CLAUDIA CONNELL’S ultimate insight into the week’s soaps
This week Walford in Bloom turns into Walford in Boom when a gas explosion hits Albert Square in EastEnders. This comes just seven months after a runaway bus crashed into the market. If you lived in Walford would you even risk leaving the house?
Disasters are rife in Emmerdale and Coronation Street too, with all manner of planes, trains and automobiles ploughing into the residents. But increasingly it’s not the bigbudget disaster stories that bring in most viewers, but well-written, compelling storylines, such as EastEnders’ Who killed Lucy Beale? episodes – which pulled in around four million more viewers than the bus crash did.
Perhaps viewers are growing weary of Hollywood-style stunts and explosions that result in a promised ‘shock death’ – which usually turns out to be a lesser-known character nobody really cared about in the first place. Will the gas explosion prove any different?