Ray Crosby (Mark Frost) has caused a massive headache for David Platt (Jack P Shepherd) in Coronation Street – a sinkhole-shaped headache, that is.
David was horrified to discover the massive hole in his back garden during Friday night’s hour-long episode of the soap, with his house being deemed unsafe to live in – and Ray subsequently telling them they would be welcome to stay at one of his hotels, which seems pretty suspicious if you ask us.
The sleazy hotelier is set to be a big part of the soap’s forthcoming 60th anniversary storylines – but just what is he up to?
Here’s what you need to know…
What is Ray up to in Coronation Street?
Monday night’s double bill of episodes will see David becoming suspicious of Ray, as he tries to work out just what his scheme is.
However, viewers were given some idea on Friday night of just what he is up to – as it was revealed he was behind the sinkhole, and is determined to expand his empire by buying up as many properties as he can on the street.
Speaking to Metro.co.uk about Ray’s intentions, actor Mark said: ‘ I think he does see himself an empire builder, so he is looking to purchase property and get his business to grow exponentially.
‘I think what’s going to come as a surprise is just what means he’s willing to go to — what lengths he’s willing to go to — to get his plans put his plans in place, and the odds that’s going to put him at with the rest of the Weatherfield community.’
What isn’t yet clear is how far Ray is prepared to go to see his plans succeed – but it looks like this storyline’s going to be one to watch as it gradually unfolds.
‘He’s got no familial links,’ Mark explained. ‘He sees people and communities as pawns. I think to a certain extent there is that breed of property developer, who in order to get plans drawn up and disband communities, they can’t surely look at people as individuals and human beings.’
‘For him, sentimentality is a weakness. It’s something he hates and its probably something from his childhood. We could look at his attitude towards women and maybe his mother, but I think its to do with that.
‘I think he sees the bon ami and the neighbourly love in Weatherfield and people looking out for each other. I think he has a distaste for that.’
‘I think it probably burns him in a way because he is such a loner, and he doesn’t feel that. I think he’s quite prepared to set fire to all of that.’
Coronation Street continues on Monday night on ITV at 7.30pm.
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