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Issue 14 7 – 13 Apr 2018


ou have to give
it to the soaps
– they certainly
kno
ow how to take
you completely
byy surprise.
No
o, I’m not
talking about
th
he shock of
C
Corrie’s
Phelan
b
being alive and
w
well (sorry for the
spoiler if you’ve
been watching on
ca
atch-up). We’ve

all been enjoying soaps
for a long time, so we
knew there had to be
another chapter in the

“The soaps know
how to surprise!”
twisted tale of Pat Phelan
(see our news story on
p12 for more on that!).
No, what I’m talking
about are the genuine
‘What the blazes just

The BIG
stories...

Your stars
this week!

happened?!’ kind of
surprises, like the one on
p17. Ladies and gents,
Inside Soap proudly
presents Roy Cropper
wrestling Nigel Havers to
the ground in a pavement
brawl, while delighted Gail
Rodwell quite literally puts
the boot in! It has to be
seen to be believed.
Corrie, you are spoiling
us, so keep the surprises
coming – be they high
drama or rather surreal
comedy, we love ’em!
Steven Murphy, Edito
editor@insidesoap.co.

8

Amy Walsh

“Tracy gets passionate
about protecting
vulnerable women”

46

31

Coronation Street

4 David: in the ring and out of control
22 Carla gives Underworld to Aidan
23 Robert scouted to be a model!
33 Craig’s police career continues
35 Zeedan looks after poorly Rana
46 Eva to tell Aidan her baby secret?

EastEnders

10 Phil to cheat on Sharon with Mel?
20 Woody back to win over Whitney
27 Grieving Ted mugged in the street
30 Furious Stacey sees red…
31 …while Mo sees the future?
32 Vincent & Kim face being evicted
48 Hunter: Walford’s new bad boy

Emmerdale

8 Charity drops a bombshell
18 Ross opens up to Rhona…
24 Stressed Laurel turns to drink?
25 Paddy & Chas see their baby
42 Nicola & Jimmy’s bedroom woes
50 You Ask… Isobel Steele (Liv)

Tell me
summit I don’t
know, Nan!

I foresee doom
and gloom and
more doom…

...and more!

“Eva is finding it hard
– she was naive…”

12 Inside Gossip – soap news
36 What Happens When?
38 Soapbox
50 10 Facts
I didn’t know you
could get ‘Congratulations!
Your Ex-Fiancée Is
Giving Away Your
Baby’ cards

Hollyoaks

22

Neighbours

This Time
Next Year

28 Milo has a mystery visitor…
33 Vlogger Amelia visits the Hutch
35 James tells Kyle he wants him out
53 Ste learns the truth about Ryan

Catherine
Tyldesley

48

About…
Sue Nicholls
(Coronation
Street’s
Audrey)
56 Star watch
58 Style watch
Hollyoaks’ Daisy
Wood-Davis (Kim)
92 Who’s Who?
94 Puzzles
96 Hot List
98 Hits & Misses

Charlie Winter
“I couldn’t be friends
with Hunter – he can
be quite vicious”

53

Home and Away
33 Jasmine’s stalker trauma

Dramas

32 Doctors Daniel’s day in court
34 Casualty Ethan’s big dilemma

More people
vow to change
their lives in 12
months. Turn to
p59 for more…

COVER PHOTOS: ISO, PHOTOS: GETTY

35 Karl gets a shocking diagnosis
52 Chloe Brennan causing chaos!

Kieron
Richardson

“You want viewers
screaming at the TV”

INSIDE SCOOP

The

rst w th the week s

head nes...

Hot

THIS
WEEK!
Josh isn’t pleased
to see furious David
step into the ring

David finally

EXPLODES!
CORONATION STREET | ITV MONDAY

HIS RAPE ANGUISH HAS
DANGEROUS CONSEQUENCES…

L

uke Britton’s memorial boxing
match almost ends in another
death this week – as David
unleashes his pent-up anger
on his opponent Gary.
Having contained his agony following
his rape by abuser Josh, David is wound
up like coiled spring. So when Tyrone
pulls out of his match with Gary, David is
quick to step in, despite GP Ali’s medical
advice that his epilepsy rules him out –
and fight co-ordinator Josh has no choice
but to watch as the consequences of his
evil attack are played out in the ring.
“Josh doesn’t want David to be
anywhere near this event,” explains Ryan
Clayton, who plays him. “So when Tyrone
withdraws from the bout, it’s the first time
people at work see a different side to him.
CONTINUED OVER ↘

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Gary stands no chance
as David violently
attacks him

It doesn’t look good for
Gary as he collapses to the
floor – will he pull through?
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INSIDE SCOOP

Seconds out! As the bout
gets under way, David
launches his attack

↘ FROM PREVIOUS PAGE
“The calm, jovial lad who will
help anyone out flips at Tyrone
for the first time because of the
stress of organising the boxing
event. What he did to David
has gotten to Josh, so when
David comes along and says,
‘I’ll do it,’ he loses his rag.”
But Josh has no choice
when David puts on his gloves
and barges past him to face
Gary – leaving the crowd in
disbelief as the fella launches
a furious attack on his sister’s
boyfriend, with no regard for
the rules. Sarah is distraught to
see her brother act so violently
towards the man she loves,
and Gary is rushed to hospital.
But while David’s behaviour is
bad news for Gary, it’s great
news for Josh – who now has
a room full of people who have
turned against his victim.
“Josh is revelling in it,”
admits Ryan. “This is more
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ammuniton for
Josh to prove that
David is full of
rubbish if anything
ever came out. If
David is the type
of person to do
that, then he is
obviously unhinged.”
At the hospital, things don’t
look good for poor Gary when
Sarah is told that he has a
bleed on the brain. It’s touchand-go, but Gary pulls through
– and having been given a
second chance at life, he’s
quick to seize it. It’s clear he
and Sarah are deeply in love,
so Gary asks Sarah if she’ll
marry him, and she happily
accepts. In the meantime,

Sarah and co look
mortified as Gary is
beaten half to death

however, she has disowned
her brother and told Gail that
she can no longer live in the
same house as him.
What’s happened between
David and Gary has changed
the game, and it seems there’s
every chance Josh can use

Josh loses his rag – he
doesn’t want David
near his event…”

this to his advantage. He’s keen
to make a life in Weatherfield –
and he has Alya in his sights…
“The boxing match is a
chance to get closer to Alya,”
warns Ryan. “It keeps him
involved with everyone – and
the more involved he is, the
more likely it is that people
won’t believe anything bad
said about him. Josh is being
tactical – it’s a familiar game
that abusers like him play.”
Kate White

DAVID HOOKED
ON DRUGS?
Ali learns some shocking
information regarding what
really happened at the
boxing match this week
– and confronts David
about what he knows!
The local GP is prompted
to take troubled David to
one side after Zeedan finds
a used needle at the venue.
Following investigation, Ali
concludes that the needle
was used to take steroids
– and that’s why David
went berserk when he and
Gary started their match.
“David agrees to meet Ali
at the Rovers, where he’s
invited to open up about
what’s troubling him,” says
our Weatherfield insider.
“But with David reluctant

The locals worry as a needle is discovered…
to confide in the doctor, Ali
decides to ask him straight
out if he has taken steroids.
David is quick to make it clear
that he’s not touched the drug
in his life, though, and tells Ali

that he ought to be looking
for answers from someone
else at the boxing match.
“Despite David’s response,
Ali remains certain something
isn’t right with his patient,”

adds our source. “He wants
to know what made him lose
control. However, it seems
increasingly unlikely he’ll
ever get to the truth of it…”
With advice from solicitor
Imran to plead not guilty on
the grounds that he didn’t
understand the rules of
boxing, David prepares to
face the world – though still
fails to speak out about the
true story behind his turmoil.
And after seeing David clearly
remorseful at the hospital,
Shona begs him to be honest
about whether steroids are
to blame – only for him to
deny it once again.
Will David speak out
before he is sent to prison
for assaulting Gary?

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EMMERDALE | ITV TUESDAY

What is
Charity’s big
secret?

C

SHE DROPS A HUGE BOMBSHELL
THAT LEAVES VANESSA REELING…

harity reveals a
shocking secret
about her past
this week – and
it’s going to leave
viewers gobsmacked!
The truth about her dark
history comes to light as she
supports fellow
villager Tracy
through the
sentencing of
vile sex-pest
Phil. But the
experience
leaves Charity
very shaken indeed – prompting
her to open up to Vanessa
about her own ordeal…
“Charity’s past comes
back to haunt her via Tracy,”
reveals Emma Atkins, who
plays Charity. “She went
through some kind of serious
abuse when she was 14.
It involves the character of

DC Bails – there’s an ominous
history between them which
I don’t know if viewers will
remember. But it explains a lot
about why Charity behaves
the way she behaves.”
The week kicks off with
Tracy desperately trying to
put her horrific
dealings with vile
Phil behind her,
as she waits to
find out if he’ll
be sent to jail
for his crimes.
However, she’s
rattled when she receives an
abusive letter – and then finds
a teen spraying an offensive
message on the wall of Farrers
Barn! But who is this girl and
what does she want?
Meanwhile, Charity is on
hand to offer some unlikely
support as Tracy heads to
court. However, after Vanessa

“What Charity
has to say is
a real ‘Oh my
God’ moment”

Tracy is appalled
by this girl and
the venom she’s
spraying

questions
her girlfriend’s
reaction to a
moment during
proceedings,
she’s not
prepared for the
murky secret
Charity unleashes.
“Vanessa is
shocked by what she
hears,” explains Michelle
Hardwick, aka Vanessa,
as she takes up the story
y.
“Charity hasn’t told anyone
else. It’s a real ‘Oh my Go
od’
moment, because Vanesssa
has all of that on her shou
ulders.
She doesn’t know how to react,
so will she do something that
jeopardises their relations
ship?”
We know Charity’s reve
elation
has something to do with
h the
abuse she suffered as a g
girl –
but could there be more to
t it?
“I think the past will jus
st
keep coming,” muses Em
mma.
“I don’t think it’s going to
stop here – it’s not like the
history comes out in one
episode and then it’s dea
alt
with. It’s an ongoing traum
ma.
“I knew Charity had an
ugly past, but I didn’t kno
ow
the extent of the abuse and
how bad it was,” she add
ds.
“Reading the scripts, thou
ugh,
it all makes sense. This is
s an
amazing opportunity for me
m to
delve into Charity’s historry. It’ll
be exposing and upsettin
ng…”
Sara
ah Ellis

Charity has finally
found someone
to confide in

enjoy playing the
Amy Wa
alsh reveals all on alter ego Tracy’s courtroom agony…
What is Tracy hoping to get
from Ph
hil’s sentencing?
She wan
nts justice, and she wants
to make
e sure that he’s not able
to do th
hat to anyone else. When
it come
es out that there’s another
n who’s stepped forward
woman
to say he did the same thing,
it givess Tracy the strength to
forge ah
head with the court case.
She getss quite passionate about
g vulnerable women.
protecting

Is Tracy surp
prised when Charity
ofers her som
me support?

Yeah, I think she’s quite shocked. At the
time she doesn’t know anything about
Charity’s past, so it does seem odd that
she’s so emotional. But I don’t think Tracy
is suspicious or anything – she’s moved
by how supportive Charity is being.

How are things between Tracy
and David at the moment?
It’s a bit difficult, actually, because the
one person Tracy wants there on her
court day is her husband. And she has
to face him – she has to explain why his
front door has been spray-painted with
graffiti. He mentions coming to court,

Tracy was
preyed upon
by vile Phil

and she says, “No, it’s fine, my sister
and my dad are taking me”. It’s pretty
sad, really, and quite emotional.

What would you like to see
happen next for Tracy?
I do enjoy playing the broken side
of her! Part of me wants to see her
self-destruct again, because that’s fun
to play. I suppose eventually I’d love for
her and David to work it out, but that’s
the romantic in me. I don’t know how
possible that might turn out to be…

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INSIDE SCOOP
EASTENDERS | BBC1 MONDAY

Theold
spark
reignited!
WILL PHIL CHEAT ON
SHARON WITH MEL?

Hunter puts the
moves on Louise for
very nasty reasons

P

hil is on the warpath
this week, furious
that Hunter slept with
Louise just to get at
him. But will it pave the way
for his own romantic faux pas?
All hell breaks loose as the
raging Mitchell man cuts down
everyone in his path to find
the wicked teen, prompting
Hunter’s worried mother Mel
to step in and do whatever is
necessary to save her son.
It’s a charm offensive Phil
doesn’t see coming. Mel plays
on their history and flirts up a
storm with her former flame,
goading him into making a
move on her – which he does…

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“Mel is as gorgeous as ever,
and Phil has always been
infatuated by her,” our Walford
insider reminds us. “He has
an amazing wife in Sharon – a
woman who has always held
the key to his heart – but there
is an attraction to Mel that Phil
has never been able to resist.”
The drama unfolds after Phil
sees CCTV footage from E20
showing his daughter romping
with Hunter. He experiences
all the emotions that any father
with a 16-year-old daughter
would, upon discovering that
she is sexually active – and
Hunter rubs salt in the wound
by winking at the security

camera, having intended for
Lou’s dad to see them together.
“Steve Owen’s rivalry with
Phil led to his death, so Hunter
is determined to avenge his
father,” says our spy. “If you
remember that Steve once
slept with Phil’s sister Sam to
get back at his nemesis, it’s
clear the apple hasn’t fallen far
from the tree. Hunter pursuing
Louise has almost been like
history repeating itself.”

After watching the vide
eo,
angry Phil heads to the club
tooled up with a baseball bat.
Mel and Sharon’s launch party
is still in full swing, so you
u can
imagine the commotion as Phil
comes charging in, leaving a
trail of destruction in his wake
as he searches for Hunter.
It falls to Sharon to try to
calm down her fella – although
she is equally appalled when
Phil plays her back the footage

Hunter pursuing Lou
has been like history
repeating itself...”

FESTIVE
FLING!
Mel and Phil’s first liaison proved
to be a Christmas cracker…
For readers who aren’t familiar with Phil and Mel’s
convoluted romantic history, let Inside Soap
transport you back to 25 December 2000…
Trouble had been brewing between Mel and her
best friend Lisa Shaw, who was in a relationship
with Phil at the time – while his rivalry with Mel’s
fella Steve was hotting up. As events came to a
head, Lisa lost her rag and threw wine all over
Mel, who ended up back at Phil and Lisa’s home
to change her clothes. However, Mel had a little
help slipping out of her vino-soaked dress as Phil
made his move – and the
y
against the fridge before heading to the bedroom!
Guilt-ridden Mel immediately regretted
hooking up with Phil, but the cocky Mitchell
hard man insisted
that she “loved it”.
Is he still confident
that she can’t
get enough of
him? We’re not
so sure that’s
the case…
Worried Mel follows
raging Phil into the
club oices

of Hunter and Louise, proving
the lad’s intentions towards his
daughter were not honourable.
However, Sharon has a cooler
head on her shoulders than her
hubby, and manages to reason
with Phil. She warns Hunter to
never again disrespect Louise
– but is he done using her?
Meanwhile, Mel stays behind
at the club with Phil and puts

her desperate plan
n into action.
She turns on the seduction,
s
and it’s not long before Phil
buckles under the
e pressure
and is leaning in fo
or a kiss…
Is Mel really ready to start
up their fling again
n to save her
son? And is Phil prrepared to risk
everything he has with Sharon
with Mel?
for another shot w
Laurra-Jayne Tyler

INSIDE
Laura-Jayne snoops behind

the bi

He’s behind
you! Eileen
faced off
against her
killer hubby

PHELAN’S

FINAL
REVENGE!
The biggest battle is yet to come…
CORONATION STREET

I

nside Soap can reveal
exclusively that Phelan’s
reign of terror on the
cobbles is far from over!
Jaws hit the floor across
the nation when his wife
Eileen finally discovered
that she was married to a
murderer, as a dramatic
showdown saw her hubby
fess up to killing Michael
Rodwell, Andy Carver, Vinny
Ashworth and Luke Britton.
For a few agonising
moments, it looked as if
Phelan would claim Eileen

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as his fifth victim, but a shock
twist saw him tumble over a
cliff – with his appalled wife
seemingly finishing the job as
she stamped on his hands,
sending him into the sea.
However, the biggest
surprise was to come, as
we later witnessed Phelan
tending to his wounds at a
B&B – confirming that he had
survived the fall and is now
hell-bent on revenge…
“Phelan clearly has more
lives than a cat,” gasps our
Street mole. “He escaped a

concrete grave and survived
a fall into the waves. But
everything has now changed
– with police crawling all over
the cobbles, he can’t return
yet. However, there is a long
list of people he blames for
his downfall, and he won’t be
able to keep away forever…”
We didn’t think for one
second that the brutish builder
would go down without a
fight, so the stage is set for a
final battle with those who’ve
crossed him. All we can say
is, ‘Watch out, Weatherfield’!

Meanwhile, poor Eileen has
been arrested on suspicion
of two counts of murder and
assisting an offender – with
many Coronation Street locals
forced to wonder whether
she may have known more
about her hubby’s killing spree
than she was letting on.
If the police decide that
she was involved, is Eileen set
to pay the ultimate price for
Phelan’s crimes? Or is prison
a safer bet, given that her
wicked spouse is gunning to
return and settle a few scores?

Who else is in the firing line?

TIM
Tim sparked the beginning
of the end for Phelan
when he tricked him
into confessing to the
property scam – with
Eileen listening in. And
no one dupes Pat Phelan
and lives to tell the tale…

GARY & SEB
It was Gary and Seb’s
determination to
expose Phelan that led
to them discovering
Andy and Vinny’s
bodies. And Phelan
might have got away
with it if it weren’t for
those pesky kids…

NICOLA
Phelan disowned his
daughter weeks ago, after
she tried to expose him.
Deep down he still loves
Nicola, but there’s every
chance the twisted
brute will want to take
her down with him in
one final blaze of glory…

ANNA

There is a long list of
people Phelan blames
for his downfall”

There is no one whom
Phelan hates more than
Anna, who’s been in jail
since he framed her for
GBH. News of his crimes
will surely help to clear her
name – but will Anna suffer
further if Phelan decides
to finish her off for good?

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Gossip

S
Shakil stabbed to death Sneak
iin Walford knife terror? ON-SET

PICS!

Police arrive to break
up the brawl – but is
it too late for Shaki?

EASTENDERS

PHOTOS: ISO, REX/SHUTTERSTOCK

T

ragedy looks set to cast a
dark shadow over Albert
Square, with the news that
Keegan and Shakil are going to
be victims of knife crime.
EastEnders bosses announced
that the soap would be tackling the
hard-hitting subject, working with
former cast member Brooke Kinsella
MBE, whose brother Ben was fatally
stabbed in June 2008.
Pictures have since emerged of
stars Zack Morris (aka Keegan) and
Shaheen Jafargholi (who plays
Shakil) filming some very dramatic
and emotional scenes on location,
where the teenagers appear to find
themselves at the centre of a huge
brawl with a gang of youths.
However, it’s this snap of Shakil’s
distraught mother Carmel (played by
Bonnie Langford) with injured Keegan
that really has us worried. Does the
notable absence of her lad suggest
he doesn’t survive the attack?

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“The brutal reality of knife crime was
brought home to all at EastEnders with
the tragic murder of Ben,” explains
the show’s executive consultant, John
Yorke. “Brooke [who played Zoe Slater’s
mate Kelly Taylor from 2001 to 2004]
began an inspiring campaign to bring
attention to the awful consequences –
a campaign that continues to this day.
“EastEnders has a long tradition of
tacking serious public issues, and this
is one of the most important the show

has ever embarked on. The episodes
are powerful, heartbreaking and
dramatic – and we hope they will help
carry on Brooke’s message, while
making it clear that knife crime
destroys the lives of all it touches.”
As the storyline unfolds, viewers
will witness huge ramifications for
all involved, as the Square locals try
to comprehend the gravity of what
has happened on their doorstep.
The plot will air later this spring.

Carmel shares the
back of a police car
with victim Keegan

FRESH
DRAMA
FOR MICK!

HOLLYOAKS

Halfway and brother Stuart to
cause chaos for the Carters…

W

alford will become home to a new
band of brothers when popular fella
Callum ‘Halfway’ Highway returns
from Army duty to Albert Square, and is later
joined by his older sibling, Stuart. But while
EastEnders viewers will know what to expect
from hapless Halfway, Stuart is far more of
a mystery – and he spells trouble for his
childhood friend, Mick…
“Mick is pleased to see his old pal, however
the temptation to revert to their younger selves
will see them getting up to no good,” grins
our Albert Square insider. “Stuart is a very
bad influence on Mick, so it will be interesting
to see how his arrival goes down with Linda
and the rest of the Carter family!”
Meanwhile, Halfway is sure to want to pick
up where he left off with love interest Whitney
– but do they have a future together?
Actor Tony Clay is to reprise the role of
Halfway, while Game Of
Thrones star Ricky
Champ will be
playing Stuart.

LUKE’S NEW
RAPE HORROR!
His son Ollie is in danger…

H

ollyoaks is soon
to be exploring a
challenging issue,
following the recent
announcement that
teenager Ollie Morgan
will be at the heart of a
sexual abuse story.
Luke’s son will be
targeted by his football
coach Buster, who will take
advantage of his trusted
position in order to groom
Ollie as the innocent lad
struggles to adjust to his
new life in the village.
“While the backdrop of
this story is football, the
issue itself is far broader,”
explains Hollyoaks
executive producer, Bryan
Kirkwood. “We hope that
the story will encourage
all children and young
adults to speak out if
they ever find themselves
in Ollie’s situation.”

The soap is working
closely with the charity
Survivors Manchester on
the story – while star Aedan
Duckworth, who plays Ollie,
is taking support and advice
from his screen dad Gary
Lucy, whose character Luke
was the victim of the show’s
ground-breaking male rape
plot back in 2000.

Buster will abuse
his position of trust
to groom Ollie

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ST
PR

LEWIS
COMES
A CROPPER!
Roy to
R
t the
th rescue
as the con man
resurfaces…

There’s a well-loved
character heading back
to the Street, according
to Corrie chief Kate
Oates – and Charles
Lawson (Jim McDonald)
is tipped to be the fella in
question. “I couldn’t possibly
comment,” teased the actor.

CORRIE

F

PHOTOS: MCPIX, REX/SHUTTERSTOCK, TWITTER/NAT_CASSIDY

Michael Parr has
has
cast doubt on his fu
utu
ure
e
Wh
hen
with Emmerdale. W
asked by Lorraine
n
ck
k
Kelly if he’d stic
with the show, he
said, “For now” –
hs
after expressing his
o
desire to return tto
the theatre. Nooo!!

Jim returns?

Watch
out, Lewis
– these
women
mean
business!

raudster Lewis Archer has been
on the run since fleecing Gail –
but he’ll receive his comeuppance
after Roy makes a citizen’s arrest!
These hilarious snaps – showing
returning Corrie star Nigel Havers on
location – suggest that Roy apprehends
Lewis after swiping the villain’s keys
and wrestling him to the ground.
“We haven’t seen Roy this fired
up since Tony Gordon threatened his
beloved bats,” smirks our spy. “Lewis
may have the gift of the gab, but there’s
no talking his way out of this one!”
Lewis’ capture will come as a huge
relief to swindled Audrey and Gail, the
latter of whom appears to be lashing
out with a satisfying kick! The question
is: will justice finally be done once
Lewis is in custody – or will he manage
to wriggle off the hook yet again?

Ross to
check out?
t?
?

Soap swap!
In other Corrie
news, former
Dales star Ryan
Prescott – who
played Aaron’s
love interest Flynn
Buchanan in 2011
– will be taking over
the role of Michelle
Connor’s other son, Ryan.
The actor has already begun
ilming on the cobbles.

Soap SPY...
Snap happy!
Walford’s Sonia has had her moments
with Slater women in the past, but
actress Natalie Cassidy is thrilled
to have Jessie Wallace (Kat) back
at EastEnders. The stars posed for
this selie while in make-up together
recently, proving that they much
prefer having their slap put on
together – as opposed to their
characters slapping each other!

INSIDE SCOOP

Ross
opens up
to Rhona
AS RHONA HELPS ROSS
WITH HIS PAINKILLER
ADDICTION, WILL SHE
TELL HIS BROTHER PETE?
EMMERDALE | ITV THURSDAY

R

oss and Rhona strike
up an unlikely bond
this week, as she gets
him to admit that he
has a problem with painkillers.
Having been to hell and
back with an addiction to pills
herself, Rhona understands
only too well the torment Ross
is going through – so after she
finds a pile of pill packets, she
wastes no time confronting him.
But can Rhona persuade Ross
to seek help, and will she find
herself torn as she keeps Ross’
problem from her partner Pete?
“Ross is crumbling,” sighs
our Emmerdale sneak. “In the
weeks since the acid attack,
he’s been in unrelenting pain.
That’s not to mention the
mental agony his scarring has
caused, so it’s no surprise

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that he’s come to depend
on his medication. Thank
goodness, then, that someone
as rational and understanding
as Rhona is the one who
works out what he’s been
dealing with for so long.”
At the start of the week,
fragile Ross is desperate to
top up his supply of painkillers
– so he’s relieved when he
finds some among Rebecca’s
things, tiding him over until an
appointment with Dr Cavanagh
the next day. There he finds
out his infection has healed –
but he insists that he needs

a new prescription anyway.
However, while Dr Cavanagh
agrees to an extra week’s
worth of pills, it doesn’t take
long for Rhona to realise
what’s going on and question
Ross about the number of
tablets he’s been taking…
“Rhona finds the empty
pill packets while staying
over with her boyfriend Pete,”
says our insider. “Her own
experience with an addiction
alerts her to the fact that all is
not well with Ross, and she
confronts him about taking so
many pills. His furious reaction

Rhona’s experience
with an addiction alerts
her to Ross’ problem”

tells her all she needs to know
– so when Ross orders her
out of the house, she sneaks
his tablets out with her.”
Without his medication,
Ross is forced to track down
Rhona, giving her the perfect
opportunity to persuade him
to open up. He eventually
does so, and she’s left in no
doubt that he’s going through
a similar trauma to her own
– and that he must speak to
Dr Cavanagh before things
spiral right out of control. Is
Ross brave enough to admit
he has a problem, though?
“While Rhona realises that
Ross has no other option if he
wants to kick his dependence,
she’s also aware of how hard
it will be to take that step,”
shares our informant. “It’s the

ADDICTED
TO LOVE!
Could romance be in store for the pair?
While Ross is at his most
vulnerable, Rhona’s support
is set to prove invaluable
in the coming weeks. And
while she’ll naturally do
her utmost to help him, this
is soap – so there’s every
chance their understanding
could prompt a deeper
bond between the pair!
The problem is, Rhona
is currently dating Ross’

brother Pete, while Ross
has been renewing his bond
with former lover Rebecca.
Would that be enough to
stop something developing,
though? Likewise, Rhona
should know a lot better
than to jeopardise Ross’
recovery with a new and
controversial relationship
– but when did sense ever
prevail in the Dales?

last thing R
Ross feels like he
can cope with
w at the moment,
and she kn
nows that. But the
fact is,, Rhona also knows
better than anyone that if
Ross doesn’t reach out now,
it could soon be too late…”
Allison Jones
Ross can’t get
through the
d
day without
ith t his
hi
painkillers…

…but Rhona understands
exactly what the warning
signs are telling her

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Linda and Mick have
their own opinions
on Woody’s return

EASTENDERS | BBC1 THURSDAY

Woody’s back –
for Whitney!
BUT CAN SHE FORGIVE HIM FOR
THE WAY HE DUMPED HER?

W

hitney is horrified
to come face
to face with her
former fiancé
Woody this week, five
months after he fled to Spain
with barely
a word of
explanation.
He claims
vehemently to
still be in love
with Whit – but
can Woody’s
weasel words
manage to heal her heart?
“Five months have passed
since Woody did a bunk,” our
Walford snitch reminds us.

“And if you remember, he
didn’t even have the guts to tell
Whitney to her face that he was
leaving. Instead he scrawled a
childish note on an envelope:
‘Whit! You’ll be better off
HERE! Sorry,
Woody’ – and
not so much
as a kiss at the
end of it! While
Whitney would
admit that her
heart hadn’t
exactly been in
the relationship, she certainly
deserved better than that.”
So when she spots her
ex again this week, Whitney

“Woody didn’t
have the guts
to tell Whitney
he was off”

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does her level best to avoid him
– not an easy task in Albert
Square, as there’s nowhere to
hide! However, after Woody
eventually tracks her down, he
pours on the charm. He brings
flowers, and declares that he’s
still deeply in love with Whit and
hasn’t thought about anyone
else during his time managing
a bar in Spain. A likely story!
No less shocked to see
Woody again are his former
bosses Mick and Linda, who
are left wincing at his efforts to
sweet-talk his way back into
his ex’s life. And while Linda
and Whitney have had their
differences thanks to Whit’s

ill-judged crush on Mick, Linda
has assumed a kind of maternal
interest in Whit’s life – thanks
in no small part to all her own
kids having left home recently.
“Linda doesn’t want Whitney
to jeopardise her relationship
with Halfway,” explains our spy.
“As Linda sees it, Halfway may
be an halfwit, but he doesn’t
have a devious bone in his body
and is, in his own hopeless
way, a better catch than Woody.
So Linda sits Whitney down
to make sure her head isn’t
turned by her former love.”
Meanwhile Woody, who is
casting about for work, learns
there’s a manager position

Your soap story

Wish list!
“I’ve got a perfect casting
for Emmerdale – Su Pollard
should play Tracy’s mum.
She’d bring her own special
brand of crazy to the village,
I think. Imagine the
fun she and Faith could
have on a night out!”
…suggests reader
Petra from Croydon
“I hope that when the
truth about David
is revealed, Corrie
remember that Toyah
and Carla were both
rape victims. A scene
with one of them
giving him comfort
and empathy would be
touching and realistic.”
...says reader Frances
from Rochdale
“Now that miserable
Joyce has kicked
the bucket, please
can we have smiley
Pam back as a pal
for Ted? Kill Les too,
so Pam can come
home permanently.”
…reckons bloodthirsty reader Fiona

Woody applies for the
manager position at
Mel’s reopened club

going at E20 – and while
he may be an unreliable
boyfriend, he’s no slouch
when it comes to running
a bar. So it looks as if he
has even more reason to
stick around in Walford…
What might this latest
development mean for

Whitney? Will she fall for
Woody again, now that he’s
back in her life? Or will
she stay true to her fella,
even though he’s currently
‘halfway’ around the world
with the Army? We can
only hope she’s sensible…
Gary Gillatt

“I reckon Home
and Away’s Tori
should dump Ash
and get together
with Robbo. Ash is
far too angry all the
time, whereas Tori
seems to genuinely
care about Robbo.”
…suggest reader
Becky from Leeds
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/
insidesoap. Or you can email your idea to us at
wishlist@insidesoap.co.uk. There’s a £10 prize
for every suggestion we publish in the magazine!
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INSIDE SCOOP

King
of the
Underworld!
Will Aidan be
successful at the helm
of Underworld?

CAN AIDAN
HANDLE THE
PRESSURE?

CORONATION STREET | ITV MONDAY

Aidan stepped up
when poorly Carla
needed him most

S

tunned Aidan is given
a birthday surprise to
remember this week
– when Carla signs
over Underworld to him.
The gobsmacked fella is in
disbelief after his grateful sister
shows her appreciation for
him donating her a kidney by
making him the sole proprietor
of the factory. The gesture is
designed to help Aidan finally
establish himself as a force

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to be reckoned with in the
textiles industry – but while he’s
blown away by Carla’s generous
move, he has reservations too.
“This is a massive moment
in Aidan’s life, and everyone
expects him to feel on top of
the world,” says our Corrie

snoop. “Carla knows Aidan
saved her life by donating his
kidney, and she’s determined
to make a big impact on his
future as well. Being the boss
at Underworld and having all
that responsibility is a daunting
task, though – and Aidan isn’t
sure if he’s up to the job.”
The irony is that ever since
the whole debacle with Eva,
the committed bloke has been
trying to get the business up
and running again. He’s shown
grit and determination in the
face of many obstacles, and
now his Underworld dreams

This is a massive moment in
Aidan’s life – everyone expects
him to be on top of the world”

are a reality at last. And with the
Connors ready to celebrate as
they join Aidan for his birthday
do in the Bistro, they’re thrilled
to witness Carla present him
his gift. The next day, however,
Johnny sees Aidan looking glum
and wants to know what’s up
– which is when his struggling
son reveals his fears.
“Johnny has shared some
harsh words with Aidan over
the past year, but he believes
he’ll be a brilliant boss,” reckons
our source. “All Aidan has to do
is be focused – and he starts
by offering a £50 bonus for the
factory’s fastest machinist.”
With Johnny pleased to see
Aidan getting into the role, might
his boy make it work after all?
Kate White

CORONATION STREET | ITV WEDNESDAY

Robert
turns
model!
BUT WILL HE GO
THROUGH WITH THE
PHOTO SHOOT?

R

obert receives a
massive ego boost
this week – when
he’s asked to
model for a calendar.
The hunky chef is tickled
pink when he’s scouted at
the boxing match being held
in memory of Luke, where
he’s asked if he’s willing to
take part in a photo shoot.
Michelle is delighted that
her man is in demand, but
worries that Robert hasn’t
properly investigated what
the calendar is for before
posing for it. The next day,
when the photographer
shows Robert a mock-up of
his picture in the calendar,
his partner’s fears appear
to be well-founded.

Johnny only has words
of encouragement for
his ambitious son

“The shoot is for a cancer
charity, and Robert is very
sensitive about what he’s
been through,” sighs our
Coronation Street insider.
“Michelle knows how dark
things got for Robert, and
how traumatised he still is
about losing his father to
the disease. When he sees

Robert has doubts about
the calendar after he
learns more about it

what’s really going on,
Robert is stunned. It’s not
what he expected at all.”
The next day, after the
calendar malarkey is over,
Michelle arrives to meet
Carla with bruises all over
her wrists. When her worried
friend wants to know what
happened, giggly Michelle
tells her that Robert got a bit
carried away in the heat of
passion, and dismisses it as
nothing. However, Carla isn’t
convinced, and wants to
know what Robert is up to.
“Michelle is Carla’s priority,
and she’s worried that her
best mate will get hurt,”
admits our snitch. “She’s
seen things she doesn’t
like in Robert, and she’s
not afraid to challenge him.
And when she corners him
to demand to know what’s
going on, she won’t take ‘no
comment’ for an answer!”
Confronted by Carla, will
Robert tell her the truth?
Kate White
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INSIDE SCOOP
EMMERDALE | ITV TUESDAY

Will Brenda
push Laurel
to drink?
THE STRAIN OF LAUREL’S AFFAIR
IS STARTING TO TAKE ITS TOLL…

S

corned
Brenda’s
scheming has
Laurel and
Bob at loggerheads
this week – prompting
Bob’s secret lover to
move back towards
the booze.
With Laurel growing
suspicious that Brenda
knows just what’s been
happening between
them, she fears the
game is up. But with
Brenda still pretending
everything is fine –
while secretly knowing
exactly what’s been
going on – Laurel’s
paranoia is eating her
up. And following an
argument with Bob, the
former alcoholic ends
up reaching for the whisky…
“This is terrible news for
Laurel – she’s already had to
rebuild her life because of her
battle with the demon drink,”
whispers our Dales spy. “If she
succumbs and falls back into
that terrible spiral, Laurel could

The strain of their secret
leads to an almighty row
between Bob and Laurel

destroy everything. Brenda
has every right to hate her for
what she’s done, but would
even she wish this on Laurel?”
The week begins with Bob
convinced that Brenda knows
what’s been going on, after he
accidentally left his coat at

Brenda has every right to hate
Laurel right now – but would
even she wish this on her?”
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Laurel’s house and Arthur
returned it to Brenda. But when
devious Brenda continues to
play dumb to put Bob off the
scent, he falls for it – and is
convinced she knows nothing.
“Brenda has become good
at playing the dutiful wife-tobe,” says our insider. “Before
now, it was blind determination
to hang on to Bob, hoping if
she tried hard enough it would
be fine. But now she knows

that’s impossible, she’s shifting
tactics. She’s enjoying keeping
Bob and Laurel guessing…”
As Bob and Laurel argue
over their relationship, the
strain of their secret leads to
a massive row, with furious
Laurel ordering him out of her
house before breaking down.
Close to cracking, she sees the
whisky – but what will she do?
The next day, Laurel is
stunned when the police arrive
with the information that will
prove to Bob that she’s right
about Brenda. They explain
that all the purchases made by
the ‘thief’ on her bank card
recently were delivered to the

EMMERDALE | ITV WEDNESDAY

Hello, baby
Dingle-Kirk!

Will Brenda
regret taking
things so
far in her quest
for revenge?

CHAS AND PADDY HAVE
THEIR FIRST SCAN…

P
café, so she has no doubt
that Brenda orchestrated
the theft from her account
and knows what’s been
going on. Now she’s armed

with more proof, will angry
Laurel take it to Brenda?
And how will the woman
scorned react if she does?
Kate White
A visit from the police
leads Laurel to think that
Brenda knows the truth

arents-to-be Chas
and Paddy have an
emotional experience
this week – as they
go to their first scan together.
Having decided to keep their
surprise baby following weeks
of turmoil, it’s a big moment for
them both as they arrive at the
sonographer’s room to see
their child for the first time.
Although Chas is already
mum to Aaron, this is a very
different experience from her
first pregnancy, and she’s glad
to have Paddy by her side. He’s
overjoyed that Chas has asked
him to go with her to this early
appointment, and that she’s as
excited at having this baby as
he is – so it’s a lovely moment
as the sonographer moves the
ultrasound probe across Chas’
tiny bump, and she and Paddy
get to see their little one.
For Paddy, this is a big deal
as he’s never been through

Chas is seriously
struggling with
morning sickness

this before with his biological
child. He became a father
figure to Aaron when Chas’
son was a teenager, and
although he’s been around for
all of Leo’s life, he had to share
the role of daddy with Leo’s
biological dad Marlon.
But while it’s an exciting time
for the couple, they crash back
down to earth when Chas feels
nauseous again. She’s having
a rotten time with morning
sickness, and Paddy feels
terrible that he can’t do much
to soothe her. So, with Chas
beside herself with the misery
and Paddy flapping around,
will the pair manage to get
through the pregnancy?
Kate White
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The thief sees
an opportunity
– and grabs it

EASTENDERS | BBC1 THURSDAY

T

ed is at his wits’ end
this week, after he’s
callously mugged
while preparing
to lay his late wife to rest.
Ted is already struggling
to find enough cash to pay
for Joyce’s forthcoming
funeral, before a heartless
thug attacks him on Turpin
Road and steals his wallet.
But as his friends and
neighbours rally round,
will shaken Ted find the
funds he needs to give his
wife a decent send-off?
“Poor Ted is devastated
enough – he doesn’t need
this stress!” cries our Walford
spy. “He and Joyce have
never been well off, so to
then have money literally
ripped from his hands is
too much for Ted to bear.
He’s already unsure about
how he’ll afford a fitting
farewell for Joyce – so when
the thief takes off with his

AS HE STRUGGLES TO
ORGANISE JOYCE’S
FUNERAL, THINGS GO
FROM BAD TO WORSE…

wallet, which was a gift from
Joyce, Ted is left shattered.”
Luckily, his upstairs
neighbours the Taylors have
proved indispensable since
Joyce’s passing – particularly
after the fractured nature of
his relationship with daughter
Judith was revealed during
her recent visit. As this terrible
week for Ted begins, Bernie
remains by his side doing all
she can to help her elderly
pal – and when he visits
undertaker Jay to talk about
his options for Joyce’s funeral,
he has both Bernadette and
Karen on hand for support.

Ted mourns his
deceased wife

However,
after Jay
reveals the
cost of his
services,
distraught Ted
admits that he
can’t afford it
– and, despite
pawning some
of Joyce’s
jewellery, he’s
still skint.
At this point,
kindly Karen turns to the Vic
punters to reveal his plight –
but while the locals dig deep,
the robber strikes Ted…
“After Ted’s mugger makes
off on a bike, Hayley Slater
is first on the scene,” shares
our sneak. “He’s touched as
she offers him the cash to
buy a cup of tea – but this
disaster is still the final straw
as far as Ted is concerned.
He’s in a dreadful state when
Jay arrives to take Joyce’s

Ted can’t bear to
watch Joyce being
driven away by the
undertakers

body to the crematorium
later, and as he heads home
alone, his face says it all.
He’s lost without his wife.”
Meanwhile, Karen hasn’t
given up on making things
right for her mate. So as
she works on the Walford
residents to put Ted’s mind
at rest, can crafty Karen
come through for him?
And can Ted ever find a
way to cope with his grief?
Allison Jones
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INSIDE

HOLLYOAKS | Channel 4 FRIDAY

Milo’s
mystery
visitor!
Tony has been
hot on Milo’s
tail for weeks

M

ilo gets a nasty
surprise this week,
when he comes
face to face with
a mysterious man called
Theo – but who is this guy
and what does he want?
“I can’t reveal too much, but
Theo is somebody from Milo’s
past,” teases Nathan Morris,
who plays Milo. “Milo isn’t a
big fan of Theo, so he’s not
particularly pleased to see him!
Theo starts to put pressure
on Milo – he knows certain
aspects of Milo’s past and
will use that against him…”
Prior to his meeting with Milo,
Theo rocks up in the village
and straight away bumps into

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Cindy will crumble
if she learns who
Milo really is

Cindy. He takes a shine to her,
and it’s not long before he’s
making a pass – but what
would overprotective Milo say
about that if he found out?
“Milo wouldn’t be pleased
about that at all!” chuckles

WHO
O IS
S THEO?
O?
AND WILL HE REVEAL
MILO’S SECRET?

Nathan. “He thinks Theo is bad
news. As we’ve seen in the
past, if anyone comes along
who Milo doesn’t feel is good
enough for the family, he’ll
try his best to get them
out of the picture. He’s
just trying to look out
for Cindy and the rest
of the Cunninghams.”
While we’re keeping
mum about the exact
connection between
Milo and Theo, it’s very
possible that Theo could
know about Milo’s dark
secret – that he was
responsible for killing Mr and
Mrs Cunningham! So could
the truth be about to tumble
out thanks to Theo’s arrival?
“I’m surprised Milo has
managed to keep it all quiet
for this long!” reckons Nathan.

Milo has made a lot of
mistakes – he hasn’t
dealt with his past”

“Most of the viewers do want
the secret to come out, but
I think they’re worried about
what the consequences will be
for Milo if it does. They don’t
want him to be kicked out of
the Cunningham family and
have to leave Hollyoaks!”
So far, Milo has shown a
knack for talking himself out
of trouble – and even the
machinations of Finn and Tony
haven’t managed to expose
him! So if Theo is the one to
turn Milo’s world upside down,
Nathan hopes the Cunninghams
hams
will go easy on the poor fella
a…
“Milo has made a lot of
mistakes, but he’s not welll,””
sighs the star. “He hasn’t
properly dealt with his past, so
he has a lot of issues. He d
do
oes
genuinely care about Cindy
and her family, and he’s trie
ed
d
to look out for them. What
Milo needs is somebody
to look after him – it’s just
a shame that Theo is not
going to be that person!”
Sarah Elliss

You can say

that again!
OUR FA
AVOURITE RECENT
OAP QUOTES…
SO
“Listen, Phil. I can
grovel if you like and we
can let this carry on for the next few
months. Or, you can let me cook
you a nice juicy steak and chips.”
Sharon knows the way to her
man’s heart – and how to pick her
battles. Fine work, lady.
“Ugh, he fancies
the pants of himself.
He’d lick himself like
a lolly if he could.”
If David could
do that, he’d never
leave the house.

LOVE
FOR
He needs some
romance in his life…
“The top tweet I get from
viewers
is ‘Will
s is,
Will Milo ever find
love?’” reveals Nathan. “He’s
not a Lo
othario – when it comes
to roma
ance, he doesn’t have
a clue! Some people think
that Millo is in love with Cindy,
but he jjust loves her like a
member of his fa
amily.
He hasn’t got
designs on he
er. A
girlfriend for h
him
would be nice –
he needs
sa
ction
distra
ac
from
m
obs
essing
se
about
o
things
n all
the
e time!”

(In a trance)
“Does anyone wish
to communicate with
Roy Cropper? (Long,
long pause) There is
someone… a woman…
Or it could be a man.”
This line actually made
us snot hot tea down
our nostrils.

“Your mum don’t
miss a trick. She’s like
that Greek geezer – the
e
one with the hundred
d
eyes. We used to read
d
“I swear
about it in school…
that’s a shop.”
Argos… summit.”
Don’t let no one tell
you them soaps ain’t
educational.
“Small changes
can make a big diference?
You sound like Gail. She’s taken
to having just one glass of wine.
But you should see the glass. It
should come with a lifeguard.”
Gail, our advice is to just unscrew
the wine bottle and pop
a long straw in it.

“There were four
bodies, Eileen! Four souls,
and I bore witness over all of them!
You really want to know what I am?
I AM THE DARKNESS AND THE LIGHT!
I’m a creator, a destroyer and the accuser
and the prosecutor. I’M THE LORD OF
HOPE AND THE LAYER IN WAIT!
I’m the worst thing you can imagine.”
Call us oversensitive, but we have a
sneaking suspicion that Phelan has
a mild superiority complex.
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INSIDE SCOOP

What’s Kat’s history
with mysterious
newcomer Hayley?

EASTENDERS | BBC1 THURSDAY

Staceyon
thewarpath!
MARTIN, MO,
HAYLEY AND
MEL MANAGE
TO GET ON HER
WRONG SIDE…

S

tacey gets more and
more annoyed with
her own family this
week – as the Slater
clan continue to create
waves in Albert Square. But
while she’s still smarting over
the debacle surrounding
Kat’s ‘death’, what’s going
on between her and Martin?
The week starts off quite
well for Stacey, as she is
pleasantly surprised when her
estranged husband Martin tells
her that he is going to increase
his monetary contributions to
the kids’ welfare. However, her
happiness proves to be very
short-lived. As she goes to
thank him, she spots him

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flirting with Mel Owen, sending
her into a jealous rage.
“Poor Stacey keeps going
from one extreme to the other,”
sighs our Walford informant.
“There’s clearly still a spark
between her and Martin, and it
really did look as if they might
be back on track after they
slept together a couple of
weeks ago. Despite the fact
that Stacey tried to pass it off
as ‘grief sex’, it’s clear she’s
not ready to give up on her
husband altogether. So when

she spots him cosying up with
Mel, she sees red! True to form,
she kicks up a stink in public,
embarrassing everyone.”
As if that wasn’t bad enough,
Stacey is getting even more
frustrated by Mo’s increasingly
barmy schemes to make
money – which include
teaming up with cunning
Hayley for yet another new
business venture. The scheme
is, of course, more than a little
dodgy – and that doesn’t
impress Stacey one bit.

Stacey spots Martin cosying
up with Mel and sees red – she
kicks up a stink in public!”

“Even though Stacey herself
reluctantly plotted with Hayley
a while back, when she was
trying to discredit Martin, she
really doesn’t like this new
Slater girl,” explains our snitch.
“After all, she appeared from
nowhere – what does Stacey
really know about her? And to
make matters worse for Stace,
Hayley is now getting her claws
into the rest of her family. As
far as Stacey is concerned, it
crosses a line, and she has a
bad feeling about it all.”
Stacey’s instincts about
Hayley seem to be correct, as
Kat soon spots the newcomer
flirting with Martin. Appalled by
what she sees, Kat decides

EASTENDERS | BBC1 THURSDAY

Mystic Mo!

THE LOCALS ARE AMAZED AS SHE
DEMONSTRATES HER PSYCHIC POWERS…

N

ot content with
starting up her shifty
business venture
with Hayley, Mo has
devised yet another plan to
generate some quick cash:
she’s become a psychic!
The residents of Albert
Square are amazed by Mo’s
apparently supernatural
abilities, as everything she
predicts starts to come true.
“You’d have thought that
people might be a little bit
more sceptical of Mo’s
superpowers,” sniggers our
Square insider. “Given her
history of scams, rip-offs and
general hoaxing, how likely
does it seem that she, of all
people, has been blessed with
‘the sight’? However, that still
doesn’t explain how she’s
actually doing it – so perhaps
Mo really is in touch with
paranormal agents?”
Jean is certainly convinced,
and is completely won over by
Mo’s unearthly ‘gift’. In fact,
she’s so impressed by what
she has seen that she decides
to invite Shirley over to witness
the miracle for herself.

Can a leopard change its
spots? It doesn’t seem so,
as Mo predicts Kim’s future

“There isn’t anyone more
cynical in Walford than Shirley
Carter,” reasons our spy. “So if
she can be persuaded that Mo
has been touched by celestial
beings, then anyone can!”
However, Mo fobs off
Shirley, telling her to come
back the next day. All these
metaphysical visions don’t half
take it out of you, and there’s
only so much predicting that
a psychic can do in one day.
Or perhaps there could be
another explanation for Mo’s
new-found talents after all…
Tom Spilsbury

Furious Kat spots
Hayley and Martin
flirting up a storm

that she has to intervene
on Stacey’s behalf.
“Kat is loyal to Stacey,
and so she forces Hayley
into the café and threatens
her,” reveals our spy. “Kat
has her own history with
Hayley, and she tells her
that she wants her out of
Walford. But Hayley isn’t
easily pushed around, and
she refuses. She’s still

owed money from Mo’s
business venture, and she
won’t slink away because
Kat says so! And besides,
Hayley has a few tricks of
her own that will force Kat
to think twice about ever
threatening her again…”
What does Hayley know,
and what will it mean for the
future of the Slater family?
Tom Spilsbury

Even Mo’s loved ones
can’t seem to work out
her new-found powers

INSIDE SCOOP

Vincent &
Kim evicted?
It’s desperate times at
the Fox-Hubbards’…
EASTENDERS
BBC1 THURSDAY

S

hocked Kim’s jaw
drops to the floor
this week, when she
receives a letter telling her
that her family are set to be
evicted from their home!
Vincent is quick to try to
calm his frantic wife, insisting
that there’s absolutely nothing
to worry about and that he has
everything in hand. However,
the very moment that Kim’s
back is turned, he decides to
take drastic action in order

to raise the money needed
to keep the bank happy.
Later, Kim tells her hubby
that she intends to find herself
a full-time job. But while she’s
relieved to learn that Vincent
has already come up with the
cash, she’s oblivious to where
it originated. Vincent then

How will Kim cope
if she finds out what
Vincent’s up to?

attempts to sell his car to get
more money – though his plan
is ruined when it’s smashed
into by a hit-and-run driver!
Without insurance, Vincent
asks Phil for help, but his plea
is refused. So with nowhere
else to turn, Vincent sets off
on a very dangerous path…

Bossed about!
EMMERDALE
ITV MONDAY

C

onniving Joe continues
to make life miserable
for Robert this week –
as he uses his leverage with
eager-to-please Jimmy as
a way to punish Robert for
getting him arrested!

Daniel’s day in court
DOCTORS
BBC1 TUESDAY

D

aniel’s transition patient
Joni states her case
in court this week –
but will Daniel’s concerns
regarding the process prove
well-founded? While Daniel
has no doubt whatsoever
about Joni’s decision to begin
her transition in the US, he’s
unsure whether her father

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Dillon’s presence will help
or hinder the case. His
worry deepens when Joni
arrives for the hearing in a
particularly ‘girlie’ outfit –
and as Dillon (played by
former Hollyoaks star Jeremy
Edwards, aka Kurt Benson)
voices some of his own
apprehensions, things aren’t
looking good. However, has
Daniel underestimated the
power of Joni’s own voice?

Sly Joe challenges Jimmy
on whether he’s the boss at
the haulage firm, or if Robert is
the one running the show. Keen
to assert his authority, Jimmy
insists that it’s him – and when
Joe asks to give Robert some
work to do, Jimmy agrees.
As Robert is forced to comply,
what will his next move be?

Career break
CORONATION STREET
ITV FRIDAY

C

raig is thrilled this week,
when he learns that his
police application was
successful, and he needs to
prepare for an assessment.
Following his breakdown last
week, Craig was worried that

– having broken police protocol
by giving Bethany confidential
information – he’d blown his
career chances. So as the news
sinks in, he uses the ‘tapping’
techniques he’s been taught to
get his OCD under control.
Might this be the turning
point for poor Craig to get his
life back on track?

Vlogging
off
HOLLYOAKS
Channel 4 MONDAY

T

he pressure is on for
Diane and Tony this
week, as hip young
vlogger Amelia rocks up
to review the Hutch! While
Tony is keen to make a good
impression, Diane isn’t quite
as au fait with the concept
of a vlogger – and initially
mistakes Amelia for a local
student. Things go from

Diane’s actions
give Amelia food
for thought!

bad to
worse after
Diane has to bring Dee Dee
to work, and ends up yelling
at her badly behaved child
in front of the internet star!
So, will Amelia decide to
give the Hutch a less than
glowing online review?

Hostage
horror!
Jasmine’s stalker
David wreaks
havoc in the Bay…
HOME AND AWAY
Channel 5 TUESDAY

J

asmine is left petrified
this week, as her stalker
David shows up at the
caravan park – and holds her
and her friends hostage!
After David breaks into her
van, Jasmine is scared for her
life. Playing for time, she gets
him to go up to the house with
her, hoping Leah can help –
but little does she realise that
she’s putting everyone else in
grave danger as well…
“Leah invites them in for
lunch, but David soon realises

they’re playing him,” explains
Sam Frost, aka Jasmine. “He
holds the two of them hostage
in the house, along with Ryder.
He takes away their phones,
and insists he’s not leaving
there without Jasmine.”

It’s a tense time for everyone
as crazed David makes it clear
that he’ll do whatever it takes
to get what he wants…
“Jasmine’s terrified,” admits
Sam. “She knows David is not
messing around and has lost

his temper. She’s afraid of what
he might do. He’s already broken
the rules of his restraining order
– so who knows what’s next?”
As David’s behaviour
becomes increasingly volatile,
are the trio in serious peril?
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Billy’s high hopes

INSIDE SCOOP

EASTENDERS
BBC1 MONDAY

J

obless and without a
partner, Billy is determined
to turn his life around
this week, as he begs Honey
to take him back and asks
Mel for work. But will either
woman give him a break?

It’s not looking good when
Honey drunkenly admits –
just to hurt Billy – that she’s
been flirting with Jack. His
luck looks set to change after
Mel agrees to a trial position
behind the bar at her club…
but after she ends up giving
the job to Woody instead, will
Honey take pity on her ex?

Living in fear
EMMERDALE
ITV THURSDAY

T

he idea that she might
go to prison haunts Liv
this week, as her court
case for spiking poor Lisa’s
drink with ketamine looms.
While playing video games
with Gerry, the anxious teen
shares her concerns with
her wayward friend, who

was incarcerated in a young
offender institution and
knows what life on the inside
is like. Meanwhile, Doug
arranges a secret meeting
between estranged pals Liv
and Gabby, as the girls have
been banned from seeing
each other since the ketamine
incident. Do they risk being
torn apart for good if Aaron
and Bernice find out?

Ethan’s dilemma!

He’s rocked by the identity of a patient…
CASUALTY
BBC1 SATURDAY

T

he past comes back to
haunt Ethan this week,
when a pregnant woman
is brought into the ED – and
he discovers that she was the
girlfriend of killer Scott Ellison!
When Leigh-Anne arrives
in the throes of labour, she’s
very distressed – convinced
that her baby will die if he
is delivered at the
hospital. And as
Ethan tries to calm
her down and
assure her that
he won’t let
anything bad
happen to her
son, he’s knocked

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for six when Leigh-Anne
declares that her boyfriend
and his dad died in that very
ED – revealing in turn her
connection to the Ellisons.
Leigh-Anne seems unaware
of Ethan’s involvement in Scott’s
death, or the fact that Scott
was responsible for murdering
Ethan’s brother, Cal. But Ethan
is clearly very uncomfortable
treating her, and tries to palm
her off on to another medic
as soon as he can.
However, after
Leigh-Anne takes
a turn for the
worse, Ethan is
forced to return.
Can he save her
from the same
fate as Scott?

Zeedan takes control!
He’s determined to win back poorly Rana…
CORONATION STREET
ITV FRIDAY

H
Karl’s
medical
crisis!

eartbroken Zeedan spies
a chance to get closer
to his estranged wife
Rana this week, after she
contracts a nasty dose of flu.
The former couple have
spent no time alone since Rana
insisted she would carry on
seeing true love Kate, despite
their pact to pretend to be
happily married to get money
from her parents. Now that
she’s sick, however, Rana

can’t escape to sneak off
with Kate – so Zeedan is
delighted to play nursemaid.
He makes it his mission to
look after Rana, and enjoys
being the one she relies on.
So when concerned Kate pops
by to visit, Zeedan is desperate
to get rid of her – and Kate has
no choice but to leave after
Zeedan blocks her attempts
to see Rana, and manipulates
the situation by making her feel
guilty for disturbing her lover.
The question is: how long
can Zeedan keep Kate at bay?

REGIONS
& RADIO...

FAIR CITY
● It seems everyone is
in the frame for Karen’s
murder this week, as
the police announce
that there’s been a
development. But who
should be worried?
Meanwhile, Cristiano
is suspicious when
desperate Kerri-Ann
yearns for Decco’s
attention. Also, Mariam
and Jim grow closer.

NEIGHBOURS
Channel 5 TUESDAY

T

here’s a shock
diagnosis for doctor
Karl this week, when
he finds out that he’s
suffering from DVT! David
tells him that he probably
developed the blood clot
during his recent flight to
London, but Karl doesn’t
want to tell Susan until
he has more information.
However, after Karl cuts his
finger while cooking, he’s
forced to admit the truth
to his wife – as he’ll need
to get to hospital ASAP. Is
Karl’s life in serious peril?

RIVER CITY

Get out of here!
HOLLYOAKS
Channel 4 MONDAY

V

olatile James turns on
Kyle this week – and
tells him that he wants
him out of his house!
Kyle has been trying to worm
his way into the lawyer’s life in
a bid to make him fall in love

with him. However, what began
as a revenge plan concocted
by Sami has swiftly turned into
something else, as Kyle has
started to develop real feelings
for James – and hopes they can
make a proper go of things.
So, has James learned what
Kyle is really up to? And will
Kyle surrender without a fight?

● There’s terror in
store for Annie this
week, when Lenny
sets out on a mission
to silence her forever.
Will she manage to
escape his clutches
unscathed? Elsewhere,
Theresa ruffles some
feathers when she
returns to town. Plus,
upset AJ’s age proves
to be a problem…

THE ARCHERS
● Alistair confronts
the person who’s
been spreading lies
about him this week
– but it’s not long
before there’s an
even bigger shock
in store! Across the
village, Lily supports
Freddie as he stands
up to evil Ellis. Finally,
Emma reaches the
end of her tether – with
dire consequences…
See p91 for times
& channel details

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WHAT HAPPENS WHEN?
SAT

EASTENDERS

CORONATION STREET

It’s a mortifying situation when
Phil leans in to kiss Mel…
● …after he chases her son round
E20 with a baseball bat!
● Mick and Linda find it diicult to
get some time alone together.

● Aidan is unsure if he can
take charge of the factory.
EPISODES
The charity boxing match TONIGHT!
descends into violence…
…as traumatised David lashes
out and beats Gary to a pulp.

EMMERDALE

7
APR
SUN

8
APR

MON

9
APR

TUE

10
APR

2

● Kim is scared as she discovers
her family are due to be evicted.
Mo stuns the locals with her
accurate psychic abilities…
● …while Phil can’t contain his
anger and threatens Hunter.

Charity makes a shocking
confession to Vanessa…
● Nicola demands answers after
she catches Jimmy with Viagra!
● Tense Ross scrambles to get
his hands on more painkillers.
● Eva starts to have doubts
about her plan with Toyah…
Robert is approached to EPISODES
TONIGHT!
be a model in a calendar.
● David is accused of taking steroids
– is he really using drugs to cope?

2

WED

11
APR
THU

● Hayley causes havoc, much
to Stacey and Kat’s chagrin.
● Whitney is torn over what to
do about ex-fiancé Woody…
Things get worse for grieving
Ted when he’s viciously mugged.

FRI

13
APR

● With nowhere else to turn, Vincent
contemplates a dangerous idea…
Ted says a final farewell to
his dearly departed wife.
● Honey breaks it to Billy that they
are never getting back together!

● Toyah suspects that Simon
has stolen money from her.
● Carla turns detective – what
is sneaky Robert up to?

SNEAK
PEEK
AT
NEXT
WEEK

● Tensions continue to rise
between Mel and Linda!
● A mysterious man arrives on the
Square – what’s he looking for?
● Masood and Ian both secure
meetings with a top investor…

● The Platt clan worry about David
– will they learn the truth at last?
● Eileen confronts the gossip
mongers of the cobbles…
● Daniel is on a crusade to free
innocent Anna from prison!

12
APR

Tracy catches a girl spraypainting Farrers Barn…
● Bernice hears animal noises
coming from her dad’s bedroom!
● Brenda struggles to contain her
fury with cheating Bob and Laurel.

1

HOUR
EPISODE!

● Charity quickly regrets ever
trusting Vanessa with her secret…
● Ross receives news that his
infection has cleared up.
Chas feels nauseous after
she has her first baby scan.

2

● Doug arranges a meeting
between Liv and Gabby… EPISODES
TONIGHT!
Rhona and Ross bond as she
helps with his painkiller abuse.
● Paddy feels useless when he can’t
do anything to aid poorly Chas.
Gary proposes to Sarah
again – and she says yes!

2

EPISODES
TONIGHT!

● Rhona urges Ross to book a GP
appointment – will he comply?
● Charity is a pillar of strength
for long-suffering Chas…
…before deciding to leave
the past where it belongs.
● Ross’ painkiller addiction
spirals out of control…
● Marlon steels himself to ask
out Jessie on another date!
● Bob frets about Brenda’s
behaviour – will she fess up?

YOUR ENTIRE SOAP WEEK AT A GLANCE!
HOLLYOAKS

NEIGHBOURS

HOME AND AWAY

SAT

7
APR
SUN

8
APR

● Tony and Diane try to satisfy
a blogger with sushi on toast!

● Tori is on a mission to help
Robbo regain his memory…

● Kyle wants Nancy to get to know
James – will the pair build bridges?
Ste’s world falls apart when he
discovers Ryan’s evil deeds…

Ben is saddened after Xanthe
decides to break up with him.
● Chloe attempts to unite
Aaron and David at a day spa!
● Paul catches up with old
friend Plain Jane Superbrain.

● Dee Dee’s behaviour is driving
Diane round the bend.
Ste knocks out Ryan – how far
will he go in his fit of rage?
● James realises something crucial
in the Amy Barnes murder case.

Amy is mortified when she walks
in on Jimmy and Poppy kissing!
● Stunned Karl learns that he
has deep vein thrombosis…
● Ben says goodbye again to his
friends and family in Erinsborough.

● Two’s company, three’s a crowd
for Justin, Willow and Dean…
● Roo breaks down as she realises
that her mother abandoned her.
Will Leah, Ryder and Jasmine
survive their terrifying ordeal?

10
APR

● Louis tries and fails to use
distraction tactics on savvy Leah.
Frazzled Leela breaks
down at Tegan’s bedside…
● Kyle wants to call time on his plot
with Sami – does he love James?

● Sonya returns – and announces
that she wants to locate Andrea!
● Dipi has serious doubts about
Yashvi’s football ambitions…
Karl shares his worrying
health news with Susan.

The atmosphere is sour
between Justin and Ash.

WED

● Maggie wants her family to
be prepared in case she dies.
● Roo reveals that she wants
to track down Martha Snr…

● Mandy and Luke return
from their wedding holiday…
● …and he asks his new bride if
he can adopt her daughter Ella.

● Toadie wants another baby –
but Sonya isn’t as enthusiastic.
Dipi punches a heckler at
Yashvi’s football game!
● Karl is down in the dumps
following his diagnosis…

● Spiteful Hunter defies Olivia and
takes the next step with Jennifer!
● There’s Stewart sorrow as Roo
moves out of the homestead…
Raffy makes Coco’s mum a
batch of gingerbread cookies.

● Damon, Brody and Buster go
for a night out at the Loft.
Scarlett is back in the village
to rescue son Oliver…
● Mysterious stranger Theo arrives
– and meets up with Milo!

Terese proposes to Gary –
what will his answer be?
● Yashvi is incredulous after her
mum’s aggressive behaviour.
● Jane maintains a deep interest
in No 32 – what does she want?

● Robbo is released from jail
on bail, which makes Ash wail!
● Ziggy asks Ben to lie to
Brody for her – but why?
Olivia vows to make a
fresh start in her career.

● Best friends forever Brody and
Damon are at loggerheads!
● Esther can see Darcy is a wrong’un
– but can she convince Jack?
● Cleo’s future is in jeopardy
because of Joel distracting her…

● Steph provides a shoulder to cry
on for one struggling neighbour…
● Which teen is encouraged
by Chloe to drink alcohol?
● Leo sets out to track down a
long-lost friend of Mishti’s…

● Justin is perplexed by Willow,
Colby and Dean’s shared history…
● Ben and Ziggy start keeping
secrets to protect Maggie!
● Hunter starts university – how will
Olivia react to him being there?

Imprisoned Kim builds
a house out of tins!

There’s hostage horror as
Jasmine’s stalker snaps!
● Ryder accompanies Alf on a
fishing trip – how will he fare?

MON

9
APR
TUE

11
APR
THU

12
APR
FRI

13
APR
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the woman from the SunLife ad
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GILF* Susan Kennedy? Right
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| Andy, London
Whirlwind Izzy is enough to
age anyone by about 20 years!

RUBBISH HUBBY
Emmerdale’s David is literally the
worst husband in soap – and
that’s saying something! The way
he has treated his wife Tracy is
absolutely appalling. It served him
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right when he was forced to admit
to her that he’d slept with Leyla
behind her back, and I cheered
when Tracy told him where to go.
He’s a spineless creep, and Tracy
deserves so much better!
| Jessica, Brighton
I just don’t get why he has so
many women ighting over him!

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BAY OF SUNSHINE
It was great to see Home and Away
going all out to celebrate their
30th anniversary, and I was so
happy they made Alf the centre
of it all. He’s the heart and soul
of the show, and I was really
worried that he could be a goner!
I wasn’t expecting
that confession
about his ‘dead’
wife Martha,
though
– what a
shocker!
| Ken
I bet you
weren’t as
shocked
as poor
Roo…

No one look at the
wallpaper – you’ll go blind

CRYING SHANE
I feel so sorry for Hollyoaks’ Shane.
He worked really hard to turn his
life around and be there for his
boys – and now he’s been forced
to confess to murder in order to
protect them. It’s such a shame he’s
gone to prison, as I really loved the
chemistry between him and Simone.
| Josie, London
Maybe when Ryan inally gets
arrested for his crimes, Shane will
be able to return to the village…

PLATT CHANCE

ROBYN ROBBED
It was so nice to see Robyn finally
get her happy ever after as she
married Glen in Casualty, but at the
same time it was heartbreaking
watch, as I knew Glen’s
Glen s days
to watch
were numbered. The thing
I love about Robyn and
Glen is that they’re just
such a normal couple
– so I don’t know
how Robyn is
going to cope
without him.
| Ava
I cried my
eyes out
watching
Glen’s
death on
Saturday
night. Blub!

The
ILLUSTRATION: ROB DAVIS

It was such a treat to see Gail’s
ex Martin back on Corrie. I had
forgotten what a thoroughly nice
guy he is,
and what
a great
calming
effect he
has on that
troubled
Platt household. Please, please
cancel his flight to New Zealand
and write him back into the show.
| Mo
A calming inluence is exactly
what David needs right now!

BIG
DEBATE!
KAT BACK FROM THE DEAD!
Kat’s miraculous resurrection certainly
got people tuning into EastEnders – but
can she and the rest of the Slaters put
the fun back into dreary old Walford?
Not everyone is convinced...
I cracked up with laughter
at the episode where Kat
‘returned from the grave’.
Jean’s comments in particular
were hilarious, when she said
to Ian, “You can ask her when
you put the biscuits back
in the cupboard!” We need
more humour like this rather
than all doom and gloom.
| Sam, Peterborough
The return of the Slaters
showed exactly what

EastEnders has been lacking
over the past few months
– some good old-fashioned
fun. Although the whole saga
involving Kat’s fake death
was more than a little farfetched, it’s great to see girl
power back at the heart of the
Square. Long may it continue!
| Ms J Kelly
No matter what storyline she
is involved in, Jessie Wallace
just lights up the screen as

Kat. Her return to Walford
has actually made EastEnders
watchable for the first time
in months. What the writers
need to do is pair her up with
Karen – or ‘Waynetta’, as Kat
calls her – and let the pair of
them loose on the Square!
| Gordon
But for some of you, even
Queen Kat isn’t enough to
keep you tuning in…
Kat’s return was so brilliant,
but now we’re back to the
humdrum of Bernie and Ted
and their boring chess story!
Why are the show’s bosses
getting it so wrong right now?
The powers-that-be need to
drop this nonsense before they
lose all their viewers for good.
| Perrie, Runcorn
If Kat can’t save EastEnders,
then surely nobody can!
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EMMERDALE | ITV MONDAY

“Nicola is a total
sex maniac – it’s kind
of terrifying!”
As Nicola and Jimmy sufer setbacks in the bedroom,
stars Nicola Wheeler and Nick Miles can’t
help but see the funny side…

O

h, here he is!”
chuckles Nicola
Wheeler, lambasting
her sheepish telly
husband Nick Miles
for arriving late for a
chat with us in the Woolpack. “I’m
sorry! I’m sorry!” pleads Nick, as she
jokingly gives him an earful – proving
that these two are just as much of
an old married couple as they are
when playing Nicola and Jimmy.
“We enjoy it when the other one
makes mistakes, so we can rip the hell
out of each other,” grins the actress,
as Nick smiles and rolls his eyes. Ah,
wedded soapie bliss for you!
Sadly, though, this week is anything
but blissful for Jimmy and Nicola. The
pressure of being a double agent for
Robert and Joe takes its toll on poor
Mr King – so much so, that Jimmy
struggles to ‘perform’ in the bedroom
and resorts to buying dodgy Viagra
online! However, the real humiliation sets
in when Nicola finds out – just as she
and Jimmy learn that her dad Rodney
is at it with a woman half his age! That’s
agony for Jimmy and Nicola, of course,
but great fun for the actors to play...

You do get some wild and
wacky storylines, don’t you?
Nicola We do! A lot of our stuff is treated
quite light-heartedly, and it’s done in
the typical Nicola and Jimmy way – but
a couple might be sat at home saying,

Hand over fist: Nicola and
Jimmy love each other and
just want to do well in life

“Yep, actually that’s us, that’s the
problem we’ve been having, let’s go to
the doctors”. Jimmy and Nicola are the
sort of characters you don’t have to take
seriously if you don’t want to, though!

What do they make of Rodney’s
girlfriend Misty? A thirtysomething
Ibiza party girl, we hear...
Nick It’s a living hell and only adds
pressure to Jimmy’s lack of bedroom
performance. The fact the writers have
named her after my dog [Nick has a West
Highland Terrier called Misty] has added
to the idea that this is my nightmare.
Nicola From what I’ve read so far, Nicola
hasn’t commented on Misty being
younger than she is. She’d be furious!

“We want to get rid of Nicola and
Jimmy’s massive furniture!” NICOLA

So what happens when Nicola inds
out Jimmy has procured Viagra?
Nicola She goes spare! Like most
women might do, Nicola takes it
personally and thinks, ‘What’s wrong
with me? Doesn’t he fancy me any
more?’. But then she gets really anxious
because Jimmy’s bought these random
pills from the internet and has no
idea what he could be taking!
Nick Jimmy has been stuck in the middle
of this war between Robert and Joe,
and he’s very stressed. He’s bought this
dodgy Viagra, as it would be scarier to
refuse Nicola in bed! She’s much more
terrifying than any other option.
Nicola We both love the fact that
Nicola is a total sex maniac. I don’t
know where she gets her energy from!
I mean, isn’t it the most bizarre thing
that she was paralysed in a fire while
trying to retrieve a sex toy? Madness!
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Indeed! Nicola loves Jimmy deep
down, though, doesn’t she?
Nicola Of course. I think you see a nice
side of Nicola, as eventually she gets over
herself and says they need to go to the
doctor. But as always with poor Jimmy,
something else gets uncovered, and in
this case he has lied about his health.
Dr Cavanagh has told him that he needs
to lower his cholesterol level, and this is
news to Nicola, so you know he’s going
to cop it and be eating salads forever.

Funny you mention Dr Cavanagh.
Rumour has it Nicola has taken
quite a shine to him…
Nicola Oh, yes! Come and take a look
at my husband, Dr Cavanagh, while
I stand here in my negligee!
Nick It’ll never happen for her. The
doctor has seen what she’s like.
Nicola Most men wouldn’t go for
Nicola, to be fair. It takes a special
kind of man to like that!

You’ve been together on screen for
nearly 10 years! And Nick, Jimmy
has come a long way since his
early days with the Kings...
Nick Yes, although looking back, they

Is Nicola disappointed that
Jimmy hasn’t made a success of
working for Joe at Home Farm?
Nicola You can understand Joe’s point

were dark times – he was bullied by the
rest of the family! I enjoy being on the
Home Farm set and having plenty of
room, though. We have the tiniest space
for our house with the biggest furniture.

of view in that Jimmy’s family did oust
the Tates from Home Farm, so you can
see the revenge plot there. But of course,
Dim Jim was the least impressive of the
family. Dim Jim and his floppy willy!
Poor Nick. If he’s not revealing his bottom
to the nation, he’s revealing that it’s
not working for Jimmy in the bedroom
department. You’re a good sport!
Nick Thanks!

The two of you obviously get on like
a house on ire after all this time.
Nicola Oh God no… [laughs] We do, yes.
Nick Myself and Nicola have a speedy
way of working with each other – we
zip through our scenes very quickly.
Nicola When I learn lines, I hear Nick
and I know what Jimmy will sound like.
Very rarely do we disagree on anything.

Hard times: The stress
of working for Joe is
taking its toll on Jimmy

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Nicola It was a joke in the story that
Nicola brought ludicrously massive
furniture, and now we want to get rid
of it. When Nicola was in a wheelchair,
I destroyed half the set reversing into
it all and taking it with me! I’ll never
get to work at Home Farm, but I walk
past it and look at it longingly…
Nick Stick to the factory, love.
Laura-Jayne Tyler

Costume
DRAMA!
Jimmy and Nicola’s adventurous sex life
has made for some hilarious scenes…
We do hope the Kings manage
to get their mojo back – as over
the years, Emmerdale viewers
have been party to their raunchy
and ridiculous role play! So Inside
Soap can’t help but wonder if
Nicola and Nick have a favourite
scenario they’ve been asked
to act out – and game Nicola
answers with zero hesitation

“I loved Jimmy’s caveman
outfit!” she howls. “An Officer
And A Gentleman did make
me laugh as well. Personally,
I don’t go in for that kind of thing.
If my real-life husband dressed
up, I’d be fuming – but I’m all
right with the caveman!”

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Lamp him one: Phil is
on the warpath over
Hunter’s caddish
treatment of Louise

...not the hunted
EASTENDERS | BBC1 MONDAY

CHARLIE WINTER
TELLS US WHY
STEVE OWEN JNR
IS JUST GETTING
STARTED AS THE
SQUARE’S NEW
BAD BOY...
Hunter highs and lows:
Mel’s lad has found out a
lot about his family history

YouTube clips of Steve’s time, I’m sure
mannerisms so that I could mimic a
he’d feel a bit differently!”
few of them,” explains Charlie. “There
For now, it seems Louise is collateral
are subtle little things that I do that
damage where Hunter is concerned.
people wouldn’t necessarily notice –
However, Charlie has become fast friends
so I’ll leave it up to the audience to
with actress Tilly Keeper, who plays her.
try to spot some of them!”
“Tilly is absolutely wicked, a really
The most notable similarities that
sweet girl,” he enthuses. “Surprisingly,
Hunter shares with his late father are
it wasn’t actually that nerve-wracking
his womanising ways – and a devotion
when we were paired up as love interests,
to making Phil suffer! This week, Hunter
because we’d hit it off instantly. We
hits the Square top dog where it hurts by
seducing his teenage daughter have such a laugh, so there wasn’t any
awkwardness when we had to kiss and do
Louise (see p10) – but is their
romance simply about revenge, stuff like that. Well, I thought it was fine
– she might say different!”
or does Hunter
We imagine that jumping
have genuine
on board the Walford
feelings
express is quite a ride when
for Lou?
you’re new to the industry,
“Hunter is
but Charlie sounds as if
a damaged kid
he has his feet firmly
and has a bit
planted on the ground.
of a chip on
“My whole family tuned
his shoulder,”
in for my first episode – they were so
shares Charlie. “He’s focused
She’s a Keeper: Charlie
proud,” he says. “My nan and granddad love
on getting back at Phil, but
and co-star Tilly have
EastEnders, so they were over the moon
he
and
Louise
have
a
long
hit it off famously
about it and excited to see me on screen.
history, so there’s definitely
“The more episodes I’m in, the more
chemistry there. The trouble
hile rising star Charlie
fans of the show have begun to clock me
is, I don’t think Hunter really knows
Winter is Walford’s new what he wants from this scenario. He’s
when I’m out and about,” adds Charlie.
kid on the block, his
“The reaction I’ve had has all been really
kind of in two minds about it.
character Hunter came
pleasant so far, but viewers are yet to
“I couldn’t be friends with Hunter
to Albert Square with
see what Hunter is capable of – so that
personally – but then, I’m not sure he
one hell of a family name to live up to. So
might change! He can be quite vicious, so
would be acting this way if he didn’t
we’re delighted that the son of infamous
I’m interested to hear what the audience
have so many misconceptions about his
EastEnders villain Steve Owen has picked
will think as time goes on…”
dad,” continues the actor. “If someone
up right where his dad left off – breaking
Laura-Jayne Tyler
could play him back all those old
hearts and battling Phil Mitchell…
“I’m not going to lie, I was really excited
when I found out Hunter would be going
up against Phil,” grins the youthful actor,
as he joins Inside Soap for his first ever
interview. “The scenes you’re about to
see between them this week are really
intense, but Steve [McFadden, who plays
Phil] sat me down ahead of filming and
Charlie received sound advice from a megastar...
gave me a few pointers. It’s gratifying,
ne
EastEnders has a fin
working with someone of his calibre.
reputation for nurturing
“Tamzin Outhwaite [aka Hunter’s
new talent – particularly the
mother Mel] has been amazing to me
likes of Charlie, who hasn’t
as well – she is almost like my actual
ore. So who
been on screen befo
mum on set,” continues Charlie. “She’s
better to show him the ropes
been so helpful to me on screen and
than a former film star turned
off, which is a blessing.”
en Vic?
landlord of the Quee
If landing his first television job and
k] is my
“Danny Dyer [Mick
joining one of the nation’s most popular
ally cool,”
mentor, and he’s rea
soaps wasn’t huge enough, Charlie had
grins Charlie. “On my first day
years of EastEnders history to get his head
he said to me very simply, ‘Keep
around, dating back to when screen parents
your head down, learn your lines,
Mel and Steve were at the heart of the
show up prepared and do your
show in the late 90s and early 2000s.
it’s
thing’. I like to think that
t
“When I joined the show, I went back
ell so far.”
served me pretty we
and watched clips of Martin Kemp, who
played Steve, just to get a feel for his

I wish Hunter
could see all
the YouTube
clips of
Steve Owen!

PHOTO: GETTY

W

CORONATION STREET | ITV WEDNESDAY

“Eva simply has
to tell Aidan she’s
having his baby!”
WITH HER ALTER EGO ON THE VERGE OF BEING HONEST
WITH AIDAN, CATHERINE TYLDESLEY RECKONS IT’S TIME…

E

va’s not the
brightest of girls,”
sighs actress Catherine
Tyldesley. “Up till
now she just hasn’t
thought about the
consequences!” This
week, however, as Eva’s latest baby
scan leaves her pining to tell Aidan
he’s going to be a dad, the mum-tobe wavers for the first time over her
secret plan to give Toyah the baby
to raise as her own. And as Eva and
Toyah sit down for a no-holds-barred
conversation, Catherine admits that her
character needs to stop thinking with
her heart and start using her head…
“Eva thought she and Toyah had
come up with the ideal solution, when
in fact it’s anything but,” shares the
34-year-old star. “They’ve developed this
really strong bond, and Eva thought she
could absolutely deal with the surrogacy,
then get on with her life again. But both
of them were being naive, and Eva is
finding it incredibly difficult now.”
While hindsight is a
wonderful thing, this
quandary was probably
always on the cards. As
Eva prepares to take
her fast-growing bump
away from the Street
to a cottage in the
country, the wobbles set
in – and sympathetic Catherine totally
understands what she’s going through.
“Eva’s midwife mentions the baby’s
father at her scan,” explains the
actress, who has a three-year-old son,
Alfie, with her husband Tom Pitfield.
“Eva looks around at all these couples
getting ready for what should be the
most important moment in their lives,

Aidan and comfort:
Can Eva bring herself to
admit the truth to her ex?

and she suddenly realises she’s robbing
Aidan of the opportunity to be there.
“He’ll never get the chance to hold
their little girl, sing to
her, do all the things
that dads are supposed
to do – and the thought
of that overwhelms
Eva,” continues Catherine.
“She herself grew
up without a dad, so
that’s another key part
of what’s going on in her head.”
Fortunately, Eva finally feels able
to share her worries with Toyah. Her
surrogacy partner somehow finds the
strength to tell her that, if she really is
struggling with the deal, she should tell
Aidan – whom she very nearly married
last year – that she’s having his baby.
And Catherine couldn’t agree more…

It’s taken
Eva this
long to stop
suppressing
her feelings

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Toy boy: Toyah has
wanted a baby of her
own for so long

“Eva should tell Aidan – 100 per cent
she should,” declares the star. “If I was
Eva’s friend, I’d never have let her get to
the point in the first place. However, it’s
taken Eva this long to stop suppressing
her feelings for Aidan. When she first
realised she was pregnant, she was on her
own and terrified. She hadn’t recovered
from the terrible events of her and Aidan’s
wedding day, and couldn’t see a way
out. But now she realises how much she
cares for him. They’re soulmates.”

Surrogate crasher:
Toyah will be gutted if
she loses out on this
baby opportunity

While Eva didn’t consider life as
a single parent to be a viable option,
Catherine believes differently. And
whatever Eva decides to do next, the
actress has every faith in her confused
character’s parenting capabilities…
“The idea of being a single mum
overwhelms Eva – it’s not something
she thinks she could do,” muses
Catherine. “Her own mum Stella
was a single mother, and she’s
inherited that strength from
her – but she doesn’t have
the self-belief. I reckon Eva
would be a great mum,
though. She’d be loads of
fun and would cherish
a little baby. She’d
be slightly ditzy, of
course, but a good
mum nonetheless!”
Allison Jones

Glamorous granny!

MAIN PHOTO: GETTY

Will Eva return to the cobbles in her dotage?
With Eva set to leave Weatherfield
later this year, Catherine teases that
it may not be a permanent farewell…
“As far as I’m aware the door
is being left open, which I’m truly
grateful for,” she revealed during an
appearance on ITV’s Loose Women.
“I’ll have been at Corrie almost
eight years by the time I leave.”
Catherine also admitted she’d love
to watch Eva grow old disgracefully
– and we’re crossing our fingers that
we’ll get to see that spectacle, too.
“I’d like to see Eva when she’s
80-odd, boobs up to her eyeballs!”
chuckles the star. “Coronation Street
has been like a second home, and
I’ve absolutely loved every minute.”



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