It seems Emmerdale bosses have been saving the best for Christmas – as usual – as the festive storylines are set to be seriously dramatic.
Emmerdale spoilers reveal there's love, surprise and violence all wrapped into the Christmas week, with viewers in for a real treat.
Paddy Kirk (Dominic Brunt) might end up a married man after planning a surprise wedding for Chas Dingle (Lucy Pargeter) – but it doesn't come without its challenges.
Paul Ashdale (Reece Dinsdale) lashes out as his son Vinny (Bradley Johnson) again.
And viewers will finally discover who Al Chapman's (Michael Wildman) mystery woman is after his secretive phone calls and messages.
Al's secret woman exposed
Priya Sharma (Fiona Wade) is keen to have Al all to herself over Christmas, but he steals himself away to send a final message to his mystery lady.
On Christmas Day, he gifts Priya an expensive necklace which matches Amba's, but he can't wait to get away to see his other woman.
Viewers will see Andrea Tate (Anna Nightingale), Dawn Taylor (Olivia Bromley) and Belle Dingle (Eden Taylor Draper) get a mysterious text.
But who will it be?
It's not long until all is revealed.
Vinny in brutal attack
Paul isn't impressed when Liv Flaherty (Isobel Steele) discusses driving lessons, knowing she had a seizure recently.
He tells her he doesn't think she should be driving, fully knowing that there's a risk she could have another seizure.
But she refuses to listen so Paul tells Aaron (Danny Miller) about her seizure, leaving her furious.
To get him back, she tells Vinny that Paul has been gambling again.
Paul gives some excuses, saying it was a one off, but Vinny doesn't believe him.
Later on, Vinny tells him to stop being weak and just admit his addiction.
Paul is unhappy and retaliates with physical violence.
Will it be the final straw for Vinny and will he tell Mandy (Lisa Riley) all about Paul's gambling?
Paddy and Chas wedding drama
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Paddy and Marlon (Mark Charnock) have been planning a surprise wedding for Chas, though she wasn't keen to let Paddy take over the Christmas plans.
She tells him that Charity (Emma Atkins) won't be invited to their Christmas dinner, but they soon realise they haven't sent out any invitations.
More things go wrong and Paddy is angry as nothing is going the way he had planned.
Paddy is left stressed when the marquee company cancels his reservation, but Marlon has a back-up plan to hold the reception in the pub's beer garden.
Marlon and Aaron are relieved when Leyla (Roxy Shahidi) agrees to help them, with Paddy and Marlon rehearsing the ceremony.
Meanwhile at the pub, an argument breaks out when Chas tries to make Charity see she's neglecting her son.
Later on, Charity hears the talk of a wedding at the church and is angry and hurt when she hears how grateful everyone is that she's not been invited.
The Dingles try their best to keep the surprise wedding a secret from Chas, but will Charity spoil their hard work and ruin everything?
Emmerdale airs weeknights at 7pm on ITV, with an extra episode at 8pm on Thursdays
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