Former EastEnders Tracy-Ann Oberman on soap “snobbery” and her new quiz show, Sud’s Law

by Lynn Connolly

Fans of EastEnders are sure to remember Tracy-Ann Oberman for her role as “black widow” Chrissie Watts, who went to prison in 2005 for murdering Den Watts.

However, Tracy has now put her knowledge of all things soapy to good use with a new radio quiz show entitled, Sud’s Law, which airs on Radio 2 tonight at 10:30pm.

Ahead of it, Tracy has been telling the Radio Times about the quiz, but also about what she believes is soap “snobbery.”

She explained, “There’s a snobbery towards soap that I find baffling and misplaced.

“Some of our best scriptwriters have come through soaps, huge stars such as Ian McKellen have appeared in them, and they are part of Britain’s cultural fabric to such an extent that even people who profess not to watch them know things about them…

“Soaps are their own art form. And when they’re great, they’re brilliant.”

Tracy then went on to discussing how Sud’s Law – which was her idea – came into being.

She explained that the idea began when she and fellow “soap addict” Linda Marks were at a pub quiz.

Tracy added, “One of the questions was: what was the name of Minnie Caldwell’s cat? [Answer: Bobby.]

“It was then that Linda and I realised that a panel show about soaps – something with the irreverence and heart of Never Mind the Buzzcocks – would work brilliantly.

“A bit of me couldn’t believe it hadn’t been done before.”

So, with the idea for the show firmly in hand, Tracy enlisted fellow soap actors Shaun Williamson who of course played EastEnder Barry Evans and Mark Little, who played Joe Mangel in Neighbours.

She also roped in Susan Calman of Radio 4’s News Quiz and “the doyenne of soap critics” Jaci Stephen.

Currently, Sud’s Law is just a pilot, but of it, Tracy said, “It would be lovely if it went to a series, but you never know with these things.

“But there’s also been interest from television companies, too.”

I’d love to take part in Sud’s Law! I’d rock at it, seriously!

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.