‘Jim still has feelings for Liz’
But he’s got a funny way of showing it...
Some people have a weird way of showing their love. While some romantic folk go down the traditional route of buying flowers, others like Jim prefer to be maverick – and fleece their loved ones instead. Jimbo and his new squeeze Hannah have gone all out to convince poor Liz that Hannah is the daughter she thought had died at birth. And next week, Hannah ‘collapses’ and Liz insists she moves in, so she can look after her. But is Jim having a change of heart about duping his ex? Charlie Lawson reveals all...
How does it feel to return to the cobbles?
It’s my 40th year in the business this year, so it’s a bit like riding a bike. It’s a job I’m proud of and a job I enjoy. Plus, I get to share a dressing room with Simon Gregson, so that’s good!
Why did Jim originally agree to the plan to scam Liz?
I don’t think he is the instigator of the idea and now he’s in it up to his neck. As soon as he sees Elizabeth, he realises he’s made a mistake and he wants her back, but he is in too deep. Jim makes mistakes like everyone does, he’s not a bad man.
How serious are his feelings for Hannah?
He doesn’t want what Hannah wants. He was in prison and he felt abandoned, and there she turns up and takes care of him, but it becomes
apparent pretty quick that she is the driver of this plan. She’s traced him through his army records and obviously she’s had a plan going on in her head.
does he think they’ve gone too far?
Yes, and he makes it very clear he feels guilty. But the damage is done.
has he still got feelings for liz?
Anyone in the real world knows that when you love someone – and it’s genuine – you tend not to fall out of love, no matter what happens. So, yes, he does and long may that continue.
how do you think liz would react if she found out the truth?
She would be broken-hearted and very disappointed in him, because it’s pretty clear she still has feelings for him, too.
do you think liz and Jim should get back together?
It never went away for him and neither has it for Liz, but it would be a pretty boring story if they just kissed and made up. But I hope, in the future, it could be Jim, Liz and Steve together. That would be in an ideal world.
“I really don’t want to do this...”
“Yep, this is a bad idea”