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Doubles date is the spice of soap life; EMMERDALE (ITV).

IS it just me, or does Butch (Paul Loughran) look like a ginger version of EastEnders' hardman Ross Kemp?

When he was holding his new girlfriend Emily in his arms, he looked like the cat that got the cream, but that was only after taking a leaf out of Grant Mitchell's well-leafed black book.

And, with that short haircut and ball face, he could be Grant's double.

After a nail-biting will-she-won't-she cliffhanger on Tuesday, Emily (Kate McGregor) decided to start a new life with the bungling Butch.

Deciding to cheer her up, Butch first took her to the pub, but it was too crowded. They finally cracked open the bubbly at Home Farm.

Let's hope some of Grant Mitchell's luck rubs off on Butch. Emmerdale's man mountain married Mandy Dingle with good intentions - unfortunately they weren't the same intentions she had.

Now, it looks like he's found love with Emily. And, while we're playing lookalikes, doesn't she look and sound like Jane Horrocks in Little Voice?

Their relationship encapsulates what is best about Emmerdale, which is rapidly taking the humour and quaintness of old Corrie for itself.

While Weatherfield sexes itself up with young actors and racy storylines, the Dales soap makes us laugh as much as Corrie did in the 70s.

Butch and Emily may be the Laurel and Hardy of the box, but they put a smile on your face and make you root for them.

Do we really care as much about Maxine and Ashley - even with his Mickey Mouse voice?

Take last night's episode as the cricket team got smashed in the pub. When was the last time the Rovers had a good knees-up and showed the stars getting drunk?

The Yard of Ale was the drink of choice and poor old Ernie was paying.

And then Scary Spice Maggie (Juliette Ellis) decided to have a very unladylike scrap with "Posh Gob" Zoe (Leah Bracknell) over her girlfriend.

In fact, it was a busy night in the Yorkshire Dales with the nasty Kelly taking Scott's car, hiding it and throwing away the keys. That'll teach him to splash around her cash.
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Title Annotation:Features
Author:Fulton, Rick
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Aug 27, 1999
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