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