JACI STEPHEN’S ul­ti­mate in­sight into the week’s soaps

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ew Year’s res­o­lu­tions were a bit thin on the ground this year, and just ten days into 2015, few peo­ple show any in­ten­tion off learn­ing from the mis­takes they made last year. Corona­tion Street’s Tracy would have been ad­vised to re­solve to think be­fore open­ing her mouth, but al­ready she’s find­ing her­self in sit­u­a­tions that re­quire her to do any­thing but. The en­tire Un­der­world work­force would have been wise to cut down on lunchtime drink­ing, but there’s fat chance of that hap­pen­ing, too; ditto, Lloyd, had he gone down the ‘I vow never to be bor­ing again’ route.

The truth is, no­body ever learns from their mis­takes. EastEn­ders’ Kat should know by now that no good ever comes from sleep­ing with strangers, but ask­ing her to rein her sex life in stands about as much chance as get­ting her to go a day make-up free. As for Em­merdale, when will they ever re­alise that mov­ing into Home Farm spells dis­as­ter? The chances of your be­ing kid­napped/ killed/cheated on (not to men­tion be­com­ing an al­co­holic, with the con­tents of that vast wine cel­lar) rocket the sec­ond you sign on the dot­ted line. Happy days!

PULLING AT THE HEART­STRINGS Re­mem­ber th­ese plots that had us hooked?

Roy Crop­per is tor­mented by bul­ly­ing builder Vince, who roughs him up while they’re alone in the cafe (above). But Charlie Stubbs saves Roy by punch­ing Vince and warn­ing him never to show his face in the Street again.

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