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The Irish Mail on Sunday - TV Week - - NEWS - CLAU­DIA CON­NELL’S ul­ti­mate in­sight into the week’s soaps

No­body can un­dergo a per­son­al­ity trans­for­ma­tion quite so dra­mat­i­cally – or quickly – as a soap char­ac­ter. This week we learn Cor­rie vicar Billy is har­bour­ing dark se­crets from his past. He’s pre­vi­ously been so mild­man­nered that, frankly, re­turn­ing a li­brary book late would be a strug­gle to be­lieve. Ear­lier this year we wit­nessed Rover’s bar­maid Eva change from a sweet-but-dim home­body into the de­ranged girl­friend from hell who brought down Un­der­world.

East­End­ers’ Abi, al­ways the nicer of the Bran­ning sis­ters, con­tin­ues her me­ta­mor­pho­sis from whole­some teenager into the un­hinged lu­natic try­ing to de­stroy her sib­ling’s life for no real rea­son. And let’s not for­get Vin­cent, who ar­rived in Al­bert Square as a gang­ster. He went from me­nac­ing vil­lain to dot­ing dad in the space of two years.

So far Em­merdale has avoided the per­son­al­ity trans­plant trap although they’re dan­ger­ously close to turn­ing Robert into a half-de­cent hu­man be­ing now he’s be­come a fa­ther.

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