We all have watched the good old soaps, whether you are a fan of the cobbles in Coronation Street, a Dales lover in Emmerdale or a fan of the Mitchell family in Eastenders, you’re bound to have watched at least one episode before realising they either were or were not for you, so it shouldn’t be of any surprise to you, that sometimes the soaps can have a little more up their sleeves than the cast and filming crew let off and that certainly has been the case in tonight’s Eastenders.
I watched Eastenders tonight (25/09/2014) like I do every night and after being promised on Eastenders’ Twitter, @bbceastenders I wondered what surprise would be in store for me when I watched and being a fan of the legendary Mitchell family, it was awesome to see the return or brief appearance of the classic Barbara Windsor aka Peggy Mitchell. I literally jumped out of my chair with surprise, not something I do every night I can tell you. Eastenders sure did let a great surprise out of the bag and just in time to stop Sharon and Phil’s wedding too, I wonder what the princess will say when she finds out her previous mother in law isn’t happy? No longer can she say “get outta ma pub”, so I question whether not bringing Peggy back for the wedding in Albert Square is actually the right decision or not? Anyhow, Peggy told Ronnie that she is going back with Aunt Sal (Peggy’s sister) to stop the wedding. Enough of the soap story anyway, what I wanted to draw your attention to here was the impact of how one surprise from a much loved television show, can lead to a trend on Twitter. That sure happened tonight and “Peggy Mitchell” was trending. With many spreading joy and love for the return of the matriarch who still seems very popular amongst fans of the soap.
It sure does show that when people are happy, shocked or surprised they don’t hold back telling the whole of the world, or the whole of Twitter about their pleased state of mind. Twitter is great for that and maybe sharing your emotions on Twitter isn’t such a bad thing? I mean, it’s only a drama after all, what is the worst that can happen? Below are just some of the tweets that fans mentioned when tweeting about Peggy’s return.
So has Eastenders’ surprise really surprised? I think it has worked and sure do think that Dominic Treadwell Collins (Exec Producer) did a fantastic job in this. He is just full of surprises lately, he has brought back many popular characters, some permanently and some just for a quick visit, but every time he does this, Twitter users and Eastenders’ Fans tweet and trends start, one I remember was #PoorDot when the lovable Grandma found out Nick Cotton, her son, had died… later to be revealed he isn’t infact dead!! I’d hate to tell Dot that, but no doubt she will find out soon. You have to give it to Eastenders, their top trump lately has been engaging with fans by informing them of surprises and showing they are involved in their lives by offering ‘surprises’, I do think though that perhaps all of the social media from the soap is a good way of winning soap of the year. Immediately after the ‘surprise’ was revealed, @bbceastenders tweeted “Love tonight's show? Then prove it by voting us Best Soap in the 2014” So I cannot help but think that the soap are doing this for votes too. Nonetheless, the awareness of Eastenders sure is had on Twitter, parody accounts of some of the fictional characters are around, Ian Beale for example and trending occurs, it really is a great tactic to gaining popularity and the public’s support, ratings may increase too.
However, one of the funniest tweets of the night, was this one below, that compared Peggy’s return to football, sorry footie fans.
What has been your most favourite ‘soap’ moment? Can you recall the last time you were left gobsmacked by television? The reaction of one popular character tonight, sure did show that when something on soap happens that means a great deal in a story-line, the fans react, so is it time we started having more of a say in our soaps?