Christmas is a time for family, for togetherness, for giving, peace and goodwill to all people. Oh, and a double helping of EastEnders and an hour-long Corrie, of course… Mostly I’m looking at Christmas Day events in Soapland for this column as there are so many visits to our favourite soaps across the festive season, it’s enough to make you dizzy!
EastEnders (Christmas Day, 8/8.30pm, BBC1)
An Albert Square Christmas is always a special affair, where stalls for the year ahead are set out. Revelations on Christmas Day have a habit of running through EastEnders for months to come, as with last year’s bombshell of Max and Stacey’s affair. This year seems to have taken that storyline as a template as Suzy Branning is coerced into giving Sean Slater the worst Christmas of his life. To say it’s a cracker is something of an understatement (ho, ho… erm, ho). Elsewhere on the Square, Dot has something of visitation from a ghost of Christmas past as an EastEnders legend returns…
Coronation Street (Christmas Day 7pm, ITV1)
Oooh, that Tony Gordon, he’s an evil minx, isn’t he? He’s not quite in the Richard Hillman class of Corrie nutter, but he’s not far off. On Christmas Eve, Mr G receives a visit from Jed, who in no uncertain terms tells him he knows what happened on the night Liam died. Oh dear, that’s torn it. Something tells us Jed will be getting stuffing of a different kind this Christmas… Also the Steve/Becky/Michelle love triangle gets even trickier as Steve treats Becky to winter wonderland in the Streetcars office. Wow, that Steve McDonald, eh? He sure knows how to out the moves on a girl, doesn’t he?
Emmerdale (Christmas Day 6pm, ITV1)
While the rest of us are watching Doctor Who, those few tuning into Emmerdale on Christmas Day will be in for a chilling tale of what lies beneath as recent misdemeanours are uncovered. Victoria Sugden locks lips with Daz and then does a runner (can’t say we blame her), heading out into the cold where she takes a plunge in the iced over lake… And what she finds beneath the icy depths will have nasty repercussions for at least three village residents. And the villagers gather for Reverend Ashley’s final service, but could help be at hand for the church?
Hollyoaks (Boxing Day 5.50pm, C4)
It’s crunch time for Warren and Louise, but will Lou carry out her revenge plan? And do you care? Answers on a postcard please…