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Are there any plans to give the Sharmas a storyline of their own?
"Absolutely. We'll learn a lot more about Nikhil's life in the weeks and months from now. From then, both Jai and Nikhil have their own stories. Come autumn/winter, Jai starts mixing with a very big character and crossing others and likewise, Nikhil steps out after being affected by events across the summer and finds himself in a completely different place come the end of the year."
"There's always the notion that we can and will see them but I've always said that I don't want to bring in a lot of characters for the sake of bringing in new faces. Every character has to justify their place and we already have a large cast. I'd rather focus on the great cast and characters we have than to just introduce parents for the sake of it. Maybe after the end of the year we'll meet their parents. When they do arrive they will bring a great dynamic to that family - but all in due course."
Priya's departure caused a bit of a stir among fans…
"She left at the end of her contract. We brought in two brothers and a sister with the intention - from the outset - that the brothers would go forward and run the factory alone. There was nothing untoward about her departure at all."
"The Wyldes will drive the summer months. Mark's body will be found and it's anything but straightforward for the whole family. I always said that I didn't want Mark's body lying there for a year, so the reveal is just around the corner. The audience at times will know more that some of our characters, there'll be more than a few secrets and cruel, underhand behaviour. All combined, it's just terrific. The story will twist and turn through summer and into autumn to quite a payoff come September/October."
"Katie fits so well into the village. Frienships and relationships are just as important as story in my opinion as the audience has to believe what they're watching. With characters like Katie, Leyla, Gennie and Chas, their friendships are pivotal. Katie will be seen more across the summer then into the winter, we see her stepping up a gear when she - and some of her friends - find themselves at the centre of some unwanted attention… Further to that, Katie indulges in a new romance that throws up more than a few questions."
"Diane's story with Charlie takes a huge turn in the coming months… I love to throw in the odd surprise, though, so you'll have to wait and see what happens to her and The Woolpack."
"We need to deal with the demons that Andy has with Jo - I don't think they've ever been truly paid off. I want him to face those demons head on and he might lose a little in the process. He might have to voice the word 'sorry' at some point – and not before time. Then when Debbie returns, we revisit the history of their relationship in a way that few will see coming."
"Who knows?! She was such a great villain and she went away claiming that she was carrying Ashley's child. Was she lying? We'll see… It's left nicely open with the question nicely hanging – will she return? It's one we'd only revisit very carefully because going back to any story only works if you have a fresh enough take on it the second time around. I don't think we could reach the heights we did the first time around – but that isn't to say it couldn't be equally great. It's just about remembering that any sequel you make has to be as good as the first."
Leyla's sister Alicia
"Alicia's arrival will keep David and Leyla at the centre of the show, giving them a new dimension. Alicia's like holding a mirror up to Leyla and you see what Leyla used to be. She's the rougher underside and is everything that Leyla managed to shake off. Both sisters carry some feeling towards each other and are both harbouring family secrets, which inevitably come to the fore. The reveals certainly make their lives interesting and Alicia will bring her own take on life to the village and villagers."
"He continues to be his rather evil, loathsome self. As the net starts to close in on his mum and everything he holds dear – namely money – we see him sink to a new low in a desperate bid to keep everything together."
"It would be a brave or stupid man who tests Chas – and Carl seems determined to give it a go. But you mess with Chas at your peril and he may be advised to sleep with one eye open if she finds out what he is up to. One thing is for sure, the Chas of old will make unmissable viewing – building bridges with Aaron, pairing up with Charity and firmly stamping herself at the centre of the show with a very fresh future. Whether that will be with or without Carl remains to be seen…"
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