The summer might be approaching its end, but things are only just starting to heat up in the land of soap.
Coronation Street lines up more drama for the likes of Tyrone Dobbs, Evelyn Plummer, Stephen Reid and Ryan Connor while, over in EastEnders, the return of Cindy, Ian and Peter Beale is on the cards.
Stacey Slater, meanwhile, has a stalker in her midst and Suki Panesar’s emotions are tested when someone arrives looking for Eve Unwin.
Hollyoaks continues to focus on influencer Rayne Royce as her sinister behaviour escalates and the Channel 4 soap will see the arrival of former Holby City star David Ames, who will play the new high school headmaster.
And secrets and lies continue to be the theme throughout the Emmerdale village as Bob tries his best to adapt to life after Wendy’s affair, and Nate’s new job takes a dangerous turn.
So, what’s coming up this autumn? Metro.co.uk has done some digging and this is what we uncovered.
A few weeks ago, Evelyn (Maureen Lipman) left the cobbles with her daughter Cassie (Claire Sweeney) after she overdosed on drugs and ended up in hospital. We know that Cassie is Tyrone’s (Alan Halsall) biological mother and with both characters set to return soon, Evelyn will have to deal with the small matter of Tyrone learning his mum has been alive this entire time.
One storyline continuing to bubble away is Stephen (Todd Boyce) and his reign of terror over the street. After killing Rufus Donohue, Stephen was thrown this week when the businessman’s wife Lou arrived and put forward the idea that her husband’s death doesn’t stack up.
And when Stephen realises that Lou is holding a bag that contains his tie pin, which was found after Rufus died, he realises his secrets are at risk of being exposed more than ever.
‘We are going to see him start taking risks as he gets more desperate, his life is starting to unravel and it is going to be interesting to see how he deals with the pressure’, Todd Boyce teased.
‘He is bound to start making mistakes and that could be his undoing. The walls are closing in on him.’
Shortly after Ryan Connor (Ryan Prescott) returned from Ireland, it became apparent that he had not only developed a strong interest in fitness, but had also began taking steroids too.
The next part of Ryan’s storyline comes after it became clear that he was experiencing low self esteem.
And problems are set to continue when the character joins an OnlyFans style website, which will involve him posting intimate videos and images in exchange for money.
With Henry Newton (George Banks) back on our screens, it looked as though he was going to be Jenny’s (Sally Ann Matthews) knight in shining armour after problems arose at the pub.
Faced with the prospect of losing the boozer, Jenny tried to host a posh event in the hope of impressing the Newton family, but it ended badly when Henry said it would be better for her to contact a developer instead.
However, once Chesney (Sam Aston) got involved and revealed Paul’s (Peter Ash) MND diagnosis, Henry returned to the pub and gave ex-girlfriend Gemma (Dolly-Rose Campbell) a deal that could end up costing her marriage – he’ll buy the boozer if she becomes his PA.
Elsewhere on the cobbles, Paul will continue to deal with his deteriorating health as his MND continues to take hold.
Recently, Paul proposed to Billy (Daniel Brocklebank) and he of course said yes, which begs the question of whether this couple will make it down the aisle.
In the café, Roy (David Neilson) is faced with a surprising and unexpected offer when teenager Lauren (Cait Fitton) makes a pass at him after he agrees to hire her.
There’s also further trouble for Sarah (Tina O’Brien), who is navigating a life on her own after the breakdown of her marriage to Adam (Sam Robertson), and Stu (Bill Fellows) still isn’t happy after meeting Eliza’s (Savannah Kunyo) father Dom.
But is Dom bad news, or is Stu jealous that Eliza is spending time with another family member?
Looking further ahead, October usually means Super Soap Week for both Coronation Street and Emmerdale. While a few storylines have been confirmed for characters in the Dales, we’re still awaiting any dramatic details about what’s ahead for the residents of Weatherfield.
Could we have another week as deadly as the sinkhole disaster and return of Harvey Gaskell (Will Mellor)?
Schemers face exposure, revenge plots escalate out of control and friendships are well and truly put to the test in what promises to be an unmissable autumn for Hollyoaks.
After months of manipulation, Rayne Royce has succeeded in her plot to get Romeo Nightingale all to herself, having isolated him from his loved ones, leaving him under her spell and at her beck and call.
But if the past has thought us anything, it’s that it’s only a matter of time before the truth comes out and, with Peri Lomax on a mission, the influencer’s days are most certainly numbered.
Peri may even find a few allies along the way, including former love rival Nadira Valli, who is similarly starting to suspect that Rayne isn’t the caring and considerate girlfriend she claims to be, having witnessed her gaslighting tactics first hand.
Lacey Lloyd, meanwhile, has proven her loyalty to the social media influencer, but the lawyer is starting to doubt her best friend and, given that she knows the truth about what really happened to Rayne’s ex, will she perhaps prove instrumental in ending Rayne’s reign of terror?
And as for Rayne herself, with a cancer fib, a false accusation of attempted assault and a self-harming lie, the influencer has truly descended to the depths of villainy this summer but, with home truths set to be exposed in the coming months, the question is: just how far will she go to keep Romeo in her grip?
Have we seen her worst? Or is her worst yet to come?
Speaking of taking things to the next level, Sienna Blake and Ethan Williams plough ahead with their plot to swindle Rafe Harcourt out of his cash.
Sienna is desperate to get a ring on the Earl’s finger, but first she must convince him that she’s got his best interests at heart, which shouldn’t be too difficult given just how besotted he is with her.
Rafe, however, isn’t like anyone Sienna has encountered thus far and he most certainly has his wits about him, so it would be foolish of her to underestimate him, especially with sister Dilly in his ear.
Expect Dilly to be something of an immovable obstacle, with a battle of the schemers on the cards as she and Sienna go head-to-head to try and out-scheme one another.
But as for how this pans out, you’ll just have to wait and see! Will Sienna use Rafe’s interest in her to get what she wants? If so, just how far will she go? Will her desire to get her hands on cold hard cash trump her loyalty to Ethan?
And despite her claims to keep things professional, will she find herself starting to fall for Rafe after all? Or will it be Ethan that struggles to resist newcomer Dilly?
Only time will tell.
Sienna and Rayne aren’t the only ones on a mission, with Freya Calder determined to win Hunter McQueen’s affection, with the student having developed strong feelings for the teacher, who remains oblivious to what she’s up to.
Hunter, meanwhile, has hit it off with Zoe Anderson, who is well overdue some happiness after all she’s been through this year, but will Freya’s plot rob her of a happy ending? Or will detective Zoe see through the teen’s plan and warn Hunter before things get seriously out of hand?
Freya, who tragically lost her mum last year, will soon find her attention elsewhere when her dad Carter Shepherd arrives to take over the school as the new head teacher, who has some advice for John Paul.
John Paul was recently the victim of a homophobic attack, and there’s more heartache on the cards for he and the McQueens in the coming weeks, with James Nightingale on a revenge mission after the family in question accidentally destroyed his message from Juliet.
Ste Hay is determined to save James from himself before he goes too far, but can he succeed in bringing his husband back from the brink before he does something he’ll live to regret?
James isn’t the only one struggling with grief over Juliet’s passing, as Donna-Marie Quinn continues to process the tragic events, well and truly hitting rock bottom in upcoming scenes. Leela Lomax is determined to do everything in her power to help Donna-Marie get clean, while Joel Dexter continues to worry about his diabetes diagnosis, which he is still keeping to himself.
Will the former priest’s refusal to confide in Leela ultimately sabotage their relationship? And speaking of relationships, love is potentially in the air as Lacey and Nadira grow closer, as do Lucas Hay and Dillon Ray, as well as Cindy Cunningham and Dave Chen-Williams.
But is true happiness on the cards?
This is Hollyoaks we’re talking about, so you can expect some conflict along the way! Either way, it’s safe to say that you won’t want to miss a second of the drama in the eponymous village this autumn. There are a few surprises in store, that’s all we can say!
This summer on EastEnders has been a dramatic one, but as we head towards autumn the BBC soap shows no signs of slowing down. With huge returns, new arrivals and the likelihood of a catfight or two, there’s plenty for fans to look forward to.
The story of missing Rose Knight has had us all gripped, as Anna Knight grows ever closer to finding out the truth. However, it is far from over, as this story is only going to further explode through the autumn, with Cindy Beale (Michelle Collins) set to make her highly anticipated return to Walford.
In an epic special episode earlier this year, it was revealed that Cindy is actually missing Rose, having adopted the alias after being put into witness protection having turned informant on her cellmate in 1998. Within the episode, it was revealed that her protection had come to an end, and she was free to return to her old life should she so wish.
The last time we saw Cindy she was lounging on a French sunbed, after a dramatic day that saw Ian Beale (Adam Woodyatt) rushed to hospital following a heart attack, so how she will come to find herself back in Walford remains a mystery.
However, her arrival is sure to set the cat among the pigeons, with daughter Gina (Francesca Henry) having already made it quite clear that she doesn’t want her to be found. There’s also the small matter of husband George’s (Colin Salmon) engagement to Elaine Peacock (Harriet Thorpe) and the fact that most of the Walford residents believe that she’s dead.
Not to mention, mother-in-law and deadly enemy Kathy Beale (Gillian Taylforth) and daughter Lucy’s murderer Bobby (Clay Milner Russell) will surely not take too kindly to her return. Can we expect a fair few fights in the not-so-distant future?
Elsewhere, the Slaters and Brannings are expecting a new arrival, as Lily’s (Lillia Turner) due date grows ever closer. We’ve seen the two families come to some blows over the idea of Lily and Ricky Mitchell (Frankie Day) becoming parents, but they have taken huge steps recently to overcome their differences and make things work. Will this be set to continue, or will they fall back into their old ways?
And of course, Sam Mitchell is due to return to the Square at some point, having taken a job offer in Spain in order to provide for the baby. Could the birth be the catalyst for her return, or will we be kept waiting?
As well as worrying about the new baby, Stacey Slater (Lacey Turner) has been left terrified after learning that the man she had been video calling in order to earn some extra cash has turned into a full-blown stalker.
Viewers will know that the stalker is actually Lily’s tutor Theo Hawthorne (William Ellis), who has had full access to Stacey’s house for several weeks. He has been very clever about keeping suspicion off of him up to this point, but could he be set to slip up?
With Stacey trusting him completely, could she be set to put herself in further danger as he steps things up a notch?
Things aren’t looking much quieter for Stacey’s wife Eve Unwin (Heather Peace), who was recently dumped by girlfriend Suki Panesar (Balvinder Sopal), who chose to stay with abusive husband Nish (Navin Chowdhry) in order to protect them both.
Though they may not be together now, we get the feeling that their story is far from over, as Suki is set to grow jealous when a mystery woman starts asking around for Eve. But what she doesn’t know is that the mystery arrival is hiding a big secret which is set to tear Eve’s world apart.
As Eve reels in the aftermath of her discovery, will she fall back into Suki’s arms? Only time will tell.
Another character who will battle with a discovery is Alfie Moon, who is set to embark on a difficult journey. However, he won’t face it alone, as he is set to find support in an unlikely place. Executive producer Chris Clenshaw has teased that Alfie has a ‘tough road ahead’, so this support may prove vital.
Elsewhere, Patrick and Yolande Trueman (Rudolph Walker and Angela Wynter) are set to make up for lost time, though their new-found bliss may not last for long, as they face an unexpected hurdle that could threaten their future.
With all of that and much more – including the lead up to that Christmas murder – still to come, it would be a travesty to miss a single episode!
Right now, we know already that Mackenzie (Lawrence Robb), Charity (Emma Atkins) and Chloe (Jessie Elland) will be a strong focus throughout September and October after a busy few months involving secrets, lies, a baby being born and a terrible family photo opportunity at the pub.
While some fans may be waiting for Charity to plan something spectacular when it comes to revenge after Mack got Chloe pregnant, Emmerdale boss Jane Hudson has confirmed that this character will continue to be at the centre of the drama as we say goodbye to the warmer months.
With a big story for the trio in October!
Secrets and lies are also in the spotlight for Liam (Jonny McPherson) and Wendy (Susan Cookson), who are still dealing with the aftermath of their affair being revealed.
Poor Bob (Tony Audenshaw) thought he was living a comfortable and happy life with Wendy, only to have everything thrown up in the air.
Can he continue living in the village knowing Liam is happily getting on with things as normal? Or will disaster strike when Bob suffers a heart attack after weeks of stress?
Elsewhere, following Lloyd’s death, Dan’s (Liam Fox) future in the village is looking bleak after pleading guilty during the hearing.
If Dan’s time behind bars is substantial, what will life look like for Amelia (Daisy Campbell), who will be left on her own with baby Esther?
She will receive support from the likes of Mandy (Lisa Riley) and Noah (Jack Downham) no doubt, but can Amelia cope without her dad?
Nate (Jurell Carter) has found himself involved in some dodgy jobs with old school friend Corey and a dangerous man called Harry. The work means Nate is earning extra after losing his job at Moira’s (Natalie J Robb) farm, but Tracy (Amy Walsh) will be less than impressed if she discovers the extent of what her husband has been up to just to put food on the table and pay the bills…
In the Anderson household, the family are treading on eggshells after Victor (Eddie Osei) explained that he has an unruptured brain aneurysm. If it ruptures, Victor’s life will be in serious danger, so is it only a matter of time before something terrible happens?
And what will that do to Charles (Kevin Mathurin), who is still convinced that his dad’s sudden change in behaviour is all a facade?
Marlon (Mark Charnock) faces a challenge soon when a special day approaches that’ll see him collect his specially adapted car. This will help Marlon drive after he suffered a stroke last year, but it’s very clear he’s feeling anxious at the prospect of getting behind the wheel again.
Relationship-wise, can Mary (Louise Jameson) navigate the dating scene again, so soon after the ordeal with con artist Faye, and what will Home Farm look like after Gabby (Rosie Bentham) decided to leave once she realised that she was developing feelings for Billy (Jay Kontzle)?
Autumn also brings the prospect of Super Soap Week for the ITV soaps. While it’s a bit too early for any official confirmation on those storylines, the week usually means stunts, even more shocking plot twists and almost certainly more lives in danger. Given how catastrophic the storm was last year in the village, there seems to be no let-up for the residents of the Dales!
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