name='paul revere']Nowadays it's all Corrie, Eastenders and Emmerdale, the big three soaps. There was a time when a less ratings driven schedule could accomodate a handful of more quirky and off-beat examples of the genre. Remember Granada's Albion Market which ran for exactly a year and one hundred episodes, August 1985 to August 1986. Then there was Gems, Thames afternoon soap set in the fashion world, a kind of downmarket Howard's Way without the boats. And talking of boats, who could forget the much maligned Triangle. Angels was a grittier hospital-based serial which launched a good many careers. Less gritty was ATV's Genral Hospital. From STV came High Living, Garnock Way and Take The High Road.
Families spanned two continents while Eldorado briefly flew the flag down Spain way. Lesser known and even shorter lived were London Bridge, the ecclesiastical Revelations and Liverpudlian offering Springhill. The two most serious pretenders when it came to rivalling the big hitters were Crossroads with it's legendary wobbly sets and hard hitting Brookside which often went where others feared to tread. Those were the days.