It’s a very busy time of year for our favourite soaps, and with Super Soap Week around the corner we were eager to get all the juicy gossip from some of the shows’ biggest stars.
We managed to nail down a number of names at the Inside Soap Awards and probed them for details on some of the most exciting upcoming storylines.
Coronation Street fans have been hooked by Stephen Reid’s (Todd Boyce) reign of terror, and as his exit looms, we got all the gory details from a number of angles. Elsewhere, we talked Amy Barlow’s (Elle Mulvaney) future following her horrific ordeal earlier this year, and whether Daisy Midgeley and Daniel Osbourne (Charlotte Jordan and Rob Mallard) can go the distance.
The stars of Emmerdale reflected on a huge anniversary year for the soap, and teased huge secrets coming to light among the Anderson family, as well as some potential romance on the cards previously unlucky-in-love characters.
Meanwhile, the EastEnders cast were eager to talk all things Christmas murder, as well as teasing a huge new storyline for Ben Mitchell and Jay Brown (Max Bowden and Jamie Borthwick). Elsewhere, in perhaps our most chaotic interview ever, we discussed the potential of a reunion for Suki Panesar and Eve Unwin (Balvinder Sopal and Eve Unwin), as well as how far Theo Hawthorne (William Ellis) is prepared to go in his stalking of Stacey Slater (Lacey Turner).
We also heard from Hollyoaks stars who teased the aftermath of Rayne Royce’s (Jemma Donovan) murder, as well as chatting to some Neighbours icons about what’s to come following the show’s epic return.
So, without further ado, here is everything we know!
Love on the horizon for Bear
It’s been a tough year for Bear Wolf in Emmerdale, which we were keen to discuss with actor Joshua Richards.
Bear has been a key supporter for son Paddy Kirk (Dominic Brunt), who attempted to take his own life earlier this year.
The emotional scenes were a highlight for Joshua, who admitted that it isn’t hard to get into the challenging emotional headspace when it’s your job to do so.
However, there may be a lighter storyline on the horizon for Bear, with Joshua teasing a potential love interest.
‘There might be some love,’ he told us. ‘He deserves some! We’ll see.’
Joshua remained tight lipped about any further details, leaving us guessing who Bear may be partnered up with, and whether or not it will last.
The Andersons face difficulty
Charles Anderson (Kevin Mathurin) is currently harbouring a big secret from the rest of his family, having secretly planted a stolen watch on his dad Victor before his death.
This is something that has haunted Charles, and is seemingly set to come out in the near future, according to Ethan Anderson actor Emile John.
‘I think [Ethan] will find out,’ he revealed to us, before going onto explain the effects this will have on his relationship with his dad.
‘As soon as he finds out that Charles has framed his own dad to make his dad look like a criminal, he’ll definitely have some words to say about that, I think.
‘I think Ethan will probably not look at his dad in the same regard as he did before.’
Charles has just returned to the Village for Victor’s funeral, still carrying his secret. Kevin Mathurin revealed Charles’ fears over the truth coming out, and explained who he was most nervous about finding out.
‘I think it would definitely be controversial, some people [in the village] will definitely have something to say about it and will question Charles’s position.
‘I think that’s a thing he’s really thinking about but first and foremost, he’s not concerned about his position in the village, he’s more concerned about whether he’s going to be honest to his mum, he wants to be honest and admit what he’s done, but she’s so leaning on his support, Charles doesn’t want to crush her, it’s hard.’
As the secret is exposed, how will his family react?
Turmoil for Ben and Jay
Loving and Losing Lola picked up the award for Best Storyline at the Inside Soap Awards, and earned Danielle Harold and Jamie Borthwick the Best Actor and Actress gongs.
With a storyline like this, the aftermath will continue for a long time, as characters get to grips with their grief and come to accept their lost loved one. This provides scope for a number of different stories, which Jamie Borthwick and Max Bowden both teased.
Max, who plays Ben Mitchell and took home the award for Soap Superstar, teased that there may be some turmoil ahead for Ben and Jay, who recently took joint custody of Lexi Pearce (Isabella Brown) and have moved in together in the wake of Lola’s loss.
‘In eps coming up soon Jay and Ben have a bit of turmoil,’ Max told us. ‘With the fallout of Lola’s death I think everyone is dealing with their grief in different ways. Ben tries to be the adult in the situation without really being an adult.’
However, it isn’t all sadness and pain, as Max assured us that there is beauty in the way the trio of Ben, Jay and Callum (Tony Clay) ultimately come together.
‘There’s also a lot of beauty in it – the brotherhood of Ben, Callum and Jay becomes very set in stone.’
He also teased more scenes with Lexi, the role which saw Isabella Brown win Best Young Performer, and promised an ‘interesting’ and ‘different’ year ahead.
Jamie Borthwick, who plays Jay, echoed these sentiments, by revealing a ‘huge’ storyline which is currently in the works.
‘There’s some stuff which is happening, actually. Some stuff is coming up which we’re in the process of organising at the moment, and I think it’s going to be huge. That’s all I’m saying. It’s going to be really meaningful and do this story even more justice than it has already, so watch this space!’
Theo’s vile stalking continues
EastEnders viewers have seen sinister stalker Theo Hawthorne (William Ellis) tormenting Stacey Slater (Lacey Turner) for several months now, and he doesn’t show any signs of slowing down.
Recent scenes saw him plaster the entire Square in posters of Stacey in her underwear, having already made a fake social media account posing as her in order to send hurtful and offensive messages to all of her neighbours.
However, her ordeal is far from over, as actor William Ellis has confirmed that Theo’s story is set to continue.
‘All I can say is, Theo’s story is ongoing, and there’s more to come.’
With Stacey set to head to court in an attempt to have a stalking protection order put in place, will she be successful, or will Theo get away with his vile behaviour once more?
The future of Sukeve
Fans of EastEnders have taken Suki and Eve into their hearts, and are desperate for the couple to reunite and get rid of evil Nish Panesar (Navin Chowdhry) for good.
At the moment, it looks like the pair may have been torn apart forever, but we’re nothing if not hopeful, and actors Balvinder Sopal and Heather Peace seem to share our hope.
‘There’s a lot more to come,’ Heather assured us, in what was possibly our most chaotic interview of the night, and Balvinder was quick to agree.
‘There’s a lot more to come, and I think, so long as we’ve got the opportunity to tell the stories, there is a future. Whatever that future is, there is a future, right?’
The Christmas murder
Arguably, the EastEnders storyline that has taken up most of our brain power this year has been the Christmas murder, with theories flying around here, there and everywhere over who the body is, who’s killed them and the circumstances surrounding their death.
Unfortunately for us, even the cast don’t know the answers, but that doesn’t stop us from digging for as much information as we can get.
Just like us, Balvinder Sopal has been scouring social media for theories about the Christmas murder, and has revealed that ‘every one of them sticks’.
‘Every single one of them is so interesting and so compelling. And it could be any one of those men because none of them actually are so obvious when you think about whoever’s storyline it is.
‘It’s going to be big and I think you just have to keep watching and keep working those theories out.’
Having heard from one of the possible killers, it was only fair to talk to one of the potential victims, who was equally as in the dark, but did seem happy to be included.
‘I have no idea who it is,’ William Ellis admitted. ‘If it’s Theo, great! But I’m afraid I just don’t know! It’s lovely to feel that you’re in the mix for being teased. Theo’s story is going to continue for a little bit, so you’ll have to wait and see!’
Surprisingly, the most information came from Zack Hudson actor James Farrar, who essentially confirmed that his character will survive that dreaded Christmas day episode.
In all honesty, his character would have had to do something pretty dastardly at this point to be considered as a potential dead body, but it’s nice to know for definite that he’s sticking around.
While talking about working with Letitia Dean, who plays onscreen sister Sharon Watts, James revealed that Sharon will have to lean on Zack for support following the events of Christmas day.
‘I’m really looking forward to seeing what happens around Christmas because inevitably what’s going to happen is Zack’s got to wrap himself around Sharon to ensure that, whatever happened that day/night, she’s comforted.’
Lacey’s struggle in the aftermath of Rayne’s murder
Lacey Lloyd (Annabelle Davis) has just been hit with the shock murder of best friend Rayne, and it seems that she will need a lot of support to come to terms with the fact that Rayne wasn’t exactly who she said she was for all of these years.
According to actress Annabelle Davis, Lacey will face a lot of ‘demons’ that could put her relationship with girlfriend Nadira (Ashling O’Shea) in jeopardy, unless she can accept who Rayne really was.
‘Her relationship with Nadira has been really beautiful, but Rayne’s death has really impacted Lacey in a lot of ways,’ Annabelle explained to us. ‘I think it’s one of those situations which can either make or break a relationship.
‘I really hope that they can stay together, but Lacey has got a lot of things to deal with. I think she’s got a lot of her own demons and a lot of realisations to see what Rayne really was.
‘I think she was so close to her that she didn’t really see her true colours, and now Nadira needs to help her step back and say, “You know, actually, she really wasn’t a good friend.” But it’s if Lacey will do that.
‘Is she willing to make that decision for the sake of Nadira? I don’t know, I hope so.’
Of course, Rayne’s killer is currently still at large, leaving us all guessing over who might be responsible.
Could Lacey be revealed as the killer? Annabelle admits that she doesn’t know.
‘Even with her legal background, seeing Rayne derail the past couple of months, it’s really taken a toll on Lacey. And now with Brent showing up, all those years of thinking and that weight on your mind of you being responsible, that’s enough to make anyone snap. So, I don’t know, maybe!’
Stephen’s final victim
The clock is ticking on Stephen Reid’s reign of terror as we creep ever closer to Super Soap Week, which will see the storyline reach a dramatic climax.
Until then, Stephen is on a mission to work out which Corrie resident followed him to the site of Teddy Thompkins’ body, and he has a unique way of doing that, as Todd Boyce, winner of Best Villain on the night, revealed.
‘You saw the episode where he hears a ringtone when he’s returned to the scene of the crime, not very wisely – because he’s so bright, Stephen, normally. He shouldn’t have done that, but he did. So he’s just got to determine who’s ringtone that was.
‘And I think he sets about doing that in a really quite amusing way. Like he wants to be down with the kids and at one point he says, “Jenny says my ringtone’s really boring, can you suggest any ringtones?” as he’s fishing around for all the ringtones in Weatherfield that he can listen to.’
Viewers will know that the ringtone Stephen heard belongs to Tim, and Todd suggests that this may put him in a dangerous position.
‘As soon as he determines whose ringtone it is, I think Tim could be in a spot of bother. That’s where he’s going to have to shut that down however he can manage that.’
Could Tim be Stephen’s final body?
A new side to Dee-Dee
Corrie viewers have recently seen Dee-Dee Bailey (Channique Sterling-Brown) embark on several dates with Joel (Callum Lill) in recent weeks, and we were keen to know where this would lead in the future.
Channique Sterling-Brown, who picked up the award for Best Newcomer, teased that viewers will get to see a different side to the loveable lawyer in upcoming scenes that will see Dee-Dee and Joel’s relationship develop.
‘Calum Lill, who plays Joel, he’s wonderful and we’re having a lot of fun getting to know each other and getting to know the characters.
‘I think it’s really exciting, we’re going to see Dee-Dee in a bit of a new light, and I think that’s really fun as an actor to explore, hopefully the audience will enjoy it and it’s nice to have a bit of happiness and love really!’
Daisy makes a mess of things
Daisy Midgeley (Charlotte Jordan) has had one of the most challenging years of all soap characters, having been targeted by a stalker, who then attacked her with acid in terrifying scenes.
She is now set to lose her job following the takeover of the Rovers Return by Waterford’s, so it’s safe to say she’s not having the best time.
However, she still has boyfriend Daniel and best friend Ryan Connor (Ryan Prescott) by her side – for now at least.
Having already shared a secret kiss with Ryan in the past, could lines be crossed between them again in the future?
Charlotte Jordan, who, alongside Ryan Prescott, took home the award for Best Showstopper, revealed that she thinks Daisy and Ryan will ‘absolutely’ become romantically involved again.
‘She’s at a point where she loves them both, but she’s very torn,’ she explained. ‘She’s very indebted to Ryan but she also knows she’s promised to build a life with Daniel so she’s torn between the two of them – and she deals with it in the worst way possible. She’ll make a nice mess of things and then everyone will be heartbroken!’
Despite this, Charlotte still hopes for a happy ending between Daisy and Daniel, who’s last wedding day ended in complete disaster.
‘I would like them to have their happily ever after. I think they’ve earned it!’
Amy Barlow (Elle Mulvaney) was left traumatised after being raped by best friend Aaron Sandford (James Craven) earlier this year. The attack had a huge impact on her and left her wondering if she’d ever be able to carry on with life as normal.
Actress Elle Mulvaney revealed that Amy will continue to go on a journey as she comes to terms with her horrific ordeal, but that there will be ups and downs along the way, as this is something that will stay with her forever.
‘We’ve seen on screen she’s starting to have a little bit of joy, getting to become better friends with Aadi in the whole Aadi and Courtney storyline. We’re starting to see Amy laugh again and go out again, so it’s nice in those aspects.
‘But there’s no straight road of starts getting happy, gets really happy, gets really happy, you know? It’s going to be up and down. People are never 100% okay, and also, even if you are great for one period of time, something might happen which might remind you and might bring you back down, to then build yourself up again.
‘So I think we’re really going to see a journey, more than just that she’s better again.’
Tension for the Platts
The Platt family are set to be hit hard by the revelation of Stephen’s crimes, and we can’t imagine their family home will be the nicest place to be during that time.
Actress Lucy Fallon, who is set to reprise her role as Bethany Platt after a three year hiatus, has teased a tense atmosphere within the family, which she hopes will be helped by Bethany’s arrival.
‘Yeah, I think probably [there will be tension], but hopefully Bethany’s arrival will ease some of that tension,’ Lucy said.
We don’t know what brings Bethany back to the cobbles just yet, and even Lucy is being kept in the dark.
‘I genuinely don’t know [what’s to come]! I haven’t had my scripts yet or anything. I don’t start for another couple of weeks yet so I haven’t actually started. I kind of have an idea of the storyline a little bit, but I’m not allowed to tell you!’
Will it be Stephen’s demise that brings her back?
Still to come…
We were lucky enough to pin down two absolute Neighbours superstars on the red carpet in Tim Kano and Rebekah Elmaloglou, but they were very secretive about what is on the cards following Neighbours’ big return to our screens.
Viewers were left shocked in the very first episode when Therese was seen marrying Toady (Ryan Moloney) instead of Paul Robinson (Steffan Dennis), and judging by Tim and Rebekah’s response, there are plenty more twists and turns ahead.
‘It’s really big,’ Tim told us. ‘I think the fans are going to be quite shook and shocked at what comes up. It’s just going to keep on coming!’
Well, that’s us in front of our TV screens for the foreseeable!
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