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“Hands
off my
son!”

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KAREN &
SHARON
GO TO
WAR!
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Joe

Chas & Paddy’s
Debbie’s
shock...

TRAGIC
GOODBYE

BACK

to haunt
Cain?

FIVE YEARS
in jail!

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RUBY’S
NEW
BATTLE!

Plus!

NICK’S BIG
PROPOSAL!

MARY’S PAIN!
JUDE’S LIES
EXPLODE!

Issue 42 20 – 26 October 2018


t’s all go in
soapland at the
moment – and it’s
certainly keeping us
busy! From
Co
orrie’s
we
edding
crash
drama to
K
Kim Tate’s rebirth
– and Joe Tate’s
sshock death! –
w
we’re strugging to
crram it all into the
m
magazine right now.

We’ve loved the
crash-bang-wallop of all
those plotlines, but over on
EastEnders, the episode

Your stars
this week!

revealing the inner turmoil
of Cleo’s bulimia was raw
and powerful. I love that our
soaps can tell such different,
but equally brilliant, stories.
While this drama is the
lifeblood of Inside Soap,
we’re also being kept
busy with two huge
events. The Inside
Soap Awards are
nearly here – we name
your final four favourites on
p30 – and next week, we
celebrate an amazing 1,000
issues! Blimey, I feel ol
Steven Murphy, Edito
editor@insidesoap.co.

4

“I love that our soaps can
tell such different stories”
showing us both sides
in the wake of Ruby’s
rape was as gripping as
it was important. Last,
but certainly not least,
the Hollyoaks episode

22

The BIG
stories...

Lorraine
Stanley

“Karen absolutely
rinses Sharon!”

42

Oh. I thought
they said this week’s
drama would be
‘intense’

Coronation Street

10 Ken begs Sinead to come clean
18 Mary sees through Jude’s lies
24 Chesney plans a date with Gemma
28 Nick wants to win back Leanne
29 Tracy frames innocent Abi
32 Greg comes to Jack’s rescue
35 Brian feels like a complete failure
46 Ali struggles with his guilt

It looks so
cheap! I’m feeling
discount tented

Nick Pickard

EastEnders

4 Karen warns Sharon to stay away!
20 Hayley moves out of No 31
32 Dot is angry with Dr Legg
I’m feeling
34 Carmel gives up campaigning
a bit blue
today

Emmerdale

8 It’s the day of Grace’s funeral
22 Kerry discovers Bernice’s affair
26 Debbie faces five years in jail!
27 Ross asks Rebecca to join him
33 Victoria turns down Ellis
35 Leo’s school troubles deepen
48 Leyla has a bag full of jewels

...and more!

46

12 Inside Gossip
30 The Inside Soap
3
Are you?
I’m in the
pink!

12

Hollyoaks

12 It’s Harry and Ste’s wedding day!
32 Romeo tells Lily he loves her…
42 …and Diane tells Tony the same!

Neighbours

“I don’t think Tony will
be having an affair
with Sinead again!”

A
Awards 2018 –
shortlist nominations
36 What
Happens When?
38 Soapbox
50 10 Facts About…
Stefan Dennis
(Neighbours’ Paul)
55 Star watch
58 Style watch
92 Who’s In? Who’s Out?
94 Puzzles
96 The Hot List
98 Hits & Misses

James
Burrows

“Ali has a lot of anger –
hehastwosidestohim”

48

Ambulance

33 Tyler finally faces killer Cassius
34 Chloe goes undercover for Terese

Home and Away

35 Ryder, Coco & Raffy are in danger!
33 Holby City Fletch’s dad is admitted
34 Doctors Rob feels very unwell
52 Casualty Duffy is struggling with Bill

Roxy Shahidi

PHOTOS: GETTY

Dramas

Find out what
paramedics face
when on duty –
turn to p59 to
find out more…

“Leyla always makes
awful decisions when
it comes to men”

INSIDE

The

First with
Fi
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Hot

THIS
WEEK!
EASTENDERS | BBC1 MONDAY

HANDS
OFF MY
SON!

KAREN IS SHOCKED, APPALLED
AND DISGUSTED TO SEE
SHARON SNOGGING KEANU
IN THE VIC’S ALLEYWAY…

T

he mother of all showdowns
kicks off in Walford this
week, when livid Karen
storms over to the
Mitchells’ house and tears
into Sharon – after learning that she
has been sleeping with Keanu!
While the affair teeters on the verge
of exposure, the secret lovers agree
not to be seen together in public,
especially when Sharon learns that her
husband Phil has been in touch with
her friends in the Square. However,
Sharon and Keanu just can’t keep
their hands off each other as they steal
a passionate clinch in the alleyway
of the Vic – only for horrified Karen
to walk past and see them…

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Karen can’t
believe what her
eyes are seeing!

“Karen has no clue that Keanu is seeing
a married woman – and Sharon is the last
person she would expect!” exclaims star
Lorraine Stanley, who plays the tough
Taylor mum. “When she sees them kissing,
it comes as a complete shock to her.”
Karen isn’t the only person who knows
about the affair, as the lovers continue to
be tormented by a mystery blackmailer.
But the extortionist is the least of their
worries after Karen confronts her son, and
demands to know what he’s playing at.
“Karen thinks it’s disgusting,” explains
Lorraine. “Sharon is nearly 50 years old,
whereas Keanu is only 19! At the end of
the day, she is a married woman. Karen
has morals, and she doesn’t think it’s right!
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Keanu is still
worried about the
blackmailer, so he
comes up with a plan

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“However, I think Karen
is more worried about Phil and
what he’ll do to her son if he
finds out,” continues the star.
“She knows his reputation,
and worries for Keanu on that
level more than anything.”
With his mum all fired-up
and begging him to end his
sordid affair, Keanu pleads
with her to stay out of it. But
quite frankly, there’s more
chance of Pat Butcher returning
from the dead than that
happening – and Karen soon
makes a beeline for Sharon to
tell her exactly what she thinks!
“Karen doesn’t hold back –
she absolutely rinses Sharon,”
grimaces Lorraine. “She

Sharon can do
nothing but stand there
and take every single
insult Karen flings at her

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e house
marches into the
and goes off her nut! It’s not
ge, but Karen
a violent exchang
ow she feels,
makes it clear ho
an really
and all Sharon ca
ay her piece,
do is let Karen sa
at she’s in
as she knows tha
put
the wrong. She doesn’t
d
ht – though she
up much of a figh
ve the chance!”
doesn’t really hav
Scared for her son’s safety,
Karen pleads witth Sharon
to end the fling before the
situation spiralls out of control
completely – and later
es to a decision.
Sharon come
e, Keanu is
Meanwhile
on the hunt for the mystery

“I’d have exactly
the same feelings as
Karen– I’dbe livid!”
Lorraine gives us her take on the soap affair
that has rocked the nation…
What did you think
when you irst heard
about Keanu and
Sharon’s afair?

her chances with Phil,
to get her revenge on
Sharon. Do you still like
the sound of that idea?

I laughed, as I know Tish
[Dean, who plays Sharon]
and I love her to bits –
so I just thought, ‘Oh my
God, she is going to have
the time of her life’! He’s
a good-looking guy, my
son! Tish is a complete
professional, of course,
but I bet she’s had a good
day at work! [laughs]

Yeah, I said that and then
it was all in the papers
with a picture of me and
Phil – and underneath it
said that we look alike!
That was brilliant,
actually. Nothing that
I know about is going to
happen between Karen
and Phil, but I still think
it’s a great idea. Hey,
I’m just an actor,
I don’t write it!
I’d love
to work
with Steve
[McFadden,
who plays
Phil] but that’s
because I rate
him as an actor. I’m
not sure Phil would
scrape the barrel for
Karen, though!

How is Danny [Walters,
aka Keanu] coping with
being thrust into such
a saucy story with
a legend like Sharon?
I know, she is the Queen
of soap! He’s such a good
guy, is Danny. He is
completely professional,
really mature for his age
and I think he’s handling
it very well. I don’t think
Danny’s intimidated at all
as he’s a strong actor.
blackmailer and, after a
conversation with Jay, he sets
a trap to expose the culprit’s
identity. However, even if he and
Sharon do manage to find out
who it is who’s been threatening
them, will Keanu do as his
mother says and stay away
from his older woman?
“Every mother thinks her
kids are going to listen, but
whether they actually do or
not is another matter!” chuckles
Lorraine. “Maybe he’ll take
Karen’s words on board for a
day – but this is soap. I’ll be very
surprised if Keanu lets this go!”
Laura-Jayne Tyler

What was it like ilming
the scene where Karen
confronts Sharon?
Oh, so funny! We laughed
to the point where I could
not look her in the eye. It
took us a few takes when
Karen comes bowling into
the house to have a go at
her. I think I fluffed a few
lines and we just giggled!
But then we got down to
it, did it, and it was great.
I love Tish. We wish that
we worked more together.

You’ve joked before
that Karen might fancy

If you found yourself
in Karen’s shoes,
how do you think
you would have dealt
with this situation?
I would probably act
similar in that it’s
morally wrong and
I would try to stop it
– but maybe I wouldn’t
be as aggressive. I might
be a bit more controlled
with it, yet I’d still have
the same feelings – I’d
be livid! It’s more about
Sharon being married.
It’s not so much an age
thing for me. It would
be about the fact that
she’s married and that

is just wrong. I’d have a
fear of Phil too, as he’s no
pushover. I’d be worried
for Keanu. Ultimately,
Phil would batter him!

EMMERDALE | ITV THURSDAY

Goodbye, our
beautiful Grace
PADDY AND CHAS LAY THEIR DAUGHTER TO REST…

I

t’s time to say a final
farewell to Grace this
week, when Paddy and
Chas bravely attend
their baby girl’s funeral.
The devastated parents are
struggling to cope with their
grief in the wake of Grace’s
death – especially as they only
shared a short, precious time
with their tragic daughter.
Her loss has changed their
lives forever – so it’s with
heavy hearts that they and
their loved ones prepare to
pay their last respects.

The grieving parents
steel themselves for their
baby girl’s final goodbye

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“No parent should ever
have to bury their child, it’s an
unimaginable horror,” says our
Emmerdale spy. “They’ve both
been strong throughout the
pregnancy and Grace’s brief
life. It’s important to say a
proper goodbye to her, and her
funeral is a chance for Chas
and Paddy to honour their
baby and grieve properly.”
As she gets ready for the
tough day ahead, Chas takes
a moment alone to go through
the memory box that she and
Paddy made for their daughter.

The funeral is for
Chas and Paddy to
honour their baby…”

All of the locals
provide a sense of
respect and support

LUCY & DOM
SAY THANKS
The actors have been taken
aback by the glowing reception…
Seeing those treasured items
is a comfort to Chas, but it
also brings her to tears – and
while she struggles to maintain
her composure, Cain arrives.
He wasn’t able to be there
when Grace was born and
missed out on meeting his tiny
niece. It’s an incredibly difficult
moment as Cain sees just how
destroyed his sister is by what’s
happened – and after they
talk, he worries that Chas isn’t
on board with the plans Paddy
has made for Grace’s funeral.
“Paddy has done practical
things for Grace because that’s
what he’s good at, and it’s his
way of coping,” explains our
spy. “Inevitably, he and Chas
were going to handle losing
their daughter differently, but

she’s so numb, she almost can’t
face the funeral. She needs
to say goodbye, yet she’s not
sure how much faith she has
that it will do Grace justice.”
However, Chas needn’t have
worried – when the village turns
out to show her and Paddy
how much they care. It’s more
than Chas and Paddy can bear
as they see the tiny coffin, and
the enormity of this moment
crashes down on them. They’ve
stayed together through every
step of Grace’s traumatic
journey – and now is the time
to be more united than ever.
But confronted with so
much sadness, can the
devastated couple get
through this terrible day?
Kate White

Emmerdale stars Lucy Pargeter and Dominic Brunt
took to Twitter recently to thank fans for their
huge reaction to Chas and Paddy’s tragic story.
They were both blindsided by the response
to the episode where Grace was born, and the
fantasy sequences that showed what their lives
could have been like if she had survived.
“Dear all – Just looked at Twitter, I’m seriously
overwhelmed,” wrote Dominic. “I’m filming in
the middle of a field in the freezing rain, so
I haven’t seen the episode yet. I’ll read every
single post when I get inside. Thank you thank
you thank you thank you thank you.”
Meanwhile, Lucy shared, “I just want to say
a massive thank you to everyone who has
watched tonight’s ep. I was cleaning sick up off
my bedroom floor from one of the #twirls [her
twin girls] at the time, but knowing what was
going on on-screen, I was thankful to be doing
it, if that makes sense. I hope it was respectful
of anyone who has been through anything similar
and it makes people hold their children close and
be thankful for the gift we have been given.”

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INSIDE SCOOP
CORONATION STREET | ITV MONDAY

Ken demands
that Sinead
comes clean!
CAN SHE FIND THE WORDS
TO TELL DANIEL THE TRUTH
ABOUT HER CANCER?

K

en piles the pressure
on to Sinead this
week, imploring
her to tell Daniel
the truth about her cervical
cancer diagnosis. However,
when Daniel calls into the
café, he finds Sinead in tears,
and demands to know what
Ken has done to upset her!
Ken is put in an impossible
situation when he has to
choose between respecting
Sinead’s wishes, or letting his
son know about his wife’s true
condition. Although he keeps
quiet for now, he begs Sinead
to tell the truth, or else things
will be worse in the long run.
Struggling to carry his burden,
Ken turns to Claudia, confiding
in her that Sinead has cancer,
but is unable to let Daniel know.
Daniel catches Sinead crying
while sat with Ken, resulting
in some last-minute lies

Later, Sinead suffers
a dizzy spell, resulting
in Daniel telling Ken that
he’s worried about his
wife’s wellbeing. Will
Ken crack and tell his
son what he knows?
Inside Soap caught up
with actor William Roache
w
(aka Ken) to find out how
his alter ego is coping

with his no-win dilemma…

Hello, Bill! Now Daniell
and Sinead are married
and expecting a baby, is
Ken happy for them?
Yes, after the trials and
tribulations with Daniel’s
mother, he’s happy that Daniel
has found love. Everything
is looking rosy… but this
is Coronation Street!

Sinead has a funny turn
on her way to work –
will Daniel realise
what’s wrong?

Considering the bad blood
between them, has Ken
resolved any ill feelings
between him and Sinead?
Yes. Last year, Ken did this
terrible thing and virtually
persuaded Sinead to have
an abortion, which was awful.
It would be understandable
if Sinead never forgave him,
but they have repaired things.

Does Ken now accept
that Daniel and Sinead
are right for each other?
Totally! Ken was worried
that Daniel would never find
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happiness, so he’s delighted
to see that Sinead has given
him some balance. He’s
completely reversed all his
opinions on Sinead, and
he’s grown very fond of her.

How does Ken react
when Sinead breaks
down and tells him what
she’s going through?
Sinead doesn’t confide in
him voluntarily – he puts her
in a position where she has
to tell him. He becomes her
confidant, even though it
wasn’t through choice.

FUN
KEN!

Bill says he loves
playing the comedy
moments…
There’s more drama for
Ken this week, when
Audrey tells him that
she is the subject of his
salacious tales from
the past! The budding
author tells her that he
got his inspiration from
Claudia’s anecdotes,
but he didn’t realise the
person she was talking
about was Audrey!
“I love playing the
drama and all the big
scenes with the Barlows,
though the comedy has
been good to do too!”
chuckles Bill. “After a full
day, it lifts your mood.
It’s really nice to do.”
After Ken’s revelation,
Audrey soon turns her
fury on Claudia. Will Ken
be able to calm the feud
between the two ladies?
“Rula [Lenska, who
plays Claudia] is lovely,”
shares Bill. “I’m so lucky
with the people I work
with, and she’s one of
them. I love playing
these lighter stories with
Claudia and Audrey
– the flirtations between
them and the jealousies!
Whether there will be a
long-term relationship
between Claudia and
Ken, I’m not so sure…”

Ken wants to do the
honourable thing – but
this is his son’s life too”
What does Ken think
Sinead should do?
He wants her to talk to Daniel.
He says, “You must tell him,
you can’t keep him out of this.”
But Sinead says, “It’s my baby,
my body, my cancer”. She begs
Ken to keep quiet, though
it’s really difficult for him. He
wants to do the honourable
thing, yet this is his son’s life.

Are Ken’s loyalties torn?
Completely! All his instincts are
saying to tell Daniel, but he
also wants to honour Sinead’s
feelings. It’s a terrible dilemma.
She has cervical cancer and
has to choose whether to
have the full treatment and
terminate her pregnancy, or to
have a more gentle treatment
where the baby might survive

ould she. But that’s
and so co
e risk. It has to be
a massive
ce, yet whatever
her choic
s now will upset
Ken does
e. It’s heartbreaking.
someone

How wo
ould Daniel feel
if he ind
ds out Ken kept
quiet about this?
I would say that if Ken
keeps this from Daniel,
it could completely
shatter th
heir
relationship
forever!
Tom
m
Spilsbury
y
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HOLLYOAKS | Channel 4 MONDAY

wedding!
DA
DARKNESS
DESCENDS
ON THE BOYS’ BIG DAY…

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H

arry and Ste’s dream
wedding day is finally
here this week – but
in usual Hollyoaks
style, it’s set to be a nightmare!
So will spurned lover James
ruin the occasion? Or are Ste
and Harry destined to be?
While the village is
decorated for the wedding, it
seems the only thing that isn’t
ready is one of the grooms
– with Harry still on the fence
about marrying Ste…
“Harry’s in two minds,”
explains Parry Glasspool, who
plays him. “He’s still waiting for
James to say the magic words.
In a way, he really hopes that
James will come in to break it
all up, so he doesn’t have to
go through with
it! Harry is very
confused.”
It seems
Harry may
get his wish,
though, as
James – bitter
at being Harry’s dirty secret –
decides to sabotage the
wedding! With Romeo’s help,
James plots to expose Harry’s
affair by planting photos of
himself and Harry kissing in
the guests’ gift bags. But if
their secret is exposed, Harry
knows it’s a big risk – and it’ll
cause a lot of heartache.
“The problem is, Harry’s not
just losing Ste, he’s losing
Leah and Lucas too,” sighs
Parry. “And there’s the whole
Dee Dee situation – he doesn’t
want to break it off with Ste
when Dee Dee’s dying.
Everything’s really hard for the
family, so Harry’s just thinking
of all these different things.”

Harry and James have
become pros at sneaking
around, with only a select
few knowing about their
relationship. But with whom
does Harry’s heart really lie?
“Harry must have feelings for
James if he’s willing to break
off the wedding,” points out
Parry. “Just think of everything
he’s going to be leaving
behind – he’s definitely
passionate about James.”
However, when it comes to
the crunch, he just can’t bring
himself to break Ste’s heart.
So in front of the whole village,
Ste and Harry get hitched! But
Parry reckons that neither of
Harry’s options are good ones.
“Probably neither are the
healthiest of
relationships,”
laughs Parry.
“One’s just
for sex – and
the other’s a
recovering
drug addict!”
Despite the ceremony
running smoothly, there’s a
storm brewing – literally as
well as figuratively, with freak
weather bringing chaos to
the area – which spells trouble
for the newly-weds.
“I was interested to see
how it was going to go
down,” Parry tells us. “I don’t
usually ask about upcoming
storylines, because I like to see
for myself. But it’s nice to have
a little concentrated week for
it all to come to a head.”
Will Ste and Harry make it
to their honeymoon? Or will
divorce papers be served
before the cake is cut?
Alice Penwill

“Harry is very
confused –
everything is
really hard…”

You may kiss the
groom! But how
long will these
two be happy for?

Lucas and Leah
are there to see their
dad get hitched

HURRICANE
SINEAD!
The climax of this week’s Hollyoaks sees the
village hit by a major storm – in more ways than
one! The episodes will see the return of actress
Stephanie Davis as Sinead, who mothered
a child with groom Ste. But while Parry
is sworn to secrecy about what Sinead’s
return will mean for the less-thanhappy couple, he can reveal how it
was to appear in the blustery episodes…
“The storm was great to film!”
confesses the star. “We were working
g
until 4am – I
shoots, it feells like you’re doing something
really intense. You have the rain machines
n, and then there’s the
coming down
d machines too.”
massive wind
Although Parry didn’t have any major
filming, some of
stunts to do during
d
the scenes sttill had their difficulties.
“We were trying to do the scenes,
but we couldn’t really hear each
plains. “Everything’s so
other,” he exp
n’t even hear yourself
loud, you can
talking! I loved doing it, although
ng that at the
I wasn’t sayin
ay when I was
end of the da
freezing! But it was a
xperience.”
really good ex

Laura-Jayne sno

the bi soap hea

EMMERDALE

KIM:THE DRAMA
IS ONLY JUST
BEGINNING!

Claire King will make a full-time return
to the Dales…

E

mmerdale
viewers can
rest assured
that prison isn’t
going to stand
in the way
of Kim Tate’s
epic return to
Home Farm
– as Inside
Soap can
confirm that
she will return
as a regular
It was a flying visit this
time – but Kim will be
character next year!
back in 2019
“Although Kim’s initial
comeback was fleeting, she
caused so much mischief and
chaos that we couldn’t resist
sounds as if we can expect to meet him
bringing her back,” explains the
when Kim is freed in six months’ time…
soap’s executive producer, Jane Hall.
“He’s bound to be young, glamorous
“Ms Tate is just getting warmed up
and gorgeous – the bosses are going
for an explosive 2019, that will see
to want to bring in that kind of character
her hell-bent on getting exactly what
to replace Ned [Porteous, who played
– and who – she wants.”
Joe], aren’t they?” muses actress
After ordering the death of Joe Tate
Claire King, who plays Kim. “He’ll be
and being flung over a balcony at the
a good-looking boy!”
hands of Faith, Kim was sent straight
And what about Kim’s attempted
back to jail as the police learned
murderer, Faith? Should she be worried
that she’d breached the terms of
for her own safety, if Kim finds out that
her early release. Her last instruction
she was the Dingle who shoved her?
to Graham was for him to track down
“Definitely!” grins Claire. “I don’t think
her estranged son James Tate – so it
Kim will be leaving it at that, do you?”

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EMMERDALE

IS JOE TATE
REALLY DEAD?
It’s never the end unless you’ve seen a corpse in the ground…

W

hile we know that Kim will
definitely be back, there’s
still the question of
whether we’ll see Joe Tate again.
Debbie’s fiancé never made it to
their wedding after an altercation
with her father Cain resulted in a
nasty blow to the head, which
Graham confirmed had killed
him. However, when Joe’s
right-hand-man went to bury
his friend, Joe’s hand
twitched – and we don’t
really know if Graham
finished the job or not.
Inside Soap spoke to
stars Ned Porteous (Joe),
Jeff Hordley (Cain) and
Charley Webb (Debbie) to
try to shed some light…
Firstly, Ned – what a
shocking turn of
events for you! How
did you feel filming
those last moments?

Ned It was tremendously exciting,
and I just focussed on producing
some really good final scenes.
I didn’t have time to think about the
fact that I was leaving, though, so
maybe I wasn’t as prepared for that.
Everyone was so lovely on my last
day that it was a little emotional!
So Joe really is brown bread?
Ned Well supposedly, but it wasn’t
shown – so technically you don’t
know what happened for sure, and it
is ambiguous! Is he dead? Perhaps,
but it’s not certain. Will Graham
bring him back? Who knows!
Dead – or
hidden
away?

Graham never wanted to kill Joe,
so could he be hiding him…?
Jeff …In a special military hospital?
Charley We actually don’t know.
But if he is dead, it won’t have been
Cain who killed him. Joe’s either
alive, or Graham shot him!
If that is the case, Jeff, how will
Cain react when he finds out that
Graham is playing him?
Jeff I think the writers are setting up
Cain and Graham to circle one
another. They’re similar beasts so
it’s a great story – but as to who’d
come out alive is anyone’s guess!
How do you think Debbie will feel
if she finds out that Joe didn’t
leave her – and that her dad may
have played a part in his death?
Jeff It’ll definitely change her
relationship with Cain. Maybe
she could have dealt with the
truth if he’d told her, but he didn’t.
She might kill him!

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STOP
PRESS!
Danger
for Iain?

RUBY’S FRESH
AGONY!
Louisa Lytton explains that her
character’s nightmare is far from over…

EASTENDERS

PHOTOS: MATRIX, INSTAGRAM,/EMMERDALE, REX/SHUTTERSTOCK

E

astEnders viewers and the
charity Rape Crisis have
heaped praise on the soap
for the powerful episodes that saw
Ruby realise that she had been
raped. Star Louisa
Lytton, who plays
Ruby, has spoken
about the response
she has had from
audience members
who have had similar
experiences…
“I had loads of
Even Stacey
isn’t quite sure
people contact me
what to think
directly on social
media saying, ‘This is
the closure I’ve needed
for so long’,” shares the actress.
“I received messages that said, ‘This
incident happened to me 10 years
ago and I questioned whether it was
rape or not, and this episode has
confirmed to me that in fact it was’.”
The plot continues now that Ruby
has reported the incident to the
police. However, it’s the picture of
Ruby kissing Matt that sees Martin
and Stacey question Ruby’s story…
“The point of this story is to open
the conversation for men and women
and educate them,” explains Louisa.
“It is important that it’s done right.”

Casualty bosses h ve
e
teased perilous
o
times for Iain, who
will continue to
struggle with his
guilt over Sam’s
death, and wind
up surrounded by
g
lames in a burning
building! Is it the
end for him, too?

Put a ring on it!
Wedding bells could be on
the horizon for Summer
Bay newbie Chelsea.
Star Ashleigh Brewer
has been papped
on set wearing an
engagement ring,
indicating that
Chelsea and ex-lame
Colby will reunite!

News
from Leah
Ruby has gone
to the police with
her accusation

Former Dales star
Leah Bracknell – aka
aka
Zoe Tate – has shared
d
some good news. It’
IIt’ss
been two years since
she was diagnosed
with terminal
lung cancer, and
her illness is now
stable. Sending
lots of love from
Inside Soap, Leah.

Soap SPY...
The Righteous
brothers!
It’s a rare sight to see Emmerdale’s
Barton brothers looking this happy
– so we couldn’t resist printing this
pic of Anthony Quinlan (Pete) and
Michael Parr (Ross) giving each
other a big thumbs-up on set! Make
the most of it – as with Ross’ exit
looming, we won’t have many more
chances to see the lads together. Boo!
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INSIDE SCOOP

Jude
breaks
Mary’s
heart!

SHE SEES HER BELOVED SON
FOR WHO HE REALLY IS…
CORONATION STREET | ITV MONDAY

The lies just keep
on coming out
of Jude’s mouth

T

here’s horror for
Mary this week, when
Jude shows his true
colours during a
devastating showdown!
The desperate fella has been
lying for weeks, pretending to
be the one who saved Roy
from certain death and
claiming the rewards of ‘his’
efforts. Worse still, he’s also
been telling her and his wife
Angie that he’s enrolled on a
paramedics’ course and plans

18 lnsideSoap

to start a new career. But his
lies unravel after Mary proves
the whole thing is a sham, so
she confronts deceitful Jude.
“Nobody wants to believe
the worst about their child, but
Mary’s about to see the dark
side of Jude,” warns our Corrie
insider. “He’s a desperate man
and will do anything to save
his marriage to Angie. For
years, he spun a web of lies
about his work as a marine
biologist, so he’s used to

keeping up a façade. Even
Mary won’t stand in his way.”
Warning bells start to ring for
Mary as Yasmeen is shocked
to hear that Jude has been
offered a place at
university to train
as a paramedic.
She explains that
he fainted at the
sight of blood,
which confuses
Mary. Things
become clearer
after the university Jude is
allegedly attending rings his
mobile and Mary picks up.
She’s shocked to discover that
he walked out on the exam!
Mary is then forced to hold
her tongue when a journalist
from the Good Samaritan

Awards comes to interview
Jude and Roy about what
happened on that fateful day.
Despite knowing that Ali was
the one who saved Roy, Jude
maintains the
story, and
Mary feels
ashamed to
see him lie so
easily. And
when she
discovers the
£5,000 cheque
that grateful Roy gave Jude to
fund his training, Mary realises
he’s willing to swindle one of
her dearest friends, so she tells
him that she will reveal all!
“Jude won’t let the truth out
without a fight,” explains our
spy. “He has to keep Mary

“Jude will do
anything to
save his
marriage!”

Your soap story

Wish list!
“With Dr Legg returning to
Walford, can we catch up
with some other favourite old
characters and ind out what
they’re doing now? My top
choices would be Nigel Bates
(does he work for Netlix now
the video shops have all closed?)
and Irene Raymond.”
…requests reader Mary
“Leanne is my
favourite Corrie
character. Her love
life is a disaster zone.
I think her next big
romance should be
with one of Michelle’s
sons. I don’t mind
which one –
Michelle would
explode!”
…laughs reader Jenn
“With Paddy
y
vulnerable after the
tragic death of his
h
daughter, surely n
now
is the perfect tim
me
gle
for Mandy Ding
to return – with his
16-year-old secret
love child…”

…suggests readeer Di

quiet, or his marriage will be
over! Jude loves his mum,
but she’s standing between
him and getting his life back.
He’s got to get her on side.”
Mary now faces losing Jude
all over again. How will their
showdown play out?
Kate White

“I think Sheila from
Neighbours should
get her own Lorrainestyle chat show. She’d
get all the gossip out
of the A-list stars! If
any A-list stars ever
visit Erinsborough,
that is!”
…says reader Sara
from Croydon

Mary is so
disappointed
in her boy

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!
lnsideSoap 19

E SCOOP

EASTENDERS | BBC1 MONDAY

Will furious
Hayley confess
her secret?
SHE’S UPSET AS HER FAMILY INTERFERES AGAIN…

T

he Slaters rally round
Hayley this week,
supporting their
pregnant relative
who recently threatened to
end her own life. However,
their kindly interjections
make things worse – with
Hayley moving out!
Although Jean has done her
best to give encouragement
to Hayley, the other family
members haven’t realised
that their relative has been
feeling so tormented. That all

20 lnsideSoap

changed, though, after the
young woman made her way
to the edge of a balcony at an
abandoned block of flats…
“Obviously these pictures
show that Hayley is alive after
the incident, but her life will
still be a misery if Kat finds out
that the baby’s father is Alfie!”
reveals our Walford spy. “Hayley
feels so guilty, she’s a hair’s
breadth from confessing, even
though it would ruin everything!”
Back in Albert Square, Jean
encourages the Slaters to buy

things for the baby. However,
as far as Hayley is concerned,
Jean’s efforts are completely
undermined by the arrival of
a social worker, who turns
up at the house to talk to
her about her recent ordeal.
“This is probably the worst
thing that could happen right

now,” groans our mole. “Hayley
is already feeling emotional
and fragile, and she can barely
cope with talking to her own
family – so having to open up
to a total stranger goes beyond
the pale, and she just sees
red! She angrily turns on Jean,
assuming that she was the one

This is a reality check
for Hayley – this is
actually happening!”

Kat grits her teeth, oblivious
that Hayley is biting her
tongue about her babydaddy

tries to reason with Kat about
her attitude towards Hayley,
though Kat isn’t having any of
it. Stacey tries to intercede,
making excuses for Kat’s
behaviour, but to no avail.

Despite Stacey and Jean’s
support, Hayley later comes
to a huge decision. But what
could it be? And whose
lives will it directly impact?
Tom Spilsbury

HAYLEY’S
SALVATION?
Baby Harley manages to inspire her…

who called for outside help.
But it was actually Kat who
stuck her nose in – and
when she finds out, Hayley
is incandescent with rage!
The two women end up in a
huge row – will Hayley blurt
out her shameful secret in
the heat of the moment?”
Once things have calmed
down a little, Jean does her
best to reassure Hayley.
However, just when it seems
that her words might be
doing some good, the pair

are thrown into complete panic,
as Hayley’s contractions start!
“This is a reality check for
Hayley,” exclaims our source.
“As she rushes to the hospital,
the penny finally drops that this
is actually happening. And
to complicate things further,
Jean makes a huge
spur-of-the-moment
decision that
will change
everything!”
Back at No
31, Stacey

After her latest family bust-up, Hayley goes to stay
at the Ahmeds’, having recently become chummy
with Mariam. And once Hayley has recovered from
her run-in with Kat, she starts to bond with little
Harley, the baby fostered by Mariam and Arshad.
D
i h
b
b
i a mothe
her,
Despite
her own ffears about
being
Hayley realises that she has a connection with
pend a
the young boy, and the two of them sp
fun afternoon together. However, the time
has come for Harley to be reunited with
w his
ariam
biological mother, Chloe – forcing Ma
o bid a
and Arshad to
tearful goodbye.
y is left
And Hayley
impressed by
Chloe’s mission
p for
to make up
her past misttakes.
Will this prove
hat she
to Hayley th
hat it
too has wh
takes to be
b a
um?
great mu

lnsid
deSoap 21

INSIDE SCOOP
Kerry isn’t happy
when she realises
Bernice is a love cheat!

Jimmy and Kerry think Bernice
is getting carried away with
Daz – but little do they realise!

EMMERDALE | ITV MONDAY

Bernice’s
sexy secret
blown!
SHE’S HORRIFIED AS HER
SAUCY FLING IS DISCOVERED…

B

ernice is left with
a lot of explaining
to do this week –
as she’s caught
sneaking Dr Cavanagh back
to the salon for a steamy
snogging session!
Kerry and Jimmy are in
the middle of a covert spraytanning appointment when
Bernice comes stumbling in,
oblivious, smooching with her
secret lover. Subsequently,
Jimmy and Kerry make a
mortified exit, assuming the
mystery man must be Bernice’s
boyfriend Daz – but when he’s
the first person they see as they
take cover in the Woolpack, the
truth of Bernice’s duplicity
is shockingly revealed…

22 lnsideSoap

“Bernice has no idea that
Kerry and Jimmy are in the
salon!” admits Sam Giles,
who plays Bernice. “She drags
Liam off upstairs and doesn’t
notice them. She’s completely
bowled over by lust! She’s so
attracted by Liam’s doctor
status, plus he’s tall and rather
dashing. So while she’s got
these honourable intentions
towards Daz, things aren’t
quite going to plan.”
Indeed, Daz has no idea
that Bernice has been carrying

on with the local medic for
several weeks. And while
she’s supposedly been trying
to let him down gently,
Bernice still hasn’t managed
to get the deed done…
“She does want to do the
right thing by Daz,” sighs
Sam. “But she’s aware of how
vulnerable he is and doesn’t
want to hurt him – even though
it’s inevitable! Every time she
goes to finish it, something
else happens to stop her. Just
before this particular moment

Kerry is disgusted with
Bernice… and gives
her an ultimatum!”

with Liam, she once again
tries to end things with Daz.
“But then she finds out his
friend has died, and she’s
upset she still hasn’t been able
to do it, so she calls Liam. He
starts telling her how much she
means to him – the temptation
is too great – so that’s why
she’s dragging him into the
salon for some passion!”
While Kerry and Jimmy
are clueless as to the identity
of Bernice’s secret lover, the
knowledge that she’s doing
the dirty on Daz outrages
Kerry, whose partner is
Daz’s brother Dan. And
typically, she wastes no time
in launching both barrels
at horrified Bernice.

OOH,
MATRON!
Sam reveals that her co-star Jonny
McPherson (aka Liam) has an
amusing bedside manner…
“It’s great fun working with
Jonny – he has a daft sense
of humour,” grins the star.
“Jonny seems posh on
the outside, but actually
he has a mouth and
mind like the Carry
On star Kenneth
Williams! I’m
very lucky,
because we do
laugh a lot…”

“Kerry is really cross
and disgusted with Bernice,”
shares Sam. “She gives
Bernice an ultimatum – but
you’ll have to wait and see
what the outcome will be!
While Bernice has been hurt
by men in the past, I’m afraid
that she has also cheated
before – with her sister
Nicola’s ex-fiancé Carlos –
and cheating is always going
to cause problems. It can get
very messy, and sometimes,
there’s no going back…”
As to whether Bernice will
take the opportunity to make
a clean break from Daz and
settle down with Dr Liam,
Sam can’t say. But she’s
also not sure whether

Bernice might finally have
a happy-ever-after in store…
“Bernice would definitely
fancy herself as a doctor’s
wife,” considers Sam.
“And she’s really enjoyed
being pursued by Liam.
They probably have more
in common than she and
Daz do, and the way he’s
been wooing her is really
appealing to Bernice.
“But it’s important to have
a soap character who just
doesn’t find long-lasting
happiness romantically. There
are so many single people
out there who are still kissing
frogs, so they need a
character to identify with!”
Allison Jones

Kerry has
it out with
Bernice

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INSIDE SCOOP

Heartbreak
for Chesney
HE’S GUTTED WHEN GEMMA
SNOGS HER MATE SPIKE…
CORONATION STREET | ITV WEDNESDAY

T

he depth of Chesney’s
feelings for close pal
Gemma are made
clear this week,
after he’s horrified to see
her kissing her mate Spike
right in front of him!
Ches has arranged to meet
Gemma in the Bistro, hoping
that romance
might finally
blossom. So
when he sees
Gemma
rushing into
Spike’s arms
and snogging
his face off,
the poor bloke reckons that he
doesn’t stand a chance…
“It’s soul-destroying for
Chesney!” sighs Sam Aston,
who plays him. “He’s messed
up completely, because when

he asks Gemma out, he makes
it sound like it’s just about
mates meeting up for a drink.
But then he arrives at the
Bistro in a velvet jacket, hair
combed over and carrying
flowers. He’s all set for a date,
because it’s a moment that’s
been coming for ages.”
Although
Chesney and
Gemma have
been best
mates for
months,
having
bonded
working in
the kebab shop, Ches has
struggled to take their
friendship to the next level.
“Chesney has had Gemma’s
back from day one,” says
Sam. “Even when he was with

“Chesney has
messed up
completely – it’s
soul-destroying”

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Sinead, people would ask
what was going on with
Ches and Gemma. At first
it was just a case of them
getting on really well. Chesney
is protective of Gemma
because neither have many
people in their lives. She’s fun,
and they have a laugh – he has
a real soft spot for her.”
Fortunately, Chesney has
Emma by his side as the reality
of Gemma’s relationship with
Spike hits home. And, hoping
to save Ches some of his
embarrassment, she steps
in and offers to make a
foursome for dinner.
“Emma volunteers to join
them, so Chesney just goes
with it,” shares Sam. “But she
really hams it up, and Ches
is dying inside. He also takes
an instant dislike to Spike, as

he’s rude, so the whole thing
is a nightmare for him!”
While it’s obvious that Emma
has her eye on Chesney, it also
soon transpires that Gemma
fancies Ches as much as he
fancies her! But when will they
finally make their feelings clear
and get it together?

You can say

that again!
FA
AV
OUR FAVOURITE
RECEN
NTT SOAP
QUO
OTTES…
“I’d quite like a
holiday. Actually, I’ve
always fancied Morocco.
I think it’s the kidney
getting homesick.”
We like the idea that there
is a part of Tracy forever
yearning for the souks
of Marrakech.

“After a couple
of free cocktails, this
lot will drink petrol if
it’s got an olive in it.”
Graham’s clearly heard
all about the Inside
Soap Awards.

“They’ve always been
chasing one another’s tails, but
the timing has never worked,”
admits Sam. “Chesney’s not
been on many dates, so this is
uncharted territory for him. He
definitely needs a few dating
tips, because he’s lousy at it!”
Allison Joness
When will these two
admit how they both feel
and get it together?

“Hate, hurt, revenge…
Seems like a itting end to a party
at Home Farm. What is it about that big,
stupid house? It lulls people into thinking
they’re going to be all right. That everything’s
going to turn out ine… But the place is cursed.”
The nerve of it! It’s
It s not that the place is cursed,
it’s that there’s a mad woman pushing
people off bbalconies. Eh, Faith?

“I’ve got nowt
against the Holy Ghost
and all that. I’ve always
thought he’d make a good
character in a superhero
ilm. But Daniel deinitely
said no God, he wants
it a bit more…”

“Civil.”
“Oh aye,
yeah, I’ll
deinitely keep
it friendly.”

“Matt raped
you. He raped you,
and the others just
let it happen.”

“But I didn’t
say no.”
“You didn’t
say yes.”
This affecting
storyline was perfectly
summed up in one
simple yet powerful
exchange.

“This doesn’t have
to be the end… I think
deep down you still care
about me, maybe even still
love me? Maybe we can
screw some money out
of someone else and put
this behind us.”

“Have you no
self-respect?”

“I love you!
No one else does!”
We almost feel sorry
for Hannah. She
clearly has some
serious daddy
issues!

Debbie’s lawyer boosts
her spirits – before
cruelly dashing them

EMMERDALE | ITV FRIDAY

’s
SHE’S FACING A BLEAK FUTURE…

T

here’s more bad
news for Debbie
this week, as she’s
warned that she
could be sentenced
to five years in prison.
While her daughter Sarah
has undergone heart transplant
surgery, devastated Debbie
has had an agonising wait in
police custody – and she can’t
believe how much has gone on
since Joe asked her to marry
him in the hospital chapel just
a couple of weeks ago.
Debbie has had to face
the consequences of her
crimes for being indirectly
responsible for the acid attack
on Ross. It was Joe’s efforts
in paying off Simon the drug
dealer that kept her safe for
months – but now that he’s

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disappeared, how can Debbie
spend five years inside when
her kids need her so badly?
“All Debbie wants is to be
free, so she can be by Sarah’s
side and try to get her through
this latest nightmare,” says
our Dales spy. “It hasn’t just
been Debbie’s heart broken
by Joe going AWOL – Sarah
has suffered terribly too. Amid
all that shock, Sarah has gone
under the knife, and she needs
support more than anything.”
Debbie is convinced that
Joe jilted her after lying about
his true circumstances. But the

real story saw her dad Cain
knock him out with a near-fatal
punch, before Kim Tate’s
henchman Graham finished
the job. Joe didn’t want to
leave Debbie, and it cost him
his life – yet she may never
discover any of that while

Debbie has taken a
huge gamble – this
could wreck her life!”

Graham and Cain continue
to keep their terrible secret.
The focus now is getting
Debbie out of jail, but that’s
tricky when she’s given a full
confession. However, while
the judge at her plea hearing
grants her bail, there’s bad
news on the way as she’s told
the sentence could be harsh.
“Even the world’s most
talented brief can’t talk Debbie
out of this one,” muses our
insider. “She has admitted it

EMMERDALE | ITV THURSDAY

Let’s get
outta here!

WILL REBECCA
LEAVE THE VILLAGE
WITH ROSS?

R

ebecca faces a
big decision this
week – as Ross
invites her to leave
Emmerdale with him.
Both of the lovers have
been through the mill while
living in the village, and
Ross believes it’s high time
that they made a change.
His invitation comes when
Rebecca gets a nasty surprise
on her birthday – a card from
psycho killer nephew Lachlan.
After everything he did to her,
Rebecca can’t believe that
Lachlan would get in touch
and she’s left furious by his
twisted gesture. She rants
to Ross about how the sick
individual who murdered her
family, held her captive and
almost killed her too, is now
wishing her ‘Happy Birthday’
– and swears that if she
could, she’d kill him herself.
Having been through his
own revenge nightmare with
acid attacker Simon, Ross

Cain iss one of the few
people who
w knows that
Joe iss gone for good

all, and it’s only her word
against Simon’s that the
acid attack itself was his
idea. There’s a criminal
conspiracy, months of lies
and a permanently scarred
victim in the mix. Debbie
has taken a huge gamble

by coming cle
ean, and
it could wreck
k her life.”
As she leav
ves the court,
Debbie frets – how will
she cope if the prospect
of a five-year sentence
becomes a re
eality?
Kate White

Ross wants to
have a fresh start
with Rebecca

knows all too well where
Rebecca is coming from. But
he’s also aware that her anger
will only lead to more hurt and
misery. So instead, he muses
that they’ve both had a terrible
time and they need a change
of scenery – and asks Rebecca
to consider leaving with him.
But given that they both
have young sons who live
there, can the traumatised
duo really go without breaking
some hearts in the process?
Kate White

INSIDE SCOOP

CORONATION STREET | ITVFRIDAY

Nick’s big
gesture!
PROPOSAL
FOR LEANNE…

Nick makes a bold
move to help his ex
and her clan…

M

inted Nick goes
all-out to show
that he still loves
Leanne this week
– making her a huge offer…
Having realised what a mess
he’s made by leaving everyone
in the lurch, the repentant fella
decides to throw money at the
situation. He finds out from
sister Sarah that Leanne, baby

Oli, Simon and Toyah are living
in a grubby flat because they
can’t afford better. Spotting
his chance to do some good,
Nick puts down a deposit on
an apartment in Victoria Court
and covers the rent for three
months. What will Leanne
make of this grand gesture?
“Obviously, Leanne isn’t
going to rush into his arms just

David has some choice
words for his brother after
Nick shouts at Shona

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because he’s paid to make
amends,” whispers our Street
snitch. “In fact, she’s quick
to tell him they are only ever
going to be friends, nothing
more. But whatever Leanne
says, nobody can deny the
chemistry and the history
between them. Even Simon
reckons that Nick needs to
keep at it – because they are
meant to be together!”
Nick might be working
overtime to get Leanne back,
but he’s also busy trying to
field off calls from a mysterious
stranger. David notices that
there are tons of missed calls
on his brother’s phone from

somebody called ‘E’, though
Nick dismisses it. However,
when Shona overhears him
telling somebody that he’s
been busy in Weatherfield
looking after poorly Gail, she
demands answers. A furious
row ensues, and David walks
in to discover them fighting
– so finds a way to silence the
argument once and for all.
“Nick has got a lot to learn
about what David has been
through, and it’s going to make

Nobody can deny the
chemistry between
Nick and Leanne…”

CORONATION STREET | ITVFRIDAY

Tracy frames
innocent Abi!
T
THIS COULD
RUIN HER LIFE…

…but Leanne and Toyah both
fear what taking him up on
this opportunity might mean

racy arrives back
from honeymoon
alone this week
– just in time to see
the police close in on Abi.
Following Michelle’s car
crash and Ronan’s death,
the detectives are busy
investigating what happened
that terrible day – particularly
why the vehicle failed.
That search leads them to
Webster’s Autos, and while
Abi is grilled about the
sabotaged motor, panicked
Tracy realises it was her
handiwork that caused
the fatal accident! But
she has no intention of
coming clean – instead,
she lets Abi go it alone…
Abi and Tracy are good
mates, yet if somebody has
to go down for this crime,
Tracy is going to make
sure it isn’t her. In fact, as
innocent Abi is led away,
Tracy is already scheming

Tracy spots the chance
to get Abi in trouble
– so swiftly takes it!

about how to ensure all
evidence points to her.
Fortunately for Abi, there
is one way to prove that
she was innocent – the
CCTV at the garage.
Despite the police being
convinced she did it in
exchange for drugs from
Ronan, Abi knows the
security camera at her
workplace will show that
she didn’t sabotage the

vehicle at all, and then her
name will be cleared. But
Abi discovers a major flaw
in her plan – because Kevin’s
laptop, complete with the
footage, has been stolen.
The terrible injustice of
what’s happening to her hits
Abi hard as she faces losing
everything. What will happen
if she discovers pal Tracy
is behind the whole thing?
Kate White

him sick that he wasn’t there
to support David,” shares our
insider. “What happened with
Josh has changed David’s life,
and Shona was there for him
every step of the way. It’s
hypocritical for Nick to give
her grief when he was nowhere
to be seen – so David puts
Nick firmly in his place.”
Estranged from his brother
and no closer to a reunion with
Leanne, Nick’s left to wonder if
he should return to Nottingham.
But when Leanne suggests he
should stick around and work
through things with David, Nick
sees a slither of hope. What
will he tell ‘E’ about his plans?
Kate White
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THE
FINAL FOUR
NOMINATIONS
at

BEST ACTOR

SALLYDEXTER

JACKPSHEPHERD

(Faith Dingle, Emmerdale)

(David Platt, Coronation Street)

TAMARAWALL

SHAYNE WARD

(Grace Black, Hollyoaks)

(Aidan Connor,
Coronation Street)

FUNNIEST MALE

DANNY DYER
(Mick Carter, EastEnders)

GREGORY FINNEGAN

(Tim Metcalfe, Coronation Street)
eet)
t

SIMON GREGSON

(James Nightingale, Hollyoaks)

(Steve McDonald,
Coronation Street)

BEST ACTRESS

MARK CHARNOCK

LUCY FALLON

(Marlon Dingle, Emmerdale)

(Bethany Platt, Coronation Street)

SHAUN THOMAS

CATHERINE TYLDESLEY

(Gerry Roberts, Emmerdale)

(Eva Price, Coronation Street)

FUNNIEST FEMALE

BONNIE LANGFORD
(Carmel Kazemi, EastEnders)

EMMA ATKINS
(Charity Dingle, Emmerdale)

BEST BAD BOY

CONNOR McINTYRE
(Pat Phelan, Coronation Street)

RICKY CHAMP
(Stuart Highway, EastEnders)

PHOTOS: LANDMARK, REX/SHUTTERSTOCK

JOE DUTTINE

DOLLY-ROSE CAMPBELL
(Gemma Winter,
Coronation Street)

TAMEKA EMPSON
(Kim Fox-Hubbard, EastEnde
ers)

LORRAINE STANLEY
(Karen Taylor, EastEnders)

NICOLE BARBER-LANE
(Myra McQueen, Hollyoaks)

THOMAS ATKINSON

BEST NEWCOMER
R

(Lachlan White, Emmerdale)

JAMES BURROWS

NED PORTEOUS

(Ali Neeson, Coronation Stree
t
et)

(Joe Tate, Emmerdale)

TONY CLAY

BEST BAD GIRL

(Callum ‘Halfway’ Highway,
EastEnders)

MOLLIE WINNARD
(Kayla Clifton, Coronation Street)

ASH PALMISCIANO
(Matty Barton, Emmerdale)

TANYA FRANKS

RISHI NAIR

(Rainie Branning, EastEnders)

(Sami Maalik, Hollyoaks)

Who
will be

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OF THE
SOAPS?

BEST YOUNG
ACTOR

BEST EXIT

KYRAN BOWES

(Pat Phelan, Coronation Street)

(Jack Webster,
Coronation Street)

(Aidan Connor, Coronation Street)

MAISIE SMITH

SHAHEEN JAFARGHOLI

(Tiffany Butcher, EastEnders)

(Shakil Kazemi, EastEnders)

SHAUN THOMAS

(Liv Flaherty, Emmerdale)

(Gerry Roberts, Emmerdale)

AEDAN DUCKWORTH

BEST DRAMA STAR

(Oliver Morgan, Hollyoaks)

WILLIAM BECK

(Shona Ramsey & David Platt,
Coronation Street)

(Connie Beauchamp, Casualty)

DANNY MILLER & RYAN HAWLEY
(Aaron Dingle & Robert Sugden,
Emmerdale)

JACOB ROBERTS &
ADAM WOODWARD
(Damon Kinsella &
Brody Hudson, Hollyoaks)

BEST
SHOW-STOPPER

AIDAN TAKES HIS OWN LIFE
(Coronation Street)

PHELAN’S LAST STAND
(Coronation Street)

KEEGAN & SHAKIL’S ATTACK
(EastEnders)

HIGH SCHOOL EXPLOSION/
NEETA DIES (Hollyoaks)
BEST SHOCK TWIST

ANNA RETURNS AND KILLS PHELAN!
(Coronation Street)

LACHLAN KILLS GERRY!

ROSIE MARCEL
(Jac Naylor, Holby City)

BEST DRAMA
STORYLINE

ALICIA’S RAPE (Casualty)
CONNIE’S CANCER (Casualty)
JOHN GASKELL’S JOURNEY
TO THE DARK SIDE (Holby City)
THE HOSPITAL SHOOTING
(Holby City)

BEST DAYTIME SOAP

DOCTORS
HOME AND AWAY
NEIGHBOURS
BEST DAYTIME STAR

CHRIS WALKER
(Rob Hollins, Doctors)

RAY MEAGHER
(Alf Stewart, Home and Away)

JAKE RYAN
(Ryan ‘Robbo’ Shaw,
Home and Away)

JACKIE WOODBURNE
(Susan Kennedy, Neighbours)

BEST SOAP

MOIRA GIVES BIRTH!

CORONATION STREET
EASTENDERS
EMMERDALE
HOLLYOAKS

NICO’S ALIVE/SIENNA KILLS NICO!
(Hollyoaks)

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(Emmerdale)
(Emmerdale)

Monday 22 Oct

CHELSEA HALFPENNY
(Alicia Munroe, Casualty)

(Mick & Linda Carter,
EastEnders)

Voting closes at midday
on the day of the Awards,

(Dylan Keogh, Casualty)

JULIA GOULDING &
JACK P SHEPHERD
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…is still up for grabs!

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INSIDE SCOOP

What
a hero!
War veteran Greg
comes to young
Jack’s rescue…

CORONATION STREET
ITV MONDAY

J

ack struggles at holiday
club this week, forcing
his dad Kevin to take
him home early – but might
Gary’s old Army mate, Greg,
help the youngster?
Jack’s in a bit of a state
when Kev collects him, but
after Greg calls in for a visit,
he tries lifting the youngster’s
spirits by sharing his own
experiences of wearing a
prosthetic leg. Jack is clearly

impressed by what the former
soldier has to tell him, and
Kev is relieved that someone
is finally able to get through
to his traumatised son.
Later, Kevin is further
cheered to notice that Jack
is completely smitten with Lila,
a young girl who he’d been

sitting next to at holiday club.
But it’s Greg’s invitation to
sit in on a training session of
local bladerunners that leaves
Jack properly excited.
Might Jack now start coming
to terms with his life-changing
injuries – and look forward
to a brighter future?

“I love you, Lily!”
HOLLYOAKS
Channel 4 TUESDAY

A

fter hiding his emotions
for some time, Romeo
finally tells Lily how he
feels about her this week.
While in the midst of a tough
time with his family, Romeo
finds Lily alone and confesses

A lesson
learned
EASTENDERS
BBC1 TUESDAY

D

ot is outraged this
week, when Dr Legg
informs her that he’ll
be refusing all cancer
treatment. Angry at his
decision, she ignores his

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calls. But after Max suggests
that it’s kinder to respect her
oldest friend’s wishes, and
instead help him make the
most of whatever time he
has left, Dot begins to
soften. As she sets about
compiling a photo album for
the elderly doctor, youngster
Bex gives Dot some further
food for thought, sharing
her continuing grief at
the loss of Shakil. What
will Dot do next?

that he’s in love with her.
But how will she react?
Later on, as his family
problems continue, Romeo is
spotted outside by worried
Lily, and she sneaks away
from her boyfriend, Prince, to
check on him. Does she care
about him purely as a friend
– or is there something more?

Daddy
fool!
HOLBY CITY
BBC1 TUESDAY

F

letch is alarmed this
week, as he admits to
Jac that his dad, Steven,

has gone AWOL – only for
Nicky to reveal that the absent
fella has been admitted to
the ward with broken ribs
and a collapsed lung!
After Jac’s team tries to make
Steven more comfortable,
Fletch demands to know why
his dad recently upped and
left with no explanation. Will
Steven be forced to admit that
it was Jac who encouraged
him to walk away?

No love for now?
EMMERDALE
ITV MONDAY

T

hey’ve only been
out a couple of
times, but when
Victoria tells new boyfriend
Ellis that she’s not after a
serious relationship, he’s
secretly gutted. It’s no
surprise that Victoria
is struggling to focus
on entering into a new

Tyler faces
Cassius!
The half-brothers
f
clash over their
father’s murder…
NEIGHBOURS
Channel 5 MONDAY

H

aving been released
from prison, Tyler tells
Piper that he has to
face his half-brother Cassius
this week. However, will
the meeting give him the
closure he needs?
As Tyler faces the man
who really killed their father,
Hamish, he finds his fury
building, unable to accept
Cassius’ apologies for causing
his imprisonment. Piper
implores Tyler to try to put
the whole episode behind him,

just as she has – but will
he take her advice?
However, there’s more
trouble to come, as news
reaches Piper that Cassius has
been attacked in prison – and
she accuses Tyler of being the
one who ordered the assault!

e
Although Tyler is hurt that she
of
thinks he could be capable o
doing such a thing, Piper
angrily tells him that she
doesn’t recognise the man
he’s become now he’s free.
Can the former lovers repair
their shattered relationship?

romance – given that she’s
only just discovered that
her estranged husband
Adam wasn’t to blame
for killing Emma, as she’d
previously believed.
However, while her recent
attempt to locate Adam –
who’s been on the run for
months – left her in terrible
danger, is she still holding
out any hope she might
be able to find him?

Rob feels wrong

INSIDE SCOOP

DOCTORS
BBC1MONDAY

R

ob heads off to work
feeling under the
weather this week –
but his wife Karen reckons
that he simply has man flu!
Despite his pain, the poorly
police officer pushes on and is

soon tasked with interviewing
a petty criminal at his home.
However, he’s knocked for
six by a stabbing pain in his
head – which is still causing
him bother by the time he
returns home that evening.
Is Karen’s belief that Rob is
being overdramatic about to
be proved dangerously wrong?

Chloe undercover
NEIGHBOURS
Channel 5 WEDNESDAY

S

uspicious Terese wants
to know what Paul
is up to this week –
so gets Chloe on the case!
Following the humiliating
fashion in which her affair
with Leo was revealed,
Terese is convinced that
Paul is joining forces with

Pierce, and she wants Chloe
to get photographic proof of
their secret contract. Using
her intimate relationship with
Pierce, Chloe manages to
sneak into his hotel room –
but as soon as she finds the
contract, Pierce finds her!
Will Pierce report her
to Paul? Or might he be
willing to switch sides for
her and Terese instead?

Carmel’s new low!
She gives up her campaigning…
EASTENDERS
BBC1 FRIDAY

C

armel decides to give
up her campaign on
raising knife-crime
awareness this week, after
she accidentally embarrasses
a teenager at a youth club.
Is the grieving mum still
struggling to cope after the
tragic murder of son Shakil?
When Kush hears that
Carmel has decided to
jack in her quest
to rid London’s
streets of knives,
he tries to get
her to open up
to him. However,
as mother and
son chat, Carmel

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tells Kush that she has
come up with a new idea
for people to be able to
commemorate Shakil’s life.
While she proceeds with her
plan, Shaki’s friend and ex, Bex,
is in no mood to celebrate her
18th birthday. The two ladies
soon come together to bond
over their memories of Shakil,
with the teen admitting to
Carmel how he’d bought her a
ride in a hot-air balloon for her
birthday. Touched by this,
Carmel offers Bex a
sentimental item
of Shakil’s to
remember him by.
Could this
help to finally
give them both
some closure?

Hideout horror!

There’s disaster at the derelict River Boy house…
HOME AND AWAY
Channel 5 TUESDAY

R

yder, Coco and Raffy
find themselves in
a terrifying situation
this week, after spending
the night at the River
Boys’ hideout house.
In the secret underground
lair, Coco and Raffy are
worried the street gang
might return, so decide they
want to leave – but Ryder
convinces them to stay over.

In the morning, Coco and
Raffy agree to leave through
the escape tunnel, to Ryder’s
excitement. But it’s dark in
there – and they accidentally
bump into one of the tunnel’s
support columns, causing it
to collapse on top of them!
Raffy is left hurt and alone,
separated from Coco and
Ryder – who are on the other
side of the rubble. With
nobody having any idea that
they’re there, how will the
trio get out of danger?

Brian in
bother!

REGIONS
& RADIO...

FAIR CITY
● Cristiano is left
distraught this week,
when Mairead reveals
that she and Will are
departing. But is Will
really prepared to leave
everything behind?
Meanwhile, Hayley
becomes irritated as
Robbie refuses to
back off about Lee’s
debt. And Erica
makes Doug upset.

CORONATION STREET
ITV MONDAY

B

rian’s big plans for the
school’s holiday club
suffer a setback this
week, when Jack suddenly
becomes distressed!
After the youngster is
taken home early by dad
Kevin, Brian lands in hot
water with his new boss,
Phil. The recently returned
teacher is mortified as Phil
takes him to task for Jack’s
upset – making it clear that
he’s totally unimpressed
with Brian’s handling of
the emotional situation.
Poor Bri is left feeling like
a total failure – but can he
manage to explain himself?

RIVER CITY

The truth hurts!
EMMERDALE
ITV MONDAY

T

he mystery surrounding
Leo’s so-called bullying
at school is solved
this week, as April explains
to his mum, Rhona, why
the other children are
excluding the young lad.

Marlon’s daughter claims
that her half-brother Leo has
been hitting other kids, who
aren’t happy that he seems
to receive special treatment.
Putting their thinking caps on,
Jessie and Marlon suggest that
Leo move to a specialist school.
But will Rhona be prepared
to even consider that idea?

● Amber struggles to
keep her heroin habit
a secret this week –
causing trouble for
Logan… Elsewhere,
Scarlett believes that
Dougie is being used
as a scapegoat –
until Lenny raises her
suspicions! Did he
cause the explosion?
Plus, Nicole makes
a beeline for Angus.

THE ARCHERS
● Johnny gets a
big shock this week,
when he discovers
the truth about what’s
been going on right
under his nose!
Across the village,
Pip and Toby come
up with a solution
to baby Rosie’s
night-time activities.
Finally, kindly Emma
offers Jazzer some
relationship advice.
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& channel details

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EASTENDERS

CORONATION STREET

EMMERDALE

Hayley fights with Jean and Kat
about calling social services.

● Mary and Jude lock horns
in a furious confrontation…


● April reveals the truth about the
bullying situation involving Leo…

Karen is shocked to catch
Keanu and Sharon kissing!

● Jack’s mood begins to lift
as he makes a new friend.

20
OCT
SUN

21
OCT
MON

22
OCT
TUE

23
OCT

● Carmel hosts another talk on
knife crime at a youth club.

FRI

26
OCT
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● Carmel moves full-steam ahead to
make sure Shakil isn’t forgotten.

● Leyla’s latest squeeze Clive
appears in the Dales…
● …and begs the village vixen
to give him another chance.
Leyla has food for thought –
will she agree to forgive him?
● Lydia opens up to Sam as she
refuses to attend Grace’s funeral.
Ross begs Rebecca to leave
for a new life with him!

● Keanu is on the warpath as he
hunts for his mystery blackmailer…
Hayley is rushed to hospital
after feeling contractions!

It’s Bex’s 18th birthday, but
she’s in no mood to celebrate…

● Ellis hides his hurt when Victoria
wants things to remain casual.

● Kerry decides that she needs to
confront Bernice about her actions.

2

● Jean wants to make amends
with Hayley – will she succeed?

Kerry realises that Bernice
has been sleeping with Liam!

It turns out that Leyla has
been very light-fingered…
● …as a woman reveals that Leyla
stole her money and her man!

● Chesney is mortified after Gemma
misconstrues their Bistro meet-up.
Jude is awarded with
a Good Samaritan gong!!
● Nick stuns Leanne and
EPISODES
TONIGHT!
Toyah with a new flat…

24
OCT
25
OCT

Audrey finds out that Claudia
has been gossiping about her!

● Karen confronts Keanu and
Sharon about their illicit afair…
Mariam and Arshad are sad to
say farewell to baby Harley!
● Dr Legg confesses to Dot that he
doesn’t want any more treatment.

WED

THU

2

EPISODES
TONIGHT!

● Chas, Paddy and their loved
ones say goodbye to Grace.
David drops a bombshell
after he and Nick argue…
● Tracy realises she inadvertently
caused Michelle’s car crash!

2

2

EPISODES
TONIGHT!

● Moira grows frustrated with Cain
for not answering her questions.
● Debbie endures a roller coaster of
emotions as she’s let out on bail…
…but she’s then told that she
faces four years in prison.

● …so Carmel sits her down for a
heart-to-heart – can she help?

● Claudia discovers that
Sinead has cervical cancer.

● Bernadette and Tiffany hit the
streets for trick-or-treating!

● Peter and Carla are at each
other’s throats again – but why?

● Ross and Rebecca decide
whether to leave or not…

● Which Walford fella finds himself
in too deep while apple-bobbing?

● Ali is a bag of nerves as he’s
summoned by the hospital…

● Rishi feels mortified following a
night of passion with Manpreet!

● Martin and Stacey have
very different nights out…

● Steve is back – and quickly
grows suspicious of Tracy!

● Whose pain and suffering gets
too much while out shopping?

EPISODES
TONIGHT!

YOUR ENTIRE SOAP WEEK AT A GLANCE!
HOLLYOAKS

NEIGHBOURS

HOME AND AWAY

SAT

20
OCT
SUN

21
OCT
● Tony and Diane remain distraught
about Dee Dee’s situation.
● Secrets, sickness and simpletons
threaten to ruin Ste’s wedding…
…so will he and Harry
manage to tie the knot?
● Troubled Tegan is terrified as
a storm strikes the village…
● …and Brooke is worried, too – will
Imran be able to comfort her?
Romeo locates Lily and
declares his love for her!

Tyler faces off with Cassius – will
the brothers bury the hatchet?
● Terese and Leo agree that their
relationship is moving too fast…
● Paul resorts to sneaky methods to
draw Amy closer to Dr Rob again.
Aaron has the opportunity to
defeat Cassius once and for all…
● …after Ned inadvertently causes
the jailbird to be beaten up in jail!
● Although the Brennan clan rallies
round, Tyler still feels isolated.

● Leah has her work cut out
trying to keep Ryder in check…
Tori’s attempts to confide in
Mason push him to explode!
● Willow and Dean complain about
having to do community service.
● Selfless Jasmine helps Robbo as
he and Tori have a disagreement.
There’s teen tunnel terror
for Ryder, Raffy and Coco!
● Mason sets his sights on
getting over his problems…

Imran loses his temper and
attacks Misbah once more…

● Chloe snoops through Pierce’s
things in order to help Terese.

Raffy lies hurt and unconscious
among the tunnel debris…

…while the McQueens amuse
their punters with cocktails!

● Tyler makes a big decision
to leave Erinsborough…

…but cops Colby and Chelsea
quickly arrive at the scene!

● Lily is concerned about
Romeo’s strange behaviour.
The storm worsens – plunging
several lives into jeopardy!
● Diane and Tony announce they want
to co-parent Dee Dee and Rose.
Sinead is back! But what do
she and Sami hit with his car?

Bea can’t handle Ned’s dark
past – and keeps her distance.
● Elly vows not to keep any more
secrets from boyfriend Mark…
Mysterious woman Alice steps
in to babysit the Rebecchi kids!
● Terese is furious to discover Paul
has been plotting against her.
Things don’t go to plan as Amy
and Gary sleep together…

● As Chelsea goes to rescue Rafy,
will everyone make it out alive?
There’s kitchen chaos as Brody
prepares to feed a food critic!
● Marilyn blames herself for what’s
happened to her young charge.
With emotions running high,
two Summer Bay locals kiss!

● Russ is angry after little Max
stumbles across an old phone…
Misbah drags Imran to the
police to hand himself in.
● It’s Rose’s birthday party – and
Scott provides the entertainment!

● It transpires that Alice is telling
Toadie and Sonya a pack of lies!
● Susan frets after Paul becomes
obsessed with revenge.

● Dean has his hands full with
his mum, Calamity Karen…
…whose destructive behaviour
ends in her crashing her car!

● Liberty gives her blessing for
sister Sienna to date Brody!

● Which resourceful couple
invents a new sexual position?

● Maggie suffers a setback in
her recovery from cancer…

● Misbah attempts to tidy up after
the storm – how long will it take?
● Sylver recruits Goldie to steal
back his old mobile from Max…

● Word reaches the locals that
Finn might have been found…
● One Erinsborough lady thinks
she’s in the family way!

● Hot-headed residents John
and Dean lock horns again!
● Tori and Robbo take the next
step in their IVF journey.

● Ziggy and Maggie assist Brody
in pleasing the food blogger.

MON

22
OCT
TUE

23
OCT
WED

24
OCT
THU

25
OCT
FRI

26
OCT
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I was very dubious when I irst heard about
the rape/consent storyline in EastEnders,
and I didn’t understand why it involved
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instalment. However, I want
to say that I really hate the way
that the soaps (EastEnders and
Emmerdale in particular) suddenly
drop storylines for weeks at a
time just when they’re getting
interesting. Sometimes all the
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like watching two different
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Tate turning up was all this
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We’ve needed more than
a glass of champers to put
up with hammy Hannah

I was intrigued to discover
ater
this week that Jean Sla
ya
in EastEnders is secretly
member of a choir. It made
m
use, like
my family laugh becau
m Bipolar
Jean, I’ve suffered from
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ast year).
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And also like Jean, I’vee recently

We never tire of
singing the praises
of Jean Slater!

joined a choir, and I have to
say that it has given me more
pleasure than anything else in
life – other than my children.
I hope to see Jean’s choir on
screen very soon. Perhaps for a
Christmas concert in the Square?
| ‘M’
I hope you’re working on your
recipe for Sausage Surprise, M!

CASS CONFESSES

DOWN TO
CLOWN
Steve McDonald is
far and away my
favourite character
in Corrie, so this
week has been
absolutely
brilliant.
n
Simon Gregson
could have
us
been a famou
comedy star,
but I’m very
happy that he
chose to stay
d
in Weatherfield
instead!
| Liz
We can’t wait
until he gets
together with
Abi – it’s destiny!

The

BIG
DEBATE!

THE ICE QUEEN COMETH
After years of waiting, we were stunned
to see Kim Tate make her return to
Emmerdale. But was it a successful
comeback, or is it all just a little too
late? Our mail bag was divided 50/50…
but is Eric Pollard the only
character in the village who
was around when Kim was
last in it? All the blank faces
when she turned up were
hilarious. Totally clueless!
| Beth

Kim Tate is exactly the shot
in the arm that Emmerdale
needs. For years now, it’s all
been too gloomy – a constant
stream of terrible illnesses
and big ‘issue’ stories. But
finally it’s time to have some
fun again. Every soap needs
a super-bitch, and there’s no
bitch more super than Kim!
| Josie, Bradford

Well, if her neighbours
didn’t know Kim before,
they certainly do now!

It was all a bit tragic, wasn’t
it? Correct me if I’m wrong,

With Kim Tate, I felt like
I was the only person not

ILLUSTRATION: ROB DAVIS

As a die-hard
‘Typer’ fan,
I never thought
I’d say this –
but I actually
felt quite sorry
for Cassius
when he
confessed his
crimes in Neighbours. He only did it
to protect his mum! I think that
he genuinely is sorry, so I really
hope Piper can forgive him.
| Stephanie
y y to y
Loyalty
your mum is admirable
– but I don’t think it will hold up
p
in court as a defence for murderr!

in on the joke, as I’d never
heard of her. But I have to see
that she soon won me over!
There’s a definite feeling that
Emmerdale is making all this
up as it goes along, though.
She had to have some very
long conversations with
Graham to explain how she’d
supposedly been running
things all along. A likely story!
| Zoe, London
I don’t think we’ve had an
owner of Home Farm worthy
of the place in a very long
time – not since Tom King
died. So I’m very glad that
Kim is back to stir up trouble
again. The only question is:
why is she bothering? With
her money, she could live
somewhere far nicer.
| Don, London
And somewhere far
safer, come to that!
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SOAPBOX

Request SPOT
STAR BAKER
Where do I recognise
the guy who almost
married Debbie and Joe
in Emmerdale? He’s very
distinctive-looking, but
I can’t place him.
| Bobbi
Ah! That would be actor
Eric Potts. He’s best
known to soap fans as
one-time Weatherield
baker Diggory Compton
– father of Molly and
grandad to Kevin
Webster’s son Jack!

From baking for
others to forsaking
all others!

YOUR TRICKIEST SOAP QUERIES ANSWERED…

MEET THE lnsideSoap TEAM
This week’s question:
What’s been your favourite soap disaster?
Editor STEVEN MURPHY
Deputy Editor GARY GILLATT
“The earthquake in Sunset Beach, which buried half the
cast. The remainder thought they were safe aboard a
cruise ship, and indeed they were – until the tsunami hit!”

Features Editor ALLISON JONES
Deputy Features Editor SARAH ELLIS
TV Editor STEVEN PERKINS
News Editor LAURA-JAYNE TYLER
“The Hotten bypass multi-car pile-up in Emmerdale, as
I was lucky enough to watch the stunts being ilmed on
location. If you thought the eps were dramatic to watch,
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Writer KATE WHITE

Kerry looked pretty in
pink, while Ruby went down
the yellow-dress road

FRINGE
BENEFITS

There were lots of lovely
dresses at the Home Farm
ball, but my favourite was
Kerry’s pink dress with
fringes. Is it available in
the shops, do you know?
| Cat
Yes, it’s still available,
but only just! Head
to www.quizclothing.
co.uk and search for

“The Emmerdale show-home explosion in 2006. Not
only was it a spectacular stunt and life-changing for
many village residents, but it also meant that wig-loving
Noreen Bell went out in an unforgettable fashion”

the ‘pink
fringe dress’.
In a spooky
soap coincidence,
the same dress was
also worn by Ruby in
EastEnders this week –
though she was wearing
the yellow version.
Sadly, it’s sold out in
that colour now, so
it’s good that you’re
thinking pink, Cat!

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THE

BIG

interview

HOLLYOAKS | Channel 4 MONDAY

“Istillgeta
buzz coming into
work every day!”
As Hollyoaks is battered by a freak storm,
Nick Pickard is proud to still be standing
as the show’s only original cast member…

W

hen Nick Pickard
joins Inside Soap
for a long overdue
catch-up, he’s
a little sleepy –
and not just because he’s been
working through the night for
Hollyoaks’ ‘Storm Week’.
“I took my mum to the airport at
5am, as she’s off to Las Vegas!” reveals
the 43-year-old star, who’s been
playing Tony Hutchinson for the past
23 years. “I’ve never been myself, but
I’d like to go. Maybe I’ll go if I ever have
a stag do. I’ve been married five times
on this show, yet never in real life!”
We assure Nick that Tony’s colourful
track record with women is nothing
to feel envious of, and the actor is
happy to share that he has a new
girlfriend who he’s been dating for
six months. Meanwhile in Chester,
Nick is hopeful that happier times
lie ahead for his alter ego, who is
back to stay in the village despite
his recent family dramas…

It’s been a very traumatic time
for Tony, Diane and the children.
How has it been to ilm?
It’s been a right old roller coaster,
hasn’t it? Lots of ups and downs with
Dee Dee’s illness and lots of turmoil –
but the episodes have been really great,
and they are coming across lovely.
It’s so hard, though – horrible for
anyone to think of a kid being so poorly.
It makes you want to go home after
filming and have a big glass of scotch!

Did you enjoy having some
time away from the show
while Tony was of screen?
Well, it wasn’t planned like that, but
yes, I did. There was also time for me
to go off and grow a bit of a beard,
as we’ve had some issues with my
beards in the past. We’ve used a
stick-on one before, and I don’t think
the bosses wanted to do that again!

Diane and Tony agree to try again
this week. Are you pleased?

“We all spend more time together
than we do with our real families!”
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Nick on…
THE OLD DAYS!
“All the boys had one house and all the
girls had another. We were all young,
earning money, and none of us had kids
then – so we were living the dream!
What’s nice for me is I see that with
our younger cast now. They’re living
the life that I was living back then.”

Living the dream:
Nick with his original
Hollyoaks co-stars

I am! I think everyone wants him
to be happy with his missus, as he’s
had a few in the past! And I love
being with my on-screen family,
Alex [Fletcher, who plays Diane],
Lauren [McQueen, aka Lily] and
Ross Adams [Scott]. We spend more
time together than with our real-life
families, so it makes a difference when
you have genuine chemistry and
banter. I probably irritate them all!

Everyone we speak to is always
so complimentary about you!
Are they? Suck-ups! I don’t know
about that – myself and Alex were
shooting a scene today and she
said to me, “Your concentration
levels are terrible”! But you
know, I still get a buzz when
I come into work. Even now,
I appreciate how lucky I am.
Having appeared in Hollyoaks
since the very first episode
way back in 1995, you’d think
that Nick must have seen it all.
CONTINUED OVER ↘

Nick on…
STUNTS!
“Years ago, Tony did
a parachute jump –
and it’s the only time
in my life that I’ve
thought, ‘I genuinely
don’t know if I can do
this’! The only thing
that made me jump out
of that plane was the
thought of all the grief
I’d get from the crew
for chickening out!”

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THE

BIG

interview

Under the weather: The
family has been put
through the wringer
with Dee Dee’s illness

Nick on…
TONY’S LEADING
LADIES
“There hav
ve been a few,
e is deinitely
but Diane
someone
e who Tony
happy and
is very h
contentt with – and
I think Mandy will
alwayss have a special
n Tony’s heart.
place in
As for Cindy, she’s
just a rat, isn’t
sshe? Tony
had a lucky
escape there!”

↘ FROM PREVIOUS PAGE
But even his jaw hit the floor when
the cast learned that this year’s
autumn stunt would be a freak storm
in the village! Coupled with Ste
and Harry’s wedding, it’s a huge
week for the show that Nick insists
we won’t want to miss…

Parry Glasspool has dropped
a few hints (on p12) about what
viewers can expect from Ste
and Harry’s wedding. What extra
information can you tell us?
The episodes are going to be fantastic!
It’s not so much a big spectacular stunt
this time, but more of an emotional
roller coaster. The stunt looks beautiful,
and it’s going to be one of our best.

How devastating an impact
will the storm have?
Put it this way, the village will
look destroyed! I felt so sorry for little
Steph [Davis], who plays Sinead. The
boys were lucky in that we wore wet
suits underneath our wedding outfits –
but the girls are all in skimpy numbers,
and Sinead’s is even skimpier. Steph
took it like a trooper, though. There
is nothing worse than being freezing
and wet for 12 hours straight!

How does Tony react to Sinead’s
return, given that the two of
them once had an afair?
Oh, God, yeah, that! She’s his flipping
stepdaughter, so it was very naughty!
But I’m so long in the tooth now

Nick on…
HOBBIES!
“I loved cooking
as much as
Tony does,
but a few
years ago
I had an
operation and
lost my sense of
taste! So I’m into
my DIY now. I built
all Jess Fox’s
[Nancy] outdoor
decking for her
the other week!”

It’s no secret that Stephanie’s
personal life hit the headlines
when she was out of the show.
Were you and Alex pleased to
welcome her back?
Yeah, I really missed her. She’s great to
work with is Steph – she’s a good laugh
and having her on set is great fun. She’s
not changed in that sense, but I think
she’s a bit more
grounded now –
she’s had a baby
and that makes
a lot of difference.
I don’t think there
is anyone in life
who hasn’t made
a few mistakes
when they’ve
been younger, and
it’s nice that our
guv’nor [series
producer Bryan
Kirkwood] has given
her an opportunity
to come back –
Family afair: Tony had a
fling with his stepdaughter
and I think she
Sinead, the filthy fella!
is very grateful.
that I’m not really surprised by
what the bosses throw my way.
I’d love to be a fly on the wall
in the pitch meetings they have!
But no, I don’t think Tony and
Sinead will be doing that again.
It’ll definitely be over between
Tony and Diane if they do!

You’ve been in the show for
23 years – did you ever envisage
staying as long as you have?
No! When I started, I signed for
23 weeks! I have a pub in London,
and I nearly didn’t come for my
second recall because I had a
plasterer coming to the bar.

“Someone said to me, ‘I’ve been
watching you since I was three’.
It made me think, ‘God, I’m old’!”

It was my mum who actually
convinced me to go along to the
audition! Life could easily
have been so different.

People think of you
as ‘Mr Hollyoaks’.
Is that something
you’ve come
to embrace over
the years?
I don’t know about
that, but you can’t really
argue when you’ve been
here this long! It’s weird,
I was out at the weekend
and someone said to me,
“I’ve been watching you
since I was three”! I was
20 when I started and now
I’m 43, so when you hear stuff like that
you think, ‘God, I’m old’!

William Roache (Coronation
Street’s Ken Barlow) has been
in his soap for nearly 60 years.
Can you see yourself being in
Hollyoaks for as long as that?
Well, I never imagined it being this
long, so you never know! 60 years?
Shut up – that’s another 40… which
means I’ll be 80… Deary me!
Laura-Jayne Tyler

Nick on…
COSTUME DRAMA!
“When Tony was protesting
against a sex shop in the village,
I was dressed up in full S&M
gear. We had to reshoot it as our
boss Bryan wasn’t happy with
the original outit, as he thought
it was too much – but Bryan’s
‘too much’ wasn’t that diferent
to what I ended up wearing!
I used a picture of me dressed
like it on the invitation to my
40th birthday party!”

Death stare:
Ali saw red –
and Ronan paid
the price

Doctor

DEATH!
TORTURED ALI IS GRAPPLING WITH HIS
KILLER ACTIONS, AND IT COULD BREAK HIM,
FEARS CORRIE’S JAMES BURROWS…
CORONATION STREET | ITV FRIDAY

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I

t’s hard to believe that
Weatherfield’s heroic Dr Ali
is now officially a killer. But
his split-second decision to
remove the metal post that was
keeping drug boss Ronan alive means
that he now has blood on his hands.
Ali is tormented by guilt – and in
the depths of despair, everything he
thought he was is slowly slipping
away. It will lead to dark times ahead,
warns Corrie’s James Burrows…
“I was a bit worried when I first read
the scripts because I didn’t want Ali
to become the new Pat Phelan – mass
murderer!” shares the actor, who
joins us for a chat about his alter ego’s
darkest hour. “It’s a terrible thing for
anyone to do, but especially for doctors,
who have saving lives ingrained in them.
I’ve played Ali while keeping in mind
the fact that we’ve always said there
is an underlying darker side to him.
Obviously now, after the murder of
Ronan, it’s finally been revealed.”
This is no cut-and-dried killer case,
though. Ali did what he
did after realising that
Ronan was hell-bent on
killing his brother Ryan.
Their relationship and
his tortured bond with
mum Michelle have left
him deeply damaged.
Now, he’s gone against the
Hippocratic Oath to protect them.
“Ali has a lot of anger!” admits James.
“There’s always been two sides to
him – the Ali at work and then Ali at
home with his mum and brother. He
has a lot of frustration that stems from
being away from his family for so many
years. He’s dedicated his whole life to
medicine for the past seven years – from
uni and medical school to becoming a
junior doctor. Now he’s in a situation
where he doesn’t know if he can ever
go back to helping people again.”

Deadly

DOCS!
Soapland is full of murderous
medics. In comparison, Dr Ali
is basically a saint!

Gobsmacked: Ali
is disgusted with
what he’s done

It’s out of character for Ali, but James
has played plenty of baddies before,
and he’s had to work hard to develop
his skills as a pretend doctor.
“My mum is a nurse, so that’s been
very helpful if I’ve ever had to do any
research – I can just go to her,” grins
the star. “She’s given me advice before
I’ve filmed stuff with dressings, and
that’s helped me when there are terms
I haven’t heard before. She spells things
out to me, and that’s great
because I can just come
into work, get it bang on
and sound professional!”
That’s certainly helpful
on set, but James reckons
that some jokey Coronation
Street fans like to test
his doctorly credentials
when they see him out and about.
“Has anyone in real life come
up to me and asked for medical
attention? Yep, mostly when I’m
in the pub!” he laughs. “It’s mainly
men when they’ve had a drink! But
I’ve only done a CPR course, so I’ve
learnt how to do that. Luckily at
Corrie, we always have someone on site
to take me through medical stuff!”
It sounds as though Ali’s crisis of
identity might mean James won’t
have much technical terminology to
grapple with in the coming weeks.
So does he think that Ali will ever
get back to the medical profession?
“I think he’ll go into a deep state of
depression, as he’s vulnerable, paranoid
and very down,” reveals the actor. “I’ve
played a lot of dark characters in the
past – drug dealers, murderers and
the like – and that’s why this has been
a great job for me, because playing a
doctor is very different. But it was nice
to go back to playing a nasty person for
a moment. We filmed the crash scenes
on location, and it looked so cinematic.
At one point, I had four people’s blood
on me – it was a nightmare to get off!”
Kate White

Drunk
men come
up to me
for medical
advice!

Bloody mess: Ali
has created even
more problems
for himself

DR MAY WRIGHT
EASTENDERS
Wicked May went mad after her
husband Rob Minter got mistress
Dawn Swann preggers. She tried
to buy Dawn’s unborn
baby, took her hostage
during late pregnancy
and attempted to
kidnap baby Summer.
May then later attacked
Dawn’s brother Mickey
and trapped the pair and
Summer! Dawn’s torment only
ended when she escaped, and
May died after blowing up the
house by turning on the gas
oven and lighting a match.

DR ADAM FORSYTHE
EMMERDALE
Steph Stokes was no
angel, but her twisted husband
Dr Adam was even worse.
He killed her evil brother
Terence, drugged
guilty Steph so she
wouldn’t confess,
double-crossed her
and got her sectioned.
He finally fled the village
when it was exposed that he
was practising medicine illegally,
and he was jailed for murder. He
later hanged himself in prison.

DR JOSEPH
BROWNING
HOLLYOAKS
Mercedes married Dr Browning
– who during their relationship,
killed Lynsey Nolan,
attempted to murder
Myra and Cindy, and
tried to rape both
Lindsey Roscoe and
Mercedes herself.
His last stand involved
kidnapping his wife and
trying to kill her too, until Cindy
and Lindsey turned up to save
the day – and in a struggle,
Mercedes finally ended him.

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EMMERDALE | ITV WEDNESDAY

MAIN PHOTO: GETTY

“It was the
worst thing
Leyla could
possibly do!”
E
ver since Leyla returned to
the Dales a few weeks ago –
giving David the shock of his
life in the process – we’ve
been wondering exactly
what it is that’s brought her back to
the village. More specifically, there’s
the enigma of just what she was up to
while she was away in Greece. And after
she talks on the phone to mystery man
Clive, asking him when he’ll be coming
to join her, we finally start to get the
answers to some of our questions.
As Inside Soap caught up with actress
Roxy Shahidi, aka Leyla, we asked her
who this fella Clive is. It seems that he’s
in a relationship with Leyla, but how
did they meet, are they still together,
and is it true that they’re engaged?
Fortunately, Roxy is able to provide
us with a few titbits of information…
“It’s been a whirlwind romance,”
confirms the star. “They met when
Leyla was in Greece, and she was
supposed to be focussing on her
wedding-planning business. But I think

Jewel thief: Leyla clings
on to her valuables – but
they’re not actually hers!

AS WE DISCOVER
MORE ABOUT LEYLA’S
SECRET MAN, HER
ALTER EGO ROXY
SHAHIDI TELLS
US WHY HE MIGHT
BE BAD NEWS…



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