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

The Irish Mail on Sunday - TV Week - - NEWS -

F riend­ships are cul­ti­vated very quickly in soaps. Char­ac­ters go from be­ing strangers to best bud­dies who’d do any­thing for one an­other in the mat­ter of a fort­night. Take East­End­ers when Jack Bran­ning asked Mick Carter to be the best man at his wed­ding to Ron­nie. The pair can’t have had more than half a dozen con­ver­sa­tions in the Queen Vic.

Eva Price’s devo­tion to Maria Con­nor in Cor­rie also ap­peared to come from nowhere. One minute they’re barely on nod­ding terms and the next Eva’s prac­ti­cally moved in as she sup­ports mad Maria through all her var­i­ous brushes with the law. Tracy Met­calfe’s friend­ship with Finn Bar­ton in Em­merdale is hardly long-stand­ing but she still felt they were close enough for her to hire a male es­cort for him re­cently.

But, if you think about it, it makes per­fect sense that friend­ships are formed so speed­ily. Af­ter all, we’re talk­ing about a world where peo­ple meet and marry in weeks, give birth af­ter ten min­utes of labour and stand trial just days af­ter com­mit­ting a crime. Jaci Stephen is away

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