Actress Denise Black has revealed that she sought inspiration from a real-life experience to depict scenes in which Joanie is left panicked after Amy (Chelsea Halfpenny) snatches Kyle from her care.
In episodes set to air next week, Joanie discovers that Amy is baby Kyle’s true mum when Pollard (Chris Chittell) lets the news slip. But as recriminations fly, Amy makes the drastic decision to take her baby son after spotting him leaving the house alone.
“I drew on a time when I lost my own son,” comments Black. “He was about the same age as Kyle at the time. I was going from a wedding to a reception and my son was running ahead with a bunch of people, all of whom I knew. But what I couldn’t see was that, when they went around a corner, my son kept on running and went beyond them. So when we got to the venue, I couldn’t find him. I literally couldn’t breathe – I felt completely incapacitated.”
But instead of leaping into action, Black admits that she was too shocked to move: “Women are supposed to be fantastic when their children are in danger. But I didn’t look for him. I just held my breath as the police were called. What had happened was that there were two wedding receptions in the same building and my son had gone to the wrong one. He was sitting there eating someone else’s cakes!
“So when I played the scenes in which Kyle goes missing I tried to draw on that extremity of panic I’d experienced. Joanie doesn’t act rationally at all and it’s left to Pollard to keep calm and put two and two together.”