Coronation Street schemer Todd Grimshaw is triumphant next week as his pursuit of Marcus Dent finally pays off.
Marcus (Charlie Condou) gives into temptation during a visit to the Grimshaw house as he is no longer able to resist Todd's attempts to flirt with him.
Here, Bruno Langley - who plays Todd - explains why his character is being so ruthless.
Has Todd been biding his time with Marcus since he was told to back off after their close encounter?
"I think Todd has definitely set his sights on Marcus - he is going after one thing and one thing only at the minute. Todd has not really been going out into town - he's been staying close to home so he can keep an eye on everything, so I guess he has been biding his time and keeping tabs on the situation. Todd is someone who knows what he wants and won't stop until he gets it - never mind the consequences."
Do you think Todd genuinely wants Marcus, or is it more about proving a point?
"No, I think Todd definitely does want him. He likes the challenge and the chase, that's for sure, but Todd is genuinely attracted to Marcus and sometimes that's all it takes."
Would Todd want Marcus just as much if Marcus turned around and agreed to a relationship?
"It might change the dynamics slightly, but I think Todd would say, 'Right, let's go for it then!' I don't think he'd waste any time."
How does Todd feel about the possibility of hurting Maria?
"Todd has a bit of a warped way of thinking - he thinks that by persuading Marcus round, he'd be doing everyone a favour. Ultimately Todd is willing to sacrifice other people's happiness for his own desires. Todd just keeps saying that he's doing it for Marcus, because Todd is adamant that Marcus is just living a lie. He feels as though he's helping them all out - he believes that if Marcus doesn't fall for him, he'll fall for someone else eventually."
Why is Todd angry about Marcus's plans to buy a house with Maria?
"He's not angry about it - I think it's jealousy more than anything. Todd is exasperated at the fact that Marcus can't see he's making a mistake with Maria and that he should be with him instead. Todd had had his own place in London but now he's back in Weatherfield stuck in his mum's box room, so I think Marcus and Maria's independence and life together makes him quite frustrated. He doesn't like to see other people happy when he's not."
Todd has told Marcus that he has an estate agent friend. Is that a lie?
"It's a complete lie. It's all just so he can converse with him. Todd isn't stupid, he knows what he's doing!"
Todd starts to confide in Marcus about his father. Is this just a sob story to get Marcus on side?
"Yes I'd say so. That's not to say that there aren't issues there because I think there are for whatever reason, but he's definitely playing on it for Marcus's benefit."
Todd tells Sean that he's in love with someone else. How true is that?
"It all depends what Todd's perception of love is! I don't think he's in love with Marcus, he's lustful but probably not in love. Again, Todd is clever and everything he does has a motive behind it. He knows Sean won't keep his mouth shut and that information will soon be out there. It's manipulation."
Can Todd tell that Marcus is becoming increasingly attracted to him?
"Todd is definitely reeling him in slowly but surely. His mind games are definitely working. Todd knows exactly what he's doing - he knows himself and he's using all he has to get Marcus. He knows what works. Todd is so confident - this all comes quite naturally to him."
Who makes the first move next week?
"Marcus. The scene is all about Todd pushing him and pushing him until Marcus caves."
Eileen is very suspicious, isn't she?
"Eileen is instantly suspicious - she knows exactly what Todd is up to. She does try to persuade Todd to leave Marcus alone, but Todd tells her in rather plain terms that he won't be paying any attention to her!"
Do you think Todd has any conscience about what he's doing?
"I think Todd has a reason for doing what he's doing. Todd was going to marry Sarah and have children, but he knew it wasn't right and he was just getting swept up in it all. In a way he can see the same pattern happening with Marcus, so Todd is quite adamant when he tells Marcus that he's doing the wrong thing.
"Todd's way of thinking is that he's saving Marcus from wrong, and in the long run he thinks he's doing Maria a favour too! But from Eileen's point of view he's breaking up a family. Todd has a completely different way of thinking - he can't understand why people can't see it. He goes about it all in the wrong way."
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