Hello and welcome to Wednesday’s edition of A Slice Of Soap.
Hot on the heels of Mickey and Keith Miller, EastEnders’ Yolande Trueman is also facing the axe. Angela Wynter, the actress that plays her, is reportedly disappointed by the decision to write her out of the show. She says producers told her that after five years in Walford, they had simply run out of storylines for her. I am so not surprised.
The truth is that Yolande is just the latest in a long line of really badly-written EastEnders characters. The only reason she’s lasted so long is because Rudolph Walker is so good as Patrick Trueman – and Yolande’s married to him. So they just let her drift along with not very much to do or, if they gave her anything to do, it was rubbish (remember when Charlie Slater’s humbugs got attached to Yolande’s bum? Yawn). Yolande could drain the life from a party after it’s had the life drained from it. I can understand why the writers couldn’t be bothered to write for her anymore because Yolande fits into the same category as the Millers…deadwood. That’s all she is and it’s time for her to go. I’m so glad that we won’t have to listen to her grating accent much longer.
Yolande first arrived in the Square in 2003, following a holiday romance with Patrick Trueman – the couple subsequently wed. Arguably her most memorably storyline came when she discovered her husband had been cheating on her with Pat Evans (shudder), although she subsequently forgave him.
When I read that Angela believes her character has become a ‘part of the fabric of EastEnders’, and has struck a chord with viewers because she is believable, I had to laugh. Yolande will barely be remembered in a year’s time – ‘member I told you.
On a related note, James Sutton is calling it a day on Hollyoaks. The actor, who plays John Paul McQueen, is moving on to other projects. His last scenes will air in September. He’ll definitely be missed. So who’s next for the soap revolving door? Watch this space…
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