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How badly is the weather affecting things for you all recently?
"The snow has been a nightmare for filming. We're supposed to have been filming this big episode in the village over the last week or so but it kept getting called off because it started to snow really heavily. So it's like, 'Abandon ship! Everybody get out of the village!'"
Chas isn't the only Dingle who likes to seek revenge - will Cain or Aaron be coming after Carl?
"Quite possibly! You would think they wouldn't want to let him get away with this lightly. But Aaron is at the point where he doesn't even want to give Carl the time of day. Plus he has loads of things on his plate, what with Jackson and stuff like that. I think Cain might be there though, with a big smug grin on his face - waiting to lay one on me whenever he gets a chance!"
Why do you think Carl and Chas are such a popular couple?
"I really don't know! It's one of those things that I think is to do with the chemistry on screen and the fieriness of their relationship. When they are together, it works. The chemistry is great and the passion is obviously there between the two of them. But then they can go to the other extreme when they are screaming at one another and wanting to smack each other's heads in. It's a really turbulent relationship. It's really fun as people have been hollering things at me over the last few months as this affair has been going on - wanting Chas to get her revenge but also wanting them to work it out. They want them to be together. It's quite funny how these things work out!"
"Oh I loved it! I loved this storyline. Quite often affairs in soap go really quickly - they happen, someone finds out, they split up, there is a big argument and it's all over. It's a storm in a teacup. But this has gone on for months. It's played out really slowly and it's taken time for Carl and Eve to grow really fond of one another, so it's not even about sex. Then it has taken time for Chas to find out and plot her revenge. I've loved the fact that they have taken their time with the storytelling so that we've all got really involved in it. I've really enjoyed how the storyline has evolved, so I'm thrilled with the climactic Christmas episode."
Did you ever imagine that several years after killing Tom, Carl would be centre stage on Christmas Day?
"No, it's crazy! I'm absolutely thrilled by it. To be, like you say, in the middle of the storyline on Christmas Day again is an absolute privilege and I just think the last year has been fantastic. The storylines that have been told and the way that the show has gone from strength to strength. I believe that the episode we filmed a couple of weeks ago, which will be shown on Christmas Day, is a fantastic finale to what has been a really strong year for Emmerdale."
And next year kicks off with the fire...
"That's what we've been filming... it's been ridiculous [with the snow]. Doing stunts and running around, trying to put out fires and this, that and the other, and there's been smoke and ice. Crikey, it's been a nightmare - but all good fun!"
We're going to see a list of potential arsonists drawn up - could it be Carl?
"Carl's in the frame. He's in there..."
"I am a little bit in the dark on that yet but I've heard that she is coming back, which is great. Kelly is such a great character and it's going to be really interesting because her and Jimmy worked really well in a bizarre way, but Jimmy and Nicola are just an absolute magical pairing, so it's going to be really interesting to see how that whole reappearance puts the bomb under their relationship and how they react to that now that they've got the perfect family life with baby Angelica. Kelly will come in and put the cat among the pigeons for the Kings - especially with Jimmy. Carl will be in there, trying to be the peacemaker for a change, instead of the being the one who is creating all the trouble."
Can you give us any hints as to what else might be coming up for Carl in 2011?
"Well, I would give you some if I had a clue myself. I know that there is stuff going on and I think it's going to be interesting to see over the coming weeks and months how Carl and Chas develop. Are they just going to go their separate ways? Are they going to keep together? Is Carl and Eve over for good? We'll have to see about that!"
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