Max Branning often has a guilty secret that he's trying to keep hushed up, but covering his tracks in the wake of Lucy's death will prove to be fraught with tension. Devious David Wicks - a man no stranger to suspicious behaviour - is onto Max about his affair with Lucy. But will Max confess to everything? And will David end up going to Ian with his theory? Actor Jake Wood, who plays Max, tells us more...
How is Max coping with Lucy being dead? Does he think anyone will find out about their fling?
No, I don’t think so. Max being Max, he'll think he's able to get away with it. I think he’s a bit of an innocent in terms of the murder and all that. He's in the wrong place at the wrong time and is adamant that he had nothing to do with the murder and basically he is just trying to cover his tracks in terms of the relationship he had with her.
I don’t think he feels guilty about it. He just wants to maintain a relationship with his children and he knows that if it came out it would be devastating for them, especially Lauren and with her drinking, so it's all very delicate. It would be devastating for him personally if the news came out about their affair, so I think he feels the best plan of action is to cover his tracks and not to talk about it or mention it.
So it’s quite difficult for him because the police are trying to piece together everything about Lucy’s last few weeks there was quite a lot of mobile contact between them. But Lucy did mention that she deletes all the messages she gets from him - do you think that is one reason why Max is able to get away with it for the time being?
Yeah, and Max has got another phone he used just for Lucy and he gets rid of it, so he thinks he has covered his tracks.
Do you think Max is grieving for Lucy or do you think he is more scared about the implications of her death for him?
I think it is a bit of everything. He's upset that she died in that way and he must be grieving in some way. Also, she was Lauren’s best mate, so he’s trying to support her through the grief and she’s obviously very upset.
How does Max discover that Lucy’s death is murder and not a mugging gone wrong?
He reads it in the newspaper, so again that intensifies and increases the pressure on him. Obviously he can see that he can be a suspect, so he is worried about that.