Welcome one and all to a long overdue issue of Daytime Confidential's British Invasion. We have a LOT of news to cover and not a lot of time to do it, so grab yourself some tea and get ready to turn on the telly because the invasion begins now.
McDean named sexist soap couple! In a recent poll conducted by Virgin Media, the Hollyoaks supercouple came in 1st place with 46% of the vote, beating out Coronation Street's Liam and Carla. Guy Burnet (Craig) and James Sutton (John-Paul) both expressed their pleasure at winning the accolade.
Sutton said: "I demand a recount! I'm very honoured to be up there with Kylie and Smithers from The Simpsons!"
In a bit of casting news a new character by the name of Lydia, played by Lydia Kelly, will be arriving as a new student for HCC this coming March.
Speaking of her character, Lydia Kelly told us: "She's very down to earth. She knows exactly what she wants, where she wants to go, and how to get there! She's also very level-headed."
We have to give a round of congratulations and condolences to a handful of Coronation stars whose bundles of joys arrived this past week.
Alison King has given birth to a baby girl. The actress, who plays Carla Connor on the ITV1 soap, delivered the 6lb., 7oz. baby, named Zack P.
Shepherd and Wanda Opalinska have become parents to a son Rafal weighing in at 7lb., 5oz.
It is not all good news for Corrie babies. Coronation Street actress Kym Marsh and Hollyoaks star Jamie Lomas lost their first child earlier this week. Their baby boy, named Archie Jay Lomas, was born 18 weeks prematurely in hospital on Wednesday night before passing away seconds later. Our thoughts and prayers are with Kym and Jamie.
On a much happier note, Corrie vet Anne Kirkbride (Deirdre Barlow) will be sticking with the ITV soap for the foreseeable future, as confirmed by Digital Spy. For more on that story, click here.
Also sticking around is Michelle Keegan, who plays Tina McIntyre. She signed a year long contract. Click here for more.
Coronation Street for the Nintendo DS? Yes, you read that right. A soap opera based video game is on the way! Video game publisher Mindscape will be publishing the Corrie game later this year.
Emmerdale's line producer Tim Fee will be retiring next month when he turns 60. Tim joined the ITV soap back in 1988 and this comes on the heels of many other behind the scenes shake ups going on at Emmerdale. Last month, the series producer and the executive producer both left the show. For more on this story, click here.
Patsy Palmer (Bianca Jackson) is hoping that the producers of the BBC1 soap will bring back her on-screen mother. She would be thrilled if Lindsey Coulson was recruited to reprise her role as Carol. Palmer also confirmed that she is keen for Nick Berry and Michael French to return in their respective parts of Simon and David Wicks. For more on this story, click here.
Do you have a question for Sid Owen (Ricky Butcher)? Would you like a chance to ask him something in particular? The Official BBC website is accepting questions for him and will be taking all of the best questions and publishing an interview soon! So what are you waiting for?
ITV canceled two of its primetime soaps. The Royal and Heartbeat will no longer be with us come 2010. Although I have never been a fan of either show, it will be sad to see them go.
The Bill's Lisa Maxwell will be leaving the ITV cop sudser after seven long years on the show. The actress said she loved every minute of it. Lisa is set to leave the show in an explosive storyline later this year.