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

The Irish Mail on Sunday - TV Week - - SOAP WATCH -

T here are many who’d ar­gue that soap has the tough­est job in TV: to come up with sto­ry­line after sto­ry­line, week on week for in­fin­ity, and keep view­ers en­ter­tained. It’s there­fore in­evitable that shows are go­ing to hit rough patches. But heck – there’s rough and there’s ter­rain of earth­quake pro­por­tions.

Coro­na­tion Street – nor­mally my favourite – has lost the plot (lit­er­ally and metaphor­i­cally). What did they hope to achieve by bring­ing back Rob and send­ing Tracy scut­tling off into the Peak District sun­set, with Amy in tow? As for the armed cops’ ar­rival – well, you’d be hard pushed to see any­thing more OTT had they dis­cov­ered the where­abouts of Jack the Rip­per.

Then there’s EastEn­ders. Within the past year, we’ve had one char­ac­ter do a car­pen­try course, an­other a web de­sign­ing course, and now Denise is study­ing for a GCSE. How can we con­tain our­selves with all this ex­cite­ment?

Em­merdale is cur­rently lead­ing the field, although a lit­tle top heavy on tragedy. Still, so long as Cain keeps get­ting his kit off for the gals, who’s com­plain­ing?

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