“ Soap Scoop ”
Issue #12: Tricky Dickie is dead - Official
While I’ve not managed to verify it, there appear to have been no fewer than 70 new regular arrivals and almost the same number of departures and more than 20 weddings, including a handful that never culminated in the exchanging of rings.
At the same time, we’ve had some 16 pregnancies, more than 30 deaths, almost 80 returns – most of which appeared in the Neighbours’ 20th anniversary reunion episode – and, wait for it, more than 40 affairs!
I think that latter figure indicates to some degree the type of storyline that we viewers relish. You just can’t beat a bit of naughtiness, it seems!
Oh, and to top it all, 2005 will also be marked with one major ‘closure’ – when we say a final farewell to Five’s flagship soap, Family Affairs, at the end of the year.
So, there you have it - what a year!
It just remains to strap on our seatbelts for the 2006 rollercoaster…
Let’s start by taking a look at what’s about to happen on the cobbles of Coronation Street.
There’s trouble ahead for the Websters in the New Year as rogue teenagers Rosie (Helen Flanaghan) and Craig (Richard Fleeshman) continue to show each other their true feelings. Unfortunately for the passionate pair, Rosie’s mother, Sally (Sally Whittaker), catches them half naked and later forces her daughter to take the morning-after pill.
Rosie decides to take matters into her own hands, but Sally has a similar idea… How far will Sally go in order to prevent her precious child from seeing the local goth? My bet is she’ll take the situation as far as possible – but by Sally’s track record, it’ll probably be taken too far…
A new character will descend upon the Street over the coming weeks in the form of Ed – played by Chris Walker - a church-going pal of Emily's. There’s not much information about the character at present, apart from the fact he has a dark secret which he is keeping close to his chest - and it’ll be a complete shock for one street resident. Stand by for action!
Rumours in the media world have been rife this week regarding the possible return of the murderous Richard Hillman and, naturally, the fantastic Brian Capron.
I’m reliably informed that Tricky Dickie ‘is dead’ and Brian ‘will not be returning’.
An insider, however, told me: “We won’t be bringing back a dead character but there is a storyline involving Richard Hillman. People come and go on the cobbles, but they’re not necessarily forgotten.???
It would have been great to see Brian back in Weatherfield, but I don’t think producers could really do a ‘Den’ and bring him back from the dead. After all, if I’m not mistaken, we actually saw the face of the deceased Dickie and so it would be all rather far-fetched.
I must congratulate EastEnders for a fantastic episode last Friday.
Nana Moon’s final scenes were brilliantly produced and the acting was first class. I’m sure the scenes touched the hearts of many up and down the country as many of us have, or have had, a family member similar to the Grand Old Lady of Walford.
Hilda Braid – who played Nana – along with Shane Richie (Alfie Moon) did, indeed, shed real tears while on-set filming the emotional scenes.
Maybe you did, too, when you watched the finished article?
Nana’s character is a great loss for the show and, I’m sure you’ll agree, will be sadly missed by all.
Now for something a little more festive from Walford…
Big Mo (Laila Morse) experiences turkey-trouble over the holiday period… she forgets to defrost her gigantic bird in time for the family meal.
A frantic Mo thinks she has the perfect solution and attempts to produce a makeshift turkey from all things chicken-ey… When this fails, she looks to her last resort – one of her ‘friends’ who claims they have a bird for her.
Kat and Alfie embark on the mission to retrieve the replacement creature and return with… a parrot!
Oh dear, Mo, when will you learn?
Producers are yet to re-cast the character of Jack Edwards, father of Honey Edwards (Emma Barton - pictured) who was set to be played by David Essex.
Earlier this month, the BBC confirmed that the singer would not be joining the London-based soap due to lack of time down to music commitments.
An announcement looks set to be made in the New Year once a replacement has been found.
The Dales’ Ivan Jones – played by Daniel Brocklebank – isn’t set for the best New Year when he becomes the saviour of Paul Lambert (Mathew Bose) who falls victim of a homophobic attack.
Daniel himself reveals more about the forthcoming storyline:
What happens when the gang of youths start taunting Paul?
Ivan and Paul are picking up some of Ivan’s belongings and as he walks round the corner he finds Paul pinned up against Rodney’s van. Thankfully, as luck would have it, Ivan has a cricket bat in his bag and warns them off with it.
Does Ivan really consider Paul as his boyfriend?
He does say to the gang that if they have a problem to take it to him and not his boyfriend. It’s the first time he actually vocalises it and he shocks himself by saying it because I don’t think he has ever considered anyone to be his boyfriend before.
How does Ivan feel when Paul suggests they go to have dinner with Rodney? Is he ready to come out?
I don’t think he feels ready to come out yet. I think he needs a little more time to feel comfortable with the whole thing.
Why is Ivan so reluctant to come out?
It’s to do with the fact that he was outed by his ex-wife as she caught him with another man. The reaction he got from people was so horrendous he’s become scared about opening himself up to a new community of people and is worried about the villagers’ reaction.
Does Paul find it hard to be in a relationship with a closeted guy?
I think Paul finds it extremely difficult as he wants different things from a relationship than Ivan does. But I do think he is really keen on them becoming public.
How does it come about that Thelma Louise outs Ivan?
Paul is doing a drag act in the Woolpack and as he’s upset he mentions to the locals that he has been in a relationship with a guy who is in the closet, nobody being aware that it’s Ivan. Paul’s comments anger Ivan and he storms into the toilets. Paul follows him in and they have a heated discussion about the comments Paul has made, but they are both unaware that Paul’s microphone is still switched on and the whole conversation is projected out to everyone in the woolpack. They both leave the toilet and Ivan has been outed.
How does Ivan feel when he realises everyone in the Woolpack heard the conversation?
Everyone is just staring at them when they leave the toilets and Val comes over and tells them that they make a lovely couple then he runs out of the Woolpack.
Do you think Ivan has made his mind up about Paul?
I think he feels upset and betrayed by what has happened. I think deep down he knows he’s bisexual but isn’t sure if a relationship is going to work with Paul as they both have different ideas about a relationship and he can not conform to Paul’s ideas.
How do you find acting out romantic scenes with Mathew Bose, who plays Paul? Are they awkward to do?
We have both been friends for many years so we are comfortable around each other, although we found it a little bizarre when we had to do the kissing scenes. We both felt a little embarrassed, but just had a laugh and got on with it.
Are you enjoying the storyline?
I am enjoying the storyline a lot and I think the bisexual issue is an interesting and challenging one to tackle. I think that there’s still a stigma attached to being bisexual and I hope we are going to break some barriers. It’s also an interesting storyline for me as I have never played a role like this before and I’m having lots of fun doing it.
Reports earlier this week suggesting that filming of the next series of Bad Girls had to be halted due to flooding were not entirely true.
The river running alongside Shed’s ‘3 Mills Studios’ did burst its banks and water did, indeed, flow between the studios.
An insider told me: “The flood – if it can be called that – wasn’t as extensive as everyone made out. Nobody was filming there anyway! And apart from that, the next series of Bad Girls hasn’t even started filming yet. We don’t even have a solid cast line-up. We expect to start filming in February.???
Looking forward to it already!
Hollyoaks is gearing itself for its next late-night instalment: Back from the Dead. This four-part late-night spin-off series sees drug rapist Andy return to the Chester soap very much alive and intent on revenge.
Russ and Sam Owen believe they’ve killed him, but when the brothers receive shocking text message pictures, they realise that Andy is back and has seduced and abducted their younger sister, Nicole. Suddenly a frantic search to save their sibling turns into a terrifying cat and mouse chase. But the outcome, though shocking and deadly, is something none of them could have predicted.
Meanwhile, Mandy and her new-found buddies, Clare and Louise, strike out on a girly adventure, but when an intruder rudely breaks up their idyllic stay at the luxury country house sees them go from pampering to false imprisonment in one heady break.
However, Louise is more shocked when the strange man who was so quick to come to their rescue seems to know all about her. Will he expose the secrets from her past that she was trying so hard to keep hidden from her friends? Louise is worried that this isn’t the last she’ll see of him and her life may never be the same again…
Neighbours are currently on their Christmas filming break down under, but filming, I’m told, is to resume on the 16th January.
Meanwhile, Dan O’Connor (left) – who plays Ned Parker - and Pippa Black (right) – who stars as Elle Robinson – have been over here in the UK for the past couple of weeks on holiday.
The pair have also been attending a few interviews and having a nice relaxing break before a hectic filming schedule recommences in the New Year.
Right – that’s me for 2005.
Meanwhile, enjoy the soaps over the festive period and I look forward to serving more scoopings in the New Year!