British soaps – EastEnders, Emmerdale, Coronation Street and Hollyoaks, have certainly upped their game in the past few years.
In August five years ago, in 2014, there were some huge plots kicking off, while some were well underway.
From a shocking suicide to a brutal murder, and not to mention some surprise returns, there was plenty going on around this time in soap land.
Characters faced danger, while others faced the consequences of their crimes – here's a look back at August 2014 in all of the soaps.
In Walford around this time, the big storyline was the murder of Lucy Beale. In August 2014, her dad Ian and twin brother Peter kicked off a police appeal for any information.
They had no idea at this time that Ian's youngest son Bobby, who has since returned to the soap, was behind Lucy's murder, and after he accidentally killed her his stepmother Jane covered up the crime.
Fans had no idea who the killer was at this point, with everyone a suspect including Lee Carter, Lauren Branning and even Jay Brown.
Elsewhere, there was baby drama for the Beales when Lucy's teen half-sister Cindy went into labour, with Ian forced to deliver the baby in their house.
Cindy remained on the Square with baby Beth before eventually moving away with boyfriend Liam Butcher, to live with his dad Ricky.
Another big ongoing plot was Stacey Branning making her appeal over the murder of Archie Mitchell four years prior.
She had been on the run with baby daughter Lily, before returning to Walford in early 2014 only to be arrested.
Her family including mum Jean encouraged her to appeal and explain how her mental health issues, with Stacey suffering from bipolar disorder, impacted her actions when she attacked Archie, that and the fact he had raped her months earlier.
It was a big month in Walford as the return of Nasty Nick was also underway, following his son Charlie Cotton's debut earlier that year.
Dot believed her evil son was dead with Charlie keeping this lie up, only for Nick to make contact with him ahead of his long-awaited combeback.
Elsewhere, Patrick Trueman was recovering from his stroke, Peter and Lauren were struggling with their feelings for each other and Dean Wicks made a pass at sister-in-law Linda Carter, after her husband Mick was wrongly accused of sleeping with a prostitute – that prostitute being Rainie Cross.
Over in Weatherfield, and Peter Barlow relapsed as he turned back to alcohol after being wrongly imprisoned for the murder of Tina McIntyre.
Tina was attacked by Rob Donovan in brutal scenes, before her life support machine was switched off in June.
After his affair with Tina, Peter was arrested and sent to prison for the crime leaving partner Carla devastated, while she had no idea her brother Rob was the real killer.
One of Peter's inmates was none other than pal Steve McDonald's dad Jim, with the soap legend making his return in the plot.
But tragedy struck as Peter's drinking became out of control and almost killed him, with Peter rushed to hospital.
Meanwhile there was trouble for Tyrone Dobbs, when he was left injured after falling through his attic thanks to Todd Grimshaw's dodgy works.
Todd had used floorboards that were made from substandard material when he got brother Jason and colleague Gary Windass to complete the loft conversion.
Gary was furious with Todd, who threatened him to stay quiet claiming he would blame him and not Jason over the incident.
Ironically, the soap has just confirmed Gary was behind the recent factory roof collapse, sabotaging the roof for financial gain and killing Rana Habeeb.
Over in the Dales and there was tragedy, as Donna Windsor took her own life while also killing a dangerous criminal in the process.
The scenes marked the the return of Aaron Dingle, played by Danny Miller, who had been on the run since 2012 after taking the blame for a crime committed by best friend Adam Barton.
As the duo got back in contact, Aaron was back in the country to stop Adam from carrying out a robbery with his half-brother Ross Barton and police officer Donna.
Donna had turned corrupt after her own return months prior, with her dropping the devastating news she had terminal lung cancer.
After learning her prognosis was six months to a year, she turned to crime in the hope of raising enough money to leave behind for April before she died. She later collapsed and was told she now only had a matter of weeks to live.
After robbing a jewellery store owned by a local criminal, Gary, things took a shocking turn when Gary began blackmailing Ross.
He'd told Donna to end her romance with him or April would get hurt, to which she obliged, but she had no idea Gary was also threatening Ross' family, forcing him to do a job for him.
She agreed to help the men carry out the job, with Adam also involved as a lookout, only for their covers to be blown, leading to a final showdown on the top of a multistory car park – Donna handcuffed herself to Gary who was threatening to kill her and April, before taking her own life and his by jumping to the ground below.
Ross was left heartbroken by the events, while Aaron and Adam were also affected by the parts they played in the day's events.
Over in Hollyoaks village, and the shocking truth about rapist Finn O'Connor was exposed.
On Nancy's second wedding day to Darren Osborne, she was kissed on the cheek by Finn leading to her recognising the scent of his aftershave.
It's then that she made the realisation that he had attempted to rape her, and not Robbie Roscoe who was currently in prison.
As she aired her discovery, John Paul McQueen finally gathered enough courage to confirm she was right, as he had been raped by Finn earlier that year.
Five years on and Finn is soon to be released and return to the village, where Nancy still lives.
Not only that, but John Paul is also confirmed to be heading back to the show where he will face his attacker.
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