There are three things that most of us have that are rarely owned in soapland: washing machines, dishwashers and cars. No one seems to have ever owned a washing machine in EastEnders because doing so would obviously negate the value of the launderette as a gossip venue. While, dishwashers in Coronation Street would tend to ruin the amount of time spent talking at the kitchen sink and cars simply clog up sets.
Emmerdale has the highest number of cars, not least because of the distances characters travel between different parts of the village. In Coronation Street, if anyone needs to leave Weatherfield ( heaven forbid) they rely on taxis. And even though there are often cars in Kevin’s garage, have you ever noticed that no one ever collects them?
The EastEnders are dependent upon the Tube to get them in and out of Walford, and the few cars that have ever featured are only there to kill people. But then killing people is pretty much the function of cars in soapland, where the accident rate is at least 50 times the national average. It has been reported that the Street’s Lewis is now going to be bumped off in one, too. And down under, you can’t breathe near a car without it killing you.
Given these damning statistics, you would have thought that someone would have had the nous to open a bike shop.