Richard Arnold's Armchair Guide - August 21

Yearning for some drama in your life? Don't worry , this week's installment of the Armchair Guide has got all your soap needs covered. From the iconic members of Corrie's cobbles to some of the most memorable families in Emmerdale, to the secrets and scandals of all of soapland, check it all out below...

Coronation Street Icons: Ken Barlow - available to watch on the ITV Hub now

This new four part series narrated by Sally Lindsay looks back at some of the iconic characters who have walked the cobbles over the years.

We’ll celebrate some of the longest serving much loved cast members and chart their character’s journey and find out what the actors themselves think of their time on the street.

The four iconic characters are Ken Barlow (played by William Roache), Sally Metcalfe (played by Sally Dynevor), Liz McDonald (played by Beverley Callard) and Roy Cropper (played by David Neilson).

The episodes will contain archive footage and new talking heads by cast members past and present.

Episode 1: Coronation Street Icons: Ken Barlow

William Roache reveals just what life was like for the original cast of Coronation Street and why Violet Carson was the natural leader.  He admits his love for an on screen punch up where he always tries to play it as real as possible. 

Watch it on the ITV Hub now.

Emmerdale Family Trees: The Dingles - Older and Wiser - you can watch it right now on the ITV Hub

This new series narrated by Gaynor Faye looks back at different generations of three of the soap’s most loved families: The Tates, The Sugdens and The Dingles.

The series will be a mixture of archive footage and new talking heads by cast members past and present.

Episode 1: The Dingles: Older and Wiser

The Dingles hit our screens in the mid 90’s and fast became one of the country's most loved families. The older generation made their mark with Zak leading the pack. In this episode we’ll weave our way through the life, loves, scams and antics of him, his three wives and his seven children.

Secrets and Scandals from Soapland - head to BritBox now to watch it all

There's been many secrets & scandals from Soapland down the years especially on Corrie and Emmerdale.

Watch everything from Kim Tate's return from the grave to Deirdre's shocking affair with Mike Baldwin over on BritBox now, watch it here.