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

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

I t’s Fa­ther’s Day to­day, so it’s a good time to con­tem­plate soa­p­land’s pa­tri­archs. They’re a bit of a shower. In EastEn­ders this week, Ian strug­gles to cel­e­brate and, de­spite at­tempt­ing a fa­ther/son ges­ture, leaves Steven feel­ing re­jected. Still, it could be worse: he could be Ben, for whom a fac­tory of Hall­mark Fa­ther’s Day cards wouldn’t be enough to sort out his frac­tious re­la­tion­ship with Phil.

Chrissie and Re­becca are sus­pi­cious of Lawrence’s se­cre­tive be­hav­iour in Em­merdale and there’s a rev­e­la­tion about Chrissie’s bi­o­log­i­cal fa­ther that sets her off on a Miss Marple trail to find clo­sure. But is Lawrence be­ing to­tally hon­est? As for Cain as fa­ther ma­te­rial: let’s hope those two ap­ples, Kyle and Deb­bie, fall as far away from the tree as pos­si­ble.

Corona­tion Street has some pretty good fa­ther fig­ures – Kevin, Tim, David (well, give or take the odd at­tempted mur­der) – but it re­mains to be seen how Billy and Todd will sur­vive tak­ing on young­ster Sum­mer. It’s more likely to be a win­ter of dis­con­tent. Co­pi­ous amounts of al­co­hol might be needed.

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