During lockdown, people came up with more and more ingenious ways to entertain themselves or raise money. Corrie has joined the crowd with the news that on October 2, two guests will be able to stay at The Rovers’ Annexe, a pop-up house next to the Rovers Return.
They can enjoy hotpot (unfortunately required) and watch old episodes. It’s a great idea, but wouldn’t be my first choice for a mini vacation; I’ve been on the Rovers set – I have butter tubs that are bigger than that bar.
If EastEnders were to follow suit, they wouldn’t exactly be able to offer prime locations. What are the options? Did you wash in the laundromat? An afternoon with your sandwiches on Arthur’s bench? A dubious roast in the cafe?
Emmerdale would certainly be at the top of soapland’s getaway rankings. The Woolpack is a much better pub than the Rovers of the Vic; the locals live in the fast and furious lane of life; and you can practice shenanigans anywhere from the pub toilet to the cricket pavilion.
Personally, I would love to spend a weekend locked up in the Home Farm wine cellar.
EASTENDERS: SHOWBIZ MUMS ALERT
Despite Linda (right) confiding in Sharon (pictured, left) about the pregnancy, trying to hide it from Nancy, she collapses when her daughter offers her a one-on-one training session.
Viewers are very happy that Linda is having Max’s baby; the man had a great sense of humor, and at least we can be sure that the child will not emerge with Mick’s permanently etched frown.
With Linda already holding her rapidly expanding belly in her arms, let’s hope she gains enough weight after giving birth to never step into her gaudy selection of cardigans again.
However, it is not all easy sailing. Despite Linda confiding in Sharon (top left) about the pregnancy, she collapses in an attempt to hide it from Nancy when her daughter offers her a one-on-one workout. The hospital is very busy, but a huge relief when they discover that the baby is okay. But will Mick feel the same?
The honeymoon barely lasts the honeymoon when Ben and Callum return to a still-seething Phil. Will Kat manage to persuade him to accept his new son-in-law? She may not get the chance because she is being robbed.
How unhappy is this woman? She has only just recovered from a collision with a car. Now this. And to be Phil’s girlfriend, to boot. You can’t help but feel like the universe really has it in store for her.
CORONATION STREET: ESCAPE A BULLET?
When Jenny discovers Sharon’s secret and it turns out that Sharon (pictured, right, with Jenny) has a dark past, all hell breaks loose on Coronation Street
Given that Jenny can’t remember charging anyone for their drinks, it’s hard to believe she got the idea of discovering Sharon’s secret so quickly.
Regardless, she’s found out, and when it turns out that Sharon (pictured, right, with Jenny) has a dark past, all hell breaks loose. That’s a euphemism for, “Get the gun out of the Props closet … again.”
Rita is very forgiving to all of her many untrustworthy ‘surrogate’ children, but is she in danger when Gary sees the kidnapping van and asks her to call the police? Has anyone gotten into the crossfire when a gunshot sounds?
If so, I would be Alina because this nonsense between her and Tyrone really can’t go on. Or is Gary, who plays the hero, hit? Please send that weapon back to Props, please.
The seemingly endless Livergate continues as Sarah manages to convince Adam not to be a donor to Peter. Carla thinks it’s only payback for her brief affair with Adam, but Sarah is firmly convinced that Peter is a lost cause. In all fairness, pretty much everyone is on that street.
I wouldn’t give any of them the liver off my plate let alone from my guts. Now that Samir’s body already houses Samir’s kidney (remember Deirdre’s Moroccan lover?), Ken’s family will be like the United Nations of organs.
EMMERDALE: THE PLOTS OF THICKEN
After deciding she wants Liam back, Bernice has not counted on Leyla’s violent anger (pictured) as she busily prepares for marriage in Emmerdale
It did not take Bernice long to throw the cat among the pigeons, although in her case it is always more of a cattery. After deciding she wants Liam back, Bernice has not counted on Leyla’s violent anger (pictured) as she busily prepares for marriage.
And there’s another furious woman – just call her Kim Corleone, aka The Godmother. Kim formulates a plan to discover the person who poisoned her and holds a formal lunch at Home Farm.
Will she be able to manipulate the culprit to reveal everything? Considering how much everyone drinks at each event there, I’ll give it five minutes. Tops.