Andy’s bid for freedom Corrie
A desperate Andy seizes his chance to escape Phelan’s clutches, reveals Oliver Farnworth...
Andy Carver’s been banged up in a cellar for eight months now. But when his captor, evil Pat Phelan, decides to move him to France and set him free, the opportunity unexpectedly arises for him to do a runner before they even get there. ‘They’re on their way when the van Phelan’s driving crashes,’ actor Oliver Farnworth tells Soaplife. ‘Andy’s tied up in the back and, the next thing he knows, he’s flying all over the place. Using every last bit of strength he has left, he manages to kick the door open.’ And, although Phelan’s promised Andy his freedom, he decides to make a run for it…
Doesn’t Phelan try to stop him?
Phelan seems to be unconscious. Andy learns this when he escapes from his ties and, once out of the van, he runs straight round to the driver’s cab to check on him.
Does Andy immediately take off?
No. He makes as if to call an ambulance. His first feeling is compassion for Phelan. However, it quickly dawns on him this is his big chance and he thinks about what Phelan’s put him through over the last eight months and he has a complete change of heart. Andy puts the phone down – and he runs for his life!
What’s going through Andy’s mind?
He’s very disorientated and he doesn’t have a plan. He’s also weak after months of barely even walking, he’s on unfamiliar terrain, he’s been very ill and he’s highly sensitive to light. He’s just running wildly through the woods in the hope he’ll find someone who can make the call for help.
Was it exciting filming the stunt where the van crashes?
The van was already nicely crashed for us in the woods, then I spent the whole morning throwing myself around the Corrie studios in the back of Phelan’s van!
If you were a betting man, would you put money on Andy surviving this?
I’m sure I wouldn’t be allowed to put a bet on that for ethical reasons! But let’s just say Andy gives it his all and things get… very interesting.
If Andy makes it out alive, could he ever forgive Phelan for holding him captive in a cellar for eight months?
Andy would be more interested in never seeing Pat Phelan again rather than any sort of revenge. Andy’s main goal at the moment is to get as far away from the guy as possible, hopefully track down his girlfriend, Steph Britton – and disappear!
What reaction have you had from fans since we found out Andy was alive?
People shout stuff like, ‘He’s let you out then?’ I say ‘Yes – just picking up some lunch, then I’ll go and chain myself back up again.’ The response from the audience has been overwhelming, truly great!
By Alison James