Jenny Bradley will leave the Websters biting their nails next week during a life-or-death showdown on a high balcony.
Scenes to be shown on Monday 15 June will see Kevin fretting after Jenny does a runner with his son Jack. And his fears are only compounded after the police tell him that Jenny’s own son Tom drowned after he was left unattended.
“Jenny isn’t Machiavellian. She isn’t twiddling her moustache an drawing up plans. She is deeply traumatised about the death of her son and is reacting rather than acting,” says Sally Ann Matthews of her character’s rash kidnap plan.
In the end, Jenny makes contact with Rita, who – along with Kev and Sophie – race to the location where Jenny is hiding out. But what reception will they get? “It took a lot for Jenny to reach out to Rita and she feels that she has been betrayed as Kevin has also come along when she only wanted Rita. Jenny is deeply hurt and feels she can’t trust anyone.”
Viewers should be braced for a high-rise confrontation as Jenny, clutching Jack all the while, edges dangerously close to the edge of a balcony. As Kevin and Rita beg her to move to safety, Sophie bursts into the flat scaring Jenny and causing her to step back further.
As Jenny clings to Jack she talks about the day Tom died. Kevin pleads with her to see that Jack isn’t Tom and that she needs to hand him over. But can get Kevin get through to her before tragedy strikes? “She’s known Kevin for a long time and she does care for him deeply,” continues Matthews. “He holds the key.”
And would Jenny jump if she really had to? “She obviously feels she has nothing to live for – no family, no child, no husband, no boyfriend. I think she is extremely desperate.”
Fans will have to watch to find out the outcome of the shock cliffhanger but Matthews is hoping that viewers will show Jenny some understanding. “Twitter and Facebook were quite a scary place to be when Jenny slapped Maria, so what it’s going to be like in the next few weeks is anyone’s guess!
“I hope they see that there is a genuine reason for her behaviour and, from the reaction so far, I think the viewers will have sympathy for her situation.”
One thing of which she’s certain though is that the chance to shoot such scenes don’t come around all that often. “It was exhausting to film,” she says of the pivotal stand-off. “But, as an actress, it was also so fulfilling. The opportunity to be covered in tears and snot doesn’t come around very often!”
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