From astonishing performances from Emmerdales Dominic Brunt and EastEnders Zack Morris to a very familiar story of a double proposal in Coronation Street, its been another busy couple of weeks in soap complete with wonderful makeovers, inspiring ideas and the most bonkers yet fitting career choice in a long time.
Welcome to Metro.co.uks every-so-often sideways look at the action going on in soapland. Are EastEnders and Coronation Street nailing it? Are Emmerdale and Hollyoaks on the up or plummeting down? Who is on top form, which stories are too baffling for words and what are the most burning questions?
Our soaps editor examines whats happening in our soaps right now and gives his (expert? Who knows?) views.
Praise for Paddy
Often seen as a hapless and bumbling comedy character, Paddy Kirks name is unlikely to be at the top of the list when you discuss the hardest hitting TV actors. But that deserves to change following some absolutely astonishing performances from Dominic Brunt.
He told us recently that he was never really bothered about winning awards – he had succeeded in a job for two decades without needing to win one – and in my humble (and correct, lets face it) opinion, that attitude just makes him all the more deserving.
I have always fought the corner of Paddy as being one of Emmerdales best characters. The unique nuances to the character in even his everyday scenes which involve double takes with precision timing and some excellent comedy spluttering when he is in another awkward situation are award worthy enough in my view.
And yet, it often escapes our attention that when it comes to raw drama, Dominic is up there with some of the TV greats when it comes to delivering the goods. We cried for Paddy when he declared his love for Mandy Dingle and then later got his heart broken. We cheered for him when he stepped up as a father figure for Aaron Dingle when he came out as gay. We even managed to somehow grab some sympathy for him in his love rat phase when his lover Tess was killed in a car accident and he had to grieve in secret.
Dominic is a key comedy character and his relationships with the likes of Marlon, Chas and Paddy are a joy to behold and bring necessary warmth, laughter and familiarity to the show. But in the harrowing scenes that have seen Paddy and Chas lose their newborn baby, Dominic has delivered the performances of his career.
Paddys grief has been perfectly delivered with sensitivity and subtlety. There has been no melodrama or phoned in performances that are clearly meant for award fodder. Dominic, along with the equally fantastic Lucy Pargeter, have taken this painful journey with their beloved characters and a storyline that read like it might go through the motions of another hard to watch baby loss storyline became something else.
An absolute triumph of a story both in pain and even hope, Dominic has shone throughout and proven that he is more than a sidekick to Marlon or a bumbling vet who is unlucky in love.
Dominic isnt exactly the poster boy for soap awards ceremonies but he is up there with some of the biggest TV greats – Emmerdale have an absolute asset who can deliver both the most difficult timings in comedy and the most hard to go to places in drama with unmistakable expertise.
Its no wonder that Dominic hasnt needed awards to keep him in the show for 20 odd years – his work speaks for itself. But if ever there was a time for him to finally be recognised with a trophy or ten, it would be now.
Valuable lessons that Sienna the teacher could bring to your kids
Pitching Sienna as a teacher – yes, a stable educator of the children of the future – is an inspired move by the Hollyoaks team which acts both as a tongue in cheek you wont believe this but also as a kind of inspirational anyone can change message.
Okay, we need to seriously suspend our beliefs here. In reality, no school would risk a regular child kidnapper on their workforce and were pretty certain that her enhanced DBS certificate would need its own filing cabinet.
However, theres something to be said for having Sienna as your teacher. For a kick off, you wouldnt piss about in her classroom, would you? This is a woman who has survived the demonic Nico Blake so any attitude from any other teenager would be small fry. And you wouldnt want to risk getting on her wrong side.
On top of that, her life experience surely trumps any other teacher in the country. If youve got a problem, Sienna will have a solution. Just dont take Miss Blake too seriously when her suggestion is kidnap or a murderous revenge.
Stuart Highway is an X Files super soldier.
No vase, gunshot, frenzied attack or garage tool can finish this guy and his noggin of steel off.
Keegan it real
Back in the day, the teen cast of soaps like EastEnders were seen as the C-list of the show – there for the quieter stories and the good looks to attract the younger audiences in and the actors were better known for being late and being pictured out partying than any major acting accolade.
Times have changed and they bring their A-game to the table every much as bit as the veterans and the magazine cover staples. Tilly Keeper is a constant revelation as Louise, Jasmine Armfield played a blinder in a particularly nasty stand off between Bex and dad Martin and we have all of the time in the world for the friendship between Tiffany Butcher and Bernie Taylor.
But I have to highlight one guy in particular for praise after another solid week of heavy drama – Zack Morris is surely a star of the future. Ever since the knife crime story, new layers to Keegan have been beautifully exposed by Zack and his explosion of angst in the wake of his fear he had killed someone was not just powerful but a really important performance given the spate of knife crime attacks in London.
Given Zacks age and experience, the fact he can already steal the show in one of the UKs top dramas is all the more reason to keep a very close eye on him.
I truly appreciate you breaking up Bob and Laurel, really. It never worked and it just seemed so icky.
But did it have to be done while Bob was standing in his boxers, oiled up in greasy fake tan and panting from exertion after a strip show?
Still, its fitting to end it in a similar way to how we imagine it began…
Now, Im not saying that Kate and Rana must be Robron fans but they do seem to be following a very similar journey – no sooner have the Dales lads decided to get hitched in a double proposal than the Weatherfield ladies are both popping open engagement ring boxes simultaneously.
But then, on the very same say, both Robert and Ranas faces were a picture of dismay when their other halves enthusiastically got the ball rolling on having a baby. Have Kana and Robron been trading notes?
Wed suggest to Johnny that he stays away from any grain pits when Rana is around. You never know…
…they dont get more banging than this.
She's been through a lot…
…so it stands to reason that Corrie are lining up a Liz becomes a goth storyline.
- Another week, another reason to heap praise on the wonderful Hollyoaks. Just days after they announce a disability diversity episode, it is also revealed that their bulimia storyline has increased calls to eating disorder charity Beat. Serious kudos.
- Its nice that Tracy Barlow is finally developing a conscience for her crimes. Although its come a little bit too late for Maddie Heath, Kal Nazir and Charlie Stubbs.
- I kind of think it would make some of Emmerdales best scenes for a court case over baby Seb – just for the look on a judges face when the lawyers have to explain the back stories of Robert, Ross, Aaron and Rebecca.
- Sinead and the Barlows standalone Coronation Street episode was an utter triumph and further proof that the Barlows remain as much of a centrepiece of the show as ever.
- The most subtle and least publicised storylines currently going on in Coronation Street is also one of its most moving. Jacks journey to walking again is one of real hope, heartache and some great performances.
- When Liam Donovan has finished dishing out threats and poisoned cocktails, can someone direct him to Glenns Hollyoaks Wiki page and remind him exactly why he should be buying the WAGs a drink without the added karma?
- Shirley wont stand for this, Tina warned Linda as she waged World War Three on her own family. As Tina reminded Linda that Shirley would be back soon, I just had one thought: Cant f***ing wait.
- We love Maureen Lipman as an actress and when Evelyn is toned down a bit she might well be a Corrie great. But she will never be Blanche. No-one will. Lets stop trying to replace Blanche and just continue to watch the AA meeting scenes on YouTube instead.
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Home and Away spoilers: Shock for Marilyn and John as Jetts condition worsens
Jett is facing a new life as a paraplegic (Picture: Channel 5)
Tensions have been running high at ho..
Tensions have been running high at home for Marilyn (Emily Symons) and John (Shane Withington) as they adjust to caring for Jett (Will McDonald). Home from the hospital and struggling with his new life in a wheelchair, it soon becomes apparent theres more to his condition than physical injuries.
With the knowledge several of his men died as a result of the explosion in Afghanistan, Jett has been insistent he needs to travel to the funeral for one of them, having already missed the first one. When they return, Marilyn frets to Irene (Lynne McGranger) that she feels the trip might have been a bad idea. However, Irene makes the point that she cant shield him from that and it may turn out to be a good thing for him.
John says that Jett was talking to all the guests at the funeral, telling them stories about their time away and providing support, so he feels that it may have been just what their son needed. He also says that the funeral was wonderful, and how hes grateful it isnt Jett theyre forced to bury.
Meanwhile, Jett is sullen and goes for a shower, ignoring Marilyns offer of afternoon tea and her apology for the hotel mix-up, where she booked a location which didnt have wheelchair access. Later on, he says hes going to stay up watching TV, but instead pulls out the funeral service of order and sits in the dark.
In the morning, Marilyn and John find that Jett hasnt gone to bed at all. When Marilyn offers him breakfast and he asks for pancakes, they feel more positive, but then he refuses to go to physio. Marilyn and John try to support him, saying a break may do him good, but Jett says he doesnt want to go because he should be the one whos dead…
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Coronation Street spoilers: Rana Habeebs killer finally revealed as clues fit together?
Its been a long time coming – since the death of Rana Habeeb in the ruins of a collap..
Its been a long time coming – since the death of Rana Habeeb in the ruins of a collapsed Underworld, Coronation Street fans have been wondering what has led her to that fate. Someone with a grudge to bear sabotaged the roof and when it caved in, Rana was tragically caught in the crossfire.
By the end of the month, we will know who the killer is as Carla Connors (Alison King) mental health deteriorates even further and the identity of the brand new cobbles villain comes to light. If, like us, you have been conducting your own investigations (what do you mean, get a life?) then what have you come up with?
We have been looking deeply at each suspect.
The Underworld boss who has been driven to despair by the entire tragedy.
What would she gain? Short of cash, an insurance job might have saved the business.
Why she may have done it: The motive is there and it would be a mighty curveball for once for soap to have the original suspect as the actual culprit all along.
Why she didnt do it: It would ruin Carlas character a bit too much and would undermine the mental health arc she is going through right now. Additionally, Carla is too beloved by fans to take this route with and after all she has been through, this would be an unlikely crime for her to commit. Destroying her own factory on the day she was chasing after Peter seems unlikely.
Our verdict: Ruled out. She didnt do it.
The young teenager with an axe to bear against his former boss Gary.
What would he gain? Revenge. Gary humiliated him and he could easily pin this on him if he sabotaged the roof.
Why he may have done it: Seb certainly hates Gary enough to have gone through this and he has been impulsive and aggressive before without thinking of the consequences.
Why he didnt do it: Seb is currently head over heels in love with nail bar worker Alina and we think hed be showing a little more guilt and distraction if hed killed Rana as he is a good young man at heart. Also, Corrie are planning to make him a hero figure in the upcoming slavery storyline so it would be somewhat jarring.
Our verdict: Highly unlikely due to the slavery storyline angle alone.
The desperate builder with the most access.
What would he gain? If the factory collapse, he would not only prove it right to Carla that the roof was unstable but could have brought him a loooooot of repair work that would solve his money worries.
Why he may have done it: Gary certainly had the opportunity and knows the structure better than anyone, being in the trade. He has been acting strangely of late and if he can be desperate enough to get involved with a loan shark, it proves the lengths hed go to. He also fits the bill of the character with a good heart who does bad things and lets not forget, Gary was a wrong un when he started in the show so does have that side to him.
Why he didnt do it: Gary is focused on his troubles with Rick at the moment and out of everyone, particularly after his dealings with Phelan, he would seem most likely to come clean after realising he killed someone.
Our verdict: A clear contender for sure. Gary can go to desperate lengths.
The troubled alcoholic who dotes on Carla
What would he gain? Nothing personal but if it could help Carla out of a tight spot he would do it.
Why he may have done it: Peters all time love is Carla and upon hearing of her troubles, he would certainly be reckless enough to try a scam like this. And lets not forget, he was pretty keen that day to disappear.
Why he didnt do it: Sorry, but Peter would not let Carla endure all of this without telling her that he is guilty and she is innocent. Also, destroying baes business isnt the most romantic of gestures.
Our verdict: Peter is Carlas protector. It would be a shocker for sure, the biggest twist of the lot, but would it be worth it to chuck away the Carla and Peter relationship. We doubt it.
The business partner who recently stole from his gran.
What would he gain: Cash. The business was in trouble, Carla was going behind his back and he had his own financial problems to worry about.
Why he may have done it: With either Carla or Gary being the perfect fall person, Nick might have wanted the insurance as a means of paying back his gran Audrey. He has shown a rutless side by threatening David and robbing Audrey so hed be capable of this too – and would keep a cool enough head in the aftermath. And the investigation report (which he hid) doesnRead More – Source
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