It was the year that Dot Branning (EastEnders legend June Brown) somehow managed to sleep through a gas explosion, a restaurant fire, a shooting next door and a cacophony of sirens. But there was no such rest for the other residents of Soapland as they continued to be hatched, matched and dispatched at a bewildering rate in 2017…
Virgin TV Soap Awards 2017
And it all builds up to this most magic and tragic time of the year. In Albert Square, in the village of Emmerdale, in the cobbled streets of Weatherfield and in the suburban homes of Hollyoaks, there is something about December that makes everyone really let their hair down and rip into each other. And you thought your family had festive tiffs…
Here are our highlights from 52 weeks of four of the most popular shows on British television.
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