Interview: Kayla's Kidnap Plan

Kayla is out for revenge, but how far will she go? We spoke to Mollie Winnard about Kayla's plan.

From the beginning, did Kayla plan to go this far with her plan?

Initially no, but at this stage she doesn't care about the consequences, she is very clever and calculated in her moves. She has one end goal.

Will Gemma's Head Be Turned?

Dolly-Rose Campbell talks about Henry and Chesney's rivalry to win Gemma's heart.

Have Gemma and Chesney made up since their fall out?

Chesney is one of her best friends and even though things haven’t been great between them since Gemma’s fling with Tyrone because he struggled to forgive her, when he sees that she is upset he manages to put that aside and comfort her over the terrible news that Henry has got engaged.

Has she ever thought of Ches as anything other than a friend?

Yes, it did go through her mind after she broke up with Henry but when Fiz said that he seemed embarrassed at the idea, Gemma took that to mean that he wasn’t interested. Other people can see that they would make a good pairing but for many different reasons it hasn’t happened. There is always an obstacle in the way.

Does Cathy think they should be together?

Yes! Cathy knows that they are destined to be together and she wants to give it a helping hand along the way.

When Chesney asks her to go out for lunch what does she think?

She doesn’t read anything into it at all, she just thinks he is being a mate and he is trying to cheer her up and she actually forgets about the lunch and Cathy has to remind her. She finds Gemma having a pie and tells her she should be out with Chesney.

Is she genuinely upset about Henry?

Yes she had kept her hopes up because he had been in touch with her all this time, she did still dare to think that something might happen between them. She knew it started out as a bet but she does want to believe that he has feelings for her.

What happens when he comes in to the restaurant?

Chesney is just at the point where he is about to tell Gemma how he feels and that he wants the lunch meet up to be a date when Henry arrives out of the blue.

What does Henry say?

He tells her his parents had forced him to get engaged and he wasn't happy about it as he is still in love with Gemma. She isn’t sure whether to believe him and ends up leaving the Bistro and tells him to get lost but Henry wants to prove that he is telling the truth and that he does care for her.

What does he do to try and make her believe him?

In the end he tries to impress her with the grand romantic gesture of offering to buy the Rovers for them both to run as a business!

Does she think this could be the happy ending to her Cinderella story?

It would be a new start for her, going into business doing something that she really enjoys with a man like Henry at her side. She could never have dreamed that could happen to her.

Do you think it could work despite the class divide?

I think it would make some very interesting stories if Gemma and Henry got together. It would be a bit like My Fair Lady.

I don’t know if she could be changed though, I think she is a bit set in her ways and he does like that she is a bit of a breath of fresh air, she is real and more grounded and completely different to him and not after his money.

Do you think that there is more to Henry than meets the eye?

He didn’t come in with the best intentions regarding Gemma but this grand gesture could show that he does care and he wants to make a life with her. But there is something else going on and she probably should be wary of him.

Liz's Affair

Beverly Callard talks about how Liz's relationship with Johnny will be affected after he goes too far on his quest for revenge!

How has Liz been feeling about the situation with her and Johnny?

Liz has been really conflicted, she has had a few men in her time but she has never had an affair with a married man. She is very moral but she has really fallen for Johnny, she has tried to tell him that she has no feelings for him to try and put a stop to it.

What are her thoughts about his fight for baby Susie?

She understands what he is going through but she really does think that Susie should be with Eva. He knows he is angry with Jenny for saying that so she is trying to be careful about what she says. It is tricky because she wants to support him.

Does she feel guilty about him telling her how angry he is with Jenny?

Yes she does, she doesn’t take any pleasure in him talking about the problems with his marriage. She feels uncomfortable about it.

What happens when Susie goes missing?

Susie has gone missing from her crib and Johnny is also missing, then Liz discovers that she can't find her keys for the pub. She tells Kate and when Kate and Jenny search Johnny’s flat they realise he hasn’t taken his MS Medication with him. Everyone is really worried.

What does she do when she hears from Johnny?

She knows that she has to go and see him as she thinks she is the best person to persuade him to come back. The police are looking for him and Eva is all over the media with her police appeal so time is against her.

What does she say to him when she gets there?

When she gets there he totally breaks down, he can’t bear the thought of losing his granddaughter. She tries to convince him that he has to give himself up but he just won’t listen.

Have you enjoyed this storyline?

I’ve really enjoyed it, I am very lucky to be working with such great actors. We’ve seen a different side to Liz and that’s great.

Do you prefer the high drama or the comedy?

What’s great about playing Liz is that I get to do both! I love working in the medical centre, sometimes me and Louisa who plays Moira can’t keep a straight face.

Are you looking forward to Jim coming back?

I am so excited about working with Charlie again, Liz and Jim have such a complex relationship and I am really looking forward to the storyline surrounding his return.

Interview: Kayla's Crusade

Watch out Craig and Bethany - Mollie Winnard hints at just how far desperate Kayla is willing to go to protect her dad, Neil!

What is Kayla and Neil’s relationship like?

She is a daddy’s girl, her dad is her whole world.

How does Kayla feel when Neil loses his appeal?

That is the moment that everything switches for her. At first, she was just trying to gather information for the appeal but the minute that the appeal is rejected and her dad says to her, ‘I am going to die in prison,’ that is when she makes the decision that she will do whatever it takes to protect her dad.

Why does Kayla change her mind and tell Craig she wants him back?

Her plan is back on. She believes that Craig knows that Bethany has lied about Kayla’s dad, Neil, and that he can’t cope with that and that is what has triggered his OCD so she is trying to bring it back up.

Interview: Jack's Sepsis

We sat down with Michael Le Vell to discuss what will happen to seriously ill Jack now that he has been diagnosed with sepsis.

How is Kevin feeling after Jack was diagnosed with Sepsis?

First and foremost overwhelming shock, he didn’t know things could move this quickly from what he thought was just a little scratch. Kevin had seen it and wasn’t concerned about it yet in a matter of days it was life threatening.

Kevin doesn’t understand how a fit young lad can suddenly find himself in this position, it’s devastating.

Kevin had no idea about the threat of Sepsis, was it something you were aware of before this storyline?

I had no idea whatsoever, it’s terrifying, it really gets you thinking.

How does Kevin react when he’s told he has to consider amputation or could lose his son?

He’s heartbroken, he doesn’t know where to turn or who to talk to, he’s in his own little world and he feels lost. He still can’t understand the situation they’re in and how quickly it’s escalated.

It’s a heartbreaking decision to be faced with, Kevin doesn’t want to be the one who decides on amputation, but Jack is so seriously ill he’s left with little choice.

He doesn’t want to make the decision just in case the doctors are wrong, it’s so tough.

– Michael Le Vell

How does Jack react when Kevin tells him about the amputation?

He doesn’t understand at first, he can still feel sensation in his leg when he wakes up and it’s really confusing for him. When he starts to realise the implications he cries and it breaks Kevin’s heart.

Interview: Sophie's Guilt

Brooke Vincent talks about Sophie's guilt as Jack is diagnosed with Sepsis and the importance of this storyline.

How does Sophie react when Jack first says that he feels ill?

Sophie’s got a lot on her plate, Kevin’s away, she’s got a new job at Speed Dahl so when Jack says he feels ill it’s just another added pressure. She can’t really see anything wrong with Jack so she sends him to school. He does then get sent home and Sophie feels awful.

She takes him to the doctors but they just put it down to a virus and tell her to make sure he gets some rest, so she asks Faye to keep any eye on him and goes back to work.

When does she realises it’s more serious than that?

Faye and Seb are looking after Jack when they find him groaning and really drowsy, as they carry him out of number 13 Ali sees them and tells them they need to get him to hospital.

How worried is Sophie at this point?

She is worried because Jack’s in her care but when the doctor confirms it’s a viral infection and she can take him home she feels relieved. Jack has been checked out at the hospital so in her eyes she’s done everything she can and she presumes it’s probably nothing more than a good night’s sleep won't fix.

So how does she react when Ali calls round and realises Jack’s illness could be much more serious?

Ali calls to check on Jack and it’s not till he notices some discolouration on Jack’s fingers and toes that they realise it could be more serious.

Sophie’s in shock, Ali calls an ambulance and she doesn’t really know what’s going on, it all happens so quickly.

When sepsis is mentioned how does Sophie react?

It’s not until they get to the hospital that Ali mentions sepsis, Sophie doesn’t really know what it is or what it means but she can see things are moving quickly and she’s terrified. They’re told the next 24 hours will be crucial and Sophie and Kevin are just left clinging to that.

Interview: Sarah Lashes Out

Tina O'Brien talks about Sarah's raising concern for Bethany as she starts to date Ryan Connor.

After a tough few months, how is Sarah feeling at the moment?

I feel as though for her personally things are back track to a certain degree. Her and Gary are strong and she has totally come to terms with the whole baby situation. She is still concerned about David but it feels as though things are starting to settle down.

How does she feel Bethany is doing at the moment?

She knows Bethany is worried about Neil’s appeal, she knows that Bethany is not over what happened and now that she is not as close to Craig she does worry about her and how she is coping.

When Bethany starts to show an interest in Ryan, is Sarah worried?

She is worried about Ryan as a possible boyfriend for Bethany. She is concerned that Bethany is attracted to another loser and another older guy. He isn’t exactly her first choice of a boyfriend for Bethany on Sarah's part.

What happens when Bethany goes for a date with Ryan?

Sarah doesn’t know anything about the date so the first thing she sees when she arrives at Victoria Court is Bethany running down the hallway out of the flats with her blouse undone.