What's going on in the soaps this week? Let's find out (spoilers ahead).
EastEnders w/e Friday 14 May
Before this week's dramatic Syed events, a word about the soap revolving door - it's set to turn again with the news that two more EastEnders stars are on their way out.
Charlie Jones (Ben Mitchell) and Madeline Duggan (Lauren Branning) are now surplus to requirements according to the Daily Star Sunday. An EastEnders insider told the newspaper: "Ben's exit will be one of the biggest storylines of the summer. It's going to very dramatic and will have repercussions for months to come. Maddy has already filmed her exit. She was pretty emotional as she's very close to Jo, who plays her mum on the show." I wish them all the luck in the world.
So this week, Billy legs it following the fire at R&R.Tamwar's getting more annoyed at Zainab's bossiness. Ben steals a bottle of whiskey from The Vic in a bid to prove himself to Jordan and Abi. Ian tries to prevent Jane from finding out about Lucy's abortion. Masood has a chat with Jane. Syed has a horrible time at the mosque. Later, he takes some pills and alcohol.
Determined to keep Lucy's secret, Ian books Jane a ticket to see her mother in Florida. Jordan takes the blame when Lucas catches him and Ben swigging from a bottle of whiskey. Roxy's surprised to hear from Max that Ronnie and Jack are having financial problems.
Meanwhile, Ronnie turns up at the hospital to find that Jack's not there. Phil's concerned when Ben reveals he's had a fight with Jordan. Ian confides in Lucy and Ben threatens Louise again if she reveals the truth to Phil. Zainab sets fire to Syed's belongings.
Also on EastEnders this week:
Ronnie begins to panic about the insurance
Christian rushes to the hospital to see Syed
Jane reads a letter from Bobby
Hollyoaks w/e Friday 14 May
Dominique Jackson has revealed that she never wanted to be a 'Hollyoaks babe'. The 18-year-old has played Calvin's sister Lauren Valentine for three years; she's due to leave in June. Dominique has been talking about Lauren: "She came in the show to be a stroppy, misunderstood teenager and that's what she does and that's all I ever wanted her to be - I never had ideas to blossom her into a Hollyoaks babe." Yet again, that door is turning...
So this week on Hollyoaks, Cheryl's left gobsmacked at the atmosphere between Sasha and Lauren. Duncan feels like an outsider in Ricky's life now Kris is helping out at home. Steph attempts to help Jake get work. Anita panics when Ravi tells her Dom's coming into Relish to check the accounts. Meanwhile, Carmel can't stop thinking about the wedding as her nuptials draw closer; Calvin, however, has other things on his mind. Steph's longing for Gilly, but she's awkward around him.
Des encourages Zak to go ahead with their plan to put the frighteners on Carmel and stop her marrying Calvin. A guilty Rhys tries to get Neville to drop the charges against Josh. Malachy's keeping out of Mercedes' way, knowing she's trying to break up with him. Calvin buys a gun off Kyle and heads to the hotel.
Josh is crushed when Calvin catches him helping himself to the optics on his first shift in the Loft. Elsewhere, Theresa and Michaela accidently spill wine on Carmel's wedding dress and resort to desperate measures to get the stain out. Meanwhile,Calvin discovers the gun has gone from the safe, but who's taken it?
Also on Hollyoaks this week:
Des confides in Zak
Gilly's angry at Steph
Coronation Street w/e Friday 14 May
Coronation Street's legendary barmaid Betty Driver is calling time on the soap after 41 years. The queen of the hotpot will bow out of Corrie after the soap's 50th anniversary celebrations in December. The 89-year-old is the oldest member of the Weatherfield cast; she was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award at Saturday night's British Soap Awards. It's well-deserved! And doesn't she look really good for her age? Better than all those Botox-filled celebs.
More about Corrie's oldies as attention turns to Blanche's funeral (we still miss you Maggie Jones!); Deirdre hopes that she's up to reciting her eulogy. The funeral brings back friends and family, both old and new.
Tracy Barlow prepares for the day ahead - will Blanche’s funeral go without a hitch? It's a soap rule that weddings rarely do after all. Eddie and Anna try to convince the social worker to let them adopt. Elsewhere, Sophie and Sian conceal their emerging romance… will their relationship be discovered?
Eddie tries to woo the social worker with his cheesecakes. Graeme continues trying to get Tina out of her shell. Steve and Becky find out more about each other than they’re comfortable with. Meanwhile,Tracy plots a cunning plan to get out of prison. Trevor’s hidden cash stash gets Janice suspicious. Norris is surprised to get an invite to Blanche’s will reading. Gail’s new cellmate doesn’t have her best interests at heart. The Barlows are stunned when they hear who Blanche has left all her money to.
Also on Coronation Street this week:
Tracy comes to blows with Becky
Teresa and Lloyd are through
Roy can't understand why Hayley's so upset
Emmerdale w/e Friday 14 May
Bad Girls star Victoria Pritchard is joining Emmerdale as temptress Tania Page. She will immediately set her sights on younger man David Metcalfe (Matthew Wolfenden). It's an attempt to spice up the action even more. A soap source said: "Tania comes in with the intention to seduce David Metcalfe, only all isn't quite as it seems and someone else could be behind the scheming..." OK - not sure what that means. Guess we'll have to wait and see.
So this week, Adam finds a way to help Aaron, but will Aaron accept his help? John and Cain lock horns over Andy’s Land Rover. Nicola worries that she’s the talk of the village. Moira notices that Eve has her eye on John. Paddy worries about Aaron facing prison. Nicola’s unsettled by a visit from Social Services.
John's furious when he discovers Cain's guilty of sabotage. Chas and Paddy beg Aaron to tell the truth in court. Jalous of Charlie, Doug decides to take Diane out. John can’t resist Eve’s flirting (naughty man!). Doug's gutted to see Diane’s head turned by Charlie again. Natasha's unimpressed by Declan’s methods. Doug confesses his feelings to Diane. Aaron decides he has to face up to things. John confides in Eve about Holly and Doug's crushed by Diane's revelation. Meanwhile, Aaron waits to hear his fate in court. Will he face prison?
Also on Emmerdale this week:
Adam takes Jackson to see Aaron at Smithy
Tensions rise between Eve and John
Charlie and Diane get closer
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