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EastEnders w/e Friday 26 February
Did you guys watch Friday night’s live episode of EastEnders? Apparently a lot of you did because the episode, which saw Stacey Branning revealed as Archie Mitchell’s killer, pulled in 16.6 million viewers, the BBC has said.
That is fantastic viewing figures – easily the best a soap has done in ages. Fans had to wait until the final minutes to discover the identity of Archie’s killer but the BBC will be rubbing their hands with glee.
Well… Bradley’s dead (why would anyone climb up a roof to escape the police? Daft if you ask me) and Stacey’s naturally distraught. She refuses to leave her room. Zainab’s furious when she sees Christian and Syed up close and personal. Dot shocks Dotty when she reveals that Nick lied to her about her mother.
Weddings never go smoothly on soaps and neither do births: Zainab goes into labour and Masood ends up delivering his baby boy. Ian grounds Lucy. Ronnie packs her bags in preparation to move out of The Vic and Jack accuses her of abandoning her family. Then he brands her as damaged goods. Ouch.
Meanwhile, Jordan’s playing with Sugar when she begins sniffing around Trina’s tree again. Syed tells Christian that things between him and Amira have never been better. Lucas takes Sugar for a walk by the lake – when he returns, he claims that Sugar ran away. Uh-oh.
He gets a shock when he opens the door to Liz standing before him with a suitcase by her side. Whitney discovers that Billie’s been talking to Kylie. Jane books Lucy an appointment at the doctors (subtle. We can guess what’s coming). Billie’s deception is a horrible reminder of Tony’s lies and deceit for Whiteny.
Also On EastEnders this week:
Everyone gathers to welcome baby Kamil
Jean has a go at Max in The Vic
Shirley’s not happy with Mr Alcock
Emmerdale w/e Friday 26 February
I think it’s about time I had a little word for Maisie Wylde (played by actresss Alice Coulthard); it took her a while to settle into Emmerdale but once she found her feet, I enjoyed watching her – there’s nothing like a snobby bitch and Maisie was huge fun. But then, I enjoyed aspects of most of the Wyldes when they were all together (I’m still missing Mark, who was absolutely hilarious). OK, so Maisie’s currently in rehab (trying to get over the fact that she almost slept with a blood relative and that her father’s disappeared) but I am definitely looking forward to her return home.
This week, Laurel arrives at Mulberry and Ashley fears the worst. Jai’s sure Nikhil’s setting himself up for a fall. Laurel’s terrified that she’ll never be able to forgive Ashley. Can she put the past behind her and move forward? Jai tells Cain about Nikhil’s dodgy satnav deal with Debbie – how will Cain react? Meanwhile, Jimmy catches Rodney perusing the lonely heart ads.
Nikhil’s shaken when Cain threatens him. Oblivious to the fact Charity has taken the satnav job, Cain arranges for the truck to be hijacked which results in Charity and Noah being abducted. Will they escape unscathed? Nathan takes Will to see Maisie and she’s surprised when Will tells her that Ryan and Katie split up. Nikhil is upset to learn that the truck was robbed; he accuses Debbie and Charity of being involved in the heist. Charity vows to take revenge on the van hijackers. Ryan visits Maisie and it’s all awkward but they resolve to try and have a new relationship as brother and sister.
Also on Emmerdale this week:
Doug gives Laurel some advice
Fiona and Nicola reminisce about school
Rodney’s lonely hearts advert arouses interest
Coronation Street w/e Friday 26 February
EastEnders’ 25th anniversary celebrations has set the bar. You can bet that Coronation Street, 50 this year, will be determined to top it. Reports suggest that they’ll go all out with plans to bring back old favourites like the legendary Hilda Ogden, Mavis Wilton, Curly Watts and Tracy Barlow. In addition, if the papers are to be believed, they’re angling for a guest appearance by Oasis star Noel Gallagher no less! Can Corrie teach the young upstart how to have a celebration? Let’s see later on this year.
Meanwhile, it’s all about life after Joe for poor old Gail McIntyre. The police inform her and a stunned David that a body’s been found in the lake. Uh-oh. Norris thinks he’s uncovered the truth about Lewis – but is he right? I’m loving Dev and Sunita’s silly charade – it’s as mad as a hatter but I’m a sucker for Dev; he makes me laugh. A
nyway, their ruse looks like failing when Matt turns up at the house. Tyrone’s mum Jackie arrives on the street to look after him. Gail wants to tell the police the truth but David insists she should keep quiet.
Jackie confronts Molly about why she left Tyrone – accusing her of having an affair. Next thing you know – catfight! George suggests that he and Eve take Simon away on holiday – but will Leanne agree? David destroys some vital evidence to put the police off the scent. Jackie Dobbs is up to her old tricks again and Ciaran tries to butter up Liz to get a job in the Rovers. Gail confesses to the police that she sent the birthday text to Tina. Has she blown it? Well Dev almost blows it with Sunita after she agrees to give their marriage another try.
Also on Coronation Street this week:
Gail and Tina identify Joe’s body
Tyrone’s still prepared to try with Molly
Trevor lets slip some embarrassing information to Carla
Hollyoaks w/e Friday 26 February
It was touch and go for ex-Hollyoaks star Gary Lucy when it came to Dancing On Ice tonight. He’d slipped and injured his knee in training and there were fears he wouldn’t be able to skate. Luckily Gary was able to live up to the showbusiness maxim that ‘the show must go on’. He spend three years in Hollyoaks as talented footballer Luke Morgan (I’ll never forget his rape scene – horribly realistic). I do wonder what he thinks of the show these days now that he’s left it all behind…
It’s kinda going through another transitional period with actors coming and going. This week, Ricky comes to Duncan at school, hoping they can discuss Friday’s revelation but Duncan doesn’t want to get involved. Cindy’s annoyed at Tony when she tries to get him to discuss Holly’s bad behaviour; he seems more interested in reading the Scarlett Blog with Dominic. The students go to visit India in hospital after the crash and in spite of Dave’s attempts to cover, Charlotte makes it known that she blames Josh.
Dominic’s developed a new chilli sauce that he’s keen to try out on someone but no-one seems keen. Charlotte tells Dave that Josh has to move out – and Dave should be the one to tell him. Tony and Cindy fear that Dominic could be the secret blogger ruining their businesses. Cindy grows anxious over Holly’s disappearance. Sasha takes issue with Lauren’s relationship with Gaz. As the police appeal goes out on television, unbeknown to anyone, a mystery viewer watches on from the comfort of Darren’s flat.
Also on Hollyoaks this week:
The police investigate Holly’s disappearance
Jake answers Holly’s phone
Loretta arranges to meet Jake in The Dog for lunch
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