Neurodiverse minds: Why TV has been important during unpredictable times 

When you’re neurodivergent your brain can feel all over the place when things feel unpredictable but actually a lot of us neurodiverse people tend to thrive off routine, structure and some space to create. Especially as I am on the autism spectrum. 

One way I like taking time out is by watching TV which has anchored me during the Pandemic, as it was the only thing I can really on. 

But there are little nuances within soaps, that I enjoy as well. 

The world has been and still is unpredictable, so it’s nice to have some things that are predictable, such as soap operas being on each night albeit in different times now so Emmerdale is on at 7:30pm til 8pm Monday to Friday and Coronation Street is now 8pm-9pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.


The main UK soaps are:
Emmerdale, Coronation Street, EastEnders, Hollyoaks etc. One thing you can guarentee is that they have lots of drama and crime is not rife but it does happen occasionally, and every so often in soaps e.g. Emmerdale, Eastenders, Coronation Street people get arrested for whatever they may have done wrong and some examples have been over the years include:


Tracy Barlow arrested for numerous crimes down the years

People like Debbie Dingle in Emmerdale have been arrested for things like assault, murder etc but even though some do get to court for the trial, the majority of people in soapland tend to get away with stuff.

Some pictures to show this are:


To bring neurodiversity into this, there has been some disabled actors in soaps like James Moore in Emmerdale who plays Ryan Stocks who has cerebral palsy, Cherylee Houston who played Izzy in Coronation Street and Alex Warner played by Liam Bairstow.

Something that happens this week in Emmerrdale is Billy Fletcher wants to adopt Dawn Fletcher’s son Lucas and she’s thrilled but isn’t sure what her ex and Lucas’ biological dad would say, so her and Billy go to his house where he says he’ll accept the adoption on one condition and then later, Alex says that he wants Dawn to deal drugs for him to be able to adopt Lucas, so having not told Harriet or Billy she’s being blackmailed, under pressure the only thing she feels she can do is attempt to rob Home Farm but gets caught by Kim who owns it.

Then the following day, Dawn goes to accompany Alex for the deal, but when the meeting concludes there is police cars and Dawn is the one who ends up getting handcuffed and arrested and gets took to the back of the cop car, and over the last couple of years due to covid, I think when people have been arrested in soaps, the police haven’t been able to get too close to them to be able to handcuff them so for me that’ll be exciting on Wednesday’s episode as whenever I read about someone potentially being arrested, I get excited because it doesn’t happen too often, but does occasionally and, because I’ve always watched police type programmes e.g. Line of Duty, or Traffic Cops I like the familiarity or the routine of what police officers tend to say when they arrest someone, and I also think some police officers don’t want to arrest people in soaps but feel they have to.

Some photos to relate to Tuesday 15th and Wednesday 16th March episodes are:


So to summarise, the reason I enjoy people being arrested is because it doesn’t happen too often in soapland and why I enjoy it is because it’s familiar to me and I like the fact that the cuffs are used as well.


I will feel sorry for Dawn when she’s arrested as she’s worked hard to get her son back, and because she’s been blackmailed she will probably lose him again.

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