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Issue 17 28 Apr - 4 May 2018


teve McDonald
really is a man
who doesn’t
learrn from his
mistakes, isn’t
he
e? This week’s
big rumour is
that he’s going
to
o propose
to
o girlfriend Tracy
B
Barlow. Yep, that’s
th
he Tracy Barlow
w
who sold his baby
affter convincing
th
he man from the

buttie shop that he’d
fathered the kid. The same
Tracy Barlow who ruined
Steve’s wedding to Karen

“Steve McDonald
is a stupid man!”
by popping in to let him
know he was really Amy’s
dad. And that’s the same
Tracy Barlow who sadly
miscarried Steve’s twins,
but told the world that

4 Eva gives birth in a bathroom!
22 Angie cosies up to hot Adam
26 Yasmeen’s coming to dinner!
30 Jenny mourns her late son
33 Beth: caught in canine collusion

“Toyah is so vulnerable
and desperate…”

18

EastEnders

20

Emmerdale

8 Joe dies in quarry cliff-top leap?
16 Belle begins to hear voices again
17 Liv finds it difficult behind bars…
30 Daz attempts to leave the village
33 Tracy gets closer to Bails
40 Megan: torn between two men!
24 Adam gets sexy with Roxy!
31 Alfie fights with his mental demons
32 Is Lily expecting a baby already?
46 Farrah helps Ryan escape!

Georgia
Taylor

You’re looking good,
Phil. Have you done
something dfifferent
with your hair?

Coronation Street

Hollyoaks

4

8

The BIG
stories...

10 Mel & Jack give in to passion!
18 Sharon makes a silly mistake
28 Kim: abandoned and alone
30 Billy hopes for a birthday kiss
44 Halfway is back but injured…

Your stars
this week!

his next wife, Becky, had
pushed her down the stairs
and caused the tragedy.
Yep, that’s right, the “local
nutjob” as he once lovingly
referred to her, who Steve
married before on a big day
where the buffet lasted
longer than the union
itself. Now, we know
men can be stupid
(and I very much count
myself in that!), but there’s
stupid and there’s Steve
McDonald stupid. Goo
luck, pal. You’ll need it!
Steven Murphy, Editor
editor@insidesoap.co.u

I get all my
gossip on the
neighbours from
Inside Soap!

Ned Porteous
“There’s a bit of Joe
that wants to impress
his younger brother!”

...and more!

44

12 Inside Gossip – soap news
New start for Corrie’s Jim
– and the end for Phelan?
34 What Happens When?
36 Soapbox
48 10 Facts About… Shayne
Ward (Corrie’s Aidan)
50 Blast from the Past
with… ex-EastEnders
star Danielle Harold (Lola)
54 Star watch
58 Style watch
Brooke Vincent
94 Puzzles
96 The Hot List
98 Hits & Misses

Tony Clay

“Halfway has never
really had a place to
call home before…”

47

Neighbours

20 Jane: joy and heartbreak
31 Chloe has desk sex with Leo
52 You Ask… Mavournee Hazel (Piper)

Home and Away
32 Ash is crushed by a car!

31 Doctors Amanda’s accident
32 Holby City Fletch’s fight
33 Casualty Robyn’s return
47 Casualty Bea’s bender

Friday
Night
Dinner

The Goodmans
return for more
scrapes and
japes! Turn to
p59 for more…

Michelle Fox

PHOTOS: GETTY

Dramas

“People see Bea as
being arrogant, but
she has a good heart!”

INSID

The

First with the we
eek’s HOTTEST
T headlines...
CORONATION STREET | ITV MONDAY

Hot

THIS
WEEK!

H GETS HER LITTLE
ONEE AT LAST – BUT
IS IT
T A DONE DEAL?

It all ends as
it started, with
Eva and Toyah
hatching
something

Eva holds her baby
in her arms - but
it won’t last long

T

his is the heartbreaking moment
when Eva cradles her newborn
baby – before having to say a
tearful goodbye and hand the
little one over to Toyah!
The secret surrogacy pact struck
by the two women suddenly becomes
a reality this week, after Eva goes into
premature labour while trapped in the
bathroom of her hideaway cottage – with
Toyah forced to step in as midwife.
“Toyah hears Eva’s screams that the
baby is coming – but unfortunately the
handle to the bathroom door has fallen off
and Eva is locked inside!” explains actress
Georgia Taylor, who plays Toyah. “Toyah
smashes the hell out of the door because
she wants to make sure Eva is okay – and
ends up delivering the baby. It took me
back to my days on Casualty [in which

“The plan is crazy,
but Toyah and Eva
can’t back out now”
Georgia played Dr Ruth Winters], as that
kind of thing happened all the time!”
The drama unfolds as Eva remains at a
secret location in Lymm, so that she can
give birth away from cobbles and enable
Toyah to pass off her baby as the child
she and Peter were meant to receive from
their original surrogate, Jacqui. Eva’s
family and friends think she is away on
a beauty course – while Toyah remains
stationed at the Rovers, video-calling
Eva so that she can check in on her.
“The plan is crazy, and it doesn’t seem
like it’ll ever work – but Toyah and Eva
are too far down the line to back out,”
sighs Georgia. “What’s interesting is that
if Toyah were counselling a friend of hers,
she’d strongly advise against it! However,
she is so vulnerable and desperate for a
child that her rationality has been overruled,
and her heart is leading her head.”
CONTINUED OVER ↘
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INSIDE SCOOP

Toyah heads back to
the Street, really
believing that her
plan has worked

↘ FROM PREVIOUS PAGE
It’s through a video session
with Eva that Toyah begins to
notice that she is unwell, and
decides to head over to the
cottage. But when teen terror
Simon and his pals steal Toyah’s
car keys, it delays her in
getting to Eva, who is already
in labour as Toyah arrives.
“There’s a real dramatic
currency to the moment that
Toyah is literally on her knees
to receive this baby from Eva,”
shares Georgia. “As terrified
as she is, Toyah knows there
is no one else the
ere tto h
help
l
them and she needs to get
on with it. Ultimately she is
trying to save herr child’s life.”
elp, brave
With Toyah’s he
Eva gives birth to
o a little girl
and is rushed to hospital –
where reality quic
ckly sets in.
She is desperate to avoid
holding her daughter, to make
the handover to T
Toyah as
painless as possiible. However,
after Toyah leaves the baby
one, Eva
and new mum alo
ut to pick up
has no choice bu
the baby – and clearly feels
conflicted about her decision.
eaves the
“When Toyah le
hospital, she is on cloud nine,”
says Georgia. “Att this point
she believes the plan is going
to work, and everrything will
h is so in love
be perfect. Toyah
at she doesn’t
with this baby tha
nd that Eva
worry for a secon
he deal.”
will go back on th
gs grow as a
Eva’s misgiving
apher swings
hospital photogra
by the ward and asks if she’d
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like a picture with her daughter.
Toyah is relieved when Eva
declines – but will her emotions
get the better of her as she
wrestles with her conscience?
Meanwhile, Toyah is busy
spinning Peter a yarn as she
tells him that their surrogate
– whom he still believes is
Jacqui – has gone into labour.
“She comes up with a plan
to cover her back,” reveals
Georgia. “It’s so far-fetched that
there’s a chance Peter won’t
buy it, but he’s overwhelmed
and he doesn’t have time to
thi
k or question
ti it
think
it.””

Will Peter’s
delight turn to
pain if the truth
comes out?

Once some time has
passed, Toyah video-calls
Peter from the cottage and
introduces him to their
daughter, whom they name
Susie after Peter’s late twin
sister, Susan. However, when
Toyah eventually returns to
Weatherfield and introduces
the new arrival to the locals,
will any of them smell a rat?
“Toyah turns up at the
Rovers with Susie, utterly
overwhelmed in this little
bubble of love, and everyone
is thrilled for her,” Georgia tells
us. “There is a really powerful
moment where Peter picks
up what he believes to be
his child for the first time,
and she sees the love in his
eyes. In that moment, Toyah
absolutely believes that she
has made the right decision
for the right reasons.”
As Peter and Toyah begin
a new chapter of their lives
together, poor Eva sits quietly
alone at the cottage, reflecting
on the mammoth choice she
has made in giving up her
baby. Will she remain loyal to
her friend and honour their
agreement – or will Eva set off
a series of dire consequences
by concluding that she has
made a terrible mistake?
Laura-Jayne Tylerr

“Toyah can’t lie forever!”
As Aidan meets his daughter, will Toyah’s secret be uncovere
ed?
hile the smart money is on
Ev
va backtracking on her
eal with Toyah, actress
de
Georgia warns us not to discount
the idea thatt her guilt-ridden alter
he one to crack first
ego will be th
eight of her lie!
under the we
The situatiion is already starting
his week, as sneaky
to unravel th
Simon finds an invoice for Eva’s
rented cottage in Toyah’s car – and
tells Leanne that he thinks her
ating on Peter!
sister is chea
However, iit’s a chance
h Susie’s
meeting with

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biological father Aida
an – who knows
of Eva’s pregnancy – that really sets the
cat among the pigeo
ons, as he clocks
Toyah’s awkwardnes
ss. As the pressure
mounts, can she con
ntinue to live a lie?
“I don’t know if she
e can, since
things do have a way
y of coming out,”
grimaces Georgia. “By accident
Toyah has be
ecome a deceitful
person, bu
ut it doesn’t come
naturally
y to her. She has a
conscie
ence – so there is
every chance
c
that Toyah
won’t be
b able to contain
her gu
uilt forever…”

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INSIDE SCOOP

J
ter
q

s
ing
y

WILL A
DARE FROM
NOAH LEAD
TO TRAGEDY?

ERDALE | ITV THURSDAY

R

eckless Joe risks his
life this week – by
jumping off a quarry
edge for a dare.
The Tate bad boy goes for
broke as he and half-brother
Noah try to get to know each
other better. Noah is shocked
as Joe plunges into the icy
water – and when he doesn’t
resurface, the young lad is
terrified that his big brother
has perished. Will Joe emerge
from the murky depths?
“There’s a bit of Joe that
wants to impress his younger
brother,” admits Ned Porteous,
who plays Home Farm’s new

8 lnsideSoap

Tate. “You’ll also learn in these
scenes that Joe has a slight
fear of heights, so part of this
is him wanting to prove to
himself that he can do it.”
It’s no surprise that Joe’s
pride plays a big part in his
actions – he’s driven by trying
to prove something to himself
and everyone else. Interestingly,
he’s putting all this aside to
try to build a relationship with
Noah, but when his brother
asks him if they can go to all
the places their dad Chris used
to take Joe, he hesitates.
“Noah has this idea of the
relationship that Joe had with

Joe seeks out his
brother and tries
to relate to him

It’s just a nice, pure moment,
brother to brother.”
Unfortunately for Joe and
Noah, they are soon embroiled
in high drama as Joe accepts
Noah’s dare and dives off the
quarry edge. Whether he’ll
make it out alive remains to be
seen – but it was an experience
for Ned and the Dales team.

“It was great – we got to
take a whole crew to Chorley,
over the Pennines,” he tells
us. “It’s always fun going off
somewhere, because it feels
a bit like a school trip and
everyone is in good spirits.
Even though it was freezing,
it was still a really good time!”
Kate White

EMMERDALE
QUICK-FIRE
ROUND!
We askk Ned three burning questions
questions…
Who would you put your
money on to win the war
between Robert and Joe?
Joe – I’d have to back Joe!

Joe takes the
plunge in more
ways than one

of a quarry, throwing stones.
Approaching cautiously, Joe
attempts to bond with him.
“Noah has become a very
important part of Joe’s life,”
shares Ned. “He’s the only
family that Joe has left, and as
we know, family means a lot
to Joe. So he sees this as a
chance to start a relationship
with someone from scratch.
This is Joe ‘behind the curtain’,
without his planning or money.

Would you like Joe to win back
Debbie, or has he blown it?
Knowing how he really feels about
her, it would be sad to think that
he’d lose her in the end.

PHOTO: REX/SHUTTERSTOCK

their dad, but the embarrassing
fact is that he didn’t have that
relationship with his father,”
says Ned. “He barely knew him
– Chris was always too busy to
spend time with Joe. So all the
cool places they supposedly
hung out don’t exist.”
Sadly, Noah takes Joe’s
hesitation as a rejection, and
speeds off on his bike – and
when Joe finally catches up
with him, Noah is at the side

Would you like more Tates
to arrive at Home Farm to
keep you company?
I think there’s only
room for one Tate
on the hill…

l

p9

INSIDE SCOOP
EASTENDERS | BBC1 THURSDAY

Jack sleeps
with Mel!
THE RANDY PAIR GET IT ON
IN THE MIDDLE OF A ROW…

M

el and Jack get
hot and sweaty
with each other
this week, as their
simmering passion finally
boils over into lust!
Jack has been hovering
around Mel ever since she
arrived back in Walford, but
even though it’s clear that
she fancies him too, she’s
prioritised the welfare of
her son Hunter and her new
business, rather than think
about romance. However,
things are about to heat up
big time – and it’s all thanks
to a bust-up in E20…
“Oddly enough, it’s Billy
Mitchell who inadvertently
brings Mel and Jack together,”
reveals our Albert Square
insider. “Yet again, he messes
things up at work, causing
Mel to have a major go at him.
However, her fury is witnessed
by Jack, who is stunned by
Mel’s outburst. Sure, Billy
might have stuffed up, but
it’s not a total disaster – and
it is his birthday after all!
“Jack thinks that Mel needs
to cool down a bit – which is
quite ironic, given the events
that are about to take place!”
Once she’s composed
herself, Mel feels bad about
the way that she’s treated
Billy, and decides to host a
surprise birthday party for him.
She even plays matchmaker
by inviting his wife Honey
along, since she knows

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Mel has a go at
poor Billy over his
work performance

that Billy is desperate to get
back together with her.
“Mel’s intentions are good,
but the plan backfires,” shares
our source. “Honey doesn’t
want to repair her marriage
to Billy, and Billy is hardly
impressed either. He’s furious
about Mel’s intervention,
and fears it might have made
things worse – so he tears a
strip off Mel at the party! That
doesn’t go down well…”
Once again Jack witnesses
the fiery exchange, and this
time he decides to stick his
own oar in. Mel storms off
following Billy’s outburst, but
Jack goes after her to confront
her about her interfering ways.

“Jack doesn’t really give a
monkey’s about Billy’s feelings
– but he does care about
Honey’s,” reasons our spy.
“So when he sees that Mel
has messed things up for the
couple, he tries to persuade

her to go and apologise to
Honey. However, Mel doesn’t
take kindly to being told what
to do by anyone, and she’s
certainly not in the mood to
take any advice from this guy
she still barely knows!”

Jack thinks Mel
needs to calm down
– which is ironic!”

IS MEL

As the quarrelsome pair
trade insults, things start to
get a bit more physical – and
moments later they’re ripping
at each other’s clothes and
in a passionate clinch! As they
end up spending the night
together, is this the start of the
sizzling romance that Jack’s
been hoping for, or is it just a
one-night stand that Mel will
regret in the morning?
Tom Spilsbury

Billy’s birthday
bash turns into
embarrassment for
him and Honey

As Mel has a dalliance
with Jack, there’s a
nagging question that
we want to know the
answer to: is she still
hitched to someone
else? A few weeks ago,
in the middle of the heist
caper, Mel confessed
to Sharon that she
was the sister-in-law
of Ciara Maguire.
“I was married to
her brother for a long
time,” she admitted
back in February. “Now
I’m trying to get out.
Only they’re not the
kind of family that let
you go easy.”
Given what we’ve
seen of Ciara and
her psychopathic
ex-husband Aidan,
we can well believe it!
But while Mel says she
was married, does that
imply that she’s now
divorced? The fact that
she said she’s ‘trying’
to get out suggests
that it’s not necessarily
that straightforward.
We’ve also recently
seen her son Hunter
leaving voicemails for
and sending texts to a
mysterious man called
Ray, asking to see him.
We know Hunter isn’t
keen on the idea of his
mum getting it on with
Jack – so can Walford
expect Mel’s estranged
hubby to show up soon?

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INSIDE
Laura-Jayne snoops behind the big soap headlines…

Old McDonald
is set to return
as his son
ponders an
important
question
(again)…

JIM BACK –
FOR STEVE &
TRACY’S WEDDING?

CORONATION STREET

T

he faint sound of
church bells can be
heard ringing up north
– and in Steve McDonald’s
nightmares – as news
reaches us that he’s
poised to make an honest
woman of Tracy Barlow!
Word from the cobbles is
that Steve will enter soap
history books with wife
number seven after he pops
the question to Tracy, whom
he’s already married and
divorced once before…
“In the coming weeks,
viewers will see Steve get
down on one knee and
propose to Tracy, who duly
accepts,” whispers our

12 lnsideSoap

Corrie source. “It’s potentially
the seventh time that he’ll be
married, but the writers are still
to decide whether they’ll make
it down the aisle – as love is
never straightforward in soap!”
What we can finally confirm
is that Steve’s jailbird father,
Jim McDonald, is due to
make a return to the Street.
Liz’s loose cannon of an
ex-husband will be back for
a stint later this year, but
whether he’ll be donning his
best suit and tie for his son’s
wedding is anyone’s guess.
“Jim is currently serving
the remainder of his prison
sentence for armed robbery,”
our informant reminds us.

“However, his release date is
fast approaching – and if there’s
one woman he has never been
able to stay away from, it’s
his beloved Elizabeth.”
With Liz happily occupied
at the local medical centre
and Rovers Return – as well
as enjoying a flirtation with
Steve’s former school teacher,
Mike Thornberry – Jim’s
reappearance is sure to upset
the apple cart. Their relationship
has always been volatile, so
combine that with the fireworks
of potential McDonald-Barlow
nuptials, and it’ll be a miracle
if Jim isn’t marched back to
jail quicker than you can say,
“Catch yourself on, Elizabeth”!

Tracy and Steve
tied the knot
back in 2012

THE END
IS NIGH!

Will Phelan prove
himself a ladykiller with
wife Eileen?

But who will Phelan drag down with him?

S

erial killer Phelan
will attempt to claim
a further victim or
two as he plots his revenge
on the cobbles – but one
way or another, he won’t
escape justice!
“Phelan has come to the
conclusion that he has very
little left to lose,” chuckles
actor Connor McIntyre, who
plays the sneering Weatherfield
super-villain. “Given his

mindset, it’s true to say
that everybody – even the
people you wouldn’t expect
– need to watch out!”
Viewers have been left
to wonder whether Eileen’s
horrid hubby is the person
stalking her, since he took
the risky decision to check
out of his hideaway B&B. But
Connor warns that his alter
ego’s actions will cost him
dearly in the end…

“A man should always
know when to leave the
party, and it’s Phelan’s time,”
declares the star. “Departing
Corrie is tinged with sadness
for me because I have met
some incredible people, and
it’s been such a pleasure
here. But viewers deserve to
see the culmination of what’s
been cooking for five years.
Phelan will soon get his just
deserts, mark my words!”

agle-eyed Corrie ffans will have
having rather
noticed Aidan beh
of weeks
oddly in the past couple
c
ous, considering
– which is doubly curio
hayne Ward
that we know actor Sh
e in a topis due to take his leave
pring.
secret storyline this sp
“You have to look at
everything Aidan has been
star,
through,” reasons the s
who teased recently that
an
his exit plot would be a
‘important’ one. “He’s
a troubled soul who is
always trying to prove
himself to his dad and
his family, but things
keep going wrong for
him. His relationship
didn’t go the way he

wanted it to and he did cheat, though
he came clean in the end. He gave
Carla one of his kidneys, so there
is love within Aidan. But there’s
obviously something underlying…”
It’s expected that we’ll find out
exactly what that is next month.

Aidan had his whole
family behind him when
he donated a kidney

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PHOTO: SPLASH

AIDAN’S SECRET HELL!
Shayne
e Ward
d drops hints about his exit…
E

STOP
PRESS!

INSIDE Gossip

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Kate and Rana w
wil
will
ll
tie the knot and ha
ave
a child together –
if Corrie star Faye
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Brookes (Kate) ha
her way. “It woulld
d
be quite signiicant
n
for a lesbian couplle
to get married and
d
go through that
process,” ponderrss
the actress.

EMMERDALE

LISA
WILL
BE BACK!

Sad goodbye
According to Gary
Lucy, Hollyoaks
fans might want to
have their tissues
at the ready when
Luke leaves the
village later this
year. “It’s going to be
devastating,” he teases.

But has Zak lost
her for good?

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Late departure?

Lisa has been
to hell and back,
unsupported by
many in the clan

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PHOTO: INSTAGRAM/TILLYKEEPER

mmerdale viewers were in
bits recently, as Lisa took the
devastating decision to walk
out on Zak and flee the village,
following his cruel treatment of her.
However, Inside Soap is pleased to
confirm that she will be back…
“I haven’t left the building,”
confirms actress Jane Cox,
who plays her. “Lisa had to
get away, because being
around Zak wasn’t good for
her health. He’s been vile to
her and not supported her
at all [after Liv was sent to
a young offender institution
for spiking her drink with
stolen ketamine].
“Aaron has also had a go at Lisa,”
continues the star. “She feels everyone
is against her, and that resulted in
another angina attack. She honestly
thought she was going to die.”
Zak’s callous behaviour towards
Lisa could be the final straw, seeing
as she’s already taken him back once
after he left her for Joanie Wright.
Can she find it in her fragile heart
to forgive him again? “Well, that
remains to be seen…” warns Jane.
Hmm. We think Zak has a lot of
grovelling to do this time!

We were amused by this tonguein-cheek outburst from Square
star Tilly Keeper (Louise), who
took her screen love interest
Charlie Winter (Hunter) to
task on social media recently.
It looks as if he mischievously
placed a framed photo of himself
in Tilly’s dressing room, the
cheeky beggar. Ha ha, legend!

INSIDE SCOOP

T

roubled Belle sinks
back into the depths
of despair this week,
having started to hear
voices in her head again.
The poor girl has previously
suffered with psychiatric issues,
after being responsible for the
death of her friend Gemma
Andrews. And although she’s
been in recovery for a while
now, it soon becomes clear
she’s suffering once more…
“Belle is terrified – the voices
in her head are back,” sighs
our Emmerdale source. “At
first she tried to shut them out,
as she doesn’t want anyone to
realise anything’s wrong – but
her torment becomes totally
unbearable. The more she
tries to resist, the stronger the
voices seem to get, and she’s
in danger of being completely
overwhelmed unless she can
get the help she needs.”
The perilous situation gets
more hazardous when Belle
believes that the voices are
instructing her to destroy all
the alcohol in her brewery
barn. As the voices get louder
and more insistent, she is
eventually tipped over the

EMMERDALE | ITV THURSDAY

Belle
smashes
up the
barn!
OVERWHELMED
BY THE VOICES IN
HER HEAD, SHE
RUNS RIOT…

Belle listens to the
voices in her head and
destroys the barn

Belle is terriied – she doesn’t
want anyone to realise that
there’s anything wrong…”
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edge, and begins a frenzied
attack – smashing up bottles
and knocking over all the
barn’s equipment.
“Belle just can’t think for
herself any more,” explains
our spy. “Unable to bear the
mental agony, she submits to
what the voices seem to want
her to do – but this could just
be the start. Who knows what
they will ask her to do next?”

Of course, Belle’s actions
don’t go unnoticed for long.
When Priya finds the carnage
e
Belle has caused in the barn,
she stresses to Lachlan that
they need to do something
before Belle endangers otherss.
Lachlan panics when he hearss
that Belle’s problems have
returned – but can he track he
er
down before it’s too late?
Tom Spilsburry

EMMERDALE | ITV WEDNESDAY

Liv’s prison
nightmare!
AARON WORRIES
THAT SHE’S HITTING
THE BOTTLE…

A

aron is concerned
about how Liv is
coping behind bars
this week, after he’s
alerted to the fact that she
may be drinking again!
Life in the youth detention
centre hasn’t been easy for
poor Liv, who’s serving a fourmonth sentence for spiking
Lisa’s drink with ketamine.
She’s having issues with the
other girls, in particular bully
Tasha – who’s been trying her
best to make Liv’s life hell!
But when prison worker Steve
catches Tasha mocking Liv
and calling her an alcoholic, he
clocks that all is not well with
the teenager. Liv shrugs it off
in her typical tough-girl fashion
– though it’s clear Tasha and
her cronies are getting to her.
Later, Steve approaches Liv
and questions her about her
drinking, but the lass denies
she has any kind of problem.
While she may think her fibs

Steve shares his concerns
with Aaron and Robert

are convincing, Steve’s been
around youngsters long enough
to know when he’s being lied to!
When Aaron and Robert visit,
Liv plasters on a smile, keen to
make them believe all is going
well. The pair are pleasantly
surprised with the way Liv is
handling life on the inside, and
proud to see her growing up.
Just as they’re set to leave,
however, Steve goes to the
couple with his concerns about
Liv’s drinking. Aaron’s worried
to think that his sister is hitting
the bottle again, especially
given her history with booze.
But with Liv isolated, is there
anything he can do to stop her
making another huge mistake?
Sarah Ellis

l

EASTENDERS | BBC1 TUESDAY

Sharon
tries to
shaft
Max!
PHIL’S MISSUS
PLOTS TO GET
ONE OVER ON HIS
BUSINESS RIVAL…

Phil is ready to hit the
roof, and his family
bear the brunt…

…while Keanu
could lose his
livelihood

S

he stole Aidan’s heist
from right under his
nose, and this week
Sharon seems to be
carving out a new role as
Walford’s queen of cunning –
as she devises a host of crafty
plots! But who’s managed to
get on her wrong side?
The troubles begin when
Keanu has to deal with a badmannered Arches customer
called Henry. Feeling out of his
depth and needing some backup, the lad asks Sharon for
help – but it doesn’t go well…
“Henry dislikes dealing with
Keanu, who he sees as just

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a kid,” reveals our Albert
Square mole. “But he doesn’t
like Sharon either! He rudely
patronises her after she offers
her assistance – and you can
just imagine how well that goes
down with her! She’s not one
to take casual sexism from
anyone, and decides that she’s
going to teach Henry a lesson.
“With Keanu’s help, she
hatches a revenge plan –
but Phil won’t be at all happy
when he hears about it!”
Meanwhile, Phil is in a pretty
good mood for once, and is
looking forward to putting all
his energies back into his

business. The peace and calm
doesn’t last long, though, once
he realises that the car lot has
reopened, and Max Branning
is the one running it. Without
even pausing
for breath, Phil
heads over
to face down
his old rival.
“Phil tries to
bribe Max to
leave Walford,
but Max isn’t having any of it,”
our spy tells us. “He feels he
has a perfect right to be there,
and he’s just trying to get his
own life back on track. Phil is

fuming because he’d hoped
he’d seen the last of Max, but
he reluctantly concedes that
there’s not much he can do
about him – at least for the
moment. Then
again, when
has that ever
stopped him?”
Phil’s day
gets even
worse after
he receives
a complaint from Henry about
the way he’s been treated
by Sharon and Keanu at the
Arches. So Phil asks Sharon to
give him her side of the story

“Phil tries to
bribe Max to
leave, but he
isn’t having it”

Your soap story

Wish list!
“Imagine if Lisa returned to
Emmerdale with a fabulous
new man on her arm –
played by the gorgeous
Martin Kemp! It would
serve Zak right after the
way he’s treated her over
the past couple of years!”
…reckons reader Joyce
from Liverpool
“With Dee Dee in
Hollyoaks so poorly,
it’s about time Grace
Black stepped in and
took charge of the
situation. After all, she
is her biological halfsister – which explains
why young Dee Dee
is such a diva!”
…chuckles reader
Jenny from Hull
“I’d love it if Alan
Frost – aka Phelan
– turned up in the
Dales as one of Joe’s
new builders. I think
Joe would ind Alan’s
services very handy
right now!”
…says reader Ross
from Llandudno

– and isn’t best pleased
by what he discovers.
“Sharon is forced to
fess up,” shares our snitch.
“And when she goes on
to tell her hubby what she
and Keanu have done to
get their revenge on Henry,
Phil is even more horrified!
“To rub salt in the
wound, he then discovers
that Keanu messed up
the garage books while he
was away. With everything
in such a shambles, he
gives Keanu one day to
prove his worth – otherwise
he’s out on his ear!”

Keanu is distraught at
the prospect of losing his
job, but Sharon hatches
yet another plan that she
thinks will put everything
right again – and it involves
using Max Branning as a
scapegoat! The question
is: can Sharon manage to
get back into Phil’s good
books, save Keanu’s job,
and get one over on Max
all at the same time?
She’s certain she can
do it with her barnstormer
of a scheme. But surely it
can’t be that easy…
Tom Spilsbury

“Now that we know
Donna is leaving
EastEnders, this would
be a perfect opportunity
to bring her mum
Claudette back to the
Square. She could swap
notes on fostering with
Mariam and Arshad!”
…suggests reader
Heather
Each week, we invite readers to share their dream
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Check it out and join in the fun at www.facebook.com/
insidesoap. Or you can email your idea to us at
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INSIDE SCOOP

Jane’s joy...
and agony!
SHE RECEIVES NEWS THAT
HER NAN HAS PASSED AWAY…
NEIGHBOURS | Channel 5 TUESDAY

Paul and Jane enjoy
reflecting on old times
in Erinsborough…

I

t’s the end of an era
this week, after news
reaches Ramsay Street
that local legend Mrs
Mangel has sadly died.
Her death is made even
more tragic by the fact that her
granddaughter, Jane, is back
in Erinsborough trying to retrieve
some valuable stamps from
her nan’s old house. So when
Jane finds out that her beloved
relative has passed away while
she wasn’t by her side, the
poor woman is distraught…
“Jane is totally devastated,
and wracked with guilt that
she wasn’t there with her nan
at the end,” sighs Annie Jones,
who recently reprised the role
of Jane. “It’s so heartbreaking
for Jane – I bawled my eyes

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…but is there
something more
between Jane and
her old boss?

out when I first read the
scripts! It’s very relatable, as
it’s something all grandchildren
have to go through.”
Prior to receiving the shock
news, Jane is thoroughly

enjoying a good catch-up
with her former boss, Paul
Robinson – and as sparks fly
between the pair, could there
be more than just a stroll down
memory lane on the cards?

“There’s perhaps a slight
twinkle – they’ve known each
other for a lifetime, so they see
the best in each other,” grins
Annie. “I’m not sure Jane has
any ambitions to become the
next Mrs Robinson, though.
That would be wife number six
for Paul – it sounds a bit risky!”
The jovial atmosphere is
shattered once Jane gets a call
to say that Mrs Mangel has
died, forcing her to cut short
her trip to Erinsborough. But
before she heads back to the
UK to plan her grandmother’s
funeral, Paul has one final,

touching gesture for Jane – as
he presents her with the portrait
of Mrs Mangel that his own
grandmother, Helen Daniels,
painted three decades ago.
While it will no doubt be an
upsetting moment for longtime Neighbours fans as they
say goodbye to one of the
show’s most iconic characters,
Vivean Gray – who played her
– sadly passed away in July
2016, aged 92. And Annie has
some very fond memories of
working with the late star.
“Vivean was such a
wonderful actress, and she
was hysterically funny,” she
remembers. “She loved cricket
and animals, and was quite the
archaeologist – going on digs in
Egypt. She was a fascinating
woman who, just when you
thought that you had her
worked out, would surprise
you time and time again!”
Sarah Ellis

REMEMBERING
MRS MANGEL
The legend still lives on three decades later…

I

t’s been almost 30 years
y
since
Nell Mangel last ap
pp
peared on
our screens – so w
hy is she still
wh
remembered so fondly
y by
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fans all around the globe
e?
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s a different
story back in 1988. Mrs Mangel
was one of the first villaiins to stalk
Erinsborough, and her meanm
spirited judgement of he
her fellow
residents left viewers u
p in arms
up
– so much so that actres
ss Vivean
Gray decided to quit herr role on
the soap after just two years!
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ot outside my
oo
own door without som
meone screaming
abuse at horrid old Mrs Mangel,” the
star said at the time. “P
eople didn’t
Pe
seem to appreciate it w
as acting.”
wa
Despite her frosty ex
xterior, Mrs
Mangel did have some
e rredeeming
features. She stepped in
n to take
care of her granddaughtter

Jane was taken
in by her nan
Nell Mangel…

…who wasn’t
always such a
kind person

Jane when the girl s mother – Nell’s
daughter Amanda – m
mo
oved to Hong
eal fondness
Kong. She also had a re
for Bouncer the dog, which revealed
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a softer side buried de
ee
wistful way she
who could forget that w
looked at Harold Bisho
op during Scott
and Charlene’s wedding ceremony?
for nearly
She may have been gone
g
usybody has
30 years, but the old b
bu
still been casting her ey
eye over the
locals by way of the in
nfamous portrait
he Lassiters
of her which hangs in th
lobby. In fact, Mrs Man
ngel is so revered
among the residents of
of Ramsay Street
that Toadie and Sonya
a even named
their daughter Nell after her!
as only on our
For someone who w
wa
screens for two yea
ars, Mrs Mangel
ast a lifetime. RIP
left a legacy to la
Mrs M – you will be missed!

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Angie can’t believe that
Jude would lie to her so
brazenly for so long

Don’t do
it, Angie!
AS DISASTER STRIKES JUDE,
HIS WIFE TURNS TO ADAM…
CORONATION STREET | ITV WEDNESDAY

A

ngie’s world is rocked
by her hapless hubby
Jude this week –
pushing her into the
arms of sexy solicitor Adam!
Desperate to maintain his big
fib that he’s a qualified marine
biologist – whereas actually
he works in the aquarium’s
gift shop – Jude and his mum
Mary concoct a bonkers plot
to throw Angie off the scent.
But when it all goes wrong,
appalled Angie throws herself
at Adam, and her marriage
looks set to crumble…
“This is Jude’s worst
nightmare come true,” sighs
our Weatherfield snitch. “Angie
has no idea that he’s been
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lying to her over their entire
relationship. How he and Mary
think they’ll get away with this
mad plan is anyone’s guess –
and it could mean curtains for
Jude and Angie’s marriage.”
The chaos kicks off after
Angie shows up at the Marine
Life Centre unexpectedly,
prompting panicked Jude
to set off the fire alarm. As
the place is evacuated, he
changes out of his gift shop
uniform and finds Angie

outside – but when he learns
that she’s there to confront
his bullying work colleagues
Philippa and Seth, Jude
claims that they’re coming
to dinner to sort things!
After Jude tells his mum
what he’s done, she devises
a typically hare-brained plan
to fix the predicament – yet
only succeeds in achieving
the opposite. Meanwhile, Seth
and Philippa witnessed Jude
setting off the fire alarm via

Angie really has a
lot to learn about the
man she married”

the marine centre’s CCTV –
and summarily sack him!
But there’s even worse to
come back on the cobbles.
Once Mary’s scheme dissolves
into disarray, Jude is left more
desperate than ever – and,
infuriated by the disastrous
turn of events, Angie pours
her heart out to Adam.
“Angie really has a lot
to learn about the man she
married,” shares our snoop.
“She bonded with Adam
while freelancing for his legal
practice, and the charming,
handsome solicitor is happy
to listen as she cries on his
shoulder. With the madness
of what’s happened, Angie

needs to talk – and it doesn’t
hurt that her flirty confidant is
so easy on the eye! There’s a
definite spark between them…”
Following an evening of
warm chat with Adam, Angie
is forced to return home and
face Jude, and the strained
atmosphere is unbearable. So
when Adam offers her more
freelance accountancy work,
Angie is quick to accept – but
will the pair be tempted to mix
business with pleasure?
Kate White
Jude’s mean coworkers are more
shark than dolphin

Would Angie
e be wise to swap lying Jude
e for seductive solicitor Adam?
ATTRACTION

ATTRACTION

Handsome Jude is a nice bloke who made a
silly mistake. It has to be said that his epic lie
has made him more interesting (which, granted,
backhanded
going).
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Adam is all kinds of gorgeous. There is,
of course, his habitual ly
ying and cheating
to take into account. But
B that’s a small
i to pay to wake
k up to that face…
price

Jude is a hard worker and must have put in
the hours to make enough money to fake a
marine biologist’s wage. He’s also totally
committed to Angie and baby George.

He’s a total chancer, but Adam has a few
quid, and he’ll happily do dodgy deals to
rake in even more. He’s a proven survivor,
so life with him would be far from dull.

ELIGIBILITY

FAMILY TIES
Sticking with Jude means a lifetime of Mary,
which used to be a good reason for Angie
to leave the country. Still, she has to be
saving them a fortune in childcare.

Angie would be sharing Sunday roasts with
murderer Tracy, attempted murderers Peter
and Daniel, and waffling intellectual Ken.
Hardly a dream dinner party line-up.

InsideSoap says…

InsideSoap says…

If Angie can get past Jude’s whopping lie,
things could return to normal. But given that
he’s a bit dull, and Mary’s quite mad, perhaps
Angie should escape while she can!

We’d love for Angie to ditch Jude for Adam!
He’d break her heart – but not before Mary
launched a crackers revenge campaign
against both of them…

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INSIDE SCOOP

Adam can’t resist Roxy –
but he’s soon regretting
his illicit actions

Adam turns to
the dark side!
HE CHEATS ON MAXINE WITH ROXY…
HOLLYOAKS | Channel 4 MONDAY

A

dam proves that
he’s every bit as
ruthless as his dad
Glenn this week
– when he ends up sleeping
with DS Roxy Cassidy!
The Donovan lad has been
working with the detective to
bring down his gangster father
– but after he loses his temper
in the pub and punches Darren,
Roxy is forced to arrest him!
However, rather than taking
him to the station, she leads
him to a secluded spot where
the pair soon find themselves
getting hot and heavy…
“They sleep with each other
in the back of her car – it’s
shocking!” exclaims Jimmy
Essex, who plays Adam.
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“Things have started to get
incredibly tense between
Adam and Roxy, so Adam
immediately regrets his
actions. He loves Maxine,
and he knows that this could
destroy their relationship.”
Adam’s missus is already
beginning to get suspicious
about her other half’s shady
behaviour – his moods are all
over the place and he keeps
disappearing. Things get
worse this week, after Adam
experiences flashbacks to a

robbery he was involved in
with Glenn. That’s when the
pressure gets too much, and
he takes his anger out on
Darren – so how much longer
can Adam keep this up?
“Adam is really feeling the
stress at the moment,” admits

Adam is getting better
at lying – he’s enjoying
the thrill of it all… ”

Jimmy. “He is an honest
guy, so all this lying is really
catching up with him. That
said, I was very surprised at
how much Adam enjoyed the
buzz of the robbery – he even
calls it his best day at work
ever! Adam is slipping more
and more into the role of
Glenn’s right-hand man, and
he’s actually enjoying it.”
So could Adam finally be
turning to the dark side? It
would certainly seem so, as

LIKE
FATHER,
LIKE SON!
Is Adam really a chip off the old block?
Adam’s behaviour this week is pretty shocking
– but is he really morphing into his dad? Jimmy
reckons that his character is far too nice to ever
fully follow in Glenn’s fiendish footsteps…
“Adam has always been a good guy, and I do
think he is still that,” ponders the actor. “It’s always
fun playing the bad guy, although Adam is more
complicated than that – yes he is doing bad things,
but he’s doing them for the right reasons in his
mind. I don’t think he’s got it in him to be as bad as
his dad because he cares too much about other
people and the consequences of his actions. That
said, I’m excited to see how far we can push him
– Adam is so far down the rabbit hole now that
I think he will stop at nothing to put Glenn away!”

he arrives home from his
bunk-up with Roxy cool as a
cucumber, and asks Maxine to
make their relationship official
by putting her wedding ring
back on! Lying and cheating
may be out of character for
the mild-mannered hairdresser,
but Jimmy reminds us that
Adam is Glenn’s son…
“Adam is getting better at
lying to everyone around him,”
points out the star. “There is
part of him that is enjoying this

way of life and the thrill of it all.
And most importantly, he is
enjoying finally having a proper
relationship with his dad.”
Adam only got into his
father’s business in the first
place to gather evidence to
help put Glenn away – so is
the bloke starting to lose sight
of what’s important? And
could he end up joining his old
man behind bars if he carries
on down this dark path?
Sarah Ellis

Roxy and Adam enjoy a
passionate embrace
away from prying eyes

INSIDE SCOOP

Love
and
war!
CORONATION STREET | ITV MONDAY

YASMEEN IS
ROMANCING
GEOFF AND
SENDING SALLY
DOOLALLY…

A

udrey is set to come
down to earth with
a thud this week,
as it transpires that
charming hospital DJ Geoff
only has eyes for Yasmeen.
And if you think that’s bad,
just wait until Sally realises
her neighbour could end up
being her mother-in-law!
“Talk about awkward in
every way,” sighs our cobbles
sneak. “Audrey thought her
luck was in when she crossed
paths with charming Geoff at
the hospital – but once he met
Yasmeen, he wasted no time
moving in on
her. While
Audrey is
telling Rita
all about her
feelings for
him at the
Bistro, she has
no idea that
he’s about to meet Yasmeen
for a date at the same venue!”
Oblivious to Geoff’s duplicity,
Audrey insists he join her after
she spots him at the eatery –
making for an embarrassing

Audrey has no
idea that Yasmeen
is Geof’s date…

scene once Yasmeen turns up.
Her mortification prompts her
to make a swift exit, and when
Audrey notices Geoff looking
longingly at his disappearing
date, the penny finally drops.
Rather than
kicking off
publicly, the
dignified
salon owner
diplomatically
suggests
that Geoff
catch up with
Yasmeen, who’s thrilled by the
gesture. But the pair’s delight
looks set to be short-lived
once feisty Sally realises that
her father-in-law is dating her
neighbour from hell…

“Yasmeen and
Geoff are like
a red rag to
Sally’s bull!”

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“As if Yasmeen doesn’t
already get a hard enough
time from Sally,” sighs our
sneak. “The discovery that
she and Geoff are an item
is a red rag to a bull where
Sally is concerned. And
there’s no way she’ll be
prepared to tolerate the
possibility that her arch-rival
could one day be calling the
shots as matriarch of the
extended Metcalfe family!”
Taking immediate action,
furious Sally orders her hubby
Tim to invite his father over
for dinner so that she can get
to work on putting Geoff off
his new lady friend. But Sal
is left spitting feathers after
Geoff rocks up with Yasmeen

perched on his arm and clearly
revelling in her new fella!
“Sally is utterly outraged
– Yasmeen’s presence is a
proper slap in the face when
she’s gone to all this trouble,”
cackles our informant. “While
we’re yet to know whether
Yasmeen has told her date that
she’s his daughter-in-law’s
number one enemy, it probably

…and she’s forced to
maintain a stoic front when
she realises the truth

You can say

thatagain!
“What’s
going on with Mum?
You remember
her – big hair, big gob,
big everything!”
How could Vincent
fail to recall Claudette
from Donna’s spot-on
description?

OUR FAVOURITE
RECENT
SOAP
QUOTES…

“Anyo
one
allergic to
anything?”

“Does
Jenny count?”
Well, Jenny is an
acquired taste,
we suppose…

“Well, I hope
Hayley and I were
suiciently intimate that,
had she gone on a serial
killing spree, I would have
had some inkling…”
Hayley’s tragic death didn’t
just rob Roy of the love of
his life, it robbed us of
a cracking plot!
won’t be long before the
battle lines are drawn across
the Metcalfe dinner table.
Neither of these two will
back down from a fight!”
Will Geoff be forced to think
twice about a potential future
with Yasmeen – or will Sally’s
fury fizzle out in the face of his
feelings for his new girlfriend?
Allison Jones

“Don’t blame
me! Blame that son
n
of yours who can’tt
keep it in his
“He’s 15!”
pants!”

“Maybe, but
he knows what
he’s doing all right!”
Oh, Michelle, you do
really need to think
before you speak.

“Until you get bored
of me. Like Brenda and Viv, and
heaven knows how many women
before me. I’m just another one of
your pipe dreams. You’re meant to be
getting married to Brenda! Doesn’t
that mean anything, Bob?”
Finally, Laurel kicks Bob right
where it hurts. And we hope the
truth hurts him. A lot.

Kim is distraught as
she worries about
her absent husband

EASTENDERS | BBC1 TUESDAY

Kim: heartbroken
and alone!
BUT WILL SHE DISCOVER PHIL’S PART
IN VINCENT’S DISAPPEARANCE?

K

im remains frantic
this week, desperate
for news about her
husband Vincent.
She’s not laid eyes on her
other half since the fateful
night he was driven off at high
speed by a double-crossing
detective – seemingly on
Phil’s orders – and left staring
down the barrel of a gun.
So when Phil hands Kim a
pile of cash this week, she’s
understandably suspicious.
But as she wonders whether
Phil might know where

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Vincent is, will she end up
discovering the awful truth?
“The night Vincent was
kidnapped we witnessed Phil
make a call, leaving orders to
scare him – but no worse,”
our Walford spy reminds us.
“However, while shocked
viewers have been left to
assume the worst was done
and Vincent met a grisly end,
Kim is convinced he’s walked
out on her – and the poor
woman is at her wits’ end!”
The last time that Kim saw
Vincent, she assured him

that whatever trouble he was
in, they’d stick together and
get through it. Based on this
emotional pledge, Vincent no
longer intended to grass up
Phil and gangster Aidan, and
wanted to rebuild his shattered
life. But he never returned from
delivering that message, so
when Kim discovered a note

from him suggesting that he
was going to leave her, she
believed herself abandoned…
“What Kim doesn’t realise
is that Vincent wrote that note
ages ago – not long after he
lost The Albert – and thought
he’d discarded it,” explains
our sneak. “But ironically, it
almost makes sense to Kim

Phil wasn’t close to
Vincent – so why is he so
keen to help her out?”

Vincent departed
Walford – but his fate
remains unclear

by Kim’s plight. But will his
uncharacteristic generosity
prompt her to point the finger?
“Kim might be desperate,
yet she’s still no fool,” says our
insider. “She knows Phil and
Vincent were far from close
– so why’s Phil so keen to help
her out? She’s also aware

Vincent’s no stranger to the
dark side, and that Phil’s rarely
far from trouble. She starts to
wonder what’s going on…”
Can hard man Phil bat off
suspicious Kim’s questions –
or will his guilty conscience
force him to tell the truth?
Allison Jones

THE
Vincent’s not the first driven to a terrible fa
ate…
After he was arrested for drug
dealing in 2004, Paul Trueman
grassed up his gangster boss
Andy Hunter to the police – and
subsequently signed his own
death warrant. Andy ordered
Paul’s execution, and Paul bid
his dad Patrick a tearful farewell.
When a cab arrived, Paul asked
his driver to make it quick…

A mix-up prompted a s
similar
end for Jake Moon in 200
06, after
he’d made a fateful alliance
with mobster Johny Allen
n.
When Jake dobbed in Se
ean
Slater, Johnny tried to sett his
henchman on Sean, but d
died
mid-sentence – leaving his
hired killer to lure obliviou
us
Jake into a death trap…

RID
D

at this point. Prior to vanishing,
Vincent had admitted just how
dire his predicament was – so
it seems credible that he was
planning to leave his wife.”
While Kim and her daughter
Pearl are left to face a grim
future without Vincent, the mum
is determined to not let down
her little girl. And when Phil
insists on Kim taking his money,
claiming that it’s payment for
Vincent’s car – which he
actually stole as recompense
after Keanu secretly repaired it
– it seems he’s been touched

INSIDE SCOOP

Billy’s
birthday
kiss!
Will Honey give him
the gift of getting
back together?
EASTENDERS
BBC1 THURSDAY

B

illy Mitchell celebrates
his 59th birthday this
week – but while it
starts off badly, might his big
day have a happy ending?
After falling out with his new
boss Mel (see p10), Billy visits

Honey, who agrees to let him
spend some time with their
kids. Billy is still hopeful about
making another go of things
with his ex – particularly given
that she recently admitted she
would always love him. And
although she also insisted that
there was no chance they’d

Billy is in a bad
place after he
clashes with Mel

ever get back together, the
optimistic chap is focusing on
the positive side of things!
As his birthday celebrations
go well, Billy pushes his luck
and leans in to kiss Honey.
But will she reciprocate – or
will Billy be forced to blow
out his candles on his own?

The truth hurts!
EMMERDALE
ITV MONDAY

P

oor Kerry is weighed
down by Daz’s shocking
secret this week, as she
struggles to cope with what
she now knows.
Following the fella’s stunning
revelation, Kerry panics when

Jenny’s
anguish
CORONATION STREET
ITV FRIDAY

J

ohnny reckons that
Jenny is cheating on
him this week, as he
grows concerned by his
wife’s odd behaviour! But
when his supposition

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prompts Jenny to confess
the truth, he’s taken aback.
Appalled by her hubby’s
mistrust, Jenny takes him to
the playground where she
scattered the ashes of her
son Tom after he drowned.
On the anniversary of Tom’s
death, Jenny admits that
she was hoping a new life
with Johnny in Spain would
be a way to escape painful
memories – but is she
beginning to have second
thoughts about leaving?

she learns that Daz intends
to leave the village – while his
girlfriend Bernice is mortified!
Catching up with Daz in the
nick of time, Kerry manages to
convince him to stay. But now
that she knows what he’s been
hiding, just how qualified is
Kerry to help him out of his
awkward predicament?

Amanda’s crash course
DOCTORS
BBC1 MONDAY

J

immi’s ex Amanda
becomes Emma’s latest
lodger this week, but
he still has no idea that she’s
back in Letherbridge! So
what exactly is she up to?

The plot thickens after she’s
involved in a car accident, but
as Amanda suggests to the
driver of the car that crashes into
her that they settle the matter
with cash instead of involving an
insurance firm, her intentions
appear suspect. Can Amanda
still not be trusted?

Alfie rebels!
HOLLYOAKS
Channel 4 TUESDAY

T

he voice in Alfie’s head
continues to cause
problems for him this
week, as the troubled teen
is encouraged to show off
to Yasmine! When the pair
spot DS Cassidy heading

into Grace’s flat, Alfie does
something completely
out of character, and locks
the detective inside – setting
off a burglar alarm in the
process! But will Yasmine
be impressed by her new
friend’s actions, or will it
only go to show that Alfie
needs serious help?

Chloe&Leo
get it on!
whole new meaning
to hot-desking…
NEIGHBOURS
Channel 5 FRIDAY

C

hloe and Leo well and
truly cross the line
between business and
pleasure this week, as the
pair end up getting hot and
heavy in the workplace!
Chloe has been trying to
impress in her new position at
Lassiters, but messes up after
she evicts long-term client
Toadie from his office! While
Terese insists that Leo must
fire his incompetent assistant,
he can’t bring himself to do it
– and we soon find out why…

When Chloe comes up with
a creative way to turn around
the Toadie situation, Leo makes
a move on her! She initially turns
him down, to avoid jeopardising
her job by jumping into bed
with her boss. But she later

receives a mysterious email that
spooks her – and she marches
back into Leo’s office to plant
a passionate smooch on him!
Is mixing business with
pleasure set to be a recipe
for disaster for the pair?

Chloe gets up close
and personal with
her boss!

A McQueen baby?

INSIDE SCOOP

HOLLYOAKS
Channel 4 MONDAY

T

here’s a big shock for
Goldie and Myra this
week, when they catch
Prince buying a pregnancy
test in Price Slice!
He and new wife Lily haven’t
been married long, so
o the
thought of the teenag
gers

already expecting a little’un
sends poor Goldie and Myra
into a tailspin! Prince begs
them to keep shtum for now,
but given that their family
isn’t exactly known for being
quiet, that might be easier
said than done…
How will young Prince
and Lily cope if they really
are set to be parents?

Ward wars!
HOLBY CITY
BBC1 TUESDAY

T

here’s more conflict
between Fletch and
new CEO Abigail this
week, after Fletch is tasked
with recruiting a senior staff
nurse for AAU. Fletch is
keen for Donna to take on

the role, as she’s more than
capable – but Abigail is
adamant that the hospital
go through the motions of
interviewing other candidates.
Donna’s case isn’t helped
when she and Abigail clash
on the ward, with Fletch
caught in the middle – but
can he defuse the situation?

Ash crushed!

His life hangs in the balance after a car
falls on him – can Tori keep him alive?
HOME AND AWAY
Channel 5 MONDAY
here’s more life-anddeath drama in Summer
Bay this week, when
As
sh is crushed by a car!
Justin and Tori arrive at
th
he garage to find him in a
pe
erilous position, and Tori
instructs her brother
ot to move the car
no
mmediately as
im
it could put
Assh in even
more danger.
m
Once the
aramedics
pa
arrrive, they
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set about freeing Ash as
carefully as possible – though
it becomes clear that he’s in
grave danger of losing a leg…
However, while they’re
still trying to lift the
car, the situation
worsens – and Ash
cr
c ashes, le
eaving it
to Tori to save
s
his
life! While they
manage to make
it to the hosp
pital, is
Ash set to
o suffer
the sam
me fate
as hiss exgirlfrie
end Kat,
and die on
Tori’s watch?
w

Playing with fire
Tormented Charity begins to stalk DI Bails…
EMMERDALE
ITV TUESDAY

C

harity’s past as a
victim of sexual assault
threatens to overwhelm
her this week, as she begins
following her vile rapist DI
Bails to keep tabs on him.
After blissfully ignorant Tracy
joins forces with the police
officer, Vanessa is horrified as
her sister admits that she finds
him attractive. Charity knows
she could never forgive herself

should Tracy end up at the
mercy of the man who raped
her, so she tries to put off
Tracy – and is pleased when
her approach seems to work.
However, after Charity
later comes into contact with
Bails again, their conversation
sparks in her a determination
to uncover as much damaging
information on him as she can
– so she tails the detective
back to his family home.
What will Charity find, and
will Bails catch her in the act?

Robyn’s
grief

REGIONS
& RADIO...

FAIR CITY
● Kerri-Ann is all set
to leave Carrigstown
this week – and she
wants Decco to come
with her! Will he agree?
Elsewhere, it’s all go
at the Pod when Jake,
Jackie and Farrah
pitch in to help Hughie.
How will they fare?
Also, Bob and Miriam
fret as Jim struggles
to let go of his guilt.

CASUALTY
BBC1 SATURDAY

I

t’s Robyn’s first day back
at work after her hubby
Glen’s death this week
– but her colleagues are
deeply concerned that she
has returned too soon.
Robyn insists she wants
to keep busy, but is thrown
as Dylan presents her with
a wedding gift that Glen
instructed him to pass on
after he’d gone. However,
before Robyn gets the
chance to open it, Ethan
loses his rag with her –
tipping Robyn over the edge
and prompting her to throw
the present in the bin!
Can Ethan make things
right and retrieve the gift
before it’s too late?

RIVER CITY

Puppy power
CORONATION STREET
ITV MONDAY

B

eth hits upon a
lucrative new line of
work for Kirk this
week – after discovering
the amount of cash that
young Amy earns from
grandad Ken for walking
his beloved dog Eccles.
Leaping on the idea of
potentially easy money,
Beth hatches a scheme –
and stoops so low as to
steal Eccles from outside
Speed Daal while Amy’s
mum Tracy is distracted!
Returning the pooch to
Ken, Beth insists that his
daughter is unfit for doggy
day care – but can hapless
Kirk do the job any better?

● Stevie is forced to
hatch a dangerous
plan to get Scarlett
out of jail this week,
after Lenny learns the
truth and sees red.
Can Stevie right his
wrongs? Meanwhile,
Lydia contemplates
selling her half of the
pub. Plus, Theresa
locks Liz in the charity
shop cupboard…

THE ARCHERS
● Freddie’s recent
lies catch up with him
this week, when Lily
discovers the truth.
Will she be able to
talk some sense into
her brother? Across
the village, Alice is
concerned about
things taking their toll
on Brian, and she
has it out with Adam.
Finally, Shula decides
to let her hair down.
See p93 for times
& channel details

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WHAT HAPPENS WHEN?
SAT

EASTENDERS

CORONATION STREET

EMMERDALE

Halfway is back in Albert
Square – but he’s injured…
● Phil is feeling ambitious –
and has his eye on the car lot!
● Sharon snaps and takes revenge
on a rude customer at the Arches.

Kirk and Beth decide to
do a bit of dognapping.
● Sally realises that Tim’s
EPISODES
dad is dating Yasmeen… TONIGHT!
Eva goes into labour – and
Toyah has to deliver the baby!

● Frank guides Rishi through his
date via a Bluetooth headset.
Bernice catches Daz with a
holdall – why is he leaving?
● Tracy admits to Vanessa that
she finds Bails attractive…

28
APR
SUN

29
APR
MON

30
APR
TUE

1
MAY

● Kim suspects foul play after
Phil gives her a wad of cash…
Whitney encourages Halfway to
tell her what’s bothering him!
● Phil is furious as he discovers what
Sharon and Keanu have done.

2
MAY

3
MAY

Frank gets down on one knee
and proposes to Megan…
● …just after she finishes playing
secret tonsil tennis with Graham!
● Charity follows Bails and watches
his perfect life unfold at home.
● Toyah begins to spread the news
that she and Peter are parents.
Geof urges Yasmeen and
Sally to bury the hatchet!
● Jude, Mary and Angie host EPISODES
TONIGHT!
the dinner party from hell…

WED

THU

2

2

● It is Billy’s birthday, and he’s
hoping for a kiss from Honey…
● Kush is keeping a big secret from
fiancée Denise – what could it be?
Mel and Jack thrash it out
– in more ways than one!

● Misty ofers to plan Brenda’s
hen party, much to her chagrin!
● An unsuspecting villager finds
out about Megan and Graham…
Ashamed Liv frets that her
alcohol issues might go public.
● Noah and Joe bond as brothers,
but things take a dark turn…
…when Joe jumps of
a clif! Will he survive?
● Priya is unsure about the EPISODES
TONIGHT!
health and safety at work.

2

FRI

4
MAY

● Halfway feels uneasy as the Carters
shower him with compliments!
Donna demands the truth
about Vincent’s whereabouts.
● Hunter isn’t stupid – and soon
works out Mel slept with Jack.

d
Aidan carries out some good

deeds for his neighbours…
EPISODES
● Jenny opens up to Johnny
TONIGHT!
about her hidden trauma!
● Simon has news for Leanne that
will stitch Toyah right up…

● Lachlan panics after Priya tells
him about Belle’s behaviour…
● …as the Dingle lass breaks down
and smashes up her brewery barn.
Belle can hear voices again
– can anybody save her?

SNEAK
PEEK
AT
NEXT
WEEK

● Ian feels like the worst son ever
after he forgets Kathy’s birthday!
● Who prepares to leave Albert
Square to go travelling?
● One local is scared when they’re
ambushed by a masked man…

● How will David fare when he
faces judgement in court?
● Life will never be the same again
as tragedy strikes the cobbles…
● Adam is ready to explode after
his romantic plans are scuppered!

● Gerry is getting dangerously close
to learning Lachlan’s killer secret…
● Charity refuses to back down in
her campaign against evil Bails!
● Which villager wants help
building a model aeroplane?

2

YOUR ENTIRE SOAP WEEK AT A GLANCE!
HOLLYOAKS

NEIGHBOURS

HOME AND AWAY

SAT

28
APR
SUN

29
APR
The McQueens stumble
upon Lily’s pregnancy test…
…while Tom is worried about
Alfie’s meteorite theory.
Plus, furious Adam punches
Darren for no good reason!
● Alfie continues to be tormented
by the voice in his head…
● Newly-weds Lily and Prince
have a blazing argument.
Alfie sets of the alarm when he
locks DS Cassidy in Glenn’s flat!

Amy and Liam are petrified when
Jimmy is rushed to hospital!
● Mishti reels after recent events
– and she breaks up with Leo.
● The judges can’t decide who
they want as Face of Lassiters…

● Hunter worries about Jennifer
following their break-up…

Jane’s world crumbles as she
learns Mrs Mangel has died…
● Stubborn Dipi refuses to apologise
to the man she recently punched.
● Amy discovers that Liam was
Elly’s hot date from last week!

● Olivia, Hunter and Leah work
to reunite Jennifer and her dad.
Ash’s life hangs in the balance
as he’s rushed to hospital…
● Robbo fires his lawyer when
she comes up with a bad idea.

…and she secretly spends
the night sleeping rough!
● There’s terror at the garage
as Ash edges towards death.

MON

30
APR
TUE

1
MAY

● Ryan agrees to tell Farrah where
Kim is – if she helps him escape!
Hunter steels himself to
share his anxiety problem…
● Alfie and Yasmine go on a date
– but Alfie is struggling to cope.

● Toadie is flabbergasted after he’s
kicked out of his office premises.
● Mark is left rattled at the thought
of Elly and Liam hooking up…
Jane gets a big surprise
as she prepares to leave!

● Willow rails at Colby, while Dean tries
to make sense of his pal’s betrayal.
● Disheartened Roo returns from
her quest empty-handed…

2
MAY

Harry suggests that he, Ste
and the kids go camping…
● Farrah confides in Grace that she
is planning to help Ryan escape.
● Damon decides that he wants
to get back together with Holly!

● Struggling Piper feels the
strength to resume her blogging…
Chloe receives a dressingdown from Terese!
● Karl is promoted – but the
opportunity comes at a price.

● There’s disaster at the Diner
when there’s a power outage.
● Despite everything, Dean insists
on staying loyal to Colby…
Ziggy is stunned after Brody
implies that he wants kids!

THU

● Marnie is concerned about
Alfie – but Sami dismisses her.
Ryan takes Farrah to a remote
forest – but will he kill her?
● Kim runs out of food and
her injury becomes infected…

Shock coupling Chloe and Leo
get raunchy in his office…
● Sheila makes an interesting
discovery in her back garden.
● It’s dog eat dog at the hospital,
as Karl and Clive lock horns.

● Ben swallows his pride and looks
for menial jobs – and Ziggy helps.
● Alf’s jaw hits the floor when he
claps eyes on his ex-wife Martha!
Ryder, Rafy and Coco let of
steam and shoot some hoops!

4
MAY

● Furious Misbah confronts
Imran about skipping school!
● Marnie makes a shock confession
– but what does she reveal?
● Kyle steps up his revenge
plan against James…

● Sheila is sacked from the bar
– will Paul give her a reprieve?
● Dipi scrambles to win back the
afections of her customers…
● The Brennans’ mum Fay returns
– with some surprise news!

● Dean sees an opportunity to
split up Willow and Justin…
● It seems that Mason and Jasmine
are on two diferent wavelengths!
● It is Ziggy’s birthday – will her
surprise party be a success?

SNEAK
PEEK
AT
NEXT
WEEK

The Astonis reckon that Maggie
is returning to school too soon.

WED

3
MAY
FRI

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I know I should be on Michelle’s
side in Corrie, and be outraged that
Carla has slept with her son Ali –
and I do get why Michelle feels it
was such a betrayal of trust. But
honestly, Ali is just so hot! I really
can’t blame Carla for not being
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he’s pursuing her all the time.
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LIV A LITTLE
I can’t believe that Liv was sent
down for spiking Lisa’s drink in
Emmerdale, when Gabby got away
completely scot-free. I know that
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Liv’s new barrister was utterly
useless after Joe paid off her
original one, but surely the judge
would realise that Gabby and Liv
were equally guilty of this crime?
It seems really unfair to punish
one and not the other.
| Liam, Brighton
I fear poor Liv is too fragile to
cope well with life behind bars.

@InsideSoapMag
Dr Ali was nothing if
not thorough when
examining his patients

’CHELLE OF HER
FORMER SELF
Well, Michelle’s exit from Walford
was a bit of a damp squib, wasn’t
it? EastEnders completely wasted
an iconic character by bringing
her back to the Square to pretty
much do nothing. I feel sorry
for younger viewers who don’t
remember the original Michelle,
and just how dramatic her plots
were back in the day.
| Maureen
Actress Jenna Russell had
h d greatt
potential – if only she’d been
nes!
given the right storylin

PIPE DREAM
I felt so sorry for Piper in
i
Neighbours when she fou
und out
one. How
that Tyler’s chair had go
do that to
could Mark and Aaron d
her? It was all she had lleft of
her beloved Gertie!
| Jessie
d
It looked like it needed
u,
a good wash! Mind you
so did Tyler…

ZAK HIM OFF!!
I don’t know how
Emmerdale’s Zak Dingle
could accuse his long-

Zak pondered an excuse
for his recent behaviour

suffering wife Lisa of breaking up
the family when she involved the
police over her drugs scare. He
didn’t seem to put much store by
family when he ran off with Joanie.
| Mary, Gainsborough
The way Zak has been treating
Lisa recently is atrocious!

SMOOTH CRIMINAL

DOC PARTY
What on earth is Ethan playing
at in Casualty, befriending Scott
Ellison’s former girlfriend? That’s
just
ju t asking
ki ffor ttrouble
ubl ! I know
he feels guilty o
over Scott’s
death, but Leeigh-Ann is
nd out that
bound to fin
he left her ffella to die.
And I imagine there
will be hell to pay when
she learns th
he truth!
| Lucas, Plymouth
Maybe Ethan and
h-Ann will
Leigh
get together and
live
e happily
ever after? Or
maybe the
m
hospital will
h
explode and
e
lleave them
in terrible
d
danger…

The

BIG
DEBATE!
KATE SAVES RANA!
We knew that Rana’s parents didn’t
approve of her romance with Kate, but
we never dreamed they would try to
kidnap her and take her to Pakistan!
Luckily, Kate was on the case…
While the way Rana’s been
treated by her parents is
shocking, it’s sadly a reality
many people still face if they
choose to come out. Not
everyone is as understanding
as Kate’s family are, so well
done to Corrie for showing
such a realistic portrayal of
how it can be. Let’s hope it
will help any viewers who
are in similar situations to
realise that they’re not alone.
| Ellie

I seriously can’t believe the
gall of Rana’s parents! How
anyone can behave like that
in this day and age is beyond
me. If they really loved their
daughter, they would want
her to be happy – not try to
send her on a one-way trip to
the other side of the world!
It’s disgusting behaviour.
| Debs, Sutton
I was in tears watching the
scenes where Rana’s mum

ILLUSTRATION: ROB DAVIS

Why is
everyone
in Home
and Away
so angry
about
Robbo
Robbo has lost his
being let
girlfriend, his family
and his sleeves
out of jail?
I don’t
even get what he’s charged with
anyway, as Kat’s death was hardly
his fault. It was just a tragic
accident! Everyone should back off
and give the poor guy a break.
| Jessica
There is the small matter of
him being a hit man – but don’t
let that trouble you, Jess!

tried to bundle her into that
taxi and take her away. It’s
awful to think a mother could
treat their child like that,
and the look of pure panic on
Rana’s face when she realised
what was happening broke
my heart. Bhavna Limbachia
was brilliant throughout.
| Rach
But most of you are just
glad that Rana and Kate
can be together now…
Rana and Kate are so brilliant
together, so I’m really happy
Kate managed to rescue Rana
from her parents. I hope this
means they can finally have
a romance free of dramas –
it’s so rare to see a same-sex
couple happy in soap.
| Scarlett, London
It’s so rare to see any couple
happy in soapland!
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Is the English lady who
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the same actress who
plays Izzy’s step-daughter
Rita in Neighbours?
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actress Lisa Kay plays
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website has sold out,
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have select sizes in stock
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he been in before?
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EMMERDALE | ITV TUESDAY

“Megan just isn’t
the unfaithful type!”
As her alter ego snogs Graham and receives a marriage proposal, Gaynor
matised Megan has got herself in a right pickle…
Faye admits that traumatised
pickle

M

egan is in for an
unhappy week in the
Dales, as she comes
to believe that her
fella Frank is being
unfaithful. She hasn’t forgotten for
one moment that Frank humiliated her
last year by sleeping with her nemesis
Charity – so when he begins acting
shiftily, she reckons it’s a case of:
once a cheater, always a cheater!
Furious Megan thus decides to
get her own back by snogging her
new business colleague, Graham
– only for innocent, oblivious Frank
to get down on one knee and
propose to her! But can we
blame the mortified woman
for acting so recklessly? Not
really, muses actress Gaynor
Faye, who plays her…

Fostering romance: Megan
makes a big mistake by
leaning in for a kiss

Megan does kind of put
two and two together and
make ive, doesn’t she?
Yes, she does. She reads too
Marrily we roll along:
much into a scenario after
Frank’s proposal is a bolt
overhearing a conversation,
from the blue for Megan
and jumps to the conclusion
that Frank is cheating again.
Did Megan hope she and Frank
And then she goes for the jugular!

were for keeps this time?
And Frank has form, to be fair.
Of course. I think that’s why Megan
reacts as strongly as she does. And
that’s the problem – once you’ve
been cheated on, you’re never going
to fully trust that person again,
because the foundations of your
relationship have been cracked.

The trouble is, Frank’s not actually
up to anything dodgy, is he?
No. He’s communicating with Rishi,
who’s on a date, via Bluetooth. It’s
quite a leap for Megan to assume he’s
cheating – but nevertheless she does.

She was really hurt by him and
Charity, but when Frank got arrested
[after Megan and Charity set him
up for fraud], Megan was devastated.
Frank said he never wanted to see
her again, but then it became quite
clear that they missed each other,
so they gave it another bash. And
they’ve been in love since.

What is it about Frank that
Megan can’t stay away from?
In the words of Michael Jackson, he’s
a bit of a smooth criminal! I think
they make a great couple, as neither

of them is shy of pulling a fast one.
They’re both well-educated and
used to the darker side of life.
Convinced Frank is doing the dirty
again, Megan takes to his fancy
threads with a pair of scissors – as
oblivious Frank is merrily preparing
to propose! But Megan’s fury leads
her to confide in new pal Graham, and
one thing soon leads to another…

It must have been a lot of fun
ilming the scenes where Megan
destroys Frank’s clothes!
It was fun and quite cathartic! But the
Yorkshire lass in me kept hesitating.
I was saying, “You’re sure these clothes
came from a charity shop?”! It was a bit
tricky with continuity, too, as we shot
from different angles. I had to make sure
I was cutting the same place each time.
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In her rage, Megan has no idea that
Frank is about to ask her to marry
him. How would she feel if she knew?
Ah well, she certainly wouldn’t ruin
his favourite shirt – he’d probably be
planning to propose in it! I think she’d
be mortified if she knew. She’s a woman
acting in extreme circumstances – she
wouldn’t be cutting up somebody’s
clothes for no reason. So she’d be gutted.

Megan cuts Frank’s gear into ribbons,
then goes off to meet Graham. She’s
not thinking straight at this point…
You’ll really wish that Megan had just
asked Frank what was going on! She’s

Charitable works: Frank’s
dalliance with Megan’s foe
almost finished them for good

“Graham is a mysterious man, but
Megan believes he will keep quiet”
been working with Graham, as she’s
accepted one of Joe’s clients at Take
A Vow. Graham’s been flirting with
Megan, but in a subtle way, so initially
she doesn’t notice anything.

Does Megan regret it immediately?
She instantly feels guilty. And although
she finds Graham very attractive,
Megan just isn’t the unfaithful type.
She’s thinking, ‘What have I done?
This is ridiculous!’, and rushes out.

How does she end up kissing him?
Megan confides in Graham about Frank’s
‘cheating’. He’s very kind and flatters
her, and things start fizzing between
them. It’s all very spontaneous and takes
her by surprise. She’s caught off-guard,
it’s a snap decision – but yes, she kisses
him. She immediately pulls back, but
Graham moves in to continue it!

Typically, it’s soon after this drama
that Frank inally explains himself
– and gets down on one knee!
I don’t think Megan can quite believe
what’s going on by this point. She’s
thinking, ‘What have I done? Why
didn’t I just say something to him?’.
She’s devastated by what’s happened.

Does Megan reckon she can keep
this little glitch under wraps?
Of course she does! She feels secure in
the fact that Graham won’t say anything.
He’s a mysterious man, but when he
says he’ll keep quiet, she believes him.

But does that mean she can ignore
the attraction between them?
I think she’ll try hard, but there’s
definitely something bubbling there.
He’s a man with a lot to offer, and
Megan finds his loyalty and pledge of
silence very attractive, too. Andrew
Scarborough [Graham] is such a great
actor as well, a real pro. He’d been
here for six months and I’d never even
met him – and then the minute our
paths crossed, we were snogging!
Allison Jones

Megan’s many men!
She has a choice: go for it wit Graham, or fall back in w th Frank…
“Oh my goodness…” protests
Gaynor, as we ask her which of
Megan’s men is Mr Right. “Obviously
Michael Praed [Frank] would kill
me if I said Graham – and Frank
and Graham are such different
characters!” Sorry, Gaynor, but we’re
going to have to press you…

Graham
“Graham reminds Megan
of her brother Declan
– they’re cut from the
same cloth, so she
understands him. She
likes the fact that he dresses
well and looks after himself.

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He’s a well-manicured man and
Megan’s a manicured woman!
They would probably have a really
intense, passionate, possibly
quite dangerous relationship…”

Frank
“…But then on the other hand
there’s Frank, who’s sparky
and has a twinkle in his eye.
He comes with his ready-made
family – and even though she
can be cold, Megan adores
her family, most of whom she’s
lost. Frank is great fun, too;
they’re jokey with one another.
So they’re a good match!”

EASTENDERS | BBC1 TUESDAY

“I’m a bit like
Halfway – but
not as dopey!”

S

tolen loot was at the heart
of the Walford heist earlier
this year, but we can all
agree that the real treasure
to emerge from the bonkers
plot was the introduction of Callum
‘Halfway’ Highway. Square chiefs had
clearly found a diamond in the rough
with actor Tony Clay, who initially
signed up to play the hapless fella for
eight weeks before bosses invited
him back to be a regular character…

WALFORD
RETURNEE
TONY CLAY IS
BUZZING TO
BE BACK ON
THE SQUARE…

Congrats on your return to
EastEnders, Tony! Is it a case
of ‘back by popular demand’?
I hope so! I did the first stint, which
was mad – I shot Mick on New Year’s
Day, so that was one way of announcing
myself! On Twitter the response was,
“You better not have killed Mick – how
dare you!” – it was scary [laughs]! But
now people seem to really like Halfway,
and I was asked to come back.

Whit next?: Halfway’s
return is bad news for
lovelorn Woody

When did you realise that Halfway
was such a popular character?
I think around Valentine’s Day, after
the audience saw that he was a bit of
a hapless romantic! There’s usually a
bit of dopiness when you’re falling for
someone, so I think his relationship
with Whitney resonated with people.

Are you like Halfway in real life?
I’m very cool, calm and collected… No,
I’m only joking! I suppose I am a little
bit like him. He just wants to do good
things and feel included. I promise I’m
not as dopey as he is, though!

Was it quite daunting joining
EastEnders when you did?
Yes and no. I was looking at people
that I’d grown up watching, thinking,
‘That’s Phil Mitchell!’ – then I was
jumping out the back of a van at Steve
[McFadden, who plays him] and all
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Halfway house: The
fella feels at home with
the Carters in the Vic

those other incredible actors.
It was mad, but everyone was
so lovely to me that the nerves
went away quite quickly.

Whits and kisses:
Halfway gets an
amorous reception
on his return

After helping to bail
the Carters out of their
predicament with Aidan
Maguire, Halfway put his
budding romance with Whitney
on hold to go back to the Army.
This week he makes his longawaited return – and she’s hoping
they can pick up where they left off…

What is it that brings Halfway
back to Walford?
I don’t think he’s ever
really had a place to call
home before, but that
is what the Square is to
him now. He wants to
pursue his relationship
with Whitney, plus the
Carters make him feel
like a part of the family.

character. Now he’s with Whitney,
she might be the type of girl to say,
“Okay, let’s take you to the barbers”!

What is the best reaction you’ve
had since joining the show?
I was on the train with my girlfriend
when this other girl just looked at me
and said, “Oh my God – Halfway!” and
stared at me for a bit until I said, “Hello
– you all right?”. I didn’t know what
else to do! Eventually she said, “Can
I get a selfie” and I said, “Of course!”.

Is it odd for your girlfriend when
that sort of thing happens?

The Carters
are like my
surrogate
EastEnders
family!

What is it like working with the
actors who make up the Carters?
They’re like my surrogate EastEnders
family! Kellie [Bright, who plays Linda]
is such a warm and lovely person, and
has really looked out for me. To be fair,
everyone has been my mentor since
I’ve been on the show. I think
ink people
took one look at my mad haircut
h
and
thought, ‘We need to look out for him’!

Is that not normally how you
would wear your hair th
hen?
No, I had this haircut for Halfway!
H
At first I thought, ‘Oh no, w
what have
I done?’, but I’ve realised it adds

To
and to
Whitney has form for leading her men up the aisle before
b
even going on a third date with them – so how wou
uld Tony
feel if Halfway found himself stood at the altar waiting for
his future Mrs Highway in the very near future?
“Of course I’d love to film a soap wedding – it’s u
up to the
writers, and who knows what they have planned!” e
enthuses
the star. “I remember when I was younger watching
g Ian and
Mel get married on Millennium Eve, and it capturing
g the
ek in,
nation. Even people who don’t watch the show wee
e know.
week out tune in to stories like that, just to be in the
So yeah, Whitney marrying Halfway would be amazzing!”

She’s not part of the
industry, but she gets
it. It doesn’t seem to
faze her – though I’m
sure when we’re out she
must be thinking, ‘Why
are people looking at
us?’. She’s a beautiful
girl, so people are more
likely looking at her!

Halfway’s brother Stuart is joining
him in Walford. What can you tell
us about their relationship?
I think there is a need from Halfway’s
side to feel included by his brother.
Stuart isn’t as dopey, he’s more cluedup. Ricky [Champ, who plays Stuart]
has a lovely
lovel energy about him, and the
us feels great.
dynamic between
b
Laura-Jayne Tyler

HOLLYOAKS | Channel 4 TUESDAY

MIND

GAMES!
H
FARRAH BATTLES
RYAN TO FIND KIM...

ollyoaks meets Hannibal
Lecter this week, as
psychologist Farrah goes
head-to-head with serial
killer Ryan in an attempt
to find her missing girlfriend Kim. We
caught up with actress Krupa Pattani,
who plays Farrah, and her enthusiasm
for this storyline was evident…
“I loved getting to do all the Clarice
Starling things!” she admits, referring
to the Silence Of The Lambs
heroine. “I liked getting
into the nuances of
Farrah’s relationship with
Ryan, and how they play
off each other. It was fun
working with Duncan
James [who plays Ryan],
too – he’s such a pro, and
brought a lot to the table.”
However, it wasn’t all fun and games
for Krupa, who admits she is terrified of
horror movies – but had to sit through one!
“The director said, ‘You’ve got to watch
The Silence Of The Lambs now!’, since I’ve
managed to go my entire life without
seeing it,” confesses the star. “I watched

it and loved it. Sometimes I feel like you
don’t see enough female action heroes,
and I really enjoyed that element of
Farrah in this situation.”
Under pressure to find Kim, Farrah
turns to Grace for help. And wouldn’t they
make a great couple? We’re just saying…
“I’m not sure, but I’d
be intrigued to find out!”
shares Krupa, wearing her
best poker face. “I would
like to work more with
Tamara Wall [Grace] to see
where that’s going, and
if there is a future there.
I think there’s chemistry,
and it would be very interesting!”
Conversely, as Farrah and Kim find
themselves in even more danger at the
mercy of Ryan, would the actress like
them to have a happy ending together?
“I really would, but then again, I suppose
it wouldn’t be soap if that happened,”
laughs Krupa. “I think everything that’s
gone wrong between
them has been
external. They haven’t
messed each other
around yet. I still
feel like they have a
chance, and if they
can make a go of it,
that would be great.”
Life is never that
simple in Hollyoaks,
of course – and
there’s certainly going
to be a lot of danger
for Farrah and Kim
Dark Knight: Ryan locked
to face before the
Kim in the abandoned
week is out…
school and left her for dead
Michael Cregan

I really
enjoyed seeing
Farrah be an
action hero in
this situation!

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CASUALTY | BBC1 SATURDAY

DRUNK
& disorderly!
Mi h ll Fox
Michelle
F ttells
ll us about
b t alter
lt ego
Bea’s worst-ever day at work…

W

e’ve all turned up for
work a bit worse for
wear at some point –
but spare a thought for trainee
doctor Bea this week, who’s so
drunk that she’s brought into the
ED after a night out on the lash!
And as actress Michelle Fox tells
us, her alter ego has never been
so humiliated in all her life…

How embarrassed is Bea
about the state she’s in?
On a scale of one to 10, it’s an
11! She’s afraid of people seeing
her like this because she thinks
she’s superwoman, so this is
devastating. She’s bashed her
head and broken her ankle, and
she’s been laying out in an alley
all night. She’s in a bad way.

Bea has clearly been affected
by the dressing-down Ethan
gave her last episode…

that will answer a lot of questions
people have about her. There’s some
emotional stuff coming up which
was interesting to shoot.

What do viewers make of Bea?
What’s nice is that she’s polarising –
people either love Bea or say that she
drives them insane, and that’s really
the essence of the character. People
see her as being quite arrogant, but
she has a good heart.

Who have you bonded with
most at Casualty?
I’m really good friends with Neet
[Mohan, who plays Rash] and Chelsea
[Halfpenny, aka Alicia]. But I also
have a really lovely friendship with
Will Beck [Dylan], which people
find unusual! We just have very
similar personalities, so it’s always
a laugh hanging out together.
Sarah Ellis

That’s hugely affected her.
Bea’s an excellent doctor, but
her confidence has been really
knocked – she thinks she’s
finished at the hospital.

We’ve seen hints that all is
not well with Bea’s home life.
Are we set to ind out more?
Yes, there’s an episode coming up
where Bea’s work and home lives
collide in a shocking way. We’ll
see where Bea has come from, and

Whatever will Bea will Bea:
The doctor becomes the
patient in the Holby ED

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totally true
about...
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YOUR lnsideSoap BRIEFING ON THE MAN BEHIND CORONATION STREET’S AIDAN…


4

1

If you thought the
Connors were a large
family, you should meet
Shayne’s real-life clan!
He is one of seven
children born to his parents,
Philomena and Martin.
His siblings are called Mark,
Martin Mi
Michael,
Martin,
ma
Lisa, Emm
na,
and Leon
and theyy grew
ether
up toge
ater
in Grea
Manchester.
“As a kid,
d lots of
I had
fun,” recalls
Shayne.
Coming
“C
frrom a
huge
h
ffamily,
e a lot
there were
and-seek
of games like hide-a
races. I loved it. My
and bike races
favourite thing to do would
be when the seven of us were
sat in a row with wallpaper
laid out, and all of us drawing.
I just wish we’d kept them!”

3

Music played
a huge role in
Shayne’s life from
an early age, and
he started to sing
professionally when he joined
d
the band Destiny. Along with
his band mates Tracy Murphy
y
and Tracey Lyle, Shayne
would sing covers of songs
s
by Liberty X, Savage Garden
n,
Anastacia, Luther Vandross
s
and ABBA. “They were some
e
of the best days of my life,”
he remembers
fondly. Years later,
Tracy and Tracey
ended up getting
married – and
Shayne was their
best man.

2

Back in 2011,
Shayne revealed
he was a big fan of
the show My Big
Fat Gypsy Wedding.
The reason for his interest
was that his parents were Irish
travellers, and Shayne grew

Aidan adores his little
sister Kate, and Shayne
e
has a strong bond with
one of his siblings in
ma.
particular – twin Emm
They were born on 16 October
1984 and have always been tight..
“We share similar personalities,”
declares the actor. “I guess we
think alike, too. It’s funny when
people ask if we look identical.
If we did, I don’t think she’d
walk around with the beard!”

48 lnsideSoap

up with that heritage. “It was
more the older generation,
like my mum, dad and auntie,
who travelled around, but I’ve
always been surrounded by
it,” he says. “They all watch
My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding –
it’s important that people find
it interesting and learn more
about these communitie
es.””

Shayne made it to
the big time when
he won the second
series of The X Factor
in 2005. It wasn’t
his first attempt at talent
nt
show glory – in 2002,
he reached the final 30
contestants in Popstars:
The Rivals, the show tthat
launched mega-band G
Girls
Aloud. However, Shayn
ne
fared better three yearss
later when he beat
m
crooner Andy Abraham
to take the crown in
Cowell’s
series
Simon Cowell
s series.

5

7

When Shayne
released his winner’’s
single That’s My
Goal, he achieved
two milestones –
i 2005’
i t
2005’s Ch
Christmas
securing
number one and being the
third-fastest-selling single of
o
all time. Shayne sold 313,000
copies of his track on the first
two days, leaving him just
behind Elton John’s Candle
In the Wind 1997
997
and Will
Young’s
Evergreen.

6

9
Former lovers
Eva and Aidan are
only just back on
speaking terms, but
Shayne has always
been close to cast mate
Catherine Tyldesley and
her partner Tom Pitfield
– and performed at the pair’s
wedding. “I sang Butterfly
Kisses by Bob Carlisle,” says
the actor. “I think it went down
well with the guests – I got
a sttanding ovation!”

Despite being a pop star and a soap hunk,
Shayne went on the record about his
ordeal at the hands of fat shamers online.
The first-time dad suffered a torrent of abuse
after putting on a few pounds following
W
Willow’s birth. “I was 21 when I won The X Factor, so of course
m
my body’s going to change,” he told Loose Women. “I enjoy
m
my food, and now that I’m a dad as well, I have a more
c
cuddly figure. I’m happy about that for my little girl.”

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When it comes to
romance, hunky
Shayne is much
better behaved than
n
love rat Aidan. He’s
s
engaged to ex-Hollyoaks
star Sophie Austin (Lindsey
Roscoe), who is mum to
his daughter Willow. When
Shayne proposed to Sophie
last Christmas, in front of both
their families, Sophie was in
her PJs and had her hair tied
back with a pair of knickers!
“I feel like I’ve known Sophie
for a lifetime,” gushes
Shayne. “Sophie and Willow
complete me.”

There was
a time when
Shayne almost
became a
member
of Take That! He
was drafted in
as a potential
replacement for
Jason Orange
in 2006. Lead
singer Gary
Barlow wrote
about Shayne in
autobiography
My Take –
detailing how the
talented star was
all lined up before
Jason changed his
mind and stayed
on in the band.



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