frank Foster (Andrew Lancel) after he accuses her of  having an affair with her close friend, bookie Peter Barlow (Chris Gascoyne).

However, as reported in The Sun today, the shocking incident comes about after Carla calls of her plans to marry Frank and declares her love for Peter. Despite Frank's insistence that the rape was was her fault, Carla finds the strength to report Frank to the police with the support of Maria Connor (Samia Smith) who endured an attempted rape from Frank earlier in the year.

After hearing what has happened, Peter loses his cool and attacks evil Frank before being arrested by the police for affray. The act of rape itself will not be shown in order to avoid upsetting viewers but actress Alison King and bosses at Coronation Street have worked in conjunction with rape support groups to make the storyline as true to life as possible.

An insider told the tabloid newspaper: ''These scenes will be uncomfortable to watch to say the least - but you don't see the actual rape because that might be too disturbing for younger viewers. This is such a sensitive subject and it's important to get it right."

The story will air later this summer in a special week of 9pm episodes, it is expected.