Michelle Connor is going to feel the heat in next week’s Coronation Street when someone firebombs the Bistro.
The Weatherfield resident is left alone in the restaurant after Robert Preston goes on a bender when word reaches the local newspaper about the attack on Chesney Brown and many of his clients boycott the Bistro.
But while he’s away Michelle hears noises, she goes to investigate and is horrified to discover someone has written ‘RIP’ in spray paint on the wall.
She scrubs the graffiti off the wall while Phelan fits new locks to the bistro door, and when Robert returns home he’s shocked to discover what has happened.
Furious, Michelle demands to know where he’s been and he’s forced to apologise, explaining how he hit the casino, got drunk, was mugged in town and then spent the night in a police cell.
As Robert and Michelle approach the bistro, they’re horrified to see a youth hurling a Molotov cocktail at the door.
As the door is engulfed in flames, Robert chases after the thug but returns out of breath, angry that he lost sight of their assailant.
Michelle wonders if the mugging and the vandalism to the bistro are linked so report it to the police and suggest that Rich is behind all the incidents.
Here Kym Marsh, who plays Michelle, reveals all about her character’s week of drama…
How has Michelle been feeling since Robert’s admission about his past?
She was totally taken by surprise as he is the most dependable, straight talking man she has ever met but because he did the right thing and told the police about Rich she has accepted that it was his past and that it is nothing to do with the man he is now.
Has it changed her feelings for him?
Initially she was furious that he had brought this trouble to their door but she loves him and she is prepared to accept that he has a past, so does she. For her the fact that he told her is important after Steve lied to her.
How concerned is she about Chesney’s injuries?
She is worried about him and both she and Robert are worried about how an attack like that will affect business. But for Michelle it is more of a genuine concern for Chesney
Why does she donate him the cash?
She overhears Sinead asking Aidan for an advance on her wages as Chesney is still off work so she decides to go round to see him with a card and outs £200 inside the card.
Does she expect it to cause more problems than it solves?
She never for a moment thought that a gesture like that would cause them problems. She was just trying to be kind so when Adam says that the money is an admission of guilt and will help Chesney’s personal injury claim she is devastated and Robert is furious with her.
What does she make of the ‘RIP’ attack?
She is terrified, Robert has disappeared so she is left to try and clean it off herself. Robert returns having been mugged in town and then someone throws a homemade firebomb at the bistro. They both start to think that Rich is definitely behind all the problems they have been having.
How afraid is she of Rich’s repercussions?
She knows that he is a very dangerous man who knows some very dangerous people so yes she is terrified. She has seen what he is capable of so I think she has every reason to be terrified.
How is Robert dealing with everything that’s going on?
Robert is really struggling to cope with the fact that he has brought all of these problems to their door. He hates that his past has caught up with him as he had put all that behind him and he can’t cope with the fact that he has put Michelle at risk after everything she has been through.
Is Michelle tempted just to leave him?
No, that is the last thing on her mind. She is determined they will deal with this together. She loves him and he was there for her when she needed him most so she is not going to give up in him when he needs her.
How is she dealing with her split from Steve at this point?
She is over Steve now, she still can’t forgive him for what he did and she just wants to move forward. That is probably another reason why she isn’t going to give up on her and Robert.
And how has Will’s reappearance left her feeling?
She is pleased to see Will but Robert is the man for her. She is happy that Will starts dating Maria. She doesn’t have feelings for him at all.
Is Robert the right man for Michelle?
Before we found out about his shady past I’d say yes he is exactly what she needs as he is dependable and wants to take care of her. But looking at it from the outside is he just going to cause her more heartache and grief? now He is different to Steve in so many ways
What advice would you give her?
Knowing what I do about Robert I would tell her to be very careful, but you can also see that she does care about him and he has helped her through a terrible time. Some men would have run a mile but he was a true gentleman and there aren’t many of them in Weatherfield!
There’s not been much respite for Michelle of late – what do you make of her lot at the moment?
She has really been through the mill which is great to play as an actress but she deserves a break doesn’t she! She is a tough cookie and she always comes out the other end but it would be nice to see her having a slightly easier time of it.
Are you enjoying Michelle and Robert’s partnership?
Yes very much and this new storyline has meant that they have not just settled down and become comfortable.
What’s the best thing about working with Tristan?
I have been very lucky with all the men I have worked with and Tristan is no exception, we get on really well and have a great laugh.
Are you still missing Simon?
Well I do still get to see him most days and he still winds me up and we have a laugh but I think that ship has sailed for Michelle and Steve for the time being
Will life be looking up for Michelle any time soon?
I think things are going to get a lot worse for Michelle, we’ve filmed some pretty dramatic stuff in the past few weeks so watch this space.
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