Late Than a MFKA Best & Worst of UK Soaps in 2013Best Couple Cain & Moira, Emmerdale
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Jeff Hordley’s Cain and Natalie J. Robb’s Moira aren’t perfect. Grumpy can be a bit… grumpy & Mommy can be a bit… judgy; but, most of the time, the two of them work to get past their own emotional hang ups, in order to find their way to love.  That is what I appreciate about Emmerdale’s portrayal of their love story; the soap has taken two flawed characters, with chemistry (but without a history of physically abusing one another), and shows them working, realistically, to keep it together.  Of course the criminally minded Cain would resort to criminal activity to help Moira finance her farm; of course the family minded Moira would think to take in the family of her deceased husband (R.I.P John) who’ve fallen on hard times; and of course each would have a problem with the other.  But it’s all in the name of a rational love, which is refreshing to see in a soap landscape that overwhelmingly treats romance as less slow boil, more plot point.

Late Than a MFKA Best & Worst of UK Soaps in 2013
Best Couple
Cain & Moira, Emmerdale

Jeff Hordley’s Cain and Natalie J. Robb’s Moira aren’t perfect. Grumpy can be a bit… grumpy & Mommy can be a bit… judgy; but, most of the time, the two of them work to get past their own emotional hang ups, in order to find their way to love. That is what I appreciate about Emmerdale’s portrayal of their love story; the soap has taken two flawed characters, with chemistry (but without a history of physically abusing one another), and shows them working, realistically, to keep it together. Of course the criminally minded Cain would resort to criminal activity to help Moira finance her farm; of course the family minded Moira would think to take in the family of her deceased husband (R.I.P John) who’ve fallen on hard times; and of course each would have a problem with the other. But it’s all in the name of a rational love, which is refreshing to see in a soap landscape that overwhelmingly treats romance as less slow boil, more plot point.

Late Than a MFKA Best & Worst of UK Soaps in 2013Worst Couple George & Vincent, Hollyoaks
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A romance that begins with an angry black man violently pushing the white guy who (incorrectly) called him a drug dealer & a thief, is doomed from the start.  The problem wasn’t the actors. Steven Roberts has always been excellent in the role of George, and John Omole gave a strong performance as Vincent; but neither could sell a love story that was written nonsensically.  

Fans were expected to believe that Vincent escaped his homophobic family in Africa, with his love — no, friend — the never cast Hakeem (sp; I know), who was deported, but apparently not killed, since Vincent was later able to email him about his “soulmate” George; who became Vincent’s boo somewhere between Vinnie making George pretend to be an African (like he saw on National Geographic) & pray the gay away camp. Of course, all of this was behind the back of poor, besotted, Phoebe, who (masterfully) called immigration on Vincent when she realized that he’d been hooking up with George.  Undeterred, Vincent dramatically professed his love for George, in front of the homophobic detention center thugs who beat him up; but later had problems revealing his “sexyality” in order to get out of the detention center.  Oh and also, he “NEVER LOVED" George!  

That revelation was probably the most honest of Vincent’s confounding storyline, that saw him seeming to fall in love with a man who treated him like shit, simply because he started to hang around with George’s best friend. I believe that Hollyoaks noted their consultation with some outside group, who approved of this story.  I need the details, because I can’t understand anyone approving of this.

Late Than a MFKA Best & Worst of UK Soaps in 2013
Worst Couple
George & Vincent, Hollyoaks

A romance that begins with an angry black man violently pushing the white guy who (incorrectly) called him a drug dealer & a thief, is doomed from the start. The problem wasn’t the actors. Steven Roberts has always been excellent in the role of George, and John Omole gave a strong performance as Vincent; but neither could sell a love story that was written nonsensically.

Fans were expected to believe that Vincent escaped his homophobic family in Africa, with his love — no, friend — the never cast Hakeem (sp; I know), who was deported, but apparently not killed, since Vincent was later able to email him about his “soulmate” George; who became Vincent’s boo somewhere between Vinnie making George pretend to be an African (like he saw on National Geographic) & pray the gay away camp. Of course, all of this was behind the back of poor, besotted, Phoebe, who (masterfully) called immigration on Vincent when she realized that he’d been hooking up with George. Undeterred, Vincent dramatically professed his love for George, in front of the homophobic detention center thugs who beat him up; but later had problems revealing his “sexyality” in order to get out of the detention center. Oh and also, he “NEVER LOVED" George!

That revelation was probably the most honest of Vincent’s confounding storyline, that saw him seeming to fall in love with a man who treated him like shit, simply because he started to hang around with George’s best friend. I believe that Hollyoaks noted their consultation with some outside group, who approved of this story. I need the details, because I can’t understand anyone approving of this.

Late Than a MFKA Best & Worst of UK Soaps in 2013Best Villain Sienna Blake (Anna Passey), Hollyoaks
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When your brother is a murderer & your father is an abuser, it’s understandable that kidnapping is one of your favorite pastimes. It also makes a warped sort of sense that you might want to steal the life of a pill addict, who isn’t treating the man you think you love as well as you know you would.  Such was the life of Sienna Blake, the breast feeding, brother frenching, Princess of Manipulation, who made the lives of many Chester residents, in a word, hell.  Fortunately, for fans of Anna Passey like myself, Hollyoaks has kept Sienna’s flame fueled with the thought that her daughter may be living among the Lomax clan; which means we’ll have more of an opportunity to watch this spectacular schemer work her dark magic.

Late Than a MFKA Best & Worst of UK Soaps in 2013
Best Villain
Sienna Blake (Anna Passey), Hollyoaks

When your brother is a murderer & your father is an abuser, it’s understandable that kidnapping is one of your favorite pastimes. It also makes a warped sort of sense that you might want to steal the life of a pill addict, who isn’t treating the man you think you love as well as you know you would. Such was the life of Sienna Blake, the breast feeding, brother frenching, Princess of Manipulation, who made the lives of many Chester residents, in a word, hell. Fortunately, for fans of Anna Passey like myself, Hollyoaks has kept Sienna’s flame fueled with the thought that her daughter may be living among the Lomax clan; which means we’ll have more of an opportunity to watch this spectacular schemer work her dark magic.

Late Than a MFKA Best & Worst of UK Soaps in 2013WORST Villains Grace & Karl, Coronation Street
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One was an annoying bully for reasons never even revealed, the other a lying, cheating, lazy, murderous, manipulative, creep. Perhaps one of them was more grating than the other, but after going back and forth (for more time than either deserved) in an attempt to decide which most deserved the blessed honor, I decided to crown them the King & Queen of Irritating Villainy.  Hats off to Karl & Grace the most vile characters to step onto a Kirsty free Coronation Street.  May they never again grace our screens.

Late Than a MFKA Best & Worst of UK Soaps in 2013
WORST Villains
Grace & Karl, Coronation Street

One was an annoying bully for reasons never even revealed, the other a lying, cheating, lazy, murderous, manipulative, creep. Perhaps one of them was more grating than the other, but after going back and forth (for more time than either deserved) in an attempt to decide which most deserved the blessed honor, I decided to crown them the King & Queen of Irritating Villainy. Hats off to Karl & Grace the most vile characters to step onto a Kirsty free Coronation Street. May they never again grace our screens.

  • Jai (to James): You can't deny your own son!
  • Archie: Seriously?!