Covid has taken its toll in soapland, where some appearances have suffered the effects of lockdown. But while a few folk seemingly engaged in pie-eating contests, others flourished and found new disciplines, so it’s not all doom and gloom on the beauty front.
Corrie’s Colson Smith (Craig) has transformed his appearance with healthy eating and exercise, and it’s a remarkable achievement for someone who says he grew up being labelled ‘the fat kid’. Now, the character is one of the hottest guys on the Street.
Hair has also undergone various changes. Corrie’s Nick went grey overnight two weeks back and looks decidedly better. He appears to have had a bit of a grooming, too, with a new side parting and a decent shave.
EastEnders’ Rocky has been holding up extremely well, and Brian Conley, who plays him, to me looks exactly the same as when he started out in showbiz. Natalie Cassidy (Sonia) has also managed to maintain her dramatic pre-Covid weight loss. Emmerdale’s Cain still, thankfully, looks just like Cain always did. Rough, ready, and in need of a good wash.
EASTENDERS: A PLOT HARD TO SWALLOW
Jaci Stephen is worried about the weight loss/surrogacy storyline in EastEnders as Tiffany and Bernie (pictured) both look to surrogacy as income
Maybe it’s me, but is anyone else worried about the weight loss/surrogacy storyline involving Bernie and Tiffany?
Doubtless we’re heading for the show telling us diet pills are a Bad Thing, but as far as younger viewers are concerned, this may end up as a case of shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted.
Also, with Tiffany and Bernie (pictured) both having looked to surrogacy as income, shouldn’t we be teaching young women there are other ways to earn money aside from selling/sub-leasing your body?
We’re excitedly awaiting the great cab company/launderette opening (OK, excitement is pushing it a bit), but when Phil invites Denise, her dismissiveness angers him. Luckily the voice of reason, Kat (whoever thought she’d aspire to this), advises him to play the long game. Good luck. Phil’s short fuse means his long game lasts less time than a spin cycle in the launderette.
That old disaster chestnut, the surprise party, rears its head, and the biggest dilemma is Rocky trying to choose between Kaffy and Shirley. Toss a coin, mate: heads you lose, tails you lose. Head up west; these two really aren’t the only piranhas in the sea.
CORONATION STREET: HEART TO HEART
Meanwhile, in Coronation Street another family row sees Gail (pictured) doubled over, clutching her chest in pain
Many things could have seen off Gail’s heart over the years – children, husbands (especially the serial killer), hair stylists, or even wearing winter sweaters in summer (is the costume budget really that tight?); this time round it’s another family row that sees her doubled over, clutching her chest in pain.
Blaming her kids for stressing her out, it’s amazing she doesn’t keel over with shock when the ambulance arrives in record time, as it always seems to in Weatherfield.
And will we ever hear a paramedic speak – more to the point, go to the Rovers to wind down after a heavy shift? Come on! We need some people in uniform in the pub.
At least there’s some good news when James’s manager tells him Tommy Orpington is retiring. Yay! Finally! How old is he now? 103? He’s a good-looking guy, so let’s hope the show sees fit to include him in the future in storylines that don’t involve the locals screaming ‘Tommy Orpington!’ Who? Yeah. Right.
Bottlegate update: the bottles have finally gone from Nick and Leanne’s kitchen unit. Where’s the Champagne now? It’s the million-dollar question.
Leanne doesn’t stop bleating long enough to clean her teeth, let alone down two bottles of bubbly. Maybe Curtis, the ‘top mixologist’, has commandeered them. On the evidence so far, he looks as if he’d have trouble mixing flour and water, so the mystery continues.
EMMERDALE: CUT AND DRIED
Andrea and Charles indulge their passions in this week’s Emmerdale, where they’re caught by Manpreet (pictured)
Another desperate bid to have couples getting it together in anything other than a bedroom sees Andrea and Charles indulge their passions in the salon, where they’re caught by Manpreet.
Given Andrea’s past, a shampoo and set would’ve been better, not to mention cheaper. She’ll make you pay one way or another, Charlie boy.
The village is holding its first Pride celebrations (it’s taken them long enough), with special guest The Vivienne, who won the 2019 RuPaul’s Drag Race UK, which is a brilliant show that celebrates the artistry of the drag queen community. Go, girl!