Coronation Street: Mary gets Angie arrested? Patti Clare interview

Why has Mary become convinced that her daughter in law is an alcoholic?

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Mary’s meddling looks set to have disastrous consequences in next week’s Coronation Street when she reports her daughter-in-law Angie for drink driving.

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Convinced that Angie is an alcoholic, Mary will be seen inviting Peter along to a dinner party, just so he can share his stories of battling with the booze.

Little does Mary realise though that Angie is plagued with anxiety and feels like a failure as a mother. After Angie opens up to Toyah, the Rovers landlady begins to realise that her new-found friend is suffering from post-natal depression.

Later on in the week, when baby George becomes unwell, Mary hotfoots it to the Bistro to find Angie. But when the beleaguered mum insists on driving her son to A&E, Mary ends up calling the police!

Here’s actress Patti Clare with all the latest on the drama affecting Mary and her new screen family…

So what is Mary’s motive behind throwing the dinner party with Dev, Jude, Angie, Peter and Toyah?
With the very best of intentions, Mary’s motive is to make Angie aware that she has a problem around alcohol and, in Mary’s world, the best way to do that is to have somebody who has openly said he has alcoholic problems share his experience of heavy drinking, which is Peter. But of course, with Mary’s usual missing of the mark, it’s all a bit heavy handed and Angie is no more the wiser as to why she’s there.

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Why has Mary convinced herself Angie is an alcoholic – doe she have any evidence?
Mary has found a leaflet that accidentally fell out of Angie’s bag, which has advice on heavy drinking and being an alcoholic, so she’s put two and two together and ended up with seven, thinking this explains Angie’s strange behaviour. Angie can be distant and she can be removed; she seems distracted all the time. So Mary is constantly trying to work out why this is and that’s when she comes up with the idea that Angie has a drinking problem. Mary pursues this, so every time Angie has a drink, Mary jumps to the conclusion and thinks it’s one of many, when it’s hardly any at all.

How would describe Mary and Angie’s relationship at the moment?
Its very, very tentative – they are very much on their guard with each other. And of course, there’s jealousy and there’s fighting for the attention of Jude and George. They don’t know each other truly yet.

Jude asks Mary to babysit George but he becomes unwell in Mary’s care – what are Mary’s first thoughts?
Mary’s first thoughts are to find out what’s wrong with the little fellow – she’s concerned that they get to the root of his illness. She asks Dev’s advice on what to do and Dev tells her to get Angie. So Mary goes to the Bistro and tells Angie exactly what’s happening. Mary knows it’s not a casual thing – he is very, very unwell.

What is Mary’s reaction when Angie says she will drive him to A&E?
Mary’s horrified – why would she allow Angie to drive when she’s been drinking? Mary thinks Angie is in denial. She absolutely panics and thinks her grandson is in danger because there’s a drunk driver setting off… not only drunk but in a high state of anxiety. Mary’s very worried and that’s what leads her to call the police. She honestly believes she is doing the right thing.

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So when Mary calls the police it comes from a good place?
Mary couldn’t live with herself if anything happened to the little boy. If she let him lie, if there was a car crash, she couldn’t live with herself.

What has it like being filming with Mary’s extended  family?
It’s wonderful. Romeo who plays George is absolutely gorgeous – we’ve all fallen in love with him.  Having Paddy [Wallace] who plays Jude back is wonderful as is Victoria [Ekanoye]. It’s really exciting to have this ready-made family. The interesting thing is, it’s not all happy-endings – it’s a very bumpy ride. That happy ever after is often a fairy-tale – there are a lot more skeletons in the cupboard to be revealed…

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