Emmerdale quite frankly beats the shite out of EastEnders and Coronation Street in terms of quality and has done for a while now.
I haven't seen much of Emmerdale since Paul and Ivan's first kiss. However I think Paul is a lovely guy. He's camp but theres so much more to his character than being gay. Emmerdale do gay characters quite well. Paul has had quite a few storylines since he arrived but none of them until now have been about his sexuality which is a welcome change from the usual young tormented gay souls of Corrie and Enders.
Ivan though, not sure how its gonna pan out but I'd have a lot of fun in the meantime if I were Paul