Hello and welcome to today’s edition of A Slice Of Soap. There’s still time to enter this week’s caption competition so get scribbling and make us all laugh. What’s going on in soapland this week? Let’s find out…
What a moving funeral for Jack Sugden and wasn’t it wonderful to see Annie Sugden again? After 15 years away, the original Emmerdale matriarch, played by Sheila Mercier, returned. She looked really good – let’s not forget she’s 90 years of age. To think she outlived actor Clive Hornby…So, to this week and Eli and Marlon find themselves staring down the barrel of a shot gun – is it curtains for the Dingle brothers or will they live to fight another day? Well, my view is that they seem to be able to survive situations that would finish off us lesser mortals. If there was a nuclear cataclysm, mankind would perish but somehow a Dingle would survive. Chas and Paddy emerge after a night of passion and she promises to tell Aaron about them. Chas has to mend bridges with Gennie.
Leyla starts to worry that David still has feelings for Nicola. Scarlett’s pleased when Edna agrees to give her an apple pie to impress Daz. Elsewhere, Leyla’s embarrassed when she receives a bouquet of flowers and assumes they’re from David. Sandy returns to Emmerdale and has a lot of explaining to do with Betty. Marlon and Eli realise that if they can’t find Jasmine, they’ll have to break Debbie out of prison. Leyla glams herself up ahead of her meal with Rodney. Mark still has niggling doubts about Jimmy. Eli visits Danielle in prison and blames himself for her predicament. Meanwhile, Lee asks Katie to go with him for a drink in the Woolpack but they’re interrupted first by Natasha and then by Nathan. Does Katie like Lee or Nathan? Elsewhere, Scarlett demands showdown talks with Daz over their relationship.
Also on Emmerdale this week:
Mark’s suspicious of Jimmy
Leyla’s upset when David ends their romance
Jimmy persuades a reluctant Edna to talk with Scarlett
Coronation Street w/e Friday February 27
Craig Kelly made his debut as factory boss Luke Strong last week. He admitted: "It’s a bit odd being the new boy when you recognise everyone you work with. When I was first in the green room, it was quite hard not to call people by their character names." Luckily, for Craig, there’s at least one other cast member that he knows by that person’s real name – his former Queer As Folk co-star Antony Cotton. So, what do we think about the Windasses? Liking them? Hating them? Jury out? If you ask me, what the Windasses and the Mortons before them have demonstrated is that it’s gonna be very hard filling the massive hole left by Les Battersby and Cilla Battersby-Brown. I still miss them…
Tina’s getting extremely jittery about the court case. At Underworld, Tony’s less than impressed with Luke’s management style. Becky’s trying to fit into life at the Rovers, but she irritates Liz. Sophie’s furious when Rosie tells Ryan Connor that her sister’s friend Sian fancies him. Deirdre’s lovingly prepared Ken’s favourite meal (mousakka) unaware that he’s halfway across town on a narrow boat sharing the bottle of wine with Martha Fraser. Stephanie Beacham is a class actress but lumping her in with Ken Barlow’s doing her no favours and the whole thing’s just too ridiculous for words. She’s completely wasted and she’ll be gone soon – a shame. Gary buys Anna a box of chocs to try and cheer her up, but she’s convinced that he’s going down. Ted makes it clear that he knows Ken has feelings for Martha and suggests he get things sorted out. Rita shows Eileen the pendant Colin’s bought her for her birthday. Joe tells Gail, David and Tina that he’s accepted the kitchen fitting job – they’re delighted, unaware that he’s struck a deal with Len Windass. Kevin and Sally are put under pressure to give something up for Lent by Sophie and find themselves agreeing to go teetotal. Will they be able to resist the temptation of alcohol? ‘Damien’ David’s devastated that Tina’s walked out.
Also on Coronation Street this week:
Luke pays Maria a visit
Luke and Tony call an uneasy truce
Becky’s furious with Steve
EastEnders w/e Friday February 27
British acting legend Edward Woodward has landed a role in EastEnders playing an Albert Square newcomer with a sinister secret. Isn’t that always the way? If you were around in the 1980s, you may remember him as a vigilante in the hit US series The Equalizer. If you weren’t around back then, get the DVD! Now I wonder what his character is hiding? We’ll find out soon. A big event this week as ‘Squeal’ Beale hits the big ’40’ and decides to celebrate by getting sloshed. Watch on Friday as ‘Squeal’ Beale has a bit of a mid-life crisis that ends with him getting a devil tattoo on his bum, which he’s later forced to show off at his birthday party. So, if you’re in the habit of eating your dinner in front of the TV, you’ve been warned. The second big event is the arrival of the much-talked about prodigal son of EastEnders pair Masood and Zainab. Syed Masood, played by actor Marc Elliott, has previously appeared in Holby City and The Bill – and will turn up to cause a stir for the residents of Walford.
On with the action and Ricky and Bianca deal with the aftermath of Whitney’s thieving spree. Danielle returns to the Square after returning home to see her father in Telford. Zainab discovers that her business account’s been cleared out. Patrick warns Lucas that he must speak to Denise about Trina. Theo visits Chelsea and asks her to talk about Patrick. Tamwar admits he took Zainab’s money for his brother Syed. Billy walks in on Ian showing Christian his rear end. Pat returns to find her business, Pat Cars, relocated to her front room, prompting a ruckus with Janine. Pat confesses to Ricky that she plans to retire. Elsewhere, Peggy’s furious when Janine makes a beeline for the deputy mayor at Ian’s party and decides to tell the pub that she used to be a prostitute. Patrick and Lucas continue their tug-of-war antics over Trina and the news clipping. Patrick’s unsettled to hear that Chelsea’s planning another date with Theo.
Also on EastEnders this week:
Chelsea’s revelling in Theo’s attention
Jane goes to a pole dancing class with Jane
Mo finds a pig in the kitchen
Hollyoaks w/e Friday 27 February
Hollyoaks fans, get ready to cheer as Ricky Whittle and Chris Fountain dust off their dancing shoes for Let’s Dance For Comic Relief this Saturday. The pair, who play Calvin and Justin respectively, will be joined by Loui Batley (Sarah), Nathalie Emmanuel (Sasha), Dominique Jackson (Lauren) and Garnon Davies (Elliot) – don’t forget, it’s all for Red Nose Day so get ready to vote! On Hollyoaks this week, Carmel’s world comes crashing down around her when Calvin admits that he’s a bent copper. Carmel is distraught and tells Calvin that she no longer trusts him. Is the writing on the wall for Calvin and Carmel’s marriage? Hayley stuns Zak, Archie and Zoë when she tells them about her forthcoming date with Rhys. Amy grows jealous of Josh’s new friend Lydia. and seeks explanation in science. Rhys is angered when Josh seems to prefer hanging out with Amy and Leah, rather than him. Elliot and Zak go head to head in a pancake competition. Steph and Sarah are on a quest to advertise the dance school.
Ste confesses to Dom about his kiss with Amy. Malachy and Mercedes’ search for work requires desperate measures. Leila’s bored waiting at the bar while Justin works. Calvin suggests a drive and a country pub for dinner to Carmel; they’re about to set off when someone familiar catches Calvin’s eye in the car park. Malachy attempts to cheer up Mercedes after the discovery of Dom’s relationship with Loretta. Il Gnosh strains under the pressure of three strong willed females on a mission. Hannah’s given food for thought about her relationship with Ash. Warren’s unaware of Calvin’s discovery that Nige is alive and well and goes about his business, ignorant of the time-bomb that’s slowly ticking…
Also on Hollyoaks this week:
Calvin can’t believe that Nige is alive
Amy puts Ste in his place
Elliot struggles with his ability to see auras
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