Zoe Lucker to join EastEnders

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).

EastEnders w/e Friday 26 March .
Somehow I’m not really surprised by this piece of news: Footballers’ Wives star Zoe Lucker is joining EastEnders, according to the News Of The World. The actress, most recently seen in the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing, is apparently going to play a glamorous businesswoman who sets her sights on Max Branning. This is where I have to say: huh? Don’t get me wrong, Max is attractive in his own way – but he’s no Brad Pitt! However,, we’re told, sparks will fly between the pair.
While we wait for Zoe Lucker to make her mark (and if the soap plays its cards right, she could become a good replacement for Barbara Windsor’s Peggy Mitchell), it’s a big week for Lucy Beale. Anyway, to the rest of the week’s events in Enders. Feeling guilty about Louise, Ronnie keeps her distance.
Birthday preparations for Ben and Peggy causes yet more friction for the Mitchell family as they bicker over Ronnie’s invite. Shirley embarrasses herself by accepting a proposal that Phil hasn’t made. Lucy’s stressed about her pregnancy and decides on an abortion. Phil’s doing his best to keep his new house guest a secret.
As Jane’s baby excitement bubbles over, Ian finds it a little harder to work up enthusiasm. Well, who’d want to be a grandfather in their 40s? The Slaters get some bad news which forces them to face their worst fears about Stacey. Jane’s maternal instincts are stretched to their limits when Lucy’s taken to hospital.
Peggy and Phil are expecting an important guest but their hopes of making a good impression are dashed when they make enemies of Billie’s old crew.
In the long-awaited two-hander episode of EastEnders, Max comes face-to-face with Stacey. As Stacey’s forced to explain exactly how and why she killed Archie, Max is faced with a choice – should he protect her secret, or should he let justice run its course?
Also on EastEnders this week:
Lucas is hailed a hero
Ian continues to get on Carol’s nerves  
Max comes face-to-face with Stacey

Coronation Street w/e Friday 26 March 

Before we get on to the latest saga with the warring Platts, some news that absolutely doesn’t surprise me; Boyzone’s Keith Duffy is leaving Coronation Street. He reprised his role of Ciaran McCarthy – a part he’d previously played for three years.
According to The People, the producers wanted to extend his contract but he’s moving on. To be honest, I don’t think he’s a massive loss to the soap. Not the way Wendi Peters, as Cilla Battersby-Brown, has been.
So this week David and Audrey visit Gail in jail, but Audrey pushes Gail to breaking point. Poor Tyrone – you just know it’s a matter of time before he gets his heart broken all over again. Anyway, he goes around telling everyone that he’s back with Molly and announces their baby news to a shocked Bill Webster.
David comes to blows with brother Nick, accusing him and Audrey of thinking Gail responsible for Joe’s death. Jason and Tina get some news about the flat sale. Molly struggles to compose a difficult letter to Tyrone.
After hearing that Gail will be on remand for four months David decides to take matters into his own hands and heads back to the Lakes.
Rosie plans a date with a footballer, but Graeme’s determined to win her round. It isn’t a pairing you’d imagine in a million years, is it? However, it would be pretty funny if it happened – Rosie and Graeme! Back to the soap and David resorts to desperate measures – stealing Nick’s car to go to the Lakes to try and find the witnesses who have dropped Gail in it.
Jesse continues to try and persuade Eileen to give him another chance – but will Julie let slip about him making a pass at her? Sunita starts to interfere in Dev’s business dealings. In addition, she decides to move in with Dev – but is it too soon?
Also on Coronation Street this week:
John starts his new teaching job
Sophie’s date with Lee doesn’t go well
Norris catches Lewis and Audrey kissing
Emmerdale w/e Friday 26 March .
In an interview with The People, Danny Miller – who plays Aaron Livesy – admitted to nerves about playing a gay character. He talked of being anxious about kissing other men. But the part that really disturbs me relates to the homophobia he’s encountering: "I already get the odd shout of, ‘Oi, gay boy’, which isn’t nice regardless of whether you are gay or not," he said. It’s disgusting that people can be so nasty. I hope the people that say those things are ashamed of themselves. 
Talking of Aaron, in the show, he’s frustrated with Paddy’s constant questioning and heads into town. Forcing away his fears he hurries into the pub and
is awkward when Jackson starts chatting to him. Is this the start of Aaron admitting his true feelings? Chas is cynical about Nicola’s forced pleasantness but enjoys seeing her close to cracking. Paddy’s grateful when Jackson arrives at the vets with Aaron’s phone. However, Aaron’s horrified as he watches Paddy and Jackson talking. He’s worried about his secret coming out before he’s… well… come out.
Ashley remains distant with Laurel. Scarlett forces Jimmy and Carl to sort out their differences. Olena’s stunned when Sam gets down on one knee and proposes to her. What will Olena say? Meanwhile, Nicola tries to impress Natasha at work in the hope of a pay rise. Aaron continues to deny drug dealing, while Paddy continues to interrogate him about Jackson. Sam asks Cain to get hold of a dodgy passport for Olena. Natasha sacks Holly for supplying Maisie with drugs and warns her to stay away from Home Farm.
Also on Emmerdale this week:
Nicola and Chas come to blows
Ashley reports Sally to the police
The Bartons have got money worries
Hollyoaks w/e Friday 26 March 
Any Dancing On Ice fans here? Well, young Kieron Richardson, Hollyoaks’ Ste Hay, has been the underdog for the past few weeks. However, his confidence has grown and his skating has improved with every round. He has been embraced by the British public – well, we Brits like an underdog. Anyway, Kieron has skated his way through to the Dancing On Ice final against the odds! Fantastic news. Can he go all the way and win? I wouldn’t be surprised if he did just that.
Talking of Ste, as he and the kids walk Amy to work they’re disturbed when they spot a figure sleeping in the bushes. Meanwhile, as press attention and public interest in the Find Holly campaign begins to wane, Cindy becomes desperate. If Holly is still alive, where is she? Who’s the mysterious presence watching Jake’s every move as he goes about his business in the village? Rae’s composing her last will and testament as Newt pays her a visit.
The police find Holly’s coat and a fresh buzz of hope surrounds the village. Newt’s alarmed by Rae’s macabre fixation and looks for ways to lighten her mood.
Cindy and Tony’s relationship takes a turn for the worse. Jake finds himself the target of anger and abuse when he returns to the village after being questioned about Holly. TV cameras descend upon Hollyoaks to film Duncan’s 16th birthday bash at The Loft. With special guest Chipmunk set to wow the crowds, what could possibly go wrong? Elsewhere, Jake’s disappearance remains a mystery and the family’s concerns are turning to doubt over his innocence.
Also on Hollyoaks this week:
Jake is shocked by Loretta
Mercedes is struggling to keep her secret
Tony warns Darren off Cindy

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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