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Ben Price on 'Narla'

We sat down with Ben Price to talk all things Nick and Carla - including asking the BIG question!

How are things going between Nick and Carla at the moment?

Really good, Nick’s really happy, he really loves her. He recognises she’s sort of a china doll, a bit broken, a bit damaged, and he wants to be the man that Peter wasn’t. The difference to his relationship with Leanne is that Carla has that edge, and he loves Carla’s edge.

Does he love her and envisage spending the rest of his life with her?

Yeah he loves her and wants to spend the rest of his life with her but Carla’s not the easiest person to read at times. Also Nick’s been married, he’s been in situations with marriage which were tricky. He’s been burned and he just wants to take it slowly.

Is he surprised when Carla offers to help him waitress?

Yeah he’s really surprised and she’s awful, she can’t take being bossed around but they are lovely scenes. This relationship is about Nick giving Carla a lighter side, showing the side that she could be or could have been, it’s not enough to just be stable Nick wants to give her the ability to make Carla laugh and show her a good time. So when Carla comes to work in the Bistro it’s perfect.

How does she come to propose to him and what are Nick’s initial thoughts?

She just blurts it out and Nick’s a bit taken aback because he didn’t expect it. Then there’s a period where she gets embarrassed and flounces off. He does want to marry her but I don’t think he expected it would be her who asked, he thought it would be him, so that shocks him.

What would marriage to Carla be like, could it work?

Yes definitely, as an actor I have to play it like it will be fine, of course it’s doomed - it’s soap, but if I play it like it’s doomed then it won’t work. I would like it to be a love story, no matter how bad or broken it gets in the end I'd like it to be that they do love each other.

Maybe life will get in the way, maybe they’re too broken, who knows. Nick’s not the person he was since his brain injury, short tempered, not good with numbers, his family is messed up, he’s not got the immediate family he always wanted, maybe life hasn’t turned out the way he thought and he carries that with him.

How do you think his family will react to the news that he’s marrying Carla?

I don’t think Gail will ever be happy with whoever Nick marries. David will probably be quite amused that he’s marrying someone like Carla. On paper she’s got her own business, she does very well but she is broken and what I’m conscious of with Nick, is that he’s been affected by things that have happened to him and he hasn’t got the depth he once has.

He hasn’t got the resources he did have to deal with things, so it doesn’t take much to put him in a place that he can’t get out of. In the end I hope his family will be happy for him but maybe they can see that he’s not as as strong as he thinks he is.

Does Nick get on well with the rest of the Connors? Is he ever worried that they might not approve?

I don’t think he’s bothered whether the Connors like him or not. One minute they’re not around, then they’re involved in the factory, he doesn't entirely trust them and he can see they’re not one big happy family so he’s wary of them. Whatever they’ve been through Nick’s family are very tight knit, so when he walks into other families like the Connors he doesn’t quite believe the close family image they’re trying to portray, he always wonders what else is going on, he always imagines there’s something not quite right.

What did you think when you first heard that they were going to get together?

I wanted it a while back, not that I have any say, but I just think they’re a natural fit: Two business people, two people who’ve done quite well, two people who are a bit lonely and a bit broken. I started working with Ali on the show and I definitely wanted to work with her again.

I like the fact that Peter has been around before him, I liked his relationship with Leanne, I like that history, it’s much easier to gravitate to people who you’ve got a long history with.

How have fans responded to Nick and Carla’s relationship?

People I’ve spoken to tell me they love it, they like the way the characters work together and I’ve heard ‘Narla’ go down very well on Twitter.

Picture Previews: Mon 7 Dec - Fri 11 Dec

This week on the Street: Just because Rob's behind bars, it doesn't mean he can't stir up trouble! Also: Nick and Carla's engagement party and Kylie finds out Sarah's secret.

Tracy's gutted when Robert cancels their date - especially when she sees him getting out of a cab with Leanne and Simon!

When she confronts him, Robert admits that he accompanied Simon to his counselling. He's surprised how calmly she takes the news.

Maybe it's because she's secretly meeting Rob in prison!

It turns out that Rob's been a busy boy - he's also sent a visiting order to Johnny!

But what could the two have to talk about?

Johnny is left reeling from Rob's shock revelation.

First Pic: Jailhouse Rob

Rob will set the cat amongst the pigeons once more on Coronation Street when he starts calling the shots from his prison cell!

As this exclusive picture shows, Marc Baylis will reprise his role as murderer Rob Donovan from Friday 4th December when viewers will see him in prison.

Rob will send a number of visiting orders to some of our favourite Weatherfield residents, a year after he got sent down for Tina McIntyre’s, murder after being arrested on his wedding day to Tracy Barlow.

Rob’s reappearance spells trouble and it soon becomes clear that he holds the key to a huge Connor family secret, one that he could use to his advantage.

Marc Baylis said:

“Rob’s had a lot of time to think about things over the last year and ponder why he ended up where he is. He’s got a sternness to him, he’s a bit colder than he was before.

"Rob’s of the attitude that if he’s having it so hard for the foreseeable future then why should everyone else have it so easy. He feels that he’s been hard done by and he just wants a little bit of payback.”

What is Rob’s end game and could it throw a spanner in the works for Tracy and Robert’s relationship?


Sarah's back with a bump

Sarah returns to the cobbles thinking that she can put what happened behind her. We spoke to Tina O'Brien about the next twist in the story!

Poor Sarah's head is about to explode!

– Tina O'Brien

Kylie's relieved at first to see Sarah in a happier frame of mind but David remains unconvinced.

Then, after one-too-many drinks in the Rovers, Sarah accidentally stumbles into the path of Tim's van which opens up a whole can of worms.

Did David have anything to do with her accident? Kylie thinks so!

But that's nothing compared to the shock revelation the Doctor has for Sarah - will there be no escape from Callum's legacy?


FAVOURITE QUOTES: Mary's Mother-isms
INTERVIEW: Tracy's Jealousy

Preview Clip: Friday 4th December

Tonight on Coronation Street...


Craig panics that he's not ready to move his relationship forward with Caitlin.

She wants me to come around tonight, while her dad's away.

– Craig

Kylie accuses David of causing Sarah's accident.
Meanwhile, Sarah reels as the enormity of her situation hits home.
Nick and Carla have something very important to tell Gail.


Nick proposes to Carla!

Carla Connor, will you take this ring as a token of our engagement?

– Nick

Kylie realises she's pushed David too far.
Sally tries to play matchmaker for Sophie.
And, a guilt ridden Michael finds an unlikely confidant.

Mary's Mother

Mother always said a swift kick to the unmentionables would do the trick but frankly I’m a lot more comfortable up at the throat end.

– Mary's mother on... self-defence

I wasn’t allowed to watch films like that as a child… Mother wouldn’t let me watch anything with robots. One of her little rules. Sex, violence or robots. Or talking animals… Avalanches, beach scenes, anything with Olivia Newton-John, volcanoes, monks, haunted vehicles of any kind.

– Mary's mother on... Star Wars

Did I ever tell you Mummy was psychic? …Six weeks before Amanda Burton left Peak Practice, she saw it in the bottom of her Horlicks. Now that’s a gift.

– Mary's mother on... the supernatural

Mummy wouldn’t go out after dark because of her fear of owls.

– Mary's mother on... nocturnal dangers

My mother always said there was something very Slavic about me… It wasn’t a compliment. Whenever I wore a headscarf she said I looked like I should be queuing for beetroot.

– Mary's mother on... fashion

I’ve always considered myself a student of life – although Mother reckoned I’d failed my entrance exam.”

– Mary's mother on... education

I once took a set of pliers to Mother’s chaise longue but it didn’t end well.

– Mary's mother on... DIY

Mother was once struck by a bolt that had fallen off the undercarriage of a passing helicopter... She had trouble remembering some months of the year after that and she developed an irrational fear of the colour yellow, so that was it for custard in our household. And she called me ‘Daphne’ occasionally, which was odd because she didn’t know any Daphnes.”

– Mary's mother on... an unfortunate accident

Whenever anyone used the expression ‘Always the bridesmaid, never the bride,’ my mother used to say, ‘Our Mary’ll never even make bridesmaid.’ She was right.”

– Mary's mother on... weddings

I’m turning into my mother. What a terrible thought. ‘Complicated woman’ is a polite way of putting it.

– Mary on... Mary's mother

Phelan Is Back!

We last saw the dastardly Pat Phelan riding off into the sunset having blackmailed Anna into sleeping with him and swindling her family out of their life savings.

How will Anna and Gary react to see the bothersome builder back on the cobbles?

Connor McIntyre started filming this week and will be back on screens in the new year!