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Alison King: 8 reasons Carla Connor owned the cobbles

The fabulous Alison King tells us her favourite Carla storylines from the past ten years on the Street.

Mrs Connor may be gone, but she'll never be forgotten!

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1. Carla and Liam

There was this big crossover from Carla being with Paul her whole life and always being close to Liam and having that banter, to the realisation after Paul had gone that she loved Liam and he thought the same way. When they first kissed in the factory there was such an outburst of emotion that she slapped him.

Losing Paul (Liam’s brother) made their bond so much closer and it was such a big thing to build on for months that it made Liam and Carla’s romance so much more exciting and true.

So when it came to the wedding dress scene and Liam said ‘don’t do it’ (don’t marry Tony) and they finally got together it was such an explosive moment that everyone had been waiting for.

It was a really great storyline to play because of the build up to it and that realisation that she was in love with Liam.

– Alison King

2. Underworld Siege

It’s always good to film the big stunt stuff, it’s always what people remember, however it’s often the least pleasurable to film! When you can look back after the mental block though, you can appreciate how memorable it was, it’s just so intoxicating at the time.

People remember the big stories whereas perhaps as an actor you remember the little scenes and the intricacies. What I loved about filming the siege scenes was the team I was working with. James Fleet who played Tony’s old prison mate Robbie who held Carla and Hayley hostage was sensational to work with.

It was also the first time Julie Hesmondhalgh and I worked together for weeks on end which was fantastic. We had a great director in David Kester too, the scenes were intense and challenging to film with the smoke and fire.

3. Carla's rape

This was such a big story and really made an impact on people's lives. We heard afterwards that Carla coming forward about her rape changed statistics dramatically for the rape crisis centre.

Some branches of the charity experienced an 800% increase in calls after the storyline had aired. Also the letters that I received from people and the support I got meant a lot.

The scenes were challenging to play but very rewarding afterwards because of the outcome. There were people who contacted me about their real-life experiences that I’m still in contact with now.

4. Carla and Peter

I loved the affair with Peter because working with Chris Gascoyne was so great, working with Chris is always an honour because he’s a genius who gets right in with the character and gives you everything he’s got.

So much material came from the affair that the stories ran for years and years which is what happens when stories are well told. The affair, alcoholism, Carla’s relationship with her brother, Tina’s death, Carla’s miscarriage. It covered so much ground and the stories changed so much during Carla and Peter’s relationship.

5. Frank's Trial

This was another important story to play because it showed that often in a rape trial the victims don’t win. It raised awareness as to how hard it is to get a rape conviction in a domestic situation.

Again the storyline encouraged people to come forward; women in relationships, those raped within marriages and children who had been groomed.

6. Carla and Hayley

For me personally this was one of the best storylines I worked on, even though it wasn’t about Carla.

Obviously working so closely with Julie Hesmondhalgh was amazing, watching her portrayal of a cancer sufferer and the end of such a beautiful relationship that she and David Neilson had created over many years.

For me that story covered all the links that Carla and Hayley had slowly created during their eight years together on the show. It brought to the conclusion their love for each other and I’m glad such a strong subject matter was tackled.

7. Rob killed Tina

This was so powerful to play. Throughout my time at Corrie the most beautiful consistent thing has been Carla’s relationships with her family, her bond with Michelle and all that her brother Rob meant to her.

It’s a cut throat love, they would die for each other. So when Carla had to do the right thing and report Rob to the police for Tina’s murder it showed an immense side to her, that whatever the stakes she will always do the right thing.

She loved her brother, but the disintegration of her family over the years meant the relationship couldn’t be saved, it was too little too late and a massive loss for Carla. The Connors are so strong whether they like it or not, and I’m glad the Connors will continue in Weatherfield with Johnny, Aidan and Kate.

8. Narla

Of all Carla’s relationships this has been the most amazing, the truest, the most emotional, the most magical pairing because of a long growing relationship between two separate people on the Street who came together when they least expected to.

That’s what worked for the audience and that’s what worked for us as actors. Ben is also such a great friend, it’s been incredible to work so closely together.

First Pic: Carla Says Goodbye

A devastated Carla Connor says a sad farewell to her father Johnny as she prepares to leave Coronation Street.

With her marriage in tatters before it has even begun and her friendship with Roy Cropper seemingly over, Carla has nothing left to keep her in Weatherfield.

Following her disastrous wedding day which saw her exposed as a cheat and ended in her accidently mowing down Roy’s girlfriend Cathy, Carla has packed her bags and is ready to go.

Will Roy forgive her before she finally leaves the cobbles behind for good?

Meanwhile, as the dust settles on Gail’s annexe following the crash, David ventures into the rubble to find out the extent of the damage.

His worst fears are realised when he comes across the exposed manhole and the stench of Callum’s rotting corpse hits him.

And when the cops come calling on the Platts it seems they finally have nowhere left to hide!

Jack P Shepherd

Callum's body is about to be discovered, but what does this mean for the Platts? Jack P Shepherd hints at the drama to come...

So all the chickens are coming home to roost for the Platts are they?

Yeah they are! It’s going to be a big summer with the discovery of Callum’s body. It then becomes all about who’s going to get the blame, who’s going to start flinging the blame and what it means for the Platts and other characters in the future. The body could have stayed hidden for years but there’s more drama with this I think when it comes out. It’s the beginning of the next chapter.

Was David sure they could keep the body a secret or was there a sense of inevitability?

No, he thought that’s it, they’ve got away with it scot-free. In a lot of the scenes on screen now David’s very upbeat, quite comical, to the point you think he seems to have completely forgotten about it. There are a few dips now and again when Sarah’s freaking out and he goes ‘shut up, we’ll be fine, no one knows, don’t let the cat out of the bag’, everything’s all right, we got away with it. So no he thought that’s it, we can draw a line underneath it. But obviously it’s not!

When Callum’s body is discovered does he still think it’ll be fine?

There are elements of that. There are also some scenes where he’s the one who’s petrified but he has to keep that to himself, because he has to be the strong one when Kylie and Sarah are falling apart. They’re the ones who are losing their minds so he has to be the strong one, but on his own you can see the pressure is getting to David and that there’s a chance he’s going to prison for murder.

Do you like the mature side to David?

Worryingly, crime seems to suit him. Yeah he does always seem to respond well to pressure does David, and in circumstances where it looks like his life is on the line, he always seems to get away with it unscathed. But murder? That’s a bit of a different kettle of fish so he is worried about it, very much so, but again he can’t let the others see that because if he thinks they’re going down for it, then they might as well all start blabbing because that’s exactly what they will do.

Who is he keenest to protect? Kylie, the kids, Sarah?

I think it’s Kylie and the kids. He would let anyone else go down for it. It’d be painful if Sarah went down for it but he wouldn’t be bothered as long as Kylie and the kids were all right I think.

Does that fuel his actions after the body is discovered?

I think Kylie’s a lot more compassionate towards Sarah than David is. Kylie’s more of the moral one, saying no we all have to get away with it or none of us gets away with it.

Would he take the wrap for Kylie?

Yeah, I think he probably would.

What if he and Kylie both go down for it?

No, that’s not an option for David, I don’t think he’d go for that. It’d have to be either one or the other. I think if he’s put in the position where Kylie says she’s going to confess then he’ll say ‘no, I did it’.

David attempts to blame Jason for Callum’s murder, how does that come about?

There’s a scene where David’s being questioned by the police and he’s getting all the blame – the body’s been discovered in his house, how does he get away with saying it isn’t him? So he goes ‘you know there are other people who had a grudge against Callum that it could have been. The police are like ‘well, who that had access to your house?’ and he goes ‘ah, the builders – Jason, obviously it’s Jason, yeah Jason’s done it!’ So that’s how that comes about.

Does he feel bad about blaming Jason?

No, not at all. He’s like yes finally! Something good has happened from this, I can now pass it off on him.

Is David confident this will work?

Well there’s a chance that it might so he thinks yeah say it. Also Jason’s thick so David thinks hopefully he’ll stick his foot in it and incriminate himself somehow.

How do Kylie and Sarah react to David’s plan?

They feel slightly more guilty but David tries to convince them to roll with this because it’s a way to get out of it.

Could David persuade them that blaming Jason is the best case scenario?

I imagine David will say what are you on about, this is an absolute gift. We need to take this and let him get sent down the river.

So David plants the seed in the police’s heads?

Yeah, he points out that Jason didn’t like Callum and he had access to the Platts house, so then they have to go and question Jason and he’s arrested.

How does Gail cope with the discovery of the body? Who does she think killed Callum?

She thinks David’s done it because obviously it looks like he has. So she sort of falls out with him and says he’s ruining the family. But David insists he hasn’t done it, then he says look I’m trying to hold it together for Max and Lily, I’ve got to figure out what the hell to tell Max, who’s just witnessed his dad being pulled out of a drain, I’m having a tough time here.

Is Gail a suspect?

I think the Platts are all suspects. Initially we all get arrested because we’re all in the house.

Extras

First Pics: Carla's revving for revenge

Tracy Barlow is a like a rabbit caught in the headlights of Carla Connor’s car in Wednesday night’s Coronation Street.

With her wedding in tatters, thanks to Tracy, a devastated Carla gets into her car desperate to escape the humiliation.

But as she prepares to leave the cobbles she spots Tracy on the pavement and intent on revenge presses her foot on the accelerator…

Will the feuding enemies escape unscathed?

Earlier in the episode, a furious Nick seeks out Robert and punches him for sleeping with his fiancee.

The drama continues on Wednesday and Thursday at 9pm when a spectacular sequence of events leads to Callum’s decomposing body being discovered at number 8...

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