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

The Irish Mail on Sunday - TV Week - - SEVEN DAYS -

hen Coro­na­tion Street’s An­nee Kirk­bride died on 19 Jan­uary,, fam­ily and friends not only lostt a much loved and popular wom-an, but tele­vi­sion lost a very fi­nee ac­tor. No mat­ter what sto­ry­li­ness they threw at Deirdre, the char­ac­ter she played for overr 40 years, Anne de­liv­ered. From the mun­dane to thee dra­matic, she was never less than mag­nif­i­cent. For me,, it was her comic tim­ing I most ad­mired. There aren’tt many ac­tors who can turn the words ‘stuffed mar­row’ (Deirdre’s culi­nary spe­cial­ity) into laugh-aloud hu­mour..

There’s an in­creas­ing lack of ac­tors like Anne inn soa­p­land. The de­sire to at­tract a more youth­ful audi-ence has re­sulted in a splurge of younger stars, as well ass big names brought in for their high pro­file rather thann their abil­ity. The re­sult is an over­all decline in the qual­i­tyy of act­ing, and the loss of some­one like Anne is a salu­taryy re­minder of that.

The Street, more than any other show, con­tin­uess to excel at both writ­ing and act­ing, but it is still the olderr per­form­ers who are al­ways the ic­ing on the cake.. We need more, not fewer, of them. RIP, Anne. You willl be greatly missed. made a mis­take but is still not ready to be close with him yet. Max is determined to make things up to Farrah but Renée is not best pleased with the prospect of Max and Farrah get­ting back to­gether. Max warns Renée to stay out of their busi­ness and is de­lighted when Farrah agrees to give him an­other chance and they start to plan theirth fu­ture to­gether.

Ja Jane winds Ni­amh up by flirt­ing with Mic Michael. When Orla cuts Jane’s hours Jan Jane is con­vinced Ni­amh is be­hind it. Mea Mean­while, when Katy is pre­par­ing for her driv­ing test the next day she hears that Decco is look­ing to hire some­one whi which leaves her in­trigued.

T The new doc­tor in town is con­tin­u­ing to rub peo­ple up the wrong way, inc in­clud­ing Deb­bie and Orla, fur­ther fru frus­trat­ing Ama. Ama is con­cerned wh when Jim (left, played by Owen Roe) put puts mor­phine tablets on the phar­ma­ceu ceu­ti­cal or­der and is fur­ther both­ered wh when she catches him tak­ing pills. The idea that any­one in Wal­ford could d run a half-marathon is, of course, pre­pos­s­ter­ous; most peo­ple can barely make it too the pub with­out hav­ing to take a nap half­fway. Nei­ther So­nia’s Fat Blasters classes nor or the gym have done any­thing to raise the fi­tit­ness lev­els of an ever- ex­pand­ing cast that at th­ese days is bet­ter viewed in widescreen.

When the big day ar­rives, will Kush dis­cover Shab­nam’s run­ning tal­ents? He might want to work on his own a lit­tle more when the pair fi­nally share a pas­sion­ate kiss (right).

Ru­mours of the rape begin to spread, but de­spite Shirley buy­ing Dean a ticket to leave Lon­don, it’s clear he has no in­ten­tion of go­ing as he tries to carry on with busi­ness as usual. Mick, how­ever, comes to have a word, and later the Carters are con­cerned when they re­alise that an an­gry Mick has dis­ap­peared with Dean.

Don’t for­get to turn on sub­ti­tles so you can be cer­tain when Mick is an­gry and when he’s merely tak­ing money for a pint. It’s hard to tell, to be hon­est.

Mean­while, Lau­ren dis­cov­ers the miss­ing pa­per from Emma’s case file, but what is its sig­nif­i­cance as the long hunt for Lucy’s killer drags on... I mean, con­tin­ues (maybe I got it wrong and it’s 2016 they’re go­ing to re­veal who­dun­nit?).

On the sub­ject of death, the CartEn­ders are de­bat­ing Stan’s de­sire to die with dig­nity (as if any­thing could be done with an atom of dig­nity in this fam­ily). When Stan begs Tina to help him, will she com­plete the task be­fore the clan ar­rives?

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