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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 60% 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 and Emmerdale are soap world’s divorce capitals

A heavy-hearted 60% of couples have ended up in the divorce courts in the 34 years of the London based soap, EastEnders. Similarly, in the Yorkshire based soap, Emmerdale. In EastEnders, a divorce happens on average every 147 episodes. In Emmerdale, the same occurs every 196 episodes, making them the divorce capitals of the soap world. 

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Affectionate Aussies tie the knot for longer

60% of Aussie soaps have successful marriages, with the average lasting 6 years in Neighbours. Across its 34-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.

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 regularly seen in Hollywood movies such as The Avengers, The Hunger Games and The Wolf of Wall Street. 

Christmas carnage expected in soapland

Christmas is a time for people to come together. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always work like that in soapland. In the past, we’ve seen festive nuptials and yuletide separations. Christmas episodes are notorious for dramatic plots, with affairs exposed and family showdowns threatening the Christmas spirit. Who can forget Ashley and Claire’s wedding on Corrie in 2004? Or Dirty Den handing Angie divorce papers back in 1986? That episode of EastEnders was named the most dramatic Christmas TV moment by UKTV Drama last year. It is also still the most watched UK soap episode ever, with 30 million viewers tuning in to see the iconic scene – proving the power of our beloved soaps. 

Watch out for Christmas this year, as more weddings are expected, secrets are set to be exposed and some famous faces could be leaving our TV screens forever…

*Data correct as of November 2019



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