The Platts are to get a shock in an upcoming episode when Michael Rodwell (Les Dennis) turns up on their doorstep holding the love letter that Gail (Helen Worth) has supposedly written.
The declaration of affection has, of course, been mischievously written by Kylie (Paula Lane), but the stunt looks set to backfire when Gail gets increasingly attached to the man who recently attempted to steal from her.
David (Jack P Shepherd) and Kylie then turn up at Michael’s workplace and get him the sack, but it isn’t long before Gail is attempting to land him a job at Streetcars.
But David and Nick (Ben Price) aren’t going to stand for their mum’s association with Michael and decide to up the ante in their bid to get shot of him. Here, actor Les Dennis reveals all about the war that is set to break out between Michael and Gail’s increasingly determined sons…
Do you think Michael has changed his ways since his prison visit from Gail?
Michael isn’t a career burglar, so it’s not a case of him changing his ways and rather him seeing the error of his ways. He wasn’t intending to hurt anybody and he assumed Gail would be insured. I would like to think that, for the first time, Gail has a good man. He starts off bad, but over time we’re going to see he’s a good man at heart.
How does Michael feel when he receives the letter that is supposedly from Gail?
He’s absolutely over the moon. The letter says that she believes they belong together and he knows that there was definitely a spark there when they met in prison. He never thought in his wildest dreams that he would get a letter like this, so he’s really happy. That’s what makes Michael return to the Street and to go and visit Gail at her home. Then he finds out that all is not as it seems…
So what happens when he turns up on the Street?
He turns up at Gail’s door but David answers. Michael keeps calling him Nick, which is quite amusing! David shouts up to his mum before he realises who he really is. Michael’s told David that he’s an old school friend of Gail’s. When Gail comes down she’s shocked - she doesn’t expect to see him stood in her house again.
Is Michael disheartened when he finds out that Gail didn’t write the letter?
Very. Not least because he’s turned up at Gail’s door and made a right fool of himself! Michael turns up and says to Gail that he thought there was a spark between them too and that he’s delighted she feels the same about their future together. Then Gail asks to see the letter he’s referring to and tells him she didn’t write it. He’s gutted.
Does he realise then what’s happened?
Well, for a minute or two he can’t get his head round it - he thinks, if Gail didn’t write it, who did? Then he turns to look at David, who is stood there, and the cogs start to turn...it’s quite a comic moment.