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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...

Extras

Preview Clips: Monday 30th May

Tonight on Coronation Street...

7.30pm

Sinead is forced to turn down a modelling job to spend time with Chesney.

No offence Mr Connor but it sounds a bit dodgy that.

– Sinead Tinker

The police arrive on the Street and begin making arrests.
Callum's mum, Marion, shows up looking for David.

8.30pm

Phelan v Norris - this could get messy!

Are you talking to me?

– Pat Phelan

David points the police's crosshairs at someone else on the Street.
When Sinead's evening doesn't go to plan she vents her frustration over Chesney while knocking back the wine...

The end of the feud?

Tracy is finally getting her wish and Carla is leaving Weatherfield, but can she resist sticking the boot in one final time?

Kate Ford talks about all things Tracy and Carla!

How does Tracy feel when she hears Carla might not be moving away after all?

She panics because she can’t stand the thought of seeing her every day because of what happened with Robert. She wants her to move so that Tracy herself can move on.

Robert’s already warned Tracy to leave Carla alone – would she really risk her relationship with Robert just to get revenge on Carla?

She really doesn’t want to risk losing him but something happens that puts their relationship in jeopardy.

Is she confident Robert would give her another chance if she messed up again?

No, she knows that he wouldn’t. But something drastic happens that means she acts impulsively.

Does she really love Robert, or would she still always put herself first at the end of the day?

She always puts herself first but as far as her loving someone goes she does feel really happy with him and she does care for him. When they were married he was a bit of a drip but during their time apart he did actually do quite well for himself. He used to be a carpenter but then became a successful chef. Now she views him in a different light because she is an opportunist. She fancies him more now because of who he is. She felt he was holding her back before with his mundane lifestyle. Now she's older that’s more appealing.

Could Robert (or anyone) ever really tame her?

I think she does want more stability in her life now and Robert is providing that for her. Now she has her own business with the florist’s she feels as if she’s going places so she’s happy with Robert.

Do you prefer Tracy being with a good guy or a bad boy?

Tracy makes her own trouble anyway so even when she’s with a good guy she’s always up to something. I don’t think it makes much difference, the battles are just different.

Would breaking up Carla and Nick truly make her happy?

Her intention isn’t really to split them up, she just wants to get rid of Carla.

Carla and Tracy have had a lot of run-ins over the years, but what do you think is the main reason Tracy hates her so much?

She sees Carla as the real bitch on the street, she’s convinced she’s nasty, but it’s Tracy who has the bad reputation with the other residents. She wants her exposed. And Carla’s not much better than Tracy really - she cheated on her fiance - she just hides it better. Tracy’s jealous of her and she’s very angry that she grassed Rob up.

What’s been your favourite Tracy-Carla scene/storyline?

It was fun when we filmed on top of the cliff (after the minibus crash) because Ali King convinced me to do my own stunt and I’m terrified of heights. I had this harness on under my costume attached to this massive vehicle but it was still really scary. Afterwards I loved the adrenalin. I felt like I’d really achieved something.

Bus Crash \- Behind the Scenes

Will you miss working with Alison King?

Yes, definitely. We are very good friends.

Would you like Tracy to have a new nemesis and if so, is there anybody currently on the cobbles in mind?

I think it would be nice for her not to go straight into battle with someone else, maybe explore other things for a while.

Are you enjoying Tracy and Amy’s relationship?

I do enjoy doing those scenes. It’s nice seeing Amy becoming a little more like Tracy and also turning into a teenager. I’ve heard from so many people how that can be in real life!

Picture Previews: Mon 30 May - Fri 3 Jun

This week on the Street: David tries to protect his family as the investigation into Callum's death begins. Sinead makes a pass at Aidan - don't tell Eva! Will returns looking for Michelle and Zeedan has a decision to make...

Marion slaps David - blaming him for Callum’s death.

Shortly after, the police arrive to arrest David and Kylie!

But the police also want to talk to Jason...

Jason's unnerved when DS Kerr points out that he had a strong motive for murder and the opportunity to dispose of the body.

Jason furiously accuses David of trying to implicate him to cover his own tracks. Gail and Eileen weigh in to defend their sons.

But Gemma certainly believes Jason could have killed Callum.