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Entertainment Channel 5 Neighbours final: Somebody's worked out whether EastEnders' Albert Square, Emmerdale or Coronation Street is the deadliest place to live

05:00  30 july  2022
05:00  30 july  2022 Source:   mylondon.news

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Tonight, after 37 years, Neighbours fans bid farewell to their favourite soap as the curtain closes on the set of Erinsborough for the very last time.

Those who have been watching the soap since it first aired in 1985 might have by now realised that Erinsborough seems quite a pleasant place to live as opposed to the fictional places in other popular soaps. That’s because it is, according to insurance company Urban Jungle .

Having studied all potential insurance claims based on all fictional residential disasters that have scripted into our favourite soaps over the last 30 years, Erinsborough was found to be the safest place to live. To the contrary, Walford in EastEnders was considered the most dangerous.

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Over the last three decades, the residents of Ramsay Street would have made the least insurance claims, totalling in a pay out of just £376,104. That’s around a fifth of the claims that would have been made by the residents of Walford.

The long-running Australian soap has only experienced two storms during its time on air and a handful of explosions at the Lassiters. EastEnders, meanwhile, has seen more than its fair share of home disasters, including four house fires.

Surprisingly, despite being based in a small village in Yorkshire, Emmerdale has experienced a number of large-scale disasters - more than any other soap, in fact. This includes the famous Beckindale Air Disaster, when an airplane damaged the home of several residents.

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However, owing to the fact that in the real world repair costs are much lower up north than they are in London, Walford still tops the list in terms of pay outs.

After Erinsborough, Coronation Street would have faced the second least insurance claims, as a house fire and a sinkhole would have only caused £384,000 in damage. The residents of Neighbours’ rival soap from down under, Home and Away, come in third with claims of around £863,156 for a house fire and three storms.

A flat fire, fire at student flats and a gas explosion in Hollyoaks would have brought about insurance claims of £983,000, while six house fires and three barn explosions in Emmerdale would have resulted in a pay out of £1,545,000.

Deemed to be the most dangerous place to live, the disasters that have taken place in Walford over the past 30 years would have led to claims of around £1,700,000, according to the insurance company, which considered location and size of property when making its estimations.

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Laura-Jayne Tyler, a soap opera expert, commented: “There have been scores of unimaginable disasters to rock our favourite soap characters and their properties over the years – bringing maximum drama to the globe’s best-loved television programmes.

“As we bid a tearful farewell to Neighbours, it’s comforting to learn that Ramsay Street was a relatively safe place to be!”

Jimmy Williams, CEO of Urban Jungle, added: “It seems like life is pretty risky in soapland - especially in Albert Square!

“We hadn’t realised that everyone’s daily soap was such a good advert for why you need home insurance, though what you see on the soaps actually pretty well mirrors real life.”

Viewers can tune in to Channel 5 watch the last ever episode of Neighbours on Friday, July 29th at 9pm.

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