Gays of Our Lives: New Love, Old Love, Lost Love on “Emmerdale”


In this week’s Gays of Our Lives, the gays of Emmerdale are busier than usual.  Robert is trying to break Lachlan out of jail so Rebecca won’t tell Aaron about their kiss, Finn fears Kasim will never come out his coma and Lawrence finally openly admits to Ronnie that he loves him.  Will anyone get the happy ending they want?  Meanwhile, the season finale of A Place To Call Home is here.  Was the season ender a fitting wrap up?  And how did the season a whole work?  I’ve got plenty of thoughts.   Elsewhere, Secret Lives has killed off Elias.  But was his death necessary? Plus, Neighbours gay storyline is actually getting interesting, James and John Paul take a big step on Hollyoaks, the latest on Days of our Lives, Round a Rownd – and much, much more.

A Place To Call Home (Australia)

I recently read that when the show, which has been renewed for Season 5, returns next year 4 years will have passed. I like that idea.  New stories, new characters and a fresh outlook can give the writers the opportunity to take things in different and exciting directions.  vlcsnap-2016-11-28-09h22m11s349

The way this episode ended, I wonder if the show expected to be back for another season.  All the stories were pretty much wrapped up with the only loose end being Richard scheming revenge via Regina.  I guess that is what will drive much of Season 5.  I’m really surprised Richard didn’t wind up dead.

As for this season, overall I enjoyed it.  This show remains a solid and interesting soap.  Sarah is an awesome and complex character and I love watching her no matter what she is doing.  Soaps these days don’t seem to center themselves around strong women anymore and I love that this soap does.  The Regina storyline was compelling throughout and those final scenes with Sarah and Regina in the cabin were terrific.

I’m so glad Elizabeth got her happy ending with Douglas. I really would have liked to have known Olivia’s secret about her future. I felt Anna’s heartbreak upon finding Gino gone, but I’ve never been a fan of his and I still think she can do better. I suspect though they’ll have a big reunion storyline in Season 5, though Gino will probably have a one or two kids with Rose to complicate things.


As for the gay storyline, I get what the show was trying to do in regards to informing the audience about the families gays create with each other.  They did it back then for survival and support and sadly still have to do it today for those same reasons.  It’s an important story and one that needs telling.  And I’m certainly glad that James and Henry and Harry got a happy ending.  No dead or tragic gays, thanks!  I’ll just ignore that Harry dropped his life back at Inverness for a guy he barely knew and a job he had no idea what would be.  Harry has always been one of my favorites and seeing that smile on his face did my heart good.

And yet, I’d be lying if I didn’t say that I’m disappointed that that the show chose not to play a messy triangle between Henry, James and Harry.  Honestly, they could have done that, but still had the story end the way it did (with everyone friends) and leave audiences with the same message.  But that’s okay.  We are getting gay characters in important stories on our screens.  And I can never get enough of that.

I just wonder which gays will be back next season, especially with the 4 year gap.  Harry’s story is over, so he’s probably gone.  David Berry, who plays James, has a new gig on Outlander (playing gay).  And what about Henry, who is essentially a supporting character?  I’d hate for the show to be queer free next year.  Guess we’ll find out.

See you next season.

Coronation Street  (U.K.)

“I’m not your daughter, I’m just gay.”  LOL, Todd!

So Phelan was able to actually talk his way out of this mess without implicating himself or Todd. He even got Eileen to take him back.  Neat trick.  And not the conclusion I was expecting.  No idea what the next beat of this story, but I’m sure Phelan will come up with some new scam soon.   I wonder what’s next for Todd and Billy though.  They need a new storyline.

Days of Our Lives (U.S.)

I didn’t watch the wedding stuff.  It’s a dumb storyline treating these folks in their 50’s like 20 somethings.  Thing is, I love the characters, especially Adrienne.  But we know how this triangle (with Justin and Adrienne back together — again) ends so it’s all pointless.  And did they really sit in that room for all that time with Sonny standing guard outside?  Dreadful.screen-shot-2016-11-27-at-1-19-27-pm

I guess it’s good that Paul has something other to do that pine over Sonny.  But I wish he and Derrick weren’t dating off screen.  But that relationship isn’t important and the show clearly doesn’t want us to care about it or make Derrick a real character to root for.  That’s what a real love triangle does.  Frankly Sonny and Paul still have no reason not to be together.  All this faux and contrived angst is stupid.

The investigative stuff is okay.  Like I said, it gives Paul something to do other than pine over Sonny.  But it all goes back to that silly point of Justin asking Sonny to investigate only for Sonny to hire Paul, which is something Justin could have done himself.  And for a couple of crack PI’s (and a former spy), I found it hilarious that Steve and Paul didn’t check inside the bag or tear open the lining or anything.  You know, where contraband could be hidden?

EastEnders  (U.K.)

If I didn’t know any better I’d think Ben is going to have a fling with that guy Randy.  Otherwise, what was the point of Ben being there?  Other than that not much to say.  Johnnie still has no story.


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. Anthony, have you heard about the show Skam about high schoolers in Norway? It’s absolutely amazing – they post clips, texts, social media updates on the show’s website in real time. Then they put all the clips together into an episode on Fridays. Season 3 (currently on air) is following Isak as he explores his sexuality and falls for the delectable Even. SO worth a watch! And the clever use of the website makes you obsessed with when you’ll find out more – the refresh button is getting a lot of use. Really recommend you check it out :)

  2. Emmerdale: Truth be told, I don’t believe for a minute that the boys would buy that suicide story from Emma about James. Especially not Finn. Pete, maybe, but even he isn’t that stupid. As far as Rebecca goes, she is in many ways a cross of Robert and Chrissie, so of course she’s bound to backstab Robert eventually. That said, though, it was kind of slapdash the way it happened. Maybe it was the editing?

    Hollyoaks: Like many fans, I too have gotten sick of Ste and his BS. That said, though, it seems he’ll always be seen as the victim no matter what – or even who writes for him. Setting Ryan up as a serial cheater recently helped prove that theory entirely, especially when he was such a not-quite-perfect-but oh-so-close gentleman in the beginning.

    Holby City: The recent episodes with Dom shows that old habits have a shocking way of coming back at times, though I’m glad he and Isaac are back on. Isaac so far especially has proven to be some kind of positive influence, even when he himself has flaws.

  3. I have stopped watching Empire. The show lost me early in season 2. I had stopped watching HTGAWM, but have been watching this new season. I just didn’t have time to discuss it in the column with so many other shows to keep track of.

  4. I just wanted to say I’ve been reading this column for years and have always loved it even when I have a different opinion like for example I love robron but I’ve always agreed with you on ste I can’t stand him and how the show always acts like he’s a victim he’s the reason I stopped watching hollyoaks I also agree on how stupid the Sonny Paul story on days is I have to ask you don’t watch empire of how to get away with murder anymore

  5. After all that Ronnie has seen just in the past week I don’t know why he would want to be with Lawrence. Ronnie is a good guy. He could never tolerate what goes on in that family. I can’t see it lasting. Yet, maybe Ronnie could be a positive influence on Lawrence. And I think it would be awesome to have an older gay couple on tv. Hell soon Emmerdale might have three.

  6. Ronnie should run even if Lawrence acknowledges that he is gay. At least Lukas on Eyewitness can blame the closet for his bad behavior. Lawrence routinely acts despicably because he has the money to avoid consequences.

    I’m bored with Robert and Aaron’s repetitive fights where their underlying incompatibility surfaces but then is quickly swept under the rug. Characters need to grow.

    Finn seems like the smart one, but his interactions with guys are a bit unusual. His one night stand with Aaron is the most normal thing he’s done.

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