As fans of Corrie will know, Eileen Grimshaw is living with something of a ménage a trois right now, given her boyfriend Paul Kershaw (Tony Hirst) is living in her house with his wife Lesley…
However, this is no ordinary affair given that Lesley (Judy Holt) has Alzheimer’s and needs 24/7 care, which both Eileen and Paul are struggling to give her as they both work full time.
But next week, things escalate to a dangerous level when Lesley – who’s left briefly unattended – wanders off with little Amy Barlow in tow.
It all begins when Steve McDonald (Simon Gregson) takes Amy for a visit with Eileen, and the little girl strikes up a friendship with Lesley. Then, while Eileen and Steve are busy chatting, Amy and Lesley slip away to go for a walk…
Sue Cleaver, who of course plays Eileen, has told ITV about what happens in the run up to Lesley and Amy disappearing.
She said, “Eileen’s getting pretty stressed. She obviously has very strong feelings for Paul and she wants to help out, but the reality of the situation is really kicking in.
“Being left to look after this lady, who you just never know what she’s going to do from one minute to the next, is proving quite hard for her.
“I don’t think she resents Lesley – I think she feels very, very sorry for her. But the actual day-to-day [situation of] living with it and dealing with it is frustrating.
“Paul is asking Eileen to look after Lesley more and more. They’re leading separate lives. It’s really making her start to wonder, what is she getting out of this?”
Sue then went on to talk about Lesley and Amy wandering off, much to the horror of Amy’s mum Tracy (Kate Ford) of course.
Sue said, “There is a big panic, and people are not backward in expressing their feelings about the situation…
“Which again, really makes Eileen question what she’s doing in this situation and whether there is any future with this man.
“I think things are going to get a lot worse for Eileen before they get better.”
Poor woman! Wouldn’t you think something could go right for her just once. Bless.