Soap Scoop: UK/Australia Edition
New family member on EastEnders. (BBC)
Possible new loves for “Corrie” and “EastEnders” characters, “Emmerdale” passes down family traditions, deadly business on “Hollyoaks” and the Aussie soaps return from their winter breaks in January. The drama continues in 2013.
Spoiler alert: Sophie’s been crushing on her physiotherapist Jenna for some time and now she’s ready to make her move. When she learns her sessions will be ending soon, she opens up about her feelings. It seems Jenna feels the same way, as she responds to Sophie’s kiss. Too bad Sophie’s dad Kevin walks in and becomes enraged. He threatens to tell Jenna’s boss about her misconduct. But could he really just be angry Jenna rejected him, but is now responding to his daughter?
Faye reaches out to her biological father online, much to adoptive mom Anna’s dismay. Not wanting Tim in her daughter’s life, Anna orders Faye to stay away from him. As to be expected, Faye isn’t onboard with that plan.
Spoiler alert: Ray’s been seeing Kim, but her personality can best be described as a bit much. It seems Ray needs a break from his outlandish girlfriend and turns to her calmer, more together sister Denise, who has been feeling a bit lonely of late. While it remains to be seen where this will lead, Ray will reportedly have other things going on in 2013 that just might take him down a darker path.
Cora just met the daughter she gave up for adoption decades ago. Now she’ll meet the grandson she never knew about when Dexter Hartman comes looking for her. While daughter Ava hasn’t exactly warmed to her mother, Dexter is eager to get to know Cora and his new family. But will they feel the same way about him?
Spoiler alert: Debbie has been left devastated over Cameron’s infidelity, but she’s not taking it lying down. Instead, she sets out to follow in her parents’ footsteps and pull a few cons in order to support her kids. Sounds like a solid plan.
She's been cleared of Carl's murder, but the drama isn't over for Chas. She starts getting prank calls, someone starts following her and she receives a photo with her eyes scratched out. Chas eventually learns who her stalker is, but will it be the end of it, or just the beginning?
Danniella Westbrook, formerly Sam Mitchell on "EastEnders," has been cast on "Hollyoaks." She will play a former prison inmate of Jacqui McQueen's beginning in February.
Spoiler alert: Just as he wanted, Brendan learns his father Seamus is dead. Joel assures him he did the deed, but he's clearly rattled by the incident. Brendan, on the other hand, is pleased by the outcome.
Home and Away:
Spoiler alert: "Home and Away" is on hiatus, but when it returns on January 7 in the UK, viewers will see Bianca heading down a drug-filled path. Heath grows concerned about her behavior and becomes upset when he comes upon Bianca with Adam. He orders Adam to stop giving Bianca drugs and enlists his brother Heath to keep Adam away.
Though they've had a bit of a rough patch, Indi and Romeo reunite and invite their friends and family to a lunch. It's no ordinary lunch however, as they stand in front of everyone they love and renew their vows.
Spoiler alert: When "Neighbours" returns to UK screens on January 14, Vanessa, who is carrying Lucas' baby, but recently dated Rhys, grows concerned over her baby daddy's feelings for her. It's all very soapy, as she tries to keep her distance, but runs into him at Sonya and Toadie's engagement party.
As for Toadie and Sonya, the latter experiences difficulties when she goes into labor. Toadie is forced to sit by wringing his hands as she goes into surgery.
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- Lori Wilson