Coming up next week on Corrie, there will be tears aplenty as first, Chesney Brown (Sam Aston) has to say goodbye to his beloved dog Schmeichel when he’s put to sleep, and then next, when his sister Fiz Stape (Jennie McAlpine) comes home a free woman!
But starting with Chesney’s devastation at losing Schmeichel, Sam Aston told Soaplife that even though his character tries a last and desperate bid to save his Great Dane, it’s not going to work…
As we saw in last night’s episode, Ches was devastated when the vet informed him that Schmeichel might have cancer. Poor Ches told the vet to do whatever it takes to make the dog better, irrespective of cost, but at home, his girlfriend Katy Armstrong (Georgia May Foote) was in tears as an eviction notice was served on the young couple.
Her dad Owen (Ian Puleston-Davies) offered to pay off the rent arrears, but Katy wouldn’t hear of it, saying the Chesney would come good and sort it all out…
But of course, Chesney just wants to save Schmeichel, so when he and Katy relent and borrow money from Owen, rather than paying off their rent arrears, Ches uses the money to pay for the dog’s treatment.
Of that, Sam said, “The last thing Chesney wants to do is upset Katy, but he’s not thinking straight at the moment.
“His dog is unwell and he needs the money. It really is an act of desperation.
“He’s not even torn between the two; his priority is saving his dog every time. The house is just bricks and mortar.”
But alas, nothing can save the pooch, and the vet will put him to sleep. And when asked if he would miss working with the dog, Sam said, “I will; he has been such a massive part of Chesney’s character.
“The first thing people want to know when I’m out and about is where my dog is.
“He’s probably one of the most popular characters on the show. It’s horrible because I’ve grown up with him.”
But at least there’s one light at the end of the tunnel for the family – which for once isn’t an oncoming train – and that is that on Thursday, November 17th Chesney’s sister Fiz will be back on the Street, a free woman after her murder conviction was overturned, thanks to John Stape’s deathbed confession.
However, Sally can’t resist getting a few digs in at Fiz, which makes the former jailbird wonder if she can really stay in Weatherfield after all that’s happened.
If you happen to be reading this, writers of Corrie, please don’t have Fiz move away! It’s bad enough that we’re losing Schmeichel!