Spotlight On… Casualty Star, Cath Shipton

The fabulous Cath Shipton, aka Duffy, has kindly provided Break A Leg with a series of interviews and I’m delighted to bring you the next one ready for Christmas…

We’ve seen Charlie (Derek Thompson) and Duffy finally admit their feelings to one another following Duffy’s granddaughter’s dramatic entrance into the world. Now, viewers are wondering what will happen next as the popular couple are flirting with one another at work and Duffy has revealed her intentions to ask husband Ryan for a divorce. Here, Cath tells Break A Leg about the next instalment of the good ship Chuffy!

Hi Cath, thanks for talking to Break A Leg, again, so we were all very excited to see Charlie and Duffy declaring their feelings, and Duffy has hinted to Charlie that she is filing for a divorce from Ryan – what can viewers expect next in this storyline?

In episode fifteen you’ll see that Duffy isn’t wearing a wedding ring anymore, she’s put in process the divorce with Ryan and in her head she’s decided she’s a free woman. It’s the Christmas party, she’s dancing all around the place with tinsel and it gets really funny! (We’ve seen episode fifteen and it is hilarious! ~ Helen)

Duffy and Charlie drunkenly leave the club after the revelation, but a taxi draws up and it’s Ryan and Duffy’s youngest son, Paul. They’ve come to spend Christmas with Duffy and the new baby. So, Duffy is bundled off into the car and Charlie is left behind.

Poor Charlie, does this mean that Ryan is going to persuade Duffy not to divorce him?

Ryan is out buying something special for Duffy for Christmas. There’s a catastrophe when the shop owner reduces everything and a crush ensues. A tree falls on Ryan and he’s brought in to Holby as a patient. Duffy has to administer to him and look after him, Charlie’s putting the pressure on Duffy to find out if she’s told Ryan about their relationship, yet.

WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 26/11/2016 - Programme Name: Casualty 30 - Series 31 - TX: 10/12/2016 - Episode: Casualty 30 15 (No. 15) - Picture Shows:  Charlie Fairhead (DEREK THOMPSON), Lisa Duffin (CATHY SHIPTON) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Alistair Heap
Casualty – Picture Shows: Charlie Fairhead (DEREK THOMPSON), Lisa Duffin (CATHY SHIPTON) – (C) BBC – Photographer: Alistair Heap

Has she told Ryan yet?

No, and she tells Charlie she can’t ruin Ryan’s Christmas and Charlie has to have a heart. Charlie’s left thinking that Duffy’s gone off the idea of a relationship with him.

Is Ryan badly injured from the incident in the shop?

Ryan gets cleaned up and stitched up, he’s just going to leave and he collapses. Elle (Jaye Griffiths) takes over and does full bloods and ECG, they come back clear. Charlie says that’s because Ryan’s faking it. Duffy thinks that’s below the belt and asks Elle for a CAT scan.

 Does Ryan admit to faking it?

Yes, he owns up to Duffy’s son, Paul. Ryan is trying to prove to Charlie that the family are still a unit. Paul books a table at a restaurant for his mum and Ryan, and although Duffy does go to the restaurant, she has the divorce papers with her.

So it’s all back on with Charlie?

Duffy leaves the restaurant and goes to find Charlie at the Hospital, it’s snowing, and she runs towards him. She goes down on one knee to propose to him…

So it looks as though us Chuffy fans could be in for a very Happy Christmas! Thanks to Cath for sharing all of the Chuffy loveliness with me. I’m excited!



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