The festive season is almost upon us, and the land of soap is heating up — with a series of explosive events that will set the scene for a Christmas to remember.
In the wake of the 60th anniversary extravaganza, Coronation Street’s Tim Metcalfe (Joe Duttine) asks mum Elaine Jones (Paula Wilcox) to move in, but she’s not sure this is the best move.
Meanwhile, Katy Lewis (Simone Lahbib) manipulates Mick Carter (Danny Dyer) in EastEnders into believing that his marriage to Linda (Kellie Bright) isn’t worth saving, which leaves his wife feeling rejected once more.
Kim Tate (Claire King) makes an epic return in Emmerdale, and one of either Mercedes McQueen (Jennifer Metcalfe) or Sienna Blake (Anna Passey) are seemingly involved in a huge betrayal in Hollyoaks.
It’s all kicking off in soapland, and here’s everything you’ve got to look forward to.
1. With Elaine and Tim having resolved to see one another more often, Tim invites her to move in with him at No.4 — but such a suggestion leaves Elaine rather startled.
2. Elaine confides in Alya about her reservations regarding moving in with Tim — and how she’s reluctant to let him feel he’s being rejected by her again — but Alya urges her to be honest.Elaine therefore takes her advice, and assures Tim she’ll always be there for him, but they should take things more slowly.
3. Carla is riddled with guilt, and therefore she begs Peter to let her help him.However, Simon makes it clear that she’s no longer welcome. Carla is devastated, and thus picks up her holdall and storms out.
4. Debbie attempts to persuade Gary to reconsider, after he seemingly dropped out of selling the factory. However, her words appear to have little effect on the former loanshark.
5. Sarah is intent on revenge and thus she calls Crimestoppers and informs that she knows where a corpse is buried — and she knows who put it there!
6. As Gary busies himself in the furniture shop, he’s overhears news on the radio that the police are searching Beacon Woods for a body.
7. Todd drops in on Paul — having learned he’s skiving off work. Paul admits that he had a tough night on the helpline, so Todd makes himself comfy. Todd scans the helpline website and suggests to Paul that he’d like to sign up as a volunteer.
8. Tina spots Max and Linda sharing a tender moment, and — shocked — she wastes little time in relaying her discovery to Mick. Mick makes clear that he knows, but as he sets off to find Linda, Katy corners him and suggests that his marriage isn’t worth saving.
9. Katy drops by Mick’s flat, and Linda arrives home.She’s delighted to meet the ‘famous Katy’, and Katy charms her — insisting that Mick sing her praises.
10. Linda later dresses up for Mick, but as they kiss, Mick demands that she back away and stay away from him. Linda is horrified — feeling unwanted and rejected once more.
11. Patrick arrives back from Trinidad, and heads straight from the airport to The Vic! He takes no time in catching up with Kim. As things get raucous, Denise takes this all in and decides she’s had enough. Yes, she wants Raymond to have a traditional Christmas with a respectable family – much to everyone’s amusement!
12. Stuart has booked an appointment to start he and Rainie’s surrogacy journey, but Rainie doesn’t react in the way Stuart had hoped.
13. Suki spots an opportunity to make some quick cash.
14. Shirley stops by to give Mick his Christmas present, but he throws it back in her face.
15. Jamie leaves Mackenzie Boyd in charge of Home Farm, but the newcomer allows the place to become a mess. Kim arrives back, and she’s furious to see the state of the place, and that Mackenzie is living there! Therefore, she instructs him to clean up, before ordering him to leave!
16. Harriet makes it her mission to make Jean reconsider exhuming her dad, but she fails, and thus Will concludes that they’ve got to no choice but to move Malone’s body!
17. Will informs Harriet that they should bury Malone in a secluded plot on Home Farm, and the next day, they ultimately set their plan in motion. As night falls, Will digs Malone’s new grave in the grounds of Home Farm.
18. After making a decision about the baby, Laurel struggles — as does Jai.Rhona Goskirk reaches out to her, following their heated argument.
19. Laurel makes an admission, and she heads back home in an effort to speak to the kids. She ultimately reveals to Arthur and Gabby that she’s decided to end the pregnancy.
20. Tracy is desperate to reunite Leyla and Liam so sets up a plan. Nate invites Liam over for a beer to assist, but when David jokes that it’s a date, Liam is concerned and his mind starts to question Nate’s motives. Liam arrives for the meet up but when Nate answers the door in just his boxers Liam is taken aback!
21. Sienna is horrified to learn not only of the extent of Brody’s doubt, but that he’s also been spending time with Summer Ranger.Brody has a lot of making up to do, that’s for sure, but Warren is waiting in the wings to swoop in.
22. Mercedes decides that they all need to start playing by the blackmailer’s rules, and Theresa has a plan for both she and Mercedes to make some quick cash.
23. When Sylver finds out what Mercedes has been up to, he pushes her away, which drives her into the company of Warren!
24. John Paul buys Nancy a new watch to replace the one that he stole from her.
25. Ripley gives Brooke some relationship advice.
EastEnders airs Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday on BBC One. Coronation Street airs Monday, Wednesday and Friday on ITV, while Emmerdale airs Monday-Friday. Hollyoaks airs Monday-Thursday on E4.
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