'Heather drugging Ellie shocked me', says Fair City's Caroline Harvey
Caroline Harvey, who plays Farrah in Fair City, said she was "shocked" when she got the script about Heather drugging her daughter Ellie.
Kilbarrack native Caroline joined the RTE soap last year when Farrah returned from New Zealand.
Una Kavanagh plays Farrah's sister, Heather, and in tonight's episode she's up to her old tricks - and drugs Ellie again.
Fans were left shocked on New Year's Eve when Heather gave her daughter sleeping tablets so she couldn't stay awake for the countdown and steal her spotlight.
"It was one of those times when we got the script that we were itching to get the next one to see what happens," Caroline told the Herald.
"I was kind of shocked, because I've never heard of a storyline like this before.
"The reaction has been incredible over the past few weeks - it really seems to have touched a nerve with people," she added.
Caroline (inset) said focussing on family relationships is a welcome move away from "cliched" soap storylines surrounding women.
"It's nice for a change as opposed to affairs and stuff like that - family really gets to people," she said.
"Myself and Una were talking about how great it is for women to have storylines around family. Things like mother-daughter relationships, sisters, parents - it's nice to get out of the clichéd ones and explore different topics."
The 26-year-old said the storyline has garnered plenty of attention among the soap's hardcore fans.
"Lots of people have come up to chat to me about it, which is brilliant," she said.
"It's nice to get the objective view of people who are committed fans."
In tonight's episode, we'll see Heather sprinkle one of the pills she stole from the doctor's surgery into Ellie's sandwiches for school.
However, Heather panics when Ellie is sick and she demands to speak to the doctor Shane - who she has a crush on.
She worries that she may have gone too far when Shane insists he take a blood test to discover what's making Ellie sick.
Heather manages to fob him off for the moment by making another excuse.
Fair City airs on RTE One at 8pm.