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.
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.
Tonight on Coronation Street...
Luke spots something suspicious about Caz at Liam's party.
Must be tough for you, being away so much.
Amy makes it clear Tracy isn't welcome at her violin recital.
Izzy faces her final moments of freedom.
And, will Phelan be the cat that gets the cream?
When Beth finds Eccles wondering the streets alone she worries what could have happened to Tracy.
Izzy suggests she and Gary should get back together. How will he respond?
Sophie and Luke join forces against Caz.
And, Eileen has grand designs!
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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.
Tonight on Coronation Street...
Jason calls at No.8 and breaks the news to David, Kylie and Gail that the police have found the murder weapon.
I've had some bad news...
Ken encourages Leanne to set up a new restaurant with Nick.
Liz arrives back from Spain and is stunned to learn that Michelle is going away.
And, Norris and Kirk's board game tournament steps up a level.
Nick admits to Leanne that he still has feelings for her. How will she react?
No one else comes close.
Can Steve stop Michelle from leaving?
Chesney and Sinead set a plan in motion to bring Beth and Kirk back together.
And, Jason wants a word with Gemma.
Tracy suffers a stab of pain and doubles over. Will she be okay?
You know this is a florist and not a therapist right?
Jason announces he's leaving Weatherfield.
Amy's determined to sort out hapless Steve.
And, Leanne resigns from the Bistro leaving Robert flummoxed.
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?
This week on Coronation Street: Someone torches Jason's van, there's something very wrong with Tracy, Nick makes Leanne an offer and Izzy goes to jail.