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RAYED!

Hannah’s
FURY!

ALONE!

Debbie
JILTED!

Tracy’s
DEADLY
REVENGE!

Poorly
Sinead’s
WEDDING
AGONY
All the
gossip&
pics from
SOAP’S
BIG WEEK!

CLEO’S
BULIMIA
BREAKDOWN!

NICK’S
HOME...
FOR
LEANNE!

RAPE
HORROR!

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40

6–12
OCT
2018
£1.85

Issue 40 6 – 12 October 2018


f I had a soap
d
dream
(actually,
I have many soap
dreams doing this
job
b – I had a
rea
ally weird one
recently, but
I’m
m not sure
it’s repeatable
here as my mum
re
eads this column
e
every
week!), it
w
would
be to see
a super-sleek
sp
ports car pull

Your stars
this week!

and that her name is…
wait for it… Kim Tate!
After 20 years, I was
up at Home Farm, while a
beginning to think this
glamorous party is in full
dream would never come
swing. The car door would true. But as a reward for my
open, and a lady would
total dedication to the world
of soap over the
years, the telly gods
have smiled upon me
– and this week, my
prayers are answered:
step out, dressed to the
the Queen of Emmerdale is
nines. Announcing herself
back (see p14 for more)! Now,
to the assembled crowd,
if only that other dream
the woman in question
I had could come true…
would reveal that she is the Steven Murphy, Editor
owner of the big house –
editor@insidesoap.co.u

4

“Kim Tate’s return is
a dream come true!”

Kate Ford

“If Tracy finds out Steve
slept with Leanne,
she’ll be so hurt!”

The BIG
stories...

14

Coronation Street

Where are the
chunks of cheese
on cocktail sticks?
You’ve let me down
again, Graham!

4 It’s Steve & Tracy’s wedding day…
8 …and Daniel surprises Sinead

with an impromptu wedding too!
10 Terrified of Ronan, Michelle goes
on the run with Ryan and Ali!
28 Hannah blackmails Johnny!
48 Leanne hides her fling with Steve

EastEnders

20 Stacey disovers Ruby was raped
30 Mel asks Jack to help her find
out what Ray is really up to
36 Bernie tries to warn Tiffany that
her new fella Jagger is bad news
36 Honey worries she’s not clever
enough for her boyfriend, Adam!

Emmerdale

14 Kim Tate returns to the Dales…
18 …and orders Joe’s death!
32 Ross tries to drown Simon
44 Why has Kim returned?

Hollyoaks

24 Cleo and Joel get married
37 Russ pays Jack to spy for him
50 Martine arrives in the village

Neighbours

34 Cassius admits to killing Hamish
37 Mishti rages at Dipi’s interference

But it was
three-for-two
on party food
at Aldi.

14

Claire King

“Kim takes over the
ball, turning it into her
welcome home party!”

...and more!

48

26 Inside Gossip – all the

latest soap news headlines
38 What Happens When?
40 Soapbox
54 Who will win the
battle of the soaps?
56 Star watch
58 Blast From The
It’s Ronnie’s
bronze life-saving
Past: Steve
certificate.
Huison (Corrie’s
How ironic.
Eddie Windass)
92 Who’s In?
Who’s Out?
94 Puzzles
96 The Hot List
98 Hits & Misses

Jane Danson

“Every now and then,
16-year-old Leanne
gets out – she’s mad!”

50

The Bisexual

Home and Away
Dramas

36 Holby City Xav’s family trouble
37 Casualty Jacob’s mum needs help
52 Doctors Three comedy legends
turn up in Letherbridge!

Desiree Akhavan
tells us about
her new comedy
– turn to p59 for
all the goss…

PHOTOS: GETTY, REX/SHUTTERSTOCK

51 Dean worries about going to prison

Kéllé Bryan

“Martine is impulsive
and driven – she goes
with her gut instinct!”

Week!

AS THE NIGHTS DRAW IN,
THE SOAPS ARE ALL SET
TO KICK OFF! THERE’S
A BLOCKBUSTER WEEK
OF DRAMA AHEAD
– AND WE’VE GOT
ALL THE GOSSIP…

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CORONATION
STREET
ITV Monday

and a funeral
Nothing will be the same again
as deception and death
rock the Street...

repare for huge
drama on the
cobbles – as true
love is tainted by
secrets and lies,
death sta
alks the Connors yet
again, and a Street favourite
is left fighting for their life.
Troubled couples Steve and
Tracy, and Daniel and Sinead,
prepare to walk down the
aisle this week – but a terrible
betrayal and tragic secret
threaten to derail all their
chances of a happy-ever-after.

Meanwhile, a moment of
madness will change Michelle,
Ryan and Ali’s lives forever
after a terrifying
car crash.
People first on
the scene will
be horrified
by the injuries
sustained by
those caught up
in the accident, and be torn
on how best to help them.
Then, just when it looks as if
the shocks are over, Nick Tilsley

makes an unexpected return!
But what brings him back?

The new Mr and Mrs
McDonald?

“TRACY HAS
A MASSIVE
MELTDOWN
AND A HUGE
ROW WITH ABI”

First up in the
drama stakes
are Steve and
Tracy, as the
bride-to-be’s
jealousy spirals
out of control,
leading to violent showdowns
with her groom and her pal Abi.
Tracy has no idea that Steve
had a one-night stand with

Leanne a couple of weeks ago,
but she does suspect that he’s
betrayed her. Convinced that
Steve’s ‘free pass’ woman
is Abi, furious Tracy heads
over to have it out with her
and ends up smashing
Michelle’s car. However, she
reserves some fury for Steve,
whom she slaps and accuses
of doing the dirty on her.
“Steve goes missing on the
wedding morning, and Tracy
starts to think about the ‘free
pass’ fiasco again,” explains
Kate Ford, who plays her.
CONTINUED OVER ↘
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Week!
↘ FROM PREVIOUS PAGE
“That’s a small niggle for her
– that he actually thought she
was giving him free rein to
sleep with somebody else. She
puts two and two together and
makes five, deciding he used
this ‘free pass’ on Abi. That
leads to a massive meltdown,
a huge row with Abi and then
she goes to the garage and
sabotages Michelle’s car,
which Abi’s been working
on. She hopes that Abi will
get in trouble for it, but she’s
not thinking straight.”
It’s not just the worry of
Steve being unfaithful that is
bothering Tracy – she’s also
deeply upset by Ken, Peter
and Beth. They’ve all chosen
to be elsewhere on her big day
– in her dad and best mate’s
case, they’ve picked Daniel
and Sinead’s wedding over
hers. Meanwhile, Peter has
legged it to Portsmouth –
which is secretly because he
discovered Steve is a cheat.
“Tracy’s really hurt,” admits
Kate. “Her own brother would
rather go to Portsmouth than
her wedding, and Ken and
Beth aren’t coming either. It’s
not a great thing for Daniel to
do, to hold his wedding on the
same day as hers, and I think
on some level he’s enjoying
it. There’s a lot of tension
between Daniel and Tracy, and
some real hatred
there. Tracy
resents that
he’s still the
golden child.”
After her
furious
showdown with
Abi, grim-faced Tracy heads
over to the venue to have it
out with Steve. Viewers know
that he’s not sure about this

Tracy’s best friend
and dad choose not to
attend her wedding

wedding and that he did cheat,
but that doesn’t stop the
feckless fella trying to wriggle
out of it. Steve swears to Tracy
that Abi simply
gave him dance
lessons, and
tries to prove it
with his smooth
moves. Has he
managed to
salvage the
day, and will Tracy become
Mrs McDonald after all?
“She really believes that this
is their time,” muses Kate.

“IF TRACY FINDS
OUT THAT STEVE
SLEPT WITH
LEANNE, SHE’LL
BE SO HURT”

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“Tracy has alway
ys loved
Steve, and she’s drreamt of this
wedding. But if she
e finds out
he slept with Leann
ne, she
won’t marry him – she’ll
s
be
really stung. You’ll have to
wait and see if they
y make
it down the aisle. It doesn’t
get off to the best o
of starts
when Tracy arrives at the
venue determined to
have it out with Ste
eve.
He has a lot of
talking to do to
calm Tracy down!”
Kate Wh
hite

Tracy confronts Abi
and reckons that she’s
slept with Steve

The
perfect
match!

Before the ceremony,
Tracy demands that
Steve tell her the truth

The Steve and Tracy romance has been brilliant
for actress Kate, because she loves working
closely with her screen love Simon Gregson. The
old pals have a great working relationship, and
she’s having a ball now they are coupled up.
“I’m happiest when I’m playing comedy stuff
with Simon,” she enthuses. “We have such a laugh
together. I’m really enjoying Steve and Tracy being
back together and playing the humour in their
relationship. I’ve also had some great scenes with
Beverley Callard [aka Liz] recently, and it’s always
nice being back in the Barlow house too!”

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STREET
ITV MONDAY

T

here’s a beautiful
moment in store
for Daniel and
Sinead this week,
as they get set to
marry in a ceremony which
Daniel has secretly organised.
However, Sinead is yet to tell
him that she may have cancer.
So while they proceed to
pledge their love in front of
family and friends, can Sinead
be honest with Daniel about
what she’s going through?
“Daniel is completely
oblivious that anything could
be wrong – he’s blinded by
love,” admits Rob Mallard,
who plays Daniel. “Since he
and Sinead got back together,
everything has been going
really well – too well, almost.
He thinks Sinead is suffering
normal pregnancy stuff like
sickness and fatigue. So as
far as he’s concerned, life
is rosy – he just hasn’t noticed
anything else happening.”
Consequently, while Daniel
is busy transforming the
garden on Victoria Street into
a scene from A Midsummer
Night’s Dream, he has no idea
that his wife-to-be is alone at
the hospital, anxiously waiting
for a biopsy and scan which
should reveal whether or not
she has cervical cancer. And
the last thing she expects
on returning to the cobbles is
Daniel proposing that they get
married right there and then…
“Because of their rocky
journey to this point, Daniel is
thinking, ‘Let’s do this while we
can because you don’t know

8 lnsideSoap

Sinead
& Daniel’s
bittersweet
weddingday
As Daniel organises a surprise
ceremony, will his bride admit
that she could have cancer?

what might happen’,” explains
Rob. “And also, because
Sinead is off the wall and
unconventional, it seems
to make more
sense to do it
as a surprise
rather than in
the traditional,
conventional
sense. It’s more
of a Pagan
ceremony than a wedding,
for which they could go to
a register office to make it
official. It’s not as if Kirk, who’s

overseeing proceedings, has
been ordained or anything!”
The admiring looks on
everyone’s faces say it all as
Daniel and Sinead – who dons
a beautiful
wedding dress
– begin to say
their touching
vows. But
the romantic
proceedings
could be brought
to a halt should Sinead tell
Daniel about her health news.
What might it mean for their
future together if she does?

“DANIEL WOULD
FEEL BETRAYED
THAT SINEAD
HAS KEPT THIS
FROM HIM…”

Daniel stuns fiancée
Sinead with his bold
public gesture

“When Daniel and Sinead
got back together, they
promised there would be no
secrets between them – so
Daniel will feel betrayed that
Sinead has kept this from
him,” admits Rob. “And I think
that if he was to find out she

Daniel and Sinead get hitched
– but will despair descend
before the confetti does?

Reaching out
has cancer, he’d regress
massively. He’s always been
used to being by himself, yet
Sinead makes the world seem
softer, which helps him come
out and enjoy it. But this could
make him close ranks again…”
Allison Jones

In tackling this difficult plot, Katie McGlynn – who
plays Sinead – reveals how she’s been inspired
by the work of an important cancer charity…
“I met with a charity called Mummy’s Star, which
was started by a man who lost his wife to cancer
soon after the birth of their child,” shares the star.
“I also met a lady who had cancer while pregnant.
It’s important for women going through this
to know that there are charities like Mummy’s
Star out there, and that they’re not on their
own. So many people are affected by this,
but it’s a subject nobody really hears about.”
For more information on Mummy’s Star,
visit their website at www.mummysstar.org

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Week!

M

ichelle faces
one of the
most
terrifying
moments
of her life this week, as she
enters into a tense game of
cat-and-mouse with violent
criminal Ronan – and we can
confirm that the stand-off
between them will end with
at least one grisly death!
The gangster is baying for
blood following the sudden
death of his son, Cormac, and
wants Ryan to pay for his
involvement in the tragedy. But
as Michelle makes the hasty
decision to flee Weatherfield
with sons Ryan and Ali in tow,
who will pay the ultimate price
when this violent vendetta
reaches its gripping climax?
“Michelle goes into full
protection mode – she doesn’t
even think twice about the
situation,” reveals Kym Marsh,
who plays the petrified mum.
“She’s scared, but when they
jump in the car, she knows
that they’re heading out of
Weatherfield. Once she sees
Ronan following them in the
mirror, it turns to terror and
panic. There’s this huge car
chase – he’s trying to run her
off the road, and it’s intense.
It’s going to be a rough ride!”

Ryan’s regret
This whole life-and-death
situation has come about as a
result of Ryan’s foolish actions
– only this time, he’s dragged
Michelle’s other son Ali into the
sorry saga too! After a night
10 lnsideSoap

Michelle’s
horror
at killer
crash!
Who will perish as
the Connors face of
against thug Ronan?

CORONATION
STREET
ITV FRIDAY

out with Ryan’s old pal Cormac
ended with the latter taking a
fatal overdose, Ryan called on
Ali to help get him out of the
tricky situation
– but it was
already too late
for Cormac.
To make
matters even
worse, Ryan
dragged his
mother Michelle into the
cover-up too, and she was
forced to lie to protect her
son from the ire of Cormac’s
savage father, Ronan.

“Cormac’s death was
obviously a big shock to
everybody,” Kym reminds us.
“Michelle would do anything
for her sons, so she just
wanted to
cover it up. Ali
was furious
because he’d
been dragged
into the lie – he
didn’t want to
be a part of it,
but went along with it because
Michelle asked him to. However,
after they found out that the
drug dealer who supplied the
dodgy pills to Cormac had

“MICHELLE
CONFRONTS
RONAN – BUT HE
THREATENS HER
ENTIRE FAMILY!”

been killed, everybody
started fearing the worst.”

Escape plan
It wasn’t long before the police
discovered Ryan’s involvement
in Cormac’s death, and they
hauled him to the station for
questioning. But once he
found out that Ronan was on
the warpath, Ryan realised
that being behind bars and
out of the thug’s reach was
probably the best place to be!
This week, however, Ryan
discovers he’s not even safe
on the inside, as there’s a
corrupt officer in the station

Ryan decides to face
Ronan – who drives
directly at him!

Michelle realises she
needs to get Ali and Ryan
out of Weatherfield

who’s well and truly in Ronan’s
pocket! So once Ryan returns
home, battered and bruised
from his run-in with the
dodgy copper, Michelle decides
that enough is enough…
“After Ryan is beaten by
a police officer, and funeral
wreaths are left at the flat,
Michelle realises she must

do something,” shares Kym.
“So she confronts Ronan
at Cormac’s wake – where
he threatens not only
Ryan, but her entire family!
Michelle is terrified.”
At this point, it’s clear
that reasoning with Ronan
just isn’t going to work…
CONTINUED OVER ↘
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Week!

Sudden death!
↘ FROM PREVIOUS PAGE
With options running out,
Michelle makes the decision to
flee Weatherfield completely!
“She lies to Ryan and Ali that
they’re going to the police to
get them in the car,” explains
Kym. “However, she’s realised
that there is something dodgy
going on with the authorities,
and they’re not to be trusted.
She’s terrified for her family’s
safety, so when she gets in
the car, she has no intention
of going to the police.”

However, Michelle, Ryan and
Ali soon realise that Ronan is
following them! Michelle’s a
mum on a mission as she
sticks pedal to the metal to
outrun the gangster, and a
nail-biting car chase follows.
“Those were great scenes to
film, but they were long days
– so we were all very tired by
the end of it,” admits Kym.
“There was a lot of emotion
during filming, yet it was good
fun. I got to do some stunt
driving, and we never normally
get to do things like that.”
Ryan is in big trouble
from a corrupt police
oicer, who’s in
cahoots with Ronan!

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Ali is suspended from work
after his involvement with
Cormac’s death is discovered

The terrified trio finally come
unstuck when the car’s engine
dies, having been tampered
with by Tracy (see p6)! With the
family now sitting targets for
Ronan, Ryan makes the bold
decision to get
out of the car
and face the
villain alone,
in a misguided
attempt to save
his mum and
Ali from any
further harm. Despite this
selfless gesture, Ronan wastes
no time in driving straight at
Ryan – and our pictures show
the lad lying by the side of the
road, covered in blood, with
worried Michelle and Ali

crouched over him! And it
seems he’s in a bad way…
But is this really the end
of the horrific ordeal? Recent
behind-the-scenes snaps of
the crash showed that Leanne
was also at the
site, looking
extremely
battered and
bruised. So
how does
she end up
becoming
involved in the unfolding drama?
And could there yet be even
more bloodshed as Michelle
strides off, determined to
make Ronan pay for what
he’s done to her son?
Sarah Ellis

“MICHELLE
DOESN’T TRUST
THE POLICE –
SHE’S TERRIFIED
FOR HER FAMILY”

“I was fully up for
the big car chase!”
Ryan Prescott – aka Ryan – lifts the lid on ilming
this week’s action-packed episodes of Corrie…
All of this drama has
come about because
of Ryan’s foolish
actions. How does
he ind himself in these
crazy situations?
He might be a lad about
town – but Ryan does have
good intentions! He tried
to stay off the drugs and
keep out of trouble, yet
Cormac brought out the
naughty side of him.
He does want to keep his
promise to his mum and
turn over a new leaf, as
he’s still trying to find his
place in the family – and
Ali threatens that in a way.

How does everything tha
at happens this
week afect Ryan and Alii’s relationship?
They’re not brothers or related in any way,
but as time goes on they do
o start
to develop this sibling dyna
amic –
there’s rivalry, there’s conttempt
us that
for each other. Ali is furiou
use of
he’s in this situation becau
Ryan. He’s being investigatted
by the hospital and facing
suspension. But Ryan has
somebody trying to kill
him, so he’s like, “Mate,
forget about your job,
we could lose our lives!”

The crash looks very
dramatic! Did you get to
do any of your own stun
nts?
Oh yeah, we were in those cars!
It was like cat and mouse, the
t cars
over the
were swerving around all o
ying
place. But I was quite enjoy
myself – any excuse to have some
fun on location! I used to do
d a lot
of motor cross and skating back
p for
in the day, so I was fully up
ally.
it. And it looks great, actua
I’ve seen a sneak peek.

Do you feel settled at Corrriee now
you’ve been there a few months?

There is a period of time
in which you acclimatise,
but it’s the people that
settle you here. As you
start to build relationships
with them, you feel more
comfortable. People really
do want to get to know
you, even though they’re
busy. It’s all about the
banter – it’s a filthy place
to work! There are some
rude minds here!

What’s the public
reaction been like
to Ryan?
I haven’t had any
bricks thrown
at me, which
is nice! The
public reaction
has been very
good so far. The
people who want
a picture really love
the show, so you just
become an extension of
hat. You have to remember
th
that it’s not you they want
a picture of – it’s the show.

C
Could
you be friends with
R
Ryan in real life?
N – he’s an idiot! I think
No
seelf-confidence is important,
ut self-awareness is a little bit
bu
more important. Ryan makes
silly decisions because he wants
to be
b the centre of attention –
that comes from a deeper sense
that he wants people to value him.

Will he
e be forced to grow up?
Well, hee might die! He can’t keep
g away from himself, he can’t
running
keep drinking and doing drugs, as
that hasn’t made him any happier.
He has no sense of grounding, and
that’s what he’s come back home to
find. Deep down, his intentions are
pure. Hee’s smarter than people think!
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Week!
EMMERDALE
ITV WEDNESDAY

Therise
and fall of
Kim Tate!
The Dales’ irst lady
is back in town –
but for how long?

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T

he grand dame
dressed to the nines and with
a mask on – then proceeds
of Home Farm
to take over the whole ball,
is back under its
basically making it into her
roof this week,
welcome home party!
and she’s
“Everyone there is going,
badder and bitchier than
‘Who is this woman?’ – then
ever! Fresh out of jail, Kim
she takes off her mask and
Tate returns to her castle as
reveals herself by saying, ‘Me!
if she never left almost 20
years ago – declaring that she I own the place’. There are one
or two people at the ball who
still owns the village estate.
still recognise her, and they’re
But as she shamelessly
shocked to find out that
gloats over the assembled
she’s back…”
masquerade ball
guests and
Out and
immediately
proud
clashes with
Kim’s massive
Charity, Kim
week is set
looks set to
to start in less
regret her shock
salubrious
comeback. Very
surroundings, as we find her
soon, there’s a terrifying
standing outside prison –
scream as the lady of the
where she’s been serving a
manor plummets over the
sentence – waiting for Graham
upstairs balcony, landing with
to come to collect her. But
a crash into the champagne
while it transpires that the pair
fountain below. But who
have been working together
pushed her? And is she dead?
all this time, the shocking
“Kim has been pulling the
Home Farm strings all this time details of Kim’s wicked plot
are yet to be fully revealed.
– it’s still her property, and she
“Everything is set to
still owns the deeds,” reveals
Claire King, who first appeared become clear across the
week,” teases Claire.
as the formidable Madame
CONTINUED OVER ↘
Tate in 1989. “She pulls up
outside the house during
the charity ball in an
Aston Martin,
Just what kind of

“KIM HAS BEEN
PULLING THE
HOME FARM
STRINGS ALL
THIS TIME!”

state is Kim left in?

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Week!

↘ FROM PREVIOUS PAGE
“Kim’s obviously been a very
naughty girl, because she’s
been incarcerated in prison.
She’s released six months
early, but has been in there
for a while – I think some of
her heinous crimes have
caught up with her! She’s
probably
been abroad
somewhere,
carrying on her
crimes in Spain
or Portugal,
before getting
caught.”
As Graham proceeds to
bring Kim up to speed on
events in the village, her delight
at finally being a free woman
is soon replaced by fury.
Outraged by the news that Joe
and Debbie are set to wed,
she swiftly informs mortified
Graham that Joe needs to go!

“It turns out that Joe and
Graham have been working for
Kim while she’s been behind
bars,” admits Claire. “And it
appears that Joe has gone
a little bit rogue through his
involvement with Debbie. Kim’s
not happy, so it looks as if him
getting married to a Dingle
wasn’t part
of the plan!”

“KIM HAS BEEN IN
PRISON – HER
HEINOUS CRIMES
HAVE CAUGHT
UP WITH HER!”

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Ta ta,
Ms Tate?

While Graham
gets to work on
his boss lady’s
latest instruction, Kim has
plenty of time to prepare for
her grand entrance to the
masked ball. And from the
moment she steps out of
her flashy car, it’s clear she
hasn’t lost an ounce of that
classic Kim Tate sass which
we know and love…

Kim tries to steady herself,
but the weight of her barnet
tips the balance…

Kim doesn’t waste a second
before dishing out crushing
comments to all and sundry,
leaving no guest unscathed by
her acid tongue – and Charity
is first into the fray, with her
friends forced to hold her
back as she stands her ground
and furiously lets rip at Kim.
So when Kim comes tumbling
from the heights of Home
Farm, is Charity prime suspect

for sending her flying –
possibly to her death?
“I think one of the Dingles
would be in the frame as far
as Kim is concerned,” suggests
Claire. “But bets will be
hedged more on Charity than
anybody else, because she’s
the gobby one at the party. It
could be her, yet it may not be.
We’ll have to wait and see!”
Allison Jones

WHODUNNIT?

Kim makes a lot of new enemies in record time…
JOE

They have a hatred for Chris
Tate in common – but these two
bold blondes quickly clash

Kim is Joe’s stepgranny, who
stood and watched as her hubby
Frank – Joe’s granddad – died
in front of her. Now that Kim’s
trying to kill Joe’s relationship
with Debbie, he has plenty of
reasons to want her gone.

CHARITY
Capable of holding her own,
Charity was indirectly responsible
for the job Kim couldn’t finish
– killing Chris Tate, Charity’s
ex-husband and Kim’s former
stepson. So is angry Charity
about to see her off, too?

DEBBIE
Charity’s her mum and Joe’s
her man – so despite having
never laid eyes on Kim, Debbie
already has beef with her. And
Kim’s potentially fatal shove
could well be down to Debs
– like mother, like daughter!

VANESSA
Vanessa isn’t backwards
in coming forwards when
protecting her girlfriend – as
she drags her lover away from
Kim this week. But that’s not
to say she won’t wade in
against the woman herself…
…and her attempts to
fly make no diference
– she’s going down!

GRAHAM
There’s a lot still to know about
Kim and Graham’s past – he’s
her loyal sidekick, but is there
more to their close relationship?
Now she’s back, does Graham
fear Kim will kick him to the kerb
– sparking his violent temper?

Some onlookers look
horrified, others
mildly bemused
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EMMERDALE
ITV TUESDAY

Bride
and
doom!

Week!

D

ebbie is left
stunned this
week, as Joe
announces that
they’re to marry
in a matter of hours – but will
he actually live to say, ‘I do’?
While smitten Joe is busy
rushing together a top-secret
wedding ceremony in the
hospital chapel, he’s oblivious
to the fact that Graham’s other
boss – Kim Tate – has insisted
that Joe be dealt with for
good. Just how far is Graham
willing to go in order to ensure
that Joe disappears?
“When Kim Tate is calling
the shots, it’s a brave man who
disobeys her orders,” claims
our Dales insider. “Graham is
braver than most – so can he
say no to Kim? After Graham
collects her from jail, she’s
outraged to discover Joe is on
the verge of marrying a Dingle,
and that Debbie could have
a claim on his fortune once
they’re man and wife.
“Her instruction to Graham
is clear – yet could she be
underestimating the power
of Graham’s affection for the
boy he’s watched grow up?”
Graham was appalled to find
out that Joe had gone against
his advice and forged Debbie’s
signature on a pre-nuptial
agreement. Well aware that
this illegal move could leave
Debbie in line for a major
inheritance should anything
happen to her husband-tobe, Kim now considers Joe a
threat to her future plans. But

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As Debbie waits for her
hubby-to-be, Kim
orders Joe dead…

Kim is out of prison –
and wants Joe out
of the picture

it’s Graham who’s left
to get his hands dirty…
“As Graham stands
before Joe clutching a garotte,
and reveals he knows about
his wedding
plans, Joe is
understandably
terrified,” shares
our sneak. “It
really does seem
the end is nigh
for Joe – though
rather than killing him, Graham
instead hands over a pile
of cash and tells him to get
as far away as possible!”

Meanwhile, Debbie and her
daughter Sarah have changed
into their wedding outfits and
are awaiting
Joe’s arrival at
the chapel.
When he fails to
show, worried
Debbie tries
repeatedly to
get hold of
him – with no joy. So has
Graham’s stark warning
persuaded Joe to forsake
his new family and leg it?

“WHEN KIM
TATE IS CALLING
THE SHOTS, IT’S
A BRAVE MAN TO
DISOBEY HER!”

Joe suggests he
and Debbie get
married fast
– but will he end
up jilting her?

Graham is horrifi
fied
when Kim gives
him her orders

“Joe and Debbie’s
relationship has been jinxed
from the start – and Kim
e
Tate’s dramatic reappearance
seems to be the final nail
in the coffin,” sighs our spy.
es
“Grim Graham certainly make
no bones about just how
critical it is that Joe disappearr
– but will Joe do as he’s told
for once, and abandon Debbie
e
at the altar? Or could true love
he
really conquer all in spite of th
dangerous consequences?”
es
Allison Jone

Tough love
Debbie’s no stranger to disastrous nuptials –
and disastrous relationships in general!
She’s dated a serial killer (Cameron Murray), a
former fiancé’s sibling (Pete’s brother Ross) and
even her mum Charity’s husband-to-be (Michael
Conway)! And when she finally married Pete –
shortly before he discovered she’d been sleeping
with Ross – a helicopter proceeded to come
crashing down on to their stricken ceremony.
So as Graham lays down the law to Joe, is
she about to secure a lucky escape – or is she
heading for romantic disaster all over again?

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Week!
EASTENDERS
BBC1 TUESDAY

Ruby is having a great
time with one of
Martin’s old friends…

…but the next morning,
it’s clear that things
took a very dark turn

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The
morning
after...
Ruby’s fun night ends in horror as
she realises a terrible truth – she
was raped by Martin’s mate…

R

uby Allen
has only been
back in Walford
for a couple
of weeks, but
she’s about to endure the
most distressing time of
her life. This week, she
becomes the victim of rape
– although it takes a while
for her to realise just what
has happened to her.
The grim encounter occurs
after Martin pleads with wife
Stacey to join
him at E20 for
his school
reunion. While
Stacey isn’t
keen on going,
she eventually
agrees – on
the condition that her friend
Ruby attends too, giving her
someone to talk to as Martin
reminisces with his old pals.
“Ruby gets dragged along
by Stacey to this reunion, and
has a great night,” says Louisa
Lytton, aka Ruby. “She’s
drinking and dancing, and
having the time of her life!”
However, while the evening
starts off in high spirits, it soon
takes a very dark turn. Stacey
is quickly bored by the chats
going on around her, but Ruby
is enjoying flirting with Martin’s
mates: Ross, Matt and Glenn.
As the drinks flow, she takes
a shine to Ross – yet it’s clear
Ruby has all their attentions.
“Stacey and Martin leave,
but Ruby stays in the club,”

shares Louisa. “She’s flirting
and having a great time, and
is up for something more –
though that’s the end of the
episode. You don’t see what
happens afterwards.”
However, when the next
episode picks up the story
the following morning, it’s
clear a lot happened once
Ruby and the blokes left E20.
While Martin meets up with
his three pals for breakfast,
Ruby visits Stacey, who is
eager to find
out what went
on after she
went home.
“It’s a very
good episode,”
promises
Louisa. “You
hear what happened from
Ruby’s point of view, and from
the boys’ point of view. It’s
like a two-hander, with the
two conversations telling the
story from different sides.”
As the men tuck into their
breakfasts, Martin learns that
Ruby had sex with Ross and
Matt. Martin is shocked by
the revelation, but the men
insist that it was consensual.
Meanwhile, as the girls stop
off at the chemist on Turpin
Road, Stacey overhears Ruby
asking the pharmacist for the
morning-after pill. Although
Ruby says everything is fine,
Stacey senses something is
wrong with her pal, so asks
her to come home with her.
CONTINUED OVER ↘

“RUBY STAYS IN
THE CLUB –
SHE’S FLIRTING
AND HAVING A
GREAT TIME”

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Week!
M PRE
EVIOUS PAGE
↘ FROM
Once back at the Slater
house, Ruby admits that she
had consensual sex with Ross
before she passed out.
However, she
then says that
later that night
she woke up
to find Matt
on top of her
– and Ruby
tells Stacey
that she blames
herself for being so drunk.
“Ruby’s point of view, at
that moment, is that she
wasn’t raped,” explains
Louisa. “She tells Stacey,
‘Well, no, because I didn’t stop
him’. Stacey says, ‘But you
didn’t say yes. You didn’t
choose to have sex with him,
so you’ve been raped!’”
Not long afterwards, Stacey
is utterly appalled to hear
from Martin that his former
school friends are insisting
that what occurred
was completely

onsensual. She goes to
co
the police station to ask for
dvice, and then reunites with
ad
uby, who is struggling to
Ru
ome to terms with what
co
appened. Stacey convinces
ha
er pal to visit the clinic, and
he
to consider talking to the
olice about what happened.
po
“I’ve spoken to [charity]
ape Crisis, and people in
Ra
this situation often blame
themselves,”
Louisa tells
th
us. “You’re traumatised and
disgusted, and you don’t
want to accept what
happened.
So you
don’t want
to go to
the police
– you just
want it
all to go
away. Stacey has
been through this
herself, so she has
the experience to
tell Ruby, ‘You need
to report this and
take the blame
away from yourself’.
“Ruby doesn’t
really know what
was right or wrong,”
continues the star. “She
doesn’t know what she
remembers to begin
with, but things start
coming back to her. Ruby
begins to piece everything

“STACEY TELLS
RUBY THAT SHE
NEEDS TO
REPORT WHAT
HAPPENED”

Stacey can’t believe it when
Martin tells her his mates’
accounts of what happened

together and says, ‘Yeah,
I didn’t want that’.”
You’ll have to wait and see
how the story unfolds over the
coming weeks. However, it
becomes clear that Ruby’s
account of the night is very
different from Matt’s. Can she
admit to herself that she is
a rape victim, and will she
be able to bring herself to
report Matt to the police?
Tom Spilsbury
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Ruby’s

RETURN!

Louisa tells us how she’s thrilled
to be back in Walford…
Hi Louisa! How did
you come to be back
on Albert Square?
Originally, my agent rang
and told me EastEnders had
called. I was like, “What do
you mean? About what?”
Then [executive consultant]
John Yorke called me and
said, “We have a massive plot
coming up, and we’d love
you to come back to do it.”

So he outlined the whole
storyline to you?
Yeah! He said it’d be nice to
team Ruby back up with
Stacey, but also that this
happens to my character
pretty much straight away.
As an actress, all you want
is to go into a show and
have a huge storyline.

Had you ever thought
what Ruby would be
doing now, since we last
saw her back in 2006?
Of course. Ruby is nearly
d be
30, so I thought she
she’d
marriied with kids, and
comin
ng back with a family.
She leeft with all her dad’s
moneey and moved to her
housee in Essex, so you kind
of dru
um up this story in your
head of what’s happened
to herr – and it wasn’t
anyth
hing at all like
I had expected!
Ruby is traumatised –
but has friend Stacey
looking out for her

Whatt was it
like rreuniting
with Lacey
[Turn
ner, aka
Stace
ey]?
So nicce! When we
first ssaw each other
in thee make-up
room, we giggled
like scchoolgirls
for th
he first 10
minutes! It was

weird, because I hadn’t
seen her for six or seven
years, but within minutes
it was back to day one.

Did you do a lot of
research for this story?
Yeah, I think I had to. The
research team at EastEnders
has been working heavily
with Rape Crisis. They’ve
overseen every single script
and given notes. I’ve had
someone on hand to ask,
“How would you feel in this
situation?” That’s been great.
I’m also going into a centre
in south London to speak
to women that have been
sexually assaulted.

How do you hope this
storyline is received?
It’s sold as Ruby’s rape
storyline, but it’s heavily split
between her and the guys. It’s
covered from a man’s point
of view too, which makes it
different from a usual rape
storyline. It’s
It s about consent
consent.
storyline
I hope that it makes
people think
about their own
experiences.

HOLLYOAKS
Channel 4 WEDNESDAY

Week!

In sickness
and in health
Cleo’s battling
with bulimia
as she prepares
to marry Joel…

C

leo and Joel’s
wedding day
arrives this week
– though with Cleo
hiding a big secret
from her loved ones, will the
occasion end in heartbreak?
A special episode for World
Mental Health Day will focus
on Cleo’s ongoing battle with
bulimia while she prepares to
get hitched to her true love,
Joel. But the event doesn’t pan
out how the blushing bride had
hoped, as Nadine Mulkerrin
– who plays Cleo – explains…
“When I realised they were
tying Cleo’s wedding in with
World Mental Health Day, and
this would be the crescendo
of the bulimia plot, I thought it
was amazing,” she grins, when
Inside Soap joins her on set for
the filming of the wedding.
“Hollyoaks always treats these
big, issue-led storylines with
such sensitivity – so after
they told me about this special
episode, I couldn’t wait!”

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In the lead-up to the big
day, Cleo has been acting just
like any other bride-to-be,
obsessing over her wedding
dress and all of the other
preparations to be made. But
behind closed
doors, she’s
been bingeing
on sweets and
chocolate, then
making herself
sick – while also
exercising to the
extreme in a bid to control
her weight. So as her nuptials
approach, none of Cleo’s loved
ones know what’s happening
beneath the surface.
“Even at the wedding, Cleo
has her step counter attached

around her ankle!” reveals
Nicole Barber-Lane, aka Cleo’s
Auntie Myra, as she takes up
the story. “Nobody realises
how bad things are, because
Cleo has
become really
good at hiding
her condition
from everybody.
When they get
to the venue,
Myra can see
that Cleo doesn’t look right,
but she doesn’t know why.
She’s thinking, ‘Is this because
she doesn’t really want to get
married?’ She just doesn’t
understand what’s going on
in Cleo’s head right now.”

“THE BULIMIA
CAN DISTORT
YOUR VIEW OF
REALITY – CLEO
IS IN DENIAL”

By the time Cleo arrives at
the church in her gorgeous
dress, it soon becomes clear
that something is seriously
wrong with her. Rather than
appearing radiant with joy,
her skin is looking sallow and
she’s lethargic as she walks
down the aisle to meet Joel.
“Cleo’s in total denial,” sighs
Nadine. “The way the story
unfolds, it’s basically two
different versions of the day.
So it’s what Cleo thinks is
happening versus what is
actually happening. That’s
what bulimia can do, it can
distort your view of reality.”
Viewers will have to tune in
to find out what happens next

us. “With something as serious
as bulimia, you can’t glamorise
it. I think the way the writers
have done this episode is very
clever, though – I’m really
excited to see the feedback
from the viewers.”
Sarah Ellis

Cleo imagines a day of
happiness – but the
reality is diferent

PHOTO: GETTY

– yet it’s fair to say that Cleo’s
wedding probably won’t be
the happiest day of her life.
“The show goes out at 6.30,
so we can’t push things too
far – but at the same time, we
have a responsibility to tell the
story truthfully,” Nadine tells

Life
imitating
art?
Filming the wedding was an odd experience
for stars Nadine and Rory Douglas-Speed, who
plays Joel – as the pair are also an item in real life!
“When we did the engagement scenes, I was
really nervous – I could feel myself going bright
red!” blushes Rory. “Then we sent pictures to
both our families of us in the wedding costumes,
pretending that we’d eloped!”
“I’m not going to lie, I loved it!” adds Nadine.
“It was very strange and surreal. But hopefully
if we do ever get married in real life, it will be
totally different from Cleo and Joel’s wedding!”

id

p2

INSIDE
Laura-Jayne snoops behind

the big soap headlines…

CORONATION STREET

NICK’S BIG
SECRET!

PHOTOS: GETTY, BACKGRID, INSTAGRAM/DANIDYERXX, INSTAGRAM/EMILYSYMONS_

He’s back in Leanne’s life
– but his past is about
to catch up with him…

n the midst of the b
big
ig
g drama
kicking off on the Strreet this week,
Nick Tilsley makes his shock
return to Weatherfield – but there’s
more surprises in store in the coming
weeks, according to rep
ports.
Gail’s son was last see
en leaving
the Street a year ago, aftter a failed
attempt to reunite with L
Leanne
– and Corrie bosses
have revealed that his
return is connected
to his feelings for his
ex-wife. But if Nick
does manage to
woo Leanne
back, he’s going
to have to fess up
– because Nick’s
compete on the
so much. They were teenage sweethearts
got himself a new
history
Nick
and
and his mum, Gail, hates her. It’s always
wife, and she’s set to
Could we see a happy
Leanne have! After all,
been like Romeo and Juliet! So, I would
arrive in Weatherrfield!
reunion for Leanne
and
Nick?
the couple originally
love it if they could settle down for
“It looks as if Nick’s
married as teenagers, then
good. Sometimes people do end up
new marriage hasn’t worked
wed again back in 2013. Jane
happy on Coronation Street!”
out – in fact, it seems so bad,
Danson, who plays Leanne,
he’s run away from his wife!” says
is delighted that Ben Price
our cobbles insider. “She’s not happy
about being abandoned, and he’s in for – aka Nick – is heading
Will there be hugs
a shock after she tracks him down. But back to the cobbles, and
from mum Gail
on Nick’s return?
is even hoping that it could
the question is: how far has he got his
turn out to be third time
feet under Leanne’s table? And how
lucky for the pair!
will she react when he reveals he’s
“I’m really pleased,” says
gone and got hitched again? With two
Jane of Ben Price’s return
scorned exes on the Street, life could
as Nick. “Ultimately, Nick
soon get very difficult for Nick…”
is the love of Leanne’s
While the newcomer is set to ruffle
life – they’ve been through
a few feathers, she certainly can’t

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STOP
PRESS!
8000 and

EASTENDERS

counting!

Neighbours celebrated a
milestone recently,
ilming its 8000th
episode! Cast
members
including
Alan Fletcher
(aka Karl)
were treated to
a yummy cake to
celebrate the feat.

Casualty@Holby

KEEPING
IT REAL
Danny Dyer promises he’s
not taking the Mick…

Surprise guests

Loose Women’s Janet
Street-Porter and
Linda Robson
are to make
a cameo in
Hollyoaks! The
pair will play
wedding guests
in an episode to
air in November.
“We do make an
impact!” laughs Linda.

E

astEnders’ Danny Dyer is
going to be a busy boy in
the coming months, but fans
of Mick Carter shouldn’t worry –
the actor has revealed that he’s
happy to keep playing the loveable
landlord for a fair while yet!
Danny has two stage shows in the
offing: he’ll be playing the Producer in
Nativity! – The Musical this Christmas
in London, alongside his daughter
(and Love Island winner) Dani, and
then January will see him starring
alongside Sherlock’s Martin Freeman
in The Dumb Waiter in London’s
West End. Meanwhile, filming has
started on a reality TV show centred
on Dani Jnr, but featuring her whole
family – including dad Danny!
“We’ve just sort of started,” revealed
Dani on Capital Radio. “It’s exciting.
It is hard work, though. It is weird,
though. Me nan loves it, though.”
Despite having all this going on,
Danny has assured fans that he’s
fully dedicated to his Walford role.
“People are loving Mick Carter,”
he says. “And for as long as people
are loving him, I’ll keep playing him.”

There’s good news for fans of
Casualty and Holby City –
the two shows will
soon be joining forces
once again! “I am
not going to say
too much, but there
are some extremely
exciting crossovers
coming,” teases Casualty
producer Lucy Raferty.

Soap SPY...
Dry down under!

Home and Away stars Emily
Symons (Marilyn) and Lynne
McGranger (Irene) snuggled
up with make-up girl – and
former show star – Laura
Vasquez (Sarah Thompson)
recently, as they braved the
Aussie winter. “Thanks for
keeping us dry in between
takes,” posted Emily.

INSIDE SCOOP

Liz agrees to give her
relationship with Jim
another chance

CORONATION STREET | ITV WEDNESDAY

Hannah’s
revenge!
SHE THREATENS JOHNNY AT
THE WEDDING RECEPTION…

H

annah tries to regain
control this week,
as her wicked plan
to extort money
from Liz and Johnny seems
in danger of collapsing.
However, can she still rely
on Jim to back her up, or
has she lost him to his ex?
The evil con woman seems
to be unravelling, while her
partner-in-crime Jim secretly
meets with Liz, telling her that
he’s never stopped loving her.
While he pours out his heart
to his ex-wife, Jim begs her to

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give him another chance,
insisting they could be happy
together. Liz promises to think
it over, but what is going on in
Jim’s mind? Is he genuine in
his feelings for Liz, or is he still
intending to carry on with
Hannah’s planned sting?
“Jim is sending out mixed
signals to say the least!”

chuckles our cobbles insider.
“He may well have true feelings
for Liz – yet he’s also led her
to believe that Hannah is their
long-lost daughter, while making
out with the young woman
behind everyone’s back! The
question is: who will Jim
choose when the chips are
down – Liz or Hannah?”

Hannah is getting
rattled now – who
will Jim choose?”

Your soap story

Wish list!
“Sonia talks about nursing
as if it was second-best to
being a doctor – but it’s just
as important a job! Perhaps
EastEnders should give Sonia
some ambition, and let her
study to be a practicioner –
to show what a rewarding
career it can be.”
…comments reader Mrs F
Hannah demands cash
from Johnny – will he
be forced to comply?

Later, the torn fella tells
his co-conspirator that the
money has come through
from Liz’s bank account,
and that Hannah should
leave without him. Despite
this, Hannah suspects
that Jim isn’t quite as loyal
to her as he claims…
“Make no mistake,
Hannah is the brains
behind this operation,”
says our mole. “She’s
planned the whole thing
from the start, and has
used Jim as a pawn – so
she’s not one to have the
wool pulled over her eyes
easily! When Liz tells Jim
that she would like to give

It’s clear to Hannah that
Jim is having doubts
about their scheme

their relationship another
chance, Hannah watches
on dubiously. Although Jim
insists to Hannah that his
feelings for Liz are all part
of the deception, surely
the expert con artist will
work out that she’s the one
who’s now being conned?”
With doubts about Jim
swirling around in her
mind, Hannah spots
another opportunity to get
what she wants at Steve
and Tracy’s wedding. She
sidles up to Johnny and
bluntly tells him that if he
doesn’t hand over £5,000,
she will expose his affair
with Liz to his wife, Jenny!
“Hannah is getting
rattled now,” reckons our
snitch. “It was only a short
time ago that she had it
all mapped out, and her
anonymous threat to
Johnny looked as if it
might pay dividends.
However, she’s now lost
her cool – blowing her cover
and running the risk of
Johnny calling her bluff!”
Johnny has already
made it clear that he won’t
respond to blackmail
threats, so Hannah may
find herself without the
cash, having unmasked
herself as a fraud. Unless,
of course, she has another
trick up her sleeve…
Tom Spilsbury

“I wonder if Charity’s
mum is really dead.
Charity was very young
at the time, and if
Obadiah’s wife left him,
it would be just the sort
of thing he would lie
about. It’d be a big twist
for Charity’s mum to
show up in the village!”
…says reader Hannah
from St Albans
“Colby and Dean’s
bromance in Home and
Away is so cute! But
what if they realised
they were more than
just friends? I’d love to
see how the other River
Boys react to that!”
…chuckles reader Nora
from Norwich
“I hope Peter really does
buy the snooker hall in
Corrie. The place needs
somewhere seedy for
people to hang out. At
the moment, they’re
endlessly meeting in
two nearly identical
restaurants – as you do!”
…observes reader
Richard
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INSIDE SCOOP
EASTENDERS | BBC1 THURSDAY

“Help me
find the dirt
on Ray!”
MEL PAYS HER EX JACK
TO SPY ON HER LOVER…

Jack has information
on Ray – what will
Mel make of it?

S

uspicious Mel
decides that it’s
time to find out
what Ray’s hiding
from her this week,
so enlists the help of her
former boyfriend Jack.
As an ex-detective, Jack has
connections and is champing
at the bit to start digging into
Ray’s world, determined to
prove that the fella is up to no
good. Sick of Ray’s sneaky
antics, Mel is further incensed
when Jack reveals another
secret that her man didn’t

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Ray’ s arrival has
ruffled feathers in
Albert Square

tell her. So, handing over a
big wad of cash, Mel tells
Jack to start digging for info.
“It’s a rather strange thing
to pay the man you ditched
to investigate the bloke you
ditched him for, though Mel
likes to be different,” whispers
our Albert Square insider.
“Some might argue that by
dragging Jack into this,

she’s exploiting his feelings
for her, but Mel is desperate
to find out more. She really
wants to believe that Ray is
a changed man, because

she loves him. However, his
secret antics remind her of
the bad old days when she
was with sly Steve Owen.”
It’s a tense time in Mel’s
house until Ray breaks the
ice by giving her a romantic
anniversary present. She’s so
bowled over by his gesture
that when Jack stops her to
tell her he has some news,
Mel decides she doesn’t

Mel wants to believe
Ray is a changed man
– she loves him…”

Is Mel’s reunion
with Ray set to
end already?

information and her own
guesswork, Mel searches
for Ray and is stunned by
what she sees when she
eventually finds him.
It looks as though Ray’s
blown it after Mel rushes

away and tells him to keep
his distance. But the next
day, she has a sudden
change of heart and invites
him to her place for dinner.
What is Mel playing at?
Kate White

The long
game
want to hear it. The problem
is that Ray has spotted Mel
and Jack having this very cosy
tête-à-tête, and he’s furious
to think that she’s still so close
to her ex-lover. When she gets
home, Ray demands to know
what was going on there, and
Mel reluctantly admits that she
was after information – which
doesn’t go down at all well.
“Ray is livid because she’s
doubting him and dragging
Jack into it too,” shares our
source. “It’s not a good sign
that he and Mel are already
at each other’s throats again
– the pair have only been

back together for a couple
of weeks. It doesn’t take long
for them to make up, but as
soon as Mel has come to the
decision to forgive and forget,
Ray gets a mysterious phone
call, and leaves Mel nursing
her glass of wine on her own.
That’s when she cracks!”
Marching over to Jack’s
place, Mel tells him that she’s
changed her mind and wants
to know what dirt he has on
Ray. Jack’s all too happy to
oblige, and when he shares
what he knows with Mel, she
starts to work out what’s been
going on. Armed with Jack’s

Star Sean Mahon (Ray) is enjoying
keeping his character’s secrets…
Playing mysterious Ray is a dream come true for
EastEnders newcomer Sean Mahon. While fans
guess and speculate over what’s really going on
with the enigmatic Mr Kelly, Sean is enjoying being
in possession of a big soapland bombshell.
“It’s always great to come in with a secret that
you are slowly divulging,” he told Metro.co.uk.
“What’s interesting about that is that you know
where it’s all going, so you think people also
know where it’s going – but then you read about
the possible storylines ahead and what people
are guessing, and you think, ‘That’s so not the
right direction!’ So, it’s great to hold the cards
and to play them very, very slowly…”

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Moira doesn’t want
her nephew doing
anything stupid

EMMERDALE | ITV WEDNESDAY

Can Moira
stop Ross
committing
MURDER?
THE BAD BOY BARTON WANTS
REVENGE ON HIS ATTACKER…

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Seeing Simon sends
vengeful Ross into
a violent rage

Ross gets hold of Simon
– but will his revenge
mission see him kill?

R

aging Ross has
murder in mind this
week, as he gets
Simon – the man
who attacked him with acid
– right where he wants him.
But when events reach a
dramatic climax, there’s one
thing standing in the way as
Ross prepares to become a
murderer – his Auntie Moira…
Following the tip-off from his
ex-lover Dawn, Ross discovers
that Simon is attending Joe
Tate’s masquerade ball with
the intention of robbing the
joint while
he’s there.
Grabbing
a holdall
packed with
duct tape,
rope and
plastic ties,
Ross rushes up to the estate
to kidnap Simon. What does
he want from the man who
destroyed his life?
“Ultimately, Ross wants to
hear Simon confess, and he
wants justice to be served, but
because the court case was
thrown out, the only justice he
can get is revenge,” explains
Michael Parr, who plays the
Barton brother. “It’s gone past
getting ‘an eye for an eye’
given the mental torture that
Simon has put him through.
Ross just wants to kill him.”
This is a very dangerous
situation, not least because

Ross has started relying on
hard drugs to get him through
the day. His judgement is
clouded – and his plan is
flawed, to say the least…
“As always with Ross, there
are more holes in his plan
than a sieve!” despairs Mike.
“There’s a scramble when he
hears where Simon is, and he
rushes to put things in a bag.
He packs some weapons and
things to tie him up with, so
he just acts instinctually. He
thinks he’s planning – but with
Ross, it never goes to plan.”
When he
arrives at
Home Farm,
his Aunt Moira
spots him and
then Simon.
Realising that
Ross plans to
kill, Moira tries to intervene.
“She’s the good angel on
his shoulder, and she tells him
that he doesn’t really want to
do this,” shares Mike. “Moira
can relate to this because she
killed Emma, Ross’ mum. She
knows how hard it is to live with
a death on your conscience.”
However, when Ross claps
eyes on Simon, the fella sees
red – and the chase is on.
“Ross is furious,” says Mike.
“This secretive plan goes right
out of the window, and they
take off on foot chasing each
other. Ross is in a rage, and
after he catches Simon, who

“Ross needs the
chapter to be
closed on this
part of his life”

keeps lying, it sends him over
the edge. Simon’s terrified
because of how Ross is, and
there’s a big fight scene. It
was great fun to film.”
Moira discovers the two
men at the lake, and she
does everything in her power
to get through to Ross. But
given the ordeal he’s been
through at Simon’s hands,

it’s unclear if she’ll be able
to make any difference. Will
Ross get what he needs
from this revenge moment?
“He needs the chapter to be
closed on this part of his life,”
muses Mike. “It would be a
huge milestone if he could just
get a confession from Simon,
and some kind of justice.”
Kate White

HAPPY
EVER
AFTER?
Emily Head (Rebecca) hopes for better times…
While it looks as if Ross is about to do something
he might regret, could this week’s events actually
see him finally move on? Emily Head – who plays
Rebecca – reckons that they might…
“Ross and Rebecca have both been through a
lot,” shares the star. “They’ve lost family members
at the hands of other family members. So if Ross
can make her happy, yeah – put them together!”
We’ve witnessed Ross grow close to Rebecca in
recent weeks, but his vendetta has held him back.
So if he’s able to find some closure on his attack,
and Rebecca recovers from her own traumatic
ordeal, perhaps romance will finally blossom.

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INSIDE SCOOP

Terese is there
to support her
shaken daughter

NEIGHBOURS | Channel 5 MONDAY

for Cassius!
HIS SECRET IS FINALLY OUT…

P

iper finally learns the
truth this week, when
Cassius confesses
that he killed Hamish!
Will Piper stand by him, or is
it all over for the murderer?
Following a
warning call
from his mum,
Elissa, terrified
Cassius goes
on the run, yet
Piper is in hot
pursuit and
wants answers!
She finds him hiding out at a
motel, agitated and upset. But
after a grilling, Cassius reveals
all… He was the one who saved
Piper from the bush, he’s Tyler’s
brother, and he killed Hamish!

“Piper takes control of the
situation, unlike in the past
with Tyler,” says Mavournee
Hazel, who plays her. “That
ruined her and she was on the
receiving end of all of that, so
she confronts
Cassius…”
Piper stalls
him, making
Cassius
believe that
she wants
to flee the
country with
him. Not wanting to leave her
behind, Cassius waits for her,
but soon the police arrive and
it becomes clear that Piper
has betrayed him. Cassius
is arrested and taken in for

“It takes Piper
a while to
process what’s
happened…”

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questioning – however, after
learning that his mum has
been charged as an accessory,
Cassius decides to stay quiet
and attempt to bargain for her
release. Later, heartbroken
Piper begs Cassius to do the
right thing and, in the end,
he makes a full confession.
“Piper has matured since she
spiralled after Tyler,” Mavournee
tells us. “She goes through
not liking Cassius and hating
herself for not listening to Bea.
Ultimately, she concludes that
she doesn’t like what Cassius
did, but she doesn’t hate him.”
After Cassius is charged
with Hamish’s murder, Piper
is left reeling and confused by
this shocking turn of events.

“Piper acts very rationally,
but it takes her a while to
process what has happened
– it’s an internal battle,” sighs
Mavournee. “One day she
wants Cassius to rot in jail, and
the next she’s reading him a
list of lawyers. She doesn’t
really know what she’s doing.”
Afterwards, with the support
of her mum, Terese, Piper tries

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uch
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met a doctor was if someone
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that time.
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d

The locals can’t believe what
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her best to come to terms
with this stunning revelation.
“Piper’s happiness has
often depended on someone
else, and she’s aware of that,”
explains Mavournee. “Her
priorities have shifted, romance
has been pushed to the side,
and her happiness is what
she’s trying to finesse.”
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“What did Tracy
do to that Charlie
bloke?”
“I love you.
I really, really stupidly
and completely
love you.”

“Charity Dingle.
I really, really stupidly and
l
completely
love you too.”
No – you’re crying. We’ve just
got something in our
eye, that’s all.

“She caved
his head in with a
knick-knack.”

“Well, before
y give her the bad
you
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ews, make sure you
have a declutter.”
We love how Tracy’s
brutal murder o f Charlie
Stubbs is now played
for laughs.

Family in crisis!

IN

HOLBY CITY
BBC1TUESDAY

X

avier’s past is further
unveiled this week, as
his Grandad Reg is
admitted on to AAU – but how
will Xav react to his arrival?
Reg turns up at the hospital
after tripping over while visiting

the grave of Xav’s late brother
on the anniversary of his death
– which Xav recently told Nicky
that his family blames him for.
However, as concerned
Donna begins to question her
colleague when Xavier’s other
brother, Alex, arrives on the
unit, will the uncomfortable
medic want to open up?

Bernie warns Tiff!
EASTENDERS
BBC1 THURSDAY

T

iff gets into deeper
trouble with bad boy
Jagger this week,
damaging her friendship
with Bernadette!
Whitney tells her little
sister to stop seeing the
dodgy lad, so Tiff lies and
claims she’s already been
dumped. Whit isn’t buying it,

though, and asks Bernie
to try to split the pair up.
Bernie also knows that
Jagger isn’t good news, but
when she badmouths him to
Tiff, her mate is offended.
Bernie then tries to make
amends with Tiffany, but
ends up being humiliated
when her pal invites her to
hang out with Jagger and his
gang. Can Bernie make Tiff
see sense about her bloke?

Honey’s fears

Is new boyfriend Adam simply too clever for her?
EASTENDERS
BBC1 FRIDAY

H

oney worries that her
fledgling romance with
dentist Adam is doomed
this week – believing she’s not
intelligent enough for him!
Honey’s concerns grow after
Adam returns from his trip
abroad and brings her back a
thoughtful gift – a beautiful
book about art.
It’s not quite
what Honey
was expecting,
though, and
Billy later finds
her furiously
researching the
topic so she can

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impress her new fella
with her inner art critic.
As Billy questions what
she’s up to, Honey is forced to
admit that she’s worried Adam
will think she’s stupid! Billy
can’t bear to see his ex-wife
feeling so glum, so lifts her
spirits by offering her some
glowing compliments – but his
words lead Honey to make a
big decision about Adam…
Meanwhile, Mel
warns Billy that
it’s time to finally
move on from
Honey, before
he ends up with
a broken heart!
Will Billy heed
her advice?

Mother of all shocks!
Jacob’s stunned to see mum Omo in the ED…
CASUALTY
BBC1 SATURDAY

J

acob’s work life and
personal life collide in
dramatic fashion this
week, as his mum Omo is
brought into the hospital!
Omo is enjoying a day out
with her grandson Blake when
she suddenly becomes agitated,
forcing Blake to call 999 and
get her some medical help.
After Omo arrives at the
hospital, Jacob is stunned to
see her following so many

years of estrangement, and
admits to Elle that his mother
suffers from schizophrenia.
While Jacob opens up to
Elle about his mum’s condition,
Omo is getting more and more
distressed – with the voices
in her head becoming louder.
But after Jacob and Elle
leave her unattended, they’re
shocked to find Omo in the
middle of the ED with blood
dripping from her arm, having
pulled out her cannula!
Can Jacob calm Omo before
she seriously hurts herself?

Jack
007!

REGIONS
& RADIO...

FAIR CITY
● Melanie is still
struggling with money
this week, and tries to
hide her worries from
Alex. What does the
future hold for them?
Elsewhere, Mairead
will stay in Dublin if
Will agrees not to see
Cristiano again. Plus,
Tommy and Paul
clash over Jane in
front of a journalist!

HOLLYOAKS
Channel 4 MONDAY

R

uss pays Jack to
spy on Sylver and
Mercedes this week,
after suspecting that they’re
having an affair!
Jack tells Russ he saw
Sylver and Mercedes almost
kissing the previous night,
and so Russ convinces Jack
to go undercover. However,
Jack’s sleuthing doesn’t
quite go to plan after Sylver
catches him breaking into
his workshop. Somehow,
Jack talks his way out and
steals Sylver’s phone.
Will he find anything?
Or is Sylver innocent?

RIVER CITY

Dipi interferes!
NEIGHBOURS
Channel 5 TUESDAY

P

avan gets back in touch
with Mishti this week
– and officially calls
off their engagement!
He tells Mishti that Dipi
called him, and that he’s also
found out about the sex video
she’d kept secret from him.
Mishti blames Dipi for the
breakdown of her relationship,
convinced that her meddling
sister has warned off Pavan,
as well as sending him the
video. She also accuses Dipi
for being against the arranged
marriage from the start, and
doing her best to sabotage it!
Will the sisters be able to
get back on track after this?

● Amber finds herself
in a dangerous place
this week, after a call
from Harris leaves
her considering using
heroin. Elsewhere,
Bob finds out that
he’s the beneficiary
of Theresa’s will, but
can he accept the
money? Finally, Caitlin
reports Pete missing
to the police.

THE ARCHERS
● The family worries
about Christine this
week, as Peggy finds
a solution to her
problems. Also,
Freddie loses it with
Elizabeth, leading her
to make a decision
that may leave her
disappointed. Finally,
the Aldridges are livid
to discover the truth
about Noluthando’s
overdose…
See p93 for times
& channel details

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EMMERDALE

SUN

7
OCT

MON

8
OCT

TUE

9
OCT

Martin attends his high school
reunion with Stacey and Ruby.
● Tif lies to Whitney and continues
to see Jagger behind her back…
● Suspicious Mel recruits Jack
to find out what Ray is up to.

FRI

12
OCT
SNEAK
PEEK
AT
NEXT
WEEK

EPISODES
TONIGHT!

● Jim suggests a reunion for
him and Liz – will she be keen?

Tracy throws a tantrum – will
she and Steve get hitched?

1

HOUR
EPISODE!

● The guests for the Home Farm
masquerade party begin to arrive.

2

EPISODES
TONIGHT!

● Stacey urges Ruby to go to
the clinic to be examined.

● Debbie grows impatient at the
hospital chapel – where’s Joe?
● Everybody reels as Kim makes
a grand entrance at Home Farm.
Ross attacks Simon down by
the lake – can Moira stop him?
The masked charity ball
rumbles on into the night…
…and there’s horror when
Kim suffers an epic fall!

● Bernadette annoys Tifany and
ends up feeling humiliated…
Mel sets off on a mission – and
makes a shocking discovery.

A gift from Adam leaves Honey
upset rather than ecstatic!

Joe proposes that he and
Debbie get married now…

With Sarah’s help, Debbie
is ready for her wedding.
● Determined Moira confronts
Ross about his vendetta…

● Will Sinead agree to marry
Daniel in a Pagan ceremony?

● Martin seeks Kush’s advice
about the situation with Ruby.

● Ross packs tape, rope and ties
– ready for his daring mission!

● …while Graham meets a freshly
released Kim Tate from prison!

● Hannah spies another chance
to blackmail Johnny for cash…
Ali lashes out as he tires of
Ryan’s selfish behaviour!

10
OCT
11
OCT

2

● It’s the morning after, and Ruby’s
odd behaviour concerns Stacey…
…and she soon realises that
her friend has been raped.
● Martin’s old school pals tell
him their version of events.

WED

THU

● Ali is seething after he’s
suspended from work…

● Soon, the police arrive to
deliver shocking news.
There is car-crash chaos as
Ronan wreaks his revenge…
…but which of his victims
most needs an ambulance
e?

2

2

EPISODES
TONIGHT!

● The past is the present as the
village buzzes with Tate gossip…
● …following the incident
at the masquerade ball.
The coppers question those
present at Home Farm!

● Will Tifany finally realise that
Jagger is a bad influence?

● Nick returns to the cobbles
– what brings him back?

● Robbie is in a bad mood – and
Bex reckons she knows why!

● Who is offered an exciting
opportunity at a university?

● The Dingles are worried sick as
Sarah’s life is on the line again…

● Has someone in Albert Square
rumbled Sharon and Keanu?

● Nick doesn’t exactly receive a
warm welcome from the locals…

● One woman is injured after
grazing her foot on a dart!

● Martin continues to feel conflicted
about Ruby’s situation…

● Brian’s plans to take Cathy on
holiday are soon thwarted!

● Which village fella realises
that he has feelings for Maya?

EPISODES
TONIGHT!

YOUR ENTIRE SOAP WEEK AT A GLANCE!
HOLLYOAKS

NEIGHBOURS

HOME AND AWAY

SAT

6
OCT
SUN

7
OCT

● Paranoid Russ pays Jack to
spy on Mercedes and Sylver…
● Louis is back – and air hostess
Martine isn’t far behind him.
Cleo’s family seems to be
taking over her wedding plans!
● Jack’s attempts to snoop on Sylver
are rumbled by brainy Breda…

Cassius is clapped in cuffs
by the cops at last…
● …after Piper uses her initiative
to snare her murderous boyfriend.
● Chloe contends with persistent
Pierce – will he be her next client?
Killer Cassius caves and
confesses his crime…

● Brides-to-be Mercedes and
Cleo exchange vicious insults.
Louis has sex with Simone
– before sleeping with Leela!

● The Brennans are given fresh hope
that Tyler will be released from jail.

● In a special episode for World
Mental Health Day, Cleo is in crisis…

● Xanthe debates whether to have
a gap year before university.

…while she prepares for her
and Joel’s wedding day.
● Her ongoing battle with bulimia
threatens to destroy everything.

● The atmosphere remains tense
between Mishti and Dipi…

Martine confronts Louis as
he juggles three women!
● Grace has a plan in mind to
defeat Glenn once and for all…
● …and it isn’t long before Farrah
starts to suspect what the plot is.

● Mishti is convinced that sister
Dipi is out to sabotage her life!

Dr Rob announces that he
and Amy should buy a house!
● Pierce wants more than
just company from Chloe…
Susan insists that Karl jets
off to Boston to visit Jemima.
● Amy suddenly feels sufocated
in her relationship with Dr Rob!

● Maggie gets some much-needed
good news from the hospital…
Chelsea declares her love for
Colby – how will he respond?
● Willow explains why she came
clean about her criminal actions.
● Chelsea refuses to take no
for an answer from Colby.
Brody busts out his guitar again
for a public performance…
● …but the overwhelming response
leads him to have a panic attack!
Ryder finds himself in peril
while exercising at the gym…
● …after Coco and Rafy both shun
his attempts to make amends!
● Maggie and Brody share a heartto-heart about his issues.
● Dean extends an olive branch to
his mum – but what will she do?
● John demands to know how Ryder
worked out at the gym by himself.
Tori finally gets an answer
from Robbo – what will he say?

● Grace and the other WAGs want DS
Cassidy to help – will she agree?
Leela and Kim give
Tegan some tough love…
● Joel visits Pete in prison and
tries to get him to confess.

● Chloe considers what to do about
Pierce, and turns to Elly for advice.
● Bea and Yashvi’s friendship is on
the rocks – can they make up?

● …as Irene reaches her limit of
hearing about the whole saga.
Dean needs a wash – so Willow
pushes him into the ocean!

● Kim becomes convinced that
Farrah is cheating on her again!

● Which mild-mannered man
unleashes a hidden temper?

● Coco, Raffy and Ryder have
their hands full with exams…

● Donna-Marie turns up once
more, but what does she want?
● Breda feels overwhelmed by all
the childminding work she has…

● Shane discovers some of
Doug Willis’ old homebrew…
● The Rebecchi family has a
nightmare with childcare!

● Brody flips out as Maggie
attempts to mother him!
● Alf receives upsetting news
from Hawaii – what could it be?

Gary puts his heart on the line
and declares his love to Amy!

● Jasmine tries and fails to grab
an opportunity to talk to Robbo…

MON

8
OCT
TUE

9
OCT
WED

10
OCT
THU

11
OCT
FRI

12
OCT
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PEEK
AT
NEXT
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Paul had been up to recently!

NO CHARITY CASE
Could someone please give Charity
Dingle a kick up the backside?
She’s not the only Emmerdale
character to have had a rough
time, but she has been wallowing
in self-pity for ages. What she
really needs now is a stiff dose of
tough love, not the entire contents
of the Woolpack’s wine cellar.
| Mary
I don’t think the rest of the
Dingles will let her wallow in
self-pity for too much longer.

of my favourite characters! It’s like
they’ve just rolled out every prison
cliché they can think of. I don’t
believe for one minute that Mick
would behave like that, anyway.
| Shelley, Bournemouth
It’s no Wentworth Prison, is it?

I was really sad to see Hunter
leaving Home and Away. I’ll
admit I wasn’t really a fan of
him when he first arrived in
h hi
his wicked
the Bay with
i k d
otte, but
mum Charlo
he’s grown up
u so much
since he’s beeen living at
the caravan park with
Leah. I hope that the
writers can ffind
something
interesting
for Leah to
do now she
has no kids
left to look
after!
| Maria
Leah needs
a new love
interest – an
nd
one who
won’t cheatt
on her!

Steve exclusively wears bad
shirts and this expression

STEVE IT OUT!
I always knew that Steve from
Corrie was a bit slow on the
uptake, but I didn’t realise he was
completely brainless! How could
he ever think that Tracy would
give him a ‘free pass’ to sleep with
someone else? It’s just more proof
that this wedding is doomed!
| Monique
Turn to p4 for all the gossip
on Steve and Tracy’s big day!

MAD FOR DR CAV

NO SPARK FOR SHAZ
I’ve tried, I honestly have – but
I can’t
an
’ take
k Sharon
Sh
nd Keanu’s
so called ‘steeamy fling’
in EastEndeers seriously.
There is absolutely zero
chemistry between
them. Alll the saucy
dialoguee in the world
make
will never
n
his pairing
th
believable!
| Becca
I’ve actually
been
id
d
enjoying
ered h
seeing
p r c nt
pe
p m bee
e f
Sharon
having a
bit of fun
b
ffor once
– she really
deserves it!
d

The

BIG
DEBATE!

GASKELL KILLS ROXANNA!
Doctors are meant to save lives, not
end them – so imagine our shock when
wicked doctor Gaskell administered a
lethal dose to Roxanna in Holby! And
we weren’t alone in our outrage…
The moment that Gaskell
cold-heartedly murdered
his so-called friend Roxanna
was one of the most chilling
scenes I’ve seen on TV this
year! It’s a shame he’s not
eligible to be nominated in
the Best Villain category at
the Inside Soap Awards, as
he would win hands down!
| Rose
Professor Gaskell makes my
blood boil! He’s got such a

god complex, thinking that
he’s in charge of whether
people live or die! I really
hope Hanssen cottons on to
what he’s up to soon, before
he ruins any more lives.
| Sandra, Glasgow
How can Professor Gaskell
be allowed to practise as a
medic any more? He’s messed
up so many times! Please
don’t let him kill anyone else!
| Olly, London

ILLUSTRATION: ROB DAVIS

It’s hilarious how everyone in
Emmerdale has
a crush on Dr
Cavanagh –
even Marlon
seems to fancy
him! Not that
I can blame
him, the good
doc is quite
a dish. It seems Diane has taken a
real shine to him, so Bernice could
have competition from her mum
for his affections!
| Jonathan
That’s one Dales love triangle
I would love to see!

While Gaskell was wickedly
plotting how to off Roxanna,
I’m glad that Hanssen never
gave up on her. I know he’s
had his good and bad times in
the hospital, but he really is
a decent doctor – he’d never
kill a friend in cold blood
like horrible Gaskell did!
| Alice
Some of you think Roxanna
could have saved herself…
Being locked in but conscious
of all that was going on around
her must have been the worst
way for Roxanna to die. But
why when she was spelling out
words for Essie, did she try to
spell ‘Professor’? She should
have just spelled out ‘Gaskell’!
| Margaret
I think whatever she tried
to spell out, nasty Gaskell
would have rumbled her!
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While Ash isn’t a diva, he
will only play parts where
he has some authority

COP FOR THAT
Like everybody else, I was
absolutely gripped by the
BBC drama Bodyguard,
and I’m sure I recognise
the main detective who
was looking into Julia’s
murder, Deepak. Has he
been in a soap before?
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to investigate the
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THE

BIG

interview

“This was the
right time for Kim
to come back!”
AS SHE MAKES HER RETURN TO THE DALES,
INSIDE SOAP COULDN’T BE HAPPIER – AND
STAR CLAIRE KING IS DELIGHTED, TOO…
EMMERDALE | ITV MONDAY

F

rom the moment Kim Tate
boarded that helicopter
back in January 1999,
in a typically dramatic bid
to evade justice, her loyal
fans have been desperate for their
Queen of the Dales to return to the
scene of her many crimes.
This week, almost two decades
later, those dreams are finally about
to come true. The bitch is back,
as formidable and fascinating as
she ever was – and Inside Soap is
thrilled to have Claire King, who’s been
playing the first lady of Emmerdale
since 1989, on the phone again…

We’re so excited about Kim’s
return, Claire – have you
been enjoying all the
speculation?
Oh yes! I knew about it for
quite a while and wasn’t
able to say anything,
so half my friends
have stopped talking
to me! When the
teaser trailer first
aired, you couldn’t
see it was me –
it was quite good
having the mask.
But once the mask
was removed, it all
went berserk.
44 lnsideSoap

It’s a question that’s come up
a lot over the years: ‘When is
Kim Tate coming back?’
Fans have always asked me whether
I’d go back to Emmerdale. It’s something
that’s been discussed ever since I left
20 years ago. But it felt like now the
time was right. It would have been
a bit random before, but with Joe Tate
being in the village, there’s a link.
So it’s slotted in well.

What did it mean to you that
people were so desperate to have
Kim back in the Dales?
Well, obviously it’s really flattering.
When I first started on the show there
were no mobile phones, let alone social
media – so the night of the big reveal
was overload for me! I couldn’t keep up
with everything. But it was all so lovely
– it’s good to be
back, albeit for
a short time.

How did it feel
playing Kim
again after all
this time?

Fostering friendship:
Graham and Kim have
been in cahoots all along!

Like putting
on an old
pair of
riding boots!
It’s been 20
years but
it’s amazing,
time flies –
so it was just like

Champagne reception:
Kim is back – which means
trouble isn’t far behind!

stepping back into a comfortable pair
of shoes, really. Or not so comfortable,
as the case may be, in four-inch
stilettos, and driving an Aston Martin…

How was it ilming Kim’s fall stunt?
It was a stunt girl who fell into the
glasses of champagne. I literally had to
drop from the balcony – 10 feet up –
on to crash mats and boxes. We did
it in one take, so I didn’t get too
many bruises! I don’t mind
those sorts of things – I was
going to train for my stunt
card before I started at
Emmerdale the first
time around.

Has Kim
changed
much,
since
we last
saw her?
I guess she
has, but not
for the better!
Being in prison
has hardened
her, and obviously
she’s aged. She’s
probably even more
blinkered and narrowminded about getting
what she wants. She’d
trample over anyone now,
to get her own way.

Have you always enjoyed
saying all the outrageous
stuf Kim comes out with?
Oh, it’s far more fun playing bitchy
characters. I don’t think I’d be cast as
a downtrodden or mousy type person.
I think the bitchy parts are so well
written because you’re allowed to be
a bigger character, a bit more camp, a
bit more out there, and get away with

saying things that the average person
would really like to say but can’t.

What was it like stepping back on
to the Home Farm set again?
It was bizarre at first, as a lot of the
team – and the studio – are new, so it
was like being in a new job. But as soon
as I was filming scenes on the Home
Farm exterior, on location, Kim Tate
was back – standing proud with a smirk
on her face! It all fluttered in then.

The Home Farm interiors have
probably changed a bit…
It was all dressed for Home Farm’s ball,
so there were lots of masks hanging
down and black sparkly curtains and
champagne fountains everywhere. It
looked spectacular and has certainly
been modernised since my day!

How many of your former co-stars
are still on the show?
There’s Chris Chittell, who plays
Pollard. And Steve Halliwell and Jane
Cox [Zak and Lisa Dingle], but I didn’t
get to see them as we weren’t filming
on the same sets. I’d not worked with
Andrew Scarborough [Graham] before,
but we absolutely clicked and had a
laugh. We’re both from Harrogate and
knew a lot of the same people. He really
looked after me – he was lovely.

You’re back for a week this time –
would you ever return full-time?
I don’t know. I’m off to Stockport to do
panto this Christmas – I’m playing a
wicked fairy in Sleeping Beauty. And I’ve
got a film coming out in October called
King Of Crime. I’ve been doing a few
independent films which is really good.
I’ve also got a theatre tour next year,
and it’s nice being able to do theatre,
film and television, and have a little
change. I’m lucky, at my age!
Allison Jones
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Long live
THE QUEEN!

Claire remembers how the Dales were rarely
quiet with Mrs Tate in the big house…
If the Glover fits 1995

Kim moves into Home Farm with
husband Frank and his kids Chris and
Zoe – and life is good, for a while…
“The whole family was happy,”
says Claire. “Kim was supposed to
be a bit Londonish, but I quickly made
her slightly Yorkshire. She was very
prim and proper, though!”

Frank and Kim remarry soon
after the plane crash of 1993,
but then Kim starts a new
affair with handsome
farmhand Dave Glover.
She has his son, James –
though even after Frank
pays her a million pounds
to dump Dave and name
him as James’ father, she
and Dave reunite. They
plan to run away, but after
a fire breaks out at Home
Farm, Dave is killed trying to
rescue James from the blaze.
“That love triangle was one
of my favourite storylines,”
reveals Claire. “It gave Kim
more than one dimension,
and showed how she could
actually care for somebody. She
really did love Dave Glover!”

The first afair 1992

Back from the dead 1997

After Kim miscarries
e
Frank’s child, he hits the
bottle and neglects his
wife. She seeks comfort
from family friend and
fellow horse-lover Neil
Kincaid – and when
Frank finds out, he
demands divorce…
“I think the viewers
saw that coming –
soaps always have to ha
ave
affairs!” chuckles Claire. “It
It was great
for me, although I knew people would
take Frank’s side. I got hit on the head
with an umbrella in Marks and Sparks!”

The year
yea after Dave’s death, Kim
disappears
– and Frank
d
dentifies a woman found dead
id
att the wheel of her car as his
wife. But Kim returns to the
village alive and well just months
late
er, the shock of which prompts
Frank to suffer a fatal heart attack.
“I was leaving the show, so Kim
was really meant to be dead – but
weeks later they asked me back
two w
Christmas thing, so the story
for a C
rewritten
was rew
and I was
resurrected!”
shares Claire.
“That scene
after Frank’s
heart attack,
where Kim
checks he’s not
breathing with
her compact
mirror was
full-on camp! It
really worked.”

PHOTOS: GETTY, REX/SHUTTERSTOCK

Tate takeover 1989

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Sky’s the
limit 1999
When Kim’s new
husband Steve
Marchant runs over
Kathy Glover while
stealing a horse, she
sets him right up – insinuating
she had no part of the theft and that
Steve left Kathy to die. The police are
soon on Kim’s trail in any case, but
she escapes before charges can be
brought – taking off in a helicopter…
“I loved that,” beams Claire. “They
gave me a really good exit. It was off
the back of three days
of non-stop scenes in
the studio, but then I spent
half the day flying around
in the helicopter!”

MAIN PHOTO: REX/SHUTTERSTOCK

“Does Leanne
love Steve? Nah,
it was just too
much booze!”
AS ALL HELL BREAKS LOOSE AT THE
McDONALD WEDDING, JANE DANSON
TELLS US WHY LEANNE KEEPS GETTING
HERSELF INTO TROUBLE WITH BOYS…



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