It should be the perfect union – unlucky-in-love Bernice pairing up with successful businessman Lawrence. But the lack of any bedroom action could prove to be a big problem for the bride to be.
“There is no physical side to the relationship at the moment. So that does have the potential to be disastrous,” says actress Samantha Giles. “Sex has always been very important to Bernice.”
Yet despite that lack of intimacy, Bernice and Lawrence will press ahead with an engagement party in scenes to be shown next week. So why is she going ahead with the plans?
“Bernice has decided that, because she’s not getting any younger, she should be with Mr Make Do rather than Mr Right. She’s been let down so many times in the past, so she’s convincing herself that she’ll be happy with Lawrence.
“And Lawrence is very kind to her. He totally accepts her for who she is. He doesn’t seem to find her irritating! And Bernice sees him as solid and reliable.”
One extra obstacle though is the consternation of Bernice’s mum Diane, who couldn’t be less happy about the prospect of her family getting closer to the Whites.
“Yes, Diane sees Lawrence and Chrissie as the enemy,” comments Giles. “In her eyes, Chrissie caused the helicopter crash that killed her sister Val. And she sees the Whites as doing everything they can to oust Robert from Home Farm. So, for her, the family is bad news.”
So with the odds stacked against Bernice’s upcoming marriage, does the actress believe that her character can make it work?
“Well, it would take adjustment on Bernice’s part if she’s going to forego a physical relationship. But it does have the potential for a lot of drama.
“People on Twitter seem to be enjoying the match. And I’ve had feedback from viewers who’ve said that they know of marriages where there is no sex. So it’s an important story to address. And it’s interesting that it’s the man who isn’t the physical one. We always assume that it’s the woman with the lower sex drive.”
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