How does James feel about living under the same roof as Cain?
He can’t be doing with Cain because it was him who got Ross into trouble. Ross wouldn’t have been shot if it hadn’t been for Cain. But right now he has serious problems in that he doesn’t have a business or anywhere to live. So, he feels that Cain is part of the reason why his business has gone down the tubes and he also believes that Cain doesn’t treat Moira right.
At one point, Cain is away and Moira suggests that she and James go to a farmers’ party. How foes James feel about that?
Yes, he goes as her ‘plus one’ because he wants to make some business contacts. But he’s also quite chuffed because Moira looks tremendous and somewhere deep in his past is this torch he’s carrying for her. I don’t think though that he’s dated women for years because he’s had far more important things on his mind. So he’s slightly fingers and thumbs. But he doesn’t want to steal her from Cain – he wants to get his business back on its feet. Yet a pleasant side-effect is that he gets to spend the evening with his heart’s desire.
Zak is very worried by all this and secretly puts in a call to Cain, who comes home. Can you tell us what happens next?
There are a couple of moments where it’s like two stags rutting. A couple of face-offs. Scenes like that are always fun to do!
Does he think he could win Moira’s heart?
Yes, but the point about James is that he’s highly principled and he’s not going to go around stealing another man’s woman. So yes, if she was free and available, he’d be very interested. But she isn’t. If he was to make a pass at her, things would get very difficult, particularly because they’re all living under her roof.
Do you think he’ll want to take over Moira’s farm?
No, quite the opposite. He can’t wait to get out of there but he realises that right now, it’s where he needs to be. The only asset he has are his cows - he’s taken those onto Moira’s farm and his idea in the short term is to go into business with Moira and merge his herd with hers because she has the means of production. But he doesn’t want that to be a long-term plan.
So is James a worthy adversary for Cain?
James is only worried about Cain being a bad influence on anyone he knows. Whether that’s his sons or, I suspect, if that was Moira. James is very much aware of who he is and what he stands for and if Cain gets in the way of that or causes him trouble then he’ll go after him. But he won’t go looking for trouble.
In a way, he respects Cain because he looks after himself and the people he’s with. So, in that way, there is a mutual respect because Cain has got where he has through sheer force of personality and strength of character. And James has got a lot of time for that.
Do you get along with actor Jeff Hordley (who plays Cain)?
Yes, he’s a lovely man. He’s a magnificent fella and he’s been unbelievably welcoming and kind to me since I joined. When I did Corrie [Ward played Charlie Stubbs], I bumped into him at various soaps dos, so it’s been great working with him.