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World Of Lather: a month in soap

Lucy Mangan sees a virus rage in Coronation Street, an old face return to EastEnders and pines for the simpler days of Emmerdale Farm

On hearing in 1964 that doctors had removed a benign tumour from Randolph Churchill, Evelyn Waugh remarked that it was "a typical triumph of modern science to find the only part of Randolph that was not malignant and remove it." One feels much the same about Tracy Barlow's collapse with a virulent kidney infection in Coronation Street – the scientific triumph in this case comprising the medical profession's ability to determine the least toxic organ in the body of Ken and Deirdre's entirely malignant spawn and remove it.

Okay, not remove it – Tracy, of course, has famously only one kidney and that's formerly the property of her mother's Moroccan and renally generous toyboy Samir, so they can't afford to be cavalier – but they have treated it and Tracy has alas responded well.

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