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MITCHELL

&SON!

AT LAST...
GRANT MEETS MARK!

WHIT’S
AGONY!
GOODBYE, LEE!

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3- 9 SEP 2016

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Inside this week’s lnsideSoap

ISSUE 35 3 -9SEP2016


CORONATIONSTREET
8

Steve gets his
cobbles marching orders.
Nick off, McDonald!
14
David’s
bloody-minded feud leaves
him with a bloody face
15 Roy’s Morris Minor ordeal
26 David’s snippy shenanigans
28 Sally Tinkers in her
neighbours’ affairs
32 Caz is fully employed
eyeing up Maria
40 Billy: riding solo or
riding on his Todd?

EASTENDERS
4

Grant is on
Ben and Jay’s trail – with
a secret son for a sidekick
16
Les and Pam’s
grief as Paul is laid to rest
20
Lee is leaving
– as Peter Beale returns
to lay down the Law!
25 Colin Russell heads
back to the year Dot
29 Claudette scores a Patrick
50 Shona McGarty
is At Your Mercy!

EMMERDALE
10
18

Kerry is cross
– so she sleeps with Ross
Belle swaps
the Dales for the street

40

12
22 Paddy is looking for
a new pad overseas
23 Tracy is feeling blue
– and looking red
31 Priya’s marriage going
to Rakesh and ruin?
36
James messes
about with mucky Moira!

HOLLYOAKS

12 Patrick: a killer twist and
a baby or two on board?
38 Warren and Sienna: a
disaster in the making!

HOMEANDAWAY

30 Alf: is his son a prodigal

in Madison’s square now

DRAMAS

30 Doctors Emma’s

28

wagers of sin is debt

31 Casualty Alicia’s mum:
a dodgy diagnosis?
32 Holby City Sacha
turns 50 – but Essie
over his colleague?
42 Holby City Mr T pities
the foolish pregnant Mo

WELCOME!

TELEVISION

55 Your complete guide
to the week’s telly

or a Duncan treasure?

NEIGHBOURS

28 Mark’s biting predicament
is a real snake-up call

25

42

31 Xanthe reckons Ben is

FEATURES

44 Soap stars sometimes
aren’t the only famous
faces in their own clans.
Inside Soap investigates…
52 We catch up with former
Emmerdale, Neighbours
and Hollyoaks actress
Sheree Murphy

REGULARS

34 What Happens When?
48 The Inside Gossip
54 Style watch Corrie’s
Cath Tyldesley (Eva)

90 7 Days
92 Puzzles
94 Soapbox
96 Stars
98 Inside…Out!

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a crazy caption!

@InsideSoapMag

Soap bunk-ups
are funny things,
aren’t they? Some
of them you can
see coming a mile
off – or in the case
of one this week,
20 or so years off! Meanwhile,
others arrive out of nowhere
and take you completely by
surprise. One thing’s for sure,
though: whether they’ve been
hotly anticipated or show up
out of the blue, a fling will always
have big consequences – that’s
how soaps work their magic!
Take this week’s Emmerdale.
First up, we’ve got the longawaited giving-in-to-passion
of former lovers Moira and
James, who last locked lips
the night their son Adam was
conceived. Now we’re just
waiting for bonkers Emma to
find out – Moira should be very
scared! Meanwhile, our outof-nowhere bonk comes when
Ross takes scorned Kerry for a
ride… in more ways than one!
While Dan certainly wouldn’t
be likely to take on bad lad
Ross, we do wonder where
this fling is leading – and I can’t
wait to find out… Enjoy!
Steven Murphy, Edit
editor@insidesoap.co

www.insidesoap.co.uk

InsideScoop

FIRST WITH THE WEEK’S HOTTEST HEADLINES!
EEASTENDERS
ASTENDERS | BBC1 M
Monday
d
he Mitchell boys
are back in action
this week – but
it’s Grant and his
secret son, Mark
Fowler Jnr, who emerge as
the new double act when
they team up and embark upon
a dangerous rescue mission!
It all kicks off in Albert
Square after Ben and Jay
are abducted by the gang
responsible for Paul Coker’s
brutal murder. As the boys
are bundled into a van, it’s
a race against time to bring
them home alive. But is this
one war that the Mitchell family
have no hope of winning?
“Paul’s killers are clearly
very dangerous people,” warns
our EastEnders insider. “They
already have blood on their
hands, so there isn’t anything
to stop them from doing
away with Ben and Jay, too.”
Phil and Grant are no
strangers to perilous situations,
but the stakes are always
higher when it’s their own
loved ones on the line.

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It’s panic stations for
the Mitchells following
Ben and Jay’s kidnap

GRA
TO T
RESC

He joins forces with
collapses and Ben i

NT
HE
CUE!

Mark after Phil
s kidnapped…

Ronnie’s beau Jack agrees
to help her cousins with an
address for Paul’s killers

GRANT
AND
MARK’S BIG
SECRET IS JUST
WAITING TO
EXPLODE!



With that, protective dad
Phil doesn’t think twice about
setting off in pursuit of Ben,
and tools himself up with a
baseball bat. But given that
Phil is currently on the waiting
list for a liver transplant, his
wise niece Courtney figures
that he’ll need some backup
– and makes a desperate
phone call to her dad Grant.
“It’s the moment EastEnders
fans have been waiting for,
as Grant joins Phil to kick
some butt,” enthuses our
snoop. “They’re not the spring
chickens they used to be,
though, so we can certainly
forgive them both for being
a bit on the rusty side!”
Unfortunately, that’s the
understatement of the year
where poorly Phil is concerned.
Just as the brothers have

persuaded ex-copper Jack to
source an address for Paul’s
killers, Grant’s older sibling
doubles over in pain and
collapses in the backyard!
He is clearly in no fit
state to go chasing after the
bad guys, leaving Grant as
Ben and Jay’s only hope of
survival. But given the terrible
animosity between Grant and
Phil at present, what’s to stop
the bitter brute from turning
his back on his brother?
“Grant has never walked
away from a fight in his life!”
our snitch reminds us. “And
ultimately, the Mitchells are
still all about ‘faaammmily’.
The boys will always have
each other’s backs, no
matter what has gone on
between them in the past.”
While hulking Grant is
more than capable of looking
after himself, he could still
do with a capable wingman.
But in a shock twist, it’s
Mark Jnr who jumps in the
car beside him – ready for a
rumble! Will this be the hotly
anticipated moment where
the two men finally realise
that they are father and son?

CONTINUEDOVER >>
lnsideSoap 5

InsideScoop
>> FROMPREVIOUSPAGE

“Grant has no reason to
suspect a thing, as he doesn’t
know this child of his even
exists,” says our snoop. “But
with the pair in such close
proximity, it’s a big secret
that’s just waiting to explode!”
As the pair head off together,
Ian and Sharon – who do know
the truth about Mark’s paternity
– desperately try to keep the
information under wraps.
But with a potentially deadly
situation awaiting them, will
Grant and Mark live to find
out? And what does fate have
in store for Phil, Ben and Jay?
One thing is for certain –
this is one action-packed week
for the Mitchells that you’re
not going to want to miss…

LAURA-JAYNE TYLER

GRANT:
THE
NEXT
CHAPTER!
Could he be persuaded to stick around in Walford?
We know that actor Ross
Kemp, who plays Grant,
isn’t returning to EastEnders
full time, having only agreed
to do a short stint. Boo!
But if the star ever decides
to quit racing off around
the world to hunt down
the globe’s most notorious
gangs here are just a few
gangs,
reasons why Grant might
nt to remain in
the Square…

fried an egg on them! Their
fling was over before it had
even begun, but we don’t
think that they’d have any
trouble whatsoever picking
up where they left off!

THE MITCHELL
EMPIRE!
FAMILLY!
Having rreconnected with
daughte
er Courtney, and now
within sn
niffing distance of his
secret son Mark, Grant has a
great ex
xcuse to set up home
in Walfo
ord. Ronnie’s pad at
No 27 w
will likely be vacant
after she
e and Roxy leave,
so Grant and his kids seem
like the perfect candidates
t take o
to
over the lease.

BELIN
NDA!
The sizzzling passion between
Grant and Belinda was so
hot th
hat you could have

With Phil in no fit state
to run a tap, let alone his
businesses, the family
empire is in desperate
need of a strong captain to
steady the ship. Perhaps
Grant can be persuaded to
dig out his old overalls and

knuckle down at the Arches?
That’s assuming he isn’t
compelled to throw anyone
down that pit again…

THE QUEEN VIC!
The Carters have earned
their place at the helm of
Walford’s famous boozer, no
question. But for old times’
sake, wouldn’t it be a treat to
see Grant and Sharon back
behind the bar together for
one last shift? “Bet you never
thought you’d see us again,”
they’d say. Shame Peggy isn’t
with us to react accordingly!

InsideScoop

CCORONATIO
ONSTREET

WEATHERFIELD!
Nick orders Steve to leave - or
he’ll tell Michelle everything…
here’s a showdown
between Steve and
Nick this week, in
the wake of Leanne
confessing to Nick that Steve
is the father of her unborn baby.
When Nick goes AWOL after
Leanne’s emotional admission,
she’s terrified about what he’ll
do next. And her fears seem
well-founded, as Nick drags
Steve out of the Rovers and
lays down the law: either Steve
leaves the Street for good, or
Michelle finds out that Leanne
is expecting his child!
“This is not an empty threat,”
insists Ben Price, who plays
Nick. “He wants to find out
what Steve’s intentions are, and
when Nick discovers that Steve
has no interest in Leanne or the
baby, he has to make sure that
Steve will have no interest in
them for the rest of his life. He
wants Steve to go away and
be scared about ever bringing
up the child. Nick thinks that’s
the solution to the problem.”
Steve is understandably
horrified when Nick drives him
to a random area of wasteland
to demand some answers – and
Leanne is equally concerned
when she arrives at the pub and

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NICK
WANTS TO
SCARE STEVE HE’S HAPPY TO
TELL MICHELLE
THE TRUTH…
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is told by oblivious Michelle that
the two blokes have gone off
together. But as Nick stands
over Steve to type out a text to
Michelle telling her everything,
and threatens to press ‘send’
unless Steve agrees to go, the
pressure is on for the landlord.
“Nick’s plan is to scare Steve,
and he’s quite happy to tell
Michelle the truth!” claims Ben.
“This is the difference in Nick
now – he’s
with his brain injury and all the

Steve and Nick adversaries after so
long on the cobbles

trouble with his brother, David.
He’s changed so much that
he hasn’t got much to lose.
“Robert has part of Nick’s
business, and Carla has wrecked
his life – so Nick is thinking,
‘Well Steve, if you push me to
the edge, then you’ll get it!’”
Seemingly not convinced
that Nick will do as he says,
Steve refuses to do as he is
ordered, pointing out that his
whole life is in Weatherfield,
and he can’t possibly leave it
behind. So when Nick proceeds
to send his truth-telling text
to Michelle, Steve is stunned.

“Nick is going
to struggle!”

Nick told Leanne he’ll take care
of her baby as if it’s his own.
However, even if the news is out
about Steve, can Nick really
raise a child who isn’t his?
“Nick loves Leanne and he
will love the child, but whether
he can cope with bringing it up
is a big question that he’s going
to struggle with,” admits Ben.
“He knows he wants to be with
Leanne and wants to look after
her, but I don’t think he has the
whole situation sorted in his
mind. That said, Nick does have
a relationship with Simon, who
is Peter Barlow’s son – and Nick
hates Peter! So he has it in him,
but it may be a sticking point…”

“Nick was fine when he
thought Leanne’s babydaddy
was just some random person
whom he’ll never know,” sighs
Ben. “He just can’t believe that
it’s Steve, because it makes the
whole situation so complicated.
Nick has known Steve for most
of his life, and he lives across
the road – so this revelation
really has changed everything.
“Steve keeps insisting he
doesn’t want to be involved
with the baby – but who knows
where they’ll be in a few years?
Nick has to make sure Steve
won’t change his mind!”

Back in the Rovers, it’s
Leanne who first notices
that Michelle has received a
text from Nick, after Steve’s
missus leaves her phone
unattended. Leanne quicky
shoves the phone into her
pocket – although she’s
forced to hand it back to
Michelle when it starts
ringing. Helpless Leanne
can do nothing but stand
there as Michelle begins
to read the incriminating
message – so is all hell
about to break loose?

ALLISON JONES

Leanne’s game of
Candy Crush comes
to an abrupt end

lnsideSoap 9

InsideScoop

EMMERDALE | ITV Tuesday

KERRY
SLEEPS
WITH
ROSS!

After Dan and Nicola’s
secret snog is exposed,
she has her revenge…

10 lnsideSoap

erry gets her own
back on cheating
partner Dan this
week – by bedding
village bad boy Ross!
After Dan and Nicola’s snog
is revealed by Jimmy’s son
Elliot, they’re soon facing the
fury of their respective other
halves. But when Kerry goes on
to fall into Ross’ questionable
clutches, has Dan paid a terrible
price for his indiscretion?
“All Dan wants is Kerry –
so if he found out she’d been
with Ross, he’d be mortified,”
admits Liam Fox, who plays
Dan. “He’s gutted that she
knows about Nicola, and he
feels so stupid. He was hoping
against hope that it’d all blow
over, but instead it turns into
a big problem for all of them.”
After Elliot spots Dan and
Nicola together, the pair try to
throw him off the scent, with
Nicola lying that she and Dan
were practising mouth-to-mouth
resuscitation for his paramedic
course! Sadly for the lovecheats, there are no flies on this
young lad – and when he goes
on to blow their saucy secret
in the café, it’s not pretty…
“Dan is a desperate man at
this point – he even tells Kerry
that Nicola made a pass at
him!” shares Liam. “He’s trying
to take the pressure off, so then
he starts blaming Kerry by
insisting she’s not shown much
interest in him lately. But deep

K

down, he blames himself more
than anything, and knows there’s
no excuse for what he’s done.”
On hearing her man’s lame
justifications, Kerry is straight
round to Nicola’s to slap
her! However, even fuming
Kerry realises that Nicola’s
disability doesn’t make it a
fair fight, so she stops short
of following the slap with a
punch. Instead, she turns
her attention to Jimmy –
planting a kiss on him!
“Kerry is Kerry, so
you’d expect nothing
less,” sighs Liam. “Dan’s
already embarrassed, so
when Kerry tries kissing
Jimmy, he sees it as
a wind-up rather than
revenge. To a certain extent
he’s like, ‘For God’s sake, just
get it out of your system’!”
Unfortunately, Kerry doesn’t
stop with Jimmy. After he deftly
dodges her advances, she
storms off and demands that
taxi driver Ross take her into
town – and ends up kissing
him, too! This time, though –
thanks to Ross’ bet with Pete

TO AN
EXTENT,
DAN WANTS
KERRY TO JUST
GET IT OUT OF
HER SYSTEM



Two sneaky snoggers and
two very angry partners
make for café conflict
over which Barton will cop
off with a cab customer first –
one thing leads to another…
The morning after, Kerry
is so mortified by what she’s
done that she asks Dan for
another chance. But surely
it won’t be long before her
sordid secret slips out?
“Dan is really pleased when
Kerry says she wants to make
another go of things,” insists
Liam. “But knowing she’s been
with Ross would be the ultimate
betrayal. What Kerry’s done is
altogether different from Dan’s
little snog with Nicola – she’s
slept with Ross. Which means
there’ll be a rocky road ahead!”

ALLISON JONES
Kerry thinks Nicola
is a right old slapper

Back to bad?

WITHOUT DAN, WOULD KERRY
RETURNTOHERWICKEDWAYS?
Now Kerry has become a Dales
favourite, it’s easy to forget that
she was once a distinctly bad
girl. So if her and Dan are over,
will she go off the rails again?
A terrible mum to daughter
Amy, Kerry had a disastrous
fling with Andy which came to
an end after she accidentally set
fire to his house while babysitting
his kids! Upon discovering Amy
and Andy had got together, she
faked a pregnancy – and later
joined Brenda on a shoplifting
spree. Even after she fell for Dan,
Kerry couldn’t help pretending
she was dying to secure a free
wedding, and was revealed as
a bigamist on the big day!
While Kerry is still fond of a
drink, being with Dan seems to
have tamed her. But is she now
set to revisit the bad old days?
lnsideSoap 11

InsideScoop

HOLLYOAKS | Channel 4 Monday

Who will go down
for Patrick’s murder?

HOLLYOAKS’ WE
he stunning
truth about
Patrick’s murder
looks set to be
revealed this week, as the
police close in on his killer!
Having finally discovered
Patrick’s rotting corpse in
the middle of the woods, the
team at Dee Valley police
station – headed up by DS
Armstrong – are determined
to nail the person or persons
who murdered him. Each
Hollyoaks episode this
week focuses on a different
suspect in the case, as the
cops interrogate Patrick’s
nearest and dearest – but
will the right person be in the
frame as the investigation
draws to a dramatic close?

T

12 lnsideSoap

Maxine doesn’t react
well to Armstrong’s
strong-arm questioning

MAXINE

Patrick’s long-suffering wife
has been wracked with guilt
since the night of his murder,
when she returned home to
find him dead. She’s terrified
that she’ll be locked up for
disposing of his body – but
she soon has something else
to worry about as well…

“Maxine faints during police
questioning, leading Tegan to
wonder whether she could be
pregnant!” gasps our Chester
insider. “That’s the last thing
she needs when she’s facing a
possible jail sentence – not to
mention the fact that she has
two potential daddies! Having
a baby with dependable Adam
wouldn’t be too bad – but
finding out that she’s preggers
by wicked Warren Fox would
be Maxine’s worst nightmare!”
Could Maxine find herself
both banged up and knocked
up before the week is out?

DARREN & NANCY

The Osbornes may not have
killed Patrick, but they’re guilty
as sin after moving his body

from the city wall to his final
resting place in the woods.
With two kids to think about,
Darren and Nancy are prepared
to do whatever it takes to
keep themselves out of prison
– even if it means sending an
innocent party to jail instead.
“Let’s not forget that the
devious pair planted a hair on
Patrick’s body before they

Darren and Jack find a
pregnancy test - but is
it a preg-Nancy test?

EEK OF SHOCKS!
buried it for the second time,”
our sneak reminds us. “It was
a hair obtained from a brush
in Patrick’s flat – so the big
question is, does it belong to
Nico, Sienna or Maxine?”
Nancy also has health issues
playing on her mind following
her recent car accident, and
takes herself to hospital to get
checked out. Might she receive
a shock diagnosis, forcing Darren
to take the fall for their actions
with Patrick’s corpse?

NICO

Viewers know twisted teen Nico
was the one who really did in
Patrick! But nobody else does –
so can she convince the police
of her innocence? Or might she
confess to someone she trusts?

crimes catching up with her. So
as the questioning intensifies,
Nico begs her pal Peri to run
away with her. Will Peri agree?

SIENNA

Will the terrible teen
flee the village in
the Nico of time?
“Nico should be used to
getting away with murder now
– she’s done it enough times,”
chuckles our mole. “It’d be nice
to think that she at least feels a
little bit of remorse for bumping
off her dear old grandad, but
no – she’s a cold-blooded
killer through and through!”
What Nico is panicked about,
however, is the prospect of her

For once Sienna is an innocent
party, but there’s every chance
she could end up in the frame
if the hair planted on her dad’s
body turns out to be hers! Then

there’s the matter of daughter
Nico being the killer – how will
Sienna react if it comes out?
“Sienna’s been through
some truly awful things in her
life, but her little girl killing
her dad would be the worst,”
sighs our spy. “She’s already
furious with Nico for killing
Trevor, so if the truth about
Patrick did come out, it could
tip Sienna over the edge…”

LIFE SENTENCE?

Will Sienna be
seein’ a jail cell before
the week is out?

As the police round up the
evidence, they’re only a step
away from arresting Patrick’s
killer. So, could someone find
themselves done for murder
by the end of the week? And
if so, who will it be?

SARAH ELLIS
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InsideScoop

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e

DANGER!

He’s the victim of a vicious beating - but why?

SNEAK
PREVIEW!
ere is your first
look at some of the
drama ahead for
David, as life without
Kylie takes a perilous turn.
Our sneaky snaps show
the bloodied fella cruising
for a bruising, as a burly man
knocks the stuffing out of him.
But who is the violent brute
– and what has David done
to warrant such a beating?
“David is terribly conflicted
about the promise he made to
Kylie before she died versus the
overwhelming urge he has to
avenge her death,” explains our
Street insider. “He vowed to
take care of their children, Max
and Lily, but he’s determined
to make killer Clayton pay for
ending his wife’s life. So is the
altercation with this man part
of his furious vendetta? And
will David live to tell the tale?”
It doesn’t look as if David
will be able to walk away from
this altercation, judging by the
pasting he receives. The hard
man dishing out the punishment
stuns Gail’s son with a right
cross to the nose, before sucker
punching him in the stomach.
David is clearly no match as
he doubles over in pain – but
will it have been worth it?

PHOTOS: E&J CLARKE, MCPIX

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14 lnsideSoap

What connection do
Phelan and Eileen have
to David’s latest drama?

DAVID
WANTS TO
AVENGE KYLIE’S
DEATH - BUT
WILL HE LIVE TO
TELL THE TALE?

him a lesson. Only time will tell
as David’s grief for Kylie leads
to an explosive climax…”
Corrie boss Kate Oates
has already teased big
drama in store for David
as he seeks revenge for Kylie’s
murder. The soap is planning
an exciting stunt scheduled
to air this October, with
Meanwhile, some other on-set the Platt family rumoured
snaps feature Eileen and Phelan, to be heavily involved.
while others clearly show that
So, will David get
someone is gunning for Clayton. justice for his beloved
A poster on the wall has been
Kylie – or will his
designed to ruffle his feathers
reckless actions
by outing the knifeman as
mean that Max
Kylie’s callous murderer.
and Lily will have to
“The smart money is on
grow up without
David being the person behind
both parents?
the hate campaign – he’s trying Angry David has
to flush Clayton out of hiding,”
vengeance on his
reckons our mole. “So perhaps mind this week as
the evil scroat has found out
well! Turn to p26
about David’s plan, and sent
to see who’s in
one of his heavies to teach
line for the chop…



The attack is like
a punch in the guts
for the Street fella

E

LATEST NEWS | Coronation Street

EADLY

Roy’s splash
landing!

David has
always had
a nose for
trouble…

SNEAK
PREVIEW!
A day out with Alex and Tyrone ends in a soaking…

W

hile actor Jack P
Shepherd was being
roughed up as part
of the attack on David, his costars were also finding out
that life on a soap isn’t always
as glamorous as it looks.
David Neilson (Roy), Alan
Halsall (Tyrone) and Liam
Bairstow (Alex) were recently
spotted filming comedy
scenes in which their alter
egos’ car breaks down by
the side of a road – on
to be sprayed with wate
err
by a passing van!
“Poor Alex definitely
comes off worst as he
gets a big drenching in
the face, but Roy and
Tyrone don’t escape
unscathed either,”
notes our Weatherfiel
source. “It doesn’t
look as if the vehicle
that showers them

is going to stop, either, so
the unlucky fellas could be
the victims of a wet-and-run!”
Roy will be cursing his
vintage Morris Minor when
it conks out after the trio
head off on a trip together,
leaving him having to resort
to his map as Alex and Tyrone
flap. Will Cropper and co
get rescued from their soggy
plight, or is their day set to
go from bad to worse?

Who could accuse these
boys of being wet?

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Paul’s death has driven a
stake through the hearts
of his grandparents…

…and Pam can’t believe
that Les seems to be treating
it like any other funeral

EASTENDERS | BBC1 Thursday

THE COKERS SA
GOODBYE TO PA

It’sadevastatingday forshattered Pam and Les…
he Cokers face
the toughest day
of their lives this
week – as they bury
their beloved grandson Paul.
Having spent their entire
careers in the funeral business,
Les and Pam have a lot of
experience in dealing with
death. But nothing could
prepare them for the horror
of laying their adored Paul to
rest. Their grief is overwhelming,
and both turn to unhealthy
solutions to help them cope…
“Les has totally shut down
– he doesn’t want to deal with
this at all,” sighs our EastEnders
insider. “He thinks that if he goes
about things in a businesslike
fashion, he’ll at least be strong
for Pam. Her trauma is almost as
painful for him as losing Paul.”

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The trouble is, Pam isn’t
taking much solace from Les’
efforts to be professional when
it comes to the funeral. She’s
going through so many emotions
– including anger, shock and
denial – that seeing Les go about
his business makes her furious.
She feels outraged that he’d
even consider treating Paul’s
funeral in the way he would any
normal booking, but finds it
hard to articulate how she feels.

PAMFEELS
THAT LES’
SPEECH AT THE
WAKE IS JUST
ANOTHER SLAP
IN THE FACE



It’s lucky, then, that Pam’s
sister Mim makes the effort to
come to Walford to help the
pair say goodbye. She’s deeply
concerned for Pam, and for Les
as well. However, she’s glad to
be there when Pam finally starts
to open up and express her
feelings about Les treating her
like a customer. Together, Mim
and Les persuade Pam that she
needs to go to Paul in the chapel
and say goodbye on her own.
Visiting her grandson is an
almost unimaginable ordeal for
Pam to face – she knows that
when she sees his body, she’ll
have to accept that he’s gone.
But, mustering all her courage,
she goes in and cradles Paul’s
head, telling him how much
she loves him and finally giving
in to the weight of her grief.

Once Pam is done, the
funeral commences, and Paul’s
loved ones come to honour his
memory. Once the service is
over, the Cokers return to the
Vic, where they are surrounded
by friends who are determined
to get them through the day.
“Les takes charge again and
makes a speech about Paul,”
shares our sneak. “But instead
of doing Paul proud, he makes
Pam furious again. What he
says doesn’t begin to convey
who Paul was and why they
loved him so much. All the
emotions they’re feeling are
totally absent, and Pam can’t
believe it. She feels like this is
just another slap in the face.”
Can the Cokers find a way
to heal their rift and move on?

KATE WHITE

AY
AUL

Our Christine dream!

MIGHT PAM AND HER HUBBY’S ALTER EGO BECOME FRIENDS?
We were devastated by
Paul’s death, and we’re just
as heartbroken that Les and
Pam will be leaving shortly.
From Pam’s murder secret
to the revelation about Les’
female alter ego Christine, the
Cokers have been wonderful
additions to the Square. But
before they go, we demand a
resolution to Christine’s story.

It’s our dearest wish to
see Pam finally reconciled to
her husband being a crossdresser, and getting to know
the fabulous Christine. Can
you imagine how cool it would
be to see those two ladies
enjoying a glass of fizz in the
Vic together as they put the
world to rights? Come on,
EastEnders, make it happen!

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EMMERDALE | ITV Thursday

FOR BELLE
CALLED OFF!
As life on the
streets takes
a terrible toll,
will she ever
be found?

he Dingles are
devastated this
week, after the
police announce
that they are scaling back
their hunt for troubled Belle.
Still terrified about where
their little girl has gone, and
desperate to know whether
they’ll ever see her again, Zak
and Lisa are understandably
distraught when an officer calls
round to break the news.
Meanwhile, Belle is still
wandering the streets, hungry,
cold and penniless – and at the
mercy of her cruel imaginary
companion, Ellie. So as the

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search is drastically curtailed,
can anyone get to the poor girl
before the worst happens?
“The entire Dingle clan are
trapped in a living hell without
Belle,” sighs our Dales insider.
“They’ve been doing everything
in their power, but are still no
closer to tracking her down. Now
that the police are withdrawing
resources from the search
party, the dreadful situation
seems ever more hopeless.”
In addition to sleeping rough
in a shop doorway, Belle is
burdened by her crippling
psychosis. And as she goes on
without medical treatment for

the debilitating illness, so
Ellie’s grip on her tightens.
“Throughout this latest flareup in Belle’s condition, Ellie
has been insisting that nobody
wants her around – that’s why
Belle ran off in the first place,”
shares our sneak. “This week,

THE
DREADFUL
SITUATION IS
EVER MORE
HOPELESS FOR
THE DINGLES



Ellie makes Belle throw away a
leaflet with Dr Bailey’s number
on it, claiming that nobody
cares. Belle has become
convinced that everybody hates
her. Her mental state makes her
oblivious to just how much her
family want her safe at home.”
It’s not only Ellie who makes
Belle’s life hell – being on the
streets also leaves her at the
mercy of heartless strangers.
After a bunch of blokes out
drinking steal her sleeping bag
for fun, Belle is left freezing as
well as starving. Little does she
realise, however, that Lisa and
Chas are handing out flyers not

Stop
PRESS!

Soapnewsinbrief…

BUTCH IS BACK!

PHOTO: REX/SHUTTERSTOCK

Former Emmerdale star Paul
Loughran, who played Butch
Dingle in the Yorkshire soap,
is joining Coronation Street.
Bosses have signed him up
to play Craig Tinker’s father,
Darryl, who also happens to
share the name of his son’s
pet rat! We wonder why?

DALES DELIGHT

Belle can’t protect
herself or her
belongings

PHOTO: REX/SHUTTERSTOCK

Tickets are now on general
sale for the long-anticipated
Emmerdale Studio Experience.
Visit www.ticketmaster.co.uk/
emmerdale to bag yourself a
spot on the tour, which explores
popular sets such as the Dingle
homestead and the Woolpack.
It kicks off on 3 September.

TWIN PEEKS!

Feast your eyes on the twin
brothers who will be shaking
up Ramsay Street! David
and Leo Tanaka - played by
Takaya Honda and Tim Kano
- will make their Neighbours
debuts on 21 September.
But what - or who - brings
them to Erinsborough?

OH, BROTHER!

very far away, hoping that
somebody might recognise
Belle and know where she is.
“There’s a brief moment
when it looks like Chas and
Lisa might finally have come
up trumps,” reveals our mole.
“They hand one of their flyers
to a girl who viewers will
realise walked past Belle
earlier. But because Belle
is so poorly and exhausted,
she no longer bears much

resemblance to the photo on
the flyer, and the passer-by
fails to make the connection.
It’s heartbreaking how much
of a near-miss it is.”
As poor Belle becomes
increasingly disorientated,
she finally collapses under
the strain and passes out.
With her family struggling
to stay positive back home
in the village, will anyone
come to her rescue?

ALLISON JONES

Game Of Thrones actor Clive
Russell - who starred as ‘the
Blackfish’ in the fantasy series
- is joining Hollyoaks to play
Jack’s jailbird brother! Bad boy
Billy Brody will reveal a dark
secret to his daughter Eva,
sparking a dangerous chain of
events for Jack and his family…

MEMORY LANE

A new episode of Back To
Ours is currently available
to view on BBC iPlayer, and
this time it’s dedicated to
Casualty! Join stars Derek
Thompson and Cathy
Shipton, who play Charlie
and Duffy, as they relive
various storylines.
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LATEST NEWS | EastEnders

R

OFF!

Lee was a suspect
in the Lucy Beale
murder case

He’s the latest character to
be written out of EastEnders…

SNEAK
PREVIEW!
ot on the heels of
Ronnie and Roxy,
EastEnders bosses
have confirmed
that Lee Carter is also
waving goodbye to Walford!
Mick and Linda’s eldest
son is the latest character to
leave the soap following the
appointment of new boss
Sean O’Connor – who is in the
process of crafting some huge
new plots for the Square…
“Danny-Boy Hatchard [who
plays Lee] has been a great
addition to the cast and we
wish him all the best for the
future,” says an EastEnders
spokesperson. “This was a
tough decision for bosses
– but sometimes to create
big storylines, characters
need to come and go.”

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THIS WAS
A TOUGH
DECISION FOR
BOSSES - BUT
CHARACTERS
COME AND GO



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Soldier boy Lee raised
eyebrows when he joined the
Carters in 2014 and had a fling
with doomed Lucy Beale. He
later settled down with Whitney,
but has since been kicked out
of the Army and has recently
been battling depression.
But there have been happy
times, as Lee and Whit’s
relationship managed to last
despite his one-night stand
with Abi. The couple are
planning their wedding while
also preparing to welcome their
first child – but with Lee on
his way out, what drama will
inevitably tear them apart?
“Danny-Boy is an extremely
dedicated and versatile actor,
as well as a hugely popular
member of the cast,” explains
the show’s spokesperson.
“But with the story the bosses
want to play, it takes Lee to
the end of his time in Walford.
“As he is part of the Carter
family, no one should rule out a
return,” adds the spokesperson.
“Danny-Boy has openly said
that he only ever had a threeyear plan [with EastEnders],
so although his departure has
come a little sooner, no one
has any doubt that he is bound
to land a big role very soon.”
No furthers details have been
released on how and when Lee
will leave the Square, so viewers
should watch this space…

The Carter clan
fully formed it didn’t last!

CARTERS IN CRISIS!
Who’s left behind as the clan falls apart?
he Carter family
were a force to be
reckoned with when
they first pitched up in
Walford in 2013, but their
numbers will have seriously
depleted by the time Lee
departs Albert Square.
After losing actress Maddy
Hill – aka Mick and Linda’s
daughter Nancy – earlier this
year, bosses were quick to
cast Ted Reilly as her brother
Johnny, who was previously
played by Sam Strike.
However, the biggest void
they’ll face is the departure of

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mum Linda, who is due to
be written out for a while
as a result of actress Kellie
Bright’s maternity leave.
So what lies in store
for Johnny, Mick and
Lady Di after their
relatives fly the
nest? Our hope
is that the
changes will
pave the way
for even more
deliciously
wicked
schemes from
Aunt Babe!

PETER BEALE RETURNS

RED

WITH HIS OLD FACE!

Ex-EastEnder Thomas Law
has been to the set recently…

A
PHOTO: INSTAGRAM/@AARONSIDWELL1988

re our eyes deceiving us, or
is Peter Beale set for a shock
Albert Square comeback?
That was certainly our first thought
when we saw this snap of Thomas
Law – the actor who played Peter
from 2006 to 2010 before Ben Hardy
took over the role – standing outside
the Beale house with his ex co-star
Aaron Sidwell, who plays Steven.
Star Aaron teased fans with
the picture on Instagram,
followed by the caption,
“When your brother just
pops home for the day”!
Sadly for EastEnders
fans, Thomas had
simply swung by the
set to say a quick hello
to his old friends. Boo!

HIS FINAL
DELIVERY
Walford’s
resident
milkman
has passed
away…

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astEnders stars have paid tribute
to their dear friend and colleague
Michael Leader, who died recently.
The actor was one of the Square’s longestserving supporting artists, having played
the role of the local milkman since the
soap first began over 31 years ago.
“Michael Leader was a man who made
EastEnders more than just a TV show,”
tweeted Ted Reilly, who plays Johnny.
“RIP to an Albert Square legend.”

Eagle-eyed
viewers will have
noticed that the
milkman was one of
the few characters to
share a scene with Peggy
Mitchell, before she was killed
off earlier this year. He later paid his respects
to the Square’s iconic pub landlady, by
saluting the Queen Vic sign on his milk
round. He’ll be much missed by us all.

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EMMERDALE | ITV Tuesday

He’s determined to quit the
village, but his friends won’t
let him go without a fight…

PLEASEDON’T
GO,PADDY!

evastated
t t d Paddy
P dd
prepares to leave
the Dales for good
this week – as his
loved ones beg him to stay.
The shock of discovering his
estranged wife Rhona is now
in a relationship with Pierce has
knocked Paddy for six, and he
can’t bear the thought of living
near them. His plan to depart
is music to the ears of jealous
Pierce, who despises Paddy for
his affair with his late wife, Tess.
But he’s the only one hoping
that the vet’s promise to depart
the village is one he keeps…
“Pierce hates Paddy, and
doesn’t want him anywhere
near Rhona,” sighs our insider.
“Even though Rhona insists
their marriage is over, in Pierce’s

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mind
a risk
i d there’s
th ’ always
l
i k if
Paddy remains in the picture.”
For Rhona, it’s much more
complicated. She knows how
important ‘Daddy Paddy’ is to
her son Leo, and she doesn’t
want their bond to be broken.
That’s playing on Marlon’s mind
too, as he tries desperately to
convince Paddy that his future
lies in the village, whether it
involves Rhona or not.

PIERCE
THINKS
THERE’S ALWAYS
A RISK IF PADDY
REMAINS IN
THE PICTURE



“Marlon
“M
l k
knows h
how miserable
i
bl
Paddy was in Germany on his
own,” shares our informant.
“He’s having a hard time, and
needs his mates around him.
Obviously, Marlon has missed
Paddy terribly and wants him to
stick around – but convincing
him to stay will be tough.”
It’s not only Marlon and
Rhona on a mission to keep
Paddy close – Aaron and Chas
are determined too. They use
Paddy’s farewell drinks at the
Woolpack to take the opportunity
to tell him what he means to
them and make him see sense.
But as Pierce whisks Rhona
away on an Italian holiday, can
Paddy be persuaded to put his
passport back in the drawer?

KATE WHITE

EMMERDALE | ITV Thursday

T CY
S S RED!

She’s looking for her own identity…
avid is shocked
when Tracy makes
a bold new fashion
statement this week
– sporting bright red hair.
Her dramatic makeover
comes as she tries to establish
herself as vastly different from
sister Vanessa, whose blonde
hair is similar to Tracy’s barnet.
She struggles with her emotions
as her birthday approaches,
and her pain over dad Frank’s
favouritism towards Vanessa
continues to hurt her deeply –
an attitude that hasn’t played
well with Vanessa, either.
“Vanessa didn’t think Frank
could sink any lower in her
estimation, but his treatment

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of Tracy has been horrible,”
says our source. “She’s trying
to find a way to get on with her
sister, but it’s not easy because
of their clash of personalities.
However, they have both been
massively let down by Frank.”
What Tracy doesn’t know is
that Vanessa has been working
hard to do something special
for her birthday. Along with
David, she organises a 90sthemed party for Tracy – who
can’t believe her loved ones
have gone to so much trouble.
It even momentarily thaws the
sisters’ chilly relationship.
“Tracy is genuinely touched
that Vanessa would do this for
her,” reveals our spy. “It shows

The girls hug it out
- but not for long

that it matters to her that she
and Tracy get on. It’s such a
nice gesture that the girls even
share a hug. Sadly, the good
feelings only last a short time.”
Soon Vanessa and Tracy are
fighting again, and David worries
that they’ll never be able to be
friends. But it’s clear that what
Tracy has been through means
something to Vanessa, because
when she picks up Frank from
the hospital, she agrees to let
him stay on the condition that
he puts in an effort with Tracy.
But as Tracy makes a change
to her image, will she even get
a look-in as her dad continues
to focus on his darling Vanessa?

KATE WHITE

Little Leo has a
big mouth on him!
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| EastEnders

COMES
HOME!

EastEnders’ first-ever gay character
is making a surprise comeback…

ot Branning is set
to receive a blast
from the past – as
her former neighbour
Colin Russell makes a brief
return to Walford this week!
Star Michael Cashman – who
went on to become a campaigner
after leaving the soap and was
made a lord in 2014 – is reprising
the role he played from 1986 to
1989, for a story that will see his
alter ego visit Albert Square 27
years after leaving it behind…
“It’s been a real joy and indeed
a privilege,” says Lord Cashman
of his return. “Thirty years ago,
I started an amazing journey which

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Dot receives some post
- but what information
does the letter contain?

Colin and Barry
caused shock waves
in Albert Square
helped change the country, and
certainly attitudes to lesbian,
gay and bisexual people.
Arguably without EastEnders,
I would never have gone into
politics, I would not have been
one of the founders of the
charity Stonewall, and I would
never have ended up where

THIRTY
YEARS
AGO, I STARTED
AN AMAZING
JOURNEY - IT’S
BEEN A JOY



I am now. And the exquisite
joy of having my scenes with
‘Dame’ June Brown was a
bonus beyond anything else.”
Long-time EastEnders
viewers will remember Colin
and his boyfriend Barry Clarke
as the first gay characters to
ever share a kiss on a British
soap opera. Sadly, the couple
went their separate ways
and Colin moved to Bristol
to live with his brother – so
what prompts his return to
Walford after decades away?
“Bosses are staying
tight-lipped on the details
surrounding Colin’s return,”
explains our EastEnders insider.
“However, we do know that
his visit to the Square will raise
a big question for Dot…”
Viewers will see Dot receive an
upsetting letter – so is the news
she gets connected to Colin?
All will be revealed this week.
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RE T |

riday

KILLER THREA
Is bully Lauren
for the chop?

It’s the
demon barber of
Coronation Street!

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AT!

engeful David
gives Lauren a
nasty surprise this
week – when he
tricks her into a haircut and
makes a chilling threat!
Bethany finally reveals to
the Platts the reason behind
her recent closeness with Gary,
and they are shocked to learn
the details of her horrendous
bullying ordeal at the hands
of Lauren. So when Lauren
turns up at the salon to put the
frighteners on scared Bethany,
David sees red – and decides
to give the bully a warning
she won’t forget in a hurry…
“David is still grieving for his
wife Kylie, and he’s been holding
on to a great deal of pent-up
anger since she was killed,” says
our Corrie source. “So when he
walks in on Lauren terrorising
Bethany, revenge is the only
thing on his mind. He makes out
that it’s time for them all to bury
the hatchet, and offers Lauren a
free haircut – but after he chops
off a chunk of her hair, he tells
her it will be her throat he cuts if
she ever bullies Bethany again!”
Earlier in the week, nervous
Bethany is feeling the pressure
when she’s asked to attend a
meeting at school with Lauren
and her mother, and is finally
forced to come clean to Sarah
about all the grief she’s been
getting from Lauren and her
minions. Sarah is then outraged
when vile Lauren shows the

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Lauren is in for the
unkindest cut of all
at David’s hands
head teacher a bruise on her
arm and makes out that Bethany
is in fact the one bullying her
– leading to both girls getting
suspended! And after David
gives her tormentor the haircut
from hell, jittery Bethany worries
that he’s made her awful
situation even worse.
“He may think he’s looking
out for his family, but now it’s
David who’s the bully – and it
certainly doesn’t help Bethany’s
case,” reckons our snitch. “Of
course, Lauren is scared stiff
after the incident, but Bethany

BETHANY
WONDERS
HOW SERIOUSLY
LAUREN WILL
END UP TAKING
THE THREATS



Three’s a crowd!

wonders how seriously she’ll
take David’s threats in the long
run. She’s a nasty piece of work
and will look to make Bethany
pay for what David has done.”
It’s not long before the police
call in at the salon to question
David over Lauren’s allegations.
However, the hairdresser is as
cool as a cucumber, claiming
Lauren made an appointment
and then changed her mind
too late. And luckily for David,
Gemma helps out by backing
up every word of his story!
The Platts have been wary
of David’s behaviour ever since
Kylie’s tragic death, and no one
is convinced that he’s got over
it. Nevertheless, Gail breathes
a sigh of relief when he assures
her that he’s determined to try
to move on. She has no idea
that her merciless son is sowing
the seeds of a much bigger
scheme to take revenge…

LAURA HEFFERNAN
Bethany has found an unlikely
confidant in Gary over the last
few weeks – though her mum
Sarah wants to know why a
grown man is spending time
with her teenage daughter!
However, after learning the
awful facts of Bethany’s plight,
Sarah is exceptionally grateful
when she realises how much
of a help Gary has been. And
after Gary voices his concerns
at how hard Bethany is pushing
herself at the gym, Sarah cancels
her daughter’s membership
with immediate effect.
Meanwhile, Izzy watches the
exchange from across the road,
at a loss as to why Sarah and
Gary seem so close. Is she
feeling a touch of jealousy?
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NEIGHBOURS | Channel 5 Tuesday

MARK BRENNAN
IS STABBED!
Will he survive a confrontation with nutty Ari?
olice officer Mark
Brennan tackles
Steph’s crazed stalker
Ari this week – and ends up
gravely injured in the process!
Despite having been
suspended from his job for
bugging the confessional booth
at the church, Mark persists in
his mission to apprehend the
Ramsay Street snake stalker.
But he could end up paying a
high price for his determination
to bring Ari to justice…
“Mark knows that Ari is the
stalker, but because of red tape

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he can’t officially do anything
about it,” says Scott McGregor,
who plays the cop. “Steph’s
life is in danger, though, so he
won’t let anything stop him.”
The final piece of the puzzle
falls into place when Steph’s ex
Belinda turns up in Erinsborough.
She reveals that Ari is a former
psych patient who was in
love with her – and is targeting
Steph because he sees her
as a threat. However, after Ari
menaces Belinda and Charlie
with a knife, Mark is forced to
take some drastic action…

Ari is arrested but will it be too
late for Mark?

“Mark tries to disarm Ari –
and is stabbed while doing so!”
explains Scott. “Any situation
where weapons are involved
and there’s someone who is
clearly unhinged will be volatile.

Mark’s condition is very serious,
and he’s rushed to hospital.”
Meanwhile, Scott tells us
that he’s relieved not to have
to work with his slithering
serpent co-stars any more…

TINKERS IN TURMOIL!

Sally tries to
patch things up
between Beth
and Craig…

CORONATION STREET | ITV Wednesday

ally is not best pleased
to have Craig kipping
on her sofa this week
– and so offers to organise a
mediation session between
the lad and his mother Beth.
Craig felt betrayed by his
mum after he learned the truth
of his dad’s extensive criminal
history – and what’s
more, Beth’s
decision to keep it
secret meant that
Craig’s application
to join the police
was refused.
Luckily, Tim was
there for Craig in
his time of need,
and offered him

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Kindly Sally and Tim
have given Craig a
roof over his head

EASTENDERS | BBC1 Monday

CLAUDETTE
& PATRICK GO
PUBLIC!
L

Their families are
stunned when they make
their romance official…

“Snakes have an interesting
work ethic – if it’s too cold, they
won’t come out of their cage,”
he grins. “We shot in the middle
of winter, so a lot of coaxing by
their handler was required!”

a place to stay. But while
devastated Craig is touched
by Tim’s gesture, hardnosed Sal isn’t so keen on
the teenager’s presence.
Nevertheless, Tim wants
to reunite the lad with Beth,
and gives Craig food for
thought by admitting that he
was guilty of letting down his
own child, Faye, when she
was a baby. He tells Craig
that he believes everybody
deserves a second chance.
Tim’s wise words give
Craig the wake-up call he
needs, so he turns to Sally,
hoping that she can pave the
way in putting things right
between him and his mum.
With Sally keen for Craig
to move out, she invites
Beth and Kirk to a mediation
session with Craig, where
Beth hopes they can make
up. As Craig tells his mum
that he loves her, but is very
hurt that she lied to him
about his dad for so long,
will Beth admit her mistake?

ove is in the Square
this week, as Patrick
and Claudette inform
their nearest and dearest
that they’re a couple!
The chemistry between
the pair has been sizzling
for the past few weeks, with
Claudette managing to wrap
smitten Patrick around her
little finger. Of course, the duo
almost didn’t get together
when Claudette was accused
of trying to kill Aunt Babe.
EastEnders viewers know
that the real culprit was
bad girl Abi – but nervous
Patrick wasn’t to know this
as he took into account
Claudette’s dodgy past,
and had serious doubts
about her innocence!
With the floored fostermum having promised to

turn over a new leaf for her
children, Vincent and Donna,
she was hurt by Patrick’s
betrayal. However, with a little
help from Dot, the pair have
patched up their relationship
– and they couldn’t be more
thrilled as their stunned clans

take in their big news. But
is their love set to last?
Patrick is aware that old
Mother Hubbard bumped off
her last husband, Henry, when
he failed to meet expectations
– so the Square stalwart could
be taking a real risk by hooking
up with a cold-blooded killer…

“Please don’t
kill me as well”

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HOME AND AWAY | Channel 5 Tuesday

DUNCAN!

Alf’ssonisbackintown…
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here’s a blast from the past for
Alf this week, when he opens
the door to find his estranged
son Duncan standing on his doorstep!
Viewers may not recognise the fella, as
the role has been recast since Duncan was
last seen on screen more than a decade ago.
And newcomer Benedict Wall – who takes
over from previous actor Brendan McKensy
– is delighted to be joining Home and Away…
“Like everyone in Summer Bay, Duncan
has baggage!” chuckles the star. “He has
been married and had a couple of failed

businesses, but now has a much cooler job
– which will have a real impact on the Bay.”
It’s fair to say that Alf isn’t exactly
pleased to see his son, given that they’ve
barely spoken in the past 10 years! But
with Alf having recently been at death’s
door following his heart attack and stroke,
Duncan is keen to mend the rift – so is
there hope Alf will accept his olive branch?
“Alf is definitely less than impressed to
see Duncan,” confirms Benedict. “But
Duncan wants to heal the relationship with
his family. He wants to come home.”

Roo is delighted to see
her sibling - but does
Alf feel the same way?
Roo is determined to do everything she
can to reunite her half-brother and her dad,
and after she arranges a family gathering,
the frostiness between them finally starts
to thaw. But Alf is left reeling when Duncan
drops a massive bombshell! Will his shock
news put paid to any happy family reunion?
Also this week… Nate is torn between
Danika and Tori, and Ash comes up
with a solution to his money problems.

EMMA’S RECKLESS GAMBLE
DOCTORS | BBC1 Monday

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mma’s troubles force her back
to the casino this week, in a bid
to block out the abuse she’s been
receiving courtesy of the local press. With
fingers being pointed following the tragic
death of Paul and Rhiannon’s baby – who
was under Emma’s care at the time – she’s
struggling to move on. So when she arrives
at work to discover her patients have been
cancelling their appointments, and Mrs
Tembe fails to support her, Emma heads
out for another gambling session. But
how long before this desperate distraction
develops into an uncontrollable addiction?
Also this week… There’s growing friction
between Zara and her mum-in-law Marion.

E

THE PARENT TRAP
CASUALTY | BBC1 Saturday

he medics of Holby City’s ED are
struggling to get back to normal
this week, in the wake of the tragic
helicopter crash. But Alicia soon has
matters of a more personal nature to deal
with, after her mum and dad arrive in the
department. She’s flustered when her ill
mother tries to set her up on a date with
Ethan – and there are red faces all round
when Mrs Monroe then goes on to talk
about how her symptoms came on while
she was getting intimate with Alicia’s dad!
However, the biggest shock of all comes
after Ethan receives test results for Alicia’s
mum, and is forced to reveal the woman’s
diagnosis in front of her stunned daughter…
Also this week… Elle begs Duffy to stay
on in the ED, and Louise struggles to cope.

T

NEIGHBOURS | Channel 5 Fri
anthe is crushed this week,
after she spots Ben and
Madison looking cosy together
– and jumps to the conclusion that
they’re an item! When the devastated
teenager pours her heart out to her gran
Sheila, she vows to seek revenge on
Xanthe’s behalf – and promptly sacks
Madison from her singing gig at the
Waterhole! Poor Madison is confused
and upset about why she has been
unceremoniously ditched, leading angry
Ben to confront Xanthe about what’s
going on. Will Xanthe discover that
there’s some other reason Ben and
Madison have been spending so much
time with one another recently?
Also this week… Paige lands her
first professional boxing gig, and Terese
plots to ruin Paul’s restaurant opening.

X

PRIYA IN
A PANIC!

She reckons her husband is cheating…

EMMERDALE | ITV Wednesday

BEN
LOVES
MADISON?

riya and Rakesh’s marriage is on
the rocks this week, as worried
wife Priya begins to suspect that
her husband is being unfaithful!
Life has only gone from bad to worse for
Rakesh since he got involved with superbitch Chrissie, and Priya is understandably
baffled by her husband’s odd behaviour.
The stress of his situation is clearly taking
its toll on Priya, who rightly senses that
something is troubling Rakesh when he

P

fails to come to bed. But although the
dodgy lawyer tries to cover, Priya is
unconvinced, and admits to Leyla that she
thinks he might be seeing someone else!
Later, Priya tells Rakesh that she has
used her savings to buy him a ticket to
Lahore, and is shocked by his furious
reaction. However, Rakesh finally realises
the impact his attitude is having on his wife
when poor Priya asks if she repulses him.
Can the couple manage to work things out?
Also this week… Joanie worries that
Lisa might lose her job at the factory.
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CORONATION STREET | ITV Friday

Maria comes to Caz’s rescue once again…
aria continues to fight Caz’s
corner this week, as her
lonely ex-lodger starts to
develop romantic feelings for her.
While Maria and Audrey are thrilled to
find out the salon has made it through to
the finals of the regional stylists’ awards,
Caz’s career has plummeted – so Maria
generously offers to help jazz up her CV.
Maria’s magic touch works wonders,
and Caz informs her that she has an
interview that day. But her joy is ruined
after Kate spills coffee down her suit!

M

HOLBY CITY | BBC1 Tuesday
acha turns 50 this week – butt
he’s soon nursing more than just
the birthday blues after he and
Essie agree to finish their relationship.
It’s no secret the couple have been trying
to conceive for a while, but Essie is gutted
as her attempts to fall pregnant continue
to fail. It prompts her to tearfully tell Sacha
that they should give up their quest for
children – but it’s clear that isn’t what she
really wants. With that, Sacha tells Essie
that he loves her, before finally admitting
that he never wanted another child.
As they make the heartbreaking
decision to go their separate ways,
is this the end for Sacha and Essie?
Also this week… Will Fletch
survive his stabbing hell?

S

Meanwhile, Maria is left without someone
to accompany her to the awards do when
Audrey falls ill, so she invites hopeful Luke
instead. But as the pair prepare to set off,
they bump into tearful Caz – who reveals
that she ended up missing the interview.
Realising how much Caz is struggling,
Maria cancels her night with Luke and
stays at home to comfort her friend
instead. And as Maria slips off her glad
rags, Caz can’t help but cop an eyeful…
Also this week… Gemma is promoted
to assistant manager at the kebab shop.

FAIR CITY

● Debbie struggles to cope as the
search for Katy continues this week,
and decides to use her upcoming
birthday to attract publicity. But she’s
stunned when Stella turns up out of the
blue… Meanwhile, saddened Wayne
laments his lost youth – so after some
encouragement from Meredith, Orla
gives Wayne a sexy present to help
remind him of the man he used to be!

RIVER CITY

● Angus and
Cassie look for
a big name to
play their gig
this week, so
Bob persuades
former local
lad Vader to
perform. However, Angus becomes
jealous – and sabotages the gig when
Vader dedicates a song to Cassie!
Elsewhere, Patrick is stunned to hear
the man he has accused of abusing
him is denying all charges. Also, Molly
struggles to care for Liz by herself and
thinks it’s time for some home help…

THE ARCHERS

● Helen has her day in court this week,
and Peggy and Tony hope she’ll be
strong enough to see it through. But
with Helen more concerned about Kaz,
Anna insists she needs to concentrate
on herself. Meanwhile, Kirsty is taken
aback when it’s her turn to take the
stand. Finally, Tom is rattled as he
sees Rob using a walking stick after
he hasn’t needed to use it for weeks!

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EASTENDERS

CORONATION STREET

EMMERDALE

MON

All hell breaks loose for the
Mitchells as Phil collapses…
…and Grant returns to
help his struggling family.
O Ben and Jay are bundled
into a van and driven away!

O Craig has conflicting feelings

Dan and Nicola’s kisses
are exposed in public!
O Moira is upset about Cain – and it
is affecting her work on the farm.
O Paddy sees no alternative but to
leave the village again – will he?

TUE

O Sharon and Ian worry that Mark’s

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4

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5
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6
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Todd’s worries about Phelan
are at an all-time high…
O Gary accompanies Sarah to
the school to sort out Bethany.
Craig admits how betrayed
he feels by all the deceit.

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Kerry slaps Nicola when
tensions boil over…
…before numbing her
pain by bedding Ross!
O James and Moira are another
pair who are drawn to each other!

paternity might be discovered.
O Mark and Grant team up to track
down kidnapped Ben and Jay…
…but as they dice with danger,
will big secrets be revealed?

WED

THU

about his lying mum Beth…
Nick takes Steve to the
woods for a showdown!
Billy and Todd romp at a
hotel – but things go wrong.

O The darts tournament
heats up at the Queen Vic!
Whitney’s hormones cause
her to get annoyed at Linda…

O Which poor fella shares an
agonising truth with his wife?

her job because of her absences.
Kerry tells Bernice what
she has been up to…
O There is bra mayhem as James
and Moira reel from their actions.

O It becomes apparent that

Les and Pam are bereft when
they say goodbye to Paul…
…while Pam’s sister Mim
arrives to support them.
O Les confides in Claudette
and Patrick about his troubles.
Pam and Les clash at Paul’s
wake in the Queen Vic…
O …after the couple have to endure
yet more anguish and agony.
Later, Pam makes a huge
confession – what is it?

O Joanie frets that Lisa might lose

Priya’s bulimia has returned.

O James can’t stop thinking
about his feelings for Moira.
The police have some
sad news about Belle…

O Caz reveals how tough her

O As his marriage crumbles, Rakesh

life has become recently…
David gets revenge on
Bethany’s bully Lauren.
O Faye shows her maturity as she
supports Craig through his woes.

flees the village to clear his head.
O It is Tracy’s birthday, but will
she and Vanessa clear the air?
One villager has a shock
collapse – but who is it?

O There is bedroom bedlam

O Which lady becomes desperate

for Cathy, Roy and Alex…

O Which struggling lad receives
more life-changing news?

to get her hands on some cash?

O Chrissie’s adventure park is
growing in leaps and bounds!

O Billy has questions to ask

O Leyla is alarmed to realise

himself about his religion!

that Priya is poorly again…

NEW
CHARACTER

CHARACTER
CHARRACTTER
LEAVES

CHARACTER
RETURNS

HEARTBREAK

HOLLYOAKS

PASSION

CONFESSION

FIGHT!

NEIGHBOURS

CRIME &
PUNISHMENT

BABY ON
THE WAY

DEATH

MEDICAL
EMERGENCY

BIG
DRAMA

HOME AND AWAY
SAT

3
SEP
SUN

4
SEP

O In a special week, the same day is
seen from five different perspectives.
First is Maxine, and she
learns she might be pregnant!
Warren and Adam scrap –
but who could the father be?

O Darren steels himself to face DS

Amy opens up her heart
in the confessional booth.
O Ned is caught in the middle
of warring Piper and Elly…
O Belinda is back to drop a
bombshell on poor Steph.

There is horror in Ramsay

O Justin feels ostracised from his

Street as Mark is stabbed…
O …during a terrifying showdown
between him and stalker Ari.
O Aaron and Tyler are in hot water
after arranging a boxing match.

but the Morgans are still fighting.
Alf gets a big surprise – as
his son Duncan returns…
O Nate reckons perhaps he should
embrace a casual relationship!

O Tom is still feeling the effects

Charlie says a sad goodbye
to Erinsborough again…
O …while Mark fights for his life
in hospital. Will he pull through?
O Paige wonders if she’s bitten
off more than she can chew.

O Marilyn and John tentatively make

Are Madison and Ben getting
it on behind closed doors?
O Terese and Paul try to outwit each
other – for the millionth time…
O Paige is determined not to
let Angelina intimidate her.

O Olivia enjoys catching up with

O Grace and Darren drip poison
in Warren’s ear about Sienna…
Sienna makes an emotional
admission to aghast Warren.
O Nevertheless, Warren later asks
Sienna to run away with him!

in the bedroom department…
Olivia’s relationship with
Hunter hangs by a thread.
O Marilyn and John are horrified
when their home is ransacked!

O Grace comes face to face with

O There hiss more hell for Steph

O Which lass is torn between

pregnant with octuplets!

O Whose belongings are
found burnt in the woods?

O Which past Erinsborough
resident pops back for a visit?

O Someone rumbles the secret
that Ned has been keeping!

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following Duncan’s bombshell.
Mason leans in for a smooch
with Evie – how will she react?

O Leah worries about life with Zac

O Myra pretends to be

WED

an old acquaintance, Tabitha.

isn’t letting him go that easily…
O Susan suspects Elly is allowing
her personal feelings get to her.
Paul literally sets the cat
among the pigeons for Gary!

– as the snakes slither back…

6
SEP

O The Stewarts are in crisis

O Ned realises his ex-girlfriend

her estranged mum, Tracey…

TUE

plans for Jordan’s 16th birthday…
…until his father, Aaron,
shows up out of the blue!
Duncan reveals an almighty
secret to Alf – what is it?

– has she been arrested?
O DS Armstrong is jumping for joy
after finding some new evidence.
O Everybody in the village struggles
to cope with recent events…

Sienna is at the cop shop

5
SEP

O Phoebe tries her hardest to help,

Armstrong and make a confession.
O Nancy has a realisation – and
confronts Nico about Patrick.
Nancy heads to the hospital as
her leg won’t stop trembling…
of Nico’s sinister aftershave.
O Nico is made prime suspect in
the Patrick Blake murder case…
…so will she confess
the whole truth to Peri?

MON

family – and then he loses his job.
O Despite her best efforts, Billie
finds herself reunited with VJ.
Tori is hurt when she learns
about Nate and Danika…

her beau and her buddy?

O Nate is furious when Tori
and Duncan go out together!

O Kat’s career is on the skids
– and so is her relationship…

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THE BIG INTERVIEW
EMMERDALE | ITV Tuesday

There’s a shock
snog in store for the
former in-laws
- but actor
Bill Ward isn’t
as surprised
as we are…

James

held a cand
for Moira

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ames may have announced his
engagement to Emma, but we
can’t help believing he’s made
a terrible mistake. Time and
again Emma has proved herself
a certified crackpot, a woman
scorned who’ll stop at nothing
to win back her man. James is fully aware
that she’s a bit crazy – so it’s pretty risky
of him to get hot and steamy in the back of
a Barton cab with his former sister-in-law
Moira this week! As we join Bill Ward, who
plays James, for a chat about this shock
development, he reckons that James’ feelings
for the two ladies in his life are genuine…
“Oh, James is aware that life with
Emma comes at a price!” laughs the
49-year-old actor. “He knows that Emma
has her foibles, but he loves her despite
and because of them. She’s a strong woman
and always knows what she wants. He’s
been attracted to her all along, and she
is the mother of three of his children.”
When James locks lips with Moira,
however, it’s pretty clear that Emma is not
the only woman for him. We know the
pair have a past, and that their son Adam
was conceived after Moira cheated on her
late husband John with James. In recent
weeks, the friendship has blossomed again
following Moira’s split from second hubby
Cain – and James has been her rock.
“James’ relationship with Emma has
been going really well, actually – but he has
been a true friend to Moira, too,” shares
Bill. “His feelings for Moira have kind of
crept up on him while he’s simply been
trying to support her. But he’s always held
this candle for her – he may have snuffed

dle
ra...

All over bra the shouting:
Will Ross reveal what
he’s learned to Emma?

“HE IS BASICALLY
TERRIFIED THAT
EMMA WILL FIND
OUT ABOUT THIS”
it out while he’s been getting grief from
Emma back home, but James finds Moira
attractive and admires her even keel.”
The pair end up getting passionate while
heading to a meeting to discuss James selling
his share of Wiley’s Farm to Moira. Their
journey is interrupted when they stop to
rescue a donkey that’s wandered on to
the road – and after Moira gets emotional

Bee on their bonnet: Will
James and Moira come to regret
their frisky roadside fumbles?

about everyone leaving her, and James
once again offers her a shoulder to lean
on, she moves in for a kiss…
“James doesn’t back off when Moira
makes a move – he’s living in the moment!”
insists Bill. “It’s a long kiss. Things get pretty
heavy in the back of that car, although
everything stops before it gets too steamy.
Moira’s bra does come off – she keeps her
dress on, but he gets her bra off! How that
happens, I’ve got no idea. It’s like some sort
of a Krypton Factor origami challenge!”
With James’ son Ross due to find Moira’s
bra in the car the next day, there’s a very
real danger that James and Moira will end
up in hot water. However, James shows
no fear when he bravely declares to Moira
that he loves her – leaving the soon-to-bedivorced woman in a quandary. That’s
nothing compared to what will be in store
if Emma hears about it, though…
“James is basically terrified
that Emma will find out!” laughs
Bill. “He doesn’t really believe
that she will – but then Ross finds
Moira’s bra and puts two and two
together about who’s been in the taxi.
Of course, James is desperate for him
to keep quiet. Who knows if he will?”
While the prospect of a showdown
with scary Emma might not thrill
James, Bill is enjoying this story. And
he admits he had a lot of fun sharing
the screen with the other star of these
steamy scenes – that pesky donkey!
“There was actually more than one
of them,” grins the star. “Donkeys never
stay where you place them in front of
the cameras – they’re donkeys, they go
where they like! It was all good fun and
kind of unusual, as I’ve not filmed with
donkeys before. But they were cool!”

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“Warren
starts to
wonder if Sienna
killed Patrick!”
Warren peace: The
Chester hard man
squares up to Adam

W

arren returned to the
village hoping to turn over
a new leaf, but his life has
been anything but quiet
since he became loved up with fellow
rabble-rouser Sienna. It’s a potentially
lethal combination, and with most of the
village gunning to get rid of the pair, they
must be one of the most hated couples
Hollyoaks has ever seen! But here at Inside
Soap, we can’t wait to see what kind of
trouble they cause next – and as we sit down
for a chat with stars Jamie Lomas and Anna
Passey, aka Warren and Sienna, they tell us
what’s coming up for the dreadful duo…

Hi, Anna! How on earth would Sienna
cope if she knew that her daughter
Nico was the one who’d killed Patrick?
Anna I don’t know! She’s been so fixated
on Maxine and Darren that she’s never
even noticed the murderer under her roof.
Nico is a total nightmare, but you can’t
help feeling sorry for her at times – and
I don’t think Sienna could compute that
this little dot of a person killed Patrick.
Would Sienna be prepared to turn her
own flesh and blood over to the police?
Anna She only ever wants to protect
Nico, but this might be the one thing she

“THERE WAS A
TWISTED INSTANT
ATTRACTION FOR
THEM!” JAMIE
couldn’t forgive her for – Patrick was
Sienna’s dad, after all. They had a bonkers
relationship, but she loved him more than
anything and is at a real loss without him.
So basically, you’ll have to wait and see!

If you go down to the
woods today… you might
find Patrick’s body!
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Jamie, this is a lot for Warren to get
involved in. Does it prove that his
feelings for Sienna are genuine?
Jamie Yeah I think so. Sienna caught his
eye because there’s something mysterious
about her, and he likes that dark side.
There was a twisted instant attraction
between the two of them that he wanted
to explore, and that’s the only reason
he hasn’t left the village far behind.

Anna Warren came along at a time when
Sienna had no one and was really desperate.
Even though he’s a badass character, he
has a protective side – I think that’s why he
can’t leave her. And if Maxine turns out to
be knocked up, he’s well and truly stuck!
If she does, and Warren turns out to be
the father of Maxine’s baby, can you see
him and Sienna fighting for custody?
Jamie Can you imagine that? A serial killer
would have nothing on a child brought up
by those two! But no, Warren has learned
from all the mistakes he made with his son
Joel, and would love to be given a second
chance as a dad – he’d want to do right by
the baby. He’s confident in his relationship
with Sienna, but he’d also want to be there
for Maxine and help her through this.
Are you pleased about Joel
making a return to the village?
Jamie Yes, I’ve had a few scenes with
Rory [Douglas-Speed, who plays Joel], and
he’s a really nice guy. We’ve been told
that we have some great stuff coming up.
And Joel is a priest now! That’s funny,
but I think it’s also quite clever because
Warren feels semi-responsible for that
and wonders if his past has made Joel
choose that. Their relationship is fractured,
and Warren has a lot of making up to do.
Can you both tell us what’s coming
up for Warren and Sienna?
Anna Well, they spend half the time fighting
and trying to boss each other around, but
the rest of the time they get on very well!
A lot rests on this week, because Warren
may very well have a baby to consider, and

Sienna has to work out what to do with
Nico. Things could go in different directions.
Jamie As well as that, Darren and Nancy
are beginning to sow some seeds of doubt.
They fill Warren in on the backstory between
Patrick and Sienna, and while he doesn’t
believe them at first, he gets the truth
out of Sienna and she admits that she was
prepared to help Patrick die. Then he does
start to wonder whether she might have
killed him, so there’s a certain uncertainty
there. Who knows what will happen…

DANCING
DANNY!

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LAURA HEFFERNAN

ANNA’S FORMER SCREEN TWIN IS
ON THIS YEAR’S STRICTLY BILL…

Perhaps things would have turned
out differently had Nico’s dad Dodger
stuck around to keep an eye on his
daughter – but the hunky fella isn’t
available to sort out the mess!
That’s because actor Danny Mac,
who played Dodger, is competing in
this year’s Strictly Come Dancing. And
Anna tells us that she can’t wait to see
how her one-time cast mate fares…
“It’ll be fantastic!” she beams.
“Danny is a great little dancer, and
I think he’ll do very well. I’ll definitely
be going down to support him.”
Danny isn’t the first soap star to woo
the Strictly judges, and certainly won’t
be the last. So could Anna be the next
Hollyoaks actor to hit the dance floor?
“I’m not sure whether I should be
allowed to be myself on television,”
she laughs. “It might not be a good
thing! I’ll just see how Danny gets on.”
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CORONATION STREET | ITV Monday

As Corrie’s hottest
new couple have
their first big row,
Street star Daniel
Brocklebank
tells us why he’s
worried they’re
moving too fast…

Billy thinks
he’s ruined

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ife as Corrie bad boy Todd’s other
half was never going to be dull,
but vicar Billy thinks he may have
overestimated his own appetite
for drama. Their romance moves at one
heck of a pace this week, as they plan to
take things to the next level physically,
and then Todd lands on Billy’s doorstep
with his bags, ready to move in. That’s
not the full story, however, because two
massive rows shake their romance to the
core, and give both men pause for thought.
Sure, they share a lot of chemistry – but
is this a pairing that’s built to last?
“Billy feels that immediate rush of
infatuation that you can experience at the
beginning of a new relationship,” muses

Back off!: Billy gets
angry with Todd after
he makes a joke

“I THINK TODD
WOULD’VE DONE
THE DEED ON
THE FIRST DATE!”
Daniel Brocklebank, who plays the lovedup vicar. “He feels as if it’s moving towards
love. But there’s a lot of lust going on!”
Sparks have been flying for weeks now,
so it may come as a surprise to find out
that Billy and Todd have so far been taking
things slowly in the bedroom department.
“This is very much coming from Billy,”
reveals Daniel. “I think Todd would have
done the deed on the first date if he had his
own way, and it’s not for a lack of trying!
But Billy has a strong moral compass, it’s
got nothing to do with the fact he’s a vicar.
It’s just Billy thinks it’ll be worth the wait.”
However, it seems the time for intimacy
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tel.
an.

hi

Tryst issues: The
pair get down to
business - but
things go awry

“Billy’s made up, and it feels like the
moment is right!” grins Daniel. “But then
Todd says he was worried Billy wouldn’t be
up for this because he thought he’d still be
‘under the bishop’s petticoats’. That annoys
Billy, so he pulls back. They have a fight
and Todd storms out – leaving Billy to pay!”
This is textbook Todd, but it comes as
a shock to Billy, who is devastated by the
way that things have turned out.
“Billy is gutted because he thinks he may
have overreacted,” explains Daniel. “So he
goes straight to his friend Eva. He says he’s
ruined the best thing that’s ever happened
to him, but Eva tells him to calm down.”
As it happens, it doesn’t take long to
mend this rift, as a big bust-up at home sees
m
Todd kicked out of Eileen’s. That’s when
T
he rocks up at Billy’s and asks to move in.
h
“It isn’t good because Billy knows the
bishop’s stance against him living with
b
ssomebody,” shares Daniel. “He tells Todd
tthat he can stay for a few nights, although
tthat’s where it ends. Todd doesn’t like
tthat because he likes getting his own way.
Todd also really can’t get his head round
T
why a gay man in 2016 can’t live with his
w
boyfriend. But Billy’s job has parameters,
b
and he has to stick to them.”
a
It looks as if there will be plenty more
rows in Todd and Billy’s future, but Daniel
still believes this is a relationship with great
potential. In fact, he thinks it could be
serious enough to change Billy’s whole life.
“The relationship is still in its early
stages,” he says. “But given time to think
and weigh things up, I could see that Billy
may consider leaving the church if Todd
asked him to. Although that doesn’t
mean that he’d be losing his religion!”

KATE WHITE

STAND BY
YOUR MAN!
TWISTED PHELAN MANAGES to wreck
Eileen’s relationship with Todd this week,
when a massive argument sees the
angry mother chuck out her own son.
Todd sets his eyes to roll after hearing
that Phelan has made Eileen ‘concepts
executive’ of his new development,
correctly realising that this gesture is just
a ruse to keep her out of Phelan’s hair.
Although Eileen is overjoyed at getting
this seemingly pivotal role, it’s really the
nasty builder’s way of shipping her off to
design shows across the country – while
he is left to swindle Jason’s inheritance.
If only Eileen would listen to Todd,
who continues to warn her that Phelan
is playing her for a fool. But when Todd
mouths off, Eileen hits the roof and tells
him to move out if he can’t be civil to
the man she loves. Are these words
going to come back to haunt her?
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left for Sweden,
I thought I was
out of a job!”
Actor Ben Hull is back in Holby City and reveals what’s coming up for ‘MOT’…
HOLBY CITY | BBC1 Tuesday

H

olby’s most frustrating and
yet compelling love story is
revisited with a vengeance
this week, as Mr T returns from
practising womb transplants in Gothenburg
to be reunited with his soulmate Mo.
Of course, this would be the perfect
opportunity for her
to tell Mr T that she
is pregnant with his
child. But in a cruel
twist of fate, Mo’s
babydaddy has some
news of his own – as
he introduces her to
his new fiancée, Inga!
So is this the final nail in the coffin for
Mo and Mr T’s ‘will-they-won’t-they?’ saga?
Returning Holby City actor Ben Hull – who
plays him – hopes not as he joins Inside
Soap for a long overdue catch-up…

“Chizzy [Akudolu, who plays Mo] and
I feel the same way as the audience do!”
chuckles the star, who is well-known for
his previous roles in Hollyoaks, Brookside
and Family Affairs. “I was in a coffee shop
recently and a lady said to me, ‘You’re Mr
T from Holby, aren’t you?’. I told her yes,
so she leaned forward and whispered in
my ear, ‘Mo’s pregnant – do you know?’.
It’s funny how the
viewers have taken
the characters into
their hearts!”
However, the story
is set to grow even
more excruciating
for the actors and
fans alike, as Mo
makes the decision to tell Mr T that he
is not the father of her baby! As we put
it to Ben, surely this isn’t the best way to
go about bagging the fella that you love?
“Mo’s not being vindictive about it,”
insists the actor. “She can see that Mr T
has moved on and she just wants him to
be happy – but it’s really hard for her!
“After we finished filming those scenes,
Chizzy said to me, ‘Oh man – the fans are
going to hate me’. I tried to reassure her by
pointing out that she’s simply portraying
what has been written for the characters,
and then she said, ‘But why can’t she
just tell him?’. We both stood there for a
moment trying to work it out, as we really
want them to be honest with one another!”
We reckon that’s easier said than done,
though, given that Mr T’s heart seemingly
belongs to someone else now…

“MAYBE MR T
COULD WORK IN
THE CANTEEN,
SERVING CAKE!”

Down to a T: He seems
to be happy with Inga but is that the full story?
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“His feelings for Mo are buried
for the time being, but you’ll
see that he is still conflicted,”
explains Ben. “There are one or
two moments where he sadly
remembers how they used to be,
and he has to correct himself.
Mo is his one true love, and he’ll
always have feelings for her.”
Just a Mo: How will the
So perhaps all is not lost for
surgeon react to her secret
‘MOT’. And it’s certainly just
babydaddy being back?
the beginning of a new chapter
for Mr T, who has been one of
Holby City’s most popular characters
since he first appeared in 2012.
“We had the
“Mr T was only meant to be in it for
school holidays recently, and our
one episode four years ago!” exclaims Ben.
youngest, Gracie, fractured her foot!”
“Everything that happens to me is always
says the actor. “It meant a trip to A&E.
a mystery and surprise, so I’m just thrilled
All the staff turned out to be massive
that they keep writing stories for me.
Holby fans, and thankfully Gracie is okay.”
“When Mr T left for Sweden earlier this
With Ben back in the thick of his own
year, I thought that was the end of him!”
hospital dramas playing Mr T, we’d love to
adds the actor. “I genuinely started looking
see the doctor become a regular character.
for other work, and it wasn’t until I was
“I’ve suggested every possible story
saying my cheerios that the show said,
to the bosses, but I think they like the
‘But you know you’re coming back, right?’.
fact that Mr T is the hospital’s bumbling
I was absolutely delighted, especially now
gynaecologist,” he confesses. “I thought
I know what Mo and Mr T have coming up.”
maybe he could give up being a consultant
While Mr T was away, Ben was hard at
and work in the canteen, serving cake all
work on other projects, and also spent time
day. Or perhaps we should start a petition
with wife Anna Acton [ex-Walford detective to see that Mr T retrains. It’s the only way!”
LAURA-JAYNE
LAURA
JAYNE TYLER
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aughters.
Emma Summerhayes] and their daughters

There is
no place like

PHOTO: TWITTER/@BENJHULL

HOLLYOAKS!

BEN ENJOYED PAYING A VISIT TO HIS OLD SOAPLAND STOMPING GROUND…
When we first clapped eyes on this
recent picture of Ben on the Hollyoaks
set, we wondered if his Chester alter ego,
Lewis Richardson, was in line for a shock
comeback! But he had simply popped by
the village to see a few of his old mates…
“I absolutely loved being back there –
even standing outside the gates brought
back memories,” gushes the star, who
played Lewis from 1995 to 2001. “There

was lots of hugging and crying as
I bumped into the people I knew –
and Steph Waring, who plays Cindy,
looks younger every time I see her.
“Hollyoaks is doing so well that
I thought, ‘I’d love to be part of it again’,”
adds Ben. “Maybe Lewis’ death will turn
out to be a big misunderstanding, and
he isn’t dead at all. If there was a story
to bring him back, then I’d be up for it!”
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You Think You Are?issettorevealthatEastEnder
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EASTENDERS’ RICHARD BLACKWOOD (VINCENT)
& SUPERMODEL NAOMI CAMPBELL

EMMERDALE’S ADAM THOMAS (ADAM), EX-CORRIE ACTOR
RYAN THOMAS (JASON)&REALITYTVSTARSCOTT THOMAS
The Walford star and the catwalk sensation were
for a time stepbrother and stepsister. Richard’s
father Cliff married Naomi's mother Valerie
when Richard was 10 years old and Naomi was
12. “We were closer when we were younger –
then my dad and her mum split up,” he said in
an interview in 2000. “We were only together
for a short while; our parents were with one
another for seven years. But we speak from time
to time. She was a good sister for a long while.”
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For many years there were two famous brothers in
this family: Ryan, who played Jason Grimshaw
in Coronation Street; and Adam, aka the Dales'
Adam Barton. However, this year’s series of Love
Island brought Adam's twin brother Scott to
the public's attention, after he came third in
the ITV reality show – and now this clan is a
celebrity trio. But Scott reckons his brothers
shouldn’t be worried. “I joined a modelling
agency and they put me into acting auditions,
and I was awful!” he laughs. “I was really bad!”

EASTENDERS’ RITA SIMONS
(ROXY) & THE APPRENTICE
STARALAN SUGAR

Corrie actress Catherine was delighted
to meet former England cricket captain
Michael for the first time at a television
studio in 2013. The pair are related via
Lancashire cricketing brothers Ernest
and John Thomas Tyldesley, who were
star players in the 1920s. Michael’s greatgrandmother was the sister of the pair,
while Catherine is the brother’s greatgreat-niece. But although Michael – who
competed in Strictly Come Dancing in 2012
– inherited the family sporting prowess,
Cath's talent was on the stage rather than
the pitch. “It was great to meet Michael,”
she grins. “Sadly, I'm not a good cricketer
– I wasn't even good at rounders at school!”

HOLLYOAKS’ JAMIE LOMAS
(WARREN) & EMMERDALE’S
CHARLEY WEBB (DEBBIE)
Acting talent runs in the family for siblings
Charley and Jamie. The duo are very close,
despite Jamie being 13 years older – but it
wasn't always that way. “When I was little,
apparently I hated Jamie,” chuckles Charley.
“He had to bribe me to cuddle him. He'd take
me for sweets if I promised to give him a hug
when we got back. Then he'd say, ‘Where's
my hug?’, and I'd just say, ‘Absolutely not!’”

PHOTOS: GETTY, MIRRORPIX, EROTEME, REX/SHUTTERSTOCK

CORRIE’S CATHERINE
TYLDESLEY (EVA)&FORMER
CRICKETER MICHAEL VAUGHAN

With a chequered job history
including club manager,
beautician and market trader,
Roxy has never quite made
her fortune – maybe Rita’s
multimillionaire uncle Alan
could give the character some
career advice! Rita is Alan’s niece
– he is married to her dad’s sister
– and the actress says he's a lot
nicer than TV's ‘Lord Sugar’. “He’s
lovely,” she reveals. “He loves his
grandchildren and family time.”

CORRIE’S BROOKE VINCENT
(SOPHIE)&ELLIE LEACH (FAYE)
As the daughter of Sally and Kevin Webster,
we’ve watched young Sophie grow up before
our very eyes – as well as actress Brooke.
So when her real-life cousin Ellie joined the
Street to play troubled Faye, Brooke was able
to guide her. “Ellie is really good,” enthuses
Brooke. “She is laid-back and chilled-out
about the situation, and she has seen me
go through it. If there is anything she needs
to ask, she does. I don’t worry for her, although
I know she is going to go through everything
I had to go through but worse, because there
is so much more attention than back then
– now it is just constant on social media.”
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Keep it in the

!
NEIGHBOURS' OLYMPIA VALANCE
(PAIGE) & EX-ERINSBOROUGH
RESIDENT HOLLY VALANCE
Stunning half-sisters Holly and Olympia
don’t just share the same father, they’ve also
both called Erinsborough home. In 2014,
younger sister Olympia took on the part of
n Neighbours, 12 years after Holly
Paige Smith in
oodbye to the role of Flick Scully.
had waved go
It may have been more than a decade since
she was last seeen on Ramsay Street, but Holly
had plenty of wise words for Olympia. “Holly
ke sure you’re prepared and you
told me, ‘Mak
know all yourr lines, because no one’s got
time for you to
t stuff up’,” shares Olympia.
“That’s what I’ve done. You only get one or
two takes, so you
y have to be super-prepared.”

EMMERDALE’S
GAYNOR FAYE
(MEGAN) &
SCREENWRITER
KAY MELLOR
Gaynor has worked
extensively as an actress, but
it’s writing that's in her blood.
She’s the daughter of acclaimed
screenwriter Kay, who penned TV
favourites such as Band Of Gold, Fat Friends and In The Club. Kay cut her
teeth as a writer working on Coronation Street in the 1980s, the very
same show where Gaynor shot to fame as Judy Mallett. Mother and
daughter joined forces to co-write drama The Chase, but while she’s
starred in a few of her mum's shows, Gaynor has ruled out playing a
part in any more. “I love everything that my mum does,” shares the
actress. “She writes brilliant dialogue and great characters, especially
strong women. But I’ve been in her stuff, and I made a conscious decision
that I wasn’t going to do any more. I made it as an actress in my own
right, and I didn’t want anyone thinking that I just did her shows.”
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EMMERDALE’S AMY WALSH
(TRACY) & FORMER GIRLS ALOUD
SINGER KIMBERLEY WALSH

EASTENDERS’ SAMANTHA WOMACK
(RONNIE) & REALITY TV STAR CALUM BEST
It wasn’t until several years ago that Albert Square’s
Samantha realised she was related to model and
reality television personality Calum, whose father
was footballing sensation George Best. “Calum’s my
cousin,” explains Samantha. “We didn’t discover we
were related until a few years ago, when my dad was
looking into his background and realised his father was
also Angie Best’s [George’s one-time wife] father. I’ve
met Calum a few times and we text each other. He is
a lovely young man, and I am really proud of him.”

EASTENDERS’ KARL HOWMAN
(BUSTER) & EX-CASUALTY
ACTRESS CHLOE HOWMAN

PHOTOS: XPOSURE, GETTY, REX/SHUTTERSTOCK

When Kimber
Wh
Ki b rley, 34, shot to fame as part of Popstars: The Rivals
winners Girls Aloud,
A
Amy was delighted for her older sister.
However, she wasn’t
w
the only Walsh dreaming of stardom, as
29-year-old Amy was a born performer, too. That meant that
their family home – which was also shared by siblings Sally, 37,
and 32-year-old
d Adam – was full of drama. Spare a thought for
their mum! “It was a pretty chaotic house,” admits Amy. “We
would make up
p shows in our living room. We have three cousins
a similar age, and when we were all together it was like the von
Trapp family. E
Every
ry day there would be a different show!
show!"

Two of the BBC's most popular dramas
have been sharing this father-anddaughter duo. Karl has been playing
Andrew 'Buster' Briggs in EastEnders,
while Chloe recently filmed her last
scenes as Casualty's troubled nurse Rita
Freeman. Chloe’s first TV role was as a
child in her dad’s smash-hit 80s sitcom
Brush Strokes. However, Chloe has already
vetoed another suggested collaboration.
“My husband jokes that me and my
dad should do Celebrity Big Brother!” she
laughs. “I love my dad, but it would be
the first CBB murder. If we were stuck in
that house, we’d both go over the edge!”
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Life’s a
(pleasure) beach!
Corrie’s Kym andd her
little girl are ridingg high…

PHOTOS: DAVE NELSON

H

er Street characcter has
her ups and dow
wns, but
star Kym Marshh(Michelle)
certainly appeared to be enjoying
all the fun of the fair on a day out
with five-year-old dauughter
Polly at Blackpool’s
famous Pleasure Beach.
Braving the wetness of
the log flume and the
motion of the pirate ride,
Kym couldn’t hide her
delight - or perhaps her
nerves! - as the pair made
the most of their adventure.
Little Polly clearly enjoyed
the day, winning a giant plush
toy and proving that she and
her mum are a real double act
as they posed in one of the
famous cartoon cut-outs.

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Flooding on the
cobbles again?

Steve usually
plays the ass in
Michelle’s life!
Soap stardom
is a wild ride
at the best
of times…



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