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'Coronation Street' Jack P Shepherd on David's baby plans - interview

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Coronation Street's David Platt leaves his wife Kylie stunned in the coming days as he becomes fixated on the idea of extending their family.

Feeling that everything is going well with Kylie (Paula Lane) and little Max, David suggests that it's the right time for them to have a baby of their own. However, with a career-minded Kylie not so keen, are the couple heading for a rocky patch?

Digital Spy recently caught up with Jack P Shepherd, who plays David, to hear his thoughts on the storyline.

Why does David decide that he wants a baby?
"I think David just feels that a baby would complete his relationship with Kylie, really. He's always wanted kids, ever since spending time with Bethany when he was younger and developing a bond with Max more recently. Now he wants his own child.

"David still loves Max, but he wants to complete the family so that he and Kylie can have that shared bond. If they have a child together, it will add to what they already have."

Why isn't Kylie so keen on the idea?
"It's not really anything against David, I think it's mainly just because she's been let down by men in the past. She's probably frightened that if David gets bored in two years' time, she'll be a single mum with two kids out on her own.

"Plus, Kylie has just got this job at the Bistro, so she's on a steady ladder to a good career and wants to get her head down. I think Kylie is being realistic, to be honest. She'd like to wait until they can afford a property of their own further down the line. But David just wants everything too fast!"

Kylie agrees to the idea, but we hear that she continues taking the contraceptive pill in secret…
"I think that's because Kylie feels forced into it. David just keeps going on and on about babies, and he won't let it go! Kylie sees how excited he is for it, so she says they'll do it and give it a go. She agrees to try, but secretly she has other ideas."

8002: David and Kylie row as Kylie makes it clear she doesn't want a baby with him yet

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What does Gail make of the situation?
"Gail doesn't really want them to have a baby, but she knows it's not her position to get involved. As soon as the word 'baby' crops up with David, he can just throw out the card that Gail made sure his other kid with Tina was aborted. So Gail takes a step back on this occasion. She's not really best pleased about it, but she doesn't really say anything for once."

How does Kylie try to put David off the idea of children?
"Well, Chesney and Katy need someone to look after baby Hope and Joseph at short notice, so Kylie cunningly volunteers her and David. Suddenly, Kylie gets a call and she's got to go into the Bistro, so she rushes off and leaves David with Hope, Joseph and Max.

"Kylie thinks all hell is going to break loose and David will have second thoughts over babies. But David actually does a bang-up job, so Chesney and Katy come in and they're really happy that he succeeded and there were no deaths or anything! (Laughs.)

"The situation just reinforces it even more that David wants a baby with Kylie. He tells Kylie it was a doddle and they should definitely have kids together!"

Are you surprised that David has become such a good father figure to Max?
"I am, especially considering that he didn't really have one himself growing up. I think the writers like that bond between David and Max, particularly given that they're not related biologically. So I think this was the whole reason the writers decided that it's time for David to have a baby of his own."

Corrie bosses have promised a big Christmas and 2013 for David and Kylie. Are you excited by what's in store?
"Definitely - they're using us more and more with little Max and we're our own little family now. It's funny that everyone still calls the whole family 'the Platts', when there's actually only me and Paula who are Platts. There's Nick Tilsley and Gail McIntyre, so it's nice that everyone recognises them as Platts as well!

"There is more to come at Christmas, and as I'm talking to you, we're just getting the scripts out now for it. I'm looking forward to seeing it, but it's all supposed to be huge, apparently!"

Kirsty is thankful when Nick spoils Max, but David is left feeling inadequate

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Do you ever find yourself missing David's evil side?
"Yeah, all the time! I get quite a lot of tweets from people asking me when he's going to turn bad again, and the answer to that is that I don't know! The writers can't just turn him bad for no reason. Over the history of David's character, he's always been on a steady path when he's in a relationship. Whether it's been Tina or Kylie, a girlfriend has always kept him on the straight and narrow.

"That's actually the main problem if he splits up with a girl, because his main focus has been on them and there's nothing left for him afterwards! For him to go bad, I think something would have to jeopardise his relationship."

Do you prefer playing comedy or drama with David?
"I don't really have a preference, as I like all the scenes. I have a good time when it's comedy, but then again myself and Paula have just filmed some good drama scenes the other day. It was good to get our teeth into that after a lot of light-hearted humour at the salon, but I love that comedy as well because it's really good."

Do you think Nick would ever betray David by getting together with Kylie?
"I don't know, who's to say in the soap world? But I think Nick is just trying to be a decent older brother to David by helping out Kylie, especially giving her a job at the Bistro when she didn't seem happy in the salon. I think that's as far as it will go with those two."

8005: Feeling guilty, Gail invites Lewis to stay at her house, allowing Lewis' plan to fall into place

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We'll also soon see scheming Lewis Archer move in with the Platts! How does David react to that?
"He's not best pleased. David comes home one day to find that Lewis is on the couch and Gail is massaging his back! It all kicks off because David think it's not right. Lewis is just a nuisance - he's an annoying little brat! There's a bit of the old David that creeps in, because he's trying to wind Lewis up."

Do you think David needs a new enemy?
"Well, it's always nice to have a bit of an enemy on the street. I had a bit with Gary Windass, but now we're best mates. I also had a bit with Ryan Connor too, but they're getting friendly too. That's what happens in soap, you forgive and you forget. Maybe the writers could come up with a few stories where Ryan tries it on with Kylie again."

With the news that Stuart Blackburn is taking over as Corrie's producer, how are you and the rest of the cast feeling about a new boss joining?
"We're absolutely terrified! (Laughs.) It's always the same, with people asking, 'Have you heard? New boss, what's he like?' But I remember Stuart when he was here as story editor on Corrie, so I can't speak for the rest of the cast but thankfully I've got a good relationship with him!"

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