Coronation Street: Sally Ann Matthews on her Blackpool tram stunt – and Jenny’s romance with Johnny!

The actress will be in the thick of the action in next week's episodes of Corrie

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Jenny Bradley will get a horrible reminder of past traumas when she comes face to face with an oncoming Blackpool tram in next week’s Coronation Street.

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Long-time Corrie fans will no doubt remember that Jenny’s villainous dad Alan met his maker after being hit by a tram in 1989. But an upcoming episode will see history threatening to repeat itself when Kevin’s young son Jack endangers his life and Jenny comes rushing to the rescue.

Trips to Blackpool usually end in disaster for the Weatherfield regulars, but this particular mini-break has its share of good fortune too, particularly when Jenny gets closer to factory boss Johnny Connor. So is a new romance on the cards? Actress Sally Ann Matthews reveals all about the drama that lies ahead…

How does Jenny’s trip to Blackpool come about?
Jenny’s trip to Blackpool comes about because Tim is going to take Sally on a surprise mini break and Jenny works out from the clues he gives her that it’s to Blackpool. When she sees some photographs of Blackpool it sparks memories for her from 27 years ago and she gets upset. Johnny sees she’s upset and they get talking about her dad’s death. She says she’s never actually visited where her dad died and Johnny suggests she goes back to Blackpool to lay some ghosts to rest and make some new happy memories.

Why is she still haunted by her dad’s death all these years on?
It still haunts her because she’s back on the street and people are talking about Blackpool and it just makes those feelings a bit stronger.

How grateful is she to have Johnny by her side as she makes the trip?
Johnny’s been the only person who’s been nice to her. She’s got nobody else apart from Rita and she can’t take Rita to Blackpool to go through this! So she’s incredibly grateful to Johnny as she doesn’t want to go on her own.

Can you tell us a bit about what happens in Blackpool? Do their paths cross with the Websters and the Metcalfes?
Yes they do. Because it’s the Easter holidays lots of people are in Blackpool with their kids. It is the north’s Riviera, so it’s not surprising that their paths cross.

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What happens with Jack and the tram?
I can’t say – you’ll have to watch!

How do you think Jenny feels about Johnny after their trip?
I think they’re both surprised that they got on so well and events in Blackpool have actually accelerated their relationship a bit. So when they come back she thinks he’s the best thing since sliced bread and her knight in shining armour. She goes a bit gooey over him.

What was it like filming in Blackpool?
Blackpool was ace. It was brilliant – I loved it. We were lucky with the weather, although it was windy. Everyone was great. I was running up and down the prom from nine in the morning until six in the evening and I couldn’t walk for the next two days!

What was your reaction when you found out that you’d be revisiting the past like this?
I didn’t want it to detract from the original Blackpool storyline because the death of Alan Bradley was such an iconic Corrie moment, but I thought it was a nice way of coming full circle.

As you say, the whole thing with Alan Bradley and the tram is so iconic – do people still stop you to talk about it?
Yes! I still have people telling me to watch out for those trams.

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There’s definitely a flirtation between Jenny and Johnny towards the end of the week – could they make a good couple?
I have no idea what’s going to happen there. but she’s incredibly grateful that he’s been so kind to her and given her opportunities and she’s just going with it at the moment.

Would you like to see Jenny happy and settled, or would you like to see her go off the rails again?
A bit of both. I don’t want to see her happy because that’s a bit boring. But you never quite know how she’ll react to any given circumstance. She’s unpredictable, which makes it far more interesting.

You can watch a 60-second rundown of next week’s episodes of Coronation Street below.

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