Everyone thinks that David has been holding it together remarkably well since Kylie's death but scratch below the surface and he's anything but okay.
Jack P Shepard hints at the danger to come!
How is David coping at the moment with everything that has gone on?
On the surface it looks like David is fine. He is still taking the kids to school, getting them breakfast, family things like that. But underneath he is hiding a lot of the pain from Kylie’s death.
Why does he agree to go to counselling?
To shut Gail up!
Gail is always on at him to do something. She knows he doesn’t want to speak to her but maybe it is best for him to speak to a stranger. But David thinks it’s ridiculous, why is he going to pour his heart out to a stranger?
What happens at the session?
It is quite funny, David goes in to speak to the therapist while Gail waits outside but he actually does not say a word for half an hour. The therapist is trying to get him to connect but all David wants to do is scour Macca’s social media page to find out what he’s doing.
When he leaves the session, Gail asks how it was and David lies that it was uplifting, that he got loads off his chest, that he cried...he tells her a pack of lies basically! And of course Gail is oblivious, it just goes over her head.
Why is he on Macca's social media page? Is he checking up on him at this point?
Because Clayton is away in prison and awaiting trial, David cannot get to him to carry out his revenge plot so the only thing he can do is get to Macca, Clayton’s brother. David wants to cause Macca pain to make him suffer for his own loss.
What makes David storm over to the Dog and Gun? What happens when he gets there?
The Dog and the Gun is the mothership for Calum’s old gang and, sure enough, Macca is there but before David can get to him he runs into even more trouble. As David is peering through the window, there is a dark shadow behind him. He turns and next thing he knows he is pinned up against a wall by this menacing character who wants to cause him harm.
Does he fight back when he is viciously attacked?
Well David tries to get away however, more so he is very accepting that he will be beaten to a pulp - but the timing for him is all wrong.
David says, “Fine, do what you want, I don’t care, but right now I need to get into that pub.”
The guy is confused so David says, “I can’t explain right now…” and that's when he gets attacked.
This shows David’s fragile mindset at the moment. He is so hellbent on getting to Macca that he is not bothered about getting a few punches, as long as this doesn’t interfere with his revenge plan because that is his priority.
How was that scene to film?
Really, really good! When we were about to film the attack it started to pour it down, I mean torrential rain, so the director said we may have to be rained off but I was keen to do the fight scenes in the wet weather. It looks great on screen that David is getting beaten up in the downpour; it reminded me of the final battle in the Matrix when they are up in the sky with all the rain, it felt like that for me.
Is David worried when the police turn up and arrest him for perverting the course of justice?
At first David is confident that the police don’t have anything on him. But it dawns on him that this may put Clayton’s trial in jeopardy. David is anxious when the police accuse him of perverting the course of justice especially as he has been guilty of doing this before. It riles David that Clayton might even have his trial moved well away from Weatherfield.
How does he feel when he finds out about Macca’s head injury?
David laughs which makes him look even more guilty and when the police ask him about his own violent injuries, his best excuse is that he fell over a dog! David has no real alibi and it looks as though Macca is in a critical condition.
David knows exactly where Macca is in the hospital so he heads off there next. I liked the scenes when David goes with flowers, chocolates and grapes, even telling the ward staff he is here to see his cousin Macca - but it’s clear he is up to something sinister. David waits all day for Macca to come out of theatre and there’s a great shot when Macca is wheeled out. The trolley pauses and there is a frame of David staring over an unconscious, oblivious Macca for a few seconds before the trolley is wheeled away again. David is there to kill.
Does he feel guilty about his promise to Kylie to be a good guy?
No, because David made two promises. He made a promise that he would look after the kids and bring them up well but he also made a promise to Kylie that he would get revenge on the people who murdered her. David believes he is not breaking either promise because once he has killed Macca, his children will be looked after by Gail and Nick. So for David, his revenge plot is win-win.
What do you think it will take to snap David out of this road to revenge?
I don’t think anything will! Obviously Kylie meant everything to him and this is now his goal. When David gets an idea in his head, he will not stop at anything until he has accomplished whatever he needs to or until the point where he is physically unable to do any more...
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Alya has been through a lot over the past couple of years but Sharif's betrayal has made her see the world in a different light.
We spoke to Sair Khan about Alya's harder edge - Sharif better watch out!
How does Ayla feel when she finds out about Sharif’s affair?
Alya feels completely dumbfounded when she finds out about Sharif’s affair. She had suspicions that something was going on between him and Sonia but she never thought she was going to be proved right.
She only ever thought it was flirting and in her head that was the worst case scenario, it wasn’t on and she was going to tell him off. She never even contemplated the reality of what he’s been up to and she’s so shocked. Alya’s always looked up to her grandparents and held them in such high regard so this causes her to lose all respect for Sharif.
Initially she doesn’t find out the duration of the affair, she thinks it was a one time thing years ago so for her to have such a strong reaction without knowing the full truth says something about how disturbed she is by it all.
Is she tempted to tell Yasmeen?
The only thing that’s stopping her from telling Yasmeen the truth is that Sharif plays it down so much and tells her it happened a long time ago and he has massive regrets. She wants to tell Yasmeen the truth but she doesn’t know what good it’s going to do, she’s scared of breaking up the family, she doesn’t want to be the one who has to tear the family apart.
What’s her motivation for blackmailing him? What do you make of this ruthless side of Alya?
I think there are a few aspects to the blackmail. One is that she’s furious with Sharif, he’s got the cash at his disposal because he’s about to buy Sonia a flat but yet he won’t invest in her, also she wants to punish him, she doesn’t want him to have his cake and eat it.
Alya’s trying to make the best of a bad situation for herself. Her main motivation isn’t to get herself ahead though, it’s to punish Sharif, it’s not as selfish as it seems.
Why does Alya need the money she asks him for?
Alya is trying to set up a new business with Aidan, running alongside Underworld. Last year she made some bespoke basques with Sinead and when Aidan finds the designs he thinks he has clients who’d be interested. But they realise they’re going to need some new machinery to recreate the embroidery on the designs so she needs the money to buy this expensive machine.
She wants to become 50/50 business partners with Aidan on this side strand of the factory, she wants a bit more power.
Alya seems to be turning into a hard-nosed businesswoman - she even tells Sinead she’s no longer required. Is Alya very ambitious?
I think Alya is very ambitious, when she came onto the street having finished university she had grand plans to start her own business, that’s always been her goal. But over the last two years she’s had so many setbacks in her personal life that it’s been really difficult for her to achieve her dream.
When she blamed Carla for her dad Kal’s death that really set her back in the factory so she’s been doing her best to get back up the ladder ever since and when this opportunity arises she’s determined to make the most of it. Everything else is falling to pieces around her after the discovery of Sharif’s affair and it’s only her work, her drive and her ambition that are holding her together at the moment.
In terms of Sinead, it’s nothing personal, it’s just that she knows to focus on the business and make any money out of it she can’t have any spare parts and Sinead’s collateral damage, sorry!
Are you enjoying playing this edgier side of her? Would you like her to go a bit darker?
Yes I’d definitely like to see her go darker, reflecting on everything that’s happened to her over the last few years I don’t think you would just be bright and bubbly. She’s been orphaned, lost what she thought was the love of her life through a stupid mistake which nearly ripped her family apart, and now she’s realised she’s on her own.
She’s got to look out for herself.
Is she worried that Yasmeen will find out about her involvement, that she knew about the affair and blackmailed Sharif?
She is really worried about Yasmeen finding out, she makes the decision not to tell Yasmeen because she thinks it was only a one off and maybe they can bury it as it happened so long ago.
How did you all react as a group when you learned about Sharif’s affair twist?
We all reacted very positively because as a family it gives us all so much to play out, it sticks us bang in the middle of all the conflict. It was set up so perfectly after seeing Sharif’s strong reaction towards Alya when he found out about her fling with Jason, now we find out he’s had an affair, the hypocrisy of the situation is great to play.
What is your dream storyline for Ayla? Underworld’s new boss, perhaps?
My dream for Alya wouldn’t be to own Underworld but to own her own business on the street that would rival Underworld and be better, to see her become a bit of a business mogul, she’s got dreams that are bigger than just knicker factories.
Is it about time she found a new man?
It’s absolutely time that Alya found a new man, Gary’s moved on and she’s genuinely happy for him, she’s put to bed what happened even though she’ll always love him and it’s great to see him looking to the future and she wants the same for herself.
She needs someone to test her, so we can see a different side to her. I think she needs an older man, who’s strong, who’s got their life sorted and who’s got focus and drive like she has.