But with Doug so confused over his feelings, actor PJ Brennan has promised that there will be plenty of drama to come – not only as far as ‘Stug’ is concerned, but also with Brendan.
Discussing the public’s response to the plot with Digital Spy, he said:
“Well, I’ve been lucky so far because the general public either has no feelings or positive feelings towards Doug – I’ve never really had much hate! I can feel the tide turning a little bit now, but it’s fine as any reaction is good. If people are watching, that’s what we want.
I’m very happy that ‘Stug’ is getting some support and people have already given us a nickname – that’s always a good sign! But I’m also confident that we’ve done the work, and hopefully people who are hesitant about it will come round. ‘Stendan’ is obviously a very watchable relationship. ‘Stug’ will be nothing like ‘Stendan’, but I think it’s watchable in its own way.”
Pressed on the ‘inevitable’ scenes in which Brendan catches wind of this ‘Stug’ business, Brennan teased:
“All of the elements are coming together to create the perfect storm, and I think the audience will love it – even the ‘Stendan’ fans. There’s loads of stuff to go around for everybody and we haven’t sold anybody short.
If people are upset about ‘Stendan’, just be patient as there’s loads of stuff coming up. We’ve been filming so much over the past few months and I’m very proud of it. I’ve seen some of it back and I think it’s some of the best stuff we’ve done. Working with Kieron [Richardson] and Emmett [J Scanlan] is just a gift.”
The big kiss will air next Friday, May 11.