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Tuesday, April 24 2012


Looking bleak on Coronation Street. (ITV)
Extended coverage.

Since Americans aren't the only ones with good soapy drama, Soaps.com has listened to our readers from across the pond who have requested we keep tabs on a few British and Australian soap operas. Take a look at what's going on with dramas from other parts of the world.

EastEnders:
Sid Owen, who recently ended his engagement to Polly Parsons, will reportedly return as Ricky Butcher for Janine's wedding later this year.

Spoiler alert:
Whitney and Tyler's relationship is going swimmingly until he admits he's never been in a long term relationship before. Feeling insecure about his previously caddish ways, Whitney snoops in his phone and deletes a message from Lucy. Her jealous behavior probably won't go over well with Tyler, but does she have a right to be paranoid?

Mandy reaches out to her mother when a sick Lorraine returns to Albert Square. She might want to rethink her gesture when even laid up in the hospital, Lorraine goes for the jugular and tells Mandy she never loved her. Just what every daughter wants to hear.

Coronation Street:
Spoiler alert: Kirsty has been isolating Tyrone from his friends over the last several weeks, but things will soon get worse. Frustrated over being suspended from the police department, Kirsty takes out her frustrations on her fiancé Tyrone with a kitchen utensil.

Speaking of Kirsty, her parents will come to town in the next couple of months. Will they provide any clues as to why Kirsty is so violent towards the man she's supposed to love?

The street is unhappy about Terry's new strip club and stages a protest. Terry vows to fight, but can he win this uphill battle? Decide for yourself in the video below, which unfortunately may not be available for all areas.



Emmerdale:
As "Emmerdale" celebrates its 40th anniversary, the soap is looking to develop minority voices that aren't always represented in the industry through their writer's initiative. They are accepting original scripts until the end of May.

Spoiler alert: As Zak becomes more unstable, he fears his cancer has returned. Strangely enough, he becomes more unhinged when he learns that's not the case. Not wanting to admit his problems might be mental instead of physical, he tells Lisa he is sick again and there's no cure. Not exactly the picture of mental health.

Hollyoaks:
Spoiler alert: Mitzeee's stalker ups the ante when they send the model a creepy package the day she's about to make her TV debut. She understandably has a meltdown live on air and is left to wonder who her disturbed admirer is. Any guesses?

In an attempt to prove himself to Brendan, Joel teams up with Bart to throw a club night in his mentor's absence. Unfortunately, things don't go exactly as planned and the teen is forced to face his disapproving mentor. The long sought after respect still eludes Joel as you can probably imagine all the ways Brendan will humiliate him as a form of punishment.

Neighbours:
Ian Smith's character Harold Bishop is joining the ranks of fellow "Neighbours" alum Guy Pearce (Mike Young) and Delta Goodrem (Nina Tucker) by having his wax likeness stationed in Australia's Madame Tussauds. Smith appeared on the soap from 1987 – 2009 and made a guest appearance in 2011.

Spoiler alert: Kyle's grandmother arrives next week and promptly sticks her nose in his business. Upon meeting Kate, Sheila assumes she's her grandson's girlfriend Jade and takes an immediate liking to her. Disappointment sets in when she realizes the mistake and makes her feelings known regarding which young lady she feels Kyle should be with. Is she right? Is Kate a better match for Kyle?

Home and Away:
Despite actress Ada Nicodemou expecting her first child, her alter ego Leah will not become pregnant. Looks like her onscreen future will include a lot of dark clothes, big purses and well placed furniture to hide behind.

Spoiler alert: With Romeo's marriage on the rocks, Ruby makes her move, but he shuts her down. She shouldn't lose all hope though, as he later moves in for a kiss after hitting the bottle. Will Ruby jump at the opportunity?

Brax is none too pleased when Hayley returns to Summer Bay. Blaming her for Charlie's death, he forces her into a car and heads for a dangerous cliff-top. Will things turn deadly or will cooler heads prevail?

Get a sneak peek of the April 25th episode. May not be available in some areas.



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