Bon Voyage Michelle?

Is this the end for Steve and Michelle? Kym Marsh hints at the heartbreak to come...

Talk us through how Michelle’s feeling since Steve found out the truth about Will?

It has been really difficult for her as Steve has frozen her out and she can’t get through to him. She has got to the point where she really doesn’t feel there is anything more she can do to try and get him to come round and forgive her.

She didn't properly cheat but did cross a line – out of the two ofthem who do you sympathise with more?

She is the first person to admit what she did was wrong and she could have done a lot worse. Remember she was left on her own for months and he hadn’t even turned up for her birthday, or so she thought.

I’m not condoning what she did, as it was wrong but Steve does need to cut her some slack. She did confess and now she is paying the price.

What response have you had from the viewers? Are they on Michelle’s side?

The viewers do seem to really love Steve and Michelle as a couple and most people seem to want them to sort out their differences and move on. They do think that he is being a bit harsh considering what he has done to Michelle in the past.

Steve did properly cheat on Michelle with Becky back in the day. Is she quick to remind him of that?

Exactly and yes she does remind him, what he did was much much worse but they are older now and more settled and he is obviously hurt. He was ill after all with the depression and he knows he stayed away too long so he probably blames himself a bit but he won’t admit that.

Steve and Becky

Does she have any idea that Steve’s secretly pining for her?

No, he is doing far too good a job of being cross with her and freezing her out. She genuinely believes that this is the end and that he is never going to forgive her. The viewers will be wanting to bang their heads together, it is one of those times when you are shouting at the screen. It is areal Ross and Rachel storyline.

Are they both being a bit stubborn?

Yes, they are as stubborn as each other. If they could just admit that they have both made mistakes and forgive each other and move on then it would all be OK but neither of them is going to back down.

How does Michelle feel about the prospect of working away on a cruise ship?

She has got to the point where she just thinks there is nothing left for her. Carla has gone, her son is abroad and now it looks like her marriage is over so when her friend tells her about the job on the cruise ship it just seems like the right thing to do. She still loves singing and it feels like a fresh start for her. She can’t bear the thought of staying in Weatherfield and seeing Steve every day.

Do you think she’s right to consider going, or should she stay andfight for her marriage?

If Steve is not going to forgive her I can totally understand her desire to get away. She probably is also doing it to try and call his bluff, but that is a dangerous game as it looks very much as though he is going to let her go.

Now that Carla is gone,who can you picture Michelle becoming good mates with?

That’s the thing, she has got the rest of the Connors but it isn’t the same as having your best mate around. She does chat with Maria, but with everything that is going on she has lost Liz’s friendship too. She does need some girlfriends.

Has it been strange not having Alison King on set, seeing as you had a lot of scenes together?

Yes it is really strange as I also shared a dressing room with her so I will miss having her around. I have been away on holiday though so I haven’t had too much time to miss her properly yet and now Simon and Bev are both back so the McDonald crew is back to full strength which is always good fun.

Supporting Sarah

Sarah has had an incredibly tough year. We spoke to Tina O'Brien about getting Sarah some help.

How does everyone react when they realise Sarah's having a breakdown?

Everyone’s genuinely worried for her but David has a lot of issues trusting the police or her having any kind of medical intervention because of their secret and that she might reveal what actually happened and they could go to prison for it.

Can anyone get through to her?

No, she thinks Callum is there and is going to get them.

Why does she barricaded herself in?

She barricades herself into her house because of what this guy’s told her. That Callum’s out to get her. She feels she needs to make the house as secure as possible so that if he does come looking for her he can’t get in.

How do things look when she’s taken to hospital? What does the psychiatrist report?

The psychiatrist says she is having episodes of psychosis because of what’s happened - the body has been discovered in the house, she’s just had a baby and the lack of sleep contributes to it all.

What state is she in when Todd and Jason visit?

She’s been given a lot of medication so she’s kind of there, but not there. She’s not anxious and not in a state of mania.

Where does she go from here?

Sarah acknowledges that she needs to get better. People are telling her that it’s not real and although she has moments when she believes what everyone is telling her, her head still tells her that she’s right.

How have you found filming this storyline?

It’s easily the hardest thing I’ve ever filmed. It’s been really tough, and sad. It’s definitely pushed me outside my comfort zone.

Can Sarah get better?

I hope so, I’m not sure yet but I think she’s getting all the help she can get in a mother and baby unit.

Do you think it would be better if the secret about Callum was out?

It would be better for Sarah. That’s the root of a lot of her problems, it’s the dark secret that’s been eating her up.

Are you hoping it will come out eventually?

I think so, yes, because it would be a good story to play.

What’s it like filming with the babies who plays Harry?

I love them, they are so adorable.

Have you enjoyed working with Daniel Brocklebank?

I love working with Dan, he’s brilliant. Working with different actors definitely brings out different dynamics. Because Sarah doesn’t have a boyfriend it’s great that the writers are finding other people for her to confide in.

Oh Brother!

We've seen a whole new side to Billy recently. We spoke to Daniel Brocklebank about our lovely vicar's hidden family members and secret crushes!

Can you tell us a bit about Billy’s brother Lee?

Lee is a heroin addict and has just come out of prison. That’s what he’s been fleecing Billy for, to try to pay for this habit. Billy’s offered him a place to stay, tried to get him into rehab but he won’t have any of it.

He’s had a pretty tough life and doesn’t realise that their father threw Billy out when he came out to him so Lee has spent his entire life thinking that Billy abandoned him.

Why did Billy feel unable to confide in Sean about it?

He was ashamed of Lee but he’s also ashamed of himself because he couldn’t help Lee when he needed him.

Why did he choose Todd as his confidant?

He didn’t choose him as such. They were kind of thrown together because of the Sarah situation. And they have become closer because Todd finds out that Lee is Billy’s brother. He saw Billy let Lee go when he was caught stealing from Preston’s Petals and Todd was about to call the police. Billy has kind of been cornered and he had to tell him the truth.

How did Sean react when he reveals the truth about Lee?

He’s hurt that Billy hadn’t told him. That in turn upsets Billy. He hadn’t gone out of his way not to tell him, there just wasn’t the right moment.

How did he feel when Sean dumps him?

Well obviously gutted. He has loved Sean but at the particular moment it’s probably the least of his worries. He has so much going on it’s just another nail in the coffin.

What makes Billy realise that he has feelings for Todd?

They always had a fairly fractious relationship, Todd and Billy. Todd has never been very nice to Billy. I think it’s slow burn, Billy sees a side to Todd that he’s never seen before, a much softer, caring side, with Sarah but also with Billy when he opens up about Lee.

How did Todd react when he confesses those feelings?

Not well. He asks Billy to leave the house and that he doesn’t want any of it. That’s his initial reaction.

Who do you think he’s more suited to – Sean or Todd?

Ooh, I don’t know. Billy and Sean have always had a lovely relationship, however, I think Billy and Todd’s relationship may be a bit more passionate, explosive. It’d be interesting to see them together.

Why was Billy so jittery about Callum’s funeral?

Obviously it’s put Billy in a very difficult position because Sarah’s a friend. And Billy doesn’t really know what’s gone on either, he’s made up his own mind about what’s happened. He thinks that Sarah was raped by Callum and that baby Harry is the result of that attack.

He’s wrong, obviously, but that’s what he thinks, so when Marion comes and asks him to conduct the funeral of the man he thinks has raped his mate, it’s a difficult position to be put in. He also thinks Sarah is responsible for Callum’s murder so he’s burying a man while protecting his killer.

What made him rush out of the service?

It’s because Sarah walks into the church. He told her he didn’t think she should come so when she walks in it’s too much for him. He has the body there, the person he thinks is the killer, the grieving mother… it’s all too much.

Do you think Billy could be the one to uncover the truth about Callum?

Very possibly. That’s up to the writers though.

Can you give us any hints about what else is coming up for Billy?

I can’t actually. I don’t know any more than Todd and Billy getting together but who knows if that will run smoothly?

Phelan Friendly?

Phelan's being very kind to Jason at the moment. It's not that we're suspicious, but we caught up with Connor McIntyre to see what he's up to...

How has Phelan been dealing with Jason’s grief?

I think he’s been dealing with it very well - he doesn’t really care!

In terms of what his goal is, although he likes Jason, none of this stuff is going to get in the way of what he wants to achieve. He can only view Jason’s grief as an opportunity. I’ve said it before, he’s psychopathic in the strictest sense of the word - no empathy, narcissistic, a lack of compassion. It’s all about him.

Does Phelan believe that Tony is the murderer?

It’s irrelevant for him, he honestly doesn’t care but the situation has presented him with an opportunity. Once more into his lap has fallen a set of circumstances that will help him achieve what he wants to achieve. Happy days!

What does he think when Jason tells him where the murder weapon could be?

He thinks, this is good news! Because again it comes down to having that leverage, information is power to him. And he lays the guilt trip on Jason, that he’s got him involved now.

Why does he decide to move the tool bag?

He does it ostensibly as a favour but again, it’s leverage. He can keep reminding Jason he owes him.

Is Jason grateful for Phelan’s help?

Yes. You would be, wouldn’t you? It’s a web that Phelan weaves. He’s really tricky.

Does Phelan genuinely care for Jason at all?

Yes, I think he does care for him but with that kind mentality, everything’s about the moment. The long term thing for Phelan is purely himself, but he has to remain plausible.

Will you miss Ryan Thomas?

Dreadfully. Coronation Street as a whole will be in tears when that young man goes. I’m very fond of him. It’s been a privilege working with him and if there has to be an exit storyline I’m pleased to be part of it.

Do you think Todd has the potential to bring Phelan down?

I think there’s a few people with the potential to bring Phelan down, including Todd.

There are several contenders, he’s upset quite a few people. Maybe Todd’s too obvious? Maybe Norris or Roy would be interesting. When you see what undoes these characters it is that they generally overplay their hand. Or one of the threads unravels and the whole thing collapses around them.

Do you enjoy the Phelan-Todd conflict scenes?

I am, he’s a great actor is Bruno. We try to make it as truthful as possible. It’s a delight.

Do fans still generally hate Phelan or have more pro-Phelan fans emerged over time?

People are engaged with the story. Woe-betide you if you go near their favourite characters with bad intentions like Phelan does. They don’t like it. I’m getting the hate mail but there’s a bit of love there too. Generally it’s restricted to the character and it’s not personal.

You retweet lots of poems, fan art, memes etc that fans tweet you about Phelan – what’s been your favourite recently?

They are very creative, the fans out there. Someone tweeted recently that their great-aunt had asked them to write to Coronation Street suggesting that Pat Phelan be poisoned! That whole image is lovely. It’s a credit to the writers that they have created a villain like this.

Do you hope Phelan succeeds in his plans or would you like to see him get his comeuppance?

I’m not a fan of Pat Phelan, he reminds me of some duplicitous, machiavellian politicians and world leaders. He will tumble, the bad guys can’t win. And we can’t let them win in real life too.

There’s still some interesting questions about Pat Phelan - where he’s come from, what’s made him the way he is? - to be answered.

Todd's Plan

Todd's always been a master schemer but can he use his powers for good? We spoke to Bruno Langley about whether Todd's going to get away with lying to the police.

Why did Todd come up with the plan to say that Tony killed Callum?

To protect Sarah. Todd thinks, given her present state of mind, that Sarah must have done it. Also possibly Jason – both of them together. Todd wants to protect them both.

So, Todd’s got a whole story worked out?

Yeah – he’s basically doing it to protect Sarah. Obviously onscreen they’ve been quite close recently, talking a lot about the past and stuff. He feels very protective towards her, especially now he’s the god father of her son Harry. So he’s come up with this weird plan in his head that makes sense to him and he kind of digs himself in – once he’s gone and told the police it was Tony.

He tells the police that Tony confessed to him the night he did it. Todd then tells the police that he hadn’t believed Tony until the body was discovered. Tony was working on the extension so the story makes sense butTodd’s not sure that the detectives believe him.

What does Jason think?

It’s strange – he doesn’t come down on one side or the other but I think in his heart he knows his dad didn’t do it. He’s a bit annoyed with Todd for telling everyone it was Tony but I don’t think that he fully understands Todd’s motives which seem to Todd to be good and right.

Can you talk through the scene where Sarah did sort of confesses – at least Todd takes it as a confession?

She’s kind of rambling in a scene. She kicks Todd out but he keeps coming back. She keeps saying ‘It’s all my fault’. He knows she’s heavily involved. I think Todd suspects David of actually killing Callum – David can get sort of twisted.

This storyline puts the two families against each other again. Are you enjoying that?

Todd’s kind of on the fringes. He’s kind of the peacemaker at the moment which is an odd situation for Todd to be in. There’s so much history between the two families that it might flare up at any moment, that tension is always there.

Have you learnt much about flower arranging now you’re working in Preston’s Petals?

I’ve no idea about flowers! But at the start, as Kate Ford pointed out, Tracy and Todd should be quite bad at it. She did train as a florist a long time ago but Todd hasn’t a clue. I personally don’t know anything either. I know how to buy them but that’s all. It’s hard because you’ve got to make it look like you know what you’re doing.

Do you like Todd and Tracy’s relationship?

Yeah, I love it. They’re both quite interesting characters. They say things to each other that they wouldn’t say to anyone else. Cutting, quick things. They’re also quite bitchy together. They don’t take offence when the other one says something.

They’re really horrible to each other but they don’t mind. At the end of the day, she’s given him a job and he feels good about that.

Does he respect her?

He can’t believe some of the things she gets up to. Todd’s done some outrageous things but even he can’t believe some of the stuff she’s done. She’s on another level. He finds that quite impressive.

Can we ask you about theTodd/Phelan relationship?

Todd’s not taken in by Phelan. There’s a line Todd says to Phelan – I’m not going to let you screw over this family like you did to the Windasses. Again, Todd’s protecting his family, mainly his mum. He can see it a mile off but Eileen’s obviously blinded by whatever it is – love or affection.

Todd’s scar. . . How much earlier do you have to come in to get it done in make-up?

About 10 mins. I’m not sure that you can see it much any more. You don’t see it unless it’s outside and a close-up.

How do you feel about Ryan Thomas leaving?

Mixed feelings about it. I’ve been away and come back again while he’s never left. He’s been here for the duration. I’m a bit sad about it, although I’m excited for him at the prospect of doing different stuff. He’s had the most fantastic training at Corrie – as we all have.

You left and came back but did leaving help you grow as an actor?

More as a person actually. I learnt the discipline of the theatre. You can’t be late and you’ve got to be on the ball every night. The audience has bought tickets, they’ve paid to come and see you, and you don’t want to let them down.

I left Corrie in 2005 and then I became a dad – that was very life changing. Parenthood makes you less selfish – and this industry can make you quite self-centred. Kids are the perfect antidote to that. Also going out and meeting other actors makes you see things differently. You learn from them.

Is this the end for Steve and Michelle?

Steve finds out about Michelle's kiss with Will!

We spoke to Simon Gregson as to whether this was the end for Steve and Michelle.

How is Steve feeling about his and Michelle’s relationship now he’s back?
He’s very excited to see her and then he was very confused at her attitude. He reckoned it was because she’s not forgiven him for being away in Spain for so long.

Does he have any idea she had something on her mind?
No, not at all. He has no idea. He knows she is distracted but he just thinks she is making him suffer for leaving her to look after everything whilst he was away.

What happens when Will and Saskia turn up?
Steve and Michelle are in the back room and they burst in and it all comes out that something’s gone on between Michelle and Will. Saskia has found out and she wants Steve to know.

What’s Steve’s initial reaction?
Shock initially. He’s really shocked. He’s upset and hurt by it. It was the last thing he would have thought she would do even though he knew she was cross with him.

How does Michelle deal with the situation?
Michelle says it was only a kiss, Steve doesn’t know whether to believe her. Then he ends up believing her, but he’s stringing it out for as long as he can. He wants her to know he is suffering as a result of this coming out.

What happens when Will goes to the taxi office?
Will comes in and starts having a go at Steve and winding him up. Steve goes for him but he’s quickly reminded by his mate Tim that he’s hurt his arm, it’s in a sling, so Tim fights him instead.

What does this mean for Steve and Michelle’s relationship?
All that’s in Steve’s mind is that he can’t believe she’s done it and he’s going to keep stringing it out and he wants her to suffer for a bit. His confidence is gone a little bit and now he’s getting control back. He keeps on with the snide comments.

Why can’t he consider forgiving her?
Because he’s really hurt by it all. It doesn’t help with the fact that Michelle only admitted to half of the story and there is obviously a lot more to it in the end.

What advice would you give Michelle and Steve if they were your friends?
First of all I’d remind Steve about how he went off with Becky and actually married her. Then I’d say to Michelle, what if your husband was in the Army or working on the oil rigs for six months. Would it be acceptable then? No, it would not. So they’re both as bad as each other, although Steve went a bit further - with marriage!

Are Steve and Michelle over?
It’s all up in the air at the very least, this is possibly the biggest test they have had and it came during a really tough twelve months for them so it will be interesting to see if they can work through it.

How are the viewers set to react if Steve refuses to forgive Michelle?
I think it’s going to be split. I think 80/90% love the Steve and Michelle thing but there are a few who don’t so I think the majority won’t want them to split up.

He’s not being very fair?
Well they’re both as bad as each other, although Steve did go a bit further and she forgave him!

What was it like to do the scenes with Leon?
It was very good, he’s a nice fella. We had a good laugh, the fight thing in the cab office was really funny.

Are you hoping Steve and Michelle get back together?
Yes , because me and Kym have a really good friendship, we have a very good laugh, she’s hilarious. Then again as an actor it is good to shake things up sometimes.

Getting Away With Murder

There's suspicion in the air and accusations flying all over the place.

We spoke to Paula Lane about how Kylie is coping!

What’s going through Kylie’s mind in the aftermath of Callum’s body being found?

She’s terrified. She and David don’t know what the next stage is going to be - forensics and things like that - so she’s scared.

How are Kylie, David and Sarah each coping with answering questions from the police and their neighbours?

They are just doing their best to defend the situation but obviously none of them knows what each of the others has said so they want time on their own to kind of assess the situation and they can’t get that because Gail’s around all the time.

What is the story they’re giving people at this point?

They just talk about the last time they saw him and that’s all.

How does Kylie feel when the police initially look at David as their prime suspect?

Obviously, she’s very defensive because she doesn’t want to implicate him. She’s protective of him so she panics a little bit in the police station and kind of cracks.

Is she tempted to confess and hand herself in?

Very much so, but it’s David who’s keeping her from having those thoughts. But when she feels like they’ve really got their claws into him she’s ready to hand herself in.

When David points the finger of suspicion at Jason, how does it make Kylie feel?

Mixed emotions, a bit guilty but someone has to be framed for the murder, although she doesn’t want an innocent man to go down for murder.

Does it make her see David in a different light?

She knows full well what David’s capable of so it doesn’t surprise her.

Meanwhile, Todd begins to suspect Sarah of being the killer. Why do you think Kylie’s done so well to avoid suspicion?

Because Sarah looks so far removed from where she was mentally and Kylie looks like she has a much better handle on the situation.

Is Kylie willing to let an innocent person take the rap for her crime?

They’re just under suspicion at the moment but if it came to the point where someone was charged that could tip her over the edge to confess.

How far will she go to protect herself?

She’ll go to a certain point to protect herself but she’s aware there are accomplices to consider too.

How did you feel about filming the exciting week where Callum’s body was discovered?

Initially I was excited because they were exciting scenes, the culmination of some big storylines.

Was it sad knowing that this was all going to culminate in your exit?

I wouldn’t say sad, I’m ready for it, ready to face it head on.

Do you know what Kylie’s exit involves – and what did you think when you read the script/found out?

I do know what Kylie’s exit involves. I’ve read the scripts. I was supposed to be resting but they were there in front of me so I went full throttle and I read them all in one go. I’m very pleased with it.

If we film it the way I picture it I’ll be very happy.

What will you miss most about Corrie?

The people. Definitely not the early starts, as I travel further than most. I’ll miss my Corrie family, as we’re very close. It’ll be a real wrench for me, pardon the pun!

What are you most looking forward to doing after you leave?

I’m going to have some time out mentally. I’ll just gather myself, have my second child. I’m mindful that Corrie’s been a huge part of my life for a few years now so I want time to get back to being Paula for a few months and then go from there.

Will you take any souvenirs from the set with you?

No, I’m quite happy to hand over Kylie’s belongings!

Would you like to see Jack’s character paired up with someone else after Kylie leaves?

Jack is totally able to go it alone, he’s a great actor, but it’d be great if something can be done for him to have another Bonnie to his Clyde. But, you know, I think we’ve been a great double act so I wouldn’t want that to be forgotten too quickly!