IT was a ‘rover’s return’ storyline with a difference ...
Duncan Foster is used to dramatic events happening in Weatherfield in his role as a director for Coronation Street.
But he was caught up in a tense plot of his own after his pet dog went missing in South Tyneside.
Duncan was distraught after his cavalier King Charles spaniel Willow vanished from outside his daughter’s home in Cleadon on Wednesday evening.
The 48-year-old thought he saw a woman putting six-year-old Willow into a dark estate car.
Duncan, also a director for another long-running ITV soap opera, Emmerdale, took to the streets of South Tyneside and Sunderland yesterday with Willow’s sister Missy to appeal for people’s help.
And happily for him, Willow was found safe and well at an address in Pennywell, Sunderland, following an appeal through the Gazette’s website and social media pages yesterday.
Soap actresses Michelle Keegan and Georgia May Foote joined calls for the safe return of Willow, who has a heart murmur and needs daily medication.
Overjoyed Duncan was contacted shortly after a story about Willow’s disappearance appeared on our website.
He said: “It is an immense sense of relief that she has been returned. It has been a traumatic 24 hours.
“I just want to say ‘thank you’ to everyone who helped look for her. Without them, I don’t think she would have been returned.”
Duncan, who lives near Stanley in County Durham, has worked as a director for Coronation Street since 2002, as well as overseeing the 2008 spin-off video Coronation Street: Out of Africa.
He has directed 236 episodes of the soap, and he has also worked on the ITV medical drama The Royal.