Soapwatch: Jaci Stephen's ultimate insight into the week’s soaps

Soaps have come a long way since the very first British Soap Awards, and tonight’s 20th ceremony (ITV, 8pm) is a good time to reflect on their achievements. 

It is extraordinary that soaps remain top of the ratings, even though numbers have diminished substantially. But how much has changed?

The number of highly dramatic storylines has undoubtedly increased, but they are not a new phenomenon. Hollyoaks dealt with male rape 18 years ago, marking a watershed moment in soap history. 

Gary Lucy’s brilliant portrayal of victim Luke is one of the most memorable performances ever – he won Best Newcomer at the Soap Awards that year.

Award winners are a much younger bunch now. As Hollyoaks and recently Doctors have a stronger showing in the line-up, younger people’s achievements are celebrated more.

In this week's Coronation Street Rosie (pictured with Craig and Gemma and hosts Holly and Phil) is offered a job on a Japanese TV game show whilst visiting ITV's This Morning

In this week's Coronation Street Rosie (pictured with Craig and Gemma and hosts Holly and Phil) is offered a job on a Japanese TV game show whilst visiting ITV's This Morning

There is more than a passing nod to the older actors, though, probably because the judging panel now decides most of the results. 

The public tend to vote for the same people every year, so this is a welcome change. And for the first time ever, the awards will be broadcast live. Enjoy!

CORONATION STREET: THE FUTURE’S ROSIE

The only thing that makes Weatherfield’s solicitor’s office bearable is Rosie. With her huge fluffy earrings dangling like two Pomeranians, every word she utters is a riot.

Sadly, it’s about to end when she engineers a drugs bust to get back at her old adversary Antoine. 

Daytime TV comes calling in the form of This Morning (ITV really likes to promote its own), where Rosie is spotted by a modelling agent and offered a job on a Japanese TV game show. 

Given that I doubt she can spell sushi (saying it might be a bit of a push, too), that’ll be an uphill climb. So, sadly, it’s goodbye to Rosie, who has been not so much a breath of fresh air as a veritable gale force wind. 

What she has left on the photocopier, however, is about to change someone’s life (and it’s not a copy of her posterior). At least Rosemary the medium is back, suggesting that Gail pay her £3,000 to remove Richard’s ‘curse’. 

Roy agrees

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