The Irish Mail on Sunday - TV Week - - SOAP WATCH -

How dif­fer­ent the world would be if we all dated and mated the way they do in soaps, by never cast­ing our nets wider than 100 yards from our own front doors. And once we had ex­hausted the lo­cal sup­ply, we would sim­ply start all over again and re-date some­body we had al­ready been out with, or pos­si­bly some­one to whom we had pre­vi­ously been mar­ried. There’d be no need for in­ter­net dat­ing, for a start.

In Coro­na­tion Street, Maria is now back with Ja­son – the guy who once cheated on her with her best friend. Michelle has re­united with Steve, who also did the dirty on her, while Leanne is shacked up with her ex-hus­band, Nick.

Over in Al­bert Square, Sharon may be flirt­ing with Jack, but how long will it be be­fore the flame that still burns be­tween her and Phil is reignited?

All of which makes it re­ally un­set­tling that Coro­na­tion Street’s Dev re­cently en­joyed a date with not one, but two women who were most def­i­nitely out-of-town­ers.

In fair­ness to the al­ways amorous Dev, he did pre­vi­ously toe the soap line by get­ting back to­gether with ex-wife Su­nita but, re­ally, what was he think­ing?

Come on Dev, enough of this non­sense; you know how to play by the soap rules. Maybe it’s time to get things go­ing with Deirdre again? She’s lo­cal.

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