Sim Simon Ashdown’s brilliantly written epi episode on Friday, as the show said goo goodbye to Tanya, was a real tear-jerker. With simple yet forceful dialogue – and never for a moment lapsing into maw mawkishness or sentimentality – Jake Wo Wood ( Max) and Jo Joyner ( Tanya) del delivered faultless performances that wer were totally convincing. The week also saw a tremendous performance from Jacq Jacqueline Jossa, as the physical effects of Lauren’s alcoholism took their toll.
On Monday, we hear that Lauren is doin doing OK but, having lost everything, Max breaks down in front of Abi (right). Mi Mind d you, it hasn’t been a great time for Abi, either, having to wear that over-ripe plum to her birthday party. She’s a pretty girl, but with the dress, hair and excessive make-up, she could have passed for Norma Desmond.