Coronation Street's Lucy Fallon Speaks Out On Bethany's Dark Police Twist And How The Grooming Story Should End

Next week we'll also see the big twist that Neil is part of the police. Is that a big surprise to Bethany?

"That's actually slipped in quite casually. Neil told Bethany that he worked for security, so when she finds out that he's a policeman, I don't think she's too shocked by it, to be honest. It's not like: 'Oh my God you're a policeman, I can't believe what you did'.

"Bethany thinks more along the lines of Neil being able to protect Nathan when it all goes wrong. There aren't really any scenes where she is worried about him being a policeman, because Nathan has normalised everything, so she just doesn't think anything is wrong with it."

What's been the most challenging scene for you so far?

"The episode with Neil was probably the darkest one we've done, but in terms of challenging, the scenes you'll see on Friday where Bethany loses it and trashes the Platts' house. That's probably the most challenging one we've done yet – just because it was high intensity and really emotional.

"Further on down the line, we've done loads of crying scenes and they've been challenging as well."

Is there a light at the end of the tunnel for Bethany?

"We hope so, but obviously it will be a long road to recovery for Bethany. It will be something that she has to come to terms with and fight on her own. That will probably take quite a while, but hopefully there'll be a light at the end of the tunnel."

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You've said in other interviews that the story runs until the autumn. Are you glad it hasn't all been wrapped up in just a few weeks?

"Yeah, because after speaking to people that this has actually happened to, even the way we're doing it is probably quite quick. These things are quite long-running and people can be groomed for years without anybody knowing.

"Obviously Coronation Street can't do that, but I think it's important that we've made it quite a long storyline, otherwise it wouldn't be realistic for survivors and people who it's happening to now."

Who would you like to step in and save Bethany in the end?

"I think the person that I'd like to save Bethany would be herself. I think that's important for people who this is happening to now. If they see that Bethany saves herself, they can realise that they can also save themselves. I think that would be quite important."

Could we see another side of Nathan's accomplice Mel as time goes on?

"I've seen a lot of comments from people saying: 'How could she do that? It's horrible'. But Mel has been put in the same situation as Bethany. She's been told that if she helps Nathan get Bethany, then he will stop doing it to her. I think Mel is probably as vulnerable as Bethany because she's been in the same position herself."

Bethany Platt apologises to Nathan for overreacting and asks him for another chance ©  ITV

How does it feel to be shortlisted for Best Actress at the British Soap Awards?

"It feels really good! I wasn't expecting to even be on the longlist. It didn't even cross my mind that I'd be nominated."

How about being up against your co-star Kym Marsh (Michelle Connor)?

"I just think that Kym really deserves to win anyway, because she's had a really emotional storyline that's obviously really close to her heart. For her to be able to do that is amazing."

Are you looking forward to the big night?

"I am looking forward to it, but I'm actually really nervous! It's just quite scary, especially being nominated because I feel like people watch out for your losers' face – that's what I'm scared of!"

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