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Geoff Metcalfe (played by Ian Bartholomew) didn’t just psychologically abuse his wife Yasmeen (Shelley King), he left her with mountains of debt and now she must work out how to keep the bailiffs at bay and pay for her legal fees. Coronation Street’s Yasmeen will begin to feel the pressure as she realises she hasn’t escape Geoff’s hold just yet. Struggling to come up with the cash needed to keep her house, granddaughter Alya Nazir (Sair Khan) will make a suggestion which doesn’t go down too well.
In coming episodes, a Speed Daal customer will ask Yasmeen about Geoff, explaining they want to book his magic act.
Horrified, she rushes out of the restaurant with Elaine suggesting they remove all traced of him from Speed Daal.
As they do so, Alya unearths a stack of unopened final demand letters, leaving Yasmeen even more panicked.
Alya assures her they will get legal advice as she worries Yasmeen could spiral knowing Geoff is still haunting her.
But when she speaks to Imran Habeeb (Charlie De Melo), her reminds her Yasmeen has yet to settle her legal fees and Alya realises that her Gran’s financial problems are worse than she could have imagined.
Alya tells Yasmeen that she’s made an appointment at the bank tomorrow and their only hope is to explain how Geoff forced her into taking out the debts.
She then goes on to suggest to Yasemeen she should sell the community centre to pay her debts. But Yasmeen won’t hear of it.
Yasmeen searches in vain for her old jewellery box and explains to Alya that she could sell some jewellery that Sharif bought her.
Having found the jewellery box at work, Alya returns it to Yasmeen but they’re interrupted by a knock at the door.
Alya opens the door to find two bailiffs demanding payment of debts.
She desperately tries to persuade the bailiffs that Yasmeen isn’t responsible for the debts but her attempts are fruitless.
Instead, the bailiffs explain they will put Yasmeen on a payment plan and if she fails to keep up, they will seize goods instead.
Alya and Yasmeen return to the bank for help but the manager gently explains that because she signed the loan agreements, they are her responsibility.
Yasmeen suffers a panic attack and convinced the manager is Geoff, flees the room.
Again, Alya pushes Yasmeen to sell the community centre as it would help solve her financial concerns.
However, despite her help, Yasmeen tells Alya she has to start making her own decisions.
There’s a twist in store though when Geoff’s solicitor calls Tim Metcalfe (Joe Duttine) and reveals he now owns half of No.6 and a quarter of Speed Daal.
Realising how much Geoff has ruined her life, will Yasmeen decide it’s finally time to look after herself and sell the community centre to make sure she can stay in her own home?
Speaking about the storyline, actress Shelley explained Yasmeen “blames herself” for following Geoff’s orders and signing off on loans.
“There is a bit of her who believes that she deserves punishment,” she explained.
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“The most difficult thing when you come out of a situation, like the one Yasmeen was in, is the voice that says why did you allow yourself to do this?
“There is also a lack of sympathy from people who have never known what it feels like within a controlling relationship, they don’t believe they could ever fall into this category and that is also another reason why she thinks Elaine is the only person she can talk to.”
She added Yasmeen just wants to start afresh: “She wants to run away from this place and everything it stands for, she doesn’t want Speed Daal, she doesn’t want the house, she just wants it all to go away.
“She doesn’t know what that would mean for her future but she wants to get away and have a completely clean slate.”
Unfortunately it seems Yasmeen will have more to deal with as she realises she won’t have anything to leave her grandchildren when she learns about Geoff leaving half of No.6 to Tim.
“It is a duality, she doesn’t want it but she knows that she is now not able to leave a legacy for her grandchildren and she blames herself for that,” Shelley explained.
“She wants to help them but the thought of going into the places that Geoff occupied not only in her mind by physically is now getting too much for her.
“She doesn’t know what to do about this turn of events. She knows what she should be doing and that is facing up to it all and going back to work but how can she?”
Coronation Street airs Monday, Wednesday and Friday on ITV at 7.30pm.
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