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