Spotlight On… Star of Casualty, Cath Shipton

Thing’s are hotting up for Casualty’s Duffy (Cath Shipton) and Charlie (Derek Thompson), this week, as the shift sees the nurses working together to deliver Duffy’s grandchild. There’s also an admission of feelings, but is it on both sides? I chatted to Cath Shipton to find out whether Charlie and Duffy are due a happy ending.

Programme Name: Casualty 30 - Series 31 - TX: 05/11/2016 - Episode: Casualty 30 11 (No. 11) - Picture Shows:  Charlie Fairhead (DEREK THOMPSON), Lisa Duffin (CATHY SHIPTON) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Alistair Heap
Casualty 30 – Picture Shows: Charlie Fairhead (DEREK THOMPSON), Lisa Duffin (CATHY SHIPTON) – (C) BBC – Photographer: Alistair Heap

Hi Cath, thanks for talking to Break A Leg, so the last time viewers saw an exchange between Duffy and Charlie was during and after his school reunion, where it seemed clear that there were feelings on Duffy’s part, at least, where are things leading to between them?

What tends to happen is that it’s under their noses but without them being aware of it, both of the characters enjoy being in each other’s company and it’s like their best pal’s just come back into orbit. They’re just really happy, things are going well and a few of the other characters start making comments about them which they either over-hear and deny or other characters deny on their behalf. There’s a lot of playfulness, there’s a nice scene where we send Jacob (Charlie Venn) up – Charlie and Duffy gang up to play him up, which is great fun.

What can we expect in the next episode?

That’s the crunch time, Duffy’s Son, Peter and his wife, Tanya come into the hospital because Tanya, who is due to have a caesarean section the next day at another hospital, has been having pains. Duffy suggests that she comes in to be checked over and Tanya is in for a shock when she sees her mother, Karen (Trudie Goodwin) has also been brought into Holby City. Karen neglected Tanya as a child and had ended up in prison. Duffy has to manage her daughter-in-law’s early onset of labour as Tanya’s waters break due to the shock of seeing her mother. At the same time, Peter has seen moments between his mum and Charlie, so he’s warning Charlie off.

Does Charlie take that warning seriously?

Charlie then absolutely cools it, as far as he’s concerned it’s off, and he leaves her stranded. There’s a scene where she’s put it out there and he tells her she has a lovely family who she should stay with and effectively shuts the door. However, Tanya goes into labour early, her mother has locked her in the back of an ambulance and thrown the keys down the drain. With no spare keys available, Charlie smashes the window and Peter ends up seeing Duffy and Charlie working together as a team to deliver his baby in a very tricky situation. Tanya would never have got through the birth without them as the baby is breach.

Does that mean the viewers get a happy ending?

Well, because Charlie and Duffy have had this moment before and he has brushed her off, she moves away from him after the birth. Karen, Tanya’s mother comes back and makes it up with her, meanwhile Duffy apologises for bringing Peter and Tanya over to England and says that they can all go back to New Zealand together. However, Tanya assures Duffy that she’s alright living in over here. Meanwhile, Charlie is hovering in the background and Duffy goes out for some air. Peter takes the opportunity to approach Charlie with an old photograph from his mum’s handbag and tells Charlie that whenever Duffy was going through a difficult time, she would get this photograph out and it kept her strong. 

Programme Name: Casualty 30 - Series 31 - TX: 05/11/2016 - Episode: Casualty 30 11 (No. 11) - Picture Shows:  Charlie Fairhead (DEREK THOMPSON), Lisa Duffin (CATHY SHIPTON) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Alistair Heap
-Episode: Casualty 30 11 Picture Shows: Charlie Fairhead (DEREK THOMPSON), Lisa Duffin (CATHY SHIPTON) – (C) BBC – Photographer: Alistair Heap

 Which leads Charlie to go and find her?

Yes, Charlie finds her crying and trying to put her make-up back on, he puts the photo in front of her face. Duffy’s confused and says she thought he said she had to fight for her marriage, but Charlie replies that thirty years is worth fighting for. This leads to Charlie kissing Duffy!

Hooray, say Charlie and Duffy (Chuffy) fans everywhere!

You’ll have to wait for my next interview with Cath to find out where this romance between Charlie and Duffy will lead to.

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