Smooth as a cashmere codpiece conman Lewis Archer is once again trying to woo wealthy widow Audrey Roberts (Sue Nicholls) but according to Nigel Havers, who of course plays Lewis, this time, it’s because he genuinely loves Audrey.
As fans of the show will recall, when Audrey met Lewis, he was a male escort and con artist who made it his goal in life to part as many gullible ladies of a certain age from their savings as possible.
And though he didn’t actually steal from Audrey, he did of course steal from Peter Barlow (Chris Gascoyne), using besotted Deirdre Barlow (Anne Kirkbride) to do so.
However, after Audrey and her daughter Gail (Helen Worth) met up with Lewis by accident in a pub last week, he later showed up in Weatherfield again, to pay back what he owed to Peter and to take a smack in the mouth from Deirdre!
He also had Audrey take him to the police station where he handed himself in and confessed his crimes, but will all that have been enough to convince Audrey that Lewis is a change man?
Well, as Nigel remarked to Yours magazine, it’s a case of once bitten, twice shy, for Audrey…
He said, “The problem is that when you’re a brilliant liar like Lewis, no one believes you when you’re telling the truth.
“I think he really does feel bad about what he did, though. The only redeeming thing is that he didn’t take her money when he did a runner – he easily could have.
“He wants Audrey to forgive him. In an ideal world, maybe forgive him enough to give him a second chance.
“She’s the woman for him – she’s charming and honest and she mothers him to a certain extent which it seems he needs.
“He’s been feeling terrible because he did the dirty on her and he wants to make amends.”
And Nigel went on to say that he loves working on the soap.
He said, “I just love it. I had such fun the last time I was here. It is the most fantastic place to work – everyone is lovely.
“I’m great friends with Sue Nicholls, who plays Audrey, and it’s wonderful to be working with her again.
“We spoke regularly during the time I was away from the Street. She’s one of the best and nicest leading ladies I’ve ever had the privilege to work with.”
Here’s a reminder of Lewis’s return, and that devastating punch from Dreary!