Actress Lin Blakley has revealed that Pam Coker will be left reeling when grandson Paul voices his suspicious that Les and Claudette are having an affair.
“There’s a lot of disbelief when she finds out,” says Blakley. “She doesn’t want to hear any more about it. But there’s so much more to come. More truths come to the surface, but she doesn’t want to believe them. At first, she thinks that Paul’s imagination is going haywire.”
Scenes to be broadcast next week will see Paul decide to act after Claudette refuses to heed his warning to stay away from Pam. During a party at the Queen Vic, Paul finds himself struggling to enjoy the occasion when he spies Les and Claudette having a laugh together. And when Pam notices Paul’s odd behaviour, he finally comes clean about what he thinks is going on.
“It was hard enough when I read the script, but when I was actually filming it with Jonny Labey [Paul] and hearing those words – wow! It is like somebody punching you in the stomach and your whole inside is shaking,” adds Blakley. “I remember the first time we rehearsed it – my whole insides were shaking because it is terrifically written.”
Viewers have been waiting for Pam to catch on to the subterfuge following months of clandestine meetings between Les and Claudette. So will there now be a showdown between the two women?
“I think sparks will definitely fly and I hope they do. As actresses, that would be wonderful.”
And what will be next for Pam and Les now that the seeds of mistrust have been sown in their marriage? “Watch this space! There are lots of twists and turns that are going to happen for Les and Pam. Sadness, laughter…I hope the audience enjoys it.”
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