Sally Metcalfe (Sally Dynevor) has started to suspect that Geoff Metcalfe (Ian Bartholomew) isn’t what he seems in Coronation Street, and her suspicions will continue to grow over the next few weeks, as she risks it all in order to expose the abuser and save Yasmeen Nazir (Shelley King).
Sally started to realise Geoff’s story about the attack didn’t quite add up once Alya (Sair Khan) revealed he’d been abusing Yasmeen, but it was DS Abney’s (Fiona Skinner) questioning — and Geoff’s inability to answer some of those questions — that made her certain there was more to this story.
However, as these doubts continue to grow, the former mayor of Weatherfield will seemingly find herself torn between love and duty.
Actress Sally Dynevor told Metro.co.uk: ‘Sally realises quite early on that she is supposed to be on Geoff’s side. He’s her father-in-law and how is her relationship with her husband going to be if she starts accusing Tim’s father of being an abuser?
‘So, she starts worrying and she doesn’t want to get involved at first, she says to Alya, I don’t want to be involved, what is this going to do with my relationship with Tim?’
While Sally will be torn at first, the evidence will seemingly soon become too much for her to ignore, and — once Geoff gets wind of her doubts — the abuser’s facade begins to slip, and she sees first hand what he’s capable of.
Sally told us: ‘The more Alya drips things to Sally and the more Sally finds out, she starts thinking of the time when she was imprisoned for something she didn’t do and wants to help her.
‘Then there’s one scene where Geoff gets angry with Sally and she sees this spark in him, and that’s it, she wants him out of the house. She starts to tell Tim how she is feeling about Geoff and asks him to leave – and she asks Tim to leave!’
Taking Yasmeen’s side in this could very much cost Sally her marriage, but — given that she’s been imprisoned for something she didn’t do — the character is willing to take that risk, according to actress Sally.
She said: ‘I think she would be prepared to risk it as, how could she live with someone who is not accepting of some of the issues that have been raised about Geoff?
‘So, I think Sally would go far to defend Yasmeen because she is so upset about it and determined to help her at the detriment of her own relationship.
‘She says to Ayla at one point, what about my relationship, but the more time goes on the more she is thinking I’m going to do everything I can for Yasmeen and Tim is going to have to come to the realisation that his father is an abuser.’
Coronation Street continues Friday 29 May at 7:30pm on ITV.
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