Alice Branning’s infatuation with Michael Moon (Steve John Shepherd) could turn deadly next week when he schemes to set her up for murder.
With Janine (Charlie Brooks) constantly upping the ante in her custody battle for baby Scarlett, tortured Michael will plan to bump off his ex with a fatal dose of pills.
But when a besotted Alice offers to drug Janine, little does she realise that she’s being set up. Here, actress Jasmyn Banks, who plays Alice, reveals what’s in store for her character as she continues to be duped by the manipulative Michael:
So, next week we see Michael saying to Alice that they’re going to start a new life together in Morocco - does she believe him?
Yes, she believes that they will at least go there for a while, until they have a solid plan. The idea of being somewhere so beautiful and far from Walford with the man she loves and his daughter who she adores is completely irresistible. They’ve said they love each other and Michael has confided in her about his troubled childhood. They have a much stronger bond and she trusts him.
And how does Alice feel when Michael tells her that he’s going to slip Janine some pills?
At first she's shocked and she's really nervous, but it's an excited nervous. The whole plan and their secrecy feels almost Bonnie and Clyde, and it’s really exciting and romantic to her. It's a dark twisted fairy tale where she and her knight run away from the evil witch to save the princess and live happily ever after. She loves it!
Why does Alice insist on drugging Janine herself?
Alice is always being told that she's sweet, innocent and naive - and she is those things, but there's a lot more to her and she's so determined to prove it. She's been wrapped up in cotton wool by her family her whole life, so she wants to show that she is capable of being a bit wild and taking risks.
It's to impress Michael as well - she wants his approval and adoration. Maybe secretly she hates Janine and Michael spending time together, as they were once married, and the thought of him going over there makes her a little sick and jealous.
Would she do anything for Michael?
Alice is so totally in love with Michael and she's so wrapped up in the idea of them living happily ever after as a family that she's managed to come to the conclusion that drugging someone and kidnapping a child without telling anyone she knows is a perfectly acceptable and normal idea.
She wants that escape from the tough year she’s faced, she wants her happily ever after and she will do things she didn't think she was capable of to get that.