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A Slice of Life: The Story of the Soaps (8.30pm R2)

It's been a long time since Tom Watt and Nick Berry (right) worked in the Queen Vic, and in two weeks EastEnders will be celebrating its 20th birthday, while the long-running ITV soap Coronation Street will next month reach its 45th anniversary. Radio 2 joins in the celebrations with this two-part documentary about the nation's favourite soaps.

Featuring interviews with actors, producers, writers and fans, we hear how these dramas mirror changing values and reflect on some of the genre's defining moments. These include the Emmerdale plane crash and the first visit to the Rovers Return in Corrie, as well as the murder of Trevor Jordache in Brookside and the divorce of Den and Angie in EastEnders.

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