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Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Faye Brookes interview: #Kana and forbidden fruit


Why does Kate tell Rana that she is moving to Spain?

Kate wants to get a reaction out of Rana so she decides that if she takes the candy away and leaves her with nothing then maybe Rana will tell her how she truly, truly feels because Rana keeps putting the ball in Kate’s court. It’s way too much pressure on Kate so this is her way of turning the tables.

How does Rana react?

Rana doesn’t bat an eyelid and it frustrates Kate even more. Kate doesn’t get the reaction that she wants and it leads Kate to think that this could ruin their relationship as well as their friendship and their friendship is the one thing that Kate wants to hold on to the most. Now they are frosty, uncomfortable and they don’t get on.

Tell us what happens when Kate breaks down to Luke

Kate finally realises her true feelings and they are so powerful. She has never felt these feelings before about anyone and the fact that it is someone that she can’t have makes it even more of a struggle. She is left with this broken heart without even having the relationship and break-up; she's broken hearted from the get-go.

How does Luke react?

Luke is the first person to see Kate vulnerable, she just breaks down. She tells him it all and to put that on Luke is awful... from an outside perspective I can’t believe Kate does that! But I am so glad that she finally has someone to talk to because she can’t even talk to her family. Poor Luke!

It seems like Kate and Rana can’t keep away from each other…

Weatherfield is a small place and even just seeing each other across the road it’s like, “Oh gosh,” - it’s the chemistry! There is definitely something there and it makes it really juicy that Kate can’t have Rana - forbidden fruit.

After Kate comes to terms with her feelings, Zeedan sends Rana and Kate to attend a food fair on his behalf. What happens next?

The pair drive out to the food fair in Zeedan’s van and it breaks down. They are in the middle of nowhere and for the first time ever they give each other time to talk. Rana opens up about the strict, regimented routine when she was growing up, that she can’t disappoint her family, she has to go by the book and live this happily ever after for her family’s sake. What’s really nice for Kate is that she sees Rana in a whole new light and it’s a good one, she realises that Rana has been dealing with so much. It’s now made them a lot closer on a friendship level and maybe something more…

How does Kate feel when Rana makes these revelations?

She is relieved that it’s not just her that is struggling with the feelings and in a way she is feeling optimistic. It puts a question mark over whether something could happen now.

What was it like filming those scenes?

It’s definitely racy but we did it right and in a very sophisticated, artistic sort of way which I love. It’s filmed it in a really beautiful way but at the same time it is Coronation Street and it has to have that added drama. There is that element, the fact that they are not meant to be there and they are not meant to be alone, that electrifies that scene and makes it more intense so you never know if one thing is going to lead to another.

What’s it like filming with Bhavna Limbachia?

She’s a dream. We are both from the same work ethic which is to get the job done, to do it well and to respect the LGBT community. We both want the very best out of our characters so we are giving our all and we work really well with each other.

What has been the reaction from viewers, for example there has been the hashtag #Kana (Kate and Rana)?

#Kana is mental. I sit down to dinner and I can’t put my phone down because Twitter is crazy and that’s so nice because there is so much effort that goes into these episodes. When I see the viewers have got every little moment that we have tried to create it’s so nice to be recognised by them. This was a massive risk for Coronation Street and for our characters but they are mad for #Kana.

Were you surprised at the reaction from viewers?

I knew that people enjoyed certain Kate scenes with the likes of Shayne Ward, Kate’s brother, because they can see that we get on, they can see that naturally we always have a bit of banter which we bring to the screen and I love when the viewers give their opinion about what they did and didn’t like. But there is so much love for Kate and Rana that this is the beginning of something amazing.

What do you hope that this storyline will achieve?

People are growing up now who aren’t comfortable in their own skin who don’t know whether they like boys or girls and it shouldn’t be taboo. I want this relationship to develop into something that is celebrated and helps the community to be celebrated and not to be perceived to be wrong because it's not. I found a new respect and understanding in Rana’s character because this is going on all the time. I want to do the LGBT community justice because it should be celebrated, love is love.

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Victoria Ekanoye: Angie and Mary, the mother-in-law from hell


Angie and Jude go house hunting, are they looking for a permanent move in Weatherfield?

They might be! At the moment they are staying with Norris and it’s a little bit cramped as you can imagine! And also, in the back of Angie’s mind, she wants to get her own place because at Norris’s, Mary can turn up at any time, unannounced, whereas she would have to ask if she wanted to come round to their own place.

How hard has it been for Angie having to share Jude and George with Mary?

Angie wants George to have his grandma around and for Jude to have his mum and for that all to be quite harmonious but it is also her first baby and she is missing out on all these important moments because Mary is constantly interrupting, in the way or taking over. It’s causing a rift between Jude and Angie because it's Jude’s mum but Angie feels like he has only just met this woman and Jude’s loyalty and priority should be with her and George.

What happens when Angie and Jude get to the hospital? 

The baby is really sick and even the professionals don't know at this point what’s wrong. Mary is the common denominator - every time he is with her he gets sick. Someone looking from the outside in would deduce that she is the catalyst so that Angie thinks this isn’t really that far fetched. Also, the fact that she has moved away from her amazing life in South Africa makes her even more keen for it to be Mary’s fault because then maybe she will get her old life, her son and her husband back.

What’s Angie’s reaction when the doctor tells her and Jude that George often flares up whenever he spends time with Mary?

Angie feels justified in what she has been feeling. This has caused a rift between Jude and Angie so now she has a professional telling her that this is weird she thinks, “I am not going crazy, I told you,” hoping that Jude will understand and agree.

This causes Jude and Angie to row about Mary, what happens next?

As far as they know, Mary isn’t even around. The baby is being looked after in the baby room and they are arguing because as much as Jude probably does see the logic to Angie’s reasoning, it is still his mum. They are arguing so much and suddenly the alarm goes off and they realise that it’s the baby room. They run over and there are all these doctors rushing in to try and help the baby and Mary comes out.

When Mary is ushered out whilst the doctors tend to George, what’s Angie’s first thoughts?

‘Get away from my child!’ She has a lioness approach to it; primitive, very visceral. She is so angry. Something Mary is doing is hurting her baby and even in hospital he is not safe from her.

What do Jude and Angie decide to do?

Whatever it is, Mary is the danger so Angie wants to eliminate her from her baby’s life because what is paramount is George's health.

What’s the best thing about working with Patti Clare?

Patti makes my job really easy. She makes me hope that my mother in law is not like Mary which is brilliant! But I would be so privileged to have a mother in law like Patti. She’s very funny and smart, she’s got a really good energy. She’s a good egg.

What reaction have viewers had about Angie so far?

There’s been a mix actually which I was surprised about because I just assumed that, because Mary is such a well loved character and Patti is such a brilliant actress, everyone is going to hate Angie from the off. I get it though; it’s in the spirit of the show and if it starts conversation that means people care.  Every now and again people are picking up that there is something going on with Angie, they can’t put their finger on it yet but it’s nice. People think it’s great to have a new dimension to Mary’s storyline.


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Spoilers for next week's Coronation Street, Nov 27 - Dec 1

Without any piffle, here are the storylines for the week ahead on Coronation Street, all wrapped up nicely in 50 words or less.

Monday 27 November to Friday 1 December 2017



Gemma gets shock news about Henry, Phelan blackmails Gary, Kate threatens to leave the Street, Mary's under suspicion of harming baby George and Billy's threatened by a face from his past.


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Coronation Street spoiler: Shock news for Gemma about her new man


The previews are in for next week’s Coronation Street and there’s a lovely storyline coming up involving Gemma and her new fella Henry.

Henry calls in the Kabin in the hope of tracking down someone who only knows by the name of Jemima. It’s Gemma of course that he’s after and with Norris’ help, Henry finds her in the Rovers. Gemma’s thrilled as he promises he’ll be in touch.

Liz tells Gemma she’s certainly landed on her feet as he’s Henry Newton of Newton & Ridley fame. Gemma’s stunned. But when Henry doesn’t get in touch, Rita suggests he’s out of her league amd Gemma’s gutted.

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Coronation Street spoiler: Phelan's blackmail plot


In next week’s Coronation Street, Seb tells Faye he’s moving into No. 11 with Pat and Eileen. When Faye declares she’s going with him, Gary’s furious and begs Faye to see Phelan for what he is. When Faye refuses to listen, Gary drops the bombshell that Phelan raped Anna. When Faye discovers how Anna slept with Phelan as a trade-off to protect her family, she’s horrified. Will she change her mind about Phelan?

Having tracked Nicola down using a private investigator, Phelan watches as she lets herself into her house before summonsing Gary and telling him it’s now up to him to make contact and lure her back into their lives on the pretext that he wants to be a part of his baby’s life.

When Gary tries to refuse, Phelan makes it clear he either plays ball or Sarah will hear the truth. Will Gary be blackmailed? 

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Coronation Street spoiler: Will Kate leave the Street?


Next week in Coronation Street, Kate tells Rana that she’s moving to Spain with Johnny and Jenny.

Rana’s gutted but puts on a brave face as  Kate breaks down and admits to Luke that she doesn’t want to move to Spain but it’s killing her being around Rana.

Zeedan sends Rana and Kate to attend a food fair on his behalf. When the van breaks down in the middle of nowhere, Kate calls Luke. Rana confesses to Kate how she can’t stop thinking about her but knows her parents would never speak to her again. Seeing Rana in such turmoil, Kate’s heart goes out to her. The chemistry electric, will the pair finally give in to their feelings? 

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Coronation Street spoiler: Billy threatened by a face from his past


The previews are in for next week’s Coronation Street and things look bleak for Billy.

Billy’s consumed with guilt over lies about the armed robbery. Urging him to get a grip for Summer’s sake, Todd promises to do some research about the car crash to put Billy’s mind at rest.  But having contacted a private investigator, Todd reads the report with horror.  Todd lies to Billy and tells him that having done some digging, he can assure him that nobody died in the crash. Billy’s overcome with relief.

Todd has dinner with Billy and Summer in the bistro. When Daniel makes a light hearted remark about juicy court cases and defending the indefensible, Todd snaps at him leaving Billy suspicious. Billy searches the internet for a guy called Gareth from Stockport. Billy meets up with Gareth and suggests they do the decent thing and tell the police all they remember about the accident. Gareth tells Billy to keep his mouth shut or he’ll personally make sure he pays the price. 

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