Bob’s big day dawns... how will it end?

River City stal­wart gets in a love tan­gle when old flame throws span­ner in the works

Evening Times - - NEWS - BY BRIAN BEACOM

THE RIVER City wed­ding of the year is set to be staged, fea­tur­ing Stephen Pur­don’s Bob Adams as the groom.

But there are a cou­ple of shocks in store, as is al­ways the case in soa­p­land.

The first is that Bob (for­merly Shell­suit, be­fore he ac­quired a lit­tle sar­to­rial style) isn’t about to marry An­gus.

De­spite the pair be­ing closer than a pis­ton rod and a crank­shaft (their name­blend­ing la­bel is Bo­gus) Bob’s big love is for Kim (Frances Thor­burn.)

How­ever, the sec­ond shock to come along is that the wed­ding may go with a bang. Not Lulu-Boom Bang A Bang Bang fun-type bang, we’re talk­ing ugly bang.

The bang of an en­gine back­fir­ing – or the bang of a door slam­ming shut in some­one’s face.

A bang that kills an event stone dead.

Or are we?

“Bob and Kim have been ar­rang­ing the wed­ding but mean­while, Nicole (Holly Jack) has come back on the scene,” ex­plains Stephen, smil­ing.

“We learn that Nicole brings with her a set of prob­lems, and she dis­cov­ers that Bob has in­her­ited money re­cently. So she turns on the charm. And it be­comes a bit of a hon­ey­trap.”

Wait a minute! Bob is as up­right as the Tall Ship. He can’t be swayed by this strip­per vixen com­ing back into his life af­ter three years? (While Holly Jack took a crack at Hol­ly­wood)

“That’s true,” says Stephen, grin­ning. “But all hasn’t been well at home for Bob and Kim, given her car ac­ci­dent and his­tory of do­mes­tic abuse so his own head has been turned.

“He and Nicole have a kiss. But then Nicole black­mails Bob.”

It doesn’t end there. The First Com­mand­ment of soap deems that no crime goes un­pun­ished. The Sec­ond

‘‘ We’re at the al­tar and he feels he has to tell Kim

Com­mand­ment de­mands that ev­ery­one who sins – even if it’s a tiny, ve­nial sin – finds them­selves stricken with guilt and hav­ing to con­fess.

“Yes, that’s the case” says Stephen, grin­ning. “So we’re at the al­tar and he feels he has to tell Kim what he’s been up to.

“And then we’re in the sit­u­a­tion whereby we’re left won­der­ing what will Kim do.”

Now, Bob may be nicer than a car air fresh­ener but he has had his tricky times with the op­po­site sex dur­ing his stint at Shield­inch.

But the big ques­tion has to be an­swered.

Will Kim sac­ri­fice a life­time of pos­si­ble hap­pi­ness with the nicest bloke in Shield­inch, and a life­time of free ser­vic­ing? Or will she cast Bob away like a used, baldy flat tyre?

Stephen, in real life, is used to wed­ding trauma. Mar­riage to child­hood sweet­heart Nicola al­most had to be post­poned, given he was suf­fer­ing from se­ri­ous ill­ness at the time.

“Yes, when you film a wed­ding story like this it does take you back to your own wed­ding. It seems like yes­ter­day, but it was seven years ago.”

He re­cov­ered in time to be mar­ried. But then an­nounced to his fam­ily he and Nicola were ex­pect­ing a baby.

“It all turned out to be a great day in the end,” he says of the cer­e­mony at Glen­bervie House, in Lar­bert, Stir­ling­shire.

“Then we had Layla, and now we have Leo as well.”

Re­cent years have re­vealed con­tin­ual suc­cess for the ac­tor. He’s the long­est serv­ing mem­ber of the cast. So what is he do­ing right? Who does he know at exec level?

“I think if I stopped to won­der what I was do­ing right I would stop do­ing it,” says the ac­tor, laugh­ing.

“I just keep on do­ing what I’m do­ing.”

Mean­time, Stephen is set to wear women’s clothes for the first time in his life.

“Yes, I’m set to go into re­hearsals at the Pavil­ion,” he ex­plains, grin­ning of the stint as an Ugly Sis­ter in Cin­derella.

“It will be my first time drag­ging up.

“But I’ll be work­ing with Grado, so it will cer­tainly be a unique ver­sion of the Ugly Sis­ters.”

He adds; “I met up with Grado on Satur­day night and we talked of what we might do.”

Wear the com­edy pair tempted to go all method ac­tory and don a cou­ple of dresses and stroll down Sauchiehall Street, by way of ex­plor­ing authen­tic­ity?

“No, we weren’t tempted,” he says laugh­ing. “The Pavil­ion au­di­ence will be the first to see what we look like in a frock.”

It will be a nice change from wear­ing a pair of greasy over­alls though, you sug­gest.

“I love the over­alls,” he says, smil­ing. “And I’m thank­ful for the sto­ry­lines. It’s been great.”

But if the mar­riage doesn’t hap­pen, will he and An­gus get it to­gether?

“You never can say,” he says, grin­ning.

•River City, Tues­day at 8pm on BBC1 Scot­land.

•The Mag­i­cal Ad­ven­tures of Cin­derella runs from No­vem­ber 29 – Jan­uary 13.

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