We’ll start our look at the soapy news with former EastEnders star Samantha Womack, who told the Evening Standard that she’s “proud” of the work she did on the cot death and baby swap storyline.
It has of course been speculated that the grueling nature of the plotline was what prompted Samantha to leave the show earlier this year. However, she told the paper that she felt the storyline was “truthful”.
She is now starring in musical South Pacific, and of her EastEnders exit and new role, Samantha said, “I went almost straight into rehearsals [for South Pacific], so I haven’t had much time to process anything.
“But those last few months at EastEnders felt like a hurricane.
“The whole ‘Babygate’ thing was like a circus and I was caught in the middle of it.
“I’m fiercely proud of what I did. In the end, I left because I would have been replicating what I’d done before and I’m no good when I’m stale. I lose heart.
“I don’t think I would have been able to generate those kinds of performances any more. It seemed like a natural place to end it.
“I had a great relationship with the executive producer Bryan Kirkwood. He knew that I had to believe in what I was doing.
“There were meetings where I would say, ‘Can we change this, or do this differently, because it doesn’t feel too great for me’.
“And he always wanted to keep me in a place where it was truthful for me.”
Over to Corrie now where Samia Smith – who plays Maria Connor – has praised the show’s writers for giving her such “gritty” storylines.
Speaking on Lorraine, Samia revealed that the plotlines she gets mean that she never gets bored.
She said, “Maria is always in the more gritty drama side of Corrie, rather than the comedy side.
“That’s lovely, but it’s also more challenging to do the dramatic stuff.”
And when asked if she’d consider leaving the show to try new projects, Samia said, “There’s no reason to leave – it’s perfect.”
Finally, over to Emmerdale where Joanna Page has said that she wouldn’t consider joining her husband James Thornton on the rural soap. James of course plays farmer John Barton.
Speaking to What’s On TV, Joanna – who formerly starred as Stacey in Gavin and Stacey – explained, “I don’t think we’d be able to film together because we’d probably start laughing.
“We’ve done panto together and we couldn’t get through that without giggling.
“I know him so well, so looking at him and pretending that he was someone else would just make me giggle.
“I’d think, ‘I know you’re not John Barton the farmer from Emmerdale because I was washing your pants this morning in our washing machine in Dulwich’.
“So I wouldn’t be able to take it seriously. But I would quite like filming in the countryside.”
More soapy news soon!