So why have Alicia and David kept quiet about Leyla up to this point about Leyla being the intended recipient of the money?
“Alicia does feel guilty about not telling the truth. Her gut instinct is actually to tell the truth. But David reminds Alicia about the debt Leyla left him with. Alicia adores David and Leyla left him close to a breakdown. So it’s a bit of payback. And Alicia knows that Leyla is one for squandering money.”
But everyone is to get a shock when young Jacob finds a novel way of settling the issue. When David, Alicia and Leyla realise that the cash has vanished, it isn’t long before they’ve tracked Jakey down to the riverbank where he’s flinging notes into the water.
“It’s a very funny scene. Jacob’s on one side of the river chucking the money away and we’re on the other. Leyla is furious and she pushes David in the water to get the money back,” says Anderson. “Alicia is furious with Leyla for pushing David, so she pushes Leyla in. So you have David and Leyla floundering around in the water trying to retrieve this £70,000.”
From the bank, Alicia comes to a realisation and later tells Leyla that the money is all hers. So why the change of heart? “While Leyla and David are scrapping in the river, Alicia sees that Jacob is watching on with a look of disgust on his face. So Alicia realises that all this is hurting her little boy and that no amount is money is worth that. So she says to Leyla that she can keep her money.”
Since David and Alicia finally got together they’ve been beset by no end of problems, what with the resurfacing of Leyla and Priya’s pregnancy. But does Anderson think that they can weather such storms? “Well, Alicia adores David and what Matthew [Wolfenden] and I have enjoyed doing is showing a couple who deal with their problems and get through things rather than just throwing in the towel. So I hope that continues.”