There’s plenty of heartbreak in Coronation Street next week when word reaches the cobbles that Gary Windass is dead.
Sarah Platt is stunned when she gets a call from Joe saying that there has been an explosion in Ukraine and they fear Gary has been killed.
She refuses to believe it is true until they discover that his St Christopher has been found amongst the wreckage. Utterly devastated Sarah and Tim set off to tell Anna in prison, distraught she has to be restrained by a prison guard.
Meanwhile, David is intrigued by Phelan’s reaction to the news and follows him to Nicola’s house, watching from the car he is bemused when he witnesses her visibly shaken by what he tells her.
When Phelan leaves David hammers on Nicola’s door demanding answers. Under pressure she admits to the one night stand with Gary but as he spots the pregnancy tablets she is forced to confess to carrying Gary’s baby.
With Sarah consumed by grief what will David do with this shocking revelation? Here Tina O’Brien, who plays Sarah, reveals all…
When’s Sarah’s first thoughts when she gets the call from Joe?
Sarah doesn’t believe it. She thinks there has been a mistake or that it is someone else because, although she’s upset, she feels like if it was real she would somehow know and she doesn’t feel that overwhelming grief so she has convinced herself that it isn’t true.
In the past she has warned Gary about the dangers of this job, hasn’t she?
Yes, she obviously knew it was very dangerous but this is her worst nightmares confirmed.
What happens next?
David tries to find out some information and he explains that there has been one body found. Sarah thinks that because there were loads of men out there that it still might not be Gary but David explains that they found a St Christopher and that’s when she breaks down because she knows that she gave him a St Christopher just before he left.
What’s her reaction when she hears that news from David?
She’s absolutely devastated, she’s in shock. She thinks it’s the end of the world.
Things were really on the up for Sarah and Gary before this, wasn’t it?
Yes, as far as she was concerned he is the one for her and they were going to get married one day. He was really good to her and seemed to really love her so she was really happy and content.
Sarah and Tim have to break the news to Anna, what happens then?
Anna is beside herself and she feels trapped; she wants to get out, be with Faye and see her family but of course she can’t because she is in prison. She breaks down and has to be held back because she tries to get out of the room that she is in, in her desperate state.
The viewers know that Gary has got Nicola pregnant. Sarah does not know this but David finds out this week and is toying with the dilemma to tell Sarah. How would she react if she did find out?
She would be absolutely devastated because she truly believes that Gary is loyal to her so the fact that he has completely broken that trust and not only slept with someone else but is having a baby with them, that would completely destroy her. She has had a tough time but as far as she is concerned she found someone who is literally her rock so to find out that that was actually a lie, she would be really upset.
It seems that viewers were really rooting for Sarah and Gary, did you see any reactions when he cheated on her with Nicola?
Yes there were loads of tweets saying, “No, Gary, no! What are you doing?” They liked the fact that there aren’t many relationships in the show that are good, solid relationships and Gary and Sarah seemed like a couple who would last so when he did that, he made a lot of people think, ‘Oh for goodness sake!” so that was quite funny. But there were issues there with Gary’s communications with Sarah; he felt like there were certain things that he kept from her and didn’t tell her. Then Nicola comes along who is really understanding and he can open up to her.
Do you think that David should be honest with Sarah when he finds out?
That’s so tough! Under normal circumstances, yes he should be honest with her but the fact that she has just received this news about Gary, why upset her more, why make the pain even worse?
What’s the best thing about working with Jack P Shepherd?
Ah, there’s a few! He is very funny, he is very, very quick and witty. He is very easy to work with because he is a very generous actor.
Have you enjoyed playing the emotional scenes?
It has been really hard because it’s a really weird, hard headspace to get into. Obviously I can’t give any secrets away but there are a lot of revelations and a lot of twists and turns in a very short space of time so it was a lot of head gymnastics and getting from one thoughtspace to another. It was a rollercoaster within a space of a week but it’s been such good fun to do.