Hello and welcome to today’s edition of A Slice Of Soap.
Let’s be honest, there are times when our favourite – what’s the National Television Awards word? – continuing dramas, that’s it. Continuing dramas. Anyway, there are times when they get away with, frankly, shocking content before the watershed. That’s why I didn’t bat an eyelid at the fact that the BBC has been forced to issue an apology following a number of complaints over an episode of EastEnders. It was the one featuring Hazell’s gang (there’s a blast from the past of a reference) going nuts over Jase Dyer. The harrowing scenes prompted viewers to complain about the levels of violence depicted.
On a slightly different note, this Hillsborough reference, as spoken by Minty, upset some viewers too. He said: "Five years out of Europe because of Heysel, because they penned you lot in to stop you fighting on the pitch, and then what did we end up with – Hillsborough." The line prompted a huge protest from members of the Hillsborough Family Support Group, as well as Liverpool FC fans. Members of the group claim that the reference was irrelevant, while the dialogue was said to be "ignorant, ill informed and without justification," in a comment posted on the Liverpool FC website. In a statement, the BBC said: "In Tuesday night’s EastEnders, Minty was actually reminding Jase that football hooliganism at Heysel led directly to the fencing-in of fans at football matches. "He points out this had tragic consequences – for the innocent spectators at Hillsborough. The BBC apologises if this remark was misinterpreted or caused any offence."
Ee chuck, it’s a long way from Ena Sharples’ milk stouts in the Rovers, isn’t it? Back then, the most violent thing that happened in soaps was a cow kicking Joe Sugden on Emmerdale Farm and Stan Ogden and Eddie Yeats desperately tapping the HP Sauce onto their fry ups in Coronation Street. To be honest, some of the stuff on these soaps nowadays is excessive for the time of night that they’re on – the drive for ratings is no justification. It’s time the writers discovered how to write decent storylines without relying on so much sensationalism. And no more problem births on EastEnders please – I’ve had them up to here…
Ladies and gentlemen, shocking news! Gus will be seen with his EastEnders mates. The fact that it’s for Children In Need rather than the actual show he’s supposed to be sweeping the streets in doesn’t matter. We can clock some minutes for our Walford wannabe. Tune in to Children In Need from 7pm tonight and at some point, Gus will be seen in – the BBC press release says – a musical extravaganza! One thing’s for sure – it’s gonna be cringy.
That’s it for now. Join me on Monday for a preview of all the week’s soaps. Got a comment about your favourite soap, this blog or anything else? Share it with me.
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