Marc Baylis picks his all-time favourite Rob and Tracy moments - fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy ride!
Marc Baylis picks his all-time favourite Rob and Tracy moments - fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy ride!
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On the SIXTH DAY of December we have a classic Christmas clip from 1977, featuring Eddie Yeats and Stan & Hilda Ogden. Absolute legends of the cobbles, played by the late, great and much missed trio - Geoffrey Hughes, Bernard Youens and Jean Alexander.
David is courting with disaster when he decides to take the law into his own hands.
How did the sweet, cheeky lad from Weatherfield come to be masterminding a quest for vengeance?
We take a look back at some of David's defining moments...
David Platt was born on Christmas Day 1990.
(Although his Martin wanted to call him Gazza!)
The first major drama David faced was a botched kidnap plot orchestrated by Martin’s friend, Carmel Finnan, who later attempted to frame Gail for pushing her down the stairs (more on Gail's brushes with stairs later).
David’s disobedient streak first began to surface when, in 2001 after Martin had an affair with Rebecca Hopkins. Distraught that his parent's were divorcing, David started to misbehave and after becoming the target of a school bully, his wayward behaviour became violent despite Gail's best endeavours.
If only the Platts knew then that this was just the beginning of Dangerous David Platt...
As the Platt family looked like they were moving on to happier times who could forget Gail’s third husband, Richard Hillman. In March 2003, Richard was revealed to be a serial killer and set about killing himself, Gail, David, Sarah and Bethany by driving them into the local canal in a spectacular scene. Luckily, David and the rest of the family were rescued as Richard met his demise in a watery grave.
However the memories of his evil stepfather caused a young David to be suspicious of Gail’s next relationship with Phil Nail.
With his penchant for scheming spiralling, David plotted a sinister hate campaign against his mum’s new partner, framing him for poisonous pen letters spookily signed from Richard. Phil finally reached breaking point but in the end he was dumped by an angry Gail and David remained triumphant.
After successfully tearing apart his mother’s relationship, romance was in the air for David himself when he developed feelings for fellow hairdresser, Maria Sutherland.
But the course of love failed to run smoothly as Maria was enjoying an illicit affair with the Street’s bad boy Charlie Stubbs who then threatened David into silence.
Not one to be obedient, David attempted to blackmail Charlie but he was bundled into a bathtub with Charlie determined to drown him. In the nick of time, Maria saved David’s life - another brush with death.
David then tried his shot at romance for a second time when he began a relationship with Tina McIntyre in 2008.
After finding out that Gail paid for Tina to have an abortion, demonic David pushed his mum down the stairs (we told you stairs would come back to haunt Gail!)
When Tina ended their short-lived romance, it sparked a vicious rampage where David smashed up the Street, attacked Ken Barlow and hit a policewoman! He was sentenced to four months in a Young Offenders Institution.
Driven by jealousy of Gary Windass’s friendship with Tina, David framed Gary for theft. Gary’s confession to the police led to David being arrested once more.
But David’s conflict with the law didn’t deter his jealous crush on Tina and when she began a relationship with Jason Grimshaw, David agreed to supply her father with drugs as long as he attempted to break up the pair. Joe’s shock suicide lead to Gail being arrested for his murder and David had to prove his mum's innocence.
Tina’s next love interest was David’s best friend Graeme but when David suffered a blackout while driving and knocked Graeme over, he was arrested for attempted murder as no one believed his version of events. Although his track record wasn’t the best, just before the court case began, David suffered another blackout and the Street began to realise he was telling the truth… well, this time.
After a break abroad, David returned to Weatherfield engaged to Kylie Turner! After gaining custody of Kylie’s son Max from Becky and Steve McDonald, it looked as though David was finally heading for wedded bliss.
But heartache struck when he discovered that his wife had slept with his brother Nick. Choosing not to confront the duo, he caused a car accident, leaving Nick in a coma and with permanent brain damage.
Kylie and David reconciled but after discovering Kylie’s drug addiction, he threw her out and she left Weatherfield.
Kylie arrived back on the Street but so did a familiar face from her past who threatened to destruct the family life that David and Kylie had worked so hard for - Max's father Callum wanted access to Max.
The custody battle that followed turned into a violent feud which escalated when Callum used Sarah and Bethany in a sinister game of manipulation. When they attempted to frame Callum for a crime he lashed out at Sarah and so Kylie, in an act of protection, killed him.
The murder was covered up until rescue workers found Callum's body and David was initially the main suspect. The family managed to frame Tony Stewart who happened to be dead and, after all the catastrophe they had endured on the cobbles, David and Kylie agreed to relocate their family to Barbados.
At the final moment, their plans were ruined when Clayton stabbed Kylie and she took her last breath in David’s arms.
Grieving David was dealt another agonising blow when he heard Kylie's killer may not get the justice he deserves.
Now determined to take matters into his own hands David’s plan is both devastating and disturbing - don't miss the conclusion to this chapter of David's story, all next week on Coronation Street!
Look back at some of Kylie Platt's best bits and go behind the scenes during Paula Lane's final episode.
How do you describe Kylie Platt? Feisty? Caring? Gobby? Strong?
Whatever you call her you can guarantee that there will be a massive Paula-Lane-shaped hole in the cobbles for a long time to come.
What made you decide to leave?
I have made no secret of the fact that I never saw myself being in a long running drama for the rest of my career. I was only contracted for 6 months and ended up staying six years. Six years is a nice amount of time to make an impact, but not be typecast, I was very conscious of that, time goes so fast in soap, as we film ahead, I thought I am going to have to run and jump and see that decision through.
Were you surprised to be told she was being killed off?
I knew it was a possibility, they have free reign to do what they want with your character once you make that decision to leave and sometimes when it is a much loved character they want to go for a big impactful exit. I am more than happy with the exit and creatively I am excited to play it and see people’s reaction.
How did they tell you?
Kieran Roberts the executive producer me sat down explained how and why, I was excited. You don’t get to have that kind of exit every day and people will really remember it so I am really pleased. Hopefully it will leave the audience wanting more.
Of course it is nice to have the door open, it gives you a kind of safety net but I hope I can go on to do other things, this is a great spring board I feel like I have been given so much opportunity here and I am so grateful to that.
Has that been tricky keeping the secret?
My family and friends kind of know not to ask, but I have a very tight circle of people who knew. It is great that we kept the details of how she dies a secret though.
Go behind the scenes during Kylie's final episodes to see how the dramatic episodes were made.
What was Jack’s reaction?
He was very laid back about it, but It is heartbreaking really because I could have seen them last a lifetime together. It is hard when you have someone you have worked with for six years turn round and say ‘I am going and I won’t ever be coming back.’
Will you take any mementoes?
No I don’t think so I think it has got to be clean break.,
Will you be teary yourself?
I can’t quite go there, I have so many friends here and Jack really is great to work with, I love him to bits, it is going to be gut wrenching, it is safe to say the performances the viewers will be seeing will be real.
What would your dream job be?
I loved Marcella, loved the style, really gritty. ITV has got some great dramas on at the minute, so you just have to see. Of course it is easy say I would love to do something completely different from Corrie like a period drama, or sci-fi. And I would love to do theatre as well.
What’s been your favourite storyline?
It’s hard to just pick one. I loved spending time with Katherine Kelly and being in her shadow kind of thing when I started at Corrie. Then things got a bit more serious and Kylie slept with Nick, and we had ‘Is the baby Nick or David’s?’ thing. I’ve loved everything. I can’t really pinpoint one moment.
What will you miss the most and the least?
I won’t miss the many costume changes – it’s like going on a shopping spree everyday but without the end product. You know, you’re just constantly trying on clothes. I would never want the end product, either. I won’t miss the early starts, the drive. But I will miss the people, the buzz on set when a take goes well – we have so little time to shoot the scenes –when it just works, you go ‘Wow!’ and it feels great that you’ve managed to achieve it. Most things I’ll miss, I really will.
Is Kylie dying after killing Callum the ultimate soap justice?
I have to admit that when they made Kylie a murderer I did sort of think, ‘This means something quite big now.’ It does change things for the character when they commit a big crime.
Did that have any bearing on your decision to go?
I think it just reinforced the fact that they can do whatever they want to a character. And I still wanted her to be believable. There were so many parts of her that I’d played that I thought it was time for me to wrap it up.
As far as Kylie’s relationship with David is concerned, is this the best way for her to leave?
Yes – the family now get a clear cut end. She’ll forever be in David’s heart obviously but one of the best ways for her to go is not by choice. David has to try and move on if she is dead whereas if she had been in prison or had run away he would always be waiting for her. It will be a long process but will give him some great drama.
Do you think David will go off the rails after Kylie’s death?
Probably. It’ll catapult him into a new lease of life. The way she goes will lead to so much for Jack to be able play.
Is it one of the most shocking deaths in Corrie history?
Yes - without a doubt.
I’m not just saying this because I’m involved but I don’t think I’ve ever read an ending like it. The audience are going to get a real sense of shock and surprise – how a sudden death is. They’re going to feel those emotions.
How are you feeling about having to play dead?
It is a bit weird. I just hope my eyes don’t start flickering. I’ve never done it before so I don’t know. I’ve not practiced staying very still or anything. That’s what I mean about being given a storyline like this. It’s a new avenue, something different.
What’s been your proudest Corrie moment?
Without a doubt. The Live episode. The audience was completely oblivious to what me and Jack were doing logistically. In between scenes we were running around the set with about 30 seconds to spare. It was crazy. And then all those millions of people watching. It was an unbelievable feeling.
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