Jane Beale’s life is to be left on the line this week when an argument with Bobby sees her plummeting down the stairs at the Beale house.
The showdown comes after Jane is seen insisting that Bobby and Kathy switch bedrooms in order to give her and Ian some more privacy. But the plan backfires – with horrifying consequences.
Says actress Laurie Brett of the key scenes: “Kathy’s made it quite clear that she’s heard Jane and Ian having a moment of privacy, so Jane’s quite embarrassed. Jane decides that maybe Kathy and Bobby should swap rooms, so they can have more privacy. Bobby’s not too happy but goes along with it.
“But the next evening, she sees Bobby coming down the stairs with all of his stuff to swap the rooms back. They get into a bit of a struggle with the box of things and he just snaps. It’s just unfortunate Jane was at the top of the stairs at this point. I don’t think he intentionally pushed her down.”
For the stunt itself, Brett had to employ the use of a body double – and watching the repercussions of the shove certainly left the actress impressed.
“The stunt double was amazing! Me and Eliot Carrington also got to do a little bit of shoving – Jane isn’t completely innocent in this. We got to do that and I got to throw myself onto some crash mats. The whole stunt was incredible. It looks absolutely brilliant.”
And viewers can ready themselves for further shocks, when Jane ends up covering for Bobby in the wake of the fall. With Bobby already responsible for killing Lucy, surely it’s a big risk to whitewash this latest worrying act?
“She’s in shock and a little bit frightened,” adds Brett. “Bobby’s face just before he did it wasn’t quite right. It’s not that Jane is just realising there might be something wrong with Bobby. I think she’s just always been in denial. But its getting to a point where she can’t ignore it anymore.”
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