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'Coronation Street' Ben Price: 'Nick will never be the same again'

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Coronation Street airs potentially life-changing scenes for the Platt family next week as Nick and David have a horrifying road accident.

The brothers are arguing in the Bistro van over Nick and Kylie's one-night stand when David grabs the wheel and causes a collision with an oncoming lorry. In the aftermath, it's Nick who ends up much worse off as he's left in a coma with his life hanging in the balance...

Here, Ben Price - who plays Nick - teases the shock accident and the longer-term impact for his on-screen family.

When Leanne receives a poison pen letter which reveals that Nick was with another woman at Christmas, does Nick suspect that David is responsible?
"No, he doesn't suspect it's David. He thinks there is a vendetta against him but he thinks Peter is behind it at first. Then when he starts to think about it, he works out that it has to be someone who was there at the time and knows he was with Kylie that night.

"Nick confronts Kylie, but then he just thinks maybe it's someone trying to have a spurious go. He hopes they don't really know something has happened and they're just trying to wind him up to inflame the situation.

"Nick is still very panicked, though. The last thing he wants is for someone to find out he slept with Kylie, but he palms it off pretty well when Leanne asks him about it."

Is Nick tempted to tell Leanne the truth?
"No, he isn't tempted to tell her the truth at all. The truth is not going to help this situation. Nick is quite ruthless - when he wants to keep the equilibrium, he is quite ruthless about it. He slightly turns it back on her by saying, 'Nothing happened but if it had could you have blamed me?' So he slightly twists it on her."

Leanne asks Nick for answers

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Leanne confronts Nick over the letter



When does Nick start to suspect that David is behind the vendetta?
"He sees David talking to Tina and it gets very heated and aggressive. Nick starts putting things together and then he thinks, 'Okay he knows', and he has a word with Tina. Tina doesn't know it's Nick that slept with Kylie. She says David knows someone slept with Kylie, so then Nick therefore realizes David knows it's him."

How does Nick feel about that?
"I think what's quite good is we see Nick panic, but also see him get quite annoyed. He is panicked about David's reaction but then thinks, 'Okay, I slept with your wife but you're not going to ruin my life'. I think Nick still sees David as the younger brother, and although he thinks that what he has done is bad, what David has tried to do to him since is worse.

"Nick has a huge arrogance. Deep down nobody should ruin his life. He has the Bistro, he has the wife, he has a child, maybe not his, but he buys him things and supports a family. He doesn't want that ruined. Yes what he did at Christmas was bad, but David was nasty to Kylie, Leanne ran off with Peter and it was just one of those things. How could she resist Nick Tilsley?"

What happens when Nick tries to confront David while they're in the Bistro van together?
"I think Nick gets annoyed because David doesn't admit to what he knows at first. Nick's prepared for the fact that they are going to have an argument, but when David starts to not admit what he's been up to and starts to be obtuse about it, Nick realizes they're not getting anywhere. He says they'll go home, he'll admit it was his fault and they can move on. However, David doesn't want to do that because he doesn't want to lose Kylie.

"The reason that he's prepared to tell the truth to Leanne is that he believes he can talk his way out of it, because let's face it, she was off with Peter Barlow on their wedding day."

How does David react to Nick's plans to come clean?
"He's worried. David doesn't want to go back and have it out with Kylie and risk losing her. So he grabs hold of the wheel while Nick's driving, forcing them off the road, then into the path of an oncoming lorry and puts Nick into a coma… as you do."

The Bistro van careers into the path of an oncoming lorry

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The Bistro van in the path of an oncoming lorry



What kind of a reaction had Nick been expecting?
"Nick thought David would go off on one like normal, go absolutely loopy, punch him, and then be grumpy for a few years. I don't think he expects him to not want to go back and tell the truth. I don't think he can quite work it out. Nick thinks, 'Why not?' Nick's prepared to take the blame, it's all going to be on Nick, so what's his problem? Nick has accepted the game is over."

Can you tell us a bit more about the crash?
"David grabs the wheel and they only spin, but then he doesn't realize that there is a lorry going to run into the car. Nick's just thinking, 'Look, you could have killed us', but then it's too late to do anything as the lorry hits them.

"I don't think David is trying to kill Nick. It's a spur of the moment reaction, but if Nick does wake up, I think he'll blame David for it. I think we could see Nick turn back into his dad. Under the veneer there's an edge and David has gone too far this time. I think Nick could look exactly the same, appear exactly the same to most people, but underneath there would be an obsessed point of trying to ruin David's life like he's ruined his."

Nick and David are knocked out by the crash.

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Nick and David are knocked out by the crash.



How badly injured is Nick?
"He's in a coma, so it's pretty bad! He's got a brain injury and needs surgery, so no-one knows if he's going to pull through. We don't know whether he's going to live or die. In fact, they're pretty certain he's going to die, or if he lives it will be with huge complications. I think whatever happens he will never be the same, mentally, emotionally or physically."

What have the hospital scenes been like to film?
"They're a little bit strange, because I am actually in the scene but just lying there with my eyes closed listening to what people are saying about me. That's what is different, people are talking about you whilst you're there. People don't talk about you whilst you're sitting in the room normally and it's strange listening to everything going on around you!"

Because Nick has a brain injury, you had to have your head shaved for these scenes. How did that feel?
"I'm not bothered, I quite like it actually. If you've been playing a character for a while, coming up to four years now, it's really nice to mix him up and change him again. It's a real gift that our producer Stuart Blackburn has given me really. It's totally different.

"I've been able to do some research into brain injuries and it's something different to get my teeth into. Stuart has given me the chance to give Nick another side, always, permanently. As long as I play Nick then I can always play that little bit of him which has been affected by this. Because even if he comes through this, he is going to be different, affected by his injuries but also affected by what happened."

Nick's family keep a vigil at his bedside.

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Nick's family keep a vigil at his bedside.



Do you think Nick would be willing to send David to prison for his part in the accident?
"I don't think he would be bothered about having him go to prison. I think Nick would be more focused on hurting David. It wouldn't surprise me if Nick didn't try and go after Kylie to get him back where it would really hurt. I think he would have an obsessive side to him. The brain injuries doctor I spoke to about this storyline said he could have an obsessive side to him, and I think that's what his obsession would be, to hit David back where it hurts."

Do you think the brothers could make a pact whereby David agrees not to say anything to Kylie or Leanne, if Nick keeps quiet about the accident?
"That wouldn't work. Sally knows about that night and she was the worst person for Gail to tell, big mouth Sally. Tina knows as well, Gail knows, so that would never work. I think the only way of resolving it would be to have a big face-off at some point. The brothers would need someone else to fight to eventually get them together again."

If Leanne finds out the truth, do you think the fact that Nick is at death's door will make a difference?
"I don't know, I'm not sure if it would be enough. She is a right old feisty one. I can't see her sticking around with Nick if this all comes out. I think initially she would tell him where to go."

Can the Platt family survive this?
"Yes of course, they could survive a nuclear attack. If you attacked them, they would all turn on you, that's what could bring them back together. That's the thing with the Platts, it's within blood. It's fine for them to be at war, but if you attacked them they would all turn around and fight back!"

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