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rebecca
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Eastenders

Post by rebecca » Sat April 27th, 2013, 3:20 am

I have to admit I love British soapies; my favourite being Eastenders. Anymore Eastenders fans out there?

Bec :)

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Post by sweetpotatoboy » Sat April 27th, 2013, 8:53 am

I used to watch all the main soaps (EastEnders, Emmerdale, Coronation Street) for decades - until I went cold turkey a couple of years ago. As much as I loved them, I realised how much of my time they were consuming. I still watch quite a bit of telly now, but things that actually have an ending! Or at least have seasons.

I guess I miss them, but I'm surprised how little. Even a couple of years forward and the plots have apparently moved on so much that it doesn't bother me somehow.

That said, the writing and the acting were, for the most part, excellent, especially Coronation Street. The last few years, I found I was watching EastEnders out of duty rather than pleasure - which I realised was crazy - I don't owe a TV show anything. Still it did give me pleasure for many years.

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Post by Madeleine » Sat April 27th, 2013, 11:12 am

I can't stand Eastenders, but dip in and out of Emmerdale and Coronation Street. Actually I think most of the soaps are pretty much clones of each other now - same old storylines, and quite often even the same actors! I know they're meant to reflect real life, but that's one reason I watch TV - to try to have a break from real life! EE especially seems to consist mainly of people arguing and yelling; at least the other two have a bit of humour in them.
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Post by Lisa » Sat April 27th, 2013, 5:12 pm

Yeah, I find Eastenders a bit depressing. I don't watch any soaps regularly but if I'm round at my mum's and Emmerdale is on I'll watch it with her. I used to watch Neighbours and Home and Away back when they were on BBC1 and ITV, just because they had sun in them!

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Post by rebecca » Sun April 28th, 2013, 5:42 am

[quote=""sweetpotatoboy""]I used to watch all the main soaps (EastEnders, Emmerdale, Coronation Street) for decades - until I went cold turkey a couple of years ago. As much as I loved them, I realised how much of my time they were consuming. I still watch quite a bit of telly now, but things that actually have an ending! Or at least have seasons.

I guess I miss them, but I'm surprised how little. Even a couple of years forward and the plots have apparently moved on so much that it doesn't bother me somehow.

That said, the writing and the acting were, for the most part, excellent, especially Coronation Street. The last few years, I found I was watching EastEnders out of duty rather than pleasure - which I realised was crazy - I don't owe a TV show anything. Still it did give me pleasure for many years.[/quote]

I used to watch Coro Street until 'the accidental psychopath' joined the cast. I think his character's name was John, but I found the storyline too OTT for me and so now I rarely watch it. I also liked Emmerdale but got tired of the whole Marlon loves, Marlon loses(usually to Paddy!)and Marlon sulks and why, WHY does anyone put up with Cain! You know the guy that kidnapped a person, tried to kill another, ran off with millions and returns to the show unscathed and remains out of jail!

But I've stayed loyal to Eastenders though I am getting tired of the whole Max can't keep his zipper up & Bianca can't shut up!...But I have my favourites Kat and Alfie, glad to see Ian become a little more humane and Dot is back :rolleyes: ......But I tape it now so I can FF the characters that bore me which includes most of the younger crew.

As for Neighbours and Home and Away. I hate the shows! I know strange, I don't like Aussie soaps :p

Bec :)

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Post by Vanessa » Sun April 28th, 2013, 10:25 am

I dip in and out of the soaps. It's so easy to catch up! LOL. Emmerdale is filmed on the Harewood House estate near Leeds.
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Post by Lisa » Mon April 29th, 2013, 8:40 am

Speaking of UK TV programmes, although it wasn't a soap, does anyone remember Goodnight Sweetheart starring Nicholas Lyndhurst? The main character travelled between 1990s and 1940s London and led a separate life in each time period, I remember it being a fantastic show.

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Post by Madeleine » Mon April 29th, 2013, 8:42 am

I remember that show, it was good.
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