REGRETS, I HAVE A FEW The Sinead cancer story is harrowing, but in drama you know when any patient befriends another in hospital, TV will make sure that the newcomer/ extra dies: he or she always acts as the mentor that teaches the main character something of significance and leads them on in the story. It’s a classic technique. Not so good for the bit-time actor hoping to be a long-running character, obviously.
The moment Sinead met Steff, it was obvious that the latter was doomed, and now, when she’s told her new friend has just days to live, Sinead might be regretting lying about her chemotherapy to an over-excited Daniel (pictured, with Sinead). Anyone who’s ever seen someone go through chemo will be mystified how anyone could fall for Sinead’s deception, but then given that she’s more down than the Titanic most days, maybe nobody can tell the difference.
The lies get really out of hand and Sinead asks Billy if they can pray together. Oh, dear. She’d be better off running for the communion wine cabinet for comfort. When Sinead confesses the truth, what will Billy do? Agh! Not another conscience episode from the vicar who’s such a pedant for the truth that he’d question the Three Wise Men on whether they’d bought their gifts on Amazon.