For the first time I think I disagree with nearly everyone on this thread. I found the first ten episodes of series eight to be a lot less enticing than normal, I wasn't as hooked- though there were some strong storylines. However- these first three episodes I have LOVED. I'm getting used to the new characters, and really enjoying the storylines that are playing out.
I love the addition of the Barry's every single one of them. I have finally started liking Lorraine and Sonya- and I love Michael and Chrstine's developing relationship.
The only thing I am not enjoying is the change in Nicki's character. I used to really enjoy her but her bullying of Scout is horrid to watch.