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…
Coronation Street w/e Friday March 20
Well Friday the 13th certainly lived up to its reputation as far as Steve and Becky’s wedding was concerned. The groom wore a suit, the bride wore alcohol (in addition to a tiara and dress insired by Jordan). I think soap weddings that progress smoothly are now in danger of becoming endangered species – I’m struggling to remember the last one that did. While we’re on the subject of Becky, congratulations are in order to Katherine Kelly, the actress that brings her to life. She recently walked away with an award for Best TV Soap Personality at the Television and Radio Industry Club (TRIC) awards. I bet it’s just one of many she’ll pick up this year. Unsurprisingly, Becky’s nursing the mother of all hangovers and remembers very little from the previous day. Steve can’t bring himself to tell her that they’re not really married. Tom and Maria meet with Tony to discuss Ladrags. Gail’s thrilled when she see Joe’s car outside her house. Norris reluctantly sets off for the Lake District in the motor home with Mary.
A gutted Becky demands some answers from Steve. Luke’s furious at Tony’s interference. David insists that Gail choose between him and Joe. Sophie’s embarrassed when her mum and dad arrive at the Christian Centre. Goodness gracious me – whose idea was it to bring in Uncle Umed? He’s not exactly an advert for breaking cultural stereotypes, is he? Anyway, dear old Uncle Umed is suspicious about Tara and Jason’s relationship. Can I just say that Dev’s attempt to speak like his uncle was hilarious for all the wrong reasons! Peter’s amused at how many walks Ken’s taking Eccles on – oh dear. More embarrassing Ken and Martha scenes; Stephanie Beacham is wasted. Joe has a word with Len about his money problems. Liz is struggling with her jealousy over Lloyd’s planned trip to Ibiza. Audrey tells Gail off for taking Joe back.
Also on Coronation Street this week:
Young love blossoms between Ryan and Sian
Luke buys Carla’s share of Underworld
Amber’s offered a place at Kings College in London
Hollyoaks w/e Friday March 20
The credit crunch (or to give it its proper name, the recession) is affecting all industries – including TV. I’ve already read that budget cuts will be imposed on EastEnders and now, according to the News of the World, as many as 10 cast members from Hollyoaks could be facing the chop. Apparently some of the show’s most popular stars, including Gemma Merna (Carmel McQueen), Jennifer Metcalfe (Mercedes McQueen) and Nick Pickard (Tony Hutchinson) could be under threat. All this comes in the wake of the announcement that Jamie Lomas, who plays Warren Fox, and Chris Fountain, aka Justin Burton, are leaving. At this rate, the only person left in Hollyoaks will be Carley Stenson…On with the show and despite being the hero, Justin once again finds himself in trouble with the law…Spencer makes an unexpected visit into the bedroom while Warren and Sasha are in bed. Carmel realises how much she’s missing Calvin. Justin’s wary of Ash and Lauren jealously watches Newt and Anita’s friendship grow. Lauren’s in a vile mood, so Leo attempts to give her some fatherly advice.
Hannah attempts to make it up to Justin after his arrest. Jacqui’s aware that all’s not right between Carmel and Calvin. Russ can’t believe Jacqui’s taking stolen goods out of the bottom of Max’s pram. Kris confesses that he loves Nancy. Newt’s worried about Jack. Anita has a plan to help Jack gain employment. Nancy’s finding life with Ravi uninspiring. Lauren is devastated to see Newt kissing Anita. Nancy tells a shocked Russ about her affair with Kris, while also seeing Ravi at the same time. Steeling himself, he tells her about the time Ravi came on to him – oooh!
Also on Hollyoaks this week:
Lauren tries to apologise to Newt
Warren asks Calvin to look after some drugs
Anita’s concerned over the poetry competition
EastEnders w/e Friday March 20
Thank you, thank you, thank you! Danielle may be about to finally reveal the truth to Ronnie! My goodness, the writers have dragged this one out a bit. I’m sure it hasn’t escaped your notice that Danielle seems to be getting more and more unhinged. Last week, we saw her attack best mate Stacey and now, her own mother’s in the firing line! Spoiler alert…want to know how Danielle’s identity is finally revealed? Well…Ronnie’s left shaken as Danielle daubs abuse (graffiti) on her house then apparently kidnaps baby Amy. The graffiti attack comes after Ronnie tries to stop Danielle looking after Amy, claiming it’s too soon after her abortion. Later, Danielle bumps into Archie who notices her locket is the same one Ronnie gave her daughter. So, has Archie put two and two together and worked out that Danielle is indeed Ronnie’s daughter? Or will we have to wait until Christmas Day to be put out of our misery?
It’s a year-and-a-bit since we’ve had the (dis)pleasure of the Mitchell sisters and I still don’t care for either of them. I can’t remember ever taking a remote bit of interest in any of their storylines so their continued presence in the old soap sticks in my craw. But they’re still there and Ronnie tells Jack that Roxy doesn’t want his financial help, but he can see that Roxy’s unsure about the decision. Ronnie’s shocked to return to her flat to find the words ‘Evil Cow’ daubed on her front door in red paint.
Archie, Billy and Roxy pay Peggy a visit in hospital following her collapse in The Vic. Theo has dinner with Patrick, Denise and co. Billy begins to question where Jay’s living. Heather tries to kiss Minty but he reveals that he’s met someone else. Jane’s watching a Bollywood film with Masood, but their night is interrupted by Ian, who’s prepared a romantic meal to apologise for ‘boobgate’. Elsewhere, Peggy decides to carry on with her election campaign despite her recent health scare. Max invites Polly back to his house but just who or what is Polly?
Also on EastEnders this week:
Chelsea’s down because Theo’s not called her
Shirley and Heather prepare for St Patrick’s Day
Roxy accuses Ronnie of jealousy
Emmerdale w/e Friday March 20
It’s not a complete surprise to learn that Emmerdale’s wealthy newcomer Mark Wylde has a dark secret he’d rather his family didn’t know about. Actually, the bigger surprise is the man playing Mark Wylde: I still can’t get over the fact that I’m seeing the star of Grease 2 and The Colbys in Emmerdale. Anyway, Mark notices that a stranger’s keeping tabs on the house and things later take a dramatic turn when his son Will goes missing. So what do we all think of the Wylde family? Are we liking them? I’m not sure about the kids yet – but Mark and Natasha (Amanda Donohoe) are doing OK. It’s clear that Mark is dodgier than Arthur Daley. Or rather, let’s bring it into the 21st Century – Archie Daley. Nathan orders Belle to stop hanging around Will. Natasha and Mark settle down for a camping experience while a mysterious figure watches them in the darkness. Who has their eye on the Wyldes? I’m betting it’s another family member – a long lost sister or brother.
At Butlers, Victoria grows irritated by Scarlett and Daz’s closeness. Sandy gives Jimmy something to think about when he lies that Nicola is lovesick. Mark outlines plans to beef up the security at Home Farm in the light of Will’s disappearance and Faye’s arrival. Meanwhile, Jimmy continues to deny his feelings for Nicola and they start playing games with each other. Diane picks up on the tension at Butlers. Natasha invites Belle around to play with Will after he’s worried that the boys at school still aren’t interested in making friends with him. The Thomases and Kings tell Nicola and Jimmy that in spite of their continuing problems, they’re obviously meant to be together. Meanwhile, Edna notices damp in her house stemming from Tug Ghyll and informs the Dingles that there’s a problem at Debbie’s…
Also on Emmerdale this week:
Nicola tries to upstage Katie
Aaron arranges another liaison with Victoria
What skeletons are in Mark’s closet?
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