The Irish Mail on Sunday - TV Week - - SOAP WATCH -

RE­GRETS, I HAVE A FEW The Sinead cancer story is har­row­ing, but in drama you know when any pa­tient be­friends another in hospi­tal, TV will make sure that the new­comer/ ex­tra dies: he or she al­ways acts as the men­tor that teaches the main char­ac­ter some­thing of sig­nif­i­cance and leads them on in the story. It’s a clas­sic tech­nique. Not so good for the bit-time ac­tor hop­ing to be a long-run­ning char­ac­ter, ob­vi­ously.

The mo­ment Sinead met St­eff, it was ob­vi­ous that the lat­ter was doomed, and now, when she’s told her new friend has just days to live, Sinead might be re­gret­ting ly­ing about her chemo­ther­apy to an over-ex­cited Daniel (pic­tured, with Sinead). Any­one who’s ever seen some­one go through chemo will be mys­ti­fied how any­one could fall for Sinead’s de­cep­tion, but then given that she’s more down than the Ti­tanic most days, maybe no­body can tell the dif­fer­ence.

The lies get re­ally out of hand and Sinead asks Billy if they can pray to­gether. Oh, dear. She’d be bet­ter off run­ning for the com­mu­nion wine cab­i­net for com­fort. When Sinead con­fesses the truth, what will Billy do? Agh! Not another con­science episode from the vicar who’s such a pedant for the truth that he’d ques­tion the Three Wise Men on whether they’d bought their gifts on Ama­zon.

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