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Olympic nightmare on EastEnders. (BBC)

Interesting reunion on Emmerdale. (ITV)

Extended coverage.

Since Americans aren't the only ones with good soapy drama, 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.

Spoiler alert: Jay and Lola enjoy spending time together, using her pregnancy to score free food. When her baby kicks, Lola lets him feel her stomach and the teens kiss. Is this the start of something more?

Billy has been chosen to carry the Olympic torch through Albert Square on July 23, which will include some live footage. However, his nerves over taking on the honor earn him his own BBC Red Button special, which will air on July 16. In the spinoff, "Billy's Olympic Nightmare," Billy dreams of everything that could go wrong, while running into a few famous Olympians along the way.

Coronation Street:

Spoiler alert: Ryan comes home from school, but it's not necessarily by choice, as he's been kicked out. A tidbit Michelle is unaware of. Not only is he keeping that a secret, but he immediately hits on Sophie and then gets into a bar brawl with Rob. Welcome home Ryan!

Carla reaches her breaking point when she comes home to find a drunken Peter. She realizes things are over between them, leading Peter to appeal to Leanne to take him back. Who could resist that offer?


Spoiler alert: Amy heads out to celebrate her 18th birthday with Victoria and meets a cute guy at the bar. As they get acquainted with a kiss, the guy's girlfriend angrily pulls Amy off him. That's not the only shock Amy gets, as she realizes the woman is her mother Kerry.

After Cain turns down his plea for help, Zak meets with his loan sharks, but tells them he doesn’t have the money. Just as they're about to make him pay with pain, Belle jumps to his rescue with a shovel. Will she help or make things worse?

Spoiler alert:
Upset about her parents' divorce, Maddie decides to party in Abersoch so as not to dwell. However, her attempt at remaining positive could take a dangerous turn when she heads off drunk and alone.

As the internship comes to an end, George and Ryan agree to stay in touch. While George is tempted to contact his new friend, he admits to Sinead he's afraid of getting too close since he's a virgin. There's always a first time George!


Spoiler alert: Lucas admits his feelings for Vanessa to Sonya, who encourages him to confess to the mother of his unborn child. However, there's the little problem of her blossoming relationship with Rhys. So what's a man in love to do? In Lucas' case, he buys a house for Vanessa to live in with him and their baby. Too much?

Callum secretly meets with his biological father Troy in exchange for him dropping the intervention order against his stepfather Toadie. Word slowly gets around that he's been seeing his dad, causing more problems for everyone. It gets even worse when Callum discovers Troy hasn't kept up his end of the bargain.

Home and Away:
Spoiler alert: Liam discovers Hayley has taken Heath's drugs as a pick me up for the case. He swipes them in an effort to help her, but will he only put his sobriety on the line by doing so?

Once Danny gets out of jail, he heads for Cheryl's to collect the $500,000 he left before he went to the slammer. He finds his son there instead and learns Brax sent Cheryl away. Brax's mother might be in a safe place, but things don't look so good for Brax when his father erupts after learning the money is gone.

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- Lori Wilson