Inside Soap
First issue cover (October 1992)
EditorSteven Murphy
CategoriesSoap operas
Circulation117,539 (ABC Jul – Dec 2015)[1]
First issueOctober 1992
CompanyHearst Magazines UK
CountryUnited Kingdom
Based inLondon

Inside Soap is a weekly magazine published in the United Kingdom, released every Tuesday. It covers current and future storylines in soap operas in the United Kingdom, including Coronation Street, Doctors, EastEnders, Emmerdale and Hollyoaks as well as dramas Casualty and Holby City, and Australian soaps Home and Away and Neighbours, which are broadcast in the United Kingdom.

History and profile

When Inside Soap was first published in October 1992, it was a monthly magazine.[citation needed]

In 1996, Inside Soap changed from a monthly issue magazine to being released every two weeks.[2]

The editor has been Steven Murphy since the late 1990s.[citation needed]

Inside Soap traditionally provides interviews from actors who play characters in the soap operas and outlines current storylines; occasionally past storylines are included in featurettes.[citation needed]

As of 2019, soaps included in its content are Coronation Street, Doctors, Eastenders, Emmerdale, Hollyoaks and Australian soap operas Home and Away and Neighbours. Former soaps that were covered were Brookside, Family Affairs and Crossroads.[citation needed] Readers are invited to email their questions to soap stars and entries are published in interview format. Soap stars' personal lives are also covered, including tips on fashion and where to purchase clothes worn by the stars. A weekly television guide is also provided.[citation needed]

By 1994, the magazine's circulation had reached around 120,000.[3] In 1995, Inside Soap's publicity claimed that it was the fastest growing consumer magazine in the United Kingdom.[4] In August 1996, it was announced that Inside Soap sales had risen. From January to June 1996, they had gained a fifty-four percent rise in sales according to year on year comparison data.[5] By 1998, it was a market leader in its sales category and by September 2003 it still held its top ranking position.[6][7]

In September 2002, Hachette Filipacchi began publishing the magazine after the company purchased Attic Futura.[7] In late 2003, Hachette Filipacchi decided to increase their output of Inside Soap and began publishing it weekly.[8] The publisher's decision to publish weekly strengthened sales and by September 2005, the magazine reached 182,618 units in circulation.[9]

Each year, the Inside Soap Awards ceremony is held, where awards are given to the cast and crew of the soaps. The awards are voted for by the readers of the magazine.[citation needed] In September 2004, the Inside Soap Awards were broadcast on Sky's television channel Living TV[10]

Editors of the magazine have included Vicky Mayer and Jonathan Bowman.[11][12]

Inside Soap prints stories covering all soap operas broadcast on British television in detail. It includes a feature to inform readers of dates different stories occur titled "what happens when". It also includes terrestrial and digital television listings.[9]


  1. ^ "Full 2015 UK magazines ABC circulation breakdown: 60 out of 442 titles grow sales". Press Gazette.
  2. ^ Games, Alexander; O'Carroll, Lisa (13 March 1996). "In the air". Evening Standard. p. 61. Retrieved 25 June 2021 – via to read
  3. ^ Bellos, Alex (13 March 1994). "Close to the edge". The Observer. p. 127. Retrieved 4 September 2021 – via to read
  4. ^ "Creative, media & marketing". The Guardian. 9 January 1995. p. 46. Retrieved 25 June 2021 – via to read
  5. ^ Glaister, Dan (5 August 1996). "Now it's lads on top". The Guardian. p. 39. Retrieved 25 June 2021 – via to read
  6. ^ "Creative, media & sales". The Guardian. 25 July 1998. p. 243. Retrieved 25 June 2021 – via to read
  7. ^ a b Cassy, John; Brockes, Emma (16 September 2002). "Shooting for the stars (again)". The Guardian. p. 82. Retrieved 25 June 2021 – via to read
  8. ^ Byrne, Ciar (15 December 2003). "Red and read all over". The Guardian. p. 72. Retrieved 25 June 2021 – via to read
  9. ^ a b Whitlock, Kevin (26 September 2005). "So what's on telly tonight?". The Independent. p. 98. Retrieved 25 June 2021 – via to read
  10. ^ Darke, Kimberley (29 September 2004). "Digital highlights". Evening Standard. p. 44. Retrieved 25 June 2021 – via to read
  11. ^ "Creative, media & marketing". The Guardian. 28 June 1993. p. 46. Retrieved 25 June 2021 – via to read
  12. ^ Kingston, Peter (13 July 1998). "Question: What do you call a radio station that's preparing to launch its first soap? Answer: Radio 3 - seriously". The Guardian. p. 64. Retrieved 25 June 2021 – via to read