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Byline: Nicola Methven & Polly Hudson

SOAPVILLE doesn't like to blow its own trumpet, but two months ago we reported that Hollyoaks was crap and this week it suddenly got much better. Coincidence? We think not.

Soapville's main issue with the five-times-a-week soap was that not much happened. The serial killer storyline had been running for, quite literally, 18 months and tiny, totally insignificant plotlines were introduced, repeated, dragged out and repeated some more. Someone deciding whether or not to have a cup of tea could take a couple of weeks.

But those days are long gone. This week Hollyoaks really stepped up its game and was even laugh out loud funny a few times - intentionally! There's also a new character who is showing early signs of actually being able to act and everything (Zak, played by Kent Riley, right).

The love triangle between Dan, Debbie and her pesky little sister Steph is surprisingly compelling and you can't help but feel empathy for Debbie. Even though you really don't want to because she's going out with Kian from Westlife in real life and has worn some shocking outfits to awards ceremonies.

One actor Soapville did praise before, for his comic talents, was Alex Carter (Lee Hunter). This week, dumped by his fiance after finding her in bed with another bloke, he showed another string to his bow. Seeing him totally heartbroken, sobbing in the street brought a tear even to Soapville's cynical old eye.

So if you haven't bothered with Hollyoaks for a while, tune in and give it another chance. And if you like it, remember, you have Soapville to thank and yes, we do accept presents and flowers.*

*(Soapville, however, refuses to accept any responsibility if you don't like it. We had nothing to do with it, it was just a coincidence, honest).
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Oct 16, 2004
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