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As some of our best-loved TV stars prepare for the British Soap Awards 2008, we look at some of the top soap storylines from the past year.
Viewers couldn’t get enough of the happenings in Walford over Christmas when the affair saga came to a dramatic head. The show got one of the highest ratings for 2007, when more than 13 million viewers switched on to watch Bradley Branning (Charlie Clements) find out his wife Stacey (Lacey Turner) had been cheating on him with his father Max. Lauren gave Bradley a DVD of his wedding, which showed Stacey and Max kissing. The Branning and Slater families watched in horror before Bradley hit his dad.
Over on ITV1, Emmerdale provided a tearjerker with Ashley (John Middleton) and Laurel’s (Charlotte Bellamy) little son Daniel dying. It also tackled a difficult issue with the domestic abuse drama involving Jo Stiles (Roxanne Pallett) and Andy Sugden (Kelvin Fletcher).
:: Coronation Street
There wasn’t a dry eye in the house when Vera Duckworth died, and actress Liz Dawn left the soap after 34 years. But probably the most gripping Weatherfield storyline has involved David Platt’s (Jack P Shepherd) evil ways. We all gasped when he threw his mum Gail (Helen Worth) down the stairs because he was mad at her involvement in his girlfriend Tina’s (Michelle Keegan) abortion.
The only soap to have two nominations for Best Storyline at this year’s British Soap Awards – for Hannah’s anorexia and John Paul and Craig’s affair.
JP (James Sutton) and Craig (Guy Burnet) had long been best pals, and it was only after Craig became jealous of JP’s relationship with Spike that he realised his true feelings. The pair snuck around behind Craig’s girlfriend’s back and eventually Craig had to confront his sexuality, but ended up hurting JP in the process.
The show and actress Emma Rigby have been praised for the way they have handled character Hannah Ashworth’s anorexia.
The newest of the soaps, which launched on BBC One in 2000, kept us on the edge of our seats this year with its car crash plot. When Nick (Michael McKell) won a place to train as a police surgeon, he went drinking to celebrate. George (Stirling Gallacher) drove him home and in Nick’s drunken state he admitted he fancied her, which messed up her concentration. The car went smashing into a tip and Nick was left paralysed in hospital, whilst George had to confront her guilt.
The national grid came to a complete stand still last night as millions of viewers tuned in to watch Mohammed George’s last scenes on EastEnders. Fans of Walford road sweeper Gus Smith are said to be inconsolable over the departure of Albert Square’s most celebrated character; he was here, he was there, he was everywhere (he wasn’t…but you get my drift).
Meanwhile actor Rob Kazinsky, who plays Sean ‘Shout!’ Slater, has gone into hiding after receiving death threats from die-hard Gus fans. Here are some of their comments (or at least, what we imagine they might’ve said if we’d asked them for their views):
"We’re just glad that Gus made it out of Albert Square in one piece…there’ll never be another character like Gus Smith! He’s irreplaceable! EastEnders fans will never forget….who are we talking about again?"
"That final moment when he dumped the bag of drugs in front of Sean ‘Shout!’ Slater…that took real guts man! He’s such a hero – he could win a world war on his own. He’s so brave!"
"I will no more watch EastEnders without Gus Smith…we love him. He’s big celebrity back home in Ukraine!"
"Gus Smith for Mayor!"
"Gus Smith for President!"
"Gus Smith for Fight-A-Hoodie week!"
Mohammed George, aka Gus Smith, you’ve really kept us entertained here on A Slice Of Soap (it’s just pity that wasn’t always the case on EastEnders) we salute you and wish you every success in your acting career (really…we do!). Now that Gus Watch is no more – I will think of a replacement. Unless you’ve got any ideas?
That’s it for now. Join me on Sunday for reaction to the British Soap Awards 2008 and on Tuesday for a full preview of all the week’s action in the soaps. Got a comment about your favourite soap, this blog or anything else? Share it with me.
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