CLAU­DIA CON­NELL’S ul­ti­mate in­sight into the week’s soaps

The Irish Mail on Sunday - TV Week - - YOUR MOVIE PLANNER -

eo­ple love to whinge about the con­stant del­uge of life- en­dan­ger­ing drama that we see played out in our soaps. It’s un­re­al­is­tic and over the top, the de­trac­tors will say; both ac­cu­sa­tions are ab­so­lutely true, of course. In the real world or­di­nary folk don’t tend to dis­cover that their sib­lings are re­ally their par­ents. I don’t know any­one who spends half their time in a prison cell and the other half in a hos­pi­tal bed. Most of us aren’t mar­ried five times be­fore we’re 40 and, thank­fully, will end our days hav­ing never lived next door to a se­rial killer.

But the fact is that soaps need to keep the drama lev­els cranked up or peo­ple wouldn’t tune in. Who wants to watch 30 min­utes of do­mes­tic drudgery? And, when it comes to drama, mo­tor ac­ci­dents are, by far, the eas­i­est and sim­plest method for soaps to em­ploy. Talk­ing of which, the after-ef­fects of Roxy’s car crash are still be­ing felt in EastEn­ders, while over in Corona­tion Street we catch up on the con­di­tion of the minibus crash vic­tims.

Em­merdale has yet to fea­ture a car crash in 2015, but it’s early days yet!

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