Entertainment 9 soap characters who deserve a flashback episode

05:25  06 july  2018
05:25  06 july  2018 Source:   digitalspy.com

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Soap flashback episodes are certainly in fashion at the moment, with Emmerdale and Hollyoaks both leading the way over the past year or so.: 9 soap characters who deserve a flashback episode © ITV/BBC/Getty Images/Digitalspy/AH - Channel 5 9 soap characters who deserve a flashback episode Soap flashback episodes are certainly in fashion at the moment, with Emmerdale and Hollyoaks both leading the way over the past year or so.

While we're used to our favourite shows messing with time when it comes to whodunits or other mysteries, we've recently seen the soaps turning back the clock to explore key moments in the lives of popular characters like Cain Dingle, Charity Dingle and James Nightingale.

Given the success of all three episodes, we reckon it's only a matter of time before the soap gods repeat their trick. So, who deserves a flashback special next?

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1. Roy Cropper (Coronation Street)

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Roy has been part of the Corrie cast since 1995 and has undoubtedly grown to become one of the show's best-loved characters. Although it's fair to say that we've learned various bits and pieces about Roy's past over the 23 years he's been on screen, we reckon Corrie fans would relish the chance to see some of his backstory for themselves.

It's also been a bit of a quieter time storyline-wise for Roy since the death of his wife Hayley and his ill-fated subsequent relationship with Cathy Matthews. Maybe some drama in the present day could get Roy reminiscing? Cue the flashback…

2. Graham Foster (Emmerdale)

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The Emmerdale bosses are clearly relishing having the oh-so-enigmatic Graham Foster as part of the regular cast. Fans can't enough of the 'wannabe superhero in a suit' and we can't wait to see what catastrophes he manages to sort out next after his eventful time so far.

We've already discovered a fair bit about Graham's past, from his traumatic times in the army, to the tragic moment he caused the death of his wife and their unborn baby by drink-driving. Whether there's more skeletons in his closet remains to be seen (over to you, new producers…) but either way, we'd like to see some of his past for ourselves.

3. Dee Bliss (Neighbours)

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Is Toadie's dead wife Dee Bliss still alive and out there somewhere? It's a question that's given Neighbours fans sleepless nights for nearly a year now, after "Dee" was seen on a park bench with a mystery man. Causing great intrigue, she seemed to have a completely different vibe to the Fake Dee who'd scammed Toadie out of his savings earlier in the year.

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If Dee really is still alive, we'll definitely need the writers to fill in a few gaps over how she escaped a watery death and what she's been up to ever since. Plus, after all those tall tales that scam artist Andrea Somers told, we won't believe a word of it unless Neighbours actually films the scenes as a flashback…

4. Kathy Beale (EastEnders)

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If you ask us, the EastEnders writers never really did make the most of bringing Kathy Beale back from the dead. The huge 'OMG!' moment of her return in the 30th anniversary special was fantastic, but she settled back into serving bacon and eggs at the caff so quickly that it almost felt like we'd skipped a few stages in the storyline.

Although we'd normally beg the writers to never mention the name "Gavin Sullivan" again, it could be fun to see some of the years that Kathy spent away from the Square and fill in those gaps over her fake death. Does the BBC budget stretch as far as scenes shot on-location in South Africa, though?

5. Robert Sugden (Emmerdale)

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Fan favourite Robert has appeared in Emmerdale on and off since birth in 1986, but that doesn't mean the writers couldn't sneak in a flashback special if they really wanted to. In fact, some Emmerdale viewers have been calling for it already after the success of the Cain and Charity specials.

Apart from one brief appearance in 2009, Robert was absent from the Dales between 2005 and 2014, giving us nine years of unexplored backstory worth delving into.

Details of Robert discovering his sexuality have only been explained in passing so far too, including him recalling the time he was caught with the family's farmhand in his bedroom when he was 15. The campaign for Robron's wedding week to include a flashback or two starts here.

6. Mary Taylor (Coronation Street)

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Mary is never short of a story or two about days gone by. Even this week, her witterings about performing CPR on her pet cat (who was also her best friend, btw) stole the show despite much bigger drama going on with the likes of Bethany, Ryan, Michelle and Robert.

In fact, Mary talks about her past so often that we bet Corrie fans wouldn't bat an eyelid if we actually saw some of it via flashbacks for once. It could also be a good chance to explore the more tragic elements of Mary's backstory, including the ordeal that led to her giving up her son Jude after his birth.

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7. Karen Taylor (EastEnders)

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The introduction of the Taylor family has been one of EastEnders' biggest success stories of the past year, as shown when Lorraine Stanley recently won the Best Newcomer prize at the British Soap Awards for her role as Karen. Like most soap newbies, Karen has a rich backstory which has yet to be explored – and it'd be great to find out more about what really makes her tick.

Karen has already opened up about some traumas from her past, including the moment when Keanu's father stabbed and nearly killed her. We haven't heard much more about Karen's abusive relationship since the big reveal, but the actors who play the Taylors have repeatedly called for Keanu's dad to be introduced one day. Surely it's only a matter of time?

8. Luke Morgan (Hollyoaks)

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Luke may be leaving the village for a long break soon, but there's still a chance for the show's writers to delve a little deeper into his backstory before he goes. When Luke left the village in 2001, he still hadn't properly dealt with his rape ordeal and was extremely troubled when he returned in 2017, still wrestling with his demons. Could we find out more about that 16-year gap?

Over the past year or so, we've seen Luke's drinking threaten to tear his family apart on several occasions, and he's currently back on a downward spiral after finding out about Mandy's affair. With more upsetting times ahead for Luke before his latest stint comes to an end, could Hollyoaks shine a light on his past once again?

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9. Kat Moon (EastEnders)

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Sorry, EastEnders bosses – as much as you want to erase your Redwater spinoff from history, we didn't watch six hours of it for nothing. Ever since Kat returned to Walford earlier this year, any mention of her ill-fated trip to Ireland has been glossed over.

Surely she hasn't forgotten that she has a killer priest for a son? Or was it all a dream? Even if we do forget about Redwater for a moment, it's also been difficult to invest much in Kat and Alfie's recent revelations about their time in Spain when they've been so exposition-heavy.

Could a few flashback scenes filling the gaps between Ireland, Spain and Walford help to clear up the confusion once and for all?

We say… yes!

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