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MAX IS

BACK!
...and after Mel!

Enders
kiddie
kidnap!

Debbie

TV
GUIDE!

Charity

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EXPOSE

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Toyah’s shock
confession!
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Issue 16 21 - 27 Apr 2018


ever mind a
bad penny,
Max Branning
is m
more like a bad
£5 note, given
the
e number
of times he’s
reappeared in
th
he Square,
b
brazenly brushed
o
off his past sins –
a
and started work
on some new ones!
Of course, Max
do
oesn’t exactly get

Your stars
this week!

welcome with the help of
his irresistible charm!
As he meets Mel for the
first time, we can sense a bit
a warm welcome when
he reveals himself as the
of double trouble coming up,
new owner of the car lot
as these two are certainly
this week. During his last
made for each other. But
what about his poor niceguy brother Jack, who’s
been waiting for Mel’s
icy exterior to be melted
away by his own charm?
stint in Walford he made an
Love Max or loathe him,
enemy of a record number Albert Square is always
of residents, even by his
a more interesting plac
standards! But of course,
when he’s around!
Max being Max, he soon
Steven Murphy, Editor
finds himself a warmer
editor@insidesoap.co.u

40

“Max doesn’t get
a warm welcome!”

The BIG
stories...
Coronation Street

10 David spends the night with Emma
14 Rana & Zeedan reunited?
20 Tracy turfs Billy out on the street
21 Is Mike the right man for Liz?
26 Nicola fears she has a stalker!
36 Toyah calls Simon’s bluff
48 You Ask… Alan Halsall (Tyrone)

EastEnders

8 Max returns to Albert Square
18 Arshad’s panic: Harley is missing!
24 Kat and Mo’s cleaning scam
25 Tiffany sent back to Bianca?
26 Ian does the dirty on Masood!

At this point it
would be traditional
to make a joke about
‘a pair of scrubbers’
But luckily it’s
not the 1970s
any more

24

Emma Atkins

48

12 The latest soap news
30 What Happens When?
32 Soapbox
44 10 Facts About…
Robert’s
certainly going
to need all his
strength tonight

16 Darcy gets caught cheating?
26 Sienna’s lies set to be exposed?
29 Troubled Alfie struggles to cope
46 Jesse’s messy love life continues
27 Jane is in for a massive shock!
28 Gary breaks up with Terese…
47 David & Aaron get back together

“I love playing someone
so far removed from
my own personality”

...and more!

Hollyoaks

Neighbours

“Amanda is glamorous
- but not like Dynasty!”

42

Emmerdale

4 Ross sees his attacker in court
22 The Spencer family devastated!
23 Jimmy’s sex therapy from Misty
29 Graham has the hots for Megan
42 Charity faces her tortured past

Emma
Samms

Natalie J Robb
(the Dales’ Moira)
50 Star watch
54 Blast from
the past with
Harry Reid
56 Style
92 Who’s Who?
94 Puzzles
96 Hot List
98 Hits &
Misses

Alan Halsall

“It would be nice if
Fiz and Tyrone got
married in the end”

54

The Split

Home and Away
Dramas

29 Holby Dom haunted by his past
40 Doctors Amanda makes a return

Nicola Walker
stars as a divorce
lawyer in a new
drama. Turn to
p57 for more…

Harry Reid

PHOTOS: GETTY

27 Coco prepares for her first date
28 Mason grows closer to Jasmine

“Ben will always be a
huge part of me – he
was my first big role!”

INSIDE SCOOP

The

First with the week’s HOTTEST headlines...

Ross has been left in a
terrible place following
the attack on him

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Rhona discovers
what Ross is up to,
and tries to help him

Hot

THIS
WEEK!

Ross
faces his
attacker!
AS THE COURTROOM DRAMA
EXPLODES, WILL DEBBIE’S
SECRET BE REVEALED?
EMMERDALE | ITV TUESDAY

R

oss is forced to face up to
his demons this week, as he
finally shares a courtroom
with Simon McManus – the
man who carried out the
acid attack on him two months ago.
As the week’s events unfold, there are
plenty of secrets waiting to come tumbling
out – and a number of parties desperately
trying to keep them hidden. Will Ross start
to piece together the truth that Debbie was
behind the attack that’s left him severely
scarred? And will he crack as he’s forced
to relive the details of the assault?
“Ross is trying to act confident, though
he’s also extremely nervous,” sighs actor
Michael Parr, who plays the troubled fella.
“There’s no guarantee that Simon will be
convicted. They’ve got a witness who
sounds reliable… but this is Emmerdale,
so it could never be that straightforward!”

THE NEED FOR DRUGS
The day before his case is due to start,
Ross is feeling incredibly vulnerable –
and despite having vowed to kick his
addiction, he breaks into the veterinary
surgery looking for painkillers. However,
he’s caught in the act by Rhona – and
panicked Ross makes a run for it.
“He’s addicted, and that’s the nature
of addiction,” explains Michael. “It takes
you over, and you don’t have any control
over it. The craving controls you.”
At her wits’ end, Rhona finally decides
that she has to confide in her boyfriend
Pete, telling him of his brother’s worrying
behaviour. She also informs him that Ross
made a pass at her recently – which shocks
Pete, who’s extremely anxious regarding
the self-destructive path Ross is taking.
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INSIDE SCOOP
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“Ross’ head is in the shed,” says
Michael. “He’s just not thinking straight.
He made a pass at Rhona because she
seemed to show some interest in him,
but he misread the signals. Obviously
his confidence is very low, and he
doesn’t have the clearest vision because
of everything that’s going on in his life.
He does care about Rhona’s feelings
– and Pete’s, too. He certainly doesn’t
want to lose the only family member
other than Moira that he has left.”

HOPE IN THE FUTURE
The one glimmer of light in
Ross’ life is his young son,
Moses. After the recent
panic when the youngster
almost swallowed one of his
dad’s pills, the bond between
father and son has been
strengthened. Will it prove
to be Ross’ salvation?
“Well, I certainly hope it is,”
Ross’ need for
painkillers drives him
shares Michael. “He’s had
to commit a crime
a big wake-up call. It’s not
the final thing that makes
him get off the drugs, but it’s
Given that the entire case against Simon
definitely a large contributing factor.
rests on this vital testimony, Ross begins
Ross is in a pretty dark place, having
to lose faith, fearing the prosecution
very dark thoughts – possibly even
will fall apart. Even though the witness
thoughts of suicide. Ultimately, though,
statement is read out to the jury, will it
he’s got this son, who he has to carry
be enough to convince them?
on for. He’s a natural father, and he
“If it’s not, there would be so many
y
knows he has to be there for his boy.
questions going round in Ross’
Ross head,”
hea
nd to Ross’ misery
So I can see an en
ght at the end of
– but will it be a lig
the tunnel, or a dark ending?”

CASE COLLA
It would certainly help Ro s get
his life back togeth
her if he knew
his attacker was behind bars. And
that’s a big ‘if’ as the trial begins.
“When Ross spies Simon,
he recognises him from
somewhere,” revea
als
Michael. “He hasn’t seen
him since the night of
the attack, and up till
now he’s had no id
dea
who did this to him
m. But
after he realises Simon
is on trial, it makess him
question many thin
ngs…”
No sooner has the
trial begun than there’s
pandemonium, as the
judge explains that the
key witness has died!
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Michael tells us. “Would he think that
Simon had got away with it, or just
that they had the wrong person?”
There’s also the question of how
Ross would feel if he found out Debbie
was the one who instigated the attack.
“Oh, that would be heartbreaking
for him,” reckons Michael. “Debbie has
been his closest companion, and the
only person – other than Donna – he’s
really loved. So if Ross were to discover
that she’d played a part… well, he’d
see it as treachery of the highest order!”
Tom Spilsbury

Debbie exposed!
MOIRA LE
EARNS OF HER GUILT…
As the trial be
egins, Debbie is worried that Moira
k.
will realise she was behind the acid attack
If Moira goes to the courtroom and
sees Sim
mon, Debbie knows she’ll join
the dotts. Desperate to protect his
daugh
hter, Cain tries to persuade his
wife n
not to attend – but to no avail.
Moira
a is duly appalled to learn Simon
was b
behind the attack, and aghast
to ru
umble Debbie’s involvemnt.
As
s the recriminations begin,
bbie starts to panic that Moira will
w
Deb
go tto the police with her informatio
on
– orr that she’ll decide to tell Ross
erything she now knows…
eve

Jack isn’t happy at
the thought of Max
sniing around Mel

EASTENDERS | BBC1 TUESDAY

Max is back!
HE RETURNS TO FACE HIS FORMER
FRIENDS AND NEIGHBOURS…

T

he residents of Albert
Square are none-toopleased to see Max
Branning back in their
lives this week – and they’re
even more shocked when
they find out about his new
business venture!
Having been inadvertently
responsible for the death of
his daughter Abi, Max was
left a broken man. After being
banned by the rest of the
Brannings from attending her
funeral, he slunk away from
Walford a few weeks ago.
But he’s starting to get his
life back together – and we’re
about to find out what he’s
been up to while away…
“A new car lot is opening
in the Square, which naturally
draws quite a bit of attention
from the locals,” explains our
East End insider. “Ian Beale’s
curiosity is certainly piqued,
and he’s stunned when he
sees that Max is behind the
new business. Ian had secretly
hoped that Max would be

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gone from his life for g d
– after all, Max did try t
murder him only a few shor
months ago! He’s petr fie
that his nemesis has c e
back to finish the job
properly this time.”
Meanwhile, once S aron
hears about the new r lot,
she pays Max a visit nd
warns him off by say g that
Phil won’t be happy. Max isn
at all bothered, thou h, and
blithely ignores her arning
“It’ll take more tha
an a hard
stare from Sharon t ruf
Max,” says our mol “In fac
he’s rather enjoying seeing
the chaos he’s cau ng – even
though he’s barely egun
Next up Max dro s in on
the Queen Vic, wh re he
causes yet more t nsio
“When Max stri s into
the pub, bold as
ss,
Mick and Linda m e it
very clear that the don’t
want him there,” hares
our spy. “And ca you
blame them? Th came

It’ll take more than
a hard stare from
Sharon to rule Max”

OUT FOR
REVENGE!
Max has made a
host of enemies.
Which of them will
try to get even?
MICK & LINDA
Max conned the couple
into signing away the
deeds for the Queen Vic,
handing over the boozer
to dodgy Weyland & Co.
Although they eventually
managed to recover the
pub, will Mick now try to
get his own back?

IAN
Ian discovered that
Max was responsible
for Steven’s death and
blackmailing his wife,
Jane, to leave Walford.
On top of all that, Max
tried to strangle him! So
if anyone has a score to
settle with Max, it’s Ian.

PHIL
Max once tricked Phil’s
son Ben into signing over
the Arches to him – and
now that Max is treading
on his turf again, we
don’t think Phil will take
it lying down! It could be
the battle of the Albert
Square heavyweights…
very close to lo g their
me because f his
treachery, and ven though
they know Max has hit rock
ttom after l ing Abi, they
still don’t want anything to
r again.”
with him
In fact, sin he plotted
and schemed against
virtually ever one in Walford,
there are ve few people
ady to giv Max a warm
owever, one
welcome. Ho
rson w has no prior
story wi him is Mel
en. Sh only recently
k in the Square
arrived
rself, and having just
d E20, she’s
laun
ppy let Max make

use of the club. But that
annoys his brother Jack.
“Jack can already see what
could happen here,” sniffs our
snitch. “He’s been circling Mel
for a little while now, and he’s
obviously interested in her.
She’s exactly his type – she’s
the spit of his dead wife Ronnie,
in both looks and temperament.
But now that Max is back on
the scene, Jack sees him as a
potential threat. He fears Max
will try to get Mel into bed – and
let’s face it, he’s probably right!”
Whatever Max has planned
next in the Square, it’s surely
only a matter of time before
the sparks really start to fly…
Tom Spilsbury

MARTIN
Martin wasn’t a fan of
the “ginger ferret” even
before he slept with his
wife Stacey on Christmas
Eve. There’ve been some
encouraging signs that
Martin might make up
with Stace – but will Max’s
return scupper that?

CARMEL
Carmel fell head over
heels for Max, and even
thought he was going
to propose – but she
was distraught to learn
he’d been two-timing
her with Fi Browning.
What do they say about
a woman scorned…?

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CORONATION STREET | ITV MONDAY

Meet my new
girlfriend!

DAVID STUNS HIS FAMILY
AS HE INVITES TEENAGE
SALON SKIVVY EMMA
TO LIVE WITH HIM…

David knows he has
to do something
dramatic to throw
Maria off the scent

T

he Platts are horrified
this week, after David
spends the night
with teenager Emma
– then announces that the
salon assistant is moving in!
While David’s bizarre
behaviour further proves that
something is very wrong with
him, his concerned family

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remain oblivious to the fact
that David was raped by Josh.
Can anyone get him to admit
what he’s going through?
“By making a play for Emma,
David is trying to prove to
himself – and Josh – that he’s
a real man,” explains Jack
P Shepherd, who plays the
suffering fella. “He wants

to show Josh that he’s wrong
about him – he’s not gay. But
Emma is also a toy who distracts
him from his demons.”
At the start of the week,
Gary remains
convinced
that David is
heading for
a breakdown,
and tries to
talk to him.
But when he
concludes that his neighbour’s
troubled state is a delayed
reaction to wife Kylie’s death,
David plays along. Shona then
mentions to Maria that her

relationship with David went
downhill after he fell out with
Josh – prompting David to
take drastic action to throw
Maria off the scent…
“Maria is
the one person
who’s getting
close to finding
out what’s
wrong with
him, so he
needs to shut
her up,” sighs Jack. “David
decides to do it in a way that
shocks her – but it makes her
more concerned about what’s
going on, too.”

“For Josh to be
punished for
this, David must
say it out loud”

Those faces! What will
the Platts make of
Emma’s presence?

what happened at the time,
he wouldn’t be reacting in
such a self-destructive way.
But that’s the point – he should
have spoken out. He can’t
move on until he opens up.

“For Josh to be punished,
David has to say it out loud
– but he’s internalising it. It’ll
be interesting to see what, if
anything, will make him talk…”
Allison Jones

“It’s as though David
has given up!”
Jack reflects on his anguished
alter ego’s latest story…

In the wake of his outburst,
David shuts the salon early
and invites Emma round for a
beer. When Maria calls in later
and comes face to face with
Emma wearing very little, she’s
horrified – but undeterred David
hands Emma a set of keys
as an invitation to move in!
“Emma is always rabbiting
on, so David doesn’t have to
engage in conversation,” shares
Jack. “And having her move in
is another method of pushing
Shona away. The kids have
been missing Shona, but now
David can send a signal that he’s
moving on with someone new.”

As he brazenly introduces
Emma to Max, Lily and the
rest of the family, Bethany is
appalled to realise that Emma
was in the year above her at
school! Still David doesn’t
waver in his drive to ignore
his trauma – but just how
far will he unravel before
someone gets him
to open up?
“What David is
doing is rash, but
he’s a person
of extremes,”
muses Jack.
“If he’d told
someone

“This storyline has been
a challeng
h ll
e for me,
and I’ve en
njoyed that
aspect of it,” shares
Jack. “Dav
vid is making
silly decisions and
hurting peo
ople he loves
along the w
way – it’s as
though he’s given up. He
seems pow
werless – he
usually has
s something
up his sle
eeve, but in
this in
nstance he
simp
ply hasn’t.
“T
The plot has
reallly got people
talk
king, which is
exa
actly what we
sett out to do. It’s
bee
en very well
receiv
ved, and that’s
A an actor you
great. As
just get o
on with telling
the story
y, but to see
the effec
ct it’s had is
very rewarding.”

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INSIDE
Laura-Jayne snoops behind

the
e big soap headlines…


CORONATION STREET

TRAGEDY ON
THE STREET?
Sad scenes ahead for Johnny and Jenny…

T

he Connor family
will be plunged into
despair this spring,
judging by these tearful
snaps of family patriarch
Johnny and his wife Jenny.
Our sneaky pictures of
the pair sharing a heart-toheart on a park bench in
Weatherfield suggest that
their plan to emigrate to
Spain will again take a
back seat. But what will
keep them from boarding
the plane this time?
“Jenny has been
desperate to make a fresh
start, but with Carla and
Aidan’s kidney transplants

and the revival of the factory,
it’s just not been the right time
to move,” reckons our cobbles
insider. “Johnny’s kids seem
to have got their lives back on
track – but is fate set to deal
the clan another blow?”

Trouble in paradise?
Jenny looks distraught

Sneak

ON-SET
PICS!

It all seems
fairly quiet
at first…

ichelle’s lad is almost home…

Y

PHOTOS: ZENPIX, MCPIX, GETTY, TWITTER/GARYBEADLE

ou might want to take a
brief break from swooning
over delectable doctor Ali
to appreciate this sneaky snap of
Michelle’s other buff son, Ryan!
Former Dales star Ryan Prescott
– who is taking over the role from
actor Sol Heras – is filming with Corrie
ahead of his debut, which is
expected to air next month.
“Ryan’s hunky new look
suggests that he’s going to
be just as much a hit with
the ladies of Weatherfield

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as he was a few
years ago,” enthuses
our Street spy. “That
sexy grin of his will
break a few hearts,
make no mistake!”
Our pictures show the handsome
chap emerging from a doorway to
greet Michelle’s fiancé Robert
and his Bistro employee
Daniel – who looks as if he’s
been up to something he
shouldn’t with someone
he shouldn’t! Stay tuned…

…but what
DOES Daniel
get up to?

EASTENDERS

STOP
PRESS!
Take Pat!
a!
Following ne ativ
ve
h t
press reports tha
happ
py
viewers are unh
ure
with the dark natu
an
of Corrie’s Phellan
p
storyline, the ssoap
has recorded itts
highest set of
viewing igures
in three years.
Hooray!

DONNA
A GONER!
The EastEnders exodus continues…

T

he bants just won’t be the same
on Walford market, following
the news that gobby Donna is
waving goodbye to Albert Square.
Actress Lisa Hammond has decided
to quit the soap, four years after landing
the role of the sassy stallholder…
“It’s been so great to play Donna,”
shares the star, whose feisty alter
ego immediately struck up a
fierce rivalry with the likes of
Kat and Bianca. “I’ve made
lifelong friends on the show
and will really miss the
brilliant cast and crew, who
have always been a pleasure
to work with. I look forward
to what the future brings.”
A spokesperson for the soap has
confirmed Lisa’s departure, which
Robbie and Donna
finally got together

comes off the back of a huge cast
shake-up including the exits of
big-name stars such as Richard
Blackwood (Vincent), Jenna Russell
(Michelle) and Lee Ryan (Woody).
Bosses are staying tight-lipped on
how Donna will leave, but we can’t help
but worry for her fella, Robbie.
Will he sail off into the
sunset with her, or is the
hapless chap set to
have his heart brok

Mac’s back!
Just when we’d thought
we’d seen the last of
Mac, the Hollyoaks
baddy is set to
make a surprise
reappearance
when his son
James goes to
see him soon in
hospital. But what
will prompt the visit?

Great minds
think alike
Doctors will air a series
of six episodes as
part of Mental Health
Awareness Week
(14-20 May). The
special run will explore
how the issue of
mental health is treated
within faith communities.

Soap SPY...
Paul the other one!
Are our eyes deceiving us, or is
former Walford bad boy Paul Trueman
set to make a shock return from the
grave? Sadly not – but ex-EastEnder
Gary Beadle did pop by his old
stomping ground, and took the
opportunity to catch up with Square
favourites Diane Parish (Denise)
and Tameka Empson (Kim). What
a fab photo this gorgeous lot take!

INSIDE SCOOP

CORONATION STREET | ITV WEDNESDAY

Rana & Zeedan
reunited?
KATE IS A JEALOUS WOMAN AS HER
GIRLFRIEND COSIES UP TO HER EX…

T

he future of Rana and
Kate’s relationship is
threatened this week
– as Kate gets a touch
of the green-eyed monster.
Rana is distraught following
her family’s failed attempt to
kidnap her – and when she
turns to her estranged hubby
Zeedan after rejecting Kate’s
invitation to move in together,
Kate is seething with jealousy…
“Kate and Rana’s
relationship might be out in
the open, but there are still so
many obstacles in their way,”
points out Faye Brookes, who
plays Kate. “Kate forgets
sometimes that Rana’s still
married, and that she still
cares about Zeedan. So
when Kate devotes all her time
and attention to Rana, but
doesn’t always get the same
back, it’s upsetting for her.”

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After Kate’s flatmate Alya
announces that she’s sick of
living with the woman who
wrecked her brother’s marriage,
Kate suggests Alya moves
back home with Zeedan while
Rana moves in with her. But
with the Habeebs having cut
all financial ties with Zeedan
as well as their daughter, Rana
feels responsible – and rejects
Kate’s offer of living together.
Meanwhile, Zeedan and
Rana are relieved when she
persuades her brother Imran
to invest in Zeedan’s new
restaurant, Speed Daal –
but Kate isn’t happy at all.
“She sees Zeedan hugging
Rana in the Bistro,” reveals
Faye. “He’s just thanking her
for getting Imran on board, but
Kate doesn’t understand why
Rana has her brother helping
Zeedan when she’s been trying

to separate herself from him.
Why is she still playing wifey?
She doesn’t want Rana giving
Zeedan any false hope.”
There’s further upset when
Rana’s father Hassan turns up
and reveals her mother Saira
has been arrested on kidnap
charges – and he accuses his
daughter of calling the police.
Insisting she would never
do so, Rana points the finger
at Zeedan – but it’s not long
before the real identity of the
whistle-blower is revealed,
and Rana is knocked for six.
After rushing to the police
station and pleading with them
to drop the charges against

Newbie Kayla
finds herself in an
awkward position

her mother, she makes an
emotional apology to Zeedan
– and when waitress Kayla
spies the former couple’s
intimate moment, Zeedan
confides in his employee that
he reckons Rana still has
feelings for him. But is he

Why is Rana still
playing wifey? Kate
doesn’t understand”

You can say

thatagain!
(On Robert)
“The man’s
a machine,
isn’t he?”

OUR FAVOURITE
E RECENT
SOAP QUOTTES…
“He found me one night,
of duty, paid me just to talk. Said he
had this lat I could stay in, said that he’d put a
roof over my head, I’d get back on my feet, I’d go
back to school – and I was so desperate, I didn’t even
ask him why. I was so young and stupid, I actually
thought he wanted to help me. The irst night there,
he raped me. He raped me. But I thought I was lucky
because there was heating, food in the fridge
and a telly. I told myself it was okay, and
that I wasn’t worth any better.”
The insights into Charity’s teenage years
have been wonderfully written
and powerfully played.

“Yeah, it’s no
wonder Michelle
walked out on ya.”
It’s funny because
it’s true, Steve!

“The question is:
How do we stop this
from turning into one
of Phil’s decade-long
feuds?”

right to be optimisstic –
and is Kate and R
Rana’s
romance really at risk?
“Knowing Zeed
dan and
Rana have been ttogether really
ruffles Kate’s feathers – she’s
good old-fashione
ed jealous,”
admits Faye. “Rana is the love
of her life, and Ka
ate doesn’t
ading Zeedan
appreciate her lea
on – even more so because
the two of them arre still married.
That breaks Kate’s heart…”
Allison Jones

“Has he
even got a
decade left
in him?”

“You need to
toughen up, Angie. You
need to watch a ilm called
The Baby. It’s about this woman
who keeps her husband in a
play pen. And as the poster said,
what went on in that nursery,
it wasn’t for kids.
Every day, we know a little bit more
about Mary. Sometimes we’re
comforted. Sometimes
we’re worried.

“Carla, if you ever
need another kidney, just ask me.
Cos if you get a whole factory in
return, hook me up right now!
Oh, I’m only saying what everyone
else is thinking!”
Plain-speaking Jenny is
the best Jenny.

“He was just
checking she was
comfortable on
the camp bed.”
That’s our new favourite
euphemism. Though nobody
has checked our camp
bbed
d ffor mo
onths.
“What was
Grandad asking Misty
last night? She kept
saying yes over and
over, really loud.”

INSIDE SCOOP

HOLLYOAKS | Channel 4 MONDAY

Darcy
cheats
with
Adam?

It seems Darcy can’t
keep her hands
off Adam…

POOR JACK COULD
BE HEADING FOR
HEARTBREAK…

T

his is the moment
when scheming Darcy
is caught getting jiggy
with her half-naked ex
Adam – as Esther and Nancy
plot to expose her true colours!
Viewers know that sneaky
Darcy has wormed her way into
Jack’s life to get her grubby
mitts on his life insurance. He’s
fallen for her deception hook,
line and sinker – but can his
loved ones prove she’s a
wrong’un before she becomes
the next Mrs Osborne?
“Imagine how frustrating this
is for Esther and Nancy – while
they know full well what Darcy
is up to, she’s always one step
ahead of them!” cackles our
Hollyoaks insider. “Trying to
outwit the village’s biggest
schemer is a tough feat, and
sadly these ladies are just too
nice to truly get one over on
such a wicked woman.”
Nevertheless, with Jack and
Darcy’s wedding imminent, the
Osbornes know time is running
out to oust the minx from their
midst. So, determined to show
Jack that Darcy doesn’t really
love him, they enlist her former

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fiancé Adam to prove what they
are saying about her is true.
Their plan is to make it look
as if Darcy is set to cheat on
Jack with her ex – after all, who
could resist the dishy Donovan?
So Esther and Nancy set up a
hidden camera in the living room
and hide themselves away as
Adam swings into action!

He’s also keen to expose
his lying ex, and embraces the
ruse with gusto. He’s soon
‘accidentally’ spilled something
on his top, prompting him to
whip it off – and judging by our
pic, Darcy just can’t keep her
hands off that ripped torso!
“Let’s not forget that Darcy
had real feelings for Adam,”

Esther and Nancy know
what Darcy is up to, but she’s
always one step ahead!”

notes our spy. “When he’s
offering himself to her on a
plate, it’s a tough proposition
to turn down! However, we’ve
learned not to underestimate
Darcy – so don’t be surprised
if she manages to worm her
way out of it once more…”
As Jack and Darcy’s
wedding day dawns, will Jack
be in for a rude awakening?
Or can Darcy pull the wool
over his eyes long enough to
finally become his wife?
Sarah Ellis

Your soap story

Wish list!
“How much longer
do I have to wait
for the glorious
Linda Robson to
venture into Albert
Square? It’s been
about 20 years!
Wouldn’t she be
perfect as Karen
Taylor’s mum?
Walford needs a
new matriarch to
ill Peggy’s shoes.”
…pleads reader
Christopher
“I’d like to see Jimmy
taking Pete and Ross
under his wing in
Emmerdale. They’ve
lost their parents and
he’s lost all his brothers.
They could make a
good team together.”
…suggests reader Sarah
“Ryan is playing a
game with the Hollyoaks
police, so why not let him
become a proper supervillain? He could have a
costume and everything!”
…cackles reader
Michael from London

Jack has refused
to listen to Esther’s
warnings about Darcy

PHOTOS: E&J CLARKE, ALAMY

“Now that Coronation
Street have added a
Co-op and Costa to
their set, why not
a McDonald’s as
well? Liz and Steve
could run it! They’re
not busy with the
Rovers any more.”
…chuckles reader
Gregory
Each week, we invite readers to share their dream
soap storylines on our lnsideSoap Facebook page.
Check it out and join in the fun at www.facebook.com/
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wishlist@insidesoap.co.uk. There’s a £10 prize
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INSIDE SCOOP
EASTENDERS | BBC1 THURSDAY

W

Chloe’s web
of lies snares
unwitting Arshad

baby Har
ARSHAD AND MASOOD FACE
A TERRIFYING ORDEAL…

T

here’s a nightmare in
store for foster-parent
Arshad this week –
after baby Harley is
taken while in his care!
He and wife Mariam have
been entrusted with the wellbeing of the youngster, who
has been removed from his
parents’ custody. However,
when Mariam goes away for a
few days, Arshad and nephew
Masood are left holding the
fort – and the baby. That’s
when the trouble begins…
“A woman called Chloe
arrives in Walford, but she’s
there under false pretences,”
reveals our Square snoop.
“She bumps into Arshad and
pretends to be injured so that
Chloe is delighted to
see her son again

he’ll take her in to help. Once
she’s inside the house, though,
it’s clear Chloe has engineered
this meeting so she can get
close to Harley – because
she’s the baby’s mum!”
Arshad realises something
is amiss, but can’t quite figure
out what Chloe is hiding. After
he relays his fears to Masood,
the two men decide to take
action by installing extra security
around their home. However,
Arshad later discovers the
CCTV has been vandalised,
and insists they tell both
social services and the police
what’s going on. But he also
maintains that Masood must
keep quiet about the situation
if Mariam rings again.
Any notion that this might
be an overreaction is dispelled
the next day, when Arshad
realises Harley is missing. The
baby has been snatched by
his parents, Chloe and Bijan!
“Arshad can’t understand
how they knew where baby

Harley was – until it’s revealed
that Tiffany posted a picture
with Harley on social media!”
explains our source. “He goes
mad at her and tells her that
she’ll be to blame if they can’t
find the little’un. It’s a horrible
predicament for everyone.”

How did they know
where Harley was?
Tiffany posted a pic!”

Where in the
world are the
Masood kids?
He’s currently helping Arshad
with baby Harley, but Masood has
four biological children of his own.
IInside Soap takes a look at where
each of them is currently…

SYED
Masood’s eldest
son Syed left to
start a new life in
Birmingham with
partner Christian
Clarke. The pair
moved because Syed’s ex-wife
A
Amira
was bringing up their
baby Yasmin in the city, and they
wanted to live nearby. They remain
living there happily to this day.

SHABNAM
Following the
tragic stillbirth of
son Zaair and the
revelation that
her husband Kush
was the father
of Stacey’s son
Arthur, Shabnam
departed the Square. She’s living
in Leeds with daughter Jade,
who’d previously been adopted by
another family, to rebuild her life.

TAMWAR
Cautious
Tamwar decided
to throw caution
to
t the wind to go
travelling with
true love Nancy.
Howe
ever, in March last year,
Nancy
y was seriously injured in a
car crash in Bulgaria, and her dad
Mick flew
fl
to her side. Fortunately
she re
ecovered, and now she and
Tam are
a back on the road.

Keanu works on Chloe
and Bijan’s car, oblivious
to their intentions

Thankfully, the police are able
to locate Harley, and Arshad
prays social services won’t
hold him responsible for what’s
happened. All he wants is a
second chance to give the baby
a good home, and for Mariam
to see that he can be trusted.
Social services eventually
agree that Arshad wasn’t at
fault – but will he and Masood
be forced to share the ordeal
with Mariam upon her return?
Kate White

KAMIL

Fearsome Masood
arms himself for
any eventuality

Youngster Kamil
hasn’t been seen
since Masood
made his most
recent return to
Walford. He’s
back in Pakistan
with his
h mother Zainab, who
shares custody of the cute little
lad wiith her former husband.

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INSIDE SCOOP

CORONATION STREET | ITV WEDNESDAY

Get
out,
Billy!
BILLY S BACK
FROM REHAB, BUT
HIS TROUBLES
AREN’T OVER…

Tracy refuses to
consider Billy staying
in her property…

R

ecovering addict
Billy arrives back
on the Street with a
bump this week – as
callous Tracy turfs him out.
She’s the landlord of the flat
that Billy shares with Summer,
and Billy’s failed to pay the rent
for three months. Clearly there
are extenuating circumstances,
but Tracy decides she doesn’t
want him as a tenant, and is
brutal in telling him so. What
will Billy and Summer do now?
“As a fragile recovering drug
user, Billy needs patience and
understanding – only for Tracy
to label him a ‘junkie’ and kick
him out!” reveals our cobbles
snitch. “We thought Tracy
had got a bit nicer of late, but
she doesn’t care that Billy has
been to hell and back, and
any warmth she felt for Todd

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…and not even Shona’s
kind offer to help out
can change her mind

won’t change her stance. As
far as she’s concerned, Billy
and Summer can do one!”
This is a major setback
for Billy, who is desperate to
get Tracy to
change her
mind. Given all
Summer has
been through
with losing
her dad Drew
and then Todd
deserting them, she needs
stability, and Billy can’t bear
the thought of letting her down
again. It’s a horrible situation
as the lass excitedly packs her

suitcase so they can move back
in together – with Billy steeled
to break her heart once more.
The only way to start getting
back on their feet is for Billy
to find some
instant cash.
Unfortunately,
he sold
everything of
worth to buy
drugs, and
he has no job
at the moment either. So in a
desperate bid to raise some
funds, he goes to see Adam to
find out if Todd was owed any
wages before he disappeared.

“Tracy labels
fragile Billy a
‘junkie’ and
kicks him out!”

Furious Adam tells him to
sling his hook, and Billy is
sincerely apologetic about
everything he’s done to wrong
the Barlows in the past. But
that doesn’t solve his problem
– and it falls to Shona to
come up with a solution…
“Following her split with
David, Shona’s looking for a
home now too,” shares our
informant. “She suggests that
she could move in with Billy
and Summer, and act as
guarantor to assauge Tracy’s
doubts. It’s the perfect solution
– but Tracy won’t have a bar of
it. As far as she’s concerned,
it’s just not her problem.”
Can Billy find a way to get
Tracy to let him stay, and
also get his relationship with
Summer back on track?
Kate White

CORONATION STREET | ITV MONDAY

Is Mike really
Mr Right?
LIZ MAY HAVE HER EYE ON A DIFFERENT MAN…

R

omance is in the air
for Liz this week, as
Mike takes her out
on a date. Is he the
man for her, though?
Mike is single, handsome
and intelligent, and he certainly
enjoys flirting. Liz has been
lapping up the attention, but
when they go for a meal at
the Bistro, she’s given food
for thought. Although Mike is
great company and showering
her with attention, Liz keeps
getting distracted by Johnny!
While she and Johnny are
mates, there’s always been a
bit of a spark between them
– and since Jenny despatched
Liz to help convince Johnny
to make the move to Spain
as soon as possible, they’ve
become closer. Moira spots
the connection between them
after Johnny comes into the
medical centre, and begins to
tease Liz about having feelings
for him – only for furious Liz to
deny it. Moira has hit a nerve,

Is married Johnny
right up Liz’s Street?

though – so when Mike invites
her out again, Liz accepts.
Another night of fine dining
and wine would be perfect, but
this time Mike wants to take
Liz to the cinema to see a highbrow film. With Moira looking
on, Liz goes much further than
just saying yes – she fakes
being keen on Mike’s choice!
It all seems like harmless
romantic antics on the face
of it – but is Liz dating Mr
Wrong simply because Mr
Right is already taken?
Kate White

SUMMER
OF LOVE!
Aidan discovers that he’s the object of Summer’s
affections this week – when he finds her notebook.
She’s written comments about him across the
pages, and Aidan is mortified to realise that she’s
crushing on him. They’ve been spending time
together thanks to Summer’s work placement at
Underworld, and she’s been desperate to impress.
Happily for Summer, when she and Alya pitch to
Carla and Aidan about a new sportswear range,
they give the idea and the girls their seal of approval.
However, after Aidan stumbles upon the truth
about Summer’s feelings, he’s keen to keep his
distance. Is the lass headed for more heartbreak?

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INSIDE SCOOP

Daz is the bearer
of bad tidings for
young Amelia

EMMERDALE | ITV FRIDAY

Tragedy
for the
Spencers!
A SHOCK DEATH DEVASTATES
THE FAMILY – AND EXPOSES
A SHOCKING SECRET…

D

evastating news
reaches the Spencer
clan this week –
as Daz reveals that
Ali has died suddenly.
It’s been a while since Dan’s
ex-wife left Emmerdale to start
a new life in Liverpool following
the death of her wife Ruby, but
she’s kept in touch because
of children Sean and Amelia.
So after shaken Daz turns up
and reveals that Ali has gone,
it’s a horrible shock to everyone
– not least her heartbroken
daughter Amelia…
“It’s the sort of news that
nobody wants to have to break,”
shares our Dales spy. “This is
the second tragedy to hit the

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family – it’s only a couple of
years since Ruby was killed in
the helicopter crash. Having to
tell Amelia that her mum is dead
is awful, and she’s shattered.”
When Dan arrives home, he’s
horrified to see his daughter in
a terrible state. Tearful Amelia
explains that Uncle Daz says
her mum has died, and Dan is
shaken to realise they’ve lost
Ali. Filled with pain and grief,
Dan can’t stop his anger rising
at Daz for telling Amelia without
waiting for him to return. So

as Dan agrees to plan
the funeral for Ali, he’s fuming
at his brother’s irresponsibility.
The atmosphere continues
to be terrible as the two struggle
to get along. With all the stress
and heartache at home, Daz
heads to the Woolie to drown
his sorrows, then begins to
pour his heart out to Kerry – but
she’s going to wish he hadn’t!
“Daz is nursing a massive
secret that could destroy the
Spencers forever,” reveals our
informant. “He blurts it out

If the family discover that
Kerry knows Daz’s secret,
it could ruin everything”

drunkenly to Kerry, and she’s
rocked to her foundations.
Worse still, she knows that
he’s told her something that
Dan doesn’t know, so now
she’s hiding it from him too.
Keeping Daz’s secret could
protect the rest of the family,
but if they discover it and
find out that Kerry knew,
it could ruin everything.”
In the midst of their grief,
Dan and Amelia have no
idea that Daz is sitting on a
bombshell that would devastate
them all. Now Kerry has to
decide if she can keep his
secret, or whether it’s time to
tell everybody the truth…
Kate White

EMMERDALE | ITV TUESDAY

Jimmy’s sex
therapy!
CAN MISTY HELP WITH HIS PERFORMANCE ANXIETY?

J

Daz opens his big
trap in front of
stunned Kerry

immy receives a
proposal he can’t
refuse this week –
as Rodney’s game
girlfriend Misty offers to
help spice up his sex life!
Nicola’s harassed hubby
has been struggling to
perform in the bedroom,
and has even resorted to
buying dodgy Viagra pills
online to try to satisfy his
wife’s rampant appetites.
But with the pair’s options
running out, Misty offers to
lend a helping hand…
“Poor Jimmy!” despairs
our Dales mole. “Misty isn’t
the sort of girl to take no for
an answer, so he ends up
just going along with it.”
Jimmy’s humiliation
threshold is tested as he tries
to avoid Nicola’s advances,
and Rodney senses the
tension between them. Of
course, it doesn’t take long
for randy Rod to work out
what’s going on – causing
Jimmy to storm off.
That’s when Misty steps
in, offering her services to
Jimmy as a self-proclaimed

sex therapist! But as she
leads the flummoxed fella
upstairs, just what sort of
‘therapy’ is Misty proposing?
“It’s fair to assume Nicola
will react badly!” chuckles
our snitch. “Don’t forget,
the situation is mortifying
for her too. She’s worried
that Jimmy doesn’t fancy
her any more. So if Misty
manages to, ahem, get a
rise out of him, what will
that say to Nicola?”

It seems Nicola has
already made up her mind
as she gives Jimmy a hard
time following his session
with Misty. However, as
Jimmy tries to explain some
of Misty’s techniques, can
he persuade his mardy
missus that she has no
reason to feel threatened?
And has Jimmy’s new love
doctor managed to cure his
issues between the sheets?
Laura-Jayne Tyler

Nicola wants sex – and
she doesn’t want Jimmy
to have it without her!

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EASTENDERS | BBC1 FRIDAY

Kat’s
cleaning
con!
KAT STEALS FROM
MEL – THEN ROBS LINDA
TO PAY HER BACK…

Kat and co get a cleaning
trial at the Vic – and use it to
steal the Carters’ booze!

K

at and Mo are on
the lookout for work
this week – and end
up playing off Mel
and Linda against each other!
Nan and granddaughter are
still attempting to raise cash
to pay off their debts, and go
to Mel to see if she’ll give them
the cleaning job at E20.

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Although she has some
nagging doubts about the
idea, Mel agrees to give Kat
and Mo a chance. But once
they’re alone in the club, the
pair help themselves to a few
drinks while they’re on the job!
“Kat and Mo really are two
of a kind,” sighs our Walford
source. “It’s only their first

day working at the club, and
they’re already taking liberties!
Of course, Mel’s no fool, and
she instantly realises what the
two of them have been up to.
As soon as she uncovers their
boozy antics, she fires them on
the spot! It’s really no less than
they deserve, to be honest.
What were they thinking?”
The next morning, ashamed
Kat begs Mel for a second
chance. However, Mel tells her
that before she’ll even think
about taking them back, they’ll
have to replace all of the drink
they stole – and even then,

she’s not promising anything.
In the end, Kat swallows her
pride and sheepishly agrees
to comply with Mel’s terms.
“When it comes down to it,
Kat and Mo desperately need
the money – it’s as simple as
that!” insists our gossip. “But
Kat has come up with a plan.
She’s detected the simmering
rivalry between Mel and Linda,
and decides to use it to her
advantage by persuading
Linda to give her and Mo a
cleaning trial at the Vic.
“Of course, as soon as
Linda’s back is turned, they

Kat uses the rivalry
between Linda and
Mel to her advantage”

EASTENDERS | BBC1 MONDAY

Tiffany
senthome?
BIANCA WANTS HER DAUGHTER TO
COME BACK TO MILTON KEYNES…

T

take the chance to nick
booze from the Carters’
supplies, so they can pay
back Mel! Honestly, Kat’s
just as bad as her nan –
she has clearly learned
nothing. Neither of them
could lie straight in bed.”
Mel is delighted to be
presented with the

replacement booze,
unaware of the fact that
it’s actually come from the
Vic. But will it be enough
to win back Kat and Mo’s
E20 cleaning job? And will
Linda realise that she too
has been robbed by her
prospective cleaners?
Tom Spilsbury

iffany’s time in
Albert Square could
come to an abrupt
end this week, as
her mother Bianca makes it
clear that she wants her back
with her in Milton Keynes!
Tiff’s sister Whitney is
devastated by this turn of
events, and desperately tries
to think of a way to persuade
Bianca to change her mind.
“Whitney is really upset,
as she doesn’t want her little
sister to leave,” our Square
mole tells us. “Whit’s had so
much instability in her life, so
she’s really enjoyed having Tiff
around for a while – but now
it suddenly looks as though
she’ll be forced away again!
Whitney confides in her friend
Stacey about the awkward
situation – but she’s dismayed
when Stacey instead sides
with Bianca, agreeing that
it’s time for Tiffany to leave!”
Meanwhile, unaware of all
this talk going on behind her
back, Tiff is plotting revenge

against Louise. She’s got hold
of a photo of Louise and Hunter
kissing, and posts it on social
media for everyone to see.
“Tiff is still furious at Louise
for picking on Bernadette,”
reveals our snitch. “She wants
to take Louise down a peg or
two, so she posts the photo.
But when everyone sees the
picture, it leads to an argument
in the street – forcing Whitney
and Sharon to intervene! When
she sees just how much of a
loose cannon Tiff is, Whit has
second thoughts, and wonders
if maybe Stacey has a point.
Whitney even tells Sharon that
perhaps Tiffany would be
better off back in Milton
Keynes with Bianca after all…”
Unfortunately, Tiff overhears
this exchange, and realises that
if she doesn’t do something
quickly, she’ll have to go. She
tries to butter up Whitney by
arranging a romantic videocall date for her and Halfway
– but is it too little, too late?
Tom Spilsbury

Mel insists on the
Slater family replacing
her stolen stock
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INSIDE SCOOP

Ian disses
Masood!
Can the bickering
pair make their new
business work?
EASTENDERS
BBC1 MONDAY

W

ould-be tycoons
Ian and Masood
are all set to go into
business together this week
– but is Ian ready to do the
dirty on his new partner?
The two rivals have a history
of butting heads when it comes
to work, but decided to join
forces after realising they could
double their money with their
new investor. However, when a

journalist turns up to talk about
the plans for this business
idea, Ian attempts to take over
the conversation, cutting out
fuming Masood all together!

Of course, Masood won’t
accept that lying down – but it
remains to be seen if his solution
will make the tenuous situation
even worse. Given that he and

Ian are off on the wrong foot,
is this new venture doomed
to fail? Or will the quarrelsome
pair find a way to get along so
they can both strike it rich?

Nicola’s nightmare
CORONATION STREET
ITV MONDAY

P

regnant Nicola mislays
her spare house key
this week – but is she
getting ‘baby brain’, or is a
more sinister force at work?
Nicola is beside herself after
she’s locked out and can’t find

Bear-faced lies?
HOLLYOAKS
Channel 4 MONDAY

S

ienna’s stalker hell
continues this week,
when she’s sent a
talking teddy bear – complete
with a message indicating
that her mystery tormentor
knows she’s lying about her
cancer relapse! Already on

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the edge, Sienna remains
convinced that Misbah must
be the stalker, and breaks
into the Maalik house to
confront her nemesis.
However, that’s only the
start of her problems – as
a sinister email countdown
leads to a very surprising
encounter with someone
from Sienna’s past…

the spare key anywhere. It’s
a relief when Seb later finds
it – but while he insists it was
where it was supposed to be
all along, Nicola isn’t convinced.
Is she confused – or is the
mystery stalker targeting her
stepmother Eileen now
messing with
her, too?

That’s a natty net!
EMMERDALE
ITV WEDNESDAY

F

rank just can’t catch a
break this week – while
his girlfriend Megan is off
bonding with Graham, he’s
struggling to find a new job.
Having thrown in the towel
at the shop – on account of

David’s shocking treatment of
his daughter Tracy – Frank is
desperate for work. But when
he offers his services to Rishi
at the factory, the last thing
he’s expecting is an entry-level
role on the production line!
Can Frank swallow his pride,
don his fetching hairnet and
knuckle down to the job?

Bolt from
the blue
NEIGHBOURS
Channel 5 WEDNESDAY

J

ane’s secret Ramsay
Street mission puts
her in deadly danger
this week, when the recent
returnee is electrocuted
while digging up the yard at
No 32! Since coming back
to Erinsborough, Jane has
been snooping around her
old home – and after getting
the Rebecchi clan out of

Coco’s got
a date!
And her family is
thrilled for her…
HOME AND AWAY
Channel 5 THURSDAY

T

he Astonis are a happy
bunch this week, as the
clan’s younger daughter
Coco prepares to go on her
first proper date!
Following her recent kiss
with Ryder, Coco is cajoled by
pal Raffy into making things
official with him. So could
there be serious romance on
the horizon for the lovebirds?
“Ryder may be a little
irresponsible, but he’s also
kind and funny,” grins Anna
Cocquerel, who plays Coco.
“And that’s what Coco really
likes about this boy.”

Coco’s parents have been
overprotective of her in the
past, but clearly they approve
of this latest development. And
while Coco is embarrassed
by the enthusiastic display put
on by her loved ones, Anna
reckons it’s brilliant to be part
of such a close-knit telly clan.

“The bestt thing about them
is that they are always there
her – it’s the Astoni
for each oth
way,” the star tells us. “Coco
knows she has an incredible
family who will
w all support
her through anything.”
Watch out, Ryder – you’ve
got yourselff some in-laws!

the way, she embarks on
her most mysterious coruse
of action yet: digging holes
in the back garden.
However, disaster strikes
when she hits the cables for
the garden lights and receives
a massive electric shock!
Will anyone find her prone
form before it’s too late?

All that Jasmine!

INSIDE SCOOP

HOME AND AWAY
Channel 5 TUESDAY

R

omance is in the air for
Mason this week, as he
grows closer to Jasmine.
When Tori finds out that
Mason has helped to score a
job for Jasmine at the hospital,
she reckons her little brother

has a crush! Mason assures
her that he and Jasmine are
just good friends – but after
he later confides in Jasmine
about his ex-girlfriend Beth’s
death, it’s clear that he’s
starting to fall for his new pal.
So does Jasmine feel the
same way about Mason? Or
is he heading for heartbreak?

Over and out
NEIGHBOURS
Channel 5 MONDAY

G

ary calls time on
his relationship with
Terese this week –
because he suspects she’s
up to no good with Paul
again! Despite forgiving her
past indiscretion with the
Lassiters boss, Gary can’t
shake the feeling that Terese

still has something going
on with Paul. So when he
finds Terese cosied up with
‘Moneybags’ in her office in
the middle of the night, Gary
sees red! Although Terese
assures him they were simply
having a business meeting
with the US, Gary’s had
enough and declares they’re
over. Can Terese convince
him that he’s got it wrong?

Sweet music!
Does Audrey have a love rival in Yasmeen?
CORONATION STREET
ITV FRIDAY

A

udrey is thrilled to
meet up with Geoff
Metcalfe again this
week – but it turns out
that she may have to fight
Yasmeen for his affections!
Geoff and Audrey first
crossed paths at the hospital
after she was injured during a
mugging. Geoff works there as

Audrey had a blast
when she was last
in Geoff’s company

28 lnsideSoap

a radio DJ, and they bonded
when he asked Audrey to
sit in on his show, and later
dedicated a record to her.
After Audrey hurts her ankle
while intervening in a row
between Yasmeen and Sally,
Geoff drops by her hospital
bedside again. Yasmeen is
there supporting her neighbour
– and Geoff’s wandering eye
ends up on her! Despite
Audrey singing Geoff’s praises,
Yasmeen seems indifferent
towards him – until the DJ
turns on the charm and asks
her to go on a date with him.
Will she be won over and
agree to meet him? Or will
Audrey convince Geoff that
she’s the only woman he
should be interested in?

Getting racy for Macey!
Watch out, Frank – Graham fancies Megan…
EMMERDALE
ITV THURSDAY

G
Dom’s
agony!

raham likes keeping
his cards close to his
chest – but he lets his
poker face slip long enough
to show that he has the
hots for Megan this week!
Initially, Joe’s right-hand
man approaches the
Dales wedding planner
with a business
opportunity. However,
it turns out that work
isn’t at the top of his

agenda – as during a heartfelt
conversation, Graham feels
comfortable enough to open
up to her about his past.
Megan is stunned by his
honesty, but their time together
is cut short after she rushes to
meet Frank – who is secretly
having serious thoughts about
their future together.
Will Megan have a
dilemma on her
hands if both
fellas make
their feelings
known?

HOLBY CITY
BBC1 TUESDAY

REGIONS
& RADIO...

FAIR CITY
● Liar Orla is caught
out this week, when
Wayne drops her in it
– forcing her to reveal
that she was with
Tommy when Karen
was killed. Elsewhere,
Jim struggles to stay
away from painkillers
– leaving Bob worried
sick. Also, Kerri-Ann
declares that she’s
leaving Carrigstown.

T

he past returns to
haunt Dom this week,
after he learns that
his evil ex-boyfriend Isaac
Mayfield plans to write a
book from an abuser’s
perspective – detailing his
relationship with Dom!
However, that’s the least
of Dom’s worries after he
accidentally stabs himself
with a needle while treating
Isaac’s publisher – played
by Hollyoaks star Susie
Amy (Scarlett) – who
has Hepatitis C. Has Dom
contracted the disease?

RIVER CITY

Watch this space
HOLLYOAKS
Channel 4 FRIDAY
lfie is struggling
to cope this week,
as he continues
to be haunted by the
voice in his head.
The teenager has spent
the past few weeks
being tormented by this
sinister voice – causing
him to distance himself
from everyone. However,
despite Alfie trying to push
his loved ones away,
Tom manages
to reach out
to his pal –
and the pair
bond over
space.

Later, it transpires that Alfie’s
mental state has convinced
him that an asteroid
is on a collision
course for the
village! Will he
tell Tom? And
if he does,
how will his
friend react?

● Therese makes a
reckless decision this
week, when she takes
off with Mackenzie! As
Bob and Kim alert the
police, will the little’un
be found? Meanwhile,
Amber is concerned
for Alex, who continues
to drink heavily and
sleep around. Plus,
Gabriel tries to boost
Scarlett’s spirits.

THE ARCHERS
● You could cut the
atmosphere with a
knife at Grange Farm
this week, as Emma
remains upset over
Will’s words. Across
the village, Peggy is
left speechless after
Jennifer makes a big
confession, while
Brian seals a mystery
deal. Finally, Jazzer is
stunned after a face
from the past returns.
See p93 for times
& channel details

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WHAT HAPPENS WHEN?
SAT

EASTENDERS

CORONATION STREET

EMMERDALE

Tiffany and Louise clash over
ill-judged social media usage.
● Max is back on Albert Square –
and he’s reopening the car lot!
● Arshad meets Chloe, but is
unaware that she’s Harley’s mum.

● Liz casts wistful glances at Johnny
– does she really want him??
● Erratic David gives Emma
EPISODES
a set of keys to his house! TONIGHT!
Zeedan has no furniture to
fill his restaurant, Speed Daal.

● Jimmy avoids Nicola’s advances
– and Rodney smells a rat.
Pete is informed that Ross
is addicted to painkillers…
● …while Doug is floored when
Laurel tells him about Bob!

21
APR
SUN

22
APR
MON

23
APR
TUE

24
APR

2

● Whitney fears the worst after
Halfway doesn’t answer her call.
Max drops a bombshell on
Stacey and the other locals!
● Panicked Arshad asks Masood to
ring the police and social services.

Ross comes face to face with
his attacker Simon in court.
● Misty offers to help Jimmy with his
issues in the bedroom – but how?
● It seems that Graham wants to mix
business and pleasure with Megan.
● Imran helps out Rana and offers
to invest in Zeedan’s business.
David continues to alienate
e
all those who love him…
EPISODES
TONIGHT!
● Aidan uncovers Summer’s
notebook – what will he find inside?

WED

25
APR

2

THU

● Kat and Mo get cheeky and help
themselves to a drink at E20!
● Keegan comforts Tiffany, who
is distraught over her actions…
…as baby Harley is kidnapped,
leaving the Ahmeds terrified.

FRI

27
APR

● Max pulls out all the stops
to get his life back on track.
Kat reignites the feud between
the pub and the club…
● Arshad is pleased that he can
continue to care for Harley.

● Toyah toys with the idea of
spilling the beans to Peter!
● Shona encourages Billy to
build bridges with Summer.

SNEAK
PEEK
AT
NEXT
WEEK

● Denise discovers that Kush is
keeping a huge secret from her!
● Which duo give in to passion and
rip each other’s clothes off?
● Suspicious Donna demands
to know where Vincent is…

● Aidan spoils some of the locals
– why is he being so generous?
● Isolated Eva is petrified
when she goes into labour…
● Beth and Kirk hatch a plan to
raise some much-needed funds!

26
APR

● Frank swallows his pride and
agrees to work at the factory…
● Tracy meets up with Bails –
unaware of who he really is!
Nicola is in a bad mood after
Misty’s session with Jimmy.
● Vanessa and Charity are petrified
– will Tracy be Bails’ next victim?
The Spencers discover
that Ali has died…
EPISODES
● …and Moira finds out that TONIGHT!
Debbie was behind Ross’ attack.

2

Rana is raging after her
mother is arrested…

2

EPISODES
TONIGHT!

● Daz makes a shocking confession
to Kerry – what could it be?
● Rishi goes to Frank for some
wise words about women.
Noah revels in playing Joe and
Charity against each other…
● Lachlan fears the worst as
Belle exhibits odd behaviour…
● Aaron and Robert visit Liv behind
bars – and she’s struggling!
● Which fella gets down on one
knee and proposes to their love?

YOUR ENTIRE SOAP WEEK AT A GLANCE!
HOLLYOAKS

NEIGHBOURS

HOME AND AWAY

SAT

21
APR
SUN

22
APR
● Yasmine desperately implores
Hunter to forgive her for fibbing.

● In order to protect Maggie, Ben
lies to her about his court hearing.

● Adam is set the task of seducing
Darcy – but will he accomplish it?
Sienna is spooked by a teddy
bear with a menacing message!

Heartbroken Gary breaks up
with Terese once and for all…
● …while Aaron and David throw
caution to the wind and reunite.
● Mark gets jealous – does he
have lingering feelings for Elly?

● Jesse is caught in the middle
of Goldie and Courtney…
● Esther points out a hole in one of
Darcy’s stories – is the game up?
Scared Sienna is taunted by a
countdown clock on her laptop!

Amy and Jimmy are in for a
rude awakening – Liam is back!
● Jane interrogates Sonya about
the past renovations of No 32.
● Mother and daughter Terese and
Piper reflect on being single…

● Mason goes all-out to help
Jasmine get a job at the hospital.
Dean rages at Colby – before he
collapses and starts convulsing!
● Robbo finally gets some fire in his
belly and a purpose in life again.

● Maxine catches Adam doing a
deal with one of Glenn’s clients.
Jack has an important
announcement to make…
● Sienna gets in contact with an
old acquaintance – who is it?

● Yashvi suspects that Dipi’s kind
gesture has a selfish intention.
● It transpires that Elly has been
on a successful date with Liam…
Jane gets a big shock – literally
– when she’s electrocuted!

● …while Mason and Jasmine work
feverishly to save Dean’s life.
● Will Ben attend his court hearing – or
miss it for Maggie’s appointment?

25
APR

Adam is persuaded by Glenn
to take part in a robbery…

● Delighted Coco and Ryder make
their relationship oicial…
● …as Ben is forced to fess up
to Maggie about his duplicity.
Alf sees red with horny Hunter
– and kicks out the lad!

THU

● …so could this be Adam’s
opportunity to get Glenn arrested?
● Also, Adam lies to Maxine about his
behaviour – will she believe him?

● Elly seeks out Susan for
advice on her love dilemma.
Leo discovers some damning
details about Mishti’s dead ex!
● Karl finds Jane unconscious
and battles to save her…

● Alfie gets frustrated with the
intense voices in his head…
…as he believes an asteroid
is heading for the village.
● DS Cassidy gets personal – is she
developing feelings for Adam?

Mishti reels after finding out
what Xander was capable of…
● It’s a couple vs a family for the
shortlist of ‘Face of Lassiters’.
● Terese feels lonely when she can’t
find anyone to keep her company.

● Coco panics on her date with Ryder
– is it all too much, too soon?
● Hunter has second thoughts
about getting closer to Jennifer…
There’s peril for Ash when he’s
trapped underneath a car!

● One unlucky pairing head off on
a date – and it doesn’t go well!
● Which village lady reckons
that they’re in the family way?
● Zack becomes intrusive and
goes through Holly’s phone…

● Can Dipi swallow her pride –
before she loses her business?
● A local is surprised as they
find a clay lizard in their shed…
● Liam and Amy are scared witless
when Jimmy is taken to hospital!

● Robbo is intrigued by an
unconventional lawyer…
● Alf is gobsmacked when his
ex-wife Martha shows up!
● Who spends the night sleeping
underneath a picnic shelter?

Ava catches her dad Justin
in a compromising position!
● Tori realises that the key to Robbo
moving on is to visit Kat’s grave…

Willow learns the truth behind
Dean and Colby’s feud…

MON

23
APR
TUE

24
APR
WED

26
APR
FRI

27
APR
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together made me really nostalgic
for the show’s 80s heyday. I wonder
who the soap will bring back next?
| Jasmine, Coventry
I was disappointed there were
no scenes of Jane with Clive –
that would be the perfect time
to resurrect the gorilla suit!

Just like us on Valentine’s
Day, there’s not been a
Rose in sight recently!

WITHERING ROSE

WRONG SIDE OF THE TRACKS
I was amused to hear that the new Slater girl,
Hayley, comes from the ‘rough’ side of the
family – as if Kat, Mo and the rest of them are
all really prim and proper! I’ve not been sure
about Hayley up till now, so let’s hope more of
her side of the clan don’t come to Walford.
| Jaye, Hastings

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I’m seriously concerned for the
whereabouts of Rose in Hollyoaks.
Where has she been the whole
time Tegan has been in hospital?
There’s been no mention of her
from Leela and she hasn’t been
with Ste’s little’uns – so just like
this time last year, poor Rose has
simply been forgotten about.
Bad writing from Hollyoaks.
| Natasha
With Dee Dee seriously ill,
surely it’s only a matter of time
before we see Rose again…

PLOT DIVIDE

CRY ME A RIVER

With David’s rape in Corrie, and
Jack P Shepherd’s typically strong
performance, it got me to thinking
how and why certain characters
get given plots. Would this have
worked just as well with Tyrone, or
Seb, or Chesney? I think important
stories like this need a big family
or network of relationships to deal
with the fallout, or it might look
a bit hollow. It’s just a shame that
the Platts have had a big sexual
abuse storyline recently.
| Esther

I used to love thee original
River Boys when they
first came into H
Home
and Away, but thiis new
incarnation of th
he gang
is not to my tastee. They
seem like a bunch of
thugs with no redeeming
features – I can’tt
ax
imagine that Bra
ppy
would be too hap
with them!
| Lisa
The River
Boys operate
I’m quite
a strict
intrigued by
no-sleeves
newcomer
policy
Colby and
how he its in
with them…

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Jack P Shepherd has put
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Hearing your praise will get
Al hot under the collar!

BE AL AND END AL
Doctors is a great programme,
which covers modern issues with
great empathy. My favourite doctor
is Al Haskey, who is coping with
his mother’s dementia admirably.
Well done to the scriptwriters –
this storyline is so sympathetically
written, it pulls at the heart strings.
| Linda, Sheffield
I’m more of a Daniel fan myself
– although I wouldn’t want to
get on the wrong side Zara!

I’m absolutely
appalled
by Simon
Barlow’s
unruly
behaviour
in Coronation
Street at the
moment. He
needs to be straightened out
quick smart! Is there some longlost relative he can go and stay
with for a while so his poor family
can have a break from him?
| Mads
Corrie star Georgia Taylor
(Toyah) tells us on p36 that Si’s
behaviour is set to get worse…

PHIL’S BATTY
Was Ph
hil Mitchell
bargin
ng into E20
waving
g round
a baseb
ball bat meant
ary? Because
to be sca
I just coulldn’t stop
laughing at those scenes!
He was like some kind of
mime villain gone
pantom
rogue. You could tell
how much fun actor
Steve McFadden had
filming that!
| LJ
I’m
m with you, LJ!
I ju
ust couldn’t
tak
ke ‘macho Phil’
se
eriously at all!

The

BIG
DEBATE!
CHARITY’S SHOCKING SECRET
We knew that Charity had a dark past,
but even we weren’t prepared for the
bombshell she dropped on Vanessa
when she revealed her abuse agony. And
sadly, there could be more to come…
Charity is one of my favourite
characters in soap, so I was
pleased to see her at the heart
of such a huge plot. While I do
love to laugh out loud at her
horrible insults, she’s also
the kind of character who
you can do these really gritty,
emotional plots with too.
| Kurt
I really felt for Charity when
she opened up to Vanessa
about the abuse she suffered

at the hands of creepy cop
Bails. We always think of
Charity as being hard as nails,
but this just goes to show that
there are reasons why she is
that way. And hats off to star
Emma Atkins for her moving
portrayal of this plot.
| Maureen
I’m really intrigued to find
out more about the baby
Charity obviously gave birth
to as a result of her abuse.

ILLUSTRATION: ROB DAVIS

SIMON SAYS…

What became of him? Could
he be someone in the village
that we have already met?
That’s the kind of thing that
normally happens in soap.
| Joanie, Huddersield
I’m sure we’ll ind out more
soon – but some of you are
more worried for Charity’s
relationship with Vanessa…
What Vanessa did – calling
the police to report Charity’s
abuse behind her back – was
bang out of order. But her
actions came from a place
of love, and you can tell that
she really does care about
Charity. Seeing them together
warms my heart, so I do hope
that they can sort things out
before it’s too late.
| Julie
I agree – Vanessa is exactly
what Charity needs right now.
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was in Corrie last year
as gobby Zoe – one of
Gemma’s vile friends
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“If I wasToyah’s
friend,I wouldn’t
let her do this!”
As her character struggles to keep her ibs under
control, cobbles actress Georgia Taylor is
predicting heartbreak for stressed Toyah…
CORONATION STREET | ITV FRIDAY
oyah’s web of lies
is so immense now
that I struggle to keep
up with everything!”
chuckles Corrie star
Georgia Taylor, as she
joins us for a chat about her alter ego’s
ever mounting tall tales. “I honestly
can’t remember the last scene I filmed
where she wasn’t telling a lie! But
it’s not out of any malice – Toyah is
just someone who’s really desperate,
and completely heartbroken that
she can’t have a child of her own.”
Sadly for Toyah, it looks as though
her lies could be rumbled this week,
because her partner’s wicked son
Simon has overheard some of her
secret conversations with Eva – and is
attempting to blackmail her! So while
we settle in for a proper natter with
Georgia, we can’t help but wonder
whether Toyah will be clever enough
to outsmart the teenager and stop
Peter from finding out what she and
Eva have really been plotting…

Simon is a thorn in Toyah’s side.
What does she think he knows?
Well, Toyah isn’t sure exactly what he’s
heard, but she realises it’s something
to do with the deal she’s struck with
Eva. Simon basically says, “I know
you and Eva have got a secret, and it’s
something you don’t want my dad to
know”. He doesn’t go into specifics,
but in a way that’s scarier because
Toyah doesn’t know what he knows
and what he doesn’t. She doesn’t
want to risk antagonising him – so
she’s in a compromising situation.

Georgia on…

How does Toyah go about
dealing with Simon’s demands?
There comes a point where she decides
to bite the bullet and tell Peter that
she’s having issues with Simon and his
behaviour. She’s spurred on by Eva,
who says to her, “Look, if Simon really
knew anything, then he would have
said it by now”. Eva encourages her to
call Simon’s bluff – and even though
Toyah is terrified, she goes with it.

“Simon’s behaviour will get worse –
but he’s not despicable in real life!”

HER SCREEN SISTERS

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T

“We do get a lot of positive comments
from viewers whenever there are
scenes with Toyah, Leanne and
Eva together. I notice a huge surge
in my social media during those
episodes, and I know it’s the same
for Catherine and Jane too. People
really respond well to these women,
which is great because I love working
with the two of them. I’m so
gutted that Cath is going soon.”

Georgia on…
THE FEISTY SIDE OF TOYAH!
“There’s been the odd moment, like the stuf
with Leanne at crazy Chloe’s house, and
I think it shows that Toyah has Battersby
running through her veins – there will always
be a hint of that. I don’t feel we’ve seen
much of it lately
because she’s just
so vulnerable right
now. But it will be
interesting to see
when we come out
the other side of this
story whether we can
build her back up and
make her stronger.”

So Toyah makes a confession?
Well, she tells Peter that Simon’s been
blackmailing her – but she basically
has to create a fake secret that she can
claim to Peter is the thing Simon is
holding over her! She pitches it quite
well and tells him that she’s paid for
Eva’s beauty course in America using
their money. Peter is disappointed
that she went behind his back, but it’s
not a betrayal that he can’t forgive.

Simon is being a complete
nightmare at the moment! Would
you say Toyah has any maternal
feelings towards him at all?
I don’t know. I think what’s difficult
is that their relationship has been
strained from the start, because Simon
was the first one to find out about her
and Peter, and tried to blackmail them.
So they’ve had a lot of ups and downs.
There have been moments where she’s
been the cool stepmum, and I think
Simon has realised that Toyah’s a bit
more of a pushover than Leanne is.

We would have thought that
dealing with Simon would put of
Toyah having kids completely!
Oh God, I know! And Simon’s behaviour
is only going to get worse. But I do just
have to state that we love Alex Bain
[Simon] and he’s doing such a good job
of playing a despicable teenager. He’s
not like that at all in real life!
But it’s not just Simon’s tantrums that
are weighing heavily on Toyah’s mind
– there’s the small matter of her plan
to pass off Eva’s baby as her own!
CONTINUED OVER ↘
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THE

BIG

interview

Georgia on…
HER CORRIE HEROES
“I love wattching David
Neilson, who
w plays Roy,
because I think he’s a
master at what he does.
What’s am
mazing is that he
never brea
aks character –
in the sensse that you will
never see a scene where
he’s not 100 per cent
Roy Crop
pper, even if
he’s in th
he background
reacting tto something.
His attenttion to detail
commitment
and his c
to thatt character is
astoniishing – he’s
just brrilliant.”

↘ FROM PREVIOUS PAGE
It’s a plot that can only end in tears,
and even Georgia admits that she was
shocked when she found out what path
her alter ego would be going down…

How did you react when you heard
about Toyah and Eva’s baby pact?
I thought it was absolutely bonkers!
But Toyah is in quite a vulnerable place
right now, because having a baby is
all she’s ever wanted. The thing with
soaps is that the drama comes out of
characters making decisions that aren’t
rational and aren’t what you would
expect. And I don’t think any rational
person is going to think that this could
ever work – it’s quite a hare-brained
scheme by anyone’s standards!

How worried is Toyah that Eva will
change her mind about the baby?
Until she’s got that baby in her arms,
Toyah will never be entirely certain it’s
going to go her way. She’s sympathetic
and sensitive enough to understand
that carrying a baby for nine months is
a big deal, and who can say how Eva’s
going to feel after she’s given birth?
So there are moments where Toyah
thinks it’s all going to pan out, and she’s
feeling very joyful and hopeful – and
then there are moments when she’s
doubting whether or not this can work.

What advice would you give
Toyah if you were her BFF?
I would never have let her get into
this situation in the first place! I think

Georgia on…
THE GOOD OLD DAYS
“People loved Toyah and [her ex]
Spider together, and I adored being
with Martin Hancock, who played
him, and Eileen Derbyshire [aka
Spider’s Auntie Emily]. She’s the
most fantastic woman, really
intelligent and razor-sharp witty.
Working with them were some of
my happiest times on the show.”

think we should have this woman
who’s been through seven rounds of
IVF suddenly have a miracle baby.

Do you think Toyah and Peter’s
relationship can survive this?
It’s quite a big ask for them, isn’t it?
I love working with Chris [Gascoyne,
who plays Peter] – we have an absolute
hoot together, so I wouldn’t want
that to stop. But it’s a big mountain
for Toyah and Peter to climb.

Who else in the cast are you
enjoying working with?
Well, of course Jane [Danson, aka
Leanne], because she’s my best friend.
It’s amazing that I get to spend so much
time with her now. The funny thing is
that we’ll spend all day on set together,
but as soon as we break, we’ll be like,
“Shall we go and get a coffee?”. As if
we’ve not seen each other all day! And
I have to add Cath [Tyldesley, who plays
Eva] in there too, because the three of
us have become so close, and it’s lovely.

Is there anyone in Corrie that you’d
love to have more scenes with?
confronted her grief, so
there’s a lot of stuff that
still needs to be resolved.

How have the viewers
reacted to this plot?
People think it’s a bit crazy
and bonkers. I don’t believe
there’s anyone out there
going, “This is a fantastic
idea!”. The sense I’m getting
from viewers on social media
is that they just think this
isn’t going to end well.

Double double Toyah and trouble:
Leanne’s sisters are hiding two
massive secrets from her

what’s actually really sad about it –
and this will be dealt with later down
the line – is that Toyah hasn’t properly
grieved for the baby that she’s lost.
The surrogate miscarried Toyah and
Peter’s biological child, and Toyah’s
just thrown herself into this crazy plan
with Eva. I don’t think she’s really

Would you like to see
Toyah with a baby? Or
do you think it’s more
realistic if she doesn’t
have a child?

I’ve always felt we need to tell the story
of these women who sadly will never
have a child – because not everything is
a fairy tale, and people don’t always get
a happy ending. And whatever happens
with regards to the surrogacy and Eva,
I feel very strongly that Toyah herself
should never become pregnant. I don’t

“Whatever happens with regards to the
surrogacy and Eva, I feel very strongly
that Toyah should never be pregnant”

I’m really good friends with Jennie
McAlpine, but we never get to work
together at all because Toyah and
Fiz – despite the fact they used to be
flatmates – are never in scenes together.
It’s weird. Also, I do occasionally get to
work with Patti [Clare, aka Mary] when
I’m in scenes with the Appletons, but
I would just love to film with her all
day long – I think she’s incredible!
Sarah Ellis

Georgia on…
HER ON-SCREEN MAN
“Chris Gascoyne [Peter] makes
me laugh a lot! He’s so sweet, and
sometimes he can be very childlike
in the most endearing way. You
wouldn’t think he was a 50-yearold man because he’s just so cute!
Me and
Jane tease
him all the
time, but
it’s done
with total
afection
and love,
because
we adore
him.”

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DOCTORS | BBC1 FRIDAY

THE
BADWIFE

EMMA SAMMS BRINGS A TOUCH OF HOLLYWOOD GLAMOUR TO
LETHERBRIDGE, AS A FACE FROM THE PAST RETURNS…

A

manda left under a
cloud last time – and
deservedly so!” admits
Emma Samms, as she
joins us to discuss her
alter ego Amanda Vardalis’
shock return to Letherbridge this week.
“But hopefully by the time she goes
this time around, the audience will
understand her behaviour – and have
a bit more sympathy for her…”
There’s certainly a big surprise
in store for Amanda’s exhusband Jimmi – who has
no idea that she’s about to
walk back into his life! And
former Dynasty star Emma
couldn’t be happier about
returning to The Mill after
12 years away…

Did it take you long to get back into
Amanda’s character after all this time?
Weirdly, no! Because there’s been such a
long gap, she didn’t have to be exactly the
same as she was when we last saw her.
I certainly remembered everything that
had happened before, but I think that
we’d all be a bit different after 12 years.

With Adrian being the only cast
member remaining from your
previous Doctors run, were you
nervous on your irst
day back on set?

Amanda
is in a very
desperate
place – she
needs help!

We’re very excited to
have you back at Doctors, Emma!
Were you expecting to return?

No! I wasn’t expecting it, and I said I’d be
thrilled to come back – but only if I got
to work with Adrian [Lewis Morgan, who
plays Jimmi] again, because I have such
incredibly fond memories of working with
him. I describe him as my ‘Goldilocks’
co-star, because he’s got just the right
amount of fun and professionalism and
talent. We have a massive laugh!

Well, Adrian wasn’t
around on my first day!
But I immediately felt very
comfortable. The Doctors
team is a really lovely
group of people who are
incredibly welcoming. It
all felt very familiar, and
I can genuinely say it’s the most I’ve
enjoyed acting in a very long time.

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Do you still get recognised a lot –
and do you mind being approached?
In the US I still get recognised for General
Hospital [in which Emma played Holly
Sutton Scorpio] and Dynasty – but in
the UK, where I’m living now, it’s more
exclusively Dynasty. British people are
much less likely to say anything, though
– whereas in America I can suddenly get
a massive hug from somebody! But
I don’t mind it at all. You’d be in the
wrong profession if it were an issue.

How do you hope life in Letherbridge
will pan out for Amanda this time?

You’re still remembered for
playing Fallon Carrington Colby
in Dynasty during the 80s. How
does Doctors compare to working
on a show like Dynasty?
Dynasty was the ultimate show back
then. We had to look immaculate all
day, every day! Every bit of our body
A Clay to remember: Emma
films opposite her co-star
Adrian Lewis Morgan (Jimmi)

Amanda left Jimmi in 2005 after
falsely claiming that she had been
diagnosed with cancer. So is she back
in Letherbridge to make amends?
Amanda is actually in a very desperate
place, and she needs help. Initially she
arrives just wanting to see how Jimmi is
doing – she chooses not to let him know
she’s back straight away. She doesn’t want
to go barging in if it would be massively
inappropriate for her to show up. That’s
her motivation, anyway – but of course
it all ends up going horribly wrong…

that was on camera had make-up on it –
in fact, there was a person whose job was
exclusively body make-up. And having to
look good at all times can be exhausting,
to be honest! Amanda is quite glamorous,
but nowhere near the level of Dynasty.

Take it to the Letherbridge:
Emma had a ball returning
to the Doctors fold

to

h ugh The Mill:
ate Amanda returns
surgery in need of help

I don’t want to give away too much of
the story, but it’s a very different sort of
visit from last time – the writers have
done it very well, and I’ve really enjoyed
it. There are no clichés to Amanda at all.
She’s unusual, she’s complicated and she’s
troubled – and that’s good fun to play.

Would you like it if she were to
stick around in the long term?
Well, when they asked me to do a sixweek stint, it seemed the perfect amount
of time. But you’re asking me on my last
day on set and I’m feeling really sad about
leaving! I’ve loved being here, and I would
definitely be open to coming back again.
There are many reasons why Amanda
might return, so you never know!
Allison Jones

MEDICAL

H
i worked
k d on severall hospital
Having
h
it l
dramas – as patient Elizabeth Woods
in Holby City in 2003, in a similar 2011
guest stint in Casualty, as well as her
long-running role in General Hospital
– Emma admits that she’s keen to don
a stethoscope of her own one day…
“One of the frustrations of my career
is that I’ve never played a medical
person!” wails
the London-born
57-year-old. “And
it’s funny, because
I do actually have
a minor medical
qualification.
I studied to be

an emergency medical technician
when I was living in Los Angeles,
just because I thought that it would
be a useful tool in my real life.
“But I’ve never had the opportunity
to use my qualification in any of the
hospital shows that I’ve acted in,”
continues Emma. “I could get my
tongue around all of those tricky
medical terms very easily – I’m just
putting that out there. Hopefully
there’s still time for me to use it!”

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emergency!

Crying shame: Charity
reveals to Vanessa
what happened to
her as a teenager

EMMERDALE | ITV THURSDAY

EMMA ATKINS
EXPLAINS WHY
NAVIGATING HER
WAY THROUGH
CHARITY’S TORTURED
PAST WAS NO WALK
IN THE PARK…

“You’ll
finally find
out why
Charity is
theperson
sheis...”
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H

onestly? I was
nervous as hell,”
admits actress Emma
Atkins, as she joins Inside
Soap on the Woolpack
set to chat about her
alter ego Charity’s troubled past. “There
were monologues to learn where I was
delving deeply into her history. It wasn’t
pretty, and actually very upsetting.
“Having said that, it was all so
beautifully written, and a dream for me
to learn. It was nice for the audience to
finally be given a reason why Charity
behaves the way that she does.”
We’d come to accept over the
years that Charity is an out-and-out
bitch, no two ways about it. However,
heartbreaking scenes recently unveiled
a different side to her, as Charity
explained to girlfriend Vanessa that she
was raped by a police officer – today
known as DI Bails – when she was just a
teenager and working as a prostitute.
Viewers went on to discover that
Charity is hiding a massive baby secret
(see right), setting the stage for a
huge story that starts
to play out this week
– as former call girl
Tracy takes a shine to
the man at the root of
Charity’s nightmare.
“Tracy has been
asked by Bails to
be the face of his
campaign to take care
of sex workers, and she is so flattered
to be part of a wonderful project,” says
Emma. “Tracy thinks Bails is fantastic –
much to Charity’s dismay, as of course
she knows that he is a total liar.
“Charity decides to approach Bails
and tell him to stay away from Tracy,”
continues the star. “It’s very brave,
actually, but he fronts it out by insisting
that no one is going to believe her
‘sordid little lies’. That’s when we see
his true colours, and the fear that he
manages to instil in Charity.”

BABY
MYSTERY!
What is the secret
behind the box?

Dreadful DI: Charity
musters the bravery
to warn off Bails

It remains to be seen whether Charity
will find the courage to speak out, but
the one saving grace is her blossoming
relationship with Vanessa. Their surprise
romance has proven to be a hit on screen
and off, and Emma is delighted.
“Teenage girls tell us that they are
crazy for the story – I can’t believe it!”
exclaims the 43-year-old mum-of-one.
“Charity and Vanessa seemed such a
random pairing, so I thought people
would say, ‘This is too unbelievable’.
But why should it be?
There are too many
social constraints these
days, so it’s lovely that
so many viewers have
said that they like it.
“When Michelle
[Hardwick, who plays
Vanessa] and I learned
there would be a lesbian storyline
for us both, it appeared to come from
nowhere,” adds Emma. “I didn’t believe
it would work myself, to be honest,
as I thought Charity was just going
to be a vehicle to bring out Vanessa’s
sexuality. But I think the bosses saw
something they liked, and it’s turned
into something meaningful.”
While the journey into Charity’s
past is sure to bring out a softer side to
her, Emma is confident that her alter
ego’s acid tongue will continue to amuse
us in the same way it always has.
“I love playing someone so far
removed from my own personality,”
she grins. “In real life I wouldn’t dream
of talking to people the way Charity
does, so it’s quite cathartic to act it out!
I’m so lucky with the writing, as there
could come a point where people think,
‘We’ve had enough now’ and ‘How long
will it be before her shelf life runs out?’.
“I’m sure that time will come, but
I’m fortunate to be blessed with such
good dialogue and humour, which is
important if you’re playing a bitch.
Laughter is the perfect tonic!”
Laura-Jayne Tyler

Charity and
Vanessa seemed
such a random
pairing, but they
really work

Skip Bails: Tracy
doesn’t know
what she could
be getting into,
but Charity does

Charity’s revelations shed
light on a whole new part
of her life – and that’s a lot
to absorb when you think
you know a character
inside out after 20 years!
The biggest shock was
when we witnessed tearful
Charity reach for a hidden
box of memorabilia with
items that belonged to –
or were intended for – a
newborn baby boy. Are
we set to learn that she
fell pregnant with Bails’
son after he raped her?
“Charity’s confession
to Vanessa was just
the start of a huge story
set to play out over the
course of this year, with
Emma Atkins taking
centre stage,” teases
our Dales spy. “Secrets
from the past come back
to haunt Charity in more
ways than one, with her
revelation about Bails
just the tip of the iceberg
as the truth of her baby
bombshell eventually
explodes. Can Charity
find the courage to finally
confront her demons?”
We know that the ordeal
with Bails happened after
Debbie was born – so if
Charity’s son exists, he’ll
only be a couple of
years younger
than her
daughter.
One way
or another,
Charity is
in for a hell
of a year…

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totally true
about...
T
FAC
YOUR lnsideSoap BRIEFING ON THE WOMAN BEHIND EMMERDALE’S MOIRA…
Natalie is quite a
soap superstar,
having played
the role of Trish
McDonald for
th
he whole of the 90s in
S
ake The
Scottish soap Ta
H
spent
High Road. She then
t
fo
Carlyle
our years as Dr Jude
J
in
n Doctors from 2001-04,
and a couple of years
as PC
y
A
n The Bill
Andrea Dunbar in
from 2004-05. She’s also
popped up in Hollby City
(2
2005), Waterloo Road
R
(2
2009), and in
th
hree episodes
off EastEnders
in
n 2006, playin
G
Gemma
C
Clewes
– one of
naughty Max
Branning’s
many mistresses!
Erm… why
no Corrie?

1

Natalie Joy Rob
bb
was born on 3
December 1974
4 in
North Lanarksh
hire
in Scotland, the
youngest of three childre
en.
She had early ambitions
s
to become an actress,
and attended the Royal
Scottish Academy of
Music and Drama as a
child, being presented
with the BBC Young
Entertainer of the Year
award on Saturday
morning kids’ show
Going Live! in 1988.

2

Natalie made her
Emmerdale debut
as Moira in 2009,
introduced as one of
five members of the
Barton family, with hubby John
(James Thornton) and their
children Adam (Adam Thomas),
Holly (Sophie Powles) and
Hannah (Grace Cassidy).
Although seeming to have the
perfect marriage, Moira soon

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embarked on a steamy affair
with Cain Dingle in 2011. The
pair later married in 2014, after
John’s death, and Moira gave
birth to their son Isaac in
2017. That same year it was
revealed that Moira had killed
psychotic Emma Barton – but
although Natalie was worried
that this might end her time on
the show, she recently signed
a new contract. Phew!

4

At the age
of 21, Natalie
left Scotland
for London,
taking her
pet tarantula Bertha
ave
with her. “We didn’t ha
anywhere to stay when
I first arrived, so I slept
in my car for a little while
– with the heating on, off
course, to keep Bertha
ar
warm!” revealed the sta
had
to a tabloid recently. “I h
as
her for 25 years. She wa
completely lovely and not
in the least scary!”

Natalie is very
musical, having once
been a member of
two groups – The
Kinky People and
Absolutely. She even had
a taste of pop stardom,
releasing the single Keep
Your Love with dance group
Partizan. It spent a whole
week in the UK singles chart
at the dizzying heights of
No 53 in December 1997.

5

Believe it or
not, Natalie
once played
an action
heroine! Just
before taking on the role
of Moira, Natalie starred
in 2008 low-budget
American action flick
The Shepherd: Border
Control, in which she
won the heart of a
former cop played
by Jean-Claude Van
Damme. So – where
is the sequel?

8

Meat dishes
are a definite
no-no for Natalie
– who became a
vegetarian last
year, as meat made her feel
lethargic. She eats a bowl
of porridge with honey for
breakfast, and reckons that
sets her up until lunchtime.

9
Natalie is a huge fan of Celtic Football Club, and
admits that as a child she used to love playing football
with the boys – in fields full of cowpats. “I’d hang
out with the boys because the girls were all into
dressing up and putting on make-up, and I wasn’t
interested,” she once explained. “I was a tomboy from my roots.”

6

Natalie has
revealed that
she and
co-star Jeff
Hordley
(Cain) like to slap each
other’s bottoms in scenes,
just to make their
relationship seem

10
7

Natalie is a big dog lover, and
loves to unwind by walking
her beloved pooch Bronson.
The dog is a Japanese AkitaRottweiler cross, and the actress
claimed last year that he’s the love of her
life as she doesn’t have time to go on any
dates – despite picking up Inside Soap’s
Sexiest Female gong at last year’s Awards!

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EYEVINE, BACKGRID, TWITTER/NATALIEJCROBB

more realistic! “You have to
have a familiarity between
the characters so that people
believe they’re a couple,”
Natalie told ITV’s This Morning.
“We do have fun – we try things
like I’ll slap his bum and he’ll
slap me.” We’ll be watching
them carefully from now on!

HOLLYOAKS | Channel 4 TUESDAY

HOLLYOAKS’ LUKE JE
SPILLS THE BEANS O
MESSY LOVE LIFE – A
F
IN ON HIS OFF-SCREEN
N
never thought I would
be jealous of a poster!”
chuckles Hollyoaks star
Luke Jerdy, aka lovely
Donovan brother Jesse,
as he joins us for a chat
on the phone from the soap’s set. We’re
discussing his real-life girlfriend Daisy
Wood-Davis’ current plot, in which her
alter ego Kim is locked up in the derelict
school with only a poster of 80s pop
idol Rick Astley for company.
“Daisy put a picture of her with the
poster up on Instagram, and everyone
was commenting on it saying, ‘Oh Luke,
you’ve got some competition!’. But
that storyline has been so popular with
viewers – Daisy’s had so much feedback
from people. It’s like Castaway meets
some kind of ridiculous comedy!”
But while Kim fights to stay alive,
Jesse is fighting to convince the women
in his life to give him another chance,
after he was caught two-timing Courtney
with Goldie! Happily, Luke assures us
he’s nothing like that…

...

I

What does Daisy make of your
two-timing antics on screen?
Ha ha, you’d have to ask her. We just
discuss the comedy elements of it, and
the ridiculous situation Jesse’s got himself
into. Luckily, he’s very different from me!

Do you have any sympathy for Jesse?
I do feel sorry for Jesse, yes. He’s trying
to please everyone, and he’s got himself
into the situation where he just doesn’t
know who he should pick. He knows he
should be loyal to Courtney, of course,
but there’s something quite exotic and
sexy about Goldie, isn’t there?
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please e y
kn who he
shoul pi

NEIGHBOURS | Channel 5 MONDAY
Who do you th
hink he should choose?

Pride and

He’s better suiteed to Courtney. He loves her
deep down – shee’s stable and loyal, and can
provide him with the family he’s always
wanted. But he just
j
really fancies Goldie!

groom!

Goldie pours a drink over Jesse this
week – what was
w that like to ilm?
Luckily it was ju
ust over his shoes – I don’t
think I would ha
ave liked it if she’d poured
it over his head! Chelsee [Healey, aka Goldie]
was really nice about
a
it and actually made
sure she misseed my shoes completely. She’s
good to me lik
ke that! Both Chelsee and
Amy [Conach
han, who plays Courtney] are
with, and so much fun.
brilliant to work
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Neighbours’ Takaya Honda is rooting for
David and Aaron to tie the knot…

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here’s good news for
fans championing David
and Aaron’s romance, as
the pair are finally back together
this week! And as we catch up
with star Takaya Honda (David)
during his visit to the UK, he
hints that there may even be
a wedding on the cards…

What wou
uld you like to see
happen to
o hapless Jesse next?
I’d like for him to end up with Courtney
so they cou
uld have a big Hollyoaks
wedding! Of
O course it would all go
horribly wrong
w
– but in more of a
farcical way
w than the whole thing
ending in complete disaster!
Sarah Ellis

It’s great to see you on British
soil! Have you had a lot of
fans approaching you to talk
about David and Aaron?

All that glitters iss not Goldie:
Has Jesse made a mistake
he can’t come back from?

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Yes – every second question
has been, “When are you guys
getting back together?”! It’s so
nice that the audience is behind
us as a couple. It’s a real tribute
to
o the show
show’ss hard work in
developing the storylines.

Courtney off guard: Jesse
should know she’s the
right woman for him

There’s been a lot of
T
ta
alk about David and
A
Aaron
having the
i gay wedding
irst
on Australian TV.
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How
would you
fe
eel about that?

What was it like for you to come
in as part of the Robinson clan?
You can’t really ask for more. I’m
super-honoured. And the fans have
been so supportive, even though Paul
has had so many long-lost kids!

What’s it like working with
Stefan Dennis, who plays Paul?
All of the senior cast are so lovely to
work with – there’s a reason they’ve
been doing this for so long! Stefy is
kind of like a dad to me on set as well,
and he’s taken me under his wing.

We see that you’ve been ilming
a second show in Oz…
Yeah, I’ve been doing The Family
Law up in Brisbane – it’s a comedy
15 year old! During
where I play a 15-year-old!
my most hectic week, I did two days
in Brisbane, then flew back and did
three days on Neighbours. It was one
of the biggest
weeks I’ve
had since
I started
the show.
Sarah Ellis

Both me and Matty
[W
Wilson, who plays
A
Aaron] are banging
down the producers’
doors to make
th
hat happen! It
w
would be such
a wonderful
th
hing for
both David
an
nd Aaron,
an
nd a huge
th
hing for
N
Neighbours.
A
And for me
personally
itt would be
veery exciting
to
o be one of
th
he grooms.
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Corrie’s Tyrone Dobbs

...faces your
questions!

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t’s been pretty full on for Tyrone recently,
so his real-life alter ego Alan was pleased
to take some time away from the Coronation
Street set to answer your questions…

“What was your reaction when
you irst heard that Tyrone was
going to cheat on Fiz?”
Well, shock, more than anything!
I wouldn’t have thought it, with Tyrone
having two children and
all that. It does highlight
some problems that
Tyrone and Fiz have in
their relationship, but it
could also strengthen it.
It was a story I didn’t see
coming, and I think it

shocked fans as well. They
probably see Tyrone and
Fiz as a solid couple who
will go on. Not to say that
they won’t – but who knows?

“What’s the
best football
match
you’ve ever
played in?”

Keep your eye on the ball: Pelé is
an inspiration for Alan, who met
the legendary player in person

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Saddle state of
affairs: Tyrone
got a little horse

“W
Would you like to see
T
Tyrone and Fiz inally
get hitched, and if so,
g
what sort of wedding
w
would they have?”
w

W
Well, most people think
th
hat Tyrone and Fiz
are already married!
Th
hey’ve been 15 years in
the making, so it would be
nice for them to get married in the
end. I think th
he wedding would be…
whatever Fiz w
wanted it to be!

“I loved the recent scenes between
Ty and Sean. What’s the best thing
about working with Antony Cotton?”
What’s the best thing? That he gets
to work with me! He’s very lucky! No,

I’m kidding! You know what,
it’s really lovely doing those
scenes. It’s a bit of tonguein-cheek humour. I’ve
had some tough stories
with the child cancer
and cheating on Fiz, so
sometimes it’s nice to do
those humorous scenes.

“Who would you like to see
Tyrone team up with as a new pal?”
Because I’m biased, Kirk – my best mate
is [star] Andy Whyment. I always like
to do scenes with Andy. The person
that I don’t like to do scenes with
is Simon Gregson, who plays
n’t keep a
Steve, because I can
straight face with h
him! He’s an
absolute wind-up m
merchant.
He looks like butteer wouldn’t
melt, but I’m tellin
ng you
it does – very quick
kly! He
doesn’t have to do much,
it’s just his mannerisms
and his face. On set, we
can get a bit raucous
when me and him are
Halsall that ends
together. They can get
well: Lucy-Jo and
a lot more done wh
hen
Alan got married
in 2009
we’re not around!

Take one for the
team: Alan plays
with other Corrie
cast members

“You’re a big football fan and
nd
part of the Corrie cast team
m–
so what’s the best match
you’ve ever played?”

“What’s it
like working
with little
Hope and
Ruby?”

“Can you tell us a secret about
Jennie McAlpine [Fiz]?”
Well, winding people up gets me
through the day, and Jennie cannot
handle that in the slightest. She goes
as red as you can imagine! She just curls
up and dies in the corner. There’s that,
and also the fact that she’s allergic
to weather over eight degrees. She
goes out in the sun and it’s hilarious.
God knows how she got on in that
jungle! She has to use an umbrella
if it’s any warmer than eight.

“What’s it like working with
the two little girls who play Ty’s
Hope?”
daughters Ruby and Ho
Obviously it has its challenges,
working with a five- and sevenyear-old, but they arre good girls.
It must be tough for them.
They just want to play most
y’ve done a
of the time! But they
really good job wiith this latest
ve had a lot
storyline. They’v
to do and a llot of lines,
so I’m really proud of
very time I see
them. Ev
n the canteen,
them in
ve me a big
they giv
cuddle. It’s like a
‘dad att work’-type
thing. It’s lovely.

Ruby prize: Tyrone and his
kids have had their ups
and downs, but the actor
adores his little co-stars

“ here’s a charity
b i match
h going on in the
boxing
show at the moment – but if
you could choose any Coronation
Street character for Tyrone to
ight, who would it be?”
Steve McDonald. He’s just got one
of those faces that you’d like to hit!
That’s an easy one, that.

“What’s it like
being married
to soap villain
of the year?”
…asks reader William
Proud from London

“What’s the most bonkers
thing you’ve ever been asked
to do for your art?”
I’ve been waxed – that was fun! I’ve
ridden a horse down wet cobbles. I’ve
dressed as a reindeer. And even as an
actor, you’re kissing people who are
lifelong friends. That’s odd at times.
I go back 20-odd years with Samia
[Longchambon, who plays Maria], and
she’s like a sister to me. So obviously,
scenes that involve kissing her are
odd. It’s a weird and wonderful world,
but that’s part of the attraction.

£20
Question

That’s probably
more a question for
Lucy! [Alan’s wife LucyJo Hudson won the 2017
British Soap Award for Villain
of the Year for her role as killer
mum Rhiannon Davis in Doctors.]
It was a fantastic story, and she
was very deserving of it. She put
everything into that performance.
It was obviously a tough one
for Lucy as a new mother at the
time, but she was just amazing.

winner!

Every week, we put your questions to a star of the soaps. Look out for requests on our
Facebook page, or email your questions to youask@insidesoap.co.uk, putting the
actor’s name in the subject line. Our favourite question each week will win a £20 prize!
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PHOTOS: GETTY, REX/SHUTTERSTOCK, TONY WARD, FAMEFLYNET

Oh, wow… I played in a
testimonial for Gordon
Banks, the goalkeeper. Pelé
and Desmond Tutu came
and gave us our pre-match
talk. They had us dancing
in the changing rooms! It
was one of the most surreal
moments of my life, but it
was fantastic. Pelé signed all our shirts
– he’s a fantastic man, and obviously
an idol to somebody who supports
football like I do.



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