David Platt can currently be seen sowing seeds of cruel intention as he vows vengeance on his brother Nick. Wanting Nick to feel as much pain about Leanne’s relationship with Peter as he does over his own wife’s infidelity, David continues to beckon a storm that’s beginning to brew.
But Nick and Leanne’s relationship is proving harder to break than David first thought. But what will happen when David confesses his plans to Tina? How will she react to his scheming? Actress Jane Danson, who plays Leanne, reveals all the latest twists and turns as David’s plan for revenge takes hold:
So, Jane, we’re now seeing David planting seeds of doubt in Nick and Leanne’s marriage, but what are Leanne’s feelings for Peter now? Is she totally over him?
I think there’ll always be a chink of ‘what if?’ but for now she’s moved on, although you know how quickly she changes her mind! Because of Simon there’ll always be that contact, but she’s trying to make the best of what she’s got and enjoy her life with Nick.
How hurt is she at Nick’s suggestions there is something going on between her and Peter?
She is hurt because this is probably the one and only occasion where she hasn’t done anything wrong. In the past, you could blame her and say “well she doesn’t know what she wants”, but in this case she’s been straight with Peter. She’s keeping him at arm’s length and the only involvement she has with him is over Simon. So yeah, she’s a bit annoyed and a bit upset that Nick still has that element of doubt in his mind.
How does Leanne react when she gets flowers on her birthday but Nick says they’re not from him? Does she presume they’re from Peter?
Initially, she just thinks that they’re probably from Janice but then David points out that they’re quite expensive flowers so she decides maybe not. I don’t think she presumes they’re from Peter, she just dismisses it really and doesn’t make anything of it. But David stirs things up and makes Nick suspicious as Peter sent her a card.
Is Nick suspicious when she says she doesn’t know who they’re from?
Yeah, because she can’t explain it. A lot of what David’s been doing hasn’t worked so far; the break-in actually brings them closer together, but David knows that as soon as he brings Peter into the equation, it’ll get Nick’s back up. David’s planted Peter’s lighter in the flat, which initially raised suspicion for Nick. She gave a logical explanation, that it probably just fell out of his pocket when he was collecting Simon, but Nick’s still got that element of doubt and David plays on that.
So what is David’s next move in his vendetta against Nick?
I have no idea, but it’s David back at his evil best. He’s really unpredictable when he’s in this frame of mind and he stops at nothing. We saw with the break-in at the flat that he’s not afraid to get his hands dirty, and by keying Peter’s car, sending the flowers et cetera, he’s trying to whip up a storm where once there was calm between Nick and Peter.
Then we see Nick having a go at Peter – how does Leanne feel about that?
Peter is Nick’s Achilles’ heel – they’re a bit like Mike and Ken were. They’ve got that kind of relationship and they know how to push each other’s buttons. There’s been a chain of events, where everything seems to be going wrong for Nick and Peter seems to be at the end of it. It does annoy Leanne that Nick jumps to the conclusion that it’s all down to Peter. Nick rises to it every time and she does tell Nick to just ignore him, but obviously because of the games David is playing, he can’t let it go. David’s planted too many seeds.
What does Leanne think when Peter accuses Nick of vandalising his car?
As soon as Nick says he didn’t do it she believes him but I think she’s just had enough of it all. Just when everything seems to be going right something seems to go wrong again. Peter and Leanne had been getting on quite well so she’s really stuck in the middle.
Leanne suggests a student night at the Bistro – how do you think David will use this to his advantage?
He plays Leanne off against Nick, saying one thing to one and a different to the other. He makes Leanne think the student night is a great idea, then causes chaos just before the 2 for 1 hour. So in Nick’s eyes it’s been an absolute waste of time, Leanne feels like a failure and it all goes pear-shaped.
David is going all out to split up Nick and Leanne, but how difficult will he find it?
I really can’t second guess it this time, I think this is the first time ever that I’ve had no idea what will happen. Anything involving Peter is going to lay a seed of doubt in Nick’s mind, but then Leanne doesn’t know what Nick knows about his night with Kylie, and obviously all that will come out at some point.
Could Leanne and Nick’s relationship be more solid that David realises?
So far the relationship has proved to be more solid than David thought because they know each other so well, Nick has forgiven her and they both know they have to work at things. I don’t forecast good things for them but whether they’ll ride the storm or not I don’t know.
How would Leanne react if she finds out Nick has slept with Kylie and could be the father of her baby?
Well, technically Leanne and Nick were on a break. However, in that time frame Nick spent a lot of time making Leanne feel bad about what happened with Peter the night before the wedding. She absolutely grovelled to Nick, Leanne practically got on her hands and knees and begged Nick to take her back and forgive her. So for him not to have been honest about what he’d done would not go down well. They went into the relationship with a dirty slate. She wouldn’t be pleased about it, especially as it’s Kylie and they have a bit of banter in the Bistro anyway. She gets on her nerves and Leanne looks down on her a bit. So there’s all that to come, which will be great.
Is it something she could forgive or would it be all over for them?
Leanne never seems to forgive anyone else, but when it’s her she expects to be forgiven. I really don’t know, I would hope that she could forgive being that she’s been unfaithful as well in the past, but maybe this is a bridge too far. Because if it is Nick’s baby how would Leanne cope with that, given that she longs for a baby herself and has a very slim chance of ever having one of her own?
How would you feel if Leanne and Nick did split up?
I’d be quite upset, like I was with Peter, because you build up a rapport working with someone and when you know them better off screen you carry that on set as well. I’ve been really lucky that I get on well with both Ben and Chris, I’ve done well there and got to work with two great guys so it would be a shame to start over again.
David confesses his plan to Tina – do you think she’ll spill the beans to Nick and maybe to Leanne?
Well, Tina’s got a lot going on in her life after having the baby, there’s a lot of hormones flying around and she knows how dangerous David can be. Maybe she’ll let something slip or maybe she’ll be on David’s side. After all, up until now he’s probably the only one who’s not done anything wrong.
David can take things too far,so is there a chance that Leanne and Peter could be in danger?
He really wants to sabotage Nick and Leanne’s marriage because this secret has potentially sabotaged his and Kylie’s marriage. He’s got all this hatred for Nick and he hates the fact that Leanne’s messed him about in the past. David’s got this very warped mind so who knows how far he’ll go. I think he’ll try and ruin them like he’ll be ruined if the baby does turn out not to be his. He doesn’t want to hurt Kylie, especially as the baby could be his, so he’s focusing all his anger on Nick.