Em­merdale and Hol­lyoaks

He fears his drug plot will be ex­posed when Re­becca calls a doc­tor for Lawrence

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If he is found out, Robert will lose his po­si­tion at Home Farm

With Lawrence con­tin­u­ing to be un­der the weather, Re­becca calls the doc­tor, which throws Robert in a panic. For the past few weeks, he’s been se­cretly drug­ging her fa­ther with sleep­ing pills, as part of his plot to take over Home Farm. Could he be found out?

‘Robert is en­joy­ing hav­ing his feet un­der the ta­ble at Home Farm,’ ex­plains Ryan Haw­ley, who plays him. ‘This is the op­por­tu­nity to get the power he needs. To keep that go­ing, he has to en­sure Lawrence is out of the way or he won’t be able to ma­nip­u­late Re­becca.’

The wor­ried blonde thinks Robert’s a saint for com­ing to her ‘res­cue’ and help­ing her run the es­tate. At the start of the week, she turns to him again and ex­presses her con­cerns about the state of Lawrence’s health and the busi­ness.

Robert feigns sym­pa­thy and tries to dis­suade Re­becca from seek­ing med­i­cal help, say­ing he’ll have a chat with Lawrence and sort things out. But Re­becca’s fears rocket when they catch him drink­ing, and when Lawrence then falls asleep at the café, she takes Emma’s ad­vice to get him checked out.

Robert’s rat­tled when he learns what Re­becca’s done, and has to act fast to avoid be­ing rum­bled.

He starts by try­ing to get an ap­point­ment at the doc­tor’s. When that fails, he shows up and makes out that he is there on Re­becca’s be­half. As he en­quires about Lawrence’s blood sam­ples, Emma ex­plains that they haven’t been sent off – giv­ing cun­ning Robert an idea...

‘No­body knows that Robert has been putting drugs into Lawrence’s brandy,’ says Ryan, ‘and it has to stay that way. Robert’s got to think on his feet – if he’s found out, he’ll lose his po­si­tion at Home Farm. That’s hap­pened to him be­fore, and he isn’t pre­pared to go through it again.’

What’s his plan? And will it work?’

Re­becca calls Robert’s bluff when Lawrence gets worse

Robert pre­tends to sort things out with Lawrence

Robert quizzes Emma at the surgery

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