Cast Interview

Toyah Tells The Truth

Georgia Taylor speaks about THAT secret and how Peter discovers the truth about baby Susie...

There’s been moments where Toyah is worried that Eva may change her mind about the pact, how anxious is she that Eva will want Susie back?

Toyah is always on the verge of feeling like that is going to happen, like she is walking a tightrope and at any moment she could just fall off. Susie is quite literally a piece of Aidan and Toyah knows that Eva has to look in to that child’s eyes knowing that it is the last remaining piece of the man that she loved.

But in the meantime, Toyah and Peter have both bonded with Susie.

Toyah absolutely feels as though Susie is her daughter and she feels very much like the mother she has always wanted to be but the fact they are all living on top of each other is really exacerbating the tension of the situation.

So living with the lie hasn’t become easier for Toyah now that she has Susie?

No, the only thing that feels easy is how natural it feels for her to be a mum because that is something that she has wanted for so long.

What happens when Eva tells Peter, Toyah and Leanne how she caught Simon and his mate smoking over the pram?

Eva goes ballistic because this is her child and she still feels protective so Eva lays in to Peter about it but Peter goes on the defensive for Simon, so Eva and Peter are at loggerheads. There is a genuine moment of tension where Toyah doesn’t know whether Eva is going to reveal the secret. She manages to dissipate the drama but it’s the fact that they have come so close and for a short time Peter and Eva aren’t talking to each other and that is terrifying to Toyah because the drama is bubbling away.

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Michael’s Demise

Join Les Dennis and Connor McIntyre behind the scenes during Michael's chilling exit.

I’ve got a ‘Phelan’ he is going to get me.

– Les Dennis

As we say goodbye to Michael after two and a half years on the cobbles what effect will his shocking death be on an already devastated Platt family.

And with the walls closing in, will Phelan get away with it all?


Debbie Rush: Stunt Woman!

Debbie Rush talks about how she agreed to be set on fire for the dramatic stunt which saw Anna Windass suffer horrific burns after being caught up in a huge fireball on the cobbles.


Debbie has revealed that when she was told her character was going to be left with life changing injuries she knew there was one very special person who could help her with the research for the role - her real life husband Andrew.

For Andrew Rush had himself suffered terrible burns when a childhood prank went wrong and he was engulfed in flames.

Having chatted with Producer Kate Oates about doing her own stunts for the episode, Debbie knew that she had to check that Andrew was ok with what was planned.

She said: ”When Kate asked me how I felt about actually being set on fire I told Andrew straight away as he got set on fire and got badly burned when he was 10 years old. He went very quiet, but he didn’t say that he didn’t want me to do it as he knew I was relishing the challenge and he has always been very supportive of my career.

“I know it must have been hard for him after what had happened to him. He was with his brother and his friend and they were messing about trying to be fire eaters after watching a variety show on TV.

“Some of the paraffin was on Andrew and he was set on fire, it burnt through his clothes and burnt his chest. It must have been an awful thing for a 10-year-old boy to suffer.

“If anyone can help me research how Anna would be feeling then I knew Andrew was the man for the job.”


Debbie didn’t think twice when Kate Oates asked her whether she wanted to do her own stunt or use a stunt double.

She said: “When Kate arrived we had lots of discussions about what was coming up for Anna and after a few weeks she asked me to pop up and said there was something she wanted to run by me. She said ‘how do you feel about being set on fire?’ and straight away I said ‘yes, it’s not often you get to be James Bond in Corrie so I will do it.’

“She made it clear from the start that she was asking me how I would feel about actually being set on fire, that if I was ok with it there wouldn’t be a stunt double playing that part it would be me. She said if I wasn't comfortable at any point the stunt double could be used.

“I spoke to our director Tony Prescott and I knew that it was completely safe and I thought ‘they trust me, I trust them, so let's do it’. I always had the get out clause if I wanted it but I just put my trust completely in them and in Glenn the stunt coordinator. It wasn't until a few days before the stunt was due to be filmed that a few people started saying I must be mad, but I am so glad I decided to do it myself.

“I was told that my skin would be coated with a cooling gel and then after that you put your first set of fireproof clothes on which are like the cotton skins that racing drivers wear and then that gets cooled, I thought the gel stopped you going on fire but it is just to keep you cool, it is the clothes that stop you burning. I had two layers of skins, Glenn gave me his fire suit as he knew that was safe as he had used it dozens of times. Then I had Anna’s clothes on that we had to buy a few sizes bigger, I looked like the michelin man! On top of each layer was the cooling gel.

Debbie with the stunt team

“Everyone kept saying it would be like opening the oven door and would be boiling. When we came to do it my heart was pounding in my chest and I didn't speak I just focussed on the fact that I was about to be set on fire and thinking I must be crazy. I just zoned everyone out, I had put my trust in everyone and I knew I would be safe so I just got in the zone. I had had a couple of nights where I didn't sleep thinking about it.

“On the day itself it was like running on autopilot, I got painted up and layered up. The stunt lady was always there just in case but I knew I wanted to be the one to do it.

“What I shouldn't have done is watch them do a run through with the dummy, that was dressed as Anna, being set on fire, it was like a huge furness going up and that was the one moment I thought ‘I can’t do this’.

“Then I watched them do it on Donna the stunt lady and that was fine and I relaxed again. They told me I was only going to be on fire for 8 seconds, when I came out to do it the paramedic put an oxygen mask on me for the fumes from the accelerant and that was the point I realised it was real. I was determined to make sure I didn’t forget to act, so I just focussed on what I had to do until they stopped filming. He lit me with a long torch and up I went and then as I was laying on the floor acting my socks off I started thinking I could have been set in fire for longer I would have been all right. I had that much gel on I was freezing I didn't feel a thing, the adrenalin rush was amazing.”

Actors Ben Price and Mike Le Vell were trained to put out the fire as Nick and Kevin are the ones that came to Anna’s rescue, they too had to wear fire proof clothes and practiced putting out the flames on the trained stunt double.

And Debbie asked hubby Andrew to come along and watch the stunt so he wasn’t waiting at home thinking about it. She explained: “I wanted him to see how safe it was and how well looked after I was. I felt, if he could see that, it was better than sitting at home worrying about it and he agreed. We were playing it for real but I wanted him to realise it wasn’t real and the lengths they had gone to to make sure I was safe.

“Andrew came in with Poppy my daughter and watched it up in the gallery and he was really excited watching the explosion and he saw how it was all controlled. But then filming over ran and they had to delay me being set on fire to the following day and Andrew wasn't available to come but actually it was probably for the best, he was relaxed about it knowing it was so safe and I rang him straight afterward to say ‘you’ve still got a wife’ as I knew part of him would be a bit worried.”

Debbie explained that in the coming weeks Anna and Kevin’s relationship is going to be tested to the limit as a consequence of the accident.

She said: “Anna’s ultimate love was Owen but something always went wrong for them. Kevin has come along and he is loving and kind and gentle and he just wants to look after her and be there for her and it has taken her a long time to accept it. Finally she has done and they were due to move into together, finally everything was coming good and then this awful tragedy happened.

“Anna is put in an induced coma and when she comes round the first thing she is thinking is that she doesn't want Kevin there out of pity, she wants him to love her not pity her and she doesn't want him to feel he has to look after her - this is not what he signed up for.

“For Anna, certainly at the beginning, it is nothing to do with how it looks, it is so horrific, she has got full thickness burns on her legs she has to learn to walk again and learn to accept it herself, in her head she will be thinking where does this lead, how will she be, will she ever be anywhere like she was before, not physically but emotionally and mentally and physically in capacity not in the way she looks. That will come down the line, she is not a vain woman but it is a big thing to deal with. From being a woman who is a little bit like Wonder Woman and helps everybody out she is suddenly feeling incapable and very vulnerable.

“For the first six to eight weeks it is all about feeling that she is no longer the doer, the person looking after everyone, the person people turn to.

She isn’t aware that it is David’s fault and it remains to be seen how she will react when she finds that out - especially with Sarah and Gary getting closer.

– Debbie Rush

“I am enjoying this challenge very much and I have been very mindful of making it as true to real life as possible and letting the viewers see the different layers with Anna still trying to put a brave face on it.”

And Debbie revealed that Andrew is helping her research Anna’s recovery: “He has been able to tell me how it felt. Everyone’s experience is different but it is important to me because of what happened to Andrew and to other people that we do this story justice. Anna’s recovery and how she copes with it is important. Andrew was a child, Anna is a grown woman so it is different, on top of how she looks she can no longer be the woman she was and has to deal with all of that so it is important we get it right.”


JACK P SHEPHERD: David's Crash
MIKEY NORTH: Gary to the rescue
STORYBOARDS: See how we planned the stunts

Gary To The Rescue

Gary's heroics saved Lily from certain death, but at what cost?

We spoke to our very own action hero, Mikey North about filming the stunts!


Running, jumping, explosions and crashes are all in a day's work for Mikey North, but no one mentioned the litres of water the Costume Department would be pouring over him to make it look like spilt petrol!

See how we shot the stunts and get a hint at what else is coming up for Gary and Anna...


INTERVIEW: Jack P Shepherd on caging David
VIDEO MESSAGE: Watch David say goodbye

David's Crash

Jack P Shepherd talks us through filming THAT car crash and hints at what's to come for David Platt.


Hell bent on revenge, David escaped his family's clutches and raced away hoping to get to the court room in time to catch Clayton.

But things took a horrible turn, as the carnage he wrought came crashing down on those around him.

Find out what it was like to film the death-defying stunts and find out where David is headed next...


STORYBOARDS: See how we planned the stunts
MORE JACK: David Caged

David Trapped

Is there a cage built that can hold David Platt? We spoke to Jack P Shepherd about being locked away in the Bistro's cellar.

Gail's plan to keep David safe from himself is teetering on a knife-edge, as her desperate son will do anything to exact his revenge on Clayton.

Full of righteous indignation are their no lengths David will go to to escape?


VIDEO MESSAGE: Watch David say goodbye
BEHIND THE SCENES: Building the cellar

Testing Steve

With the possibility that Steve has a condition that he could pass on to his children, you would think that he would go and get tested...

We spoke to Simon Gregson about why things with Steve are never quite that simple!

How is Steve dealing with the two dad thing in general? Is he trying to put Leanne and baby out of his mind and focus on Michelle?

Yes it’s typical Steve, he’s burying his head in the sand and hoping it will all go away. He had this one night stand with Leanne when he thought it was all over with Michelle then when Leanne came back and said she was pregnant he couldn’t believe it, unlucky!

He’s just hoping it will never come out and praying his life can be normal for once.

When did he get the call from Jim about Myotonic Dystrophy? How might it impact on him and his offspring? Is Amy not affected?

He gets a call from Jim who tells him he’s found out he has this condition so Steve needs to get tested. If Steve has it then the chances are Amy will do too and his baby but as usual Steve reacts oddly and doesn’t want to know.

I think he’s just hiding from it, he needs to know if he has this condition but he chooses not to. He doesn’t want to have the test, I think he’s frightened of what they might tell him.

Why does he only tell Michelle about it at the scan?

They’re so overwhelmed that they’re having a baby and when it comes to the day of the scan and Steve sees the pictures of the baby and how formed it is already that he gets really emotional. That’s when it hits home that this little baby he’s just seen could have this disease and he opens up to Michelle then.

Does he want to keep it secret from Leanne and Nick?

Yeah, I think he’s biding his time until he tells Leanne, he wants to get his own head around it first and then when he has he’ll go and tell Leanne and Nick, but unfortunately that gets done for him and he gets in a right mess again.

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What happens when he’s summoned to Leanne and Nick’s flat? What do they want from him? What’s his reaction?

They want him to take the test but I think a) the fact that they know without him having decided to tell them and b) the fact he’s been summoned there so they can tell him what to do causes Steve to just lose it. He’s been under so much pressure, with Leanne been pregnant with his child then finding out about this disease, that he’s just a guy that’s going to snap at any moment and he does snap.

Does Michelle put pressure on him to have test? Is he burying his head in the sand?

Michelle does but she’s not putting too much pressure on Steve. She’s making all the right noises and what she is saying is making sense. Michelle’s playing the softly, softly game, she knows that if she goes in all guns blazing he’s going to shut down and not go for the test.

What’s Leanne’s plan to make sure he has the test?

Leanne’s plan is to ensure Tracy finds out because she knows she’ll go in all guns blazing and try and force Steve to have the test because she’ll want to know about Amy’s chances. It just heaps even more pressure on Steve.

Will Leanne threaten to tell Michelle about her baby? Will his marriage be over if that happens?

Yes without any doubt. Maybe if he hadn’t run off with Becky behind Michelle’s back then he might have had that one strike to getaway with it but the fact that he’s done it to her before, and the humiliation that would come with everyone knowing it’s Leanne, then I don’t think there’d be any coming back.

It wasn’t an affair, they were on a break, he should have been honest from the outset, but this is Steve and now he’s in way too deep.

Surely the rest of his life will now be like this and he’ll be at the mercy of Leanne and Nick, unless they – or Steve and Michelle – move away?

Yes, Nick’s pretty much got Steve over a barrel, and unless they move away this is it for Steve.