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nger is on the in­crease. Where once, the vi­o­lence in soa­p­land was con­fined to just a few thug­gish men and a hand­ful of over- ex­citable women, nowa­days it can strike any­where.

Coro­na­tion Street cur­rently has a vi­o­lent woman in Kirsty. Once a po­lice of­fi­cer and no stranger to ar­gu­ing, she has now grown into a man-basher. Her poor vic­tim is part­ner Ty­rone, a man who wouldn’t say boo to his own re­flec­tion, let alone a goose. Driven to the edge, though, on Mon­day the cou­ple have an­other ar­gu­ment, but will it be Kirsty this time who ends up the vic­tim?

Em­merdale’s strong­est sto­ry­line of late has been the elder abuse of Sandy by his son, al­though Ash­ley’s sub­se­quent home­less­ness was, quite frankly, ut­terly un­be­liev­able.

EastEn­ders has de­vel­oped its own au­rally chal­lenged, tap- danc­ing, gay, mur­der­ous, vi­o­lent thug in the form of Ben. Who’d have thought it – and es­pe­cially who would have thought that he would have pos­sessed the strength to knock Evver flat out cold (not to men­tion dead) with just a small photo frame.

Soa­p­land down un­der used to be a mild­man­nered place. The most ag­gres­sion any­one ever got in Home & Away was if head­mas­ter Don­ald ticked them off for not do­ing their home­work. But these days, Sum­mer Bay is a den of in­iq­uity, murder and strife. And in Neigh­bours, Troy re­turned in full bul­ly­ing mode to try to get his son back. Luck­ily, the Grim Reaper got to him re­cently, when he blacked out at the wheel of his car. Let that be a les­son to all of you tempted by fisticuffs.

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