'Everything has been glossed over for so long, it's been a decade in the making' - Fair City's Dermot on dramatic car crash storyline
Published 15/09/2015 | 08:09
THERE will be dramatic scenes in Fair City this week as Carrigstown is rocked by a massive car crash.
Several of the soap’s most popular characters will be in peril as the car flips on the main street of the fictional north Dublin suburb.
In recent weeks viewers have seen the ongoing tussle between stalwarts Dermot and Jo and the birth mother of their adopted child, Deirdre.
In the scenes to be aired on Wednesday, things take a shocking twist as Dermot believes Deirdre is going to attempt to kidnap their son Ben and take him to Australia.
Dermot bundles Ben into the car and attempts to escape at speed, however Deirdre decides to pursue them.
The accident occurs as Dermot attempts to take a corner at speed.
Actor Seamus Power, who plays Dermot, told Independent.ie that the storyline has been building since the couple adopted Ben a decade ago.
"It has been hanging over Jo and Dermot for a long time, and we always had an inkling it would come back again some day.
"It's all been glossed over for so long - even going back to the adoption there were some dodgy dealings there."
He added that Dermot had initially had sympathy for Deirdre, after his brother and her husband Ken died.
"Dermot had great sympathy for her plight, and he could understand why she wanted contact - all she had in the world was lost.
"Jo was more strident, she was against it. But from her point of view it was her position as mother that was being threatened."
He added that Ben brings an interesting third element to the storyline - as he has a voice too.
"Ben is almost ten years old now, he has an opinion and he wants to know his mother."
Seamus has played lovable Dermot for almost two decades, making him one of the show's most enduring and popular characters.
However despite his tenure on the show, it was his first time being involved in a big stunt scene.
"It was fascinating to be involved with it all and great fun to do. I did the driving of the car up until the point of impact, then I hopped out and the stunt man got in. I stayed back and watched how they put it all together. It was a massive team effort between the actors, the stunt team, make up - everyone."
"This is a very big thing for the show and they've been planning it for about 18 months, it's huge for them."
Fair City bosses are remaining tight-lipped on the fate of the characters involved – several other popular Carrigstown residents are in the line of fire as they stand on the street.
In what is promised to be one of the most dramatic weeks of the year, Paul Brennan also suffers a second heart attack after a fight with daughter Rachel.
The pair haven't got on since Rachel returned from her summer holidays with a new boyfriend.
Fair City is on tonight at 8PM on RTE One.