Gays of our Lives: The Water Runs Deep


Holby City  (U.K.)

I think Dom and Issac make a really sweet couple and I enjoyed these scenes as their relationship moved forward.  If I had any issues it would be that I thought Dom was awfully judgmental of any mistakes Issac might have made in a previous relationship.

Dom is hardly one to judge given his ugly history with Malick.  Still kudos to the show for having not one but two ongoing gay stories/romances, the other being the lesbian romance between Serena and Bernie.  Some shows can’t even write for one gay character.

Hollyoaks (U.K.)

screen-shot-2016-09-25-at-10-35-53-pmWith his long, long, long, history of failure in business, I can’t believe Tony would give Ste a penny, much less a $1000.  It just strains credulity.   It’s not like Ste has only made one mistake, but he’s made like several hundred.  Tony’s a fool.  He deserves to lose all his money when this goes belly up.  And where did Tony get the money?  Isn’t he always hurting for cash himself?

As for the kids, Ste is in no place to making any demands about when to see them.  None.  He’s lucky get to see them at all.  If I were Amy I would have taken that pen and told him where to stick it.  There’s nothing wrong with Leah enjoying some normalcy and peace in her life, which she would never have with Ste.   No wonder she had to be bribed to spend time with her father.

Anybody who has watched this show and seen what an awful father Ste has been (he doesn’t even know where his child with Sinead is) doesn’t feel for him, though I suspect the show wants us to.

Neighbours (Australia) 

Why would anybody do business with Aaron?  Hasn’t he failed miserably at every business he’s ever gotten involved in?


So, I guess it’s going to turn out that Leo is the straight guy and David is the gay brother (though closeted)?  Judging by that final scene, Leo knows David is gay and is trying to stop his brother from another failed relationship with a woman?  But I thought Leo was kind of flirty with Aaron for a straight guy.

I do hope this is the start of an interesting story for the gay characters.  They haven’t had anything interesting to do in ages.  I’m also curious about Leo trying to check out Karl’s passcode.  What’s that all about?


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People of the Valley  (Wales)

screen-shot-2016-09-26-at-8-58-24-amRemember last week when I said that Tyler not telling Iolo about calling the cops were a contrived plot twist that would come between them?   There you go.  Sigh.

But I agree with Tyler.  I don’t blame him for ending the relationship (though I’m sure they’ll get back together). Enough is enough.   This is just stupid and I don’t like the direction of the story at all.  Having Iolo go on and on about this ‘connection’ to his attacker is just annoying and makes him look like a fool.  Is it the OCD or are they just writing Iolo as an deluded idiot?  That’s unclear.  At any rate, this is one time that Iolo deserves his unhappiness.



Anthony D. Langford
I watch a lot of television, probably too much. But can you really watch too much TV? I've yet to find out. Anyway, I especially love TV when they give us positive portrayals of gays, something that has gotten better but we're still fighting for. I've written about gays in television for many years first at the much missed After Elton, then New Now Next and now at TV Source. It's kind of a passion of mine and I look forward to sharing it with you.

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  1. Quite frankly I think it was a mistake to have Todd go bad. It undercuts all the progress he has made the last 6 months or so as a character. It wasn’t even well done. In the blink of an eye he changed from the caring and unselfish to selfish and manipulative. I wish they’d shown this progression over time. I just don’t buy Todd going bad overnight, his motivations don’t make sense. I guess we are supposed to assume he has always been that guy deep down. But again.. it really looked like he had changed, so I find it hard to accept. Not only that, but I’m sick of the “evil gay” trope you sometimes see on soaps. It was bad enough with Robert on Emmerdale, don’t need Todd on Corrie too. I actually preferred good Todd. I prefer to see characters grow, evolve.. change into a better being. Having him revert back to his old self is boring and repetitive. It happens far too often. In this case he clearly just called the bishop so the producer would have a reason for him to go bad again. It was a means to an end, a plot point. I’d rather see good characterization and character development than stupid plot driven drama.

    Don’t even get me started on Todd showing no remorse, I completely agree with you Anthony. Having him show no remorse for what he did doesn’t sit well with me. I truly believe, or at least hope, that Todd despite his flaws would be able to realize what he did was wrong, admit it, and apologize, but he didn’t. He will never admit to being wrong. He won’t even look at it from Billy’s point of view. Even if Billy now questions his place in the church, what he did was still wrong. What Billy decides to do with his life is Billy’s choice and his alone. I wish he would realize that, but I guess he never will. Would have been nice to see some growth from Todd though, but the producer obviously doesn’t think so, oh well.

  2. The Ste/Harry relationship is not only unpleasant, it’s also relentlessly dull. I saw someone using them as an example of believable m/m couples on soaps and I wondered what I’ve been missing.

    The main reason Robert gets more sympathetic writing now is because of Robron becoming popular and Ryan Hawley being so charismatic and handsome (and a decent actor). Last year the characters were more than happy to repeatedly call him abusive and a murderer. He never should have been written that way, given that he was born on the show and has spent 30 years on it, off and on.

    Pierce is a plot device. I wish he was more, as Jonathan Wrather is very good and makes Pierce interesting, and Pierce and Rhona are far more believable and compelling than Rhona and Paddy have ever been, but he’s a plot device. Similar to the lovely Ronnie Hale (I’ll be shocked if he makes it out of the year alive), and Belle’s boyfriend Jermaine.

  3. I love they brought Harry back in A Place to Call Home, but it would be a most interesting thing to bring Will, Olivia’s brother, into his life again. We never met him in the present time.

  4. Harry is back in A place to call home. That’s great news indeed.

  5. I consider it another one of Robert’s murder attempts. Maybe he would prefer that she merely be seriously injured, but he at the very least considered her death to be an acceptable risk. I’m annoyed that Robert isn’t treated like a proper villain. Compare the way the show treats him and Pierce. Robert has repeatedly tried to kill people (and did kill one person), verbally attacked Aaron in the most vicious way, and even kidnapped Aaron and held him at gunpoint. Despite all of this, he is treated like a good brother and boyfriend when he returns home from his schemes. Pierce has shown a few signs of dangerous anger issues, and the show treats his scenes with Rhona ominously.

    Frankly, I’m surprised that Ste made it through his grand opening. His last two first days involved sending his boyfriend to fill in for him and getting sick because he was taking drugs. I agree that we shouldn’t be sympathetic to Ste’s custody demands. I could sympathize with him wanting to work something out with Amy to see them more regularly, but he has no right to make demands when Amy rightly should worry that the first time it’s his day to take them he’ll ask her to take them or dump them on Harry so that he can get high.

    I’m also wondering a lot about what Harry gets out of the relationship. He’s constantly doing things for Ste, often at a personal cost, but I can’t remember the last time Ste did anything special for him or to help him out.

  6. Hollyoaks would never do this, but the most realistic story for Ste would be him overdosing and dying in a gutter somewhere. The aftermath would be lots of characters expressing relief that he is gone and saying he is in a better place. I like saucy Leah telling him what’s what.

    Emmerdale is giving Victoria something to do other than whinging on about how Robert and Andy hate each other, and I like that she’s in the know about what happened. She and Robert make a good team.

    Even if Tyler and Iolo were not engaged, Iolo was sheltering his attacker in the house that he shares with Tyler – which completely justifies Tyler’s call to the police. Iolo is adorable but can be hard work, and I like that Tyler told him his patience had run out and walked away. But I also still hope they manage to reunite.

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