JACI STEPHEN’S ultimate insight into the week’s soaps
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?
HAYLEY’S LAST COMET
HALF-MARATHON? IT’S NOT EVEN HALF BELIEVABLE