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

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

There are al­ways sto­ry­lines pro­duc­ers turn to when they want to grab head­lines – af­fairs, ter­mi­nal ill­ness and mur­der be­ing among the most pop­u­lar. And then there are drugs.

Now look. I know it’s part of soap’s func­tion to ed­u­cate as well as en­ter­tain but the drug is­sues makes for im­mense te­dium be­cause the sub­ject is so lim­ited dra­mat­i­cally. There are only two end­ings to any plot: peo­ple come off drugs or they stay on them and suf­fer dire con­se­quences.

Barely have we re­cov­ered from Holly’s drug over­dose death in Em­merdale than the show is promis­ing us a Break­ing Bad-style sto­ry­line in which the Bar­ton boys dis­cover a cannabis farm. One word: bor­ing.

This week, Cor­rie is at it, too, when a face from Robert’s past turns up, of­fer­ing drugs. Robert turns them down, but Daniel is an ea­ger pur­chaser and ends up un­con­scious. Well, that’s one good out­come. To every cloud and all that.

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