With Sally's trial coming up, we spoke to Sally Dynevor about the prospect of her character going to jail and seeking justice.
How is Sally feeling, does she think justice will prevail or is she really worried?
She is innocent, she knows she has not done anything wrong, she is an upstanding member of the community, she’s been the Mayor, she knows she feels confident enough that she can represent herself and that she’s not done anything wrong. She believes it’s all going to be absolutely fine she’ll be able to cope with it and deal with it.
Has she been embarrassed by how she is viewed in the community?
She’s really proud and she’s got where she wanted to be, she was the Mayor she was doing really well so for the street and all these people to see her now everything come crashing down on her is awful. There is some people who will want to see Sally embarrassed and who will be sniggering behind her back saying going well she had it coming because Sally is the definition of ‘pride coming before a fall’.
She must feel foolish about being taken in by Duncan?
Yes she was in this position to help someone, she was charmed by him, he’s very handsome and charming, he put his point across very well and he’s very eloquent. She was naive she should have looked into his business and who he was. What is actually really interesting is that she’s fallen flat on her face when she was just trying to help someone as opposed to thinking about herself.
What happens when she finds the list of witnesses?
So she finds out that Judith Fisher, who she worked with, has given a statement saying she has overheard a conversation where Sally and Duncan were talking about going somewhere together. Sally very innocently thinks that is ridiculous because that never happened so she doesn’t see anything wrong in just ringing her up and speaking to her as she is a friend. Sally doesn’t know anything about crime or how to cover things or procedures she just knows that she’s innocent. But the call ends in an argument and of course then Judith puts the phone down on her and obviously says to her lawyers that Sally was harassing her.
How does she feel when she walks in and sees that there’s something going on with Sophie and Paula?
She’s really angry on lots of different levels, one she feels Paula hasn’t been truthful to her, two that she hasn’t really being pulling her weight on the case she’s not got in to contact with witness, because she’s obviously been secretly going out with Sophie. Sally feels she has been duped again by someone, this woman is her age and she believes she has seduced her daughter. Sally had even tried to set Sophie up with Paula’s daughter, and she thought Paula was interested in Kevin!
What happens when she walks in on them?
There’s this wild scene in Kevin's where they have this huge argument. Sally is livid and just sacks her there and then on the spot and says she is going to represent herself.
And this is the day of her pre-trial hearing?
It is the worst possible day but Sally’s convinced she’s innocent and she doesn’t need Paula. In her opinion Paula doesn’t know what she’s doing anyway, she's got her mind on something else, on her daughter. This is the two people that she trusted more than anything at this point in her life, Sophie is there for her all the time and Paula is her lawyer, the two people she could rely on. She says she is going to represent herself and that there’s no point in Sophie coming to court. She just wants to get through the day and come home tonight and it all be over.
Does she manage to represent herself successfully?
No of course not! Things go from bad to worse, Imran is very good at what he does and he’s far better than someone who's not a trained solicitor, so she finds herself in the worse possible predicament because she messes up completely by getting very personal about Imran.
Are you enjoying doing this storyline?
I’ve really, really enjoyed this story so much. It’s very different because it’s not a romance it’s not an affair, it’s different to anything else I’ve done, I’ve loved working with new people too such as Nick who plays Duncan, Charlie and Sterling, they are all wonderful and of course Brooke, Connie and Joe.
I just feel surrounded by just gorgeous people and it’s a great story. This might be up with there with one of my favourite storylines in my time here.
How are you feeling about the chance that she might go to prison?
Well actually I’m really excited about seeing her out of her comfort zone and how it will affect her. She will no doubt make some enemies and even on remand she is wanting to make a difference, Sally is never going to sit back and do nothing! She will try and make something good come out of the worst possible scenario.