So today, we have more cast interviews for you; this time, from Sian Reese-Williams and Rik Makarem who play expectant parents Gennie Walker and Nikhil Sharma, who talk about what worries them about performing live, and of how their characters will cope with the birth of their baby!
But first, here’s a reminder of the first promo for the live episode that ITV released last week… Continue reading »
And Gaynor Faye on Declan and Megan’s troubled relationship
Last night’s hour-long episode of Emmerdale of course saw farmer John Barton (James Thornton) die after the horrific car crash that he and wife Moira were in as they set off on a romantic night away…
Did you cry when John died?? No? Oh, well, then me neither… *looks around whistling
However, poor John shuffled off the mortal coil as Moira told him she loved him, and he was finally pronounced dead as Moira and the kids watched the resuscitation attempts.
Natalie J Robb, who of course plays Moira, did a fantastic job of that grief stricken wail. It really was a great piece of acting!
Yesterday, she told Lorraine Kelly that while filming the dramatic crash scenes, she ended up battered and bruised, but added that it was all worth it for the effect.
She said, “I got some bruises – I was throwing myself about. You want to make it look realistic, so I didn’t mind all that.
“We did have two stunt doubles for both of us, but in the end, we didn’t really use them – because you have to make it look as real as possible. It wasn’t that bad, really.
“We did three night shoots. There were actually five Land Rovers that we used, and all five were in different areas…
“So we just kept moving to each location, to do each different set-up. It was really well thought out.
“Michael Lacey, the director, really thought about it and it was all story-boarded. We only had three nights to do it in, and a lot to cover.”
Meanwhile, Adam Thomas – who is Corrie star Ryan Thomas’ brother – who plays Adam Barton, has been talking to Digital Spy about the tragic storyline.
When asked how he’s found filming the dramatic scenes, Adam said, “It’s been heart-wrenching, to be honest.
“On screen, the Bartons have lost the character of John, but in real life we’ve had to say goodbye to James as well.
“That’s been quite emotional, but it’s been a great thing to sink our teeth into. It’s been a brilliant storyline for us, and we’ve all stuck together as a family and really worked on it.
“The outcome should be great to watch. I thought the stunt was brilliant, and I’m sure James was happy with it as well. They could have just had John leave in a taxi, but instead he’s gone out with a real bang.”
And as to how his character will cope with his dad’s death, Adam said, “Adam looked up to his dad so much and wanted to be like him, so it’s a massive, massive loss for him.
“Now Adam has to be the man of the family. He wants to do things right and do what his dad would have done, so he wants to look after the farm and look after the family.
“But you’ll see that it all gets on top of Adam – it all gets a bit too much for him at some points.
“It’s big boots to fill and Adam is trying his best, but he’s just an emotional wreck, really. He tries to plod on, but it’s always there at the back of his mind.”
And finally, of John’s funeral episode, Adam said, “It’s heartbreaking, the whole thing from start to finish.
“It’s a really emotional episode for the Barton family and the village as a whole. John gets the send-off that he deserves, as it’s a brilliant episode.”
Finally today, Gaynor Faye, who’s joined the cast as Megan Macey, half-sister of Declan Macey (Jason Merrells) has been talking to TV Choice about her character’s relationship with her brother, and it seems there’s a fair bit of mistrust between them.
As fans will know, Declan is planning on holding a music festival on the grounds of Home Farm, and he’ll ask Megan to project manage it for him, but initially, she’s reluctant because a previous project she and Declan worked on went awry.
Gaynor said, “Megan’s very dubious as to whether Declan’s intentions are honourable this time around. She respects him, but she’s also jealous of him.
“She comes up with ideas, then he goes and makes them happen.
“It’s probably because he’s got more money and more clout than her, and because he’s a man. She’s always lived slightly in his shadow, and she doesn’t like that.”
And as to Megan’s man-eater persona, Gaynor said, “Megan flirts with everybody – from Bob to Carl and probably even Sam Dingle. No-one is safe!”
We’ll meet Megan on Tuesday, February 21 at 7pm on ITV1.
One of the biggest stunts in Emmerdale history is set to air on Thursday night when John and Moira Barton are involved in a terrible and tragic car accident.
It all begins when John – who’s played by departing actor James Thornton – realizes that he doesn’t want a divorce from Moira (Natalie J Robb) so, after a long heart to heart, the couple agree to give their marriage another try.
Their kids, Adam, Holly and Hannah, are so pleased to hear the news that they club together to book a romantic night away in a country hotel for their mum and dad, but the kind gesture is to have an outcome that nobody could have predicted…
On their way to their hotel, John and Moira’s Land Rover slides on black ice, and John, who’s driving, loses control of the vehicle which plunges off the road and down a steep and boulder strewn hill.
And sadly, only one of them will make it home alive.
Here’s a preview clip from ITV…
Don’t miss all the drama in an hour long special on Thursday!
In somewhat happier Dales news, Alicya Eyo, who plays lesbian nurse Ruby, has revealed that she’s so delighted to have landed a role on the hit show, that she sometimes has to “shake” herself to be sure it’s real.
Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, Alicya said, “I grew up with Emmerdale. It’s always been a part of my life, so it’s been incredible.
“To be in something that’s been running for so long is amazing. I still have moments when I’m on set and I have to shake myself.
“I’ll be in The Woolpack and I’ll see photos of [past characters] Amos, Seth and Jack Sugden. And I’m in awe.
“I have to tell myself ‘You’re at work. Calm down’.”
And of how the public have reacted to Alicya, she said, “It’s been really nice because people have been really supportive.
“One woman chased me round Asda on Smithdown Road the other day. She and her granddaughter were huge fans of Emmerdale and she wanted an autograph.
“She didn’t have a pen so she said ‘I’ll meet you at the checkout.’ Everyone’s been great and they say ‘good on you girl’.”
Finally, of Ruby’s troubled relationship with Ali Spencer (Kelli Hollis), Alicya said, “I’ve met lots of people who can relate to the storyline.
“Ruby has never had huge responsibilities but now she has a ready-made family.
“They’re skint and they have to weigh up what’s best for the family now there are four mouths to feed. Ruby adores Ali but she misses her old life.
“They wonder if they’ve done the right thing.”
Well, a former Emmerdale star who evidently realized she wasn’t doing the right thing is Suzanne Shaw, who’s revealed that she and husband Jason King have separated.
In a statement, the couple, who wed in 2009, said, “We had a wonderful time together and have great memories.
“But working away from each other added a lot of pressure… we ended up growing apart.
“We will be making sure we still have family time together for our son’s sake.”
We’ll start today’s soapy news with EastEnders, where Derek Branning and his brother Jack come to blows when Jack accuses Derek of harming Roxy Mitchell.
As fans of the show will know, when it was ruled that Roxy would have custody of Amy, Derek Branning vowed revenge, saying “Nobody treats my brother like that and gets away with it.”
So when Roxy mysteriously disappears, Jack immediately goes to Derek and demands to know what he’s done with her.
A show insider told the Sun, “Jack is floored when Derek tells him his aggressive reaction only proves they aren’t so dissimilar after all.”
Also making ‘Enders news today is Tony Discipline – who plays Tyler Moon – who’s revealed that he’s always had the backing of his parents in his ambition to become an actor.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, Tony said, “My dad has always been the type of geezer to get behind you no matter what.
“Whatever I said I wanted to do he would be behind me 100 per cent without questioning it.
“He wasn’t against it but said, ‘if you are going to do it, do it properly, get yourself to class’.
“My mum was a bit apprehensive but only because she wanted me to be secure in life, but as soon as she knew I was serious about the acting she was fully behind me as well. I have really supportive parents.
“When I got the role my mum was over the moon, if you’ll excuse the pun.
“I remember coming in after getting the phone call and she was just as happy and excited as I was, jumping up and down.
“I rang my dad and told him and he got a bit choked up to be honest. My dad is a massive fan of EastEnders. He was made up for me to get a part in it.”
Over to Emmerdale now, where James Thornton has revealed that now he’s not playing the role of John Barton anymore, he’s looking forward to all the free time he’ll have.
Speaking to Inside Soap about his exit storyline and what comes next for him, James said, “I had a brilliant time working on the crash – you always want to be involved in something as dramatic as that.
“But now I’m looking forward to time off, cutting the grass and sorting out the bins – all those things I haven’t had a chance to do!”
And when asked if he might join the cast of another soap, James said, “After two-and-a-half years it’s time for me to do something different and see what happens.”
He added, “I live in London and have been away from home all this time, plus it’s unusual for me to play a part as long as I have this one.
“I enjoy not knowing what’s coming next!”
Don’t miss John – and James’ of course! – dramatic exit this week.
Finally, it’s over to Hollyoaks, where Jorgie Porter has revealed that she loves playing Theresa McQueen so much, she has no plans on leaving the show.
Speaking to the PA, when asked if she could be tempted to make a move to America to look for movie roles, Jorgie said, “Hollywood sounds lovely, but you know, I never thought I’d get to do what I’m doing.
“I never think, ‘I’m going to do this,’ because you can set yourself up for a fall.
“I’ve never been one of those people who set their minds on winning things, because I’d be frustrated in the end.
“So I go into things with an open mind; I’m just going to do things that make me happy. If something isn’t making me happy, then I’ll change what I’m doing.
“You never know what might come along – just go with the flow. I’ve achieved a lot because I never thought I’d be an actress but I am one.
“I’ve had my first TV break with Hollyoaks, but you never know what might happen. I don’t want to say no to anything that might challenge me.”
Rachel, who plays the role of Mitzeee Minniver, will trek the 19,341ft to the top of the Tanzanian mountain in aid of the National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS).
She expects to begin the ten day trek on September 20, and among many harsh conditions will be the temperature, which can fall to minus 25 degrees.
Rachel chose to support the charity because, after her father went deaf in the latter years of her life, she realized how isolating being deaf can be. She learned how to sign and has since worked as a BSL interpreter and volunteered for Deaflinks, which is a Staffordshire-based charity running drama workshops for deaf children.
Last year Rachel also did a skydive to raise money for the NDCS, and of that, she said, “The skydive was the most incredible thing I’ve experienced in my entire life.
“The cause is very close to my heart and I encourage everyone to get behind NDCS in helping to overcome the challenges deaf children face in everyday life.”
Good luck with your climb Rachel!
Over to EastEnders now, where Perry Fenwick – who plays Billy Mitchell – has revealed that Danielle Harold is every bit as cheeky as her character, Lola Pearce.
Speaking to Inside Soap, Perry said, “She can be a cheeky little so-and-so, can Dan!
“One of the cameramen was talking to me about my role in Mona Lisa (the 1986 film) the other day, and Danielle piped up, ‘Was that in black and white?’.”
But Perry added that he’s having a great time working with Danielle. He said, “The way she’s come on since her first day has been amazing.
“Danielle reminds me a lot of Lacey (Turner) – she’s such a cracking little actress.”
And as to what lies ahead for Billy and Lola when her baby’s born, Perry said, “A baby story can go one of about 20 ways, so who knows what’ll happen. But Billy will be by Lola’s side.”
Finally today it’s over to Yorkshire, where Natalie J Robb has revealed that filming the scenes in which her character Moira Barton and her husband John are in car crash, were “exciting” even though she sustained some minor injuries.
As fans of the show will probably know, we’ll see the crash in an hour-long special next Thursday.
Of the scenes, Natalie told the Daily Record, “When you let the [safety] harness go it starts to crush you a little bit and felt claustrophobic.
“After the first night I had bruises on my rib cage, so they added padding.
“It was spooky to shoot because it was on the moors, dark and the weather was terrible.
“It gave a really uneasy sense of reality to the whole thing.”
You can see loads of pictures of the crash, and a preview clip, by clicking here to go to the show’s official website.
We’ll begin today’s soapy news round up with Corrie, where Ryan Thomas is hoping his character Jason Grimshaw will get to have bit of fun now that his girlfriend, Rosie Webster, has ditched him to pursue her modeling career in London.
We’ll start today’s soapy news with EastEnders, where it’s been reported that Jessie Wallace has temporarily been written out of the show in order to allow her to get some much needed rest.
Jessie, who of course plays Kat Moon, suffered the trauma of the breakdown of her relationship with Vince Morse last year, and as you may remember, she called of their wedding just hours before the ceremony was due to take place.
She then returned to work immediately, and has had a solid schedule of filming ever since.
A friend of Jessie’s told the Sun, “She’s had a stressful six months…
“She’s been given three months off and no one can blame her for taking a break.
“Jessie’s worked solidly since her wedding nightmare and had already come back early from what would have been her honeymoon.
“It was a very easy decision to make for the show. She is a great actress and extremely popular on set. She’ll come back stronger than ever.”
The character of Kat has gone to look after her dad Charlie Slater, who, as we heard in last week’s episodes, has had a stroke.
Over to Emmerdale now, where Tom Lister, who plays Carl King, has revealed that there are exciting times ahead for the King brothers this year.
Speaking to Inside Soap, he said, “The Kings have got an exciting year in store.
“I do think Carl and Jimmy will begin building up their business into a position of power, so they can start throwing themselves around a bit again.
“I’m really hoping that the Kings are going to get back on top in the village.”
However, Carl has the hurdle of his setting up Rodney Blackstock to face the music over a hit-and-run accident to handle yet, and next week, we’ll see Rodders demanding £10k in cash to keep quiet over who really hit the cyclist!
Charley said, “She doesn’t want to lie to Cameron [about having slept with Andy] but she feels she has to.
“She had to do it for Sarah’s sake, but he said he’d leave her if she ever slept with Andy. Apart from Sarah, he’s the most important person in Debbie’s life.
“In the same way she’d do anything to save her daughter, she’d do anything to save her relationship.”
However, being pregnant is only the start of things in terms of whether the baby may be able to donate bone marrow to Sarah.
Of that, Charley said, “She’s not totally relieved because they don’t know if the baby is a match for Sarah yet. They’re a step closer, but Debbie fears it may not be enough.”
And of Andy’s reaction to the news, Charley said, “He’s over the moon, but there’s more to it than that for him.
“Because he has feelings for Debbie, he likes it that they’re becoming a team. The closer they get, the more he likes it.”
But Cameron doesn’t react so well. Charley said, “Debbie’s heartbroken by his reaction. While he’s happy for Sarah, he can’t deal with the fact that the woman he loves is pregnant by another man.”
And in fact, that’s exactly what Ashley Thomas thinks when his wife Laurel tells him she thinks she may be pregnant…
And of course, it’s Marlon Dingle that Ashley suspects may be the father, but as Laurel and Marlon have never slept together – which Laurel has told Ashley many times – she’s hurt that her husband clearly doesn’t believe her.
We’ll see those scenes tonight, but for now, here’s a preview clip…
Finally, Nick Miles, who plays Jimmy King, has told Inside Soap that he’d like his character to man-up a bit and stand up to his brother Carl.
Nick also hinted that there is a major storyline involving his character and Carl coming up this year.
He said, “I think there are going to be some big fireworks coming up – we’ve got some massive storylines on the way this year.
“So I’m sure Jimmy will be able to crowbar himself into one of those! I’ve had a hint of what I’m going to be doing [for the anniversary], but I can’t tell you yet.
“A lot of it is to do with Carl, though.”
Then Nick revealed that he wants Jimmy to be “more assertive.
He said, “I would like for him to be a bit more assertive with Carl – and I’m trying to get that written in.
“When I was turning on the Christmas lights in Lincoln, a fan said, ‘Are you as soft as Jimmy?’ It was an awful thing to be asked, as I don’t think of Jimmy as being soft.
“I avoided the question like a politician, but it really made me think.”
I think Jimmy should stand up to Nicola more too while he’s at it!
And Kelvin Fletcher says there may be no “happy ending” for Sarah Dingle
It’s been reported today that farmer John Barton is to die when his car plunges off a cliff while he’s driving over the Yorkshire moors.
The character has of course been written out because James Thornton who plays him announced his decision to quit the show last year.
And as we reported last week, the cast and crew of the show were spotted filming a “top secret stunt” in a remote part of the county, which it’s understood was the scenes in which John dies.
And as it’s been reported that Sophie Powles – who plays Holly Barton – is also leaving the show, there has been some speculation that her character may die in the carnage too.
Speaking to the Sun about the dramatic car wreck, a show insider said, “Everyone’s putting a lot of time and care into this. We want it to be a massive episode for us.”
Recently, the show’s producer, Stuart Blackburn said of the Barton family, “There’s going to be some very moving, powerful, heartbreaking drama coming up in 2012 that’s about the whole family, not just John and Moira.”
Viewers can expect to see John’s tragic death in February.
Over now to Chelsea Halfpenny who has been talking to the Daily Mirror about her role as teen mum Amy Wyatt.
First, Chelsea revealed that she’s delighted to have been nominated for a National Television Award in the category of Best Newcomer.
She said, “At the age of 20, I feel very blessed. Just to be nominated for the NTAs is a huge privilege.
“I don’t even care if I win, just seeing the clip with my name on it will be a massive thrill.”
And of her character’s storylines, Chelsea said, “It’s been great having such a moving storyline to get my teeth into – it’s every actor’s dream.”
She went on to say, “When the team first told me she was going to have a baby, I couldn’t wait to find out more.
“Then when I saw the scripts and realised she was going to actually give birth in a cemetery, I started to get a bit worried.
“The thought of having to do a scene like that is pretty daunting – especially when you’ve never done it yourself – so the first thing I did was get on the phone to my mum to get some advice.
“I didn’t want to get it wrong and let everyone down but we had a midwife on set all the time, too, and she was able to tell me what kind of noises I should be making during labour.
“It was crazy really.
“I spent a lot of the time in tears and when you’re crying all day it’s exhausting and leaves you with these terrible headaches. But it was actually OK apart from that.”
However, when asked if playing a mum had made her broody in real life, Chelsea laughed, “Er, that would be a definite no! The twins they use to play my on-screen children are so cute.
“They’re only 10 weeks old and they’re so sweet that, yes, I am enjoying all the cuddles, but I’m absolutely not in any rush to have one of my own.
“It’s lovely to have them in your arms but it’s also lovely to be handing them back to their mum, too. I can only just look after myself, never mind a baby.
“I feel like I’m way too young. And being pregnant on TV means you’ve seen what you’ll look like and it’s not a pretty sight.
“Towards the end, I was wearing a prosthetic bump and I took a picture of it to show my mum and she was like ‘put that away NOW’, so I don’t think she wants me to start a family yet either.
“There were a couple of people I know from school who’ve had a baby but I honestly couldn’t comprehend it.”
Our final snippet of Dales news today is that Kelvin Fletcher, who of course plays Andy Sugden, has told the Daily Record that he realizes the show’s scriptwriters may not pen a happy ending to the storyline in which Andy’s daughter Sarah has the potentially fatal illness, Fanconi Anaemia.
Of the controversial storyline, Kelvin said, “People have been up in arms about it, but if it’s a life-threatening condition, unfortunately that is one of the realities.
“There are families out there who are going through this sort of thing and some have a happy ending and, unfortunately, some don’t.
“It’s choosing which story you want to tell. Some people have said soaps have a responsibility to portray things in a good way, but they have a more important responsibility to portray real life and sometimes in real life things don’t go according to plan.
“It probably comes across as really cold, but both ways would work for the show.
“I wouldn’t like to lose little Sophia, who plays Sarah, and I wouldn’t want Andy to lose Sarah because I love the relationship they’ve got…
“But, at the same time, you’ve got to be ready to play that. I have no power and no say in it.”
Emmerdale continues tonight at 7pm on ITV1, but in the meantime, here’s a preview of the episode…
“I’d like to thank Sophie for all her hard work and commitment. Her energy, enthusiasm and positivity have made her a joy to work with.”
Over to Corrie now, where Michelle Keegan – who plays Tina McIntyre – has denied claims that she’s and her fiancé Max George have postponed their wedding.
It was reported yesterday that their relationship was in crisis as they spend so much time apart, however, today, a spokesman for the couple told the Daily Mail that the pair are still “very much a couple” but had not yet organised their wedding.
The spokesman added, “The date had never been set. They are not rushing and are taking as much time as necessary to plan the wedding.”
Finally, it’s over to EastEnders and Matt Lapinskas, who’s told Heat magazine that he feels like he has to stay in good shape for his role as Anthony Moon, because he doesn’t want to look puny beside his on-screen brother, Tony Discipline, who plays Tyler Moon.
Matt said, “When you’re in the public eye, you feel like you have to keep in shape. You’re always under pressure.”
He went on to say that when he saw that his costumes included only boxers, he was quite shocked.
He said, “We walked into our dressing rooms and there were just some boxers hanging up. We rang down saying, ‘Our costumes aren’t here’, and they said, ‘Yeah, they are’. I was like, ‘Are you serious?’”
Well I for one am rather glad that they were indeed serious!