As fans of Corrie will know, poor Tyrone Dobbs has no luck with women. His first wife Molly slept with his boss Kevin Webster (Michael Le Vell) and then she snarked it in the tram crash…
And now, his pregnant fiancé Kirsty Soames (Natalie Gumede) turns into the Incredible Hulk – who no-one likes when angry – every time Tyrone affronts her, whether it’s a real or imagine affront, the effect is always the same; unmitigated fury.
Poor Tyrone has of course done his best to make excuses for Kirsty’s violent temper, most often blaming rogue pregnancy hormones, but in a forthcoming episode, when Tyrone’s mate Tina (Michelle Keegan) sees the poor lad covered in bruises, she has some serious questions to ask.
Alan Halsall, who plays Tyrone, has been talking to Soaplife about the plotline, which of course highlights the very real issue of domestic violence towards men.
He began by saying, “He loves living with Kirsty, and can’t wait for the baby to be born…
“But he is aware that there is a possibility she may lose her temper in a matter of minutes.
“Most of the time though, I think their life is everything that Tyrone wants – a wife, a child, stability and happiness.
“Right now, I think he is genuinely in love with her so I don’t think he has any doubts at all.
“He puts her anger down to her hormones and when she does lose her temper, she has apologised and begged for his forgiveness.
“She is the mother of his unborn child and so he wants to see the good in her, not the anger or the violence.”
Of what causes Kirsty’s latest aggression, Alan explained, “Tyrone tells Tommy he can have some time off from paying back the money he lent him, so he can go on holiday.
“Kirsty wasn’t happy with Tyrone giving Tommy the money in the first place without telling her…
“She thinks that Tyrone is a soft touch and she wants the money back as soon as possible, what with the baby on its way.
“She feels that Tommy is taking liberties and Tyrone is too stupid to see it.”
So, Kirsty lashes out once again, but with more serious consequences this time.
Alan said, “The next day Tina walks into the garage and sees bruises on Tyrone’s back. At first, he denies anything is wrong, but Tina won’t let it go.
“At first, I think it’s a relief for Tyrone to finally tell somebody about what has been going on, but then he’s terrified Tina will tell other people and so begs her to keep quiet.”
Whether she will or not of course remains to be seen, but finally, of playing the dramatic and violent scenes, Alan said, “Natalie and I have tried to play the scenes realistically, so rather than have Tyrone cower in a corner, he stands his ground or walks out on her.
“But he feels helpless to stop her.”