Coronation Street‘s Chris Fountain tells Soaplife how Terry’s dirty dealings have put Tommy in real danger…

Poor Tommy was planning a blissful new life with Tina… Then his dad Terry showed up and stole his money and his future. Now Terry’s disappeared and left Tommy in a bigger mess than ever. “Rick the loan shark comes calling and insists Terry’s debt is now Tommy’s debt,” says Chris. And the way he wants Tommy to pay it off is pure evil!

Tommy must be heartbroken that his dad conned him so badly…
“So many people warned Tommy how bad Terry is, but Tommy was blinded by the fact he’s his dad. He’s obviously gutted and feels stupid. He was manipulated into trusting Terry and now he’s been left with no money, a big debt to a loan shark and a girlfriend in a coma! And Tommy digs himself a bigger hole because when Tina wakes up he tells her that Terry and the loan sharks have gone, when the truth is Terry’s gone and Tommy has no way to pay Rick back.”

Why doesn’t Tommy just go to the police?
“Tommy’s frightened of Rick and his heavies. He thinks if he calls the police then Tina will know he’s been lying to her and Rick will get violent. He knows what Rick’s capable of.”

What does Tommy think when Rick tells him to get his job back at the garage?
“He’s confused, but goes cap in hand to beg Kevin for his old job back. At first Kevin says no, but Tyrone tells him how Tommy’s been manipulated and persuades him.”

Then Rick gives Tommy his orders…
“Rick gives him a bag of cocaine he wants hidden in a car. Tommy’s horrified. He’s never been around anything like this before and he’s out of his depth. But he knows Rick means business and he has no choice.”

Tina will be livid if she finds out…
“He doesn’t tell her because he knows how much it would hurt her. It’s a big deal, but he’s blind to the consequences because he just wants to wipe the debt and get free of Rick. Tommy thinks it’s just one job, but then he gets more and more jobs from Rick and he realises there’s no release. It just keeps getting worse. Tommy ends up in really deep trouble.”