JACI STEPHEN’S ultimate insight into the week’s soaps
nd so, to the end of another year in soapland. They seem to come around so quickly. What will linger in the memory, as 2014 draws to a close? EastEnders will be remembered for Lucy’s murder and the show’s transformation into CartEnders, as the Carter family sought to achieve world domination. Expect to see a whole bunch more of them landing in the New Year.
The return of Stacey and the resurrection of Nick provided a frisson of excitement, and Ronnie managed to make it through the year without storming off to Ibiza every month.
Coronation Street’s year began with the assisted suicide of the much-loved Hayley and distressingly witnessed the equally loved Tina murdered by Rob. It also saw the arrival of the first Muslim family, the Nazirs, who aren’t quite yet on the scale of CartEnders, but are steadily increasing in number.
Emmerdale’s year was dominated by Andy’s torso (for me, anyway). Every chance it got, the show revealed a half-naked Andy, most notably during his relationship with Bernice. Let’s hope somebody bought him a shirt for Christmas. On second thoughts, let’s hope they didn’t. Niamh feels excluded and struggles being away from the children over Christmas, while Nicola continues to stir things up and makes herself at home with Paul – and he tells her to stay as long as she needs. But who kisses who on New Year’s Eve?
Meanwhile, Ray refuses to help Mondo move away, while little Juliet ( below) is upset by her father’s plans. However, after Mondo’s quick thinking saves Juliet’s life, he has second thoughts about leaving and makes her a promise. However, a row soon breaks out between Mondo and Decco.
It’s been a Christmas period filled with health fears for Dolores, but she is reluctant to share with Pete, who has some shocking news of his own as Neil goes AWOL in Paris. Neither have much to celebrate as they ring in the new year together.
Elsewhere, love is still blooming for Damien and Caoimhe, while Robbie makes a move on Carol after Dan refuses to get back with her. Dan, meanwhile, does not get the reaction he was hoping for when he tries to help Jennifer.
Charlie appears to be back to himself, much to Cass and Bela’s delight. Bela remains concerned about Yvonne following her split with Dan. Talk about upsetting the apple Carters. It was inevitable the ever- expanding clan were going to dominate the festivities, and this week Mick ( below, with Stan) and co are still reeling from the events of Christmas Day. Will their lives ever be the same again? Will ours? Not until all the CartEnders get wiped out in a bus crash, I fear.
Kim returns with a few secrets of her own. Here’s another character I couldn’t give two hoots about; I don don’tt care what we do know about her, let alone what she’s been keeping quiet. She’s shocked by how much has changed in her absence. My only hope is she’s changed in her absence.
There are more pieces added to the Lucy jigsaw, which is turning into the largest puzzle ever known to mankind. Is Emma about to uncover the truth and, if so, what might she do about it?
On New Year’s Day there’s yet another tease about the identity of Lucy’s killer. Is he or she about to be exposed to one (u (un)lucky character? Will all finally be rev revealed? Don’t be daft. There’s still a verita itable herd of cows to go when it comes to m milking the story of Lucy’s murder.
Also on New Year’s Day, Ronnie and Ch Charlie are due to tie the knot but, quelle su surprise, there’s a last-minute hitch that me means the day might not go according to pl plan (Don’t tell me – Ronnie finds a late deal fo for a cheap flight to Ibiza). In an hour-long sp special, lives are changed forever. Again. H Happy appy New Year?ea I doubt it.t.
LONELY CHRISTMAS FOR SOME
CASH FOR (ANSWERS TO) QUESTIONS
NEW YEAR, SAME OLD STUFF FIITRTINCGSITTARYT
TO THE NEW YEAR Remember these plots that had us hooked?
Fearing Melanie Healy is planning to leave him, Ian Beale manipulates her into marrying him by pretending his daughter Lucy has cancer, and they get hitched. But Mel discovers the truth at the reception and dumps Ian (above).
Emotions are raw on the first anniversary of the plane crash that left four main characters dead and Chris Tate paralysed. Chris’s father Frank and Eric Pollard (above) unveil a plaque in memory of the victims, while Jack Sugden describes the devastation he witnessed.