The best dramas that will fill the EastEnders / Hollyoaks hole in your life

Don’t worry soap fans, we’ve got you covered


by Nathan Katnoria |
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Is there any TV show that’s safe from COVID-19? Not only has it taken TOWIE and Neighbours from us but it was even rumoured Love Island could be at risk (God forbid).

As if that wasn’t bad enough, then came the news that EastEnders and Hollyoaks had postponed filming until further notice and would be airing a reduced number of episodes a week for the forseeable. Where on earth are we supposed to get our nightly fix of pure drama now?

Well, there’s no need to fret as it turns out some of our favourite streaming services are jam-packed full of gritty dramas for us to sink our teeth into and we’ve rounded up the best ones that you should binge watch next.

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The best dramas that will fill the Eastenders / Hollyoaks hole in your life

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The Stranger (Netflix)

Netflix's latest drama smash tells the story of family man Adam Price, who's life is turned upside down when a mysterious stranger tells him a secret about his wife. This sets off a dangerous chain of events as Adam tries to discover the truth. You'll be on your edge of your seats watching this.

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The Accident (All 4)

Now's the perfect time to check out Channel 4's gripping drama starring Sarah Lancashire if you missed it at the end of last year. It's about a small Welsh town left devastated when an explosion rips through their close-knit community.

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Our Girl (BBC iPlayer)

She may have moved on from her soap days but former Corrie actress Michelle Keegan is still bringing the dramz in her role as Lance Corporal Georgie Lane in military drama Our Girl. All four series' of the show - which originally starred EastEnders' Lacey Turner (aka Stacey Slater) - are available to stream on BBC iPlayer.

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Liar (ITV Hub)

We've been glued to our TVs every Monday night for Liar, a show which focuses on the dramatic fallout of teacher Laura Nielson's date with widowed surgeon Andrew Earlham. Be prepared for some serious twists and turns with this one.

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Deadwater Fell (All 4)

David Tennant stars in this dark crime drama which explores the aftermath of a deadly house fire that kills a seemingly perfect and happy family. Although it seems like a tragic accident at first, it's soon revealed there's more than meets the eye.

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Safe (Netflix)

The secrets of an affluent gated community are soon revealed when widowed surgeon Tom's eldest daughter disappears in mysterious circumstances. If you liked The Stranger, you'll love Safe as they're written by the same man - top mystery author Harlan Coben.

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Kiri (All 4)

Once again starring Sarah Lancashire (aka the queen of British dramas), this compelling series examines the kidnap of Kiri, a young black British girl who is due to be adopted by a young white family and the tensions that follow.


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EastEnders and Hollyoaks aren’t the only soaps to be affected by coronavirus either as Coronation Streetscenes needed to be rewritten in the wake of the outbreak.

Actor Andrew Whyment, who came second in I’m A Celebrity… 2019, admitted work has been “tough” after the rewrites.

He took to Instagram to post a photo of himself with his wife drinking a beer after a stressful week at work and wrote, "So ready for a drink tonight been a tough week at work with rewrites and changes with some cast members having to self isolate.

"I just want to say I’m so proud of everyone @coronationstreet the way people have mucked in this week has been incredible and shows how much love there is for the show.”

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