Soap opera

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‘I’ve had 10 affairs – I wasn’t that sort of woman when I arrived on Corrie!’ Britain’s longest serving soap stars tell all
For some actors they are a rite of passage, but for a special few, soap characters can be the role of a lifetime. Four stalwarts – from Natalie Cassidy to Sally Dynevor – explain what it takes to play the same part for decades

Stuart Jeffries

22, Jun, 2022 @5:00 AM

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A Country Practice: the 10 best moments in Australia’s beloved soap – sorted
Over 1,000 episodes and 12 years, this soap opera taught a lot to the nine million Australians who tuned in each week to see what was happening in Wandin Valley

Melanie Tait

19, Jun, 2022 @5:30 PM

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EastEnders goes Warhol with a 100-hour bender in the Queen Vic – The Lock-In review
Stanley Schtinter has made an epic film out of all the scenes set in the soap’s famous bar. Showing in East End pubs, the Warholian result is a spellbinding – and frequently baffling – meditation on time

Jonathan Jones

06, Jun, 2022 @8:00 AM

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Neighbours wraps up amid dispute over crew being denied redundancy payments
Exclusive: Union says production company Fremantle is refusing to pay out long-serving staff of cancelled Australian soap

Amanda Meade and Jim Waterson

03, Jun, 2022 @8:00 PM

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Prince Charles and Camilla appear in special jubilee episode of EastEnders
The royal couple played cameo roles as guests of honour at a street party in the BBC soap’s Albert Square

Tom Ambrose

02, Jun, 2022 @8:10 PM

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Andy Devine obituary
Actor who brought moments of comedy and tragedy to the TV soap Emmerdale in the role of Shadrach Dingle

Anthony Hayward

02, Jun, 2022 @4:37 PM

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Rose Ayling-Ellis’s year in TV: ‘After Strictly, people told me they wouldn’t be upset if they had a deaf child’
The EastEnders star on inspiring other deaf actors, her passion for painting, and why missing subtitles make her switch off

Hannah J Davies

11, May, 2022 @9:00 AM

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Jason Donovan and Kylie Minogue reunite for Neighbours finale
The TV couple are to appear in Australia’s long-running soap opera as production ends after 37 years

Jessica Murray

01, May, 2022 @12:52 PM

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Three things with Belinda Giblin: ‘What I most regret losing? A beloved goblin costume’
In our weekly interview about objects, the soap star tells us about her six decades’ worth of diaries and the 27 (and counting) items in her handbag

As told to Katie Cunningham

19, Apr, 2022 @5:30 PM

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‘What the hell was that episode?!’ Can the soaps ever win viewers back?
A juicy plotline would once get tens of millions watching and talking about EastEnders or Coronation Street. But the water-cooler moments have gone and Neighbours has been given the chop. Is there hope for the soap?

Stuart Jeffries

05, Apr, 2022 @5:00 AM

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June Brown obituary
Veteran stage and screen actor best known for playing Dot Cotton in the BBC’s long-running soap EastEnders

Michael Coveney

04, Apr, 2022 @3:51 PM

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June Brown: the genius chainsmoking queen of the East End
Brown, who played the beloved Albert Square scandal-monger Dot Cotton, was the most technically gifted EastEnders star – and the only actor in UK soap history to carry an entire episode alone

Mark Lawson

04, Apr, 2022 @1:19 PM

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