Soapwatch has just celebrated its 20th anniversary, so I’m pondering how much has changed in the two decades since I started writing about what remain TV’s most popular dramas.
I’ve seen births, marriages and deaths; stolen babies, murders and explosions; car, bus and train crashes; hold-ups, robberies and kidnappings (most of the latter in Emmerdale – they really love their car boot body sales). Florists have made a fortune from funerals; cops have learnt nothing about how to track down the right criminal, nor about how to order a drink (they’ve clearly not watched enough Inspector Morse). Doctors, on the other hand, have conducted most of their diagnoses in the pub instead of their surgeries.
Still, nobody in EastEnders has a washing machine, and nobody, anywhere, has a dishwasher – not even Coronation Street’s Gail, who was married to a kitchen fitter, for goodness sake (one of many men she saw off). And Emmerdale’s Lisa has yet to use a hairbrush.
Also, I still have the hots for Emmerdale’s Cain Dingle. Maybe most things never change.