CLAUDIA CONNELL’S ultimate insight into the week’s soaps
Teenage plotlines in soaps can be a hit-and-miss affair. Shakil’s murder in EastEnders was well handled, providing some of the show’s most moving scenes last year, and other memorable teenage dramas in recent times include the pregnancy of Faye Windass in Coronation Street and Lachlan White’s murderous reign of terror in Emmerdale.
Also in Emmerdale, Jacob’s growing obsession with Maya, his teacher and his father’s girlfriend, is very watchable as the fallout draws nearer.
But as far as misses go, the current EastEnders story of Tiffany, Bernadette and the drugs gang is right up there. It just feels tired and familiar.
It wouldn’t be realistic for soaps not to feature children, but the truth so often is that writers struggle to know how to use them. Walford’s teenage drug gang is enough to make you long for the days when the only action younger characters got was being sent to their rooms.