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

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

The no­table ab­sence of key fam­ily mem­bers at piv­otal mo­ments is some­thing all three soaps are guilty of. When­ever any char­ac­ter gets mar­ried, the church or reg­istry of­fice is al­ways packed to the rafters with their neigh­bours and work col­leagues. Where are the par­ents? Grand­par­ents? Aunts, un­cles and cousins? The pub land­lord or shop­keeper is al­ways way ahead of any blood rel­a­tive on the guest list.

In Coro­na­tion Street Sinead Tin­ker got mar­ried, went through a trau­matic preg­nancy and had can­cer treat­ment with no men­tion of any par­ents or sib­lings to help. And there was no sign of Mel’s fam­ily in the church in East­End­ers when she set up Ray.

Em­merdale’s Lisa Din­gle didn’t put in an ap­pear­ance when it was re­vealed that Belle, her only child, was shacked up with a se­cret se­rial killer who’d bumped off half the vil­lage. With such ne­glect­ful par­ent­ing is it any won­der soap char­ac­ters are so messed up?

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