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ISSUE 31 6-12AUG2016


CORONATIONSTREET
8

Aidan makes
a massive Maria mistake
– will he Eva live it down?
12
Corrie clears
house! Peter Barlow’s back,
Michael’s out of time, Steve’s
a double babydaddy – and
Maria is the other woman?
24 Phelan seeks Sally’s council
25 Michael is finally a
hit with someone!
26 Beth polices Craig’s dreams
30 Gemma ‘shops’ Rita
38 Nick goes into battle
in the Robert wars

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18
The Inside Soap
Awards 2016 are on their way!
This issue, it’s the Corrie
cast’s turn to play dress up
and tell us why the show
deserves your votes…

EASTENDERS
4

Grant Phils
a gap in the Mitchell clan
17 Buster is bowing out
18
Kush fails to
‘lock’ lips – and Carmel
wants to attend Mas!
27
Ben and Jay
make a dangerous play?
29 Claudette’s big battle
with bumptious Babe

EMMERDALE
10

Zak loves Lisa
– so is Joanie jilting him?
22 David is stunned by a Frank
admission from Tracy’s dad
28 Carly’s Christmas
comes round in April

34

Andy is all
trialled up as Chrissie
cries crocodile tears

29 Ste is in for a bit of
Barnes storming!

42 Joanne stoops to a
low blow to nab Joe

HOLLYOAKS

HOME AND AWAY

19 Goldie McQueen:
more like gold-digger!

20 Mercedes wants a wedding
– but Joe wants the truth
21 Myra and her brood
are thick and thieves
26 Ellie and Freddie primed
for a barney over Marnie?

16 Irene’s Outback

odyssey – thanks
to her cuckoo son
30 Marilyn returns home!

NEIGHBOURS

28 Brad takes the Lawson
into his own hands

40 Susan might need

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TELEVISION

57 Your complete guide
to the week’s telly

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32 What Happens When?
54 The Inside Gossip
90 7 Days
92 Puzzles
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WELCOME!
Good old Grant,
he ain’t lost his
touch! Just when
we thought his
return would be
all about Mitchell
family feuds (and
possibly his secret son by
Michelle if the rumours are
true!), out comes that old
Grant magic as he seduces
one of the ladies of Walford.
Now that’s more like it,
EastEnders! Who he beds
is a closely guarded secret
– but being Inside Soap, we
take a stab at the identity of
the lucky lady over on p6.
And Grant’s not the only
one in the throes of lust this
week. Corrie’s Maria… what
are you doing? Mind you,
we reckon getting it on with
Aidan is a big step up from
your last dirty deed when you
started stalking Tyrone! Over
in the Dales, however, what
was once the hottest lust
has definitely turned cold, as
scheming Chrissie pushes
forward with her plot to frame
boyfriend Andy. Luckily, life is
rosier for actor Kelvin Fletcher
off screen (see p34)… Enjoy!
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editor@insidesoap.co.

www.insidesoap.co.uk

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The clan is in crisis as Grant throws
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EASTENDERS | BBC1 Monday
rant’s mission to
save his family
doesn’t exactly
go according to
plan this week,
as he and brother Phil end up
at loggerheads – and Sharon
is caught in the middle!
It’s a tense reunion for the
brothers as old wounds are
reopened and fresh feuds
ignited. Will they emerge from
their showdown stronger for it,
or more estranged than ever?
“It was never going to be
a happy reunion for the boys,
given everything they’ve been
through in the past,” explains
our EastEnders insider. “But
with their beloved mother
Peggy having recently been
laid to rest, you’d think they
would have become united.
Typically, though, they’re the
same old Phil and Grant

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– and their default setting is
just to lay into each other!”
Sharon is the first person to
see Grant when he rocks up,
and it’s not long before the two
old flames become locked in
a tense heart-to-heart. As they
stare into each other’s eyes
and Grant reaches out to hold
her, flustered Sharon pleads
with him to talk to Phil and sort
out their differences. However,
when the brothers do come
face to face, Grant accuses
Phil of helping Peggy to die!
“Grant left the Square
content in the knowledge that
he and Phil had convinced
Peggy not to end
d her own life,”
our mole reminds
s us. “He can’t
believe that Phil lost control of
the situation, and
d feels terrible
that he wasn’t the
ere to prevent
it from happening
g himself.
Grant blames Phil for it all.”

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Is it really curtains between
Sharon and Grant? Or will
passions heat up again?

As his sibling swears blind
that he had nothing to do with
Peggy’s death, Grant brings
up the issue of the money that
Phil still owes him. It was Grant
who loaned Phil the cash to
help Kathy while she was still
on the run, and now Grant is
desperate for his dosh back.
The problem is, Phil doesn’t
have the readies – and having
said that, he orders Grant to

leave. It falls to Sharon to
beg Phil to let Grant stay in
Walford and work out their
problems – and while Phil
mulls her words of wisdom,
she goes on the hunt for her
leather-clad ex. But what
will happen if and when
she comes across him?
“Let’s just say that Grant
ends up in the arms of one
Walford woman,” grins our
source. “He still has the
Mitchell charm, and this
particular Square siren
Sharon confronts Phil, and
is putty in his hands!”

urges him to listen to his
sibling in his time of need

CONTINUEDOVER >>

Ding ding, ro nd… well, we’ve
lost count of the number of
fights between these two!
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>> FROMPREVIOUSPAGE

Viewers will have to wait
and see who falls for Grant,
but regardless of this twist,
the ladies are still flocking in
his direction! His former lover
Kathy finds herself sharing a
moment with Grant, but her
attempts to get him to open
up about his feelings come to
an abrupt end when Grant’s
financial situation becomes a
sticking point between them.
However, as Phil reaches out
to his brother at last, will they
be able to reach a compromise
that suits the both of them?

LAURA-JAYNE TYLER

WHO IS GRANT’S
MYSTERYWOMAN?

We run through the possibilities of who his lucky lover could be…
Considering his romantic
history, it was inevitable
that Grant would end up
seducing at least one of
the Square’s lovely ladies.
The obvious choice is
Sharon. The chemistry
between them was sizzling
when Grant last visited
Walford, but she’s since
pledged her loyalty to Phil.
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So if Sharon isn’t the woman
he hooks up with, who is?
“The fact that Grant has
a moment with his former
flame Kathy might not just
be a coincidence,” muses
our EastEnders spy. “But
if Ian ever found out, he’d
be absolutely appalled!”
With that in mind, there
are plenty of other eligible

lasses in Walford who
wouldn’t mind getting their
claws into the Mitchell man.
Denise has already had
her Phil when she spent
a drunken night with him –
so will she do the double
and bed his brother?
Other candidates include
single mum Carmel – who
hasn’t had the best luck with

men so far – while Belinda
isn’t shy when it comes
to flirting with the fellas!
Perhaps, though, Grant
will do what he does best
and keep it in the family, with
cousin Billy’s wife Honey
being a wild card possibility!
Either way, one Walford
woman is in for a night
that she won’t forget…

InsideScoop

CORONATIONSTREET | ITV Friday

MARIA
BEDS
AID
Butcantheykeeptheircheatingsecret?
here’s a scandal
brewing for Maria
and Aidan this week
– as the pair share
a drink and end up in bed!
Both fed up with the actions
of their other halves, they seek
solace in one another after a
tough day. Maria is angry with
fiancé Luke for making a huge
mistake and wrecking Caz’s
chances of fixing things with
Kate. Meanwhile, Aidan is cross
because he and Eva have had a
fight about living together, and
she’s failed to remember it’s the
anniversary of his mum’s death.
So Maria and Aidan end up
sharing a heart-to-heart…

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“Don’t forget they have
history and have known each
other for years because Maria
was married to Aidan’s cousin
Liam,” shares Samia Ghadie,
who plays the cheating lady.
“Aidan gives Maria a shoulder
to cry on, they get chatting and
find they have loads to talk
about. He gives Maria a lot of
charm – and she falls for it!”
It’s clear things haven’t been
right between Maria and Luke
for a while, and Maria isn’t sure
Luke is the right man for her.
So when he mistakenly orders
carnations instead of roses for
Caz to send to Kate to mark her
mum’s passing, Maria flips out.

“He was told that carnations
are the flowers that Kate’s mum
hates,” explains Samia. “It ruins
what Caz was trying to do as
Kate gets upset, so Maria has
a huge go at Luke in the Rovers
and he storms off. Her anger at
Luke has been building, with
them clashing over Caz. This

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REGRETS
IT MORE THAN
MARIA BECAUSE
HE HAS A LOT
MORE TO LOSE



argument causes Luke to
throw his keys at Maria, which
is when it all kicks off…”
For Aidan, it’s not so simple.
He adores Eva and has planned
to take her on a mini-break.
However, she misreads the
signals and thinks her fella is
about to ask her to move in
with him. The humiliation of
being told she’s got the wrong
end of the stick in front of Aidan’s
family and their friends is awful
for Eva – but little does she know
she has worse problems ahead.
“Eva is Maria’s friend, so she
didn’t do this on purpose,” says
Samia. “She’s in this situation
before she’s even thought of it.

Eva’s error of
judgement leaves
her red-faced

Mr Right?

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Eva is under the
impression she’ll be
moving in with Aidan

She and Aidan have a
bottle of wine together and
are a bit tipsy – and that’s
how they end up in bed.
They do realise what they’ve
done is wrong, although
Aidan regrets it more as he
has a lot more to lose.”
For Maria, what happens
is proof that she and Luke
shouldn’t be together.
“In some ways, her doing
what she does with Aidan
is a way for her to get out of
her relationship with Luke,”
reckons Samia. “By doing
that, Maria thinks she can’t
possibly be in love with Luke!”

KATE WHITE

Luke and Maria
have a blazing row
in the Rovers

While being torn between
handsome Luke and sexy
Aidan doesn’t sound like a bad
thing, Samia has other ideas of
what Maria’s romantic future
should involve. Specifically,
that her relationship-hopping
alter ego should calm down
and try to keep men at bay…
“I think Maria should stick
with being on her own for a
while,” the star tells us. “I don’t
think Luke is the guy for her –
he’s too young. I believe Liam
was the love of her life, and
she’s never really found anyone
who matches up to him.”
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EMMERDALE | ITV Tuesday

JILT ZAK?

Their wedding day is fraught with trouble…
ak Dingle prepares
to make an honest
woman out of
Joanie this week –
but as he waits to marry her,
his bride-to-be goes missing!
With many of the Dingles still
furious that Zak left loyal Lisa
for Joanie, the day is already
fraught with bad feelings as
emotions run high. It’s important
to Zak to let the world know he’s
devoted to Joanie – however,
as she prepares to marry into
a family who hate her, it’s not
quite so simple for Joanie…
“Zak calls Joanie the woman
of his dreams, so he’s excited
on the big day,” explains Steve
Halliwell, who plays the groom.
“I don’t know whether he’s
deeply in love with Joanie or if
it’s just mad infatuation. But he
really does regret breaking up
the Dingle family like he has.”

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Joanie faces Lisa - but
what is the upshot of
their conversation?

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Having left his wife of 17 years
for a woman she considered a
friend, Zak’s certainly got a lot
to feel ashamed about. But it’s
clear that whatever his feelings
for Joanie, the Dingle patriarch
still has feelings for Lisa, who
is devastated as the wedding
approaches, and their history
is something that continues to
make Joanie feel quite insecure.
So when drunken Zak calls
Joanie ‘Lisa’ on his stag night
and then says “I still love you”,
it’s a heartbreaking moment.

I DON’T
KNOW
WHETHER ZAK
IS IN LOVE WITH
JOANIE OR IF IT’S
INFATUATION



“The terrible thing is that the
next day, Zak doesn’t remember
he said it and Joanie doesn’t
tell him,” reveals Steve. “He’s
not aware of his actions until
Kerry asks him about it, and
Zak is flabbergasted. He thinks,
‘What am I going to do now?’”
Meanwhile, Joanie struggles
to cope as the pressure on her
intensifies. She’s well aware
that Cain and the other Dingles
despise her for what she and
Zak did to Lisa, and she’s hurt
when she later finds a massive
stain on her wedding dress.
So when Zak arrives at the
church, ready to make Joanie
his wife, she isn’t there. Instead,
she shows up at the Dingle
homestead, where she shares
an emotional conversation
with Lisa. But what is Zak’s
bride saying to his ex?

KATE WHITE

“Viewers
want Zak
to get back
with Lisa!”

Whether Joanie will show
up at the church is a closely
guarded secret, but Steve says
he’s in no doubt about what
Emmerdale viewers think
of the whole situation…
“People often say to me,
‘You naughty man, get back
with Lisa’!” laughs the actor.
“They say that Joanie’s all
right, but she’s not Lisa. I would
like Zak and Lisa to get back
together eventually, too. I love
working with both Denise
[Black, who plays Joanie] and
Jane [Cox, aka Lisa] equally,
but because of the long
tradition of the Dingle family,
and the fact their marriage
was a symbol of loyalty and
family values, I think Zak
should be with Lisa. The
viewers are probably right!”

Zak waits for his
bride - but will he be
waiting forever?

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CorriebossKateOatesoutlinesherplansfortheStreet…

t’s the beginning
of a new era on the
cobbles with plans
for a sixth weekly
episode – and a raft of juicy
and exciting new storylines
due to hit our screens. As
the award-winning former
series producer of Emmerdale,
Coronation Street’s new chief
Kate Oates is thrilled to be
taking the show forward –
and reveals all the big plots
that will be shaking up the
soap in the coming year…

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THE BARLOWS GO BIG!
Corrie’s first family will take
centre stage when drama
magnet Peter Barlow makes
a sensational return to
Weatherfield. And Ken’s big
reunion won’t end there, with
two other members of his
clan also set to join him…
“It’s that strong family
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that will be sending ripples
throughout the Street!” enthuses
Kate. “I love the idea of having
Ken as head of the family with
Tracy, Simon and Amy. I’m
also very excited to bring Peter
back, and Chris Gascoyne [who
plays him] will be here for as
long as I can tie him down!
“We’re also going to meet
Daniel Osbourne [the son who
Ken fathered with his former
lover Denise], and I’m excited
to bring back Adam Barlow –
Ken’s grandson and the son
of Mike Baldwin,” she adds.
“We’re currently in the process
of casting the both of them.”

STEVE’S BABY SHOCK!
Meanwhile, the secret father
of Leanne’s child will learn that
he’s going to be a dad AGAIN,
when wife Michelle reveals
that she’s also pregnant!
“Steve has gone from not
wanting any more children

WE WILL
SEE SOME
GOOD DRAMA
FOR STEVE
UNFOLD OVER
CHRISTMAS!



to fathering two!” exclaims
Kate. “The trouble comes in
how he juggles dealing with
Leanne over the road with a
bump that he has to close his
mind from, while also being
excited for Michelle. We’ll
see some really good drama
unfold over Christmas and into
springtime next year. That’s
when it will be really, really big!”
And Steve is going to have
a tough job on his hands
keeping his secret, after Nick
learns that the Rovers boss is
Leanne’s mystery babydaddy!
Will Nick reveal all to Michelle?

“It’s one thing if the father is
an unknown, but another if it’s
your neighbour and it’s Steve!”
laughs Kate. “With Nick in
possession of this information,
it’s safe to say that things
will kick off between him and
Steve – and therefore threaten
Steve’s precious marriage…”

MARIA’S FATAL ATTRACTION!
The McDonald baby bombshell
isn’t the only scandal that will
have us glued, as Kate reveals
that Aidan cheating on Eva
with Maria (see p8 for all the
gossip!) will result in love – and
possibly lives – on the line.
“Aidan hears little rumours
about when Maria lost the
plot with Tyrone and Fiz – and
he thinks, ‘Oops, I might’ve
just slept with a crazy lady’!”
grins Kate. “Maria finds that
mildly insulting, and it drives
a wedge between them both.

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Nick vs Steve!

Nick’sshowdown with Steveisalready intheprocess
of being filmed. Stars Ben Price and Simon Gregson,
whoplaythepair,werespottedshootingaratherheated
exchange between their characters down a remote road.
But while the men are away from prying eyes as they
discuss Leanne’s baby, there’s no hiding for Steve as he
tries to stop Nick revealing his secret. Will he tell Michelle?

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“But then there’s a crisis
for Maria in the form of Caz,”
continues Kate. “She brings
complications to Maria’s life
in dramatic and tense fashion.
The story is about testing Maria
and putting her in jeopardy,
which will form a chapter in
the long-running story between
Maria, Aidan and Eva. There
is high drama with Caz!”

A SPECTACULAR STUNT!
Famous for some of the huge
action sequences she brought
to Emmerdale – including the
Woolpack flood, and helicopter
crash – Kate is now planning a
huge blockbuster storyline for
the Street, with a big explosion
rumoured to be in the pipeline…
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“An autumn stunt is traditional
– and will possibly tie in with the
Platts,” she teases. “In the recent
chapel of rest scenes, David
promised to avenge Kylie’s
death, but he also promised
his wife that he would be a
brilliant parent to their children.
“Those two promises are in
direct conflict with one another,”
continues Kate. “One is based
on love and protection, and the
other is grounded in vengeance
and hate. So which of these
promises is going to win out?
You can probably guess which
way we’re going to go with that!”

BETHANY 4 GARY?
As the Platt family drama
reaches a sensational climax,
Sarah’s daughter Bethany will

Steve hoped Nick
would be gone when
he opened his eyes

giving him doe-eyed looks
AN AUTUMN iswhen
he is her knight in shining
armour
does he feel
STUNT IS the same– but
way towards her?”
TRADITIONAL KILLER PHELAN?
AND WILL TIE
Meanwhile, across the Street,
Michael has vowed to expose
IN WITH THE
Phelan’s true colours. But
PLATT FAMILY! vile
with star Les Dennis due to



fall for Gary as she continues
to battle her own demons
with her appearance…
“Due to bullying, she’s
a teenage girl who feels out
of control of her life, and
Bethany’s way of managing
involves diet pills and overexercising,” explains Kate.
“Rather than playing it big, it
will be a slow burn with Gary
as a brilliant support. Bethany

leave the show (see right), will
the evil brute silence Michael
before he has the chance?
“Phelan hasn’t killed anyone…
so depending on what happens,
the pressure that he faces and
the people in his way, what is
he capable of?” asks Kate. “He
will clearly bring other people
down for his own pleasure,
and that is sinister enough
without any deaths – yet!”

Phelan lucky!

ItlooksasifPhelan’snewbuildingproject(seep24)
will get the go-ahead from the council. Our snaps
show the builder cracking open a bottle of bubbly
with girlfriend Eileen and his dodgy cohort, Vinny.
But as another picture shows Eileen and Phelan
standing on what appears to be a high platform,
could Eileen be heading for a big fall as wicked Phelan
continues to pursue her son Jason’s inheritance money?

… but do things soon
go south with Phelan?
Eileen looks ready
to celebrate…

GOODBYE AND HELLO!
MICHAEL TO DEPART - AND MORE OLD FACES COULD BE ON THE WAY HOME…

CORRIE’S FUTURE
Finally, we’re set to enjoy
even more classic cobbles
drama next year when the
show broadcasts a sixth weekly
episode – and Kate is looking
forward to steering the ship.
“I’ve read reports that the
cast are unhappy about it, but
that’s not the case at all,” she
confirms. “They’re galvanised
by it and excited about the
investment from ITV – and they
know how passionate I am.
“I’ve come from Emmerdale
which has done six episodes a
week for a long time,” adds Kate.
“So has my assistant producer,
Tony Hammond, and we’re
unfazed. On Emmerdale, they
sometimes do seven episodes
– so trust us guys, it’s easy!”

Doomed Gail is heading for
further heartbreak following
the news that her husband
Michael is leaving the Street.
Star Les Dennis, who plays
him, tells us it’s a departure
we won’t want to miss…
“As a lifelong fan of the
show, playing Michael has
been a dream come true,”
says the former Family
Fortunes host. “The talented
team of writers have come
up with a very dramatic exit
for Michael, which will
be exciting to film!”
Meanwhile, the
Corrie rumour mill
has gone into
overdrive with
reports suggesting
Leanne’s sister
Toyah Battersby
Does tragedy lie ahead
– played by actress

Georgia played Toyah
from 1997 to 2003
Georgia Taylor – is making
a return to Weatherfield.
“Yes, I read that!” exclaims
boss Kate. “I love the character,
and because Leanne has a
big story it would be tempting.
Toyah is awesome, but it’s just
speculation at the moment.”
And in addition to the
signings of Daniel Osbourne
and Adam Barlow, the other
gossip is that teacher Brian
Packham is also on his way
back. Watch this space!

for Gail and Michael?

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HOME AND AWAY | Channel 5 Monday

REVEALED!

She’s being held hostage by her own son…

iewers will finally
find out what’s
happened to
missing Irene this
week – as we see her tied to a
chair, having been kidnapped
by her crazed son Mick!
It’s been weeks since Irene
went AWOL from her home in
Summer Bay, and her loved
ones have been desperately
worried about her. But as Olivia
and Chris edge closer to the
truth, Irene has given up hope
of ever seeing them again…
“Irene doesn’t know where
she is – it’s a deserted house in
the middle of nowhere,” reveals
Lynne McGranger, who plays
the Bay stalwart. “Mick hasn’t
harmed her in any way, and she
hasn’t really felt threatened

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by him. But that doesn’t make
his actions any less crazy!”
Fans will recall that Mick
first turned up at Irene’s house
on the night of the caravan park
explosion, claiming to be Chris’
uncle. But as his behaviour
became more and more
unhinged, Irene realised that
something wasn’t right, and
he eventually revealed himself
to be her long-lost child! After
Mick made a lunge for Irene
and told her that she would
never leave him again, the pair
vanished – and he’s been
holding her captive ever since.
“Initially, Irene refuses to
believe that Mick could be her
son – she thinks he’s off his
rocker!” reckons Lynne. “She’s
desperate to convince him to

let her go, to try to talk things
through reasonably. But she’s
on the verge of giving up.”
However, Irene is about to
be offered a lifeline, thanks to
her nearest and dearest back
in Summer Bay. After Mick
pays Olivia a visit, she realises
he can lead her to Irene – and
plants her phone in his car
before leaping to safety! When
Mick finds the phone, he’s

IRENE
HAS TRIED
TO TALK THINGS
THROUGH WITH
MICK, BUT NOW
SHE’S GIVEN UP



furious, and realises that he
and Irene need to get away.
“When Mick gets back, he’s
very distressed – he is behaving
even more outrageously than
normal,” shares Lynne. “He
grabs Irene and drags her into
the bush. She’s terrified! But
then Mick gets distracted by
something, and she hits him
over the head with a rock and
runs for it. She’s stumbling
through the bush crying, trying
to find someone to help.”
Meanwhile, Olivia has alerted
copper Kat to her suspicions
about Mick, and the local police
force mounts a search for Irene.
Will they get to the petrified
woman before her psycho son
catches up with her?

SARAH ELLIS

You’re taking the Mick!
Irene’s son has been
holding her captive

LATEST NEWS | EastEnders

It’s farewell to
Buster!
Shirley’s fella bids
goodbye to Walford…

SNEAK
PREVIEW!
Kat is on the trail but will she get to
Irene in time?

Viewers of a certain age
may think that Irene’s son
Mick looks familiar – that’s
because actor Kristian
Schmid, who plays him,
used to be in Neighbours!
The star played teenager
Todd Landers from 1988 to

1992. The character was
tragically killed when he
was run over by a van while
trying to stop his girlfriend
Phoebe from terminating her
pregnancy – and it was one
of the most tear-jerking exits
Inside Soap has ever seen.

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t looks as if Buster
will be receiving his
comeuppance for
cheating on Shirley
with Kathy! The
slippery fishmonger
is set to leave Albert
Square following
Is Buster going
to be busted
the news that actor
for his affair?
Karl Howman, who
plays him, has
already filmed his
final scenes with
weeks. It’s
EastEnders. So how
the ultimate
will Buster be leaving?
betrayal for
“If Shirley finds out that
Shirl – who
he’s been doing the dirty,
has managed
her fella will want to be a
to resist
Will Shirl push
million miles away for his
her fella out?
temptation
own safety!” reckons our
with Phil out of
show insider. “Having said
loyalty to Buster,
that, Buster has formed a
and comforted Kathy when
really lovely bond with his
she believed Ben to be dead.
son, Mick, and the rest of
So, is a dramatic showdown
the Carter clan – so it will
on the horizon if Shirley finally
take something big to
gets wind of the truth?
force him out of Walford.”
Square bosses are keeping
EastEnders viewers are
tight-lipped on the details
aware that Buster has been
around Buster’s exit, but
sneaking around with Kathy
fans can see how it all unfolds
behind Shirley’s back for
on screen in a few weeks.

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EASTENDERS | BBC1 Friday

SQUARE!

WillKushget luckyat
TheAlbert’ssinglesparty?
im hopes to play
Cupid to Square
singletons this
week, when she
organises a ‘lock and key’
dating night at The Albert!
The party – which involves
the ladies being issued with a
padlock, then trying to find a
man with the corresponding
key – is a sure-fire ice breaker
for lonely locals, and Kim is
keen to recruit the hottest totty
in Walford to make sure her
money spinner is a success.
So it’s no surprise that hunky
Kush is top of her list of fit
fellas that she wants to entice
into the bar for the night…

K

KUSH & DENISE

But Kim’s not the only Foxy
lady who wants to get her mitts
on the market trader! She has
no idea that her sister Denise
has been flirting up a storm with
him over the past few weeks.
It’s clear that there’s a mutual
attraction between Kush and
Denise, and they’ve struggled
to keep their hands off each
other as he puts her through her
paces in their training sessions.
The pair may have agreed
that romance isn’t a good idea
– given that Kush’s mum Carmel
is Denise’s best friend – but
as Kush and Denise gaze
longingly at each other across
the market this week, the sizzling
chemistry between them
shows little sign of abating!
Keen to put Denise to the
back of his mind, Kush agrees
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to go to Kim’s party. But there
are red faces all round when the
hunk ends up being matched
with his own mum – who’s also
looking for a romantic distraction.
With the night having proved
fruitless, Carmel leaves – and
Kush is disappointed to not get
so much as a phone number.
As he heads home alone, will
the Walford Romeo be tempted
to pay Denise a booty call?

CARMEL & MASOOD

Meanwhile, Carmel has spent
the week lamenting the state
of her own love life, as she lusts
after former flame Masood.
When he encourages her to go
for the market inspector’s job,
she’s buoyed by his kind words,
and thinks there might be a
chance for the pair of them to
pick up where they left off.
Taking the bull by the horns,
Carmel suggests to Masood
that they could give a ‘friends
with benefits’ arrangement a go.
So imagine how embarrassed
she feels when Mas gets the
wrong end of the stick, and
insists that he can’t be in a
relationship with her right now!
It’s no wonder the poor
woman needs a confidence
boost, so she heads to Kim’s
party, looking for the man of her
dreams. But the fact that there’s
not even a sniff of an eligible
bachelor leaves her more
despondent than ever. Is there
any chance Masood will take
Carmel up on her saucy offer?

SARAH ELLIS

Kim homes in on
Kush for her ‘lock
and key’ party

LATEST NEWS | Hollyoaks

Meet the new
McQueens!

Myra and the gang are to be
joined by three new relatives…

SNEAK
PREVIEW!

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ollyoaks fans had
better batten down the
hatches and prepare for
stormy weather, as there’s
a gaggle of new McQueens
on their way to the village!
Former Strictly Come
Dancing star Chelsee Healey
– who is best known for her
previous roles as Janeece
Bryant in Waterloo Road and
Honey Wright in Casualty –
has signed up to play brash
cousin Goldie. She’ll pitch
up in Chester looking for her
‘posh’ relatives, and will have
her 15-year-old twin sons
Prince and Hunter with her…
“Tough, gobby and utterly
shameless, Goldie never
backs down in a fight – and
she’s always game for a good
old-fashioned McQueen
scam to make some fast
cash!” shares a Hollyoaks

Belinda and Carmel are
hot to trot - surely love
won’t elude these ladies

Prince and Hunter
are the apples of
their mum’s eye

spokesperson. “Goldie is
hoping to mooch off the family
she’s scarcely had anything to
do with. But the one thing she
cares about more than making
easy money is her twins, Prince
and Hunter, who she had in her
teens. She’ll go to the ends of
the earth for the lads, and will
defend them like a lioness!”
Cocky Prince will be played
by Malique Thompson-Dwyer,
while Theo Graham takes on
the role of cheeky graffiti artist
Hunter. The trio will give Myra
and the other McQueens the
surprise of their lives when
they rock up this autumn.

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Mercy and Joe have
taken to parenting
like ducks to water

Mercedes has been
dragged into Diego and
Maria’s machinations

HOLLYOAKS | Channel 4 Monday

Mercedes wants to make an
honest man of Mr Roscoe…
ercedes McQueen
has never been a
woman to do what’s
expected of her –
and this week she breaks with
tradition by asking her stunned
boyfriend Joe to marry her.
The question comes out of
the blue for Joe, who starts
the week suspecting that lusty
Mercedes is having an affair
with Diego! Given that he thinks
she is playing away, will Joe
accept Mercy’s grand gesture?
“Joe and Mercedes are
hardly a conventional couple,
are they?” muses our Hollyoaks
insider. “Their whole romance
was kick-started by an ill-

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advised one-night stand –
and now they’re shacked up
together, raising the baby of
Joe’s serial-killer ex Lindsey! It
doesn’t get much crazier than
that, so Joe shouldn’t really
be surprised by anything
Mercedes throws at him.”
Since agreeing to adopt baby
Lexi, Joe and Mercedes have
actually made a pretty good
team as they’ve navigated the
stormy waters of being parents
– with Joe’s toddler son, JJ,
completing their little family.
But life is about to get tougher
for the two of them after Joe
discovers that the Roscoes’
garage has been put up for sale

without his knowledge, and
there’s nothing he can do to
stop the family’s livelihood being
snatched away from them.
Things go from bad to worse
for Joe after he finds some
suspicious text messages from
Diego on Mercy’s phone, and
jumps to the conclusion that

LINDSEY
CHEATED
ON JOE WITH HIS
OWN BROTHER
- NO WONDER
HE’S WARY



she’s cheating on him with her
mum’s fella! Of course, viewers
know that she’s doing no such
thing – the pair are conspiring
to keep Maria’s drug problems
a secret from Myra. But with
Joe in the dark, it’s only natural
he should suspect the worst.
Meanwhile, Mercedes thinks
everything is hunky-dory with
Joe, and decides it’s time to
make their relationship official.
So after organising a sexy
surprise, she pops the question!
However, is Joe ready to take
the next step with a woman he
feels he can’t trust?
“Let’s not forget that Lindsey
cheated on him – with his own

Mercy puts on her
best pramface as
she goes thieving

HOLLYOAKS | Channel 4 Tuesday

McQUEENS
ON THE ROB!

They’re shoplifting clobber for Myra’s baby…
he McQueens are
up to their old tricks
again this week,
as they break into
a posh local shop and steal
a load of baby clothes!
With Myra expecting her
eighth child, and money as tight
as it always is for the chaotic
clan, the mum-to-be is worried
about how she’ll provide for her
newborn once he or she arrives.
But as we all know, the family
matriarch has never been one
to let a lack of money stop her.
Having struggled to provide
for all her other kids, Myra has
her heart set on giving her latest
little one the best start in life. So
she ropes in her loved ones to
help with a dodgy scheme…

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brother, no less!” our mole
reminds us. “No wonder the
guy is wary of it happening
again. Plus, marrying into
the McQueens is a big deal,
and something Joe needs
to give serious thought to.”
As Mercedes waits for her
man to give her an answer,
will Joe agree to the mayhem
of a McQueen wedding – or
will he break Mercy’s heart by
calling time on their romance?

SARAH ELLIS

MERCEDES HAS SOME COMPETITION!

Armed with fake baby
bumps in which to hide their
loot, Myra, Mercedes and
Celine head to a local store,
intending to swipe as much free
gear as they can. However, when
the snooty owner catches on
to what they’re doing, the gang
are forced to flee the premises
– but not before Mercedes gets
a look at the shop’s alarm code.
Their close call doesn’t deter
the trio, and they sneak back
to the shop later – with the aim
of breaking in and robbing it!
But as they attempt to grab
as much swag as their bumps
will hold, will the hare-brained
plot land the McQueen madams
in big trouble with the law?

SARAH ELLIS

FIND OUT WHO’S AFTER HER MAN ON P42…

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InsideScoop

Tracy doesn’t know
David has matrimony
on his mind again

EMMERDALE | ITV Thursday

WHAT HAVE
YOU DONE?

ell-meaning wally
David Metcalfe puts
his foot in it again
this week. He
thinks he’s found the perfect
way to finally persuade
his beloved Tracy to marry
him – by reaching out to her
estranged father, Frank. But
daft David fails to realise that
there may be a very good
reason why dad and daughter
are not on speaking terms…
His troubles begin when he
makes the latest in his string
of kooky proposals – this time
going down on one knee in his
shop and slipping a bagel on
to Tracy’s finger as a makedo engagement ring. David is

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sure she’ll say yes this time,
because his Decree Nisi has
just come through, marking
the official end of his marriage
to Alicia.The fact David was
already married has been a
real sticking point for Tracy –
unfortunately, she immediately
comes up with another reason
why she cannot marry him.
“Tracy worries that she
has nobody to invite to the
wedding,” explains our Dales
spy. “While David has loved
ones all over the village, Tracy
is a loner and doesn’t have
any family who could attend
– her mum is living in Ibiza
and her dad is in the slammer.
Of course, David sees this as

He brings
Tracy’s jailbird
father back
into her life…

his next challenge, and you can
practically see the light bulb go
on over his head. Soon enough,
he’s requesting a visiting order
to meet his future father-in-law!”
A couple of days later, a
resistant Tracy is despatched
to look over wedding reception
venues with Leyla and Megan,
who’ve reluctantly agreed to

FRANK IS
UP FOR
EARLY RELEASE
- AND HOPES TO
STAYWITHTRACY
IN THE DALES!



help plan the big day of Leyla’s
ex. Meanwhile, David slips off
to the prison for a face-to-face
meeting with Tracy’s dad, Frank.
At first, Frank seems as
friendly and amenable as can
be, and desperate to patch
things up with his daughter,
whom he calls ‘Teenie’. But
then, as so often happens with
David, the situation slowly
slides out of his grasp…
“Frank is in jail for assault,”
reveals our sneak. “If that’s not
enough to set the alarm bells
ringing for David, Frank then
reveals that he’s up for early
release. Apparently he’s been
writing to his daughter, and is
hoping to stay with her in

New feud!

Emmerdale when he’s free!
David is gobsmacked.”
Tracy is appalled to learn
where David has been, and is
clearly unsettled by the news
that Frank is getting out of
prison soon – telling David
that her dad has played him
for a fool. It seems that, by
making contact with Frank,
David has kicked a hornets’
nest, and rather than serving
to endear him to Tracy,
she’s furious with him!
Can David ever hope
to persuade Tracy to say
‘yes’? And what will it
“With this bagel,
mean for them if conniving
I thee wed” - David
Frank comes to stay?
is on a definite roll!

KATE WHITE

Tracy has more than her dad to
worry about this week – as she
ends up in a fight with Vanessa.
Things turn nasty when
Vanessa sides with Leyla, who
is trying to delay the wedding in
the hope that David comes to
his senses. Like Leyla, Vanessa
is less than impressed with the
speed at which David and Tracy’s
relationship has been moving,
and Tracy is hurt when Vanessa
accuses her of taking advantage
of a man fighting cancer. That’s
when things turn really ugly…
“Vanessa tells it how she
sees it,” sighs our spy. “This is
a person who Tracy considered
to be a friend, so it really hurts.
They’ve had a tricky relationship,
but Tracy is now certain that
Vanessa despises her.”
Vanessa hasn’t forgotten
the time Tracy invited home a
random man who burgled the
house. That incident, along with
Tracy’s messy habits and failure
to pay the rent on time, infuriated
her – so as fists begin to fly, are
the two women now at war?
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InsideScoop

CORONATIONSTREET | ITV Wednesday

PhelansetshissightsonanewWeatherfieldtarget…

here’s big trouble
for Sally this week
– when scheming
Phelan targets her
in his effort to get rich from
Jason Grimshaw’s inheritance!
The builder spots a chance
to manipulate the situation after
realising that Sally’s position
on the council could prove very
useful for his new development
project. Having sold the idea
to Jason – who reckons it’s a
great moneymaking opportunity
to plough his recent windfall
into – Phelan seeks out Sally
to ask for help. But how will
she respond when he asks her
to pull some strings to speed
up his planning application?

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“Sally is always delighted
when somebody shows an
interest in her council work and
treats her as if she’s important,”
shares our Corrie insider. “All
Phelan does is offer to build her
some shelves – and with Sally
truly buttered-up, he mentions
that there’s a favour she could
do for him in return…”

SALLY IS
ALWAYS
DELIGHTED
WHEN TREATED
AS IF SHE’S
IMPORTANT



Phelan lays out his plans
to gullible Sal - but does
he get what he wants?
However, when Todd spots
Phelan slithering away from
Sally’s house, he realises what
the bully is up to – and decides
to put Sally in the picture. Like
Phelan, Todd is smart enough

to know how to manipulate
Sally, so he invites her for a
drink at the Rovers. As they
enjoy a chat, Todd brings up
the subject of Phelan’s project
and advises Sally to get all

PUSHED TO
THE LIMIT!

CORONATIONSTREET | ITV Friday

Michael loses it with his nemesis…
helan causes more
misery on the Street
this week, when he
baits poor Michael
into a fight in the Rovers.
Michael has been lured to
the pub by well-meaning Audrey
and Freddie, who are keen to
reignite his relationship with
Gail, which was put on ice by
the pair following Kylie’s death.
All seems to be going well
until Phelan slimes his way up
to the bar and makes a series
of digs at Michael – who Phelan
usurped in the affections of

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ALLY!
the facts before she provides
any assistance. He tells her
the best way to ensure it’s
all above board is to demand
transparency from Phelan
and his team as they lay out
their case. When Phelan
finds the duo talking politics
in the pub, he’s horrified –
and it looks as if Todd has
messed up his grand plan.
“Transparency is the last
thing Phelan wants!” laughs
our source. “He’s the most
crooked person around,
and his cohort Vinny is
just as bad. So when Sally
explains she’ll gladly help
but being transparent is a
non-negotiable condition,

Phelan is furious with
Todd for getting involved.”
The next day, Sally sits
down with Phelan and
Vinny to look over their
project and give her opinion
on what they have planned.
As they congregate in the
café, the pressure builds
and Phelan loses his rag
– but it’s not Sally who
catches the full force of his
rage, it’s poor hungover
Alex. However, as it gives
Sally a glimpse of Phelan’s
true personality, will it be
enough put her off having
any further dealings with
the ill-tempered bloke?

Eileen. The red mist descends
upon the usually mild-mannered
Michael, who flies at his hated
rival with his fists raised.
Freddie intercedes, and he
pulls Michael away from the
fight – but the damage is done.
Gail has seen everything, and
takes Michael’s fury as a sign
he still holds a torch for Eileen.
Phelan, meanwhile, smirks into
his pint of Newton And Ridley,
enjoying the fact he has ruined
Michael’s new relationship just
for the sheer hell of it…

KATE WHITE

Michael lashes out
at his rival after
being taunted

KATE WHITE
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InsideScoop
CORONATION STREET | ITV Weds

WHAT’S
BETHHIDING?
Tracy’s words leave
Beth feeling worried

She triesto sabotage Craig’s police application…
raig is horrified this
week, when he realises
that his mum Beth is
deliberately trying to block his
application to the police force!
The enthusiastic lad fires
off his application form after
attending a special constable
information day with the local
cops. Having seen first-hand
how devastating the effects of
crime can be on the community,
Craig is determined to make a
difference. And at first it seems
as though Beth is right behind

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him – until she discusses the
development with her pal Tracy.
As Beth is boasting about
Craig, Tracy explains that Amy
could never go for a job with
the police because both of her
parents have serious criminal
records. Beth looks horrified
as she takes in the information
– and when Craig quizzes her
about anything he needs to
share on his form, she’s cagey.
Later, Craig asks his mum to
post the letter, and she agrees
– but instead of doing so, she

hides it in her bag. Craig is
horrified to learn that Beth
has jeopardised his chances
– but as Beth insists she’s just
scared for him, it’s clear she is
concealing something major…

Craig reckons
he has two long
arms of the law

FAMILYAFFAIR! E

Will Ellie uncover
Freddie’s tryst
with Marnie?

llie could be left
reeling from the
ultimate betrayal
this week, when the photo
of Freddie and Marnie’s saucy
snog is posted through the
Nightingales’ letterbox!
The sordid affair has been
in danger of being exposed
since the pair were unwittingly
caught on camera. But as
her relationship blossoms,
besotted Ellie is none the
wiser when it comes to her
boyfriend’s infidelity…
“Ellie and Freddie
have always been very
up and down,” sighs
Sophie Porley, who
plays Ellie. “But at
this point, they’re
feeling very lovedup and I think things
Ellie is very close to
finding out everything!
are the best they’ve

HOLLYOAKS | Channel 4 Thursday

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EASTENDERS | BBC1 Monday

BEN SUFFERS
MORE AGONY
But new heartbreak sees him reunite with Jay…
rieving Ben continues
to mourn the loss
of his beloved Paul
this week, and makes the
agonising decision to see his
boyfriend’s body. But as the
events of that fateful night
come flooding back, will Ben
continue with his mission to
hunt down Paul’s murderers?
At the start of the week,
the Mitchells continue to
worry about devastated Ben
following recent events. He’s
been hell-bent on revenge,
and even asked his father
Phil to supply him with a gun
so that he could dish out
his own brand of justice.

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It looked for a while as if Phil
was on his son’s side – but
when Ben learned that his
dad never actually had any
intention of giving him the
weapon, he stormed off, with
no sign of him for days.

Ben really thought he’d found
the love of his life in Paul

Thankfully, Ben is back in
the Square this week – but
he’s still not coping as he
makes the choice to see Paul
in the morgue. Meanwhile,
Billy asks Jay to help his
friend see reason – and it’s
only when the two boys come
together for an emotional
meeting that Ben appreciates
Jay has also been having a
very tough time recently.
During their heart-to-heart,
the boys realise they only
have each other now. But
can Jay convince Ben to
give up his vendetta, or
will he agree to help him
avenge Paul’s death?

ever been. Freddie’s her first
proper boyfriend and the love
of her life. This is the teenage
romance she never had!”
Keen to take things up
a notch, Ellie suggests that
they move in together. But
little does she know that
someone is on their way to
the Nightingales’ with the
damning evidence against
Freddie and Marnie! Being
cheated on is bad enough,
but could anything be worse
than your boyfriend’s other
woman being your mum?
“I’m dreading to think how
Ellie will react if she finds
out,” muses Sophie. “She
loves her mum so much, so
I think this revelation would
be explosive and utterly
heartbreaking for Ellie.”
With the incriminating
photograph waiting to be
discovered on the doormat,
might there be a chance
that someone else could
get to it before Ellie learns
the horrible truth?
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InsideScoop
Jamie Lawson is
on hand to ramp up
the romance level!

NEIGHBOURS | Channel 5 Monday

PROPOSAL!
But will Lauren say yes?
rad pops the question to
his stunned girlfriend Lauren
this week – but is left gutted
when she turns him down!
Brad is determined not to give up,
though, and decides to propose again –
this time with a big, romantic gesture. So
will it be enough to convince Lauren that
he really wants them to get hitched?
“Brad is rocked by Lauren’s refusal, but
he gets some advice from Toadie – and
starts plotting his comeback!” reveals Kip
Gamblin, who plays him. “Brad knows that
Lauren’s favourite music right now is Jamie

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BE MY MUM!
EMMERDALE | ITV Friday

ittle April has her birthday this
week, but it’s babysitter Carly
who gets the biggest treat. On her
special day, April insists that her beloved
babysitter Carly attend her party. However,
things are awkward between Carly and
April’s dad Marlon, who recently spent
the night together – and they’re reluctant
to confess that they both want to start up
a relationship. When April tells emotional
Carly that she’d love it if she became her
new mum, it’s further proof that Carly and
Marlon could have an amazing life together
as a family. Can the pair finally find the
courage to admit their true feelings?

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What is Piper
showing her
horrified family?

Lawson’s album, and as
luck would have it, he’s
playing in Erinsborough! So Brad
organises a beautiful setting at an outdoor
terrace restaurant, and Jamie turns up
to serenade them. It’s all in the timing.”
Who could possibly reject such a grand
proposal? Viewers will have to wait and see
if Lauren will accept this time, but you can’t
blame her for being hesitant – after all, Brad’s
marriage offer comes hours after he hosts
a party to celebrate his divorce from Terese!
“The party is certainly not a conventional
idea!” chuckles Kip. “But it’s a new chapter

for everyone, and Brad
and Terese feel that this
puts the past behind
them. It’s all going well
until Piper plays a tribute video she’s put
together for her parents – and let’s just say
everyone’s blindsided by what they see!”
As the partygoers reel from Piper’s
shocking footage, Brad is determined to
make Lauren the next Mrs Willis. But with
two failed marriages behind him already,
will it be a case of third time lucky for Brad?
Also this week… Xanthe is trapped
by the snake, and Susan threatens Karl!

STE’S FRESH
NIGHTMARE!
HOLLYOAKS | Channel 4 Fri
here’s a blast from the past in
store for Ste this week, when his
ex-girlfriend Amy arrives back in
the village with their kids Leah and Lucas
– accompanied by her dad Mike Barnes!
Amy is returning so her kids can be
closer to their father, but she’s stunned
when Cindy fills her in on Ste’s crystal
meth addiction. Meanwhile, Ste is finally
venturing out after his stint in rehab,
and decides to call round to
see his kids. But when he
hears Leah screaming, and
finds a man looming over
her, Ste reacts by punching
the stranger! Will his actions
land him in big trouble?
Also this week… Warren
and Freddie plot to save the
garage – will they succeed?

T

BACK OFF,
BABE!
Claudette warns her
to stay away from the
Cokers - but will she listen?
EASTENDERS | BBC1 Thursday
t’s the beginning of an exciting
feud in Walford this week, as
fearsome Claudette goes up
against the equally terrifying Aunt Babe!
The battle lines are drawn after Vincent’s
battleaxe mum issues a stern warning to
Babe to quit blackmailing Les and Pam,

I

or else she’ll have her to deal with. Will
cunning Babe be so easily intimidated?
At the start of the week, Claudette offers
her support to the Cokers, who are still
struggling to cope following their grandson
Paul’s tragic death. Claudette’s kindness
doesn’t go unnoticed by her foster-daughter,
Donna, who is so impressed that she invites
her mum to move into her spare room.

However, despite Vincent’s pleas for
Claudette to keep her head down, it’s not
long before she’s taking the fight to Babe.
Warning the chef to stay away from Les
and Pam, Claudette makes it very clear
that she’s not to be trifled with! But after
Babe smugly tells her nemesis that she
expects Les to carry on paying her, what
might Claudette’s next move be?
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TIMES AND
CHANNEL
DETAILS

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ANDRADIO...
She’s a do-gooder now…

GEMMA’S
NEW START!

Rita realisess that
Gemma is geenuine

CORONATIONSTREET | ITV Wednesday
here’s heart-warming news from
Gemma this week, as she takes
the first step in changing her life.
Following Kylie Platt’s tragic death,
Gemma has taken her late friend’s advice
and is determined to pull herself out of the
gutter. Sick of being associated with criminals
and scumbags, Gemma tells Dev that she’s
working to improve herself – and her aim is
to manage the kebab shop one day.
While Dev is doubtful at first, he mentions
a new initiative called the ‘Good Neighbour
Scheme’, and Gemma sees her chance.

T

Rita is the target of the lass’ attentions as
Gemma approaches her to offer to do her
shopping – and while sprightly Rita declines,
Gemma won’t take no for an answer.
Although Rita is taken aback, she’s also
amused by Gemma’s dedication, especially
when her young friend insists on unpacking
all the shopping and helping to put it away.
However, Rita soon discovers Gemma’s
motivation and is moved by the reason
that she feels it’s so important to make the
change. Has the gobby fast-food server
found a champion in her older neighbour?

DON’T GET ANGRY!
RIVER CITY WILL
BE BACK ON OUR
SCREENS IN A
FORTNIGHT!

FAIR CITY

● Robbie attacks Trigger this
week, after Carol shares her most
painful secret with him. As Carol
fumes at Robbie for airing her clan’s
dirty laundry in public, he sets out
to get rid of Trigger by paying him
off. Is that the last they’ll see of
him? Elsewhere, Eoghan and Debbie
squabble, and Eoghan confides in
Tommy that his marriage is over.
Although uncomfortable, Tommy
takes the opportunity to tell Debbie
they can finally
be together…
Also, Dermot is
determined to
hide his illness
on his return
from holiday.

THE ARCHERS

HOME AND AWAY | Channel 5 Monday
arilyn makes a welcome return
to Summer Bay this week – just in
time for poorly Alf to wake up from
his coma! Back from her European travels,
Marilyn heads straight to the hospital to
see her sick friend, sitting by his hospital
bed and begging him to wake up. It seems
Marilyn is just the tonic Alf needs as he
squeezes her hand – leaving his loved ones
delighted that he’s finally come round
following his heart attack. And Alf’s not the
only one who’s pleased to see Marilyn, as
her hubby John is over the moon to finally
be reunited with his wife. But have Marilyn’s
travels given her a new outlook on life?
Also this week… Justin warns Tori
about getting close to Nate, and Phoebe
tries to convince Billie to report her rape.

M

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● Helen is thrilled to receive some
good news this week, and Anna
uses the opportunity to talk about
Ian and establish what went wrong.
Although she’s hoping to build a
case against Rob, Helen holds back.
Will Anna’s plan work? Meanwhile,
Jill is concerned by Pip and Toby’s
closeness after furious Rex decides
to expose his brother’s fecklessness.
That drives Jill to make her own
confession about Toby to Pip, as
she hopes to
persuade her
granddaughter
to see the light.
Also, Rob is
snubbed by the
cricket team
and shows his
true colours
once more…

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN?
YOUR ENTIRE SOAP WEEK AT A GLANCE O YOUR ENTIRE SOAP WEEK AT A GLANCE O YOUR ENTIRE SOAP WEEK AT A GLANCE

EASTENDERS

CORONATION STREET

EMMERDALE

MON

Phil and Grant are at each
other’s throats again…
…before Grant gets hot and
heavy with a Walford woman!
O Ben and Jay have a heart-to-heart
– and soon cook up a scheme.

O Johnny tells Jenny that he

O Ross confronts Rakesh after

has found them a love nest.
O Dastardly Nick has a plan
to get revenge on Robert…
…which culminates in
the chef getting arrested!

hearing how he’s treated Emma.
Lisa breaks down and tells
Chas that she still loves Zak.
O Charity tries to seduce Cain
– but he’s having none of it…

TUE

Grant has altercations
with Kathy, Jane and Ian.
Belinda opens up to Stacey
about her salon concerns…
O Ben promises to leave Paul’s
murder investigation to the cops.

SAT

6
AUG
SUN

7

AUG

8
AUG
9
AUG

loses his temper with Alex…
O There is Bistro bedlam as Robert
and Nick try to come to a decision.
Beth is hiding a dark secret
from Craig – but what is it?

10
AUG
11
AUG
FRI

12
AUG
SNEAK
PEEK
ATNEXT
WEEK
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for their hypothetical wedding.
There is big drama on
Zak and Joanie’s big day! HOUR
EEPISODE!
E!
O Andy grows suspicious of
Lachlan – will he learn the truth?

O Sally is horrified when Phelan

WED

THU

O David requests Tracy’s guest list

Scheming Chrissie turns her
attention towards Rakesh!

O Following recent events,
Lisa makes a bold decision.
O Rhona is surprised when she
receives a card from Paddy…

O Bailey urges Belle to book

Hopes are raised and then

a doctor’s appointment.
David visits Tracy’s
dad Frank in jail…
O Chrissie is the puppet master
– and poor Rakesh is the puppet!

dashed for Carmel and Mas.
O Claudette warns Babe to
keep away from Pam and Les…
O Things start off badly for Belinda’s
new salon – but will they improve?

O Wicked Babe tries desperately to

Shock passion erupts

worm her way back into the Vic.
O Patrick gets his wires crossed
when he attends dinner at Dot’s.
Will Kush find love at The
Albert’s ‘lock and key’ night?

between Maria and Aidan!
O Gary feels trapped as Izzy
leads him to her bedroom.
O Gemma joins a new community
scheme, and strives to help Rita.

over April on her birthday.
O Moira floors devastated Cain
when she demands a divorce!
Vanessa and Tracy go to
war in a massive food fight.

O Maria and Aidan struggle

O Which lady is petrified after

O Aunt Babe feels the chill
as her family freeze her out!
Carmel’s career prospects
begin to look much brighter…

O Who twigs that Kathy and
Buster are up to no good?

with their guilty consciences…

O Which Weatherfield lady thinks
that she’s in the family way?

O Zeedan and Alya organise
a special anniversary party!

O Devoted dad Marlon fusses

she is locked in a cupboard?

O Teens Lachlan and Liv bond
over their terrible fathers!

O Carly suggests that she stop
looking after April so often…

NEW
CHARACTER

CHARACTER
CHARRACTTER
RETURNS

CRIME AND
PUNISHMENT

HEARTBREAK

HOLLYOAKS

PASSION

CONFESSION

FIGHT!

NEIGHBOURS

PROPOSAL

WEDDING

DISASTER

MEDICAL
DRAMA

BIG
DRAMA

HOME AND AWAY
SAT

6
AUG
SUN

7
AUG

Joe is heartbroken to think

O Gary is caught out as he tries

An epic week kicks off
as all hell breaks loose…
…with Irene at the mercy of
dangerous and deranged Mick.
Marilyn returns from her
travels to support pal Alf.

Mercy is cheating on him…
O …as the oblivious McQueen lass
plans a few surprises for her beau!
O James and Joanne team up to
get revenge on womanising Liam.

to pull the wool over Paul’s eyes.
At his own divorce party,
Brad proposes to Lauren!
Paige and Tyler’s trysts are
exposed by vengeful Piper.

O The McQueens cause havoc while

O Lauren is feeling conflicted – does

out shopping for Myra’s baby…
O Warren helps Freddie find ways to
save the garage – what is he after?
Alfie and Jade debate
whether to have sex.

she want to get married again?
Jack is hurt after finding out
what Paige has been up to.
O Gary is completely under Paul’s
control – and there is no escape.

O Joanne will stop at nothing to

Ned is back – will he cause
trouble for Lauren and Brad?
O Paige and Tyler happily agree
to be friends with benefits…
O Kindly Amy assists Jack with
one of his young parishioners.

O There is terror for Billie when she

O Xanthe is scared and alone,

O Brody comes up against Phoebe

get Joe’s undivided attention.
Mac goes up against Sally
for ownership of a VW van.
O Jade gets Alfie tickets to a special
lecture – but Marnie interferes…

Amy returns to the village
– and soon ruffles feathers!
O Will Dirk be able to track down his
missing engine? Or is it lost forever?
The photo of Freddie and
Marnie kissing goes public!

as the street snake strikes.
Brad gets down on one knee
again – will Lauren say yes?
O Jack helps create a special
superhero day for a poorly girl.

O After he hears Leah scream out

It is feline vs reptile when
Piper’s cat fights the snake!
O Terese is tormented by wily
Paul as she tries to hire a chef.
Ben gets up close and
personal with Alison…

in terror, Ste comes barging in…
…and confronts a strange
man – but who could it be?
O There is a Nightingale nightmare
when events spiral out of control.

O The village teens receive
their A-Level exam results…

O A pig called Sonia causes
chaos for the Lovedays…

O Which female sees red after
spying a suggestive drawing?

O Steph is worried sick when
Charlie goes snake-hunting…

O Which fella wakes up with no
memory and a bloodied hand?

O Gary is surprised as he
develops feelings for Terese!

Chris and Olivia work
feverishly to rescue Irene…
O …while the Bay stalwart is
shocked by a big realisation.
Everyone is heartbroken by
Alf’s poor health condition.

9
AUG
WED

10
AUG
THU

when she takes advantage…

11
AUG

O …however, it’s because she is
trying to help out tormented Billie.
Devastated Alf struggles
to cope with his ailment.

O John and Marilyn find it difficult
to adjust to each other’s company.
Someone can’t stand the
heat, and they collapse…
O Josh has a dastardly plan to get
his brother out of prison for good.

to a horrible incident?

O Zac grows concerned for
Hunter’s state of mind!

O Marilyn and John are at
loggerheads over fostering…

8
AUG
TUE

finally learns who attacked her…
O Angelo’s is under new ownership
– the Morgans have bought it!
Ash and Kat kiss and make
up after their disagreement.

O Who suffers flashbacks

MON

FRI

12
AUG
SNEAK
PEEK
ATNEXT
WEEK

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THE BIG INTERVIEW

His character is being
duped, but Kelvin
Fletcher knows full
well it makes for
stunning drama…
EMMERDALE | ITV Thursday

Andy is
totally fooled

shedeserv
an Oscar!
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ves

G

etting with
the woman
who is both
your brother’s
former wife
Award-winning
and the
performance:
stepdaughter
Chrissie’s act is
tricking everyone of an ex you’re still a bit in love
with is a pretty bonkers idea –
even by soap standards. But while
we anticipated tears and heartbreak
as Chrissie and Andy’s relationship
played out, we didn’t expect Andy to
be facing an attempted murder charge
– and for Chrissie to have framed him
for it! And when we sit down with Kelvin
Fletcher on the Dales
set between scenes,
he informs us he’s
loving the drama…
“I have an amazing
summer coming
up!” he beams.
“Poor Andy – he
thinks that Chrissie
is his biggest supporter. She’s crying in
court, screaming out that he’s innocent,
the works! She’s giving an Oscar-winning
performance. Andy has no idea what she’s
really up to. He’s actually more worried it’s
going to kill Chrissie if he ends up in jail.
She really is that convincing! I’m already
feeling sorry for Andy – and I’m sure the
audience will, too. When he realises what
she’s done to him, he’ll be heartbroken!”
While Chrissie’s actions against Andy
are entertaining for viewers, Kelvin admits
he’s quite worried about the impact of a
life sentence on his own future at Emmerdale.
“I started thinking that if Andy is in
prison, I should book a long holiday!”

laughs Kelvin. “The trial is lengthy, and
attempted murder is a big charge to face.
It’s not like Andy’s just been caught nicking
a bag of sweets. When he was first accused,
he thought it was ludicrous, but the sheer
amount of evidence Chrissie has been able
to plant on Andy is incredible. The chance
of him being sent down is very high!”
However, there might be one hope for
Andy. While Chrissie is putting Meryl
Streep to shame with her acting, her son
Lachlan – who actually pulled the trigger
on his grandfather Lawrence – is coping
badly with the consequences of his actions.
So it’s not good news for Chrissie when he
decides to pay a visit to Andy in prison.
“Andy knows that
something is going
on with Lachlan, and
he keeps pressing
him about it,” says
Kelvin. “There is
something that
Lachlan isn’t letting
on, and it could
be the lifeline Andy desperately needs.”
After Andy makes the call to his lawyer
Rakesh to put pressure on Lachy, Chrissie
responds – by revealing to the brief that she
knows he started the deadly Mill fire. So
soon, Andy’s own lawyer is actually helping
the case Chrissie is building against him!
“Andy’s at panic stations – he is aware
that somebody is doing an amazing job
of framing him,” explains Kelvin. “He’s
adamant someone is out to get him, and
if they aren’t stopped, he’ll go to prison.
There’s a point where Andy accepts he’s
going down. He begs Rakesh to look after
Chrissie, and to tell her that he loves her!”

“ANDY THINKS
THAT CHRISSIE
IS HIS BIGGEST
SUPPORTER…”

CONTINUED OVER >>

Under Lach and key: Jailed
Andy is certain something is
going on with Chrissie’s son
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THE BIG INTERVIEW
>> FROMPREVIOUSPAGE

This plot sees Chrissie become a real
soap superbitch – with poor, innocent
Andy the one facing her wrath…
“People love to hate a character, don’t
they? Kim Tate is proof of that!” reckons
Kelvin. “If it means Andy gets hurt along
the way, so be it! It’s a huge testament
to Louise [Marwood, aka Chrissie] that
Emmerdale has asked her to take up this
mantle – I’m sure she’s going to deliver.”
But what about when Andy finds out
what Chrissie’s done to him – does Kelvin
think Andy will head to the dark side
too, and deliver a counter-attack?
“That’s not in Andy’s nature,” muses
the star. “Andy would just have no idea

why somebody would do that to him,
especially someone he loved and supposedly
loved him back. He won’t be able to
understand how anyone can be so cruel.”
The dramatic plot comes as Kelvin
celebrates 20 years on the show, which
he first starred in aged just 12.
“It doesn’t feel like 20 years,” he tells
us. “I’m so fortunate to have been able
to make a career out of something that
was my hobby. Not a day goes by when
someone doesn’t recognise me and give
a comment on the storylines, and that’s

great. I would do the same if I was a
keen viewer. Someone in the shop telling
you that you’re doing great is just as
important as winning awards.”
And as well as his two decades in the
Dales, Kelvin has another significant life
event to celebrate – his wife, Liz Marsland,
is about to give birth to their first child.
“The day I found out Liz was pregnant
and my wedding day were the best days
of my life,” he gushes. “There’s no better
feeling than the idea of being a family.”

KATE WHITE

PHOTO: INSTAGRAM/@KELVINFLETCHER

“I’M SO LUCKY
TO HAVE MADE
A CAREER OUT
OF MY HOBBY”

Family man: Kelvin can’t
wait to welcome his first
child with wife Liz

ANDY SUGDEN: AN INNOCENT MAN?
Chrissie has set him up for attempted
murder, but Andy’s no stranger to
criminal antics. In fact, the legacy
of his illegal behaviour makes for
shocking reading – and could cause
some people to wonder if karma
has finally caught up with him…

ARSON!

Teenage Andy decided
to help dad Jack out
of a financial bind by
torching his barn so
he could claim on his
insurance. The trouble
was, his mum Sarah
became trapped by
the blaze and burned to death. It
continues to haunt Andy to this day.
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HIT-AND-RUN!

Not long after, Andy
was in bother again
when he and a car full
of teenagers mowed
down and killed their
head teacher, Barbara
Strickland. Instead of coming clean right
away, the gang took weeks to confess.

SHOOTING!

After wife Katie left him for
his brother Robert, Andy
wanted revenge – and
planned to shoot his
sibling! But the gun went
off accidentally and he
shot dad Jack instead.

WIFE-BEATING!

Andy’s marriage
to Jo Stiles was
pretty disastrous,
especially as he couldn’t control his
jealousy around her. That led to a
horrendous campaign of domestic
violence that Jo was forced to escape.

MURDER!

After learning Robert was responsible
for his wife Katie’s death, Andy vowed
to kill him. He and
Ross cooked up a
plot to murder each
other’s brothers –
but no one ended
up dead this time!

CORONATION STREET | ITV Monday

“Nick is paranoid
that he’ll be made
a fool of again!”

The Bistro feud reaches boiling point,
and someone’s going to get hurt…

I

n the months since Carla’s departure,
the one thing that’s kept Nick warm
at night is his burning hatred for
Robert – the man who, as Nick sees it,
wrecked his marriage before it had begun.
Of course, it’s not really Robert’s fault.
He wasn’t the one who cheated on Nick and
then lied about it till the bitter end – that
was all Carla’s doing. But she is living a new
life in Devon while Robert is on the Street,
living Nick’s – because it wasn’t just Nick’s
woman Robert took, it was his restaurant,
too. And so it is that all of Nick’s vengeful
fury is now channelled into bringing
Robert’s business to its knees…
“Carla’s not there, so Nick has to direct
his hate somewhere!” laughs Ben Price,
who plays him. “Nick really wants to ruin

Robert, get him out of the way and take his
Bistro back. He’s confident he can do it.”
Whether Nick likes it or not, Robert is
the sole owner of the place these days, and
he’s not selling. So the gifted businessman
is plotting a different route to revenge –
by setting up a rival restaurant next door!
“Robert is a fine chef, but he can’t run
a business,” explains Ben. “Nick can’t cook
an egg, but he understands what it takes

“NICK REALLY
WANTS TO RUIN
ROBERT AND GET
HIS BISTRO BACK”

MAIN PHOTO: REX/SHUTTERSTOCK

Cops and Robert: The
Bistro boss is arrested
for drink-driving

Battle of the Bistro:
Leanne is fed up of
Robert and Nick’s feud
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to make a place successful. Robert is no
match for Nick. He’s nowhere near as
crafty. Nick’s plan is to either reclaim the
Bistro or ruin it. Robert had the chance to
hand the place back when the truth about
Carla came out, but he didn’t play fair.
That’s why Nick plans to drive him down.”
This week, the perfect opportunity
comes when Robert reaches breaking
point. Having turned to the bottle to
cope, the cook is a mess – and a row
with Zeedan sees the young sous
chef walk out. The next day, as
hungover Robert drives around
to buy stock, Nick seizes his
chance and tips off the police,
who arrest Robert on suspicion
of driving under the influence.
“It’s another little nail in
Robert’s coffin,” reckons Ben.
“It’s child’s play, really. Nick
hopes it will be the beginning
of Robert’s demise because he’ll
realise he can’t do it all. Robert is
trying to be the Bistro manager,
the head chef and drive the van.
There’s no way he can cope.”
It might seem like a triumph
for Nick, but it quickly sours. Any
joy he may have felt about the
small win disappears when Leanne
finds out what he’s been up to.
“Leanne is so sick of this!” shares
Ben. “She just wants the two of
them to sort it out and get on with
their lives – especially Nick. She
knows this isn’t good for him, and
he is her priority.
The revenge that
Nick is fixated on
now isn’t good for
him, and Leanne
tells him that. Nick
will always listen to
her because Leanne
is smart and good
at what she does. So
when she begs him to

Calling a truce: A
Bistro deal is brokered
- but is all as it seems?
stop all this with Robert, Nick knows
that Leanne is trying to save him.”
Fortunately for everyone, Leanne’s words
hit home, and Nick goes to say sorry to
Robert. And in a shock turn of events,
Robert accepts his apology – and offers him
a share of the business back. After some
wrangling, a 50/50 deal is struck,
but on the condition Leanne
returns as the manager.
“Nick accepts this
as he thinks that
he’ll be able
to squeeze

Robert out altogether eventually!” admits
Ben. “He’s paranoid about being made a
fool of again, and so he’s worried about
how close Leanne and Robert are getting.
But I don’t think, deep down, he believes
it’s anything other than friendship. It’s just
that Carla has made him over-anxious.”
However the trio make it work, it will
be fascinating. And as Leanne and Nick’s
bond tightens, Ben’s glad to be working with
Jane Danson – who plays Leanne – again.
“Jane and I work together brilliantly,”
he grins. “Our characters have history, and
they are both essentially good people. It will
be interesting to see where this ends up…”

KATE WHITE

Brothers INARMS

NICK IS GOING TO STAND BY
B DAVID…

The other big relationship in Nick’s life is
other David,
the one that he shares with bro
who’s going through hell right now.
It was Nick’s one-night stand
d with Kylie
that almost finished the Platt marriage,
m
and
other in an
drove David to try to kill his bro
accident that left Nick brain-da
amaged.
But much like Nick’s bond with
h Leanne,
all this history only serves to pull
p
the brothers together in crisis.
“David helped Nick when
Carla left, and Nick is helping
David now he’s lost Kylie,” say
ys
Ben. “I think Nick will be the
only person David can talk to.””
Of course, the brothers’
relationship has changed overr the
years, and that’s kept it fresh for
Ben and Jack P Shepherd (David).
“They aren’t so much older and
a
younger brother now – they’re just
brothers,” reckons Ben. “Nick damaged
David, and David damaged Nick, but
they’re even now – and both damaged
from what they’ve been throug
gh!”
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Elly is not
necessarily

who she
says she is!

NEIGHBOURS

| Channel 5 Monday

E

lly Conway may only have
been on Ramsay Street a
matter of weeks, but she’s
certainly made a fair few
enemies for herself in that
short time! She managed to get Piper
off side by flirting with Tyler, and
even her old pal Steph wants nothing
more to do with her after finding Elly
fawning all over her fella, Mark.
However, while the ladies of
Erinsborough aren’t Elly’s biggest
fans, Neighbours viewers seem to love
the new arrival. And this is great
news for Jodi Anasta, who plays her…
“I have the best character!” grins
the star, who was already well-known
to Aussie soap fans for playing Martha
MacKenzie in Home and Away. “Elly is
a lot of fun and a lot of
trouble, but she keeps
my days interesting!
I feel like I’ve really
settled in now, and
this past week has been
my most exciting one
on Neighbours so far.
I can’t believe some of
the things I have to do.”
While Elly hasn’t
really cemented herself
as a girls’ girl so far, she’s
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One Ell of an introduction:
The newcomer has had
a busy first few weeks

As her alter ego causes havoc
all over Erinsborough, actress
Jodi Anasta tells us that there
is a softer side to brash Elly…

PHOTO:
INSTAGRA
M/@JOD
IGORDO
N

Mother-daughter time:
Jodi misses her toddler
when away filming

definitely caught the
attention of the local
fellas! The Brennan
brothers in particular
have been enjoying her
flirtatious ways – but Jodi
insists that her playful
alter ego means no harm.
“Elly is a good-time girl,
she just wants to have fun,”
reckons the actress. “She
flirts with so many people,
although she’s really not
trying to pick them up! She
has a scene with Susan where
she says, ‘I flirt for fun – it’s
just entertainment’.
That’s just her, she’s
always looking for
the next exciting
thing to do.”
She may be the
life and soul of the
party, but last week
we saw a more
vulnerable side to Elly after she discovered
she was pregnant – then sadly lost her
baby. This tragic turn of events leaves
Elly devastated, and in the coming weeks,
we’re set to learn more about who she is.
“When Elly first came to Ramsay
Street, she gave everyone this spiel
about her life,” explains Jodi. “But as
different incidents occur, things that
have happened in her past begin to be
revealed, and it gives you a bit of an
insight into who Elly really is. And she’s
not necessarily who she says she is…”
The only person who’s so far managed
to break through Elly’s walls and get
to the heart of what’s really going
on is her beloved aunt, Susan. And
Jodi informs us she’s having a ball

working with Jackie Woodburne,
who plays her on-screen relative.
“The relationship Elly has with Susan
is such a beautiful one,” she enthuses.
“It’s kind of a mother-daughter
relationship, and Jackie and I have had
some really great scenes together. I just
adore working with her – and Alan
[Fletcher, who plays Karl], too! Their
energy on set is so much fun.
“Jackie and I have had quite a lot of
emotional scenes, and I love that Susan
can always get that side of Elly out. It’s
nice for the viewers to see, because Elly
puts on a front most of the time.”
It’s clear that Jodi is loving being
part of the
Neighbours team,
even though it
means splitting
her time between
Melbourne –
where the show is
filmed – and her
home in Sydney.
It’s also her first full-time role since
becoming a mum to her two-year-old
daughter, Aleeia, but she tells us she’s
keen to set an example for her little girl.
“I really miss Aleeia when I’m here
in Melbourne,” she admits. “But it’s so
wonderful to be working and have a
job like this. I know I’m teaching Aleeia
a lot about work ethic, and working
hard to create the life that you want.
“Luckily, I have support from my
friends and family, and of course Braith
[Aleeia’s dad, who Jodi is separated from].
As long as nothing gets in the way of
me having time with my daughter, then
it all works itself out. And I can’t wait
for Aleeia to see me on Neighbours!”

“I CAN’T WAIT FOR
MY DAUGHTER
TO SEE ME ON
NEIGHBOURS!”

SARAH ELLIS

Strewth!
JODI IS NO stranger to
soap drama, having
played Home and Away’s
Martha MacKenzie
from 2005 to 2010.
As Alf Stewart’s
granddaughter – who
had been given up for
adoption as a baby – it
was clear that Martha
wasn’t in for an easy life!
Her on-off relationship
with local copper Jack
Holden was a firm favourite with
viewers, and the pair married twice,
before Jack was tragically shot dead.
During her time in Summer Bay,
Martha was pregnant twice, had

her wedding reception blown up by
a stalker, battled breast cancer, and
became a stripper – then went on
the run after becoming involved in
a people-smuggling racket. Phew!

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HOLLYOAKS | Channel 4 Thursday

“There are going to
be fireworks betwee
Joanne and Mercede

As her character plots to get her claws
into Joe, actress Rachel Leskovac can’t
wait for the battle to commence…

J

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oanne Cardsley might not have many
friends in Hollyoaks after destroying
Louis and Simone’s marriage, then
bedding their teenage son Zack – but
Inside Soap can’t get enough of her antics.
We love that she goes all-out to get what
she wants, without a second thought for
anyone she has to walk over in the process!
This week, Joanne plots to split up another
couple after setting her sights on mechanic
Joe – and vows to do everything in her
power to get him away from Mercedes.
But as we sit down for a chat with actress
Rachel Leskovac, who plays the home
wrecker, she insists her alter ego isn’t the
wicked woman everyone believes her to be…
“I don’t see Joanne as a malicious person
– her intentions always come from a good
place,” explains the star. “She’s very driven,
and she just doesn’t understand why Joe
would want to be with Mercedes when he
could be with her instead! She’s got a lot
more to offer him – she’s very stable, loving

A love a day…: Joanne’s
had Louis, Liam - and
now she wants Joe!
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and kind, and she’s willing to take on his
kids and be the girlfriend he deserves.”
It doesn’t take Joanne long to jump to
the conclusion that Joe’s the man of her
dreams! Just last week she was lusting
after Liam, and when he dumped her
following their romp, she was bereft.
So much so, she decides to take revenge.
“She’s angry at Liam for hurting her, but
probably more angry with herself,” reckons
Rachel. “She was grieving for her mother,
and in a very vulnerable position. She
jumped in with Liam far too quickly and
scared him off – now she feels very foolish,
and he just can’t get away with that!”
With the help of her new best pal James,
Joanne serves up her own brand of revenge
for Liam – and while we can’t reveal exactly
what she does, we can say it’s hilarious!
But Joanne doesn’t dwell on it for long…
“It’s one of those classic romantic
moments,” reveals Rachel. “Joanne
accidentally drops her scarf on the floor,

Have no Mercy: Ms
McQueen won’t give
up Joe without a fight!

and gallant Joe
happens to be walking past
and picks it up. She locks eyes with
him and thinks, ‘He’s just gorgeous’!”
Little does she realise that Joe is already
spoken for – and his girlfriend Mercy is
not someone you want to mess with. But
Rachel reckons that Joanne is more than up
for the challenge of taking on a McQueen.
“I don’t think Joe having a girlfriend will
stop Joanne from pursuing him!” chuckles
the actress. “She’s certainly picked a
force to be reckoned with in Mercedes,
but Joanne herself is not exactly shy and
retiring. There are going to be fireworks!”
When James bets Joanne that he can split
up John Paul and Scott quicker than she
can destroy Joe’s romance with Mercedes,
she’s happy to agree to the wager! Inside
Soap is delighted at the prospect of the two
dastardly lawyers teaming up to wreak
havoc – and we’re not the only ones.
“I think it’s brilliant,” grins Rachel, who
played Corrie’s Natasha Blakeman from
2008 to 2010. “Greg [Finnegan, who plays
James] and I worked together years ago,
so I was thrilled that we’d be teaming up.
He’s a phenomenal actor, and I feel like
I’m raising my game when I’m with him.
“Aside from the naughtiness, you’ll be
seeing a softer side to both characters. It’s
nicer than dismissing Joanne as a bunny
boiler – she’s a hopeless romantic, really!”

SARAH ELLIS

FAMOUS
The star lifts
the lid on her
Hollyoaks
buddies…

“Karl Collins [Louis] was
the first cast member
I met – we did a screen
test together when I was
auditioning for the role.
Then when I got the part,
he showed me the ropes
because the Hollyoaks set
is like a maze. I still get lost!”
“I share a dressing room
with Kassius [Nelson, who
plays Jade] and Kiza
[Deen, aka Sonia] and
we have a good giggle.
You know when women
get together and you have
that raucous cackling?
That’s what the three of us
are like – it just gets louder!”
“Jen Metcalfe, who
plays Mercedes, makes
me belly laugh! She
often comes out with
the funniest things. And
I don’t think she realises
just how hilarious she
is, which makes her
even more gorgeous.”
“I think Nicole Barber-Lane
is great, and I’d love
for my character to do
some scenes with Myra
– she’s pretty feisty! You
never know, if Joanne
makes a play for Joe and
gets on the wrong side of
Mercedes, it’s something
that could happen…”

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en
es!”

Rachel’s

“Tupele Dorgu [formerly
Corrie’s Kelly Crabtree]
has been coming in
and out of Hollyoaks as
Jade’s doctor. We were
on Corrie together, so it’s
always good to catch up
with her. She’s a nice girl.”
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We meet the stars of Corrie – who
tell us why they deserve to win at
the Inside Soap Awards this year…

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AIDAN CONNOR

“A love triangle with
Eva and Maria?
I’m not complaining!”
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harm and good
looks are a handy
combination when
you run a factory
full of women – so being the
boss of Underworld is all in a
day’s work for Aidan Connor.
His luck was in when blonde
bombshell Eva fell for him –
but now Aidan has everything
to lose, thanks to his foolish
fling with Maria! Fortunately,
the Connors are no strangers
to a good old-fashioned
showdown – something that
Best Newcomer and Sexiest
Male nominee Shayne Ward
is intensely grateful for…
So there’s double trouble
for Aidan, but it’s a double
nomination for you, Shayne!
Are you feeling chuffed?
Well, I’m in the middle
of eating a sandwich, and
probably shouldn’t be having
bread since I’m nominated
for Sexiest Male! I always get
a bit embarrassed about stuff
like this – but I’m flattered,
and of course my mum will
be very pleased. “That’s my
boy”, she’ll say! I’m really
humbled about being up for
Best Newcomer – and it’s
going to be a public vote,
too, which is amazing.

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When you joined Corrie,
did you worry that your
background as a singer
might mean some viewers
wouldn’t take you seriously?
I think you’re always going
to be pigeonholed, but Kym
Marsh [Michelle] is the perfect
example of how it can work
out. She came from Hear’Say
and has done incredibly on
Corrie. Nominations like these
do help with your confidence,
because it means people like
what I’m doing. But I’ve got
so much more to learn, and
I’m doing that every day.
Are you missing working
with Alison King, who
played Carla Connor?
It was so great working with
Ali – she’s such a talented
actress. I really looked up
to her, and she had a way
of helping me that wasn’t
patronising. I just felt very
comfortable around her. She’s
greatly missed by everyone
at Coronation Street.
Is there anyone among
the cast who you’d like to
work with that you haven’t
been involved with much?
I’d quite like Aidan to have a
few more mates – it’d be nice

to get a bit of bromance
going. And everyone wants
more scenes with Phelan, so
it would be great if Aidan
could take him on. I reckon
he’s got something that could
tip Phelan over the edge, and
I do think they’re a match,
without a shadow of a doubt!
With a love triangle on the
cards for Aidan, are you
braced for a catfight?
I’d love that! Aidan would
definitely be the loser in that
scenario – but with Eva and
Maria in the mix, I’m certainly
not complaining! I’m having
such a great laugh, and we
can’t wait to find out how the
viewers will react. Aidan’s
really into Eva, even though
he won’t admit it – but he
realises there are certain
qualities about Maria he likes,
too. He just can’t go there!
Are we going to see a
different side to Aidan in
the aftermath of his onenight stand with Maria?
I think you will. He is his
father’s son, but he’s got to
start following his own path
– come out of his shell and
stop trying to be the big man
all the time. That’s the advice

I’d give him. Put your hand up
to your mistakes and say sorry!
What kind of prize would
you give to a cast mate?
I’d give a Ray of Sunshine
Award to Cath [Tyldesley, who
plays Eva] and Dan Brocklebank
[aka Billy]. When you’re in a
scene with them, you know
you’ll be laughing – Cath and
Dan keep everyone buzzing.
You grew up watching Corrie
– so what do you reckon the
secret of its success is?
People love it because they
can relate to the storylines –
the show always delivers reallife drama. It’s about everyday
life and emotions. Everyone
at Corrie always works hard
– it’s not an easy job to do,
but it’s so worth it. I’m very
excited to be part of it, and it’s
such a wicked job to have!

Sneak preview!
“Aidan should stay indoors for the
next few months!” muses Shayne.
“He’s trying to cover his tracks
after sleeping with Maria, but it’s
going to get heated. Eva knows
something is up - and when she
blows, she can be a bunny boiler!”

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KATE CONNOR

F

eisty Kate may have
arrived on the cobbles
wearing an engagement
ring, but it didn’t stop
Sophie from making a play
for Carla’s gorgeous sister!
And actress Faye has bagged
herself a nomination in the
Sexiest Female category…

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Congratulations on your
nomination, Faye! How
does it feel being one of
Corrie’s Sexiest Females?
It’s really overwhelming,
because the other nominees
are absolutely stunning! I’m
all about women empowering
women, and this is liberating.
I’m really excited and I’m
going to go with it.
Have you embraced being
one of the Connors?
Absolutely! Shayne [Ward,
aka Aidan] and Richard
[Hawley, who plays Johnny]
are just like a brother and
dad to me. Shayne is always
irritating me as a brother
would, and Richard greets
me with a hug and says,
“Fill me in on your weekend,
poppet”! I miss Ali King [Carla],
too. Kym Marsh [Michelle] and
I share a dressing room, and
we haven’t stopped talking
about her since she left.

Are you pleased Kate
has found such a good
friend in Sophie?
I’ve really enjoyed playing
that because Sophie is such
an iconic character, and it’s
really nice to have someone
as experienced as Brooke
[Vincent] by my side. Viewers
of the older generation
always tell me to make sure
I take care of Sophie, but I’m
not sure whether I want them
to get together. I like that it
could go either way at the
moment – that’s half the fun!
Is Kate going to see less
of Caz now that she’s
given her the elbow?
No, I’m still filming with Rhea
Bailey [Caz]. As far as Kate’s
concerned, Caz is someone
else’s problem now – but
Weatherfield is a small place,
so they’re bound to bump into
each other. Their relationship
has completely changed, and
I’m having much more fun
now they’re not a couple.
What other storylines
have stuck out for you?
Kylie’s death was fantastic.
I think Jack [P Shepherd,
aka David] was brilliant and
really proved his skill as an
actor. I watched that episode
at the gym, and had to stop
because I was worried
someone would see me with
tears streaming down my face
– I was absolutely bawling!
What are you hoping
Kate will do next?
I would really love for her
to establish her purpose
in Weatherfield and start
a career – the world is her
oyster! She’s found a home
and is surrounded by her
friends and family, so
I think the last piece of the
puzzle is a job. Kate can’t be
packing with Kirk forever!

Sneak preview!

“I was crying at the gym
watching Kylie’s death!”
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“Kate’s kind of going to get up to
her old tricks again and stir the
pot,” grins Faye. “I’m filming a lot
of stuff at the factory, and Kate
is also spending time in the gym
and having fun with some of the
other female characters. Expect
sarcasm and unpredictability!”

Liam
ALEX WARNER

A

lex has certainly
livened up Roy’s Rolls
since moving in,
giving his Auntie Cathy – and
poor Roy – the runaround
with his cheeky antics. But
he’s also proved a breath of
fresh air for the couple, and
with his mum Nessa currently
living it up in Bali, he looks
set to be keeping them busy
for the foreseeable. Actor
Liam – a self-confessed Corrie
super-fan – couldn’t be
happier to call Weatherfield
his television home…

You must have a lot of funny
moments behind the scenes.
The funniest thing is that I can
never open the door in Roy’s
Rolls to get out! And after
Alex had his party in the café,
when Roy walked in, David
slipped on a pizza on the floor.
They ended up keeping that
bit in the final cut, but I was
laughing my head off in the
background – I couldn’t help it!
You’re nominated for Best
Newcomer alongside Shayne
Ward (Aidan) – is there any
rivalry between you guys?
We do have a bit of friendly
rivalry. We’ve got an armwrestling competition going
– but I’ve beaten him three
times so far, so I’m reigning
champion! We’ve also been
making Dubsmash videos.
We’ve just done one using
Can’t Feel My Face by The
Weeknd, and Sue Nicholls
[Audrey] is in it! They’re all on
Shayne’s Twitter. I’m looking
forward to doing some more.

What’s the best thing
about being in Corrie?
The best thing for me is
everyone here – they’re all
brilliant. I’ve watched the
show since I was a little boy,
and if I was on Mastermind,
Coronation Street could be
my specialist subject!

Is there anyone you’d like
to be in more scenes with?
I’d like to work with Tina
O’Brien, who plays Sarah,
more. I’ve known Tina since
I was little. I think her scenes
are brilliant – I always watch
her acting on screen, and I’ve
learned a lot from her. I’d also
like to have more scenes in
Audrey’s salon, but Alex is too
cool to have his hair cut there!

“If I went on
Mastermind,
Corrie could be
my specialist
subject!”

Who’s given you the best
advice since you started?
Ryan Thomas [Jason Grimshaw]
gave me good advice. He said
that if you mess it up, just
think of someone pretty in
your head, and then it’ll go
well. And it works! But my
biggest inspiration is Charli,
my tutor from [professional
theatre company for learning
disabled actors] Mind The Gap.
She’s helped me a lot.

Sneak preview!
“I think Alex is going to carry on
being quite naughty, but he and
Phelan will be making some plans
together,” Liam tells us. “It’s
going to bring out more of Alex’s
vulnerable side. We’ve only seen
his cheeky side so far, so I’m
really looking forward to that…”
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What’s it like working so
closely with Melanie Hill,
who plays Cathy, and
David Neilson, aka Roy?
I’m in safe hands with Melanie
and David, and Melanie
reminds me of my own mum.
My mum comes on to the
Corrie set all the time – she
was star-struck about meeting
Jimmi Harkishin, who plays
Dev, because she’s got a bit
of a crush on him! But he
was really nice to her.



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