Thief and bad dad
eth Tinker has made up story after story about her lad’s dad, Darryl. One minute he was a stuntman, the next a drunk, but Craigy finally learns the truth about his father when he comes face-toface with him during a prison visit.
They share the same flaming red hair, but that’s about it. Darryl,
Bplayed by former Emmerdale star Paul Loughran, has been in and out of jail more times than Craig has been in and out of the kebab shop.
‘Craig has always been in the dark about his dad,’ explains Colson Smith, who plays the ne’erdo-well’s long-lost son. ‘Craig and Beth aren’t speaking because he feels betrayed by her. He thinks she should have told him the truth about Darryl a long time ago.’
Desperate to make amends, Beth goes to the police station and asks them to reconsider her son’s application to join the force. But they soon fall out again when she finds out that Faye has written to Darryl behind everyone’s back. A letter soon arrives from the jailbird, saying he would love to see his son.
Beth bans Craig from seeing his dad and he agrees to abide by her wishes. He rips up
Darryl’s letter, but then has a change of heart and decides to show up at the prison after all.
In a state of emotional turmoil, the lad turns to booze and throws up all over Sally’s carpet. The snobby councillor is so cross that she chucks him and his pet rat out.
When Kirk finds Craig waiting for a bus to take him to the prison, he tries to talk his stepson out of going, but the lad ignores him and heads off to see his real dad.
Adds Colson: ‘To begin with they get on really well, and there’s a real father/son bond there, but then Darryl asks Craig to smuggle drugs into the prison when he next visits him and he realises that his mum was right all along. Darryl then drops a bombshell that will shatter the relationship between Craig and Beth.’
What has he told him?
Craig finally meets his dad, Darryl, but it’s not a happy family reunion
Tinkers’ curse: Darryl reveals a secret that shatters his son
Beth’s deceit risks losing her both Craig and Kirk
Sally chucks Craig out after he throws up on her carpet
Darryl drops a bombshell that will shatter Craig
and Beth’s relationship