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EastEnders: Denise is full of it, Emma is out of it and the Mitchells have had their Phil of it.

soaps-eastenders-nancy-carter-dexter-hartmanWe all like a drink at New Year and it’s been a particularly rocky new year in Walford (or a normal one by EastEnders standards) so we can’t really blame any of the Albert Square residents for getting a little bit sloshed but Denise took it a wee bit too far this evening. Yep, the Vic is often home to people making a bit of a spectacle of themselves (we’re looking at you Sonia ‘Gastric Band’ Fowler) and it was Denise’s turn today.

Having had a face off with Kim about the bruises on Patrick’s arms, Denise sought solace in the bottom of a bottle and wasted no time in lashing out at all and sundry before falling unceremoniously from her stool. This sobering moment gave Denise a bit of a wake up call and sent her back home with her drunken tail between her legs but one thing was sure; something needed to change where Patrick’s care was concerned. Denise cannot go on like this; but where will this leave everyone’s favourite Trueman?

The main action in Walford however was in Dexter’s exit. Naw, just kidding, it was the car crash obviously but we’ll cover Dexter’s departure first and he pulled off something I never thought possible in his final appearance; he was actually somewhat likeable. He spent his last few moments not thinking of himself; which is largely what he has done during his entire infuriating Walford tenure, but reuniting dying Stan with Cora. Cora was considering joining Dexter in Newcastle (given my close proximity to the Toon, I’m a tad worried at how close Dex will be to me) but we know that her stony but slightly soft centred heart lies with Stanny Boy.

They were united with a mix-CD (modern!) at the subway station and went back to Walford to face their uncertain but tender looking, if only short term, future.

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Our Man’s Soap Roundup: What I’ve loved and loathed

1413115878831_wps_6_FROM_ITV_n_nSTRICT_EMBARGIt’s been an eventful few weeks in soapland of late; with the return of gobby Cilla to Coronation Street, the return of slimeball Robert Sugden to Emmerdale, the return of sinister panto-villain Nick Cotton to Walford and the return of the grumpy Dylan to Casualty but nobody can say that the soaps rely on old faces to bring in the viewers. Oh, no, there has been much, much more going on besides. Unfortunately not all of it has been good. Here’s my every-so-often roundup of what’s hot and what’s not in the world of soaps…

What I’ve LOVED

More screentime for Gaynor Faye AKA Megan Macey (Emmerdale)
soaps-emmerdale-6978-2If there ever was a soap actress who was criminally underrated then it is the Dales’ Gaynor. She has proven over the last few weeks that, when given the material, she can consistently deliver some of soap’s strongest performances. Megan’s anguish in the wake of Robbie’s demise, her bitterness against Leyla upon discovering her business partner’s trysts with Jai and her viper-sharp cattiness towards Charity have all been sublime to watch. Megan is a character whose layers are only truly starting to be noticed and, the more I discover about her, the more I enjoy watching her. The tough exterior has long hidden a likeable vulnerability and I hope Gaynor and Megan both stick around for a long time to come. She’s the only one who can keep the Macey name alive!

Steve McDonald’s depression story (Coronation Street)

coronation-street-steve-mcdonald-402468Could there have been a better candidate for such an important story than Steve McDonald, played by the fantastically versatile Simon Gregson? Taking a character who is often perceived as a joke and who has a tendency to mess around and be light hearted and show that they, as much as anyone else, can be susceptible to the demons of depression has been a worthwhile writing decision. The story is honest and non-sensational; it shows a man reaching his midlife crisis in a very difficult way; finally succumbing to the stress he is constantly under. It accurately captures the mistakes and misconceptions those around someone with depression can make and Simon himself is making a heartbreakingly perfect job of portraying a man at the end of his tether. While it’s sad to see Steve in this way, it’s providing incredible drama and it is important for viewers to go along on this journey with such an established character as, at some time in our lives, almost all of us will have brushes with depression in some way. Well played on this one, Corrie.

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EastEnders: So many secrets…

EastEnders-WK43What has been the most awkward party that you have ever been to? In my yoof (not very many years ago, I may add) I went to a house party, given that I was such a cool kid. Apparently my friend’s parents had not been informed of this impromptu shindig and, when we started pouring ourselves refreshments (lemonade, of course) they came downstairs to investigate in full bondage gear.

Oh how we all laughed. A few years on, I’m not laughing anymore as I have learned just how uncomfortable those leather straps and shackles can be so I have nothing but sympathy for Mr and Mrs (CENSORED) but my point is, no matter how awkward a party you think you have attended, nothing could quite top the sheer cringe factor of the Carter get together in last night’s EastEnders.

Well meaning but sadly clueless Mick decided that the stunning Stacey needed some help in securing a bloke as it’s not like she has other things on her mind at the moment. Thinking that she and Dean are destined to be (again), Mick planned a drinks party upstairs and brought them together, a situation which poor Linda was shoehorned into. I could barely watch as the weasel like Dean plonked himself comfortably beside Linda on the sofa, causing her to understandably recoil in horror.

Stealing looks at her and warning Linda that they have to be careful, Dean really does seem to have deluded himself that Linda was a willing participant in their recent vile encounter. Things couldn’t be further from the truth, and the fact of the matter was that Linda faced the agony of being left alone in a room with her rapist for a prolonged period of time.

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EastEnders: Pull The Other One!

According to all online sources, radio shows and paper based publications, EastEnders bosses are currently patting themselves on their backs for their ‘unpredictable and shocking’ plot twist that Denise Johnson is still alive. Which, to me, is a testimony to how highly they regard their viewers’ intelligence levels.

I do enjoy EastEnders. Whenever you have a lot of crap going on in your own life and you want to feel better about yourself, five seconds of Ronnie Mitchell or Stacey Branning is usually enough. Or if you have a particularly nasty ear infection and your want your orifice unblocked then there’s usually enough yelling and bawling going on to shift any unwanted pus.

But honestly, this garbage with bible bashing, serial killing Lucas is too much. As a soap fan, you have to prepare yourself to have an open mind in terms of realism. Just look at the John Stape tripe going on down Corrie way. But there’s artisitic license…and there’s being taken for a fool.

From the very beginning the plotline beggared belief. Trina was stabbed to death by falling and getting her neck impaled on a rake. I mean…really!? Lucas strangled his next victim…the muscly, psychotic and way tougher Owen Turner…with a bow tie in the back of a car in broad daylight? Owen couldn’t overpower him? Nobody saw this going on?

And then came disposing the body. I know what’s a good idea! Instead of burying it in some far out place in the woods or tying bricks to it and chucking it in the sea…let’s bury it in the middle of Albert Square. No one will ever find it there! And we were supposed to believe that in a soap where nearly every episode begins with people twitching their blinds and watching someone else in the Square maleovently, nobody even looked out of the window during the hours it must have taken Lucas to bury Owen.

And to put everyone off of the scent , he plants the memorial flower for Trina over the new grave (which of course, as months passed by, didn’t give out any smell)

Another corpse is finally unearthed and meanwhile, as Lucas is on edge more than ever (mindlessly quoting extracts from the bible in an erratic manner, trashing community halls, picking up prostitutes with the sole intention of cleansing them before giving them the tie treatment…all normal behaviour), nobody bats an eyelid. Nobody thinks…wait a minute…two people that crossed Lucas end up dead and meanwhile he is speaking almost in tongues…there’s something not quite right here… Continue reading

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