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

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

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.

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