Trouble for Brendan on Hollyoaks. (Lime Pictures)

Extended coverage.

Fake relationships, new flings and returning foes and lovers. It’s all par for the course for a soap across the pond.

Coronation Street:
Spoiler alert: Lola was thrilled when Phil agreed to help bring her daughter Lexi home from social services, but his tactics aren’t what she expected. Coming up, he asks her to sign over care of her daughter to him, Lexi’s grandfather. Because it’s her only option, she very reluctantly agrees. The next step of Phil’s plan is to convince the system he is in a stable relationship. That’s where Sharon comes in. Will she go along with the ruse?

Stella’s been focused on running The Rovers and trying, but often failing, to keep her mother reined in. Soon, she’ll get a more pleasant distraction as she begins an affair with a younger man. Word is, Jason separates from Maria, who recently kissed her gay best friend, and ends up with the hot older lady. It’s all so very complicated.

EastEnders:
Spoiler alert: Christian learns about Syed’s recent financial woes and kiss with Danny. However, he forgives him and the wedding goes as planned, despite moments of uncertainty. But as they celebrate, Syed’s lies catch up to him in other ways, as bailiffs show up to cut off the electric and demand four months of mortgage owed on the family restaurant. Will Syed speak up when accusing eyes look to his brother for an explanation?

Elsewhere at the wedding, Denise has an awkward morning-after when she runs into Fatboy. After sleeping with the younger bartender, she insists it was a one-time thing. If his reaction to her the night before is any indication, he might have something to say about that.

Emmerdale:

Spoiler alert: The 40th anniversary of the soap is ongoing this week and details are scarce. However, it has been revealed that someone will die in the live episode on October 17, with the funeral happening on November 1.

She won’t be back in time for the 40th anniversary, but Samantha Giles will return as Bernice in November. Ashley’s ex makes her come back just as he splits from Laurel. Could be interesting.