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.