JACI STEPHEN’S ultimate insight into the week’s soaps
Unlikely pairings of people have always been crucial to soaps’ success; but the incongruity of people and places is just as relevant. Who would have thought Corrie’s Sally would ever end up in prison, but there she is – the woman with the most hilarious social-climbing pretensions known to mankind, reduced to the bottom rankings.
Mind you, Corrie doesn’t always get its place and people pairings right – think Toyah and Peter running the Rovers: possibly the worst decision ever in the show’s 58-year history.
EastEnders has always managed to get its landlords and ladies spot on. Peggy, Kat, Alfie, Linda, Mick.
Albert Square’s launderette has had a successful stream of residents. Never mind that Walford has fewer washing machines per square foot than anywhere else; the setting is merely a stage for character development. Still no family planning clinics, though. I’ll keep up my campaign.