Plus Zoe Lucker lands Waterloo Road role
We’ll start our look at soapy news today in Coronation Street where Shobna Gulati – who plays Sunita Alahan – has revealed that she’s suspended her Twitter account after online trolls left vile messages of abuse.
The tweets were primarily of a racist nature, and one even threatened, “I’ll always be here to bother you.”
Of the dreadful messages, Shobna told the Sun, “Being racially abused on Twitter really shook me up. It felt like going back in time to the 1970s.
“It put me in mind of a psycho — like a horror movie. I just decided enough was enough.
“I tried to ignore it but it started to affect my confidence.
“Violent, vitriolic hatred gives people their moment in the spotlight. It beggars belief.”
How utterly awful! If you happen to read this Shobna, please go back on Twitter; don’t allow these vile people to drive you away because then they’ve won. For all those vicious ar**holes, there are ten times as many people who are genuinely your fans, and I’m one of them!
On a lighter note, it’s over to EastEnders, where newcomer Joey Branning – who’s played by David Witts – is about to prove that he conforms to the ‘like father like son’ adage when we learn that he’s prone to be violent and uses manipulation and lies to get what he wants…
Just like his dad Derek does!
We’ll see Joey getting violent when Lucy Beale gets some unwanted attention from a male admirer, and on seeing it, Joey hits out first and asks questions later, flooring the man with one punch!
Then in a later episode, we’ll see him scheming to make his dad Derek show “his true colours” by ruining what was supposed to be a family dinner.
But will Alice – as Joey hopes – see their father for what he really is; a fundamentally flawed and violent bully? Or will she only see that Joey’s the troublemaker?
Finally, it’s been revealed today that former EastEnders and Footballers’ Wives star Zoe Lucker is joining the cast of BBC soap Waterloo Road.
She’ll play the role of Carol Barry, the matriarch of a Liverpudlian family who are a crime spree in and of themselves.
The family will apparently cause mayhem in upcoming storylines, and as Carol’s husband is in prison, she’s in charge of their three unruly children. The family arrives in the show via the children beginning to attend the school.
Of her new role, Zoe said, “I’m delighted to join the cast of Waterloo Road and work with Shed and the BBC again.
“It’s a show I’ve always enjoyed and I’m thrilled to be part of the outrageous Barry family.
”Carol and her kids are going to ruffle plenty of feathers in Waterloo Road – you can’t trust them as far as you can throw them!
“They’re a family of great characters – you just wouldn’t want the Barrys in your neighbourhood!”
More soapy news soon!