Soap Box podcast: Louise ‘mourns’ Keanu, and there’s a new face in Emmerdale

Johnathon Hughes and David Brown cast an eye over the week in soaps

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Soap Box is back! The first episode of RadioTimes.com‘s regular soaps podcast for 2020 reflects on the aftermath of EastEnders‘ epic Keanu Taylor saga, as Louise Mitchell loses her nerve and Karen Taylor threatens to blow the big secret that her son is alive by shouting his name in public places. Did the much-hyped Christmas period live up to expectations for our soap experts?

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Linda Carter’s alcoholism took some unexpected twists and showcased an acting masterclass from Kellie Bright, but what’s next in this knotty saga?

Over in Corrie, Steve McDonald’s discovery that wife Tracy had cheated on him with a woman was played for laughs, with Leanne Battersby channelling her inner working mens’ club comic as the locals reacted to the shock infidelity. Plus, the Jade saga rumbled on as Fiz Stape demanded answers about dead serial killer husband John Stape’s secret daughter that never came.

In Emmerdale we finally got to meet Nate Robinson’s mum Cara who was not what we expected. Is she sticking around? How did she get so posh and aspirational? And why was she so obsessed with old flame Cain Dingle’s leather jacket?

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Finally, Hollyoaks went post-watershed with the first Hollyoaks Later since 2013. Breda McQueen’s reign of terror came to an explosive climax but how racy was the after-dark outing?