Coronation Street’s Simon runs away

Hello and welcome to another 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 the soaps this week? Let’s find out (spoilers ahead).

Coronation Street w/e Friday 12 March
Before we go on to a Corrie youngster, let’s talk about an oldie. After being part of Coronation Street for over 35 years, actress Helen Worth, who plays Gail McIntyre, has revealed that she thought she was being written out.
The actress, who is now 59 years of age, is very happy to know that she has a future on the soap. She told the Sunday Mirror that she was "genuinely anxious". Can anyone really see Gail being written out? No chance. Gail’s part of the cobbles.
So this week, it’s a Simon week but he’s the cutest child so I don’t mind. George refuses to let Peter see Simon. Joe’s body’s released for funeral. Carla agrees to a date with Trevor but is less than impressed by Nick’s proposition. He’s a busy boy our Nick, isn’t he?
Now he sees potential in Kelly and asks her out for a drink. George takes Simon on a day trip to Blackpool. Nick asks Kelly if she can get hold of Underworld’s accounts for him. Will she betray Carla?
Tina battles her emotions as she visits the chapel of rest with Gail. Meanwhile, when Simon overhears George’s plans for him, he decides to run away. A couple come forward to the police claiming they witnessed Joe and Gail’s last row.
The cops think they’ve just found the final piece of the jigsaw… The Barlows head to Blackpool as a frantic police search begins for Simon.  John lies to Fiz as he heads out for an interview for the teaching job. But will his past come back to haunt him? Peter desperately looks for Simon. Will he find his son before the night sets in?
Also on Coronation Street this week:
Nick surprises Carla with a tempting business offer
Gail’s forced to defend herself again
Peter and George’s battle for Simon gets out of hand
Emmerdale w/e Friday 12 March
Another former Hollyoaks star is joining Emmerdale! This time it’s Marc Silcock, best known for playing Newt’s imaginary friend Eli. He’s gonna play Jackson Welsh, a potential love interest for sexually confused Aaron Livesy (Danny Miller). It all kicks off when the bad boy plucks up the courage to go into a gay bar. The producers are promising that Jackson will be a "contemporary gay character" and not a stereotype Let’s hope so. Look out for Marc in Emmerdale… 
This week, Holly tells Adam that she’s going to dump Aaron., Debbie wants to leave, but Andy’s determined Sarah’s going nowhere. Eli takes Aaron out to take his mind off Holly. However when he starts picking fights, Eli leaves Aaron in town. Debbie finally gets her parents together but she can’t bring herself to tell them she’s leaving. Maisie’s grateful for the warm welcome when she returns to work. Cain gets the Dingles on board as he puts his wedding plans into action. It’s a soap wedding and you all know the unwritten rule by now…
Natasha’s on edge as Nicola tells her the bank called. Edna reprimands Thomas and Anya when she finds Thomas ringing the church bell. However, the children seek revenge. Charity’s incredulous that Cain’s planned their wedding behind her back; will she still say ‘I do’ and marry Cain? Like I said before, it’s a soap wedding. Debbie finally gets up the courage to tell Charity and Cain that she’s moving to Jersey with Sarah. Ashley tells Laurel and Edna that the church flowers have been stolen. Lisa receives a letter from the solicitors.
Also on Emmerdale this week:
Gennie makes a surprising revelation
Edna’s dog goes missing
Cain tries to convince Debbie to stay
EastEnders w/e Friday 12 March
Before more about the Lucy-baby drama, a question: who sniffed and snuffled as Bradley Branning got buried on EastEnders? Probably due to the funeral, Enders drew bumper figures in the ratings. The episode in which the Albert Square residents paid their final respects to Bradley got 9.33 million viewers. It edged past Coronation Street’s double bill which averaged 8.78 million and 8.81 million at 7.30pm and 8.30pm respectively. Weddings and funerals on soaps, you just can’t beat ’em.  
So this week, it’s a big week for the Beales. What to do about Lucy? Having set her sights on Max (why? For the love of all that’s holy – why?), a scheming Becca goes about putting her plan into action. Trouble’s brewing for Billie as his old crew seem intent on getting to know Whitney. Oh-my-goodness, how cringy are Billie’s crew? Are they remnants of the infamous E20 crew?
I bet real hoodies are watching and laughing. Anyway, Jane feels it’s time to tell Ian about Lucy’s pregnancy. Patrick decides to help Liz track down Owen. Peggy and Roxy organise a grime night to attract a younger crowd – oh lordy. Peer pressure’s mounting against Billie and Whitney. 
Patrick makes a breakthrough in his investigation (what is he? Columbo?). Peggy’s pushed to the limits when she’s asked to help a family member in trouble with the police. Tensions mount at Patrick’s house when Lucas fears that his secret could finally be uncovered. I wish they’d hurry up and do so – Don Gilet deserves better material.
When Billie’s crew tags Arthur’s bench with cans of spray paint (oh-my-goodness!), Whitney’s left to take the blame. Ian and Jane agree that Leon must never find out he’s the father of Lucy’s baby. Whitney hears something that’s supposed to be a secret. Danny tries to help Peggy regain some power behind the bar.
Also on EastEnders this week:
Kylie goads Peggy and throws drink at her
Darren finds out that Libby’s dating Adam
Ian seeks advice from an old friend
Hollyoaks w/e Friday 12 March
Here we go, here we go, here we go! Can you believe this? Cast members from Hollyoaks are to release a charity single in support of England at the 2010 World Cup. The soap’s celebrity football team, whose members include Nick Pickard (aka Tony Hutchinson), will release Sing For England on May 23 with all profits being donated to the Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool. It’s for a good cause, but I’m still speechless.
Josh panics about his forthcoming court case. He can’t help but fear the possibility of prison. Gilly’s back from his travels and the Ashworths are eager to know why he’s returned. Cheryl tries to keep Steph occupied however, her over-exuberance results in a smoothie disaster. Dave’s attention is diverted when a mystery girl arrives. Rhys feels worried and guilty about Josh’s court case. Josh appears in court and hears the verdict. Steph’s dreams are shattered when Gilly declares his love for Jem and asks her to marry him. Things are looking up for Ste and Amy, especially Amy’s progress with Leah and Lucas.
After both deciding to go for the same job, Dave and Charlotte are at loggerheads as they fill in their applications. Michaela encourages Amy to get back on the dating scene. Steph confides in Darren, worried about the letter she sent to Gilly while he was away. Rhys feels bad after doing the ‘Hollyoaks Hero’ article in the press. Charlotte’s gutted Dave got the student warden job over her and makes life difficult for him. The girls celebrate Sasha’s birthday and Josh is homeless.
Also on Hollyoaks this week:
Dave and Charlotte are saved from a mugger
Josh is up in court for drink driving
Amy books a holiday with the girls
That’s it for me, I’m out of here. Join me on Wednesday for more soap news and gossip and don’t forget to try this week’s caption competition. Got a comment about your favourite soap, this blog or anything else? Share it with me.

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