Casualty star Cathy Shipton has warned that viewers will be reaching for the tissues as Charlie and Duffy’s story gets even darker.
Duffy has been suffering in silence for the last few months, having failed to tell her husband Charlie about her depression diagnosis.
With Charlie oblivious to how much his wife is struggling, Duffy will grow even closer to her childhood sweetheart Bill in this Saturday’s episode – after an incident at work leaves her devastated.
Teasing turbulent time ahead for her character’s marriage, Cathy – who plays Duffy – said to Inside Soap: “I can’t say too much, of course. But our producer Lucy Raffety has already gone out there to say that both Duffy and Charlie have a challenging time ahead.
“We’ll be exploring things that will touch a lot of people’s lives, and it’ll all be very relatable. So have the Kleenex ready!”
She added: “For our guest characters, their story is done and dusted in a week. But we’re also playing out long-running stories with our long-running characters, and taking the audience along with us. We’re not pulling any punches, and I think that’s good.”
Discussing why Duffy hasn’t been able to share her struggles with Charlie, Cathy commented: “I’m sure that people will be shouting at the telly!
“There’s an element of Duffy that’s denying what she’s feeling, believing it’ll just go away – which is human, and I’m sure a lot of people can relate to that. But it’s good to explore.
“People are flawed, and that’s one of the things I love about playing Duffy. She’s good at her job, yet she’s not necessarily good at working out what she needs.”
Casualty continues on Saturday, October 20 on BBC One.
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