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.

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

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

Behind The Scenes: The Car Race

We put our pedal to the metal and joined the cast and crew as they got the behind the wheels of Luke's car race.

What happens if you put Dean Fagan, Tisha Merry, Oliver Farnworth and James Atherton out on a freezing street in the middle of Manchester?

Car-nage! (sorry)

Dean talks about stunt drivers and sitting in the driving seat, James reflects on playing the villain and see how we filmed the heart-pounding race - including drone-cam!


Tracy's Jealousy

After all the trouble with Simon, Robert offers Leanne a shoulder to cry on. We spoke to Kate Ford about how jealous Tracy handles this new friendship and whether or not she'll push Robert away for good.

Has Tracy had any idea about what Leanne’s been dealing with in Simon?

No she’s not got a clue. Tracy isn’t privy to anything Leanne has been going through, they hardly see eye to eye so Tracy’s probably the last person Leanne would confide in! And Tracy’s too wrapped up in her own business to notice the problems other people might have. When she finds out Simon’s moved in, Tracy’s not bothered as to why, she’s just annoyed that he’ll be there all the time!

How does she react when she and Ken arrive to see him attacking Amy?

Tracy’s absolutely furious when Amy tells her that Simon hit her. Tracy will never believe Amy has done anything wrong. I think Amy does wind him up a bit about not being wanted anywhere and he really doesn’t like it. But on this occasion Simon has actually been quite menacing towards Amy and Tracy wants to blame someone.

Why does she go looking for Leanne straight away?

Tracy knows she can’t retaliate towards Simon because he’s only a child, so the only person she can think to blame is Leanne and she’ll make sure she knows it. I think it’s also that Tracy feels she can now take the moral high ground and point the finger at Leanne and maybe accuse her of bad parenting or something. That sounds like something Tracy would do!

What happens next?

Leanne and Tracy go back to talk to Simon. Leanne wants Simon to apologise but that isn’t enough for Tracy, she wants him to go back to Leanne so she can deal with the problem. She doesn’t think that it should be her or Ken’s problem to look after him.

Is Tracy touched when Leanne breaks down?

I think she’s definitely shocked when Leanne breaks down and tells Tracy and Ken that Simon’s been hitting her. She never expected that. She was happy to tarnish Simon as well as Leanne with the same brush and blame Leanne for Simon’s actions, so she is definitely taken aback when Leanne breaks down and explains the reality of the situation. It doesn’t stop her from making the odd snipe at Leanne though and even after the shock has settled returns to blaming Leanne for Simon’s behaviour! Any sympathy she might have at first quickly evaporates when everyone else starts comforting Leanne.

Why does Robert and Leanne’s friendship bother Tracy so much?

Tracy is a very jealous person anyway, and with someone like Leanne who she doesn’t like and who doesn’t like her back, then Leanne is the last person she wants Robert falling into a friendship with. She wants Robert all to herself and the thought of Leanne being friendly with him annoys her. She can’t help it - that’s just Tracy all over. She’s insanely jealous and feeling insecure that Robert is paying attention and care to Leanne over her.

What does Robert make of the way she’s behaving?

I think he’s quite disgusted by how cold she is being towards Leanne. Tracy is completely uninterested in the situation and is unsympathetic towards Leanne for the way Simon has treated her.

He goes round to see Simon and Leanne and this gets her back right up. She tells him he’s betrayed her but Robert stands up for himself and says he doesn’t need permission from her and that his opinion about Leanne and Simon is different to hers and that he’s not going to change that.

She hates it when they fall out and when she doesn’t get her own way - I think she knows deep down that she’s gone one step too far and she’s been playing this badly. She decides to get all dressed up and go to the Bistro in an attempt to get Robert to talk to her again. He’s not making it easy for her but she decides to sit it out and wait...

Why does she fly off the handle again?

Robert isn’t giving in to Tracy at all and is making her work hard for forgiveness. Tracy is intending to sit in the Bistro until he talks to her again but Leanne comes in and Robert is all concerned for her and chatting things over with her and Tracy is overcome with jealousy, especially when Leanne hugs Robert and thanks him for his support.

It kills Tracy because she just can’t find it in her to be nice or supportive. She can’t help but fire insults at Leanne and she really goes to town on her. She just can’t help it.

Can she win him back?

She’d be absolutely devastated if they were over. Robert really does get Tracy and I think deep down she knows she’s landed on her feet given the year she’s had and everything she’s done.

She can be very persuasive and manipulative and she won’t stop until she gets what she wants. She knows Robert loves her deeply as well, so she hopes she can work her way round him.

Gary Means Business

Gary returns to the cobbles with a renewed focus. We spoke to Mikey North about the man with a plan.

He's changed a bit. There's a steely determination in his eye.

– Mikey North

Just before the truth came out about Alya cheating with Jason, Gary was given part ownership of the Nazir's gym and if they think he's going anywhere, they're going to have another thing coming!

Not only that, but Gary's figured the perfect way to get back at his ex-best friend Jason - Eva!

Are we looking at an all-new, all-business Gary Windass?


Why Everyone Needs an Eva

Lets face it, the Street would be a whole lot quieter without a certain blonde bombshell behind the bar at the Rovers. Here's some "cray cray" reasons we think Eva is brill!

She's full of great ideas

She's not afraid to stick up for herself

She can be cruel to be kind

You can relate to her

Her family comes first

She stands up to bullies

You can't help but laugh when she laughs... it's just so cute \(ish\)

She'll cover for you...well, she'll try!

When you need a cuddle, she'll be there

Goodbye Tony

As Tony drives off into the night we say goodbye to Terence Maynard in his final Coronation Street interview.

I'll miss it with all my heart, no doubt about that.

– Terence Maynard

Terence reveals what it's really like to work on the Street, his reaction to reading his exit storyline for the first time and the relationships he's made, especially with Beverly Callard (Liz) and Ryan Thomas (Jason) while he's been on the cobbles.