CORONATION Street fans fear Rita Sullivan is going to be eaten by the cat she is looking after.
The newsagent – who is played by actress Barbara Knox in the ITV soap – was left trapped and alone under her Christmas tree when she fell trying to put her fairy lights on it.
Her friends and neighbours think she has gone away for Christmas after Rita told them that so they wouldn’t feel sorry for her being alone.
But instead she turned the lights out to fix her tree and twisted her ankle on the step causing the entire thing to fall over and pin her to the floor.
Rita could only just manage to mutter “help” as she lay trapped in tonight’s episode.
But with her friends and family all thinking she is away and no-one left to find her, Rita faces a horrifying experience alone with the cat she is cat-sitting.
And fans fear she could face an even worse fate if Arthur the cat gets hungry and begins eating Rita.
One wrote: “Rita’s gonna die and her cat is gonna eat her face ? #festive #corrie #coronationstreet”
A second said: “Rita better get some help soon otherwise the cat might eat her #Corrie”
Another added: “I hope the cat doesn’t eat Rita #Corrie”
Rita’s life won’t be the only one hanging in the balance this festive season on the cobbles.
It has been confirmed that there will be at least one death on Christmas Day – the first ever in the soap’s 59 year history.
Derek Milligan is going to go on a shooting spree that will see death come to the cobbles.