Anna Windass is in for a rough time of it next week when Faye (Ellie Leach) accuses her adoptive mum of hitting her. The allegation comes after Faye starts to insist that she wants to live with Tim (Joe Duttine), only for her to overhear a conversation between Anna and her adoptive dad in which he recognises that he’s been a disruptive influence. Fearing for her relationship with the father who’s only recently re-entered her life, it isn’t long before Faye is telling a desperate lie to school headteacher Brian:
“Anna then gets a knock on the door from social services who tell her Faye won’t be coming home today and that she’s going to be interviewed by the police,” reveals Debbie Rush, who plays Anna. “It all comes completely out of the blue. Anna’s got no idea that this is going to happen. She never thought Faye would tell such a bad lie about her mum.”
So is Anna concerned that she could lose Faye as a result of the accusation? “She’s very worried because she knows that this is serious stuff. A while ago, Tim did threaten them with social services because of Owen’s volatile behaviour. Of course, Anna never mentions it but we know that a year ago Owen slapped Faye and that’s always at the back of Anna’s mind.
“When Tim first mentioned social services he hinted that this might not be a stable home for Faye and Anna’s terrified that the slap will come out. Tim’s always threatening on the sidelines but the longer this story goes on with Tim not saying anything, the more Anna starts to wonder whether Tim might not actually be as bad as she thought he was.”
And how is this all going to affect Anna’s bond with Faye? “Anna’s absolutely devastated. I’ve not stopped crying all week since we’ve been filming it,” says Rush. “Some of the scenes are really heartbreaking. Anna can’t quite believe that she’s taken this little girl on, sacrificed so much, loved her like her own and now this is the betrayal she’s getting. But we have to remember that Faye is only ten – she’s a confused little girl who’s had an awful upbringing. For the first time in her life, Faye wants to make a decision of her own, but she’s just going about it the wrong way.”