Soap Scoop: UK/Australia Edition
Taking out his anger on Neighbours. (Channel 5)
It’s a big week on UK and Aussie soaps. “Corrie” reaches the States, Max is left out in the cold on “EastEnders,” a third victim could be claimed on “Emmerdale,” Hollyoaks welcomes one character, while saying goodbye to another, Brax gets ready for a busy year on “Home and Away” and Vanessa makes her choice on “Neighbours.”
Coronation Street is now available on Hulu for U.S. audiences to stream. New episodes will be available two weeks after they debut in the U.K. Two bonus Christmas Special episodes will also be released. This is Hulu’s first deal with ITV.
Spoiler alert: Lewis has been playing Gail for months now, earning her trust and sympathy. His plan to pay her back for ruining his relationship with her mother Audrey goes into full effect when he overhears Kylie admit that the father of her baby could be Nick, the brother of her husband David. The conman blackmails Kylie into getting Gail’s bank account information, after Gail deposits a large sum of money for what she thinks is their trip to Italy.
Spoiler alert: Kirsty finally agrees to give Max a divorce and plans to leave town. After saying an emotional goodbye, Max returns to Tanya to let her know Kirsty is out of their lives. However, Tanya later grows insecure with Max and grills him about his marriage to Kirsty. He divulges more info on their relationship, causing Tanya to realize he loved her more than he let on. She kicks him out of the house, as Kirsty’s cab pulls away.
Alfie kicked Kat out of The Vic when he learned her former lover was none other than Derek Branning. He quickly found a replacement in Roxy, much to Kat’s devastation. Kat might be starting to move on as well when she turns to Michael, Alfie’s cousin and the father of her child Tommy. Kat even moves in with Michael and his daughter, whose mother Janine is making her way back to Walford. Sounds like a complicated time for all parties involved.
Spoiler alert: Cameron’s secretly killed twice already, but he attempts to get his life back on track. He starts by proposing to Chas, who eventually accepts. Cain isn’t too thrilled by the news and they get into a fight. Will Cameron claim a third victim when he picks up a wrench during the scuffle?
Now that Debbie has entered the family business of scheming, she sets her sights on newcomer Dominic. She goes so far as to sleep with him in order to steal his courier client list. Will Dom figure out he's been played before she can do any damage?
Spoiler alert: As Brendan struggles with the abuse he suffered from his father as a child, he tries to move on with Ste. He might not have much success, as he hires newbie Kevin to work at the bar. It turns out Kevin isn't exactly who he seems, as he calls someone with updates on Brendan's every move.
This latest twist would normally be par for the course for the badboy character, if it wasn't for Brendan's portrayer Emmett Scanlan leaving the show. Will whoever is on the other end of Kevin's phone be the one to finally make him pay for his crimes?
Home and Away:
Spoiler alert: 2013 is going to be a busy year for Brax. He'll do whatever he has to in order to save his brother Heath, who was left out to sea to die. His on and off relationship with Natalie will hit a roadblock when he becomes jealous over the attention she receives from someone else. And he'll also continue to deal with his grief over the death of his former love Charlie, who somehow shows up again.
New characters Maddy and Spencer hit town with a few secrets. They're apparently on the run and hideout at the high school. Sasha finds them and turns to Roo for advice on what to do with the teens. Roo reaches out, but they're reluctant to accept her help until Maddy becomes sick.
Spoiler alert: Priya had an affair with Paul, which was called off, but only after her daughter Rani caught them together. Priya's husband Ajay has been kept in the dark, until Rani tells her dad the truth. Ajay accuses his daughter of lying, which causes Priya to confess. When Ajay later runs into Paul, he promptly punches him. That should help get his anger out over Paul, but how will he react to Priya?
Rhys helps Vanessa through the birth of her baby, while the father Lucas is away trying to convince Vanessa's mother to be there for her daughter. When Lucas finally arrives, he finds Rhys and Vanessa closer than ever and even engaged.
Join us on Twitter @soapoperafan, and Facebook. Come tweet and Facebook with us about all the soap operas, "Dallas," "Glee," "Grey’s Anatomy," "Pretty Little Liars," "Revenge," "Vampire Diaries," and "Venice The Series."
Header photo credit: Lime Pictures
- Lori Wilson