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Jennie McAlpine (Fiz Stape, Corrie)

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Fiz Stape from Coronation Street

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As Coronation Street's 50th anniversary week continues, Fiz Stape is among the many characters facing a traumatic time following the shock disaster on the cobbles. In the aftermath of the tram crash tragedy, Fiz is currently in premature labour and needs urgent medical attention. Additionally, unbeknown to Fiz, her husband John has just furiously attacked his tormentor Charlotte Hoyle with a hammer - adding one more sinister secret to a long list that could blow their marriage apart. DS recently caught up with Jennie McAlpine, who plays Fiz, to hear her take on this week's episodes and Corrie's birthday.

What's it been like to take such a central role in this massive milestone for Corrie?
"Honestly, it's so special. I love Corrie and I'm a massive soap fan. Corrie's my favourite and to be part of this as the show turns 50 years old is just brilliant - really brilliant!"

What have you made of the John and Charlotte storyline?
"It's terrible to laugh at it, but it really is funny! I think it's because you're incredulous - you just can't believe that it's happening and I think that's what makes people laugh. What's lovely is that I haven't really been involved in much of the John and Charlotte storyline, because obviously Fiz doesn't know what's been going on. So when I watch their scenes, it's really good and I'm thinking, 'I can't believe she's saying that about me!'"

Is there any particular scene of theirs that you've enjoyed?
"I loved it the other day when Charlotte said that Fiz was as thick as a plank. She said, 'Why do you want to be with her? She's as thick as a plank!' I loved that!"

Fiz demands the truth
Fiz and Charlotte haven't really shared any scenes since their confrontation at Charlotte's house a while ago - would you have liked those two to have interacted more?
"Oh, I really would have! Becky Hindley is ace - really ace. She's a really great girl and plays a brilliant character. I think she didn't know that the character would be so big. I don't know whether anyone did, really - well, they probably did, but they didn't tell us! I would have really loved to have done more with her, because that scene with Fiz and Charlotte at the house was the last time that I really did any big scenes with her. Then I'd only ever really see her in the green room!"

If Charlotte really is dead, it looks like a lot of fans will be sad to see her go…
"We'll have to wait and see what happens, but it's always the way! When you have big characters who leave, they very often have a sad demise. Our favourite characters are often the baddies, but those characters usually end up going!"

How's everything going with the rehearsals for the live episode?
"It's going alright, I think! We started out rehearsing individually - everyone rehearsing their individual scenes - but now we're moving on to all of us running through the whole thing. We just have to carry on regardless - no matter what happens! Even if the whole building falls down, we've just got to keep saying the lines and carry on!"

Do you know exactly what's happening with the live episode, or could there be some surprises that even the cast don't know about yet?
"I actually don't know! I keep hearing that there's going to be new drafts of scripts, so I don't know! Maybe there's going to be a big surprise! But I honestly don't know."

John and Fiz are horrified as they watch DVD footage of their house
Fiz and John are certainly at the centre of drama this week - where do they go from here?
"I really can't say anything at this point! But I don't think it's going to end happily, put it that way…"

Have you enjoyed working with Phil Collinson since he took over as producer?
"Phil really has brought the best of his skills to Corrie. I think that's clear when you see the episodes on screen - especially this week's episodes. Also, not only is he really skilled, but he's a lovely man, so it's been a really nice atmosphere on set. The results have just been brilliant - he's been fabulous. And he loves Corrie too, which you can really see!"

Finally, can you name any highlights from your time at Coronation Street so far?
"I think it probably has to be this - the 50th anniversary. This week is definitely up there as the stuff we've filmed has been brilliant. I think the live episode will also probably be the highlight - although we've not done it yet, so ask me on Friday! But this tram crash storyline has been so spectacular and because it's 50 years, I know I'm never going to be in this position again, so it's really special."

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