The Irish Mail on Sunday - TV Week - - SEVEN DAYS -

Fa­thers are rarely good role mod­els in soa­p­land, and their sons are in­vari­ably at con­stant log­ger­heads with them. Take EastEnders. No sooner did Ed­die Moon de­part, hav­ing had ar­gu­ments with all of his 50 sons (at least, it felt like 50), than Derek ar­rived to bat­tle with his. New­comer Joey, played by David Witt, is an ab­so­lute stun­ner and has nothing but con­tempt for his dad, know­ing that, de­spite out­ward ap­pear­ances, Derek will never re­ally change.

Over in Em­merdale, Zak re­cently beat up son Cain, leav­ing him for dead, and Ash­ley took to abus­ing his el­derly fa­ther. In Cor­rie, Peter had so many prob­lems with young Si­mon that the boy is now liv­ing with step­mother Leanne. The dif­fi­cul­ties look set to con­tinue, now that Leanne has got back with Nick, who claims that he has al­ways wanted to be a fa­ther but blew a gas­ket when his last girl­friend claimed to be preg­nant.

The best fa­ther/son re­la­tion­ships in soap- land are those be­tween fa­thers who adopt boys, such as Home & Away’s Toadie and Callum. The next best thing is a re­la­tion­ship be­tween two men who might as well be fa­ther and son – the Street’s Jack and Ty­rone, for ex­am­ple. Blood may be thicker than wa­ter, but wa­ter’s a heck of a lot nicer.

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