The dramatic siege in Coronation Street continues next week with Shona Ramsey (Julia Goulding) in deadly danger as killer son Clayton Hibbs (Callum Harrison) holds her hostage having escaped from prison.
On Monday 4 March as police surround the derelict warehouse where Clayton is keeping his mum captive at knifepoint, demanding £10,000 in cash and a car in exchange for her life, David Platt (Jack P Shepherd) anxiously awaits for news and fears history could repeat itself, as Clayton was responsible for the murder of his late wife Kylie in a fatal stabbing on the cobbles.
Shona desperately tries to convince Clayton to give himself up, but events take a shocking turn and David watches in horror as his girlfriend staggers out of the warehouse covered in blood and falls to the ground. Soon, Shona and Clayton are rushed to hospital with both their lives hanging in the balance – will either of them survive? Julia Goulding talks us through the action-packed episodes ahead:
How has Shona trying to help Clayton turned into a siege? He’s on the run and asked his mum for help. Shona has taken money from David’s savings tin and met up with Clayton in an abandoned building because she wants to be the positive light for her son and begs him to hand himself in. But when Clayton tries to escape he realises the place is surrounded by police. He feels he has no choice but to hold Shona hostage and threatens to kill her if the police don’t mean his demands.
Does Shona realise she could betray David by helping Clayton?
Yes, this is definitely the most tested Shona has ever been and is ever going to be. She makes decisions with her heart and not her head but she always wants to do the right thing.
How confident is Shona she can convince Clayton do the right thing?
Shona is confident that she knows who her son is, but does she? It’s very dangerous because she can’t work out his next move and that’s when her confidence shifts and her survival instinct kicks in. They share a very tender moment which is one of the pivotal scenes in the whole siege. She hugs him, she is holding her baby and knows the person that she has been trying to get him to be is right there in her arms…
Why does she then try to escape?
Despite all this, Shona knows by this point that he is lost to her. He drops the knife and the second she hears it fall to the floor her survival instinct tells her this is her only chance. She legs it out, but that’s when she sees the guns.
Shona then head back into the warehouse, does she still want to save Clayton?
Shona’s maternal side comes out. She has just had her baby in her arms but then she runs out and she sees the police and all the guns and she’s straight back in there, even though she knows it is probably not going to end well. But as a mother, she can’t see her son be killed – people are pointing machine guns at her baby!
Do you understand why Shona goes back in for Clayton?
Yes, I kept trying to think if it was my mum who had done this horrific thing, I would still forgive her because it’s that unconditional love. I would still want her to become good, just like Shona believes that in Clayton somewhere is still her little boy.
Does Shona believe that she will die at the hands of her son?
God, yeah! She is saying her goodbyes on the phone to David, she truly believes that’s it, game over. It’s bonkers because she can’t quite believe this is happening. She’s tired, she hasn’t slept in 24 hours, she’s been there all night, her head is all over the place and she’s not thinking straight. But she absolutely, 100% believes that Clayton is going to kill her.
Shona then comes out again covered in blood, what’s going through her mind? Shona thinks she is going to die. When she staggers back out she is in utter shock, it’s all a blur, a dream world and then she collapses. David is reliving the hell of when Kylie died.
What were these highly charged scenes like to play?
It was really scary because when I came out and there’s all the police and the cars, it really got me in the zone. As soon as I ran out I felt like I would’ve reacted as Shona does and ran back inside. We had police officers on set to advise what would happen in that situation in real life which helped. And working with Callum is always a pleasure because he is so sweet and we have a laugh.