Todd Grimshaw returns to the street in next week’s episodes, but will he still be the apple of mum Eileen’s (Sue Cleaver) eye?
Before the wanderer returns, Eileen receives a visit from her son’s angry boyfriend Alex, who is demanding answers after being ripped off and dumped by Todd.
And when Todd eventually gets back to Weatherfield, he’s quick to layer lie upon lie as he bids to cover up his bad behaviour. So what are the reasons for Todd’s transformation from upright young man into a swindling arch manipulator? Actor Bruno Langley explains all:
How does it feel to be back on the Street?
It’s great. Everyone has been really friendly and welcoming. You forget how well you know everyone - part of me feels like I’ve never been away and the other half can’t believe how much things have changed. It’s a lot faster than it used to be with more crews filming, but it’s been lovely to see all the old faces again and meet the new ones.
What’s changed in Todd’s world since we last saw him?
Todd has blown it in a big way in London. He had a good job and now that’s gone. He had a nice boyfriend and now that’s gone. He’s fallen on hard times and that’s why he’s come back. He’s burnt all his bridges and the only place left for him to go is home.
Will people be shocked by how different he is?
I think it will be a nice surprise because people know Todd as a nice guy, as that’s who he was. I think Todd must have been hurt in some way in past relationships and that’s why he is like he is now. I think he’s come back to wreak a bit of havoc.
Is Todd worried about how people are going to react to his return?
It’s so long ago that he’s kind of forgotten himself and a lot has happened since. He’s been in London, he’s been doing all these things and he’s come back to a small town where people remember things and hold grudges. But yet he has moved on and gained a lot more confidence.
So what’s his relationship with Jason now like?
A bit frosty. Jason doesn’t really welcome Todd back with open arms. I think Jason’s quite dubious and he’s not quite sure what Todd’s intentions are. He’s more questioning as to why Todd is staying around and why he’s acting so horribly. Jason’s always had a problem with Todd being the golden boy, but I think that could all change. The tables have turned, which is good and more interesting.
Tell us about your first day back on set…
Antony Cotton took me under his. We had a short scene on the Street, which I found quite hard. I’ve been doing theatre for a year and coming back and having one rehearsal and then shooting it - well it all felt very quick. It took me about a week to get back in the swing of it. but doing lots of scenes in the Grimshaws as a family unit kind of cemented me back into the show.