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Soaps Monday with Taragh Loughrey-Grant - 12.10.09

Monday, 12 October 2009

Find out all the tantalising tasters of this week's soaps and keeps yourself hooked!

Taragh Loughrey-Grant
Taragh has been working in TV, radio and print for over 10 years. She studied at DCU before going on to UCD where she graduated with a Masters in 2002. Whilst studying, Taragh worked as a freelance writer with a number of Ireland's leading publications and worked on several projects as a freelance presenter and producer for TV3, RTÉ's Nationwide and for RTÉ's former station Tara TV. She worked as a continuity presenter for TV3 before becoming the Film and Entertainment Correspondent for FM104 radio.

In 2006 she began presenting and producing both Channel 6's (now 3e) film show 'Take 6' and Phantom 105.2's 'Cinerama'. In January 2009 Taragh joined RTÉ as an online Entertainment Journalist and has since co-presented TTV. She is a regular contributor to The Tubridy Show and Arena, presented by Sean Rocks on RTÉ Radio One and the soap correspondent with The Afternoon Show.

Fair City, Tuesday 8pm, RTE One

This Week: When Annette spots McAleer on the street, she attempts to shame him for his purported offer to buy her from her husband. Bill discourages Annette from reporting McAleer to the Gardai and reassures her he's the antithesis of McAleer who puts profit over people.

Charlie and Cass bicker when Charlie points out Cass shouldn't bring his own tea in a flask to the Community Centre because they sell tea there. Cass agrees to try to get on with Charlie for Bela's sake. When Cass makes an effort to broker friendlier terms with Charlie, he is coldly rebuffed. Cass gets his own back by riling Charlie about how brilliant Carol was as acting mayor in his absence. Charlie asks Carol for his mayoral chain back, saying he's now ready to resume full duty as Mayor of Carrigstown but Carol refuses, point blank.

Keith slags Ray for his humble endeavours at the Helping Hand and questions when Ray will be returning to the garage as a mechanic. Ray confides in Niamh that he loved his old job and she encourages him to talk to Paul. Ray calls into the garage but is too shy to state his mission - to be reinstated. Keith tells Paul Ray misses the camaraderie of the garage, so Paul invites Ray along to a staff outing. Ray demurs until after he sees the doctor who will reveal whether he is fit to work as a mechanic again.

Bill manages to convince Barry that McAleer offered him all that cash to leave Annette. Barry's initial scepticism fades under Bill's spell. Bill continues to taunt McAleer but McAleer doesn't rise to it, preferring to play the long game. Bill propositions Annette to move back to the States with him. Dermot suggests Annette start a free legal advice clinic at the Community Centre.

Jo discovers that her social worker, Felix, who is vetting her and Dermot's fostering application, is Malachy's running partner. Jo then slyly encourages Dermot to start marathon training, with Malachy. Jo promises Dermot an extra special bath and massage on his return. When Dermot discovers Jo's set up, he is none-too-pleased. Felix is friendly but insists it's out of the question for them to discuss social work matters. Dermot, dehydrated and muscle-strained, castigates Jo on his return and finds no hot bath or massage waiting for him.

Rachel reveals to Niamh that Nicola has given birth to a baby girl. Niamh is annoyed that Paul didn't tell her. Paul admits he didn't want to tread on Niamh's sensitivities about conception and birthing. Niamh reassures Paul they will get there in the end.
Barry confronts McAleer with Bill's allegation that he tried to pay Bill to leave Annette. McAleer is disgusted with Barry's gullibility.

Carol looks set to make the mayoral matter very difficult for Charlie, in spite of his recent bereavement. Carol threatens to contest Charlie's rights to the position. Charlie asks Bela to arbitrate in his favour but Bela admits he needs to consult the committee.

Bill packs a suitcase for Annette and manipulates her into agreeing to accompany him back to the US on a one-way ticket.

Eastenders, Monday 7:30pm, RTÉ One

This Week: The Slaters are sitting round the table having breakfast and Jean is discussing Stacey after Friday's events. Charlie gets annoyed that Stacey is always the topic of conversation and storms out. Charlie later reveals it has been ten years since his wife Viv died and when Jean says that means it's been almost ten years since her Brian died, Charlie becomes furious that Jean has managed to again make the conversation about her. The pair then row and Jean hysterically accuses Charlie of not caring about her, Stacey or Sean, and says she is moving out.
Later, Jean heads to visit Stacey in hospital and returns home upset after Stacey refuses to see her. Mo tries to console her, but Jean says she also feels bad about the way she spoke to Charlie and decides to go and visit him at Viv's grave.

At the cemetery, Jean finds Charlie, brings him some soup, and puts some flowers on Viv's grave. She apologises for her behaviour from earlier and the pair reconcile.

Meanwhile over at the Vic, Sam shows off her new smart look for court which Peggy and Phil find utterly hilarious. Sam gets annoyed and tells them she's going to go to court alone and when Peggy tries to convince her to let her come, Sam refuses telling Peggy "I'm not a kid anymore."
Later in the Square, Sam is on the phone to Ricky and he tells her he can't make it to court. Sam then bumps into Archie and he offers to accompany her, but Sam is adamant that she will go alone. When Janine finds Sam in the Café, Sam tells her how nervous she is and that she wishes Ricky could make it to court. Janine tells her she understands, having been through a similar ordeal. Later, Sam and Janine leave the square together.

Once the girls return from court, Sam tells Janine she doesn't know whether pleading not guilty is the right thing to do. Janine convinces Sam to plead not guilty and let her lawyers do their job. Later, Janine visits Archie and the pair discuss how they are going to try to get Sam to jump her bail in order to bring down Peggy and the rest of the Mitchell family.

Over at the Masala Masood stall, Tamwar tries to convince Masood to work things out with Zainab. Ignoring him, Masood tells Tamwar to let his mother know he is annoyed the she has Tamwar working on the stall when he could be in the library studying.

When Masood sees Charlie in the cafe with flowers, he asks him if everything is ok. Masood visits Viv's grave with Charlie and hearing him talking about the relationship he had with Viv, he decides to go and smooth things over with Zainab.

Upon his return home, Masood tries to talk to Zainab who immediately shouts him down, annoyed he criticised her for letting Tamwar work on the stall. Zainab asks Masood if he thinks she wants Tamwar not to do well at school and instead end up a cabbie or postman, like his father. Things get heated and Masood shouts back that Zainab should use her ears more and her mouth less.

Meanwhile, Darren arrives in the Square with a new business proposal: an ice cream van. He makes his way round the square trying to find someone who'd like to run it for him. Tamwar and Phil both decline so Darren resorts to asking Shirley. However, Shirley declines and tells him she doesn't want to work for another Ian Beale.

Earlier that day, Liz arrives at Dot's house, feeling under the weather after clearly having a rough night. Patrick comes round, trying to convince Liz to dance, but she declines saying she is too ill. Patrick starts talking about how lonely he is in the house with Libby being at Oxford and the others being on holiday. Feeling guilty, Liz tells Patrick she feels much better and will dance with him.

As Patrick and Liz dance, they become flirty and start dancing the Tango. They go to the Vic for a drink and Patrick invites her out on a date that evening. While Patrick gets the pair drinks from the bar, Liz receives a phone call. When Patrick comes back with the drinks, Liz jumps up to leave, saying she's had a better offer and the date is off.

Liz rushes out into the Square to meet someone. It's Owen, who has returned to Albert Square.

Coronation Street, Monday 7:30pm, TV3

This Week: Lloyd (Craig Charles) has a hangover and regrets spending the night with Teresa (Karen Henthorne) meanwhile Teresa's walking on air and nips to the corner shop to buy breakfast. Teresa's proudly telling Darryl (Johnny Dixon) about her night when Lloyd drives past in his cab - he's clearly doing a runner. Teresa's gutted but promises she won't breathe a word particularly to Liz. Liz (Beverly Callard) apologises to Lloyd and tells him she'd like to give their relationship another go. Lloyd confesses to Liz he had a one night stand but doesn't tell her who with - step in Michelle (Kym Marsh) who unwittingly spills the beans to a horrified Liz. Is this the end for Liz and Lloyd once more?

Tyrone's upset after Molly's behaviour recently and accuses her of no longer being interested in him. Molly (Vicky Binns) tries to make light of it and leaves for work but Tyrone (Ala Halsall) tells a worried Kevin (Michael Le Vell) he wants to talk to him about Molly. What is on Tyrone's mind?

Leanne (Jane Danson) returns from the bank feeling despondent. She explains to Peter (Chris Gascoyne) that although the bank will lend them some money it's not nearly enough. She asks him to show her round the old joinery business once more so she can establish if it is worth continuing with their plans. Meanwhile news of exactly where Leanne and Peter are planning to open their bar starts to spread and causes concern.
Elsewhere Luke (Craig Kelly) is a worried man and Tony (Gray O'Brien) accuses him of being a skiver.

This episode is written by Stephen Russell and produced by Kim Crowther, the director is Stuart Davids.

Emmerdale, Monday & all weekdays 7pm, TV3

This Week: Charity is penniless and at rock bottom After dumping her son on Marlon (Mark Charnock) at the Woolpack, Charity (Emma Atkins) returns from seeing a solicitor in town to find Debbie (Charley Webb) babysitting after the mischievous mite went missing in the pub under Marlon's reluctant care. Keen to discover what her mother is up to, the penny soon drops when Charity's explanation leads to the subject of getting her hands on adulterous Michael's (Jamie Belman) money. Distraught to hear that her own offer of money, and indeed a roof over her head isn't enough, Debbie tearfully pleads with Charity to stick around for her, but will she just end up letting her daughter down again?

Sally (Sian Reeves) continues to play the woeful housewife, but after over-hearing her spearheading a heated conversation with Vincent (Antony Byrne) on the phone, Laurel (Charlotte Bellamy) is left sceptical of the truth behind their separation. Suspicion aroused, Laurel airs her concerns to Ashley (John Middleton) about Sally's inconsistency, and after failing to get any reaction other than sorrow for his ex, a frustrated Laurel takes it upon herself to address the matters to hand with a coy Sally. Later, Ashley returns home to be confronted with an announcement from Sally that she will be out of their hair by the end of the week and is jovial when it causes tension between him and Laurel. Is Laurel barking up the wrong tree, or is Sally really up to no good?

Elsewhere, with her bravado back in full swing, Chas (Lucy Pargeter) asks Diane (Elizabeth Estensen) if she has any hours for her at the Woolpack. Unable to help her out, Diane suggests she talk to Jai (Chris Bisson) so turning on the charm, Chas broaches the subject with Jai, securing herself a job at the factory in the process. Over the moon, Chas tells Carl (Tom Lister) of her triumph.

Gennie (Sian Reese-Williams) leaves Faye (Kim Thomson) curious after talking about Katie's (Sammy Winward) chequered past.
Holly (Sophie Powles) continues to toy with Aaron (Danny Miller) who is still in constant pursuit of her.

Taragh Loughrey-Grant