Sunday, 31 January 2016

State of the Street - January 2016

Carla's parentage has been revealed. She got pissed off with the world and she didn't handle the news very well. There was a really good scene when she went to the prison to see Rob. There's always been such great sibling chemistry between the two actors and each character always knows how to push the buttons of the other, even if neither of them will show that a point has been scored. I suppose that's the last we'll see of Rob because they won't be able to keep coming up with new reasons to show him in prison causing trouble for the 15 or so years he's been sentenced to serve. They can't get away with a release on a technicality because he confessed.

So now Aidan and Kate have a new half sister. Aidan is really angry with his father for betraying his mother and inadvertently causing her death (after a row she left the house, still angry, and got hit by a drunk driver. She wouldn't have been on the streets if they hadn't rowed). Kate's head is spinning but she doesn't have many memories of her mother and she's already coming around and forgiving her father. I think she's pleased to have a sister and she and Carla seem to be building a relationship, very slowly but it's coming. Aidan doesn't seem to be bothering on that score at all, too involved with his own war against his dad, I guess. Johnny? He's just treading water, hoping that Aidan will come round. I expect he will sooner than later.

But Carla's one night stand with Robert over New Year's is also having repercussions. We all know how Carla handles guilt. Badly. She tried to break it off with Nick but he talked her back because he doesn't know the real reason. He thinks she's just getting cold feet and if you'd had as many bad marriages and relationships as she's had, you probably would as well.

Secrets come out because they have to on a soap  and Tracy overheard Robert and Carla talking in a closed Bistro (after a power cut). Before she could go raging after Carla, burglars came raging in and she fled. That's another story, we'll get to that in a minute. What annoys me, but which is typical of Tracy, is that she's going to plot revenge on Carla but she seems to be giving Robert a pass. It takes two, and he should wear some of her anger, too, but she doesn't want to lose him. I suppose she could justify it to herself because they had been split up at that point so technically, he wasn't cheating on her. Carla was the only one cheating on a partner and that's nothing to do with Tracy. But Tracy needs to direct her hurt and anger somewhere and Carla's the one she's had it in for in the past, so why not go for the jugular?

She almost didn't have to worry, though, because of the accident following the break in, Carla was in pretty bad shape. She'll survive, of course.

That burglary was the doing of Jamie and his mate whose name I've forgotten. Jamie, you remember, of the porn pictures he posted of Steph, his ex girlfriend when he was blackmailing Luke into the illegal racing in November and early December. Once Luke and Andy found out Jamie was bailed they went out ham-fisted and got Jamie sacked from his job. Jamie hadn't told the manager of the bar that he had a court case pending (or why) and his mate, who knew, vouched for him anyway. Both of them lost their jobs so Luke decided to take it out on Steph  because he thought she sent them to do her dirty work.

That just proves he never knew Steph at all because I figure she'd have gone to the bar herself and done her own dirty work if she wanted to upset things for Jamie. And because Jamie's a bully, he'd naturally prefer to go after a woman than two men. They broke into a restaurant that had been closed for hours due to a power cut so there was no cash to be taken and no Steph to be scared. Carla ended up the victim because they took her handbag in desperation and she wouldn't let it go. I think that bottle of wine she'd consumed clouded her better judgement. She ran after them and grabbed the bag before the car door could close and Jamie drove off while she was dragged along and then pushed out. Not very bright, are they?

They got caught thanks to something they said that Carla remembered and told the police. That sent them to Steph and Steph knew Jamie probably had a grudge against her for getting him arrested etc. They even confessed once all that came out and Carla's going to recover. We await Nick's discovery of her infidelity because that's going to come out, too. It always does. I did enjoy Steph giving Luke and Andy yet another dressing down. I do love Steph.

 Tyrone and Fiz struggled through the month with Hope's chemotherapy and then another operation to remove the shrunken tumour. Her prognosis is looking very good but just as things might be looking up, Fiz has discovered the depth of the debt Tyrone has racked up and she's horrified, as you would be. Over £10,000 is a lot of money for a couple that don't have high paying jobs. Fiz will have to go back to work and Tyrone will have to make a comfortable bed in the doghouse for awhile. Hope was supposed to start school but didn't due to her illness. I don't know if she'll start late or if she'll be going to the same childminder that Ruby will be with until the next school year.

We have welcomed back the villain of last year, Pat Phelan who has lost everything in a divorce after losing everything to bankruptcy before that. He's working as a regular builder for someone else that has the contract for Kevin's new garage under the viaduct arches and he's just as smarmy and cocky as ever. He really does know how to insinuate himself and wasted no time doing it. He outed the gaffer for ripping off Kevin and he and Jason are going to team up to finish the job. I assume there must have been some way Kevin could get out of the contract he signed with the original guy. That seemed to be glossed over though it was mentioned.

The big thing is that Anna is freaking out. I mean, really freaking out. Phelan told Kevin some of the history but not the whole thing, nothing about his blackmailing Anna into bed to let Gary off the hook for assault and Owen off the hook for a big debt. Phelan really is a piece of work. Did you see him pretending to cower when Gary attacked him? "No, Gary! Not again!!!" then walked away with a smirk that made you want to smack it off his face. Come on,  as *if* he couldn't hold his own in a fight like that!  He's an excellent bad guy and the actor is superb!

I think if Anna had told Kevin outright, Kevin probably could have understood after a think about it. But she is continuing to lie to him and he doesn't understand why she's so upset all the time. When it comes out, and it will, he'll be pretty pissed at her. I don't know whether they'll come out the other side as a couple or not and it's too bad because I think they suit each other. The other fun bit is Sally's reaction and continued contempt though really, it's nothing to do with her is it? I think she just likes the idea that all of her exes are pining for her!

To add a slice of comedy to our show, we have Sally dipping her oar into the political maelstorm. She's running for the local Council in the great tradition of Corrie councilors, (Len Fairclough, Alf Roberts, Deirdre Barlow, Audrey Roberts and Curly Watts!) She's already started sucking up to potential voters. I think Sally actually has the means to be a decent councilor. She certainly has the drive and ambition to push her views across and would stand up and defend her district. She might not be the brightest button in the box but she isn't stupid, either. She's very organized and has held down many a responsible job even if she does irritate the hell out of her managers! I really hope she wins. I'm going to enjoy the campaign, in any case.

Brendan is still stringing Mary along. All of us viewers along with Rita and Norris have the measure of him. He's so clearly using her. I hate seeing single women get involved with married men but occasionally, as in the case with Eileen and Paul, you could see that there was real love on his part even if he was stuck in a difficult position with an ailing wife. It was, however, pretty rotten of him to have said wife right under Eileen's nose but never mind. Water under the bridge.

I'm only comparing the situation, because I don't believe for a minute that Brendan is passionately in love with Mary. If he was, he'd leave his wife. He's stringing her along and the end of the month proved it. His wife confronted Mary and he defended his wife, dismissing Mary cruelly as a rabid fan. It's too bad. It would have been nice to have found a man for Mary, someone as quirky as she is. He could have been just the right one but instead, she's been left humiliated and heartbroken, another woman who's been done wrong by a married man.

The month ended with the return of Jenny Bradley, fragile and shaky but back on her feet. She wants forgiveness and she wants to get her life back. I reckon it's going to be a very steep uphill battle and I doubt very much she's changed all that much. Leopards don't change their spots and Jenny has always had a manipulative streak. She might not be on the edge of a breakdown anymore, but she's still fully capable of causing mischief. Bring it on! If Anna and Kevin break up, she'll be in there like a dirty shirt but I don't know if Kevin would ever trust her around Jack again.

Tvor (Twitter @tvordlj)

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Revenge of the Stupid

Late last year we had a storyline that was a bit different for Corrie, that of the "revenge porn" photos that Steph's ex boyfriend Jamie used to blackmail her brother into illegal car racing. It didn't go on too long  but it was long enough to paint Jamie as a selfish idiot who seems to be one of those men who feels entitled and is ticked off if the world doesn't comply.

He got himself into debt and used Luke's ability as a racer boy to try to get himself out of it. Luke was coerced because of Jamie's threats to post online some intimate photos he'd taken of Steph when they were together. Once online, it's there forever. You might take them down off the original site but these days, things get saved, shared, posted and otherwise filtered around the interweb.

Steph finally found out and was horrified, mortified and pissed off, but more the first two, initially. Taking sexy photos isn't a new thing. Lots of couples do it, in addition to things like video-recording themselves. You are in love, you are passionate about each other, you trust each other, so why not? Age is no restriction on this either. You don't have to be young and naive.

Back to Jamie. Steph found the courage to call the police, with Leanne's support and he was arrested. It's illegal to do that, you see, post photos with the intent to embarass or blackmail or bully someone. That's what Jamie was doing, on all accounts. He said he was very sorry but he was desperate and when Luke and later Steph wouldn't give him what he wanted, he followed through with his threats and he'll now have a criminal record. He's also down one girlfriend because Luke and Andy busted him in the bar where he hangs out just before the arrest.

Jump ahead a month or so. Luke and Andy have discovered that Jamie is out on bail. I'm not sure why they were so shocked and outraged. He was likely bailed shortly after the arrest, which is pretty normal. He might be a toe rag but he's not a dangerous axe murderer. The dynamic duo decide Steph's honour hasn't been completely defended, find out where he's working and proceed to get him and his mate who vouched for him sacked. Job done, right?

It's interesting to remember that the girlfriend that was told about the photos dumped him immediately and the bar manager, also female, did likewise.  Part of that was him not telling her about the arrest and pending trial. It might have been more interesting if the manager had been a male and been equally outraged about the reason for the arrest, just to put both sides' points of view out there, that it isn't just women that would hold this sort of thing against you, but never mind...

Now we come to the most recent chapter. Jamie is pretty ticked off that he's lost his job and he drags his friend along with him to suss out the area where he knows Steph, Luke and Andy live and work. Jamie may have said he learned his lesson but he hasn't and we can clearly see that. He's still intent on revenge but now his bullying side shows up again. He's not going after Luke and Andy who are the ones that caused him to lose his job (and previously, his girlfriend). He's going after Steph to teach her a lesson because he thinks she sent them to do her dirty work. Teach *her* a lesson. Because it's easier to go after a woman than two men, isn't it? Easier to go after a woman you've already victimized.

He wants to scare Steph so he decides to stage some sort of robbery or invasion of the place where she works, probably at closing time but they sit in the car over several days, for hours at a time watching the place. I'm not sure why nobody actually noticed and questioned it. If i saw two men in a car on my street  or in the vicinity sitting there for hours on more than one occasion, I'd be calling the police. It's a soap so we would have to suspend disbelief on that point. At the last going off, it looked like they were parked outside the Kabin (see photo below, you can tell by the type of things in the shop window), with Jamie watching the Bistro through the rear view mirror. Surely Norris would have been in there like a dirty shirt!

That was also the day that the Bistro was closed most of the day due to the power cut. They must have missed the lunchtime event when the restaurant had emptied out. They sat there, and for hours never really questioned why there were no customers going in our coming out, nor staff or deliveries. By the time they saw Robert come out, it was now later in the day and getting dark. They knew, somehow, that he was the chef though how they knew is another mystery though I suppose they had been in and out of the Bistro a couple of times back when the blackmail was going on. They still didn't figure out that the restaurant was closed. Jamie still thought Steph must have been inside all day.

Let's do it! Though Jamie's friend wasn't too keen on it by this time, he went along with it instead of walking away. In they go, into a dark restaurant with nobody there except Carla who decided, after a confrontation with Robert, to stay on and drink by herself. She'd locked the door when she arrived but Robert had unlocked it to leave, giving her the keys to lock up behind herself. I wonder if she was going to check the door in the kitchen? that was open because Tracy was able to let herself in and out when she heard them burst in. Why didn't she make an anonymous call to the police? Well, that's Tracy for you. She could have said she had gone there to surprise Robert and didn't have to reveal she'd overheard the conversation between he and Robert. But then we couldn't have had the action that came next.

Jamie was in a rage, now, because there was no Steph, no money in the till (duh, closed most of the day, why would you leave the money there?). At least there was a woman there you could push around and scare but Carla being Carla, with a good gutfull of red wine in her, did put up a good front. Because Jamie hadn't already seen the candlelight bouncing off that huge rock on her finger when he first pushed her on the ground, she slipped it into her handbag to prevent it being taken if they did notice it but they end up stealing the whole bag instead. They didn't really hide much of their faces and Carla would have a very good look at their eyes and their face a few times, and the other guy mentioned Jamie's name at least once.

Jamie finally realized he ought to get away from the scene of the utter disaster he'd wrought with  armed robbery (baseball bats) and  assault now added to his criminal record, not to mention the possibility of attempted murder when Carla ran after them to retrieve her bag in a pretty stupid move, really, but again, you can probably blame the wine and the adrenaline for that,  and she got dragged along by the car until she landed on the cobbles. I couldn't see whether she got the bag or not but she's in pretty serious condition.

Jamie is obviously a bully and obviously not the sharpest tool in the box. This is not out of the realms of reality. A lot of law breakers are not very smart. I expect this is the last we'll see of Jamie. I hope Steph is strong and testifies at his trial but I don't suppose we'll get to see that.

All in all, I thought this was a good storyline and the actors involved were great! It was something different and something relevant for this day and age. Keep your knickers on, boys and girls, the internet is out there just waiting to salivate over your bits and pieces!

Tvor (Twitter @tvordlj)

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

A bit of a stretch

Carla's 40, nearly 41. Aidan, the older of the two Connor siblings must be about 30 and Kate is 26 I think, or thereabouts. She was 4 when their mother died 22 years ago, I seem to recall. Aidan wasn't much older, still a child so though I don't think it's been said, I'm going to put his age at 30 as stated. If he was 8 when he lost his mum, he'd definitely have memories of her.

Therefore, a solid 10 years between Carla and Aidan. We know that Johnny and Carla's mother had a one night stand, producing Carla 9 months later. Therefore, nearly 42 years ago, 20 years before Mrs. Connor (Lou) died and probably about 12 years before she had Aidan. We don't know how old Lou and Johnny were when they got married and there's been no comment that they waited a long time to have children, either by choice or by nature taking its time. It seems like Lou must have been into her thirties when she had her children unless there were miscarraiges before that, more information we don't know.

It's all conceivably fathomable (yes, I know, terrible pun) but it feels a bit patched in and contrived which is almost par for the course for Stuart Blackburn's reign on Corrie. It would have made a lot more sense to have Johnny unmarried at the time of the fling, perhaps being a good friend to Carla's dad (though, yes, we've also had that before with Lloyd and Mandy and her husband, Lloyd's good friend). Or perhaps he could have been a teenager, unmarried, part of a group of mates from the housing estate that included Carla's mother and her future husband, and living an 'on the edge' lifestyle of drugs and booze which he was able to kick, something Carla's mother never did.

It's bad enough that a long lost parent is one of the soap cliches and almost always feels less of a shocking surprise than a "Here we go again" storyline. At least they could use a bit more imagination. I'm not even going to bother discussing Aidan and Kate's predictable reactions and what will probably happen. You can all guess without too much trouble.

Tvor (Twitter @tvordlj)

Monday, 4 January 2016

2015 Yearly Sum Up

I usually keep a running note of odds and ends throughout the Corrie year, with silly awards, and a quick run down of major storylines and by-house storylines, mostly for my own amusement but you might like it.

Best Wedding
Beth and Kirk’s 80s themed wedding

Wedding WTF
Kirk went missing on his wedding day but only so he could get the perfect fancy dress outfit for his Beth.
Gail missed her first wedding to Michael and then had a wobble at the next one. She did say I Do in the end.
Steve and Michelle’s wedding. The best man got stranded on a fishing boat headed for the Arctic Circle.
Sally and Tim’s wedding. The groom almost didn’t show up

My most embarrassing moment
Anna bringing Faye’s baby to her at school. As if she wasn’t bullied enough before!
Sally getting sacked for having an annoying voice

Worst storyline
Jason thinks Eva slept with Tony
David and Callum fight for custody of Max
Todd’s “revenge” on his family for that tiny nearly invisible scar.
Sharif's chickens

Comedy relief:
Tim and Sally

Best new couple (still together at year end)
Steph and Andy
Billy and Sean

Surprise reunion
Liz and Lloyd but it didn’t last

Something New award:
Cathy’s a hoarder! We haven’t seen that one before.
Serious illness of a young child (there have been injuries but not an illness like Hope’s cancer)
Physical abuse of a child to a parent.
Jamie blackmails Luke with nude photos of Steph.  

Most doomed couple
Leanne and Kal. Obviously. Saying Yes to the proposal seconds before the groom-to-be was blown up.
Eileen and Adrian - with Todd pulling the strings to ruin it, it didn’t have a chance.
Gail and Michael - too many big secrets

Surprising twist
Gavin Rodwell is really Andy.
Tracy leaving a candle burning in Carla’s flat which caught fire. She didn’t know Amy was in the flat.
No surprise that Callum got killed. It was a surprise that it was Kylie that did it.
Audrey fancying Ken after years of being just friends
Nessa had an affair with her sister’s husband (though we shouldn’t be that surprised considering she’s a man-chaser)

Most mismatched or boring couple
Gary and Alya
Callum and Sarah
Luke and Maria
Michael and Eileen

Great villain/bad guy
the Late Real Gavin Rodwell

Top Recurring Character:

The John Stape Trophe
Gavin/Andy twists and turns
Burying Callum in a hole, cemented over. (echoes of Colin Fishwick under the factory floor)

Best return of a former character
Jenny Bradley
Peter Barlow for Deirdre’s funeral - short but sweet
Rob Donovan, causing trouble from prison

You Could See That Coming
Jenny went doolally over Jack,  had (another) breakdown and ran away with him
Sally kissing Kevin
Callum getting killed.
Sarah getting pregnant (cliche soap plot, pregnant by the worst person possible)
Brendan is a married man, cheating on his wife with Mary

Deja Vu storylines
“Barely a teenager” pregnancy - Faye (Sarah Lou)
Kidnap a child and go up in a high place - Jenny (Claire’s friend Casey, Bethany’s other granny Brenda)
Fire out of control causing death or injury - Victoria Court flats (Rovers twice, Barlows Bookies, Underworld several times, explosion in the Bistro causing the tram crash and fire in Number 13, Corner shop via Mad Maya)
Vehicle disaster causing multiple injuries - Minibus crash (Bus crash in the 60s, tram crash)
Tony beating up Callum in retaliation for Jason’s beating (Jim beating up Jez Quigly in retaliation for Jez beating up Steve)
Getting pregnant after sex with entirely the wrong person - Sarah with Callum’s baby (re: most unexpected soap pregnancies)
Carla is really Johnny’s daughter (Danny is really Mike Baldwin’s son, Ashley is really Fred Elliott’s son)

This Year's Exits:

Best exit
Maddie, in that it was a surprise, sad though it was.
Julie got her happy ever after.

Most missed character
Kylie (was SO glad when she finally got back!)

Make it stop!
Callum and David custody story
Covering up the Callum killing. Literally and figuratively.

Optimist award
Gail planning her sixth wedding, Michael thinking he might be one of her husbands that just might survive (though he’s got a dicky heart)
Steve marrying for the sixth time (five wives, Vicky, Karen, Karen, Becky (one attempt and one completed ceremony), Tracy, Michelle)
Tracy thinking she had a chance at owning the Rovers

Major storylines:
Van crash
Gavin/Andy twists and turns.
Faye’s pregnancy
Callum vs. David (and Kylie) custody battle/murder coverup
Simon abuses Leanne
Jenny’s return, involvement with Kevin and Jack, breakdown
Tracy and Tony’s affair and Rovers takeover attempt/Victoria Court Fire/Tracy’s guilt
Carla’s gambling addiction/Aidan buying into the factory
Hope’s illness
New Connors in the factory
Nick and Carla’s romance

Storylines by family/address
Barlows/Number 1
Tracy affair with Tony
Deirdre’s death
Return of Robert Preston
Ken involved with Nessa weeks after Deirdre dies.

Emily/Norris/Number 3
Emily goes to Peru

Battersbys/Sutherlands Number 5
Sinead’s serious injury in the van crash
Chesney gives up Joseph, lets Katy take him to Portugal
Kirk and Beth marry
Carry on camping
Craig is Faye’s pregnancy confidant
Craig falls in love

Alahans/Number 7
Dev visits India
Dev loses Julie and his new crush, Talisa
Dev dates Erica (sort of, in a friendly manner)

Dobbs/Brown Number 9
Fiz returns
Carry on camping (with Number 5 gang)
Hope’s illness (cancer)
Tyrone's financial problems

Grimshaw/Number 11
Jason and Eva break up due to Todd’s manipulation of a misunderstanding
Eileen tries internet dating, Todd manipulates it.
Sean dates Billy the Vicar
Eileen together with Michael after his breakup with Gail
Jason has sex with Alya
Jason gets beaten badly by Callum and thugs

Webster/Number 13
Kevin dates Jenny Bradley who tries to take Jack away and has a breakdown
Maddie killed after the Victoria Court fire causes a fire and explosion at the builder’s yard.
Sophie given a share in the garage business.
Kevin expands garage, tries singles dating, flirts with Anna

Webster/Metcalfe/Number 4
Tim proposes to Sally, wedding
Sally gets sacked,  wants to buy into the factory, Kisses Kevin, nearly loses Tim
Sally gets her job back, nearly gets sacked again due to annoying voice.

Nazirs/Number 6
Kal moves in with Leanne and Simon, dies in the Victoria Court fire
Sharif raises chickens
Sharif and Roy share an allotment, leads to introduction of Cathy Matthews
Alya engaged to Gary, sleeps with Jason, Alya and Gary split up when the truth comes out.
Zeedan runs the gym, becomes brother figure to Simon, helps Leanne with Simon
Yasmeen opens and runs the community centre
Gary is given a share in the gym as a wedding gift. Contract says he gets to keep it even though he and Alya split up
Zeedan hands over the management of the gym to Gary, gets a job in the Bistro kitchen

Platts  Number 8
Michael’s health problems
Gail and Michael’s weddings
Real Gavin shows up, Steph, Andy, Gail, Luke, David all know,  and then Gavin dies.
Michael finds out about Gavin, leaves Gail, has another heart attack and operation and takes up with Eileen.
Michael does deeds for Dee whom he burgled. 
Dee nominates Michael for Good Samaritan but discovers the truth on the night of the awards.
Bethany returns from Milan, followed by Sarah who gets job in the pub
Callum tries to get custody of Max, (affair with Sarah, Callum uses Bethany, Kylie returns)
Callum’s death and coverup
Sarah’s pregnancy
David and Kylie fall out then make up at Christmas
Nick fling with Erica who gets pregnant but miscarries.
Nick falls for Carla and they get engaged.

Steve gets help for depression, reunites with Michelle, they get engaged and married
Tony and Tracy affair, Tony works to take over the pub, Carla saves the day, Liz kicks Tony out
Liz new boyfriend turns out to be a former client of Leanne’s
Liz and Lloyd, part 2, briefly
Liz pretends to reunite with Tony to get the pub back for Steve
Steve spends time in Spain

Carla nearly dies, twice. (bus crash, fire in flat)
Carla offers to buy Liz’s share of the pub which stops Tony and Tracy’s takeover
Maria and Luke on and off and on again.
Maria goes to Cyprus
Carla and Nick, almost on, off,  then on again with engagement
Carla’s guilt thinking she started the fire that killed two leading to...
Carla gambling addiction, sells part of factory to Aidan Connor, Michelle’s cousin
Aidan Connor buys into Underworld with his father’s money.
Aidan’s father Johnny and sister Kate arrive.
Rob Connor causes trouble from prison (Tracy, Johnny)
Carla finds out Johnny is her father, goes gambling and drinking and sleeps with Robert

Owen’s ex Linda returns, Katy and Joseph move to Portugal with her
Faye finds out she’s pregnant and continues to hide it until giving birth at Easter.
Owen leaves
Faye gives baby Miley to Jackson’s family to raise. They take her to Canada for good.  
Gary and Alya engaged and split after the truth about Alya and Jason comes out
Gary given a share in the gym as a wedding present, continues to work there after the split
Anna starts dating, crushes on Kevin

Cropper / Cafe
Roy scatters Hayley’s ashes
Roy hires Gary at cafe
Roy shares an allotment with Sharif, meets a woman/friend Cathy Matthews
Carla shares flat with Roy after the fire
Roy’s friendship with Cathy develops into a low key romance
Cathy’s sister and nephew on the scene.
Her sister, Nessa, pursues Ken Barlow and works in the salon while Maria is away.
Roy discovers Nessa had an affair with Cathy's late husband. 

Brittons/Builder flat
Steph and Andy continue to pretend he’s Gavin. Andy moves in after Gavin’s death.
Luke finds out about Andy
Steph and Andy keep their jobs after Nick finds out about Gavin.
Michael moves in.
Luke gets back into car racing, much to Maria’s disapproval.
Luke’s friend and Steph’s ex, Jamie, blackmails Luke into racing, using nude pics of Steph

Kabin /Rita
Rita’s not happy to see Jenny return
Rita finds out Mary's dating a married man

Julie and Mary clash while Dev is away
Mary’s motorhome is towed away, moves into Number 7
Mary meets (married) Brendan, editor of a magazine about paranormal phenomena.
Julie finds out about Dev’s feelings for Talisa,  leaves with Brian to travel. They move to Wales permanently.
Lloyd returns from Spain to find the wreckage Steve has wrought financially.
Lloyd stranded on a fishing boat at Steve’s stag
Andrea and Lloyd break up, Lloyd sleeps with Liz, reunites with Andrea who is pregnant and they move to Jersey
Eva leaves for France (maternity leave for the actress), returns, gets a job in the factory, flirts with Aidan
Kal moves in with Leanne and Simon then dies in a fire
Simon physically abuses Leanne
Former client of Leanne’s takes Leanne and Simon hostage

Tvor (Twitter @tvordlj)

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