This episode of The Best Ever contains descriptions of domestic violence and discussion of rape and sexual assault that some readers may find upsetting.


Romantic trysts, family conflict, hard-hitting social issues, serial murder – the soaps really have done it all... but which dramatic plot deserves the title of the Best Ever?

In Radio Times' new video and podcast series The Best Ever, guests from the worlds of TV, Film and Entertainment will be tackling some of pop culture's biggest conversation points.

From action movies to TV detectives, we'll be asking... which truly was the best ever?

In this latest episode, Jon Sen (former executive producer on EastEnders and Casualty) and Sharon Marshall (journalist, broadcaster and writer on Emmerdale and EastEnders) join the panel to debate the Best Ever Soap Storyline.

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Hosted by Morgan Jeffery (Executive Editor,, The Best Ever will see a different line-up of guests go head-to-head each week – expect strong opinions, fiery debate and big laughs as the panel compete to pick up the coveted Best Ever trophy.

This week, Jon and Sharon are joined by soap super-fan Lewis Knight (Trends Editor, as each make their case for why their favourite soap story should be top of any list.

Phil Mitchell and Grant Mitchell, two balding men, flank a woman, Sharon Watts, with short blonde hair. The trio are characters from "EastEnders" with Phil wearing a blue shirt, Sharon in a cream blazer with large earrings, and Grant in a grey shirt. They pose closely, suggesting a dramatic storyline.
Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden), Sharon Watts (Letitia Dean) and Grant Mitchell (Ross Kemp) in EastEnders. BBC

Two of the all-time-great affair plots – Coronation Street's Ken/Deirdre/Mike love triangle, and EastEnders' 'Sharongate' – come up for discussion, as does one of EastEnders' most controversial and widely-discussed storylines, the abuse of Little Mo Slater by her vicious husband Trevor Morgan.

Plus, our panellists debate the ingredients of a truly memorable soap storyline and deliver insights from behind the camera, including the challenges a soap's creative team face in tackling tough topics responsibly.

Did you agree with the verdict? Which soap storyline is your favourite? Let us know on X @radiotimes.

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Join us again next Thursday (8th February) as we debate the The Best Ever Doctor Who Monster, with special guests Sophie Aldred (Ace) and Dan Starkey (Strax the Sontaran).

If you have been affected by any of the issues raised in this discussion, you can visit Refuge for more information and contact 0808 2000 247 for support. Help can also be found at The Hideout. Anyone affected by Little Mo's story can find support by visiting Rape Crisis, or calling our 24/7 Rape & Sexual Abuse Support Line on 0808 500 2222.

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