Bernice Blackstock couldn’t have asked for better weather when it came to her autumn wedding to Lawrence White. The sun shone like a lemon lozenge in a cloudless sky and Creskeld Hall in Arthington which doubles as Emmerdale’s Home Farm, looked magnificent.
There were doves, a string quartet, a vast marquee and flowers everywhere. Lawrence has pulled out all the stops and as I watched the dramas unfold behind the scenes, the asexual multimillionaire looked more attractive by the second.
Okay, so the wedding night, if indeed there is one, won’t exactly be bodice ripping, but Bernice can look forward to having floral displays that rival Elton John’s, she’ll never have to lift up an iron or shop at a discount supermarket again and what’s more, Lawrence is charming, funny and looks fabulous in a suit. What’s not to like?
‘It is a funny kind of love to comprehend,’ explains actress Sam Giles who plays Bernice. ‘It is hard to imagine how you can love someone completely if you have not shared such an important aspect of love. But there are probably lots of marriages out there that are like this. We all know of a couple that don’t have a physical relationship, don’t we?’
The trouble is, Bernice is as red-blooded as they come and ends up sleeping with Andy Sugden, the night before the wedding. Chrissie sees them together and there is every chance that the bride and groom may not end up getting hitched.
‘I feel so sorry for Lawrence,’ says John Bowe who plays him. ‘And for the record, I am heterosexual. This part is quite a stretch for me – I have been married three times in real-life and I have six children. But look, I am 65 and my love rival is Kelvin Fletcher, it’s not a bad gig.’
To find out more about the wedding, get this week’s TVTimes and read my exclusive behind the scenes report.