Jack & Dar­ren are trapped in a car by a vi­cious dog

Will Jack and Dar­ren make it to Frankie’s funeral?

Inside Soap - - WELCOME! - Sarah Ellis

Here at Inside Soap, we’re still strug­gling to come to terms with Frankie’s shock death – so spare a thought for poor Jimmy Mckenna, who plays her griev­ing husband Jack.

“I was so up­set when I found out He­len Pear­son [Frankie] was leav­ing,” the star tells us. “We’ve been work­ing to­gether for over 15 years now. The whole Os­borne fam­ily was close on set, so we’re all miss­ing He­len very much.”

Poor Jack hasn’t been cop­ing well since his wife’s sud­den death from a stroke – so when it comes to or­gan­is­ing her funeral, he strug­gles to keep it to­gether. How­ever, af­ter his clan makes a mess of the ar­range­ments, Jack is forced to step in again.

“He doesn’t like the f low­ers they pick and he doesn’t like the mu­sic,” shares Jimmy. “Jack is in a bit of a state and can’t re­ally cope – but when he re­alises that he’s the only one who can give Frankie the send­off she de­serves, he snaps out of it and gets the ball rolling.”

Jack’s idea of the per­fect funeral in­volves track­ing down a rare Cher al­bum that costs him £2,000. How­ever, af­ter he and Dar­ren head off to meet the seller, no­body turns up – and the pair end up trapped in their car by a vi­cious dog! Will they make it to the ser­vice?

“It was ac­tu­ally a very friendly dog, but I’m sure they’ve made it look fierce on screen,” laughs Jimmy. “They were lovely episodes to film – the past few months have been fan­tas­tic. It’s some of the best stuff I’ve ever had to do in Hol­lyoaks…”

Paws for thought: How ruff is the doggy in the win­dow?

It’s your funeral: How will Jack and Dar­ren get out of this?

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