Corrie legend may be set for a return

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 19 March 
 
Before we move to this week’s action, incredible rumours being reported by the News Of The World. They say that Corrie legend Julie Goodyear is set to make a return.

 
It’s a plan to boost the ratings but it won’t be relying on new blood. Julie Goodyear, the legendary Bet Lynch, is now 67 years of age. She left the soap in 1995 after 25 years.
 
But rumoured for the axe are the likes of Ashley Peacock (Steven Arnold), Claire Peacock (Julia Haworth), Helen Flanagan (Rosie Webster), and Maria Connor (Samia Smith) under scrutiny.
 
I can’t see the soap letting go of Rosie Webster but Ashley and Claire are, basically, dead wood. Sad, but true.
 
So this week, a routine medical check throws up a huge surprise for Molly; suffice it to say, there’s a stork in the offing. The police continue their search for Simon in Blackpool. Emotions run high at Joe’s funeral as Gail and Tina face off.
 
Later an angry Tina informs the police about Gail’s plans to leave the country. Molly drops a bombshell on Kevin while he devastates her with some shocking news of his own. This storyline just needs to hurry up and end – it’s ridiculous.
 
Gail appears in court charged with murder. Tyrone has a shock proposition for Molly which leaves her with a lot to think about. Nick joins forces with Carla as he buys into Underworld. David talks to Tina in a bid to clear his mum’s name. Carla discovers Kelly was Nick’s mole and orders him to sack her.
 
Also on Coronation Street this week:
Kevin orders Molly to stay away from his family
Rita and Emily have a disagreement
Norris receives a nice surprise from Freda
 
 
Emmerdale w/e Friday 19 March 
 
Scouting For Girls swapped packed arenas for a pub by playing a dream gig at Emmerdale’s famed Woolpack. The band played an acoustic session from the famous boozer, which was broadcast live on JK And Joel’s breakfast show on Leeds station Radio Aire. The group’s drummer, Pete Ellard, is a huge fan of the rural soap. Isn’t that nice news to start off the week with?
In the soap itself Cain discovers that Andy knew about Debbie’s plans to leave and angrily confronts him. Doug’s shocked when Natasha reveals she’s had a customer complaint against him. Zak’s uneasy as Lisa makes preparations in case she goes to prison. How will the Dingles cope without her? Lisa receives a two-month custodial sentence. Carl explodes when Anya reveals she was tricked into eating meat. Sally menacingly throws a brick at Diane’s car before mischievously letting herself into vacant Mulberry.
 
Nicola leaves Angelica unattended for a minute while she speaks to Laurel. However when she returns, Angelica is gone. Ashley’s stunned when Sally pays him a visit. Rodney goes on another date with Sue and is relieved when they avoid a meeting with Nicola. Jimmy’s concerned when Nicola reveals a rota for Mill Cottage to share the living room.
 
Paddy’s frustrated when Aaron lies about getting into trouble at college. Aaron feels dejected when Holly’s friendliness holds no promise of romantic reconciliation. Will Aaron take the next step in admitting his true feelings? Elsewhere, Ashley and Laurel are blissfully unaware that Sally’s menacingly watching them from afar – what’s she up to?
 
Also on Emmerdale this week:
Laurel and Sandy say their goodbyes
Belle convinces Will to skip school
Nicola storms out of Mill Cottage
 
 
EastEnders w/e Friday 19 March 
It’s a Lucy Beale week, but before that – this. Nowadays, it seems to be par for the course that departing soap stars will talk about trying their luck in America. Well, someone that did is former EastEnders star Adam Croasdell (remember hunky Dr Al Jenkins? The largely wasted character?). Anyway, he landed a guest part on American drama Supernatural; he’ll soon be seen playing Norse god of light Baldur on the programme.
 
I’m sure I remember hearing that Rob Kazinsky, famous for playing Sean ‘shout!’ Slater (sol dubbed because all he seemed to do as far as I was concerned was shout) has also landed a film role or two. But these are not good times for anyone so expect that roap revolving door to keep spinning.
 
Still scheming with Peggy, Danny tries to persuade Roxy to buy Tanya’s closed-down salon. Lucas is in trouble once again when the residents of Albert Square decide to do a garden makeover. Will they discover who’s burried under Trina’s tree? Poor Don Gilet (Lucas). The writers have totally taken his character to unbelievable places. Oh well, he’d better enjoy it while it lasts.
 
Shirley overhears Phil bragging to Minty about his taste in women and fears that she’s not exactly what he’s looking for. Things begin to heat up at the auction and Roxy finds herself going over budget.
 
Lucy’s horrified when her dad tells her she’s going to be home-schooled. Ronnie agrees to help a lost little girl to find her father, but when she realises the identity of the father, she can’t help but wonder whether the girl’s better off without him.
 
Shirley, enjoys a nice conversation with Ben but, when he accidentally leaves one of Phil’s shopping bags behind, she’s alarmed to find a diamond ring. Ricky can’t afford to keep Billie on as an apprentice at the Arches, but when he fails to muster the courage to let him down, Phil steps in to lend a hand.
Also on EastEnders this week:
Mo plans a fun run for Sports Relief (thanks for the hint BBC)
Carol desperately needs work
Heather warns Phil not to hurt Shirley again
 
 
Hollyoaks w/e Friday 19 March 

Big news for fans of Hollyoaks actor Kieron Richardson; he survived the skate-off in Dancing On Ice. The young actor, who plays Ste Hay, and his professional partner Brianne Delcourt gave a clean, polished performance to Freddie Mercury’s version of The Great Pretender, confidently using his required element – a microphone stand. Can he go all the way to the final? Remember how brilliant Chris Fountain was when he appeared on the show? We shall see.

It’s a turbulent time to be an Oaks actor off the screen but life must go on in the soap itself. Josh gets an earful from Ste about pulling his weight around the flat. A guilt-ridden Rhys is determined to track down Josh. Calvin’s accosted by Josh – but it turns out he’s looking for a job. Lauren’s suspicious of Calvin’s attempts to make amends following his run in with Gaz. Josh is appalled to find his brother about to kiss India and launches himself at Rhys.

Des continues to wind Nancy up about her love life, but this time she decides to get him back. Duncan gets the call he’s been waiting for from a TV producer. Jem’s nervous about seeing Gilly after their argument. Myra throws a house party after a big win on the bingo. Sasha returns from Disneyland and is annoyed to find Lauren with Gaz.

It’s Josh’s birthday and Ste’s patience is wearing thin when he finds him hung-over on the sofa. The McQueens are reeling as the compulsory purchase order news begins to sink in. Rhys is stunned when Josh makes a shock announcement that threatens the brothers’ relationship forever…

Also on Hollyoaks this week:
Duncan plans his birthday party for the reality show
Gaz makes a bold suggestion to Lauren
Leo has a sping in his step
 
 
 
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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