Which has been the best soap storyline in 2009?

by Lynn Connolly

In my opinion, the top three UK soaps – EastEnders, Coronation Street and Emmerdale – have really upped their game this year.

Many of the year’s storylines have caused controversy and even sparked outrage. For me, EastEnders has had the best plotlines this year; for instance, the Whitney-Tony storyline and Danielle’s death.

Then of course we’ve had god botherer Lucas turning murderous and dear old Jim coming home. We’ve seen Max Branning’s rise and fall – again – and Archie’s constant evil meddling will of course culminate in his death on Christmas Day, but what a brilliant soapy ride his story has been!

Then there was the fantastic portrayal of Stacey Slater’s bi-polar disorder which has definitely been my favourite soap storyline of the year. Lacey Turner’s portrayal of the troubled girl has been awe inspiring.

In Corrie – which would get second place award for me – we’ve seen Emily fall in love and lose her love when Ramsay died. We’ve seen Peter Barlow fall from boozy grace then stumble his way back to good-dadhood. And of course, there’s been Molly and Kevin’s affair which has had the nation gripped. But arguably the biggest Street storyline has been Tony Gordon’s murderous spree and final confession.

We’ve also seen Steve and Becky finally get married and Gail going into yet another doomed relationship.

Over in the Dales we’ve witnessed Andy going loopy then slowly getting back to some normality while Chas’s relationship with Aaron and Paddy fell apart and Nicola gave birth. And surprisingly, the child didn’t have horns or cloven feet.

The scenes in which the departed Lexi held Angelica hostage on the roof of the hospital were tense, nervous headache ones, and though they most definitely had some great moments, even those dramatic scenes didn’t really pack a huge punch for me.

My favourite Emmerdale storyline this year has to be the return of Charity. She’s a brilliant character and it’s been great to see Charity and Cain’s old spark reignited!

And talking of igniting things, we’ve seen bunny-boiler Sally infiltrating the haven that was the Thomas’s marriage and trying to kill Laurel so she can get her hands on Ashley, which frankly, is a mental image I could’ve done without…

So which soap has been your favourite this year in terms of keeping you glued to your seat with the storylines? Cast your vote below!

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.