We’ll start our look at today’s soapy news with EastEnders, where newbie star Chucky Venn – who makes his debut on the show tonight as Ray Dixon – has revealed that his kids were overjoyed when he landed a part on the long running soap.
Speaking to Inside Soap, Chucky said, “It’s funny, I’ve worked on big productions with the likes of Morgan Freeman and Joan Collins, but the minute my kids found out I’d won a role in EastEnders they were like ‘That’s so cool!’ It’s quality.”
Chucky went on to reveal that he’s always been a fan of the show, and feels “privileged” to be starring in it.
He said, “I remember watching the very first episode when I was about 12 years old, so it’s a real privilege to now be a part of television history.”
Over to Hollyoaks now, where Emmett J Scanlan has also been talking to Inside Soap about how he doesn’t think his character Brendan Brady, can ever really be a good dad.
As fans of the show will know, Brendan’s son Declan (Jay Duffy) is headed back to the village for a visit with his dad.
Emmett said, “Brendan has this incredibly empty feeling inside. He’s trying to be a good father, but he simply can’t do it.
“He can’t change the person he really is.
“It’s flattering for Brendan that Declan’s come running back. But he obviously has to make it clear to Declan that what he did was wrong, and that he doesn’t condone his actions in any way.
“In fact Brendan and his sister Cheryl plan to send Declan right back to his mother – but in the end, they don’t have the heart to do that to him.”
See how Brendan copes with being around his impressionable son in forthcoming episodes.
Finally, it’s over to Corrie, where Michael Le Vell has thanked his fans and his colleagues for their support over the last few months when he was accused of raping a child.
The charges have now been dropped, and a relieved Michael has issued a statement, which reads, “Following the conclusion of the police enquiry into allegations that have been widely publicised in the national press, I would like to acknowledge and give thanks to the Greater Manchester Police for the fair, thorough and independent investigation that they have conducted.
“I have maintained my innocence throughout and I am delighted to be completely exonerated by the decision that there will be No Further Action taken in this matter.
“I would like to thank the public sincerely for their loyal support during what has been a most difficult and upsetting phase in my life.
“I also want to give special thanks to my colleagues on Coronation Street and ITV Studios and ITV for their unwavering support of me.
“It is now my intention to continue working and hope to put this extremely difficult period behind me.”
Let’s hope he can do just that. What a horrible ordeal.
More soapy news soon!