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Byline: Emily Lambert

Things are getting hotter in soap land as Gaz torches Relish in Hollyoaks while Jack is doused in petrol in East Enders. In the Dales, the Dingles are outraged when Carl demands the rent


DWAYNE'S pleased with life these days.

He's back working at Darren's garage and he's got his hands on the CCTV tape Garry was blackmailing him with.

But when Garry finds out that he's double-crossed him, below, his world changes forever.

With Sioned still refusing to go back to school, Cadno turns to the only person who can help her - Lois.

Gaynor and Colin's reactions leave the Penrhewl family in no doubt that the rift between the families is a long way from being healed.

Ffion's unhappy that Hywel's not supporting her desire to get a place on the rugby club committee and isn't inclined to sympathise when he finds it hard to juggle work and caring for the baby.

When Lleucu ruins an important meeting at Cwm FM, Hywel suggests a radical solution to their childcare problems.

Tanya names "Neil" in a complaint to Carys about the networking website, but Jinx finds plausible answers to all her accusations.


WHILE trying to run Tony over, right, Maria crashes her car and the police warn her she could face an attempted murder charge.

To her amazement, Gordon tells the authorities it was an accident, and surprises everyone when he brings Jed to the Rovers.

However, Carla become suspicious about the ligature marks on his neck, left.

Gary cockily suggests to Tina that David tried to frame him for the copper-piping robbery because he's worried she fancies him.

One thing leads to another and David is rushed to hospital after brawling with his love rival.

Leanne and Blanche agree to hold the fort at the bookies while Peter is in rehab, while Ken strikes up a friendship with Martha Fraser (Stephanie Beacham), an amateur actress who asks him for help with her lines in a local production of A Streetcar Named Desire.

Eileen discovers Julie is the daughter of an old school friend, Janice is shocked by the death of new mate Mike, and Sally and Kevin apologise to Sophie for sidelining her.


LAUREL may want Jasmine to go to the police about the night of Shane's death, but there's another voice whispering in the would-be journalist's ear, and it belongs to Debbie.

She tells her lover they would be better off running away together, and not even Eli's arrest can persuade them to come clean.

However, as the two women get ready to flee, a frightened Eli realises that the evidence appears to be stacked against him and reveals what really happened.

As Jasmine is on her way to meet Debbie, she sees her partner in crime being arrested, left, and has to decide whether to make her escape alone.

At least the arrest means Ross is free, but Donna's relief is short-lived, and events leave her convinced her future lies outside the village.

The Dingles face a feud with the Kings as Carl chases them for rent, and Lexi sulks about Lisa being allowed to work flexible hours at the factory.

Elsewhere, Paul confronts Val as he tries to make a big decision about his future.


JANINE is determined to play Jack and Ronnie off against each other to gain control of R&R, but makes the mistake of telling Billy, who tips off his cousin.

She joins forces with the ex-copper to humiliate the scheming minx, but if they thought that would be enough to put her in her place, they're very wrong.

Jack later finds his new employee in the office brandishing a can of petrol, and when he tries to chase her out and bundle her into his car boot, he's the one who comes off worst, right.

There's more good news for Ms Butcher when she catches Jay trying to run away, and wonders why he's taking her stuffed cat with him - only to discover her late husband did leave her some cash after all. Despite this setback, Jay still wants to start a new life with Marissa, but she lets him down.

Max and Bradley move in with Phil, and Denise tries to rescue the Truemans' marriage.


CONSIDERING they both eat, sleep and breathe for the opposite sex, it's a wonder that Zak and Michaela haven't hooked up before.

Despite his obvious feelings for the loud-mouthed sixth-former, Zak is determined to keep their fledgling relationship under wraps and tells Archie that it's all just a bit of harmless fun.

A furious Michaela lets rip with a few choice words of her own, but the lovers reconcile the following day and a delighted Michaela is on cloud nine when Zak tells her he loves her.

Meanwhile, teenage tearaway Gaz faces expulsion until Russ convinces head teacher Gov to give the lad another chance, oblivious that while he's pleading his case, Gaz is busy torching Relish, above.

Elsewhere, Zak's sister Hayley pays a visit and wastes no time in jumping into bed with Archie, Justin tries to warn Hannah off Matt, and Nancy and Hannah decide it's high time they found Sarah a man.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jan 24, 2009
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