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In Video: Soap weddings to remember

By and Ryan Love
With the nation gripped by William and Kate fever today, here at Soap Scoop we thought it would be fitting to take a look back at some of the most memorable weddings from our favourite serial dramas. There's the odd happy moment thrown in there, but for the most part, the royal couple won't want to be taking many tips from this lot! Here, we've scoured YouTube to find some of the best wedding scenes available for viewing online, in no particular order...

Ian Beale and Melanie Healy: EastEnders, 1999
Ian Beale and Melanie Healy were the romance no-one could have predicted. The Walford entrepreneur set his sights on the barmaid and was determined to win her affections. Although Mel wasn't happy (can you really blame her?) and cheated on her fiancé with (her future second husband) Steve Owen. In what remains one of his most callous moves, Ian blackmailed Mel into marrying him by lying that his daughter Lucy had cancer. Just hours after becoming the second (we're onto number four now if you've lost count!) Mrs Beale, Mel discovered the truth. Classic EastEnders scenes followed as Ian was dumped by his wife of several hours as Albert Square welcomed in the new millennium. If only Melanie could pop back to Walford now and offer poor Jane some tips...



Karen and Steve McDonald: Coronation Street, 2004
Karen McDonald versus Tracy Barlow was one of our favourite Corrie feuds, and the moment that Tracy tried to ruin Karen and Steve's second wedding with a massive bombshell proved to be a fateful one for the trio. As Tracy stunned the congregation with the news that Steve was Amy's father and not Roy, Karen was destroyed and fled from the church in tears. Steve had to convince his beloved partner that Tracy meant nothing to him and, as illustrated by the clip below, the nuptials eventually got back on track. But tension and jealousies between Steve, Tracy and Karen rumbled on for long afterwards (who can forget Tracy's cruel 'Barren Karen' nickname?), providing some cracking viewing until Karen made her departure at the end of the year.



Scott Robinson and Charlene Mitchell: Neighbours, 1987
It'd be a crime not to include what's probably the most iconic scene in Neighbours history - the moment that Scott and Charlene defied the odds and became husband and wife, as witnessed by an audience of 20 million when this episode aired in the UK! The pair's relationship hadn't got off to the warmest of starts when they met for the first time in 1986, and the long-running feud between their families was just one spanner in the works as their romance progressed. But fans who followed their ups and downs were rewarded with TV magic as the big day arrived, and Angry Anderson's 'Suddenly' (as chosen for the occasion by princess Kylie herself) went down in history along with the golden couple. It's enough to make us long for the days of UK Gold Neighbours repeats…



Dennis Rickman and Sharon Watts: EastEnders, 2005
The step-father of the bride - who also just happened to be the father of the groom - had run off with another woman. Or so Sharon and Dennis Rickman thought. While the happy couple tied the knot, Sam Mitchell was busy in the Queen Vic. While only Kat Moon and Chrissie Watts appeared to realise the dark secrets buried in the cellar, it wasn't long before talk of a dead body began to spread around Albert Square. Not quite the way she wanted Den to be part of her big day, was it? While we'd be terribly excited to see Sharon back in E20, we're not surprised that she is avoiding it like the plague these days!



Fred Elliott and Bev Unwin: Coronation Street, 2006
While Fred's relationship with Bev isn't up there with our all-time favourite Corrie pairings, their wedding day certainly changed life in Weatherfield forever as a tragic twist of fate meant that it featured Fred's final moments. Following Audrey's recent declaration of love for him, Fred realised that he had to make peace with her before tying the knot with Bev, so he fled the church to visit her at home. Having our attentions focused on Fred and Audrey in his final episode was a fitting plot choice and made Fred's exit a moving one. After letting Audrey down gently and telling her to "Be happy, I say, be happy!", Fred made to leave for the church but suffered a fatal heart attack in her hallway. The end of a legend, I say, a legend!



Phil Mitchell and Stella Crawford: EastEnders, 2007
Stella Crawford. Two words enough to send Ben Mitchell reaching for a copy of Lady GaGa's 'Born This Way'. Stella wasn't quite the bumbling solicitor with a wee bit of a drink problem (no wonder she fell for Phil Mitchell) we thought she was when she first arrived in Albert Square in 2006 and quickly established herself as a love interest for the Walford hardman. Her harrowing abuse of Ben was revealed to Phil when his son bravely interrupted the wedding ceremony. A rooftop confrontation followed as Stella was confronted by her fiancé. It's a shame to have not had Sophie Thompson in Albert Square for longer, but it'll be a long time before she is forgotten. Her final words "Watch me, daddy!" still make the hairs on the back of our neck stand up.



Peter Barlow and Leanne Battersby: Coronation Street, 2010
It's a very recent choice, but we reckon Peter and Leanne's 'deathbed' wedding will be one that's remembered by Corrie fans for years to come. Following the Joinery bar explosion and tram crash disaster, Peter was in a critical condition, but he and Leanne decided to put their love for each other first and exchange their vows while they still had a chance. No sooner had they been pronounced husband and wife, Peter suddenly flatlined - an unexpected moment performed live in front of nearly 15 million viewers. The criminally underrated Jane Danson gave the standout performance of Corrie's live episode here, and as nobody knew for sure whether poor Peter would pull through, this was probably one of the most effective and unpredictable soap cliffhangers of recent times.



Carl King and Chas Dingle: Emmerdale, 2010
Another recent choice, but one which topped off an amazing year for Emmerdale with an explosive Christmas Day showdown. Along with presents, turkey and mince pies, Chas's long-awaited revenge was a festive treat in its own right for fans as she read Carl the riot act in church, exposing his affair with Eve to the entire congregation and confirming that all of her wedding plans had been a con. With this kind of family drama to contend with, it's no wonder that Carl's brother Jimmy has conveniently forgotten almost everything that's ever happened in the village!



Alfie Moon and Kat Slater: EastEnders, 2003
Back in the days of a Ronnie Mitchell-less life, Kat and Alfie Moon were the Walford couple everyone wanted to succeed. The nation cheered as Alfie stopped Kat from marrying Andy Hunter and the pair revealed their love for each other. With the date set - Christmas Day 2003 - things went wrong in true Albert Square fashion. Still married to his first wife Liza, Alfie had to tell a furious Kat that the wedding was not going to go ahead. Thankfully, the day was saved when the divorce was finalised and the Queen Vic played host to the ceremony. We're not ashamed to admit that we have a tear in our eye watching Nana Moon beaming with pride.



Toadie Rebecchi and Dee Bliss: Neighbours, 2003
This Neighbours wedding doesn't just bring a tear to the eye - it causes a whole flood! Despite Dee briefly transforming into bridezilla in the run-up to the big day, she and Toadie had a fairytale ceremony witnessed by their nearest and dearest - but happiness for the Ramsay Street couple just wasn't to be. There were no prizes for good timing for Toadie when he demanded an impulsive kiss from his new wife just as he was driving rapidly towards a cliff! Toadie survived the plunge into the sea, but Dee was never seen again. We like to think that she washed up on an island somewhere, only to be joined by Liljana and Serena a few years later. As for Toadie, his luck when it came to weddings never did get any better…



Max Cunningham and Steph Dean: Hollyoaks, 2008
Continuing with the wedding day tragedy theme, this was another joyous occasion which took a disastrous twist soon after the vows had been exchanged. In an effort to save little Tom (who must surely be cursed?) from being knocked down by Niall in his car, Max ended up suffering the same fate himself and tragically lost his life with O.B. at his side. Max's death made a real impact on the village and he's still occasionally mentioned to this day. While Steph has also since died, Tom lives on - and now with a criminal record after his Esther-attacking antics.



Tom King and Rosemary Sinclair: Emmerdale, 2006
Another Christmas Day union for Emmerdale, but this one saw the launch of the biggest whodunit in the soap's history as a mystery assailant pushed Tom from an upstairs window during his wedding reception at Home Farm. With many villagers having a motive for wanting Tom dead and buried, 11 endings to the storyline were filmed featuring the different suspects and viewers were invited to be part of the murder investigation via a dedicated ITV website. Finally, in May 2007, viewers discovered that Tom's son Carl was the culprit - but to this day, he still walks free!



Steve McDonald and Becky Granger: Coronation Street, 2009
It's not quite up there with looting the Corner Shop amid the tram crash disaster or throwing Liz's beloved frocks out onto the street (criminal!), but this is definitely a moment that won't go down in history as Becky's finest hour! Dressed to the nines in a Katie Price-style pink gown, the fan favourite downed so much champagne that she was barely capable of going through with her wedding to Steve - and even if she had been, the priest was distinctly unimpressed and refused to perform the ceremony. Fortunately, a second wedding for the pair later turned Becky into Mrs McDonald, but the disastrous first version was always our favourite of the two...



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