Coronation Street's Craig Charles tells Soaplife that Lloyd's thrilled when he into bumps his ex-lover Mandy after nearly 30 years, but she's not so happy to see him. And that's because she's hiding one very big secret - his 28-year-old daughter! Why is Lloyd so excited about seeing Mandy again? "They had a really intense fling and Lloyd remembers that fondly. He's thinking maybe they can pick up where they left off. Her husband Johnny's passed away and they're both single, so why not? Because Mandy’s clearly not up for it! "Yeah, Lloyd thinks it's strange that she tells him never to contact her again. But she leaves her bracelet in his cab so he uses that as an excuse to see her. He uses all his charm when he returns the bracelet and invites himself in for a cup of tea. But, once again, Mandy acts in a very strange, almost cold manner and Lloyd is really confused - and a bit disappointed." But he doesn't give up... "He just can't get her out of his head and something doesn't feel right so he goes to see her one last time to see if he can talk her into having a date with him. Lloyd's intrigued by Mandy's strange behaviour around him and can't understand why she's giving him the brush-off when they clearly get on so well together. It just doesn't feel right to him." Mandy's told Lloyd that she and Johnny had no children - yet Mandy's door is opened by a woman who says Mandy is her mum... "Yes. Lloyd thinks it's weird when this girl, Jenna, who's about 28, answers the door. The fact that Mandy's lied makes him suspicious and he starts asking Jenna a load of questions – like when was she born? He does a quick bit of mental arithmetic and he soon puts two and two together and convinces himself she could be his daughter. Jenna really looks like his mum and his cousin Grace. So all these things start to make sense in Lloyd's head." And he asks Mandy if he is Jenna's father... "There's a big confrontation and it all comes out that Jenna is indeed Lloyd's daughter. It's a really bittersweet moment for Lloyd. He's excited, but devastated that he's been cheated out of being a father for so long. Mandy says she loved Lloyd, but Johnny, who was Lloyd's best mate at the time, was her rock. I think she felt Johnny was more sensible than Lloyd. But it's a massive shock for Jenna. She's really angry that her mum's lied to her for so long and she leaves in disgust." Where does this leave Lloyd? "He wants to get to know Jenna - she's his flesh and blood. But he makes mistakes by steamrolling in. I'd tell him to take it easy, don't be too pushy, don't try to replace Johnny and just always be there for her. But I don't think Lloyd would listen to that advice..."
Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix.
An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.
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