As we reported yesterday, by the time evil Kirsty Soames walks down the aisle next week to marry Tyrone Dobbs, she’s already found out that her fiancé is having an affair with Fiz Stape…
Whether Tyrone (Alan Halsall) and Kirsty (Natalie Gumede) will leave the church as man and wife – or if she’ll ditch him at the altar – is being kept a closely guarded secret by ITV, but what we do know is that Kirsty has hatched a wicked plan to tell the police that Tyrone beats her in order to ensure he can’t get custody of their baby daughter Ruby.
Kirsty will put her nasty scheme into motion in Friday night’s visit to the Street when we’ll see her offering what appears to be an olive branch to arch nemesis Fiz by inviting her to the wedding and offering to bury the hatchet on their previous upsets…
But of course, it’s all designed to make Kirsty look like the victim when news of Fiz and Tyrone’s affair hits the Street.
So what of Fiz? And how will she cope when Tyrone is arrested on suspicion of attacking Kirsty and is locked in a police cell?
Well, Jennie McAlpine, who of course plays single mum Fiz, has told the Radio Times that there’s no light at the end of the tunnel for her character and Tyrone just yet.
When asked what lies ahead in 2013 for Fiz, Jennie said, “More heartache, to be honest. Quite a lot of heartache, actually!
“But I would like some happiness at the end of the tunnel. Never proper happiness though – none of the characters are really happy, are they?
“They’re all striving for something. I suppose no one can ever be truly happy because there aren’t many people in life like that…
“But I would like to see some fulfilment for Fiz and Tyrone – and viewers do seem to be on their side.
“The viewers like good people, even if they do bad things. As long as they’re good at heart, it doesn’t matter.”
RT then pointed out that when Tyrone was dating Maria years ago, Fiz ‘stole’ him on that occasion too, by tempting him with chips!
Of that, Jennie said, “Yes, Fiz tried to tempt him with some chips because Maria had put him on a diet.
“I remember there was a photograph of me swinging a chip in front of Alan Halsall’s face.
“And she did succeed for a while – although Fiz was a bit of a firebrand and maybe she was a bit too much for him.
“She’s very much settled down since then. I think she’s very kind-hearted and when you met her mother you could see why she’d turned out the way she had done.
“I’m surprised she hadn’t turned out worse.”
Finally, on the subject of the show’s writers taking on the sensitive and often taboo subject matter of domestic violence against men, Jennie explained that as part of the storyline, she feels “a responsibility” to portray her character’s actions in as realistic a manner as possible.
She made her remarks when asked, “Is there a responsibility that comes with being in Coronation Street, knowing that you have such an impact on the general public?”
Jennie said, “Absolutely, there really is. You can’t ever forget that, but I get cross at anyone who doesn’t treat it as a positive responsibility.”
Don’t miss the drama of the wedding day next week, but for now, here’s a sneak peek at Friday’s episode which, as mentioned above, sees Kirsty visiting Fiz…