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.