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.
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
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 7 years.
68% of marriages likely to fail in Emmerdale
The Yorkshire village of Emmerdale might seem quaint, but it has the highest rate of failure for marriages at 68%. Out of all the marriages that fail, 7% end in annulment, dissolvement or invalidity. But this is nothing compared to 13% in Coronation Street. The reason for these invalid marriages is mostly because one of the couple are already wed! Bigamy is rife in soap land.
emmerdale is soap world’s divorce capital
A heavy-hearted 61% of couples have ended up in the divorce courts in the 46 years of the Yorkshire based soap, Emmerdale. A divorce happens on average every 189 episodes, making it the divorce capital of soap world.
affectionate aussies tie the knot for longer
63% of Aussie soaps have successful marriages, with the average lasting 7 years in Neighbours. Across its 33-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 35% making it the best place for a romance that lasts.
from small screen to big screen
Soaps have led to fame and fortune for some stars. The likes of Kylie Minogue, Jason Donovan, real life brothers Chris and Liam Hemsworth as well as Margot Robbie, all started out in Australian soaps. Kylie and Jason went on to dominate the pop charts and the others are now seen in Hollywood movies such as The Avengers, The Hunger Games and The Wolf of Wall Street.
Data collected and collated through https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProject_EastEnders/List_of_births,_marriages_and_deaths_in_EastEnders