Soap Watch

CLAU­DIA CON­NELL’S ul­ti­mate in­sight into the week’s soaps

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

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.

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