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CLAU­DIA CON­NELL’S ul­ti­mate in­sight into the week’s soaps

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

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?

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