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Revealed: The Luckiest Soap For Love

With the UK’s love of soaps firmly established, tombola have delved into some of the world’s most successful soap operas to discover the best place for love.

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Neighbours is the luckiest soap for love

Although Coronation Street has the most successful marriages, they also have the most episodes, so to find out the luckiest soap for love, we worked out the percentage of successful marriages per soap over their entire on-air history. Neighbours came out on top, with 63% of marriages a success.

But what of the couples whose romantic lives make headlines? While the most popular relationships catch our attention for the ups and downs, those are not necessarily the most successful marriages. 

The most successful marriages have lasted longer and only been parted by death and here are the top 10.

The top 10 most successful marriages in soaps

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Wedded bliss in Hollyoaks lasts on average just 1 year - if you’re lucky!

But not all of TV’s favourite couples last the distance. The average marriage on Hollyoaks is just 1 year, though many last mere weeks or months. Your best chance for a longer marriage is in Neighbours, where the average is 6 years.

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EastEnders is the soap divorce capital

A heavy-hearted 60% of couples have ended up in the divorce courts in the 35 years of the London based soap, EastEnders. In EastEnders, a divorce happens on average every 147 episodes.

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Affectionate Aussies tie the knot for longer

63% of Aussie soaps have successful marriages, with the average lasting 6 years in Neighbours. Across its 35-year history, no other wedding has pulled in more viewers than Scott and Charlene.

Kylie and Jason still top viewing figures

The wedding of teenage sweethearts Scott and Charlene, who went on to become pop idols Kylie and Jason, captivated the British public. The episode of neighbours, aired in the UK in 1988 was the third most-watched programme of the year, attracting nearly 20 million viewers over 2 screenings. Most TV shows today would struggle to reach those viewing numbers. To put it in perspective, the only programme to beat that in 2018 was the World Cup England V Croatia semi-final, with over 20 million watching. 

Ramsay street also has the lowest divorce rate of the soaps at just 33% making it the best place for a romance that lasts.

EastEnders stars are more likely to make it in Hollywood

Soaps have led to fame and fortune for some stars. Tombola analysed 306 of the UK and Australia’s most famous soap actors to reveal which one offers the best chance of stardom for their actors.

EastEnders leads the way in the UK. But, it’s Hollyoaks actors that are more likely to win an Oscar during their acting career.   

You can find out even more jaw-dropping secrets with our Soap to Silver Screen analysis.

*Data correct as of June 2020