David Platt is to be thrown out onto the streets by his own family when wife Kylie (Paula Lane) learns of his evil plotting.
After the truth emerges about David’s part in the car crash that has left Nick (Ben Price) with brain damage, Gail wastes little time in turning her back on her younger son.
However, actor Jack P Shepherd is not convinced that the actions of the Platt family are justified.
“I think David’s done a lot worse in previous stories. Everything he’s done in this storyline is completely justified,” the 25-year-old joked to RadioTimes.com. “The rest of the family is wrong. I can’t believe David gets kicked out – it’s his house. David’s on the mortgage, they’re not. David’s the dad and Nick’s not. Plus he loses his job. I just can’t work out why David is the villain.”
So if plotting against his brother and nearly killing him isn’t such a big deal, what does Shepherd consider to be his character’s most villainous act?
“The one everyone always comes back to is David pushing his mum down the stairs. I always get a worried look from people when I’m behind them on an escalator.”
Yet despite the actor’s sense of injustice at what his happening to his character, it seems he’s putting his all into David’s upcoming plotline. “I didn’t shave and I grew my hair. Continuity has been a nightmare, but growing a beard is what you do when you’re homeless on a TV drama.”
And where can viewers expect to find David while he’s of no fixed abode? “Drinking on the Red Rec, of course. There’s also that bus shelter on Rosamund Street – he’s in there a lot. Maxine’s bench outside the salon – you’ll find him there too.
“At one point, he gets into Tina’s flat, which causes its own set of problems. Basically, David’s drunk a lot and her home becomes a real mess. David’s not pulling his weight because he isn’t bringing in any money, so you can expect plenty of arguments between the two of them!”