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Byline: ROZ LAWS

EASTENDERS MAX'S magnetic appeal is one of the enduring mysteries of soapland.

BY ROZ It really baffles me why so many Albert Square residents seem to fall for him. His pull over ex-wife Tanya is particularly strong - she's tried to dump him countless times, and even tried to kill him once, yet every time she goes running back.

This week, she finishes their affair yet again and vows to make a go of her marriage, after Jack gives her a talking-to and tells her she's as bad as Stacey.

Then five minutes later, when she sees Max kissing Vanessa, she gets all jealous and it's back on. Except she decides she can't bear to be the other woman and suggests they come clean to Vanessa and Greg.

But then along comes another twist, when Tanya discovers she may have cervical cancer.

If she's looking for a reliable partner who will nurse her through a serious illness, Max might not be the man for her.

Elsewhere, Walford has finally woken up to the fact that the Olympics is happening on their doorstep, with what could be a humorous storyline. Billy Mitchell, of all people, is chosen as an Olympic torchbearer. That's the Billy who beat up his nephew Jamie, has dealt in drugs, set fire to the club (twice) and stolen charity money and post. What a fine role model he is.

SMASH: Chas by Aaron's Also this week, Jack apologises to Kat for everything that happened with Tommy and she lets him see the baby. Michael makes a discovery about Eddie, while Jean fancies Norman but is put out when he plumps for Pat.

EMMERDALE * OH Aaron, are you trying to kill off everyone you love? He's understandably still cut-up about Jackson's death and guilty about not going to prison, but he's testing everyone's patience.

Chas moves her son into The Woolpack, but Diane throws him out when he makes a scene and threatens Carl. Then Aaron breaks into Carl's place and smashes it up.

After another row, Chas runs after him as he leaps into the car and drives off in a rage. The car spins off the road and Chas is badly injured in the nasty smash.

Also this week, David's in a bad way now Leyla has gone, leaving him with a pile of debt and a wedding to cancel.

And Laurel and Marlon grow closer over the kids' summer club - perhaps a little too close? CORONATION STREET LAWS * SOAPLAND is full of nasty medical diagnoses this week. While Tanya is given her cancer news, the bombshell is dropped on Corrie's Chris that he's got a brain tumour that's likely to kill him soon.

He's been behaving oddly for a while but the last straw is dropping a pole which smashes Jason in the face. But when he sees a consultant, the only person he wants by his side is Cheryl. Even Lloyd drives Chris to his first radiotherapy session, but he's not sympathetic enough to agree to Cheryl's next suggestion - that Chris moves in with them.

There's a slight thaw in the relationship between Leanne and Stella when she gives Tina a birthday card to pass on to her mother, but Eva puts a spanner in the works by tearing it up.

Audrey foolishly leaves Kylie and David in charge of the salon, but Julie is even more stupid to part with money for a reflexology session.

HOLLYOAKS LYNSEY should leave well alone is badly hurt careless driving.

with Silas. Surely she realises that exposing a killer is a lethal business? He terrifies her this week by grabbing her - purportedly to pull her from the path of a cyclist, but it gets his chilling message across. As does the fact that Texas disappears after announcing she's to play India in a police reconstruction. Yet still Lynsey pursues Silas, planting India's necklace in his pocket.

Also this week, Carmel shares a kiss with her forbidden love, Father Francis, and Amy wakes up in bed next to Dodger.

NEIGHBOURS * TASH is so desperate to get Michael's attention that she spraypaints nasty graffiti about herself all over Ramsay Street. But it backfires when her father realises she's the culprit and considers reporting her to the police.

Plus, Lucas is tempted to gamble again when he's left a wad of cash by his dad.

DOCTOR* ROB'S dad turns out to be Finchy from The Office. Ralph Ineson is surely too young to play Billy Hollins, but it happens in flashback. A painful memory from 1979 is triggered during Rob's counselling session with Elaine, and he realises his anger towards his violent father has been affecting his behaviour towards Immie.


SMASH: Chas is badly hurt by Aaron's careless driving.
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Aug 7, 2011
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