It's a full house at the Kennedys as Elly and Bea's mum Liz arrives for a visit. Can she heal the rift between the sisters or will she make things worse?
With sisters Elly and Bea still squabbling over events surrounding their ordeal at the hands of the wicked Finn, aunt Susan Kennedy has called in the cavalry in the shape of Elly and Bea's mum, Liz.
At first it looks like Liz's happy chat is going to reunite the Conway/Nilsson girls. But when Elly and Bea compare notes, they both realise their mum has been telling them half-truths about why her daughters became estranged in first place. Bea is crushed when she discovers Liz wanted her out of the house when she was a teenager because she reminded her of Bea's dad, Lars. Will Bea be able to forgive Liz?
Meanwhile, when posters of the Sharma-Rebecchi family for the 'Christmas In July' campaign are vandalised, racist Lassiter's employee Marisa is the prime suspect. Chloe uses her position to get Marisa sacked from the hotel even though Marisa vows she's innocent.
Elsewhere, Aaron and David set single policewoman Mishti up with dishy doc Rob Carson. But having had her heartbroken several times in recent months, Mishti starts to police-style interrogate Rob on their date, and risks scaring him off!
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Simon has long been a fan of soap operas, and especially loves OVER-THE-TOP plots involving evil twins, hair-pulling catfights and natural disasters.
Anyone remember the Sunset Beach earthquake/tidal wave?
Or when Krystle Carrington got locked in the attic and replaced by look-a-like Rita in Dynasty?!
Simon has written for a variety of TV and childrens’ magazines/websites including Inside Soap, Nickelodeon, What’s On TV, Radio Times, Metro, Girl Talk, Disney Girl, Toxic! and Digital Spy.
He has reported LIVE from the red carpet at The British Soap Awards interviewing glammed-up stars from soapland, and hosted a Facebook LIVE session for Metro with Home and Away legend Ray Meagher (Alf "Stone the flamin' crows!" Stewart) to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Aussie soap.
Simon is also co-author of The Treasures Of Coronation Street (Carlton Books)