Steve McDonald will propose to Leanne Battersby on Coronation Street after they spend the week playing happy families.
The upcoming drama sees Leanne and Oliver move in with Steve in order to share such parenting trials as sleepless nights and controlled crying.
But events take an unexpected turn when – after Leanne opts to spend a night in with a DVD rather than have a night on the town with Eva and Toyah – Steve ends up raising the prospect of marriage.
So is Leanne destined to be the sixth Mrs Steve McDonald? Here’s Simon Gregson with his take on Steve and Leanne’s future:
So, why has Steve decided he wants to marry Leanne? Because she’s a very good mum and he’s always tried to do the right thing by the children, which is why he asked Tracy Barlow to marry him. Even though he wasn’t interested in her at all, he thought he should do it for Amy. He’s kind of thinking the same thing with Leanne. Although she’s a million miles away from Tracy, she’s a good person, a good mum, they’ve known each other since they were kids and they have a laugh. So he thought, ‘maybe this time it could work’.
What do you and Jane Danson make of the idea? It came completely out of the blue, so Jane and I were wondering where it had come from. But then, after doing one scene with each other and having such a laugh, we could see the dynamic of where the pair of them might go. So it was a lot of fun and we started to see how there could be a future for them as a family. But there’s no sexual chemistry between them – it worked once, obviously, but it isn’t really there which is going to make it tricky.
What advice would you give him? I would tell him to go on holiday with the lads for a bit and chill out – get out of Weatherfield for a while and stay away from people who know him.
How’s it going between them prior to the proposal? They’re getting on really well, which is why he starts thinking about it.
How is Michelle dealing with it? Michelle’s OK with it, but it obviously comes as a bit of a shock at first. Then she moves on – she’s still fuming with Steve, but she’s happy with Robert.
How are Steve and Leanne struggling with Oliver? Do they make a good team in caring for him together? They make a good team caring for him, but they both have their faults. They’re trying controlled crying – Leanne is a bit too soft at first and then Steve’s the hard one and then the other way round.
Has Liz encouraged the idea of Steve proposing? She’s encouraged the idea in her own way – she’s desperate for her son to settle down, so she does push it a little bit.
How does Steve justify to the idea to Leanne? He says that they get on, they have a child together, they make a good team, so let’s go for it! It’s hardly the most romantic proposal.
How many proposal scenes do you think you’ve filmed at this point? He’s proposed six times and had lots of marriages. But I couldn’t say which was my favourite – I’ve loved working with all the actresses that Steve has fallen in love with.
Do you fancy another screen wedding? No – they’re not fun to film. There are just too many people involved in a small space and they take days. So no, I’d prefer him not to marry again! And they’ve always filmed the ones I’ve been involved in during the winter months!
How are you finding filming with the baby who plays Oliver? There are three of them – twins and then a single baby. All of them are an absolute dream to work with, very cute, always laughing and giggling, so at the moment it’s perfect!
You’ve had plenty of practice – has real-life fatherhood helped? I guess it helps. I don’t think blokes really take to babies unless they’ve had one themselves, unlike women who coo over babies and want to hold them.
Who’s better at keeping him calm – you or Jane? We’re both pretty good – we’re both parents, so we know what to do. It helps that they’re all happy babies.
And how is this storyline most likely to pan out? I think it’ll go quite well, purely because we just enjoy working with each other so much. And I think that shows and comes across in the scenes. So there’s a lot of scope for them in the future – it’s about time Steve had some happiness, maybe this could be it!
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