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

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

Tonight sees the an­nual BAFTA tele­vi­sion awards cer­e­mony. It’s usu­ally a given that all three shows cov­ered on this page make it to the short­list in the Soap & Con­tin­u­ing Drama cat­e­gory. This year, how­ever, Corona­tion Street is a no­table ab­sence from the nom­i­na­tions.

Cur­rently, Cor­rie is not at its best. The bril­liant Bethany/ Nathan sto­ry­line aside, it is too heav­ily weighted in favour of the Bar­lows: Ken’s stroke and the at­tempt on his life, not to men­tion the stress of hav­ing a new kitchen fit­ted. Then there’s Egg-gate, with smirk­ing Toyah go­ing be­hind Peter’s back in the hope of con­ceiv­ing. As for the sub-stan­dard prison break de­ba­cle, one can only hope that who­ever thought it up is now on med­i­ca­tion.

But in 2016, the pe­riod that tonight’s BAFTA awards cover, the Street was su­perb. I’ve been a judge on this panel, and back then each se­ries was judged on the ba­sis of just one episode. Nowa­days up to four episodes are con­sid­ered, but this is still nowhere near enough – it’s se­rial drama so judges should be re­quired to watch a month’s worth of any one soap. I’ll be spit­ting blood, who­ever wins.

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