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Inside Soap preview

Your stars
this week!

Christmas in the soaps
so much. It really is the only
time you get to see everyone
issue, with all our info,
sitting around the dinner
teasers and chats about
table, or in the living room,
the festive fireworks!
just chatting or taking the
This Christmas certainly mickey out of each other –
looks like a doozy, with
basically acting like all of our
friends and family do!
It is funny that the
most dramatic week of
the year is also when
we get most of that
secrets aplenty to explode, everyday stuff, but long may
and love and lust all over
it continue. And as always,
the place. But it also seems I can’t wait for this year
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“This Christmas
looks like a doozy!”

The BIG
stories...

Shane Richie
“Alfie’s paternal
instincts kick in
very quickly!”

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Coronation Street

10 Sinead tells Billy her chemo secret
20 Fiz realises Hope needs help
24 Toyah hooks up with Imran – again!
25 Seb finds £5,000 of Phelan’s cash
28 Steve & Tracy try to help Amy
38 Christmas in Weatherfield preview
46 Can Leanne & Nick make up?

EastEnders

4 Alfie finds out he has a daugher!
14 Evie piles pressure on to Tiffany
23 Ian & Jean bond at choir practice
26 Billy meddles with Honey & Adam
28 Max scolds Rainie over baby Abi
36 Christmas in Walford preview
48 Mel tries to uncover Ray’s lies

Emmerdale

8 Bob tries to win back Brenda!
18 Maya plants a kiss on pupil Jacob
22 Daz runs someone over in his car
27 Paddy & Chas grow closer again
28 Marlon tries to keep the peace
40 Christmas in the Dales preview

As you’re a lawyer,
shall we adjourn to
the bedroom?

Leslie Dunlop

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Hollyoaks

12 Mandy thinks she’s losing her baby
27 Sinead warns Sienna off Laurie
42 Christmas in Chester preview
50 Cindy returns to the village

Neighbours

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“I want Brenda to end
up with Bob – they’re
made for each other!”

...and
more!

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30 What Happens
When?
32 Soapbox
52 Ultimate
Christmas
Countdown:
30-21
56 Star watch
58 Style watch
92 Who’s In?
Who’s Out?
94 Puzzles
96 The Hot List
98 Hits & Misses

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“Sinead feels as if she’s
out of options, but can
confide in Billy…”

16

Nadiya’s Asian
Odyssey

16 Chloe moves in for a kiss with Elly
26 Sonya goes missing – where is she?
44 Christmas in Erinsborough preview
27 Casualty Duffy has dementia?
29 Doctors Mrs Tembe bans tinsel
29 Holby City Bernie surprises Serena
44 Christmas in Holby City Hospital

What’s Nadiya
found out about
her family?
Turn to p59 for
all the details…

Jodi Anasta

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Dramas

“The kiss makes Elly
aware of how she
feels about Chloe!”

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Alfie meets
his daughter!
AS HE CRADLES HAYLEY’S BABY, SHE TELLS HIM
THAT THEY’RE THE NEWBORN’S PARENTS…

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Kat and Alfie find time
to have a serious chat
in the bathroom

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lfie has the shock of his life
this week, as he picks up the
newborn Slater baby at No
31, only for Hayley to walk in
and reveal that he’s the dad!
The bombshell comes soon after Alfie
delivers his own surprise, by turning up on
the Slater clan’s doorstep during Hayley’s
birthday party. Standing there as bold as
brass, the fella tells his wife Kat that he’s
sorry for everything he’s put her through,
and that he wants to win her back for
good. But with Kat currently unaware of
her hubby’s infidelity, will she come to
regret giving him another chance?

“Alie thinks he can
start over with Kat,
free of baggage!”
“Awkward!” grimaces our Walford
insider. “Up to now, only Hayley herself
and Jean have been completely aware of
the truth. Although Alfie knew that Hayley
was pregnant a while back, he thought
she’d had a termination, so he figured he
was off the hook. Now he thinks he can
start over with Kat, free from any baggage.
Well, let’s see how that works out, then!”

THE SECRET IS OUT!

It’s obvious who
Jean blames for this
whole sorry mess

When Jean spots Alfie at the door, she
panics that he’ll see the baby and put
two and two together – so she tries
to shoo him away! Undeterred, Alfie
fetches Tommy, Bert and Ernie,
while Jean flaps around trying to
stop Kat from seeing her boys.
Although confused by Jean’s
erratic behaviour, Alfie is soon
able to have a heart-to-heart
with Kat after his wife locks
herself in the bathroom. The
pair even start to make a few
tentative steps to working
things out, as Kat is finally
reunited with her children…
CONTINUED OVER ↘
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But unknown to either of them,
Alfie has a daughter downstairs,
and it’s only a matter of time
before he finds out.
“Jean does her best to stop
Alfie from seeing Hayley’s
baby, but she’s on a hiding
to nothing,” sighs our sneak.
“Sure enough, before the
day is out, Alfie ends up in
the lounge, cradling the tot,
oblivious that he’s the little’un’s
dad! When Hayley bursts in
on the scene, she blurts out
that the baby is hers – and
even Alfie works out what that
must mean! The question is,
will he keep quiet, or demand
a role in his daughter’s life?”

ALFIE BEGS!
While fixing Alfie with a glare,
Hayley demands that Jean put
a stop to her birthday party.
Of course, Alfie has questions
about what’s been going on
in his absence – but once Kat
butts in on the conversation,
he’s forced to keep shtum.

Instead, Alfie causes a
distraction, telling Kat that
Stacey was the one who called
him back to London. And as
Kat bickers with her relative
about sticking her nose in,
Alfie finally has the opportunity
to chat to Hayley alone…
“The trouble is, Hayley is
still holding a torch for Alfie,”
sobs our mole. “Although she
knows that it’s not realistic,
she’s still gutted when he tells
her that he’s only back on the
Square for his wife. Alfie begs
Hayley to let him be a part of
the child’s life – however, she
refuses outright, threatening
to tell Kat everything! It’s most
probably an empty threat –
but can Alfie afford to risk it?”
Later, Alfie manages to
convince Hayley to help him
out with his latest business
venture – Blue Moon Funerals.
Although Hayley is cautious at
first, she soon begins to see
how much her and Alfie’s
baby means to him, and her
resolve starts to weaken.

“Alfie’s paternal
instincts kick in
very quickly!”
Star Shane Richie tells us why he’s thrilled
to be back in Walford – and that his alter
ego is ready to be a father once more…
Hi Shane! What’s it like to
be back on the Square?
It’s great! I don’t know how
long I’ve been away, but the
first day I got back, there
were a couple of people who
said, “Where did you go?”
Like I’d just had a long
holiday or something! It
really is like I’ve not been
away. It’s the same faces –
not necessarily the same
cast, but the same crew,

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wardrobe, make-up and
management. It’s like stepping
on to a Ferris wheel. It’s going

Hayle
e
ed that
Alfie iis only
y back on
the Square for Kat!”
round and round, and
occasionally some people step
on and others step off. And
with the Slaters all being
together again, stepping into
the whole madness of that has
been great, but full-on. We’re
sometimes filming six days
a week… which I enjoy!

What is Alie’s reaction
when he realises that he’s
holding his own daughter?
He initially thinks it’s one of
Stacey’s. And she says, “No,
Alfie, it’s not one of mine”
– and then, of course,
Hayley walks into the
room and goes, “She’s
mine!” Alfie realises that
this is his daughter, and
you see him change. His
paternal instincts kick in
very quickly, and he takess
on board being the father
of this child. And that’s

Kat and Alfie appear to be
working things out – but a ticking
timebomb looks set to explode

JEAN’S ULTIMATUM!
They’re being keenly watched,
however, by eagle-eyed Jean
– who observes how much
Hayley is obviously smitten
with Alfie. She also notes how
gutted Hayley is to see that the
love cheat stands a chance of
getting back with Kat. Feeling
protective of both women, and
seeing red over how Alfie has
disrupted the family since his

return, Jean decides to take
matters into her own hands…
“Jean gives Alfie an
ultimatum!” gasps our snitch.
“She informs him that she
knows the truth about the
baby, and if he doesn’t own up
to Kat, she’ll tell her anyway!
It’s quite a threat – but will
Jean’s intervention end up
destroying all of their lives?”
Tom Spilsbury

where the whole
story starts…

Alie also has a
new business – as
a funeral director!
“Blue Moon Funerals
– a good way to go!”
He thinks it’s such
a genius idea! It’s
not a scam – he’s
selling funerals to
people under 50.

So he’s not conducting
the funerals himself?

It sounds as if there’s
a lot of classic Alie
comedy alongside the
storyline with Hayley…

No, he’s done a deal with the
local funeral director. He has
a business plan. It’s for the
under-50s. “It’s a long time
until you die, but meanwhile,
I’ll have your money!” He’s
trying to sell it to everyone
and anyone. Of course, it
goes belly-up and comes back
to bite him on the bum.

Yes, there are some heavy
scenes going on – and then
his phone will ring while
he’s having a row with
someone, and he’ll have to
say, “Blue Moon Funerals
– a good way to go!” And his
phone is always going off!
So it was nice playing the
comedy with the tragedy.

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Bob thinks he’s in with a
chance of a smooch with his
ex, but Brenda has other ideas

EMMERDALE | ITV THURSDAY

Will Brenda
take back
love rat Bob?
B
HE’S DESPERATE TO RECAPTURE
HIS ESTRANGED WIFE’S HEART…
renda has a huge
decision to make
this week, as
her estranged
husband Bob
moves in for a kiss!
Following the breakdown
of his relationship with Laurel,
the flighty barman has finally
realised that he was better
off with Brenda – who is now
dating Doug. But although
Brenda was destroyed when
the man she loved left her, that
doesn’t mean she’s desperate
for a reunion. In fact, Brenda
isn’t having any of it!
“When Bob moves in for a
kiss, Brenda is rather horrified,”

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explains Lesley Dunlop,
who plays the deserted wife.
“She just thought he’d
understand that she’s being
kind rather than flirty. She
doesn’t want him back!”
The thing that matters most
to Brenda is that the twins,
Heath and Cathy, don’t have
to suffer because of Bob’s
break-up with Laurel. They
are desperate for a reunion
between Brenda and Bob, and
given the fact that her romance
with Doug is on shaky ground,
it makes sense to them. So
what has Doug done wrong?
“She thinks he’s a bit of a
bore!” admits Lesley. “He

wants her to accompany him
on a date, but it’s a gardening
event, and she’s not keen to
go at all. She’s rather relieved
when the kids are ill, so she
can avoid it. I think Doug and
a gardening thing would just
be too much for her.”

It’s fair to say that Doug
is a bit of a rebound for
Brenda, though is she kidding
herself that she doesn’t still
have some feelings for Bob?
“Well, she’s quite firm when
she explains it’s not happening
to the kids,” explains Lesley.

Brenda has moved on
from Bob – she can’t
get back with him…”

DOUG
TOUGHENS UP!
He angrily punches Bob in the face…

“Doug’s more parochial and
less fun-loving than Bob. But
I think she’s moved on from
Bob, and she’s disappointed
for the kids that getting back
with him is not what she
wants or can give them.”
It looks as if Bob is going to
have to resign himself to the
single life. However, Lesley is
hoping it’s not the end of their
story. That said, she does think
some time needs to pass before
the Hope family is whole again.

“One day I want Brenda
to end up back with Bob,”
she tells us. “They should
realise that they are made for
each other. Mind you, she’d
have to get over the concerns
that he would cheat again. In
the meantime, Brenda would
like some fun, spontaneity
and intelligence – she wants
some more interesting dates!
I think she should take a
break from village men!”
Kate White

Brenda might think he’s ‘Mr Boring’, but Doug
is going to unleash his violent side this week –
and Bob is the target of his anger!
Having watched the feckless fella blow things
with his daughter Laurel and then try to nick his
girlfriend, Doug’s had enough. So, when he goes
into the Woolpack and sees Bob laying on the
charm and flirting up a storm with lots of lady
punters, Doug goes mad. All the tension and
frustrations over Bob’s behaviour and his attempts
at getting back Brenda spill out – and Doug
punches his former friend in the face!
As the dust settles, it’s clear that Doug has
stepped over the line and that Bob feels he deserves
it. But will Doug’s macho antics convince Brenda to
keep dating him and turn down her ex’s advances?

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CORONATION STREET | ITV FRIDAY

Sinead’s
heartbreak...
days to live!
STEFF IS LOSIN HER BATTLE,
WILL IT CHANGE SINEAD’S MIND
ABOUT HER OWN TREATMENT?

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S

inead is dealt
another cruel blow
this week, when
her new pal Steff is
rushed to hospital
– and given just days to live!
Sinead befriended the fellow
cancer patient at hospital, and
Steff encouraged her to try
alternative therapies to fight
her illness, leading to Sinead
secretly stopping her chemo,
for fear she could harm her
unborn baby. So when she
learns the terrible news about
her mate, will she give herself
a reality check – and realise
that she has
to restart her
treatment?
“After Sinead
finds out about
Steff, she goes
into panic
mode,” sighs
Katie McGlynn,
who plays her. “She feels as if
she has messed up. She starts
to think she’s made the wrong
decision – she’s distraught,
because she thinks by trying
to do the right thing, she’s
made everything worse.”
In the days before her
shock discovery, the pressure
of keeping her chemo secret
from Daniel is already weighing
very heavily on Sinead…
g
“Sinead is still avoiding
treatment because she fears
for the safety of her baby –
she doesn’t want her
child to come to any
harm,” Katie reminds

us. “But Sinead feels that
she must hide it from Daniel,
as he’s going to think it’s a
ridiculous idea. She doesn’t
want to make Daniel angry
or disappoint him, because
he cares about her health.”
Daniel is under the
impression that his wife has
still been rocking up at the
hospital for chemo – and after
he thanks her new friend Steff
for helping Sinead through this
hard time, Sinead is wracked
with guilt for lying to him. But
despite the dire nature of their
situation, there’s a touching
moment for
Sinead and
Daniel when
they head to
the hospital for
their latest
scan – and as
the dad-to-be
later feels his
baby kick, he’s overjoyed.
However, Sinead’s lies begin
to spiral out of control after
Daniel calls in at the factory,
ready to join her at her latest
round of chemotherapy.
“Daniel offers to go with
Sinead to her appointment,”
Katie tells us. “But Sinead has
no intention of going to the
hospital – and with her lying
about her treatment, she just
snaps.
p She feels suffocated,
everyone is trying to tell
her what to do.”
It’s this stress
that leads
Sinead to
finally break
down and

“Sinead
panics – she
feels as if she’s
messed up!”

Daniel is
overjoyed
when he
feels his
baby kick

Sinead opens up to
Billy about what she’s
going through

confide in vicar Billy what’s
been going on. He’s stunned
to hear that she’s put herself at
risk for the sake of her baby.
“Sinead feels as if she’s out
of options, yet she knows she
can confide in Billy,” says Katie.
“He’s the closet person to God,
so she hopes her prayers can
be answered. This is her last
resort, but she can trust Billy.”

With Billy’s words still ringing
in her ears, Sinead finds out
the tragic news regarding her
pal Steff. So, will she realise
that she needs to start chemo
as soon as possible? Or might
Daniel end up discovering the
truth and push his wife into
putting her own survival ahead
of their unborn baby’s?
Sarah Ellis

No
easy
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– such as a specially designed diet, or vitamins
– instead of traditional treatment in order to
beat the disease. But lots of cancer charities
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and specialists advise against ditching tried
and tested medical remedies.
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or even cure cancer, but there is no scientific
proof to show this,” states cancer charity
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Macmillan Cancer Support
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website. “No alternatiiv
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HOLLYOAKS | Channel 4 MONDAY

Mandy’s
baby
scare!
IS SHE LOSING HER CHILD?

W

ith a custody
battle brewing
over Darren’s
kids, Mandy is
feeling the pressure this
week, but things get worse
when she suddenly collapses
– with only Nancy to help her!
The drama begins as Darren
announces that he will be
representing himself at the
custody hearing. However,
with Nancy believing he’s hired
a lawyer, she goes ahead and
enlists legal help. Darren
frantically realises he will need
money for representation if
he’s going to stand a chance
– so he resorts to desperate
measures to get some…
“Mandy wins £200 on a
scratch card,” explains Sarah
Jayne Dunn, who plays her.
“And as she’s recently found

out that she’s pregnant, any
spare money will be put aside.
She starts to think everything
is falling into place.”
Shortly after her win, disaster
strikes, as the scratch card
goes missing! It soon becomes
clear that it was taken by the
baby’s father-to-be, Darren.
When we then see him at the
Loft, gambling away, has he
fallen back into old habits?
“It’s a desperate move by
Darren,” reckons Sarah. “He’s
trying to get more money so
he can get a better solicitor.
Mandy is just worried because
of all the times where Luke had
no control with his alcoholism,
and Darren is a gambling
addict, so her experience with
both men is very similar.”
Soon, Mandy, Darren and
Nancy head to court to fight
Gambling addict
Darren steals
Mandy’s winning
scratch card

for Oscar and Charlie. But
as the atmosphere at the
hearing turns toxic, Mandy
walks out. It isn’t until Nancy
finds her later that they realise
something is very wrong…
“Nancy discovers her in
the toilets,” Sarah tells us.

“Mandy’s having a bleed
and thinks that she’s losing
the baby! She’s lost a child
before and it’s her biggest
fear – she’s terrified!”
Mandy is rushed to hospital
with Nancy by her side. As
they arrive, Nancy is unable

Mandy has lost a
child before – it’s
her biggest fear!”

PHOTO: INSTAGRAM/SARAHJAYNEDUNN

THE FIRST
Sarah is looking
forward to a
quiet Christmas…

Darren can’t
be contacted
when Mandy
is rushed to
hospital

to get hold of Darren, so she
stays with her hubby’s mistress.
“It takes a lot for Nancy to
stay,” admits Sarah. “And it’s a
really lovely thing for Nancy to
do. She tells Mandy that she’s
staying for the baby and not
Mandy – but the first pieces of
the bridge have been built.”
The two begin to talk and
guilty Mandy apologises for
everything she’s done to Nancy.
“Nancy doesn’t forgive her,”
shares Sarah. “But I think there

is a realisation that Mandy and
Darren are together – no matter
how hard she fights against it,
that’s the way it’s going to be.”
Luckily, on-duty nurse Sinead
comes to their aid and finds the
baby’s heartbeat! However, the
test results are still worrying…

“It’s her worst nightmare
to think that there might be
complications,” reveals Sarah.
“Everything was great, and
getting back on track. This is
yet another terrifying situation
they’ve found themselves in!”
Alice Penwill

Times might be really
tough for Mandy right
now, but for star Sarah,
she’s simply looking
forward to a calm family
Christmas with her
husband Jonathan Smith,
and their gorgeous
little boy, Stanley.
The couple finally tied
the knot back in May,
having first met five
years ago, after starring
together in a theatrical
production of Birdsong.
Which means that this
December will be the
first time that the family
will be together for the
festive season since
the couple wed.
“To be honest, the
best thing for Christmas
for me is my son,” grins
Sarah. “He’s just turned
two, so he might be
more aware of what’s
going on. I’m so excited
to see his little face
when we put up the
Christmas tree, and
when he meets Father
Christmas! I’m at the
age where I’m not
bothered about presents
any more – but it will be
exciting for him!”

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Tiffany is forced to try
to sell drugs to her
best buddy’s brother

EASTENDERS| BBC1 THURSDAY

Evie piles
pressure
on Tiffany
iffany’s dodgy new
pal Evie exerts even
more pressure on her
this week, demanding
she gives drugs to Keegan.
Will Tiff stand up to Evie and
do the right thing? Or will she
be compelled to comply?
These past few weeks, the
teen has been forced to deliver
drugs on gang members Evie
and Jagger’s behalf, dragging
along reluctant Bernadette.
However, now Tiff has shown
she’s willing to submit to Evie’s
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pressure tactics just how
far will she agree to go?
“This is getting worrying,”
warns our Square source. “The
truth is, Tiffany has had a little
voice in her head telling her
that she’s making a mistake
ever since she first met Jagger.
In reality, Tiff is far weaker than

THE BAD GIRL
WANTS TIFF TO GIVE
DRUGS TO KEEGAN…

she makes out – so rather than
listening to that voice, she
keeps meekly going along with
whatever the bullies want from
her. But now it has involved
genuine criminal activity, what
will it take to persuade her
to reach out and ask for help
from her friends and family?”

Bernadette is scared
that she’ll lose best
mate Tiffany forever!”

When Evie turns up in the
Square again this week, she
wastes no time in causing
trouble by buying Tiffany booze,
and winding up Keegan. Later,
manipulative Evie meets
with Tiff again, and tells the
impressionable teenager that
she wants her to give Keegan
some more drugs. What
exactly is Evie planning?
“Jagger gave vulnerable
Keegan a packet of drugs
a few weeks ago,” our mole
reminds us. “And now Evie is

Evie hass Tiffany
wrapped round
her little
e finger

LOUISE &
KEEGAN
BUSTED!
Ian walks in on their sexy time…
Young lovers Keegan and Louise take an opportunity
to enjoy some naughty time at the Beale house
this week – but are soon caught out by Ian!
With Louise’s help, Ian persuades Keegan
to babysit Alfie’s kids, while he scuttles off in
yet another doomed attempt to impress Mel.
However, when Louise and Keegan turn up at No
45, they discover that Alfie has already fetched
the boys, leaving them alone in the empty house.
The frisky pair realise that with the place to
themselves, they can enjoy getting to know
each other more closely. As the temperature rises,
the young lovers are shocked after Ian returns
home unexpectedly early, catching the couple
in the throes of passion!
Will Keegan and Louise be
embarrassed by Ian’s intrusion –
or will they see the funny side?

trying the same thing. Are they
wanting him to get hooked?
Sadly, Tiff is so keen to impress
Evie that she does as she’s
told without question – only
to be caught out by Bernie!”
Like Tiffany, Bernadette is
also in it right up to her neck
– although she’s even more
tormented than her chum
by the trouble they’ve got
themselves into. Despite her
concerns, she’s agreed to
stand by her mate, even if it
leads them into danger. Of

nie has some more
course, Bern
ars of her own…
personal fea
“Bernie is scared that she’ll
lose Tiffany!” reasons our spy.
Tiff led her on and
“Ever since T
the pair kissed, Bernie has
pe that they could
held out hop
have a proper romance. But
with Evie pulling Tiff’s strings,
convince her best
can Bernie c
ak free of her
mate to brea
ence? Or will she
malign influe
also fall into line whenever
her fingers?”
Evie clicks h
Tom Spilsbury

INSIDE SCOOP
Elly reels
following
Chloe’s
actions

Elly’s
shock
snog!
HOW WILL SHE REACT WHEN
CHLOE KISSES HER?
NEIGHBOURS | Channel 5 WEDNESDAY

E

lly is left flabbergasted
this week, after her
best mate Chloe
moves in for a kiss!
The pair are sharing a fun,
girlie afternoon together when
the shock snog happens. But
how will Elly react as it becomes
clear that her boyfriend’s sister
has a crush on her?
“It’s very
unexpected
– Elly never
thought
Chloe saw
her like that,”
confirms
Jodi Anasta,
who plays
Elly. “And it’s obviously
awkward, seeing as Elly is
dating Chloe’s brother, Mark!”
The smooch comes about
when Elly is having a terrible
week anyway. She’s just lost

her job at the school, thanks to
new acting principal Jane Harris
– and Chloe is on hand to cheer
up her pal in the aftermath.
“Elly gets into trouble for
what she wears,” explains
Jodi. “Jane is conservative,
and her view of how teachers
should act is very different from
Elly’s! But Elly feels devastated
and lost.
“She
confides
in Chloe
because the
two of them
have a
beautiful
relationship
– they really care about each
other,” adds the star. “Plus,
Mark is busy, whereas Chloe
is there in that moment.”
After Chloe organises a
fun afternoon to lift her best

“This is really
interesting to
explore – watch
this space!”

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friend’s spirits, Elly is touched.
However, the kiss sends her
reeling – and she chooses not
to tell Mark what’s happened…
“The kiss makes Elly aware
of how she feels about Chloe
– she starts thinking about her
differently,” reckons Jodi. “She
doesn’t tell Mark because she
doesn’t want it to ruin their
relationship, and she also
wants to protect Chloe. I think
she’s doing the right thing,
as she doesn’t want to mess
with that family dynamic.”
But not only does Elly fail
to mention to Mark that she
kissed his sister, she then
gets down on bended knee
and asks him to marry her!
“Elly wants Mark to know
that whatever the outcome
of his tests [for Huntington’s
disease], she will be there for
him,” Jodi tells us. “Mark’s so

happy – he was actually going
to pop the question himself,
though he loves the gesture.”
As Mark and Elly flaunt their
engagement in Chloe’s face,
she’s heartbroken. But will this
be the end of the matter, or
could Elly end up in a love
triangle with the
siblings?

Elly proposes – but keeps
hidden the fact that she
locked lips with Chloe!

again!
OUR FAV
FAVO
VO
V
OURITE
RECENTT S
SOAP
QUOTTES…
“I’ve just called
my friend Tanya. It’s not
her real name. She works out
of her mum’s box room doing
spray tans. Tanya, see? She
does spray tans and she’s called
Tanya cos she ‘tans ya’ – get it?”
Yes, Emma. We might just
have picked up on the subtle
word play there.

“You can’t
arrest him,
Brian – he ain’t
done nowt!”

“Watch this space!” teases
Jodi. “This is really interesting
to explore – that line between
friendship and stepping over it,
whether it’s with a boy or a girl.
e confusing
It can be
f i when
h your
love for a friend goes beyond
d you’re torn between
that, and
art and your head…”
your hea
Sarah Ellis

“We know the bad man
ain a stranger – he’s the man you
ain’t
live with. The man who mows your lawn,
the man that buys you a drink. He’s your
mate, your boyfriend, your brother, the bloke
that you go clubbing with. Normal everyday
men – they’re the ones that hurt you, rape you,
kill you. Do you know the most dangerous
place for a woman to be? Home turf. That’s
where the real monsters are.”
Even after
f all this time,, Laceyy Turner delivers
monologues thatt leave the hairs on the
back on your neeck standing on end.

“That’s a
double negative.
I’d arrest you
for that.”

“I think there
is somebody in
Mr Murray’s lat,
I heard a noise.”
“Must be the
ghost of Joyce on that
bleeding sewing machine.
That would be just like her to
haunt us, God rest her soul.”
y couldn’t bear to be
Nah. Joyce
in Walford when she was alive.
She certainly wou
uldn’t be
seen there dea
ad.

“You want
to rip off and
exploit a drunken
vulnerable man
when he’s at his
lowest ebb?”
“Yess.”
“I’m in!”
Welcome back,
Nicola and
Robert!

“I can’t wait
to get bingo wings!”
…trilled Whitney,
as women across the
nation simultaneously
launched grenades
at their television
sets.

Will Maya tell David
what’s gone on between
her and his son?

EMMERDALE | ITV MONDAY

Maya
kisses
Jacob!
WHAT WILL HAPPEN
AFTER SHE CROSSES
A LINE WITH THE
BESOTTED TEEN?

T

eacher Maya is
horrified by her actions
this week, after she
plants a kiss on Jacob!
It’s not the first time that the
pair have locked lips, given that
Jacob made a move on his
history tutor a couple of weeks
ago. He totally misread the
signals then – so what on earth
is Maya thinking when she
reciprocates his affections?
“Honestly, it’s an absolutely
bonkers move on her part,”
scolds our Dales insider. “On
the surface, Maya seems really
sweet and has no obvious
agenda, but she knows full
well that Jacob is smitten

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with her. Forget just for one
second that this is her fella
David’s son – Jacob is also
one of Maya’s pupils!”
The situation spirals after Liv
learns that Jacob has been
lying about the nature of their
relationship. As his feelings for
Maya became more intense,
Jacob pretended that he and
Liv had slept together in a bid
to get a reaction out of his
dad’s girlfriend. So when Liv

finds out what the lad has
been saying, she’s mortified
– and is forced to furiously
deny Jacob’s claims to David
and her brother, Aaron.
After Jacob’s fibs unravel,
he has no choice but to admit
his deceit before storming
off. Meanwhile, Maya realises
exactly what the problem is
and offers to talk to Jacob.
She asks him if he lied about
Liv to make her jealous, and

Maya quickly realises
the implications of
what’s happening…”

when Jacob struggles to
meet her gaze, it dawns on
Maya that she has hit the nail
on the head with her theory.
However, rather than try to
talk some sense into Jacob
and deflect his affections,
Maya tells him that she is
flattered – and kisses him!
“It’s fair to assume that
Maya enjoys the attention from
Jacob and gets lost in the
moment,” explains our source.
“But she very quickly realises
the implications of what is
happening and flees, appalled
at what she has initiated.”
The next day, Maya realises
she must contain the situation

ALL
In a flash, Jacob has gone from
squeaky clean to troubled teen…

It’s crazy to think th teenager
Jacob – who we’ve
tche
grow up in Emmerdale – is now
at the heart of one the show’s
most scandalous s ories!
us, it only seems lik yesterd
that 10-year-old Jo WarrenPlant, who plays hi , was
stepping out on w at would b
the first of many re carpets –
when he was snap
pped
attending our laun
party for the Insid
Soap Awards bac
in 2012. And we
couldn’t resist
digging out this
picture to prove it
Just look at him –
cute as a button!
Now, we feel old

before Jacob gets carried
away and their encounter is
exposed. She takes Jacob
e
aside and insists that no one
must ever find out, or she’ll
lose her job at the school.
Naturally, Jacob is
conflicted by his emotions
regarding Maya, and feels
guilty when she tells David
that she is moving out. With
that, the lad confesses to
Maya how awful he feels,
and she agrees that David
should know the truth. But
will Maya really go through
with telling her fella that
she has snogged his son?
er
Laura-Jayne Tyle

Jacob’s lies spiral out of
control, but Maya is soon
offering him support

INSIDE SCOOP

Fiz’s
emotional
goodbye!
CORONATION STREET | ITV WEDNESDAY

F

iz realises that her
daughter Hope badly
needs help for her
behavioural problems
this week, and tells Tyrone
that she will have to move
to Birmingham so that the
youngster can attend a
special school!
The couple have already
been under pressure, as they
deal with the nightmare of
sharing a home with Tyrone’s
troublesome granny, Evelyn.
And while the pensioner
emotionally blackmails her
grandson to let her stay, Fiz
sets about trying to find some
dog-friendly alternative
accommodation for her.
Meanwhile, Ty heads out
with Hope to take Evelyn’s dog
Cerberus for a walk, but when
he’s momentarily distracted,
he realises that he’s lost both
the youngster and the canine!
Fortunately, Hope reappears
– only to announce that she’s
put the unsuspecting mutt
on the tram to Rochdale!
“Poor Fiz and Tyrone have
to break the news to Evelyn
that they’ve lost Cerberus,”
wails our Coronation Street
insider. “And to make matters
worse, Hope then pipes up
that she’s not even sorry for
her actions! Will Fiz accept
that Hope’s naughtiness is
getting out of control?”

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SHE TELLS
TYRONE THAT
SHE’S MOVING
TO BIRMINGHAM
TO GIVE HOPE
THE HELP SHE
NEEDS…

As Evelyn rages that she’ll
never see her beloved doggy
again, Fiz and Tyrone discuss
Hope’s behaviour with a
therapist. However, Fiz is
aghast when Ty reveals that
he’s already found a special
school for Hope
in Birmingham!
“Fiz is
understandably
upset,” says our
mole. “After all,
that’s a good 70
miles away, and
she’s still hoping to find
another option. But the
current situation really can’t
continue – how can it?”
While tensions simmer
at No 9 over Hope and the
missing dog, Tyrone and
Evelyn prepare dinner.

However, while the adults’
attention is diverted elsewhere,
Hope bites Ty’s daughter
Ruby! Fiz is forced to accept
that they have to give the
special school a try, until
Hope’s behaviour improves.
As Fiz says
an emotional
goodbye to
Tyrone, she’s
surprised that
even Evelyn
offers some
kind words of
comfort. In spite of herself, Fiz
is touched, and asks the older
woman to keep an eye on Ty.
When will Fiz be able to
return? And will the school be
able to give troubled Hope the
help she desperately needs?
Tom Spilsbury

“Fiz is upset
– but the
situation can’t
continue…”

Naughty Hope
sends Evelyn’s dog
on a tram journey

Your soap story

Wish list!
“Has EastEnders
forgotten that
Denise and Kush
are engaged? As
they’re not a good
match, can we all
quietly move on?
I still think that
Denise and Phil are
actually a really
good pairing! Let’s
get them together!”
…pleads reader
Bella

Jennie’s
J

The Corrie actress has a new baby…
In the real world, Fiz’s departure is down to
actress Jennie McAlpine taking maternity leave.
Jennie gave birth to her second child with
husband Chris Farr on 29 October, and the
new parents have named their daughter after
a beloved Coronation Street character…
“Our newest addition arrived yesterday,”
wrote beaming Jennie on Twitter. “Mummy and
Daddy very happy. Big brother very proud of
his little sister Hilda. We’re all in love!”
Congratulations to the whole family!

“Now that Mercedes is
in the money following
Russ’ death, I reckon her
con man dad should get
wind of it! He’d charm
his way back into her
life and then break her
heart. Unless Myra
kills him irst!”
…suggests reader Steph
“I hope Abi in Corrie gets her
twins back. They should all
move into Eileen’s house
together. That home needs to
have a boisterous family in it.
And if Steve ended up with
Abi, he could bicker with Eileen
at work and at home!”
…laughs
…l
g s reader
e e JJ Brown
ow
“I’m sure Aaron and
Robert won’t look
far in search of a
surrogate. Who’s it
going to be? My
money’s on Tracy –
she’s in need of cash at
the moment, so just
might volunteer if she
gets wind of it.”
…says reader Eve
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Check it out and join in the fun at www.facebook.com/
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INSIDE SCOOP

Car
crash
horror!
WHILE DAZ CELEBRATES
HIS SWANKY NEW JOB,
HIS DAUGHTER IS
DRIVING INTO
DANGER…
EMMERDALE | ITV THURSDAY
a break at last – but
typically, his good
fortune will prove
Daz’s behaviour
sees his new boss
short-lived,” shares
Trish boot him
our village spy. “As
out of their cab
he’s socialising with
his new boss, school
ust when it looked as if bully Leanna drags Amelia on
a joyride in Daz’s company car
Daz had turned his life
– bringing awful consequences
around, disaster is set
for both Amelia and her dad!”
to strike this week –
At the start of the week, it
with both he and his daughter,
seems as though Leanna’s
Amelia, right in the thick of it!
despicable behaviour knows
Newly employed Daz is
no bounds when Noah and
delighted to discover his job
Amelia are roped into setting
comes with a company car.
free a load of animals from
But while he’s busy getting
the vets’. Elsewhere, Daz is
to know his boss Trish over
a few too many drinks in the
Woolpack, Amelia is landing
herself in serious trouble in
her dad’s fancy motor…
“After a traumatic few
months, Daz has caught

J

busy celebrating his career
success – so when Noah later
joins Leanna in breaking into
Dale Head to nick his new car
keys, he’s totally oblivious.
“Amelia attempts to stop
Leanna,” reveals our sneak.
“But she lures the naive young
girl into Daz’s new car anyway.
While filming their escapade
on her phone, Leanna makes
it look as if Amelia is one of
the gang – and as Amelia begs
her tormentor to stop, the
car swerves off the road.”
Fortunately, none of the kids
are left seriously hurt – and the
trio are quick to flee the scene,

Drunken Daz inds his
car – and can’t resist
climbing inside…”

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unaware that they’ve left
Noah’s phone behind. The car
remains unnoticed until later
that evening, after drunk Daz
stumbles across it, having been
chucked out of a cab by Trish…
“When Trish invites Daz back
to hers to sign some paperwork,
he assumes that she’s implying
something saucier,” tuts our
insider. “Determined not
to muck up his job,
he bravely asserts
he won’t be Trish’s
plaything. But Trish
is married, and wants
nothing of the sort!
He’s been ejected from
the cab by the time
he finds his new car
abandoned, and can’t
resist climbing inside.”
After passing out,
Daz foolishly decides

EASTENDERS | BBC1 FRIDAY

A spark ignites?
AN UNLIKELY BOND FORMS
BETWEEN JEAN AND IAN…

T

he beginning of
a surprising new
friendship emerges
at choir practice
this week, when Ian and
Jean end up having an
emotional heart-to-heart.
Ian landed himself a spot
with the Walford Warblers in
the desperate hope it would
bring him closer to his exwife Mel – and has continued
to attend rehearsals, despite
the fact that the object of his
affections isn’t a member!
So, as he and Jean sit
next to one another at the
practice session, the pair
begin to chat. And even
with the loud distraction of
wailing Karen Taylor – who’s
bothering choir mistress
Morag with her last-minute
bid to join the choir – Jean
lends Ian a kindly ear when
the topic of his murdered
daughter Lucy comes up.

Jean is embroiled in
family troubles of her own
right now, thanks to Kat,
Alfie and Hayley (see p4) –
but she’s quick to offer Ian
sympathy. Her kindness is
warmly received too, as Ian
is keenly aware of tragic
Lucy’s absence while the
festive season ramps up.
Meanwhile, the Square
businessman is also being
forced to come to terms
with the harsh reality that

a relationship with Mel is
never going to happen – so
is at a particularly low ebb.
Consequently, Jean’s
affection comes at just the
right time, and Ian is quick
to show his appreciation
as he reaches out to touch
stunned Jean’s hand. But
will Jean be as taken aback
as we are that Ian is capable
of such gratitude – and
might this unexpected
closeness between the
Walford locals somehow
develop into something
a lot more romantic?
Allison Jones

Karen’s keen for a place in
the choir having found out
about a potential cash prize

to drive the car home, despite
being well over the limit. He’s
nearly back when Noah’s phone
rings and distracts him – and
in the moment, Daz knows that
he’s hit something. He’s horrified
to realise that he’s run someone
over, but rather than check
they’re okay, he legs it. Is he
leaving his victim to die?
Allison Jones

Amelia is caught up
in some bad antics
thanks to Leanna

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INSIDE SCOOP

Toyah
& Imran
get it on!
WHAT WILL LEANNE HAVE
TO SAY ABOUT THIS?

CORONATION STREET | ITV WEDNESDAY

T

here’s a Battersby
scandal brewing on
the Street this week
– as Toyah beds
love rat Imran again!
She kicked the cheating
lawyer to the kerb after learning
that he was double-dating her
and sister Leanne, and it looked
as if Imran had blown it. But
the chemistry between him
and Toyah hasn’t gone away,
and when they end up in a
furious row at his office, they
can’t control themselves.
“This is the woman who got
Peter Barlow to change his
ways, so maybe Toyah thinks
reforming naughty boys is her
speciality!” laughs our Corrie
insider. “Actually, when Toyah
marches into Imran’s office,

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she’s ready to give him hell for
upsetting Leanne. However, in
the middle of the argument,
there is a look, and suddenly
they are all over each other.
The bickering was a big part
of their attraction in the first
place, yet Toyah must be mad
to give Imran another chance.”
We know he isn’t a malicious
fella, but Imran definitely broke
all the rules by juggling sisters.
He can’t believe it as Toyah
falls back into his arms, though
they’re quickly interrupted and
have to spring apart to avoid

suspicion. No matter what they
feel, both Toyah and Imran
realise that nobody can find
out about this – because if
Leanne knew, she’d hit the roof!
“It’s probably not the best
idea for them to sneak over
to the flat Toyah shares with
Leanne to have an afternoon
of steamy shenanigans then!”

There’s a look – and
suddenly, they’re all
over each other again!”

snipes our snitch. “Everyone is
out, and they think it’s safe to
meet. But of course, Leanne
turns up, and Imran is bundled
on to the balcony in his pants!
Being outside in your underwear
is a pretty nightmarish
scenario in December!”
While Imran shivers, Toyah
hides too, so that Leanne won’t
ask questions about why she’s
hanging around the flat in the
afternoon. The oblivious sister
is there with Nick, and they
have lots to discuss themselves.
Given how confusing her love

CORONATION STREET | ITV FRIDAY

Phelan’s
dirty money
discovered!

SEB STUMBLES UPON A WAD OF CASH…

W

icked Phelan
comes back to
haunt Eileen this
week – when Seb
finds his ill-gotten gains in
the back of her cupboard.
The stunned lad is shocked
to find an envelope with
£5,000 stuffed inside and
immediately shows Eileen
what he’s discovered. She
quickly realises this must be
cash that Phelan was hiding
– and dreads to think where or
who he got it from. But since
nobody has come to claim it in
the past few months, it looks
as if it’s hers for the keeping.
It’s not every day cashstrapped Eileen gets a windfall,
and nobody would argue that

Imran is trapped out on
the balcony – will Leanne
stumble across him?

life is, it’s hard to imagine
that Leanne has the head
space to worry about
Toyah’s dating dramas.
Still, she won’t be best
pleased to discover that
Toyah and Imran are back
on, given the red flags

they both saw regarding
his romantic conduct.
Is Toyah right to try
again with the handsome
legal eagle, or does Imran
just have ‘bad news’
written all over him?
Kate White

she doesn’t deserve some
payback for what Phelan put
her through. Best friends Liz
and Sean insist that she must
spend it on something fun,
and Eileen mulls it over. She
feels guilty about spending
the cash, yet soon hits upon
an idea. Eileen tells Sean
and Liz that they’ve all had a
shocking year and she’ll go
on holiday – but only if they
come with her! And it’s a
lovely moment as the trio
contemplate their grand trip.
The big question is: will
anybody come looking for
the money, or will Phelan’s
wicked scheming result in
something good for a change?
Kate White

INSIDE SCOOP

Honey
hits back!
e te s er ex to utt
out of her love life…
EASTENDERS
BBC1 TUESDAY

B

illy does his best to
sabotage former flame
Honey’s blossoming
relationship with hunky
dentist Adam this week –
but his ex sees through his
transparent attempts to
cause problems and goes
on her date anyway!
As the jealous fella sticks
his nose into Honey’s affairs
once again, she makes it very
clear that she won’t stand for
any of his nonsense – even if

he is the father of her kids.
After telling Billy how
disappointed she is in his
antics, Honey grabs her new
bloke by the hand and the
smitten pair leave the Vic
to enjoy their date together.
Later, as silly Billy chats
with Alfie, the possessive

chap gets an idea about how
he can get his revenge on
Adam – and perhaps even find
a way to win Honey back!
However, given what his
ex said to him the last time
he tried a trick like this, is Billy
more likely to ensure Honey
never talks to him again?

Sonya’s missing!
NEIGHBOURS
Channel 5 FRIDAY

T

oadie worries about
Sonya this week, when
her ‘flu’-like symptoms
worsen. Little do they know,
she’s secretly been drugged!
Evil Nanny Alice has been
plotting against the Rebecchis

Feeling
the heat!
CORONATION STREET
ITV FRIDAY

T

here’s trouble brewing
for Brian and Cathy this
week, as nasty Phil
piles on the work at school.
While Brian is desperate
to prove he’s a great teacher,

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Phil has been taking
advantage of him, making
him work over and above
what’s reasonable. And when
Brian tells Cathy about a new
idea for the school Nativity,
she’s stunned to discover
that’s on his list too and she
begs him to slow down!
Cathy resolves to give
Phil a piece of her mind, but
Brian loses his temper and
insists he can cope. Is Cathy
right to be concerned?

for weeks, and slowly
poisoning Sonya with her
special shortbread. After
making Sonya look mentally
unstable, Alice assures Toadie
that she can look after her –
but then Sonya goes missing!
What has Alice done to
Sonya? And will Toadie be
able to find her in time?

Paddy’s sweet gesture
EMMERDALE
ITV THURSDAY

C

has and Paddy share a
meaningful moment
this week, as he reveals
a tree carving to her.
The couple had gone to the
woods on their failed wedding
day and carved their initials

into a tree – and now Paddy
has added something new.
It’s an overwhelming
moment when Chas sees that
he’s carved baby Grace’s initial
between theirs and drawn a love
heart around all three of them.
As they share an embrace, is
the distance between Paddy
and Chas finally closing?

Hands off my man!
HOLLYOAKS
Channel 4 MONDAY

S

inead and Sienna get
off on the wrong foot
this week, as tension
brews between the pair!
Sienna is reading an issue
of Teachers Weekly in Price
Slice when she’s interrupted
by Sinead. Although Sienna
explains that she’s planning
to become a teacher, the

Duffy’s
diagnosis
she’s suffering
from dementia…
CASUALTY
BBC1 SATURDAY

D

uffy continues to
display some worrying
symptoms this week
– and the nurse diagnoses
herself with dementia!
After suffering another fall,
this time at home, Duffy calls
her husband, Charlie, who
insists on bringing her into the
hospital. In the ED, Duffy is
embarrassed by all the fuss,
and plays down her illness,
making out to Ethan that this
is the first time she’s taken a
tumble. However, once she’s

alone, she grabs an iPad and
types in her symptoms, hoping
to figure out what’s wrong with
her before anyone else does…
Duffy is alarmed by what she
finds out, but barely has time
to process the information

before her colleagues return,
and Charlie takes her home.
However, when Elle later
comes looking for her iPad,
she finds it open on a website
about dementia. Is this really
what Duffy is suffering from?

only thing Sinead is
bothered about is her
husband – who works
at Hollyoaks High.
Sinead tells her rival in
no uncertain terms to stay
well away from her man,
but while Sienna insists she
is a changed woman, will
she take Sinead’s threat
as a challenge? And if
so, could the old Sienna
re-emerge, triumphant?

Max blasts Rainie!

IN

EASTENDERS
BBC1 TUESDAY

M

ax tears Rainie off a
strip this week, when
he discovers that his
wife has taken baby Abi to
Hayley’s birthday party!
Unimpressed that Rainie
could think of doing anything

that might cast doubt on their
parental abilities, now that they
finally have Abi in their grasp,
Max demands that all three of
them head straight back home.
Rainie is embarrassed by
Max’s outburst, but will the
woman cave in to her hubby’s
demands, or dig in her heels
and stay at the party?

Keep the peace
EMMERDALE
ITV FRIDAY

M

arlon takes it upon
himself to keep the
peace between
girlfriend Jessie and her son
Ellis this week, when she
criticises her boy’s job at
the local scrapyard.
Still unhappy that Ellis has
dropped out of university,

local head teacher Jessie
reckons that Ellis should
be aiming higher when it
comes to his future career.
Concerned about the rift
between Ellis and Jessie –
who have also been clashing
over incarcerated family
member Billy – Marlon is
determined to help mum
and son make up. But is he
fighting a losing battle?

McDonald matchmakers!
Can Steve and Tracy help Amy find love?
CORONATION STREET
ITV WEDNESDAY

F

ed-up Tracy tries to
persuade Amy to ditch
the parental contract
this week – by helping her
win the heart of the boy she’s
developed a crush on!
After Steve and Tracy are
forced to endure a fun-free
family night as per
their daughter’s
agreement,
Tracy wants
out. Secretly
snooping on
Amy’s phone
to discover
which of the
Weatherfield
lads Amy has

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taken a fancy to, Tracy decides
that all the available evidence
points to Aadi. So she and
Steve arrange a date night at
the Bistro, and try to convince
Dev to bring his boy Aadi
along too. It looks as if it’s
a foolproof plan, until Dev
arrives solo and shamelessly
explains that his son would
rather die than date Amy!
Horrified that their
daughter is being
rejected, Tracy
and Steve
wonder how
to cover their
tracks. But is
Amy set to
find out about
her mum and
dad’s meddling?

Christmas spirit

Can grieving Mrs T’s team help her to move on?
DOCTORS
BBC1 TUESDAY

M
Misbah
stunned!

rs Tembe’s worried
colleagues are
determined to help
with her crisis of faith this
week, as she declares that
Christmas decorations
for the surgery would be
unsuitable this year.
Just like Mrs T, Al is also still
grieving the loss of their close
colleague, Heston, and when
he arrives for work in a taxi
again – refusing to get back

behind the wheel in the wake
of the accident – it’s clear that
the fella still blames himself.
However, realising that Mrs
Tembe’s tinsel ban is related to
her struggle with her religious
beliefs, Al ropes Jimmi and
Valerie into decorating the
surgery’s Christmas tree –
and in a touching tribute to
Heston, Al places the bow
tie he wore to his late teammate’s funeral at the top.
But as the proud trio finally
unveil their creation, how
will Mrs Tembe react?

REGIONS
& RADIO...

FAIR CITY
● When Decco
attempts to cut ties
with Ritchie this
week, Charlotte
announces that she’s
going to work with the
crook! Across town,
Cristiano is shocked
at Will’s jealousy over
Mairead and Damien.
Also, Anto tries to
shift his purchased
Santa Claus suits…

HOLLYOAKS
Channel 4 THURSDAY

M

isbah tries to get to
know her daughter
Farrah’s new other
half, Grace, this week – but
soon learns things about
her that she’d rather not!
After Farrah invites her
mum to help Grace give her
flat a makeover, she’s happy
to witness the two of them
getting along famously.
However, when Misbah
finds a taser hidden in a
cupboard, she’s horrified!
Can Grace persuade her
girlfriend’s mum that she
truly has left her gangster
days behind her?

RIVER CITY

Bernie betrayed!
HOLBY CITY
BBC1 TUESDAY

T

roubled Serena makes
a desperate attempt
to bury the memory of
her forbidden kiss with Leah
this week – only for the pair
to end up falling into one
another’s arms again.
However, the timing of the
fling between Serena and Leah
couldn’t be any worse – when
Serena’s long-distance lover,
Bernie, decides to surprise
her girlfriend by jetting in all
the way from Nairobi!
As her arrival forces Serena
to think long and hard about
the future of their relationship,
will she be forced to confess
her terrible secret?

● Alex declares that
he’s going to leave
Shieldinch this week,
so Lydia organises a
surprise party – can
she convince him to
stay? Elsewhere,
Scarlett changes her
statement for Dougie,
leading to a surprising
proposal. Also, Logan
worries about Lou’s
closeness to Amber.

THE ARCHERS
● Phoebe has a
radical suggestion to
get Roy’s life back on
track this week – will
he follow her advice?
Meanwhile, just as
Lynda’s rehearsal
seems as though
it’s coming together,
disaster strikes!
Finally, emotions
look set to boil over
when Helen pays a
visit to Christine.
See p93 for times
& channel details

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WHAT HAPPENS WHEN?
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CORONATION STREET

EMMERDALE

1
DEC
SUN

2
DEC

MON

3
DEC

TUE

4
DEC

It doesn’t take long for Alfie
to learn about his baby!
● Ian seethes as Ray disrupts
his plans to get closer to Mel…
● Keegan and Louise can’t keep
their hands off each other.

FRI

7
DEC
SNEAK
PEEK
AT
NEXT
ISSUE

Toyah and Imran reignite
the passion between them…

● Tracy draws the conclusion that
Amy fancies teen neighbour Aadi.

2

● Tiffany starts to feel the
pressure from her gang leader.

Jean’s odd behaviour draws
the attention of Stacey…
● Mel and Maddie are being
followed by a sinister stranger!

● Doug is ditched on his date – as
Brenda stays at home with Bob.
Jacob and Maya kiss – and this
time, she doesn’t pull away!

Tensions are running high – and
Doug punches Bob in the face!
There’s mayhem as the animals
are let loose at the vets’.
● Guilty Jacob wants to fess up
to David – can Maya stop him?
● Paddy and Chas carve their initials
into a tree to remember Grace
e.
● Mortified Daz misunderstandss
EPISODES
his manager’s kindness…
TONIGHT!

2

Mel drops a series of bombshells
on her accomplice Maddie…
● Jean gives Alfie both barrels when
she confronts him about Hayley!
● Tiffany attempts to placate
Bernadette – will she succeed?

● Moira implores Cain not to
spill his killer secret to Debbie…

● Daz is over the moon when
he bags himself a new job…
Bob makes a pass at Brenda
– will she respond in kind?
● Maya is desperate for Jacob to
keep quiet about what happened.
● There’s a Nick nightmare as he
goes head-to-head with Carlaa!
● Sinead rumbles Ken when EPISODES
TONIGHT!
she catches him acting shiftily…
Fiz leaves the cobbles to get
Hope the best possible care.

5
DEC

6
DEC

2

EPISODES
TONIGHT!

● Evie causes havoc in Albert Square,
but Tiffany is caught in her web.
Alfie reels following his shock
discovery – he wants answers.
● Mel pursues a hunch she has about
Ray – but what will she uncover?

WED

THU

● Evelyn’s dog disappears –
and it’s little Hope’s doing!

…but things get worse when
he hits someone with his car!
● Brian snaps after boss Phil
continues to bully him…

2

EPISODES
TONIGHT!

● Sinead confesses to Billy
about faking her chemo sessions.

Eileen stumbles upon a wad of
cash in the back of a cupboard!

● Amelia isn’t happy following a
startling incident involving Leanna.
Ellis is annoyed after Jessie
disparages his new job…
● …can Marlon heal the growing
rift between mother and son?

● Louise begs Keanu to give her
some more driving lessons!

● Who is concerned about their
partner taking caffeine pills?

● One local springs into action
after another villager collapses…

● There’s a special two-hander
episode – who will it feature?

● Toyah and Leanne’s flat is
fit to burst with people…

● Jessie fights with Charity – and
Marlon is caught in the middle!

● Tiffany’s involvement in Evie’s
gang puts one kid in danger…

● The hunt for Cerberus the
greyhound gathers pace!

● Debbie is distraught as her
trial looms – will she go down?

YOUR ENTIRE SOAP WEEK AT A GLANCE!
HOLLYOAKS

NEIGHBOURS

WE ALL
LOVE A
GOOD
DRAMA!

The perfect Christmas treat
for you – or a great gift for
the soap fan in your life!

● Cindy is back – and is appalled to
find Donna-Marie in her home!
Mandy is surprised when she
wins £200 on a scratch card…
● Laurie receives a threatening
text – but who could it be from?
Sienna takes charge of a class
at school – how will she get on?
● Marnie and Cindy team up to oust
Donna-Marie from their lives…

Jane finds out why she’s been
brought back to Erinsborough…
● …while Terese struggles with the
age gap between her and Leo.
● Alice’s latest attempt to
destroy Sonya is scuppered!
● Mark worries about his impending
results for Huntington’s disease…

● Nancy is stunned as she stumbles
across Mandy in a state of distress.

● …as Elly is informed by new
principal Jane that she’s fired!
Paul begrudingly apologises
to his long-suffering family.

● Laurie takes charge while Brooke
loses control in the classroom.

● Aaron is in anguish – and he
uses exercise to distract himself.

● Despite their fraught history, Nancy
does her best to support Mandy…

Elly is gobsmacked when
Chloe goes to smooch her!
● Susan is annoyed about Jane
muscling in on her territory…

…while Mandy awaits health
news from the hospital!
● Mortified Misbah discovers a
taser among Grace’s belongings.
Nancy and Kyle get playful – and
there’s a spark between them!
● Tensions continue to rise as Cindy
and her house guests clash…

Elly wants to commit to Mark
forever, so proposes to him…
● …just when Chloe realises she’s
besotted with her brother’s fiancée!
● Sonya snaps – unaware Alice’s
drugs are clouding her judgement.

Grace is determined to prove
to Misbah that she’s reliable…
● …while the contents of Glenn’s
will leave the Donovans shocked!
● Prince rejects Lily’s advances,
and she seeks advice from Diane.

● Xanthe is forced to take her
job back at the day spa!

● It’s another week, and another
Hollyoaks resident is kidnapped!

● Aaron gets his test results at last
– does he have Huntington’s?

● Who does Yaz accuse of giving
her brother food poisoning?
● Maxine continues to grieve
for deceased husband Adam…

● Bea is desperate to make
amends with hurt Karl…
● Piper’s suspicions prompt her
to do some snooping around!

● Gary worries that he is taking
advantage of Amy’s finances.
Sonya wanders the streets
– alone and vulnerable…

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It’s funny how some soaps are obsessed with
running the same storylines over and over
again. It’s like EastEnders at the moment,
with Tifany involved with a dodgy gang of
local youths – a story that I’m sure comes
around every few weeks. Please can we have
something new for a change? | Emma, Liverpool

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Neighbours’ Nanny Alice just
hammered her own hand with a
rolling pin?! What on earth? She
must be really desperate to get
those painkillers. I wouldn’t
break my hand for anyone.
| Emily, Shrewsbury
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Thankfully, evil
Nanny Alice rules
with an iron fist

KEEPING YOUR
HAND IN

SISTERS UNITED
It’s amazing what sleeping with
another woman’s man can do for
a friendship. Emmerdale’s Leyla and
Tracy have never been on better
terms. It says something about
the power of sisterhood!
| Freddie, Reading
They’re probably united in
their delight about escaping
being lumbered with a sad-sack
love cheat like David!

Please can there be a special award
for whoever it was at Corrie that
had the brainwave of giving both
Steve McDonald and David Platt
little dogs to talk to. Steve’s Rover
is very cute, but the absolute star

of the Street at the moment is
David the dog, who totally steals
every scene he’s in. Both of the
dogs are so well-matched to their
owners. (Something which isn’t
true for Evelyn, by the way – she
just doesn’t seem like a greyhound
person at all. They’re so gentle!)
| Olive, Surrey
Only a proper slavering diabolic
hellhound would suit Evelyn!

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Steve was upset to
learn that dogs really do
look like their owners

I think it’s alwa
ays been
obvious that Lin
nda has
been quietly sch
heming
to lure Stuart in
nto
confessing wha
at really
happened the night
n
he
was shot. I mea
an, this
is Mick and Linda
we’re talking
about – they’re
inseparable!
| ‘Simmo’,
Watford
Oh yes – Stuart
bit off more th
han
he can chew
when he came to
da!
mess with Lind

Prince can’t see
that Lily has his vest
interests at heart

TELL HER, PRINCE!
Hollyoaks’ Lily and Prince need
to actually start talking to each
other. I don’t understand why
he won’t trust his own wife with
his cancer scare. The only thing
he’s doing is driving her away.
I hope they don’t break up!
| Delia
But where would the land of
soap be without characters
hiding life-threatening illnesses
from their loved ones?

Everyone
else can
see this
Emmerdale
plot coming
from a
mile away,
can’t they? That Clive is setting
up Frank and Leyla to take the fall
for his con? Please guys, give us
something a bit more worthy of us!
| Elly, Newcastle
We still can’t believe that Michael
Praed is being subjected to these
con plots. He’s better than this!

SUPER SALLY
Unlike Deirdre and Gail who have
gone before her, Corrie’s Sally has
the nerves of steel to get through
life iin prison. Never mind her
surv
surviving
viving jail – jail wil
will be lucky
to survive Sa
ally! Mark
my words…
… As soon
as Sally is free, she’ll
be standin
ng as MP for
Weatherfield West, and
then will be appointed
home seccretary on a
promiise of massive
prison reform!
| Jim
Sa
ally’s just
th
he kind of
le
eader that
t
this
country
needs right
now!

The

BIG
DEBATE!

SUGDEN VS TATE!
Nicola and Robert’s plan to swindle Kim
Tate left us stunned! If Robert’s scheme
to “crush her” is as good as we think it’ll
be, we’re in for battle when the Queen
of Home Farm returns next year…
As much as I love seeing
Robert and Aaron happy, and
on course to start a family of
their own, it was great seeing
Rob back at his wicked best
– scamming and scheming.
After all, this is the man who
Aaron fell in love with!
| Cheryl, Southend
I genuinely thought Nicola
had ruined Robert’s con! So
the moment when it looked
as if he was going to have

a pop at her, and then they
embraced to celebrate, was a
great twist. There was an air
of Dynasty and Dallas about
it, and we don’t see enough
of that in our UK soaps.
| Lee
I agree. The rise and fall of
Weyland & Co in Walford
just didn’t quite manage it!
Sorry, but I reckon that
Robert has bitten off more
than he can chew taking

ILLUSTRATION: ROB DAVIS

THE CON IS OFF

on Graham and Kim. We’re
talking about the biggest bitch
in soap, and her henchman
who has special forces
training. As if Robert and
Nicola are a match for them!
| Mandy, Nottingham
As much as I loved the Kim
Tate of old, I wasn’t overly
impressed with her big return
earlier this year. I think soaps
can be guilty of turning some
characters into pantomime
villains and losing track of
why they were so good in the
first place. I love the idea of
Kim vs Robert – but to make
their rivalry really good, she
should dial it down a bit!
| Paul
But then some of Kim’s
best scenes have been her
camping it up to the max!
A ine balance of the two
would be just marvellous.
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YOUR TRICKIEST SOAP QUERIES ANSWERED…

This issue’s question:
What’s been your favourite non-death soap exit?
Editor STEVEN MURPHY
Deputy Editor GARY GILLATT
“Deinintely when Hilda Ogden left Coronation Street.
That was a proper send-of – a party and songs to
celebrate a beloved character. These days, soaps kill of
too many of their greats. It’s disrespectful to viewers”

Johnny was a fine gang
boss, but a terrible interior
designer – bleurgh!

Features Editor ALLISON JONES
Deputy Features Editor SARAH ELLIS
TV Editor STEVEN PERKINS
News Editor LAURA-JAYNE TYLER
“EastEnders’ Cindy Beale (Senior) trying to flee to Italy
with her kids. Wicked as she was, watching a mother
race around the Square trying to nab all three children
– with no choice but to leave one behind – was agonising”

FIVE ALIVE!
In EastEnders this
week, Jack was renting
a flat at No 5 to Ruby,
and he said that he once
bought the whole house
from her. How is that
possible? Wasn’t Ruby
a teenager when she
was last in Walford?
| Marcie
Ah, but you’re forgetting
the vital fact that Ruby
Allen’s dad was none
other than club owner

and general gangland
boss Johnny Allen.
Johnny once owned
No 5, and the house
passed to Ruby after he
died in prison. Ruby sold
it to Jack, who rented
it to Max and Tanya
and family. Max later
bought it, but ended
up defaulting on his
mortgage and losing the
property. Jack bought it
again in 2016 and split
the house into lats.

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Blood will be spilled this Yuletide
as all hell breaks loose…

Christmas

STAR

T

he residents of Walford
all have big appetites this
festive season, though for
a couple of characters,
turkey sandwiches aren’t on the
menu – revenge is! And it won’t just
be the odd glass of prosecco spilt on
the grounds of Albert Square, after
someone ends up with blood on their
hands. Is this Christmas set to be the
last for at least one of the locals?

Mick’s vengeance!
The Carters will receive the greatest gift
of all when jailed Mick is finally released
from prison and reunited with his
beloved Linda. But peace and goodwill
to one man in particular couldn’t be
further from Mick’s mind, as he plans
to take his revenge
g on sadistic Stuart…

TILLY KEEPER
LOUISE MITCHELL
What sort of Christmas will
Louise be having this year?
She’s feeling a little conflicted and
lonely. The people who Louise
thought would be there for her are
falling away, so she turns to others
who you wouldn’t expect for
comfort. On Christmas Day, Lou
has a lot of fun in the Vic, and then
she has a very eventful Boxing
Day. There are lots of laughs, but
also relationships will be tested!

“Put it this way, it might not just be
Big Mo’s dodgy goose heading for the
slaughter house this Yuletide,” winces
our source. “Kat and Alfie have been to
hell and back throughout the course of
their relationship – but is his indiscretion
with her cousin just one betrayal too
far? It’ll be a Christmas miracle if their
marriage manages to survive.”
The drama will unfold as Alfie puts his
heart and soul into giving Kat the perfect
day with all the trimmings, before his
web of deceit unravels in catastrophic
style. While Kat’s world crumbles,
chaos ensues – with consequences
that none of the clan sees coming…

What would you get Louise
for a Christmas gift?
I would get her a self-help book or
a diary, so that she can write down
all of her thoughts and work out
where she’s going to go next in life!

What is Christmas like for you?

Mel’s wedding hell!
“There is no way that Mick will let
Stuart get away with what he has
done to his family,” says our EastEnders
insider. “But how far is he willing to go
to get rid of this bloke? It looks as if the
Vic’s landlord will be pushed to the limit.”
Recent filming pictures reveal that
a violent showdown is in the offing for
the pair, with Mick appearing to kidnap
Stuart. The men end up at what looks
like a deserted industrial estate, where
Stuart is bound and gagged – and at
the mercy of Mick. Is Linda’s husband
set to cross a line of no return?

Alfie’s secret baby!
There’s no such thing as a silent
night for the Slaters at any time
of the year – least of all Christmas!
But an eerie hush will descend
over No 31 when Kat discovers that
Alfie is the father of Hayley’s baby!

Very tame! I get up, have a cup of
tea, listen to Christmas songs and
open some presents before dinner.
We might all have a nap by 4pm –
and then play some competitive
ories.
Scattergo
cattergo
ories It gets very
ve
ery int
inten
ntense
ense!
e!

It won’t be the first time that Square
siren Mel has seen in the new year with
a wedding – yet ex-husband Ian got off
lightly compared with the drama she
has in store for her cheating fiancé, Ray!
“Judging by recent sneaky snaps
from filming, Mel plans to trick Ray into
marrying her so that she can report him
to the police for bigamy,” snitches our
spy. “But whenever does a carefully laid
revenge plan ever
come to pass in
Walford?”
As the bride-tobe puts the final
pieces of her
scheme into place,
she comes to
a disturbing
realisation. So will
Mel be in danger
if Ray realises that
she has doublecrossed him?

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as
Christma
D
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episode??

A STAR IS BORN
Pregnant Kim has
help from an unlikely
guardian angel this
festive season…

SHOCK PASSION
Which Walford pair
share more than a kiss
under the mistletoe, and
will they be caught out?

SURPRISE VISIT
A family receives an
unwanted Christmas
gift in the form of an
unexpected guest…

PHOTOS: ISO IMAGES, GETTY

Plus!

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CHRISTMAS IN...

Weatherfield!

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Love and hate threaten to
destroy lives on the cobbles…

C

hristmas is all about holding
your loved ones close – but
secret passion, jealousy and
bitter betrayal look to tear
the residents of Coronation Street
apart this year. Two marriages hang in
the balance, and an old flame is set to
be rekindled – while a meddling family
goes all out to destroy happiness built
on deception. Which couples will
survive to greet 2019 together, and who
will head into the new year alone?

Gina makes her move!
With Sally behind bars and Tim facing
his first Christmas without her, Gina is
rea
ady to steal her sister’s place in the
Me
etcalfe family. She knows it’s wrong
to want Tim – but can she stop herself
oing whatever it takes to get him?
do

““Prepare to see a very dark version of
e Gina we know and love,” warns our
the
orrie insider. “Gina can’t help what she
Co
els for Tim, and he’s clueless about
fee
how she’ll manipulate him. She’s set
tto get him under that mistletoe!”
While Sally tries to stay strong, Tim
will turn to booze to get through his
loneliness. So when Gina catches
him tipsy and vulnerable, will he
swap one Seddon sister for another?
“Gina’s been Tim’s rock through
all of this, and he’s not sure if Sally
can be trusted now,” explains our
source. “It would destroy his wife,
but is Tim thinking about her with
Gina dripping poison in his ear?”

Christmas

STAR

after he sold out to Nick at Underworld
recently – though Carla will soon make
the fella question everything.
“Any sane person would walk away
from what is a toxic relationship, yet
neither Peter nor
Carla can see it,”
whispers our mole.
“They’ve been
playing games
since she came
back, but it’s time
to lay their cards
on the table.”
With Carla and
Peter drawn back
together, will they reunite or put an end
to their passion once and for all?

PETER GUNN
BRIAN PACKHAM
Brian’s had a tough time of late,
thanks to his bully boss Phil…
Yes, and the bullying is ongoing
– but it’s been interesting showing
Brian’s vulnerability. Workplace
bullies are a real issue for a lot of
people, and there are occasions
when you think, ‘Poor lad – if only
he’d speak up!’ Brian comes across
as a buffoon, so it’s good we’re
showing this different side of him.

We’re guessing you’ve already
ilmed Corrie’s Christmas
episodes – do you enjoy getting
into the festive spirit early?

Sly Lewis exposed?
Audrey risked losing her family when
she reunited with Lewis earlier this year,
but she was sure he was her soulmate.
However, her faith in him will soon be
tested, as Gail plots to expose him.
“Audrey will get a windfall that she
wasn’t expecting, and all eyes will be
on Lewis while news of her good fortune
spreads,” shares our spy. “Gail’s certain
he’ll make a grab for it and leave Audrey
heartbroken – and when he acts oddly,
it looks as if she could be right…”
Audrey wants to spread her good
fortune, so invites all the people she
loves to celebrate, but is Lewis about
to make a public spectacle of her?
“It wouldn’t be the first time that he
swindled the family,” muses our snoop.
“If Gail’s right, Lewis will break Audrey
this time. She’ll never
oublerecover if he do
ain!”
crosses her aga

We’re done with Christmas and
into the new year now! No matter
what we’re filming, it’s always the
wrong time of year for it. Sometimes
it’s summer and you’re in a winter
coat, sometimes it’s winter and
you’re wearing a summer coat. So
I don’t really take it on board when
we’re doing a Nativity in October…

Does Brian have a happy
Christmas to look forward to?
To be honest, I woke up in a few
cold sweats about what happens
to hi over Christmas! Bullyin
is a serious issue but
Brian style, there’s s
slapstick in store –
some stunts! I can
teas what happe
by sa in that Bri
is somewhat hoist b
his ow
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Is Brian f
struggle i
Phil
head
the n
year??

Carla & Peter’s games!
The chemistry between Carla and
Peter has always been red-hot, but
any hope of reconciliation cooled

Plus!
Daniel wants Sinead to
have the best Christmas
ever – but is it too late
for his ill bride?

HARSH LESSON

The Bessie Street
School Nativity ends
up raising a few
eyebrows…

FESTIVE ENVY

Jenny struggles to
contain her jealousy
over Johnny and Liz
– will she get revenge?

PHOTO: ALPHA PRESS

MINCE LIES

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journe
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CHRISTMAS IN...

Emmerdale!

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There’s joy and pain in store

STAR

I

t’s supposed to be the most
wonderful time of the year – but
while the Dales does its best to
get into the Christmas spirit, for
some there’s no escaping the family
spats and financial traumas the
festive season can also bring.
So thank goodness for the promise
of a Yuletide wedding for some
much-needed Christmas sparkle…

Dingle dong –
wedding bells!
The Dingles have endured typically
tough times these past 12 months –
but could the clan top off a miserable
year with a happy-ever-after? The
ramshackle family is preparing for
a secret wedding – but who is getting
wed, and will the day go to plan?
“Christmas is a time for family – and
need no
the Dingles
D

ASH PALMISCIANO
MATTY BARTON

Ugly sisters?
Bernice and Nicola are well known for
their sibling rivalry, and as the festive
season ramps up, the fiery sisters are
in line for a big falling-out. But what
prompts their bust-up?
“It would be a Christmas miracle if
Nicola or Bernice put their own problems
aside and considered someone else for
once!” tuts our snitch. “While Bernice is
determined to make a go of things with
dishy Dr Liam, Nicola is embroiled in
her bid to bring down Home Farm. But
is one of the selfish girls about to take
a step too far to get what they want?”
With Christmas around the corner,
one of the sisters must make a big
decision – with potentially disastrous
consequences! However, is either
shameless enough to go through with it?

Holy show
excuse!” shares our village sneak.
“But instead of gathering around the
Christmas dinner table, they’ll be
getting together for one of their own to
say, ‘I do’. Problem is, one half of
the happy couple has no idea
they’re about to get hitched
– so can their nearest and
dearest be trusted to get
them to the church on time?”
With this secret ceremony
in the offing, the pressure is
on for the Dingles to get the
special day right. But in the
chaos that ensues, Sam thinks
he’s the lucky fella! Engaged to
devoted Lydia, Sam is certain
that the hush-hush wedding is
his – though could heartbreak
be coming his way, instead?

Christmas is a busy time for village
vicar Harriet, but she has a particularly
pressing mission on her to-do list this
year, as she’s keen to track down Ross’
ex-conquest, Dawn. What does Harriet
want with the troubled drug addict?
“It’s all very myster ous,” teases our
spy. “Harriet keeps her cards
close to her chest.
While we know she
used to be a police
officer, her past is a
closed book. So is
she just looking out
for one of her flock
by trying to find
Dawn – or might it
be something from
Harriet’s former life
that prompts her
desperate search?”

Plus!
BAD ROMANCE

As Jacob’s passion for
Maya ramps up, can
she prevent David from
discovering the truth?

Christmas

CASH CRISIS

It looks like a bleak
midwinter for jobless
Bob as his inancial
pressures take their toll…

UNEXPECTED
GUEST

Which residents will be
thrown by the arrival
of a surprise visitor?

You’re about to enjoy your very
irst Emmerdale Christmas –
are you looking forward to it?
Yes! It’s been a fantastic year on the
show, so seeing the village all set up
for Christmas is lovely. We have a
Nativity, we have trees – I’m loving it!

What would you get Matty
for a Christmas present?
Matty’s favourite movie is Back
To The Future, so I’d get him a
DeLorean car to go around the
village in! Or maybe a hoverboard,
like the one [star Michael J Fox’s
character] Marty McFly has.

Do you have your own
Christmas plans sorted?
I’m going back to my home town
Leamington Spa,
S
di it
and spending
,
with my family. As a jobbi
it’s so nice to have time
Christmas – usually I’
ng right
an elf, workin
w
through it! So I’m look
s
forward to watching
and eating chocolate

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to have in s r
for 2019
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confidenc a new l
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Hollyoaks!

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The mistletoe is in plentiful
supply this winter…

T

he Hollyoaks locals are a
saucy bunch at the best of
times – so imagine what
they’re like after a glass of
mulled wine! There’ll be festive frolics
galore as the party season gets under
way – but with Breda on the loose,
we can’t guarantee that everyone
will make it to the new year alive…

Merry Merced
edes!!
With Russ six feet
under, Mercy truly
is the queen of the
Dog – and she’s
certainly not short
of hunks! Her
chemistry with
Sylver is hotter
than a roast turkey,
while bad Santa
Liam is thrown
into the mix when
he tries to get into the lusty landlady’s
stockings, too! Yet as the McQueens
come together for the festive season,
will any of them discover that there’s
a serial killer lurking in their midst, in
the form of tiny but terrifying Breda?
“We’re very excited about Christmas,”
teases the show’s executive producer,
Bryan Kirkwood. “It’s been many years
since we’ve had such a brilliant line-up
of McQueen women in the show. So
with the addition of Cleo, Sally
and Goldie to the family, this
year is going to be rocking!”

Nightmare before
Christmas
Mandy and Darren are
definitely on the naughty
list as 25 December
approaches, following
their scandalous affair
– and sadly a miserable
family Christmas awaits
the pair. With Buster’s
upcoming trial hanging
over them, teenager
Ollie is struggling to

A shock arrest sees
one local facing the
prospect of Christmas
behind bars…

STAR
KARL COLLINS
LOUIS LOVEDAY

muster any festive cheer, while
Mandy is still deeply concerned for
the health of her unborn baby…
“Mandy and Darren will have an
agonising choice to make about the
future of their child,” whispers our
Hollyoaks mole. “We have an episode
coming up next year which will celebrate
diversity in the village, and this storyline
will play into that. But viewers will have
to wait to find out exactly what news
the couple are given at the hospital.”

Throne of lies!
Louis will be receiving a trio of tasty
treats this Yuletide, as he continues to
juggle three women at once! When Leela
pops the question, Louis is forced to
paint on a smile and agree to become
her husband – but viewers know that
he’s already married to someone else!
“Louis’ trouble is that he just can’t
believe his luck!” chuckles our spy. “He
has three gorgeous women chasing
after him – fiancée Leela, ex-wife
Simone, and current missus Martine
– and he’s just powerless to say no to
any of them! So while Leela ploughs
ahead with plans for a New Year
wedding, surely this can’t end well!”
So, will Louis the llove
rat Loveday start 20
019
banged up for bigamy?

WINTER WOES

Tragedy is set to send
the villagers reeling
– but is it as accidental
as it appears to be?

It looks as though the festive
period is going to be a very busy
time for Louis! What do you think
he’s hoping for this Christmas?
Well, I’m not too sure what he’s
hoping for in life, but I know what
he should be getting for Christmas
as a gift – a chastity belt! That
might solve his problems…

We’ve heard Hollyoaks is a fun
place to work around Christmas
– who are you hoping to get
in the work secret Santa?
I’d like Jess Fox [Nancy], and I’d get
her anything cake-related. She’s an
amazing baker – Celebrity Bake Off
should sign her up immediately!

What soap character would you
most like to have around your
Christmas dinner table?
Scott Drinkwell! He is my favourite
character from Hollyoaks. I think
he’s hilarious, loyal and charming
– all wrapped up with a Christmas
turkey fake tan! And Ross
Adams, who plays him, is
such a great raconteur
who would be a
wonderful addition to
anyone’s Christmas.

If Louis could do
absolutely anything
in 2019, what
would you like
to see him do?
Take over
as the head
teacher
of Hollyoaks
High. He’d
like that to
happen.

Plus!
ST NICKED!

Christmas

PRINCE’S PAIN

It’s likely to be a cruel
Yule for Prince and Lily,
as they learn whether
he has cancer or not…

Away from
work, what
is on your
bucket list
for 2019?
To complete
the London
to Paris bike
ride in July!
d

CHRISTMAS IN...

rinsborough

Ghosts of Christmas past will
be haunting Ramsay Street…

F

or the first time in
Neighbours history,
we’ll get a dose of
Erinsborough drama on
Christmas Day! But while
we won’t be seeing snow
on Ramsay Street, we can
guarantee some crackers…

Jim’s back!
Star Alan Dale was spotted
back on set, but his Ramsay
Street alter ego Jim Robinson
died in 1993 – so is Paul’s
dad back from the dead?
“It’s definitely Jim!” confirms
our Erinsborough spy. “What
a coup for the show to get
Alan to film some special
scenes. But is Jim really
alive? Watch this space!”

Susan’s guilt
Susan is certain she’s on the
naughty list this year, as her
guilt over Finn weighs heavily.
She receives a Christmas gift
in the shape of a package
left at her door. But who is it
from – and what’s inside?
“Susan hasn’t asked Santa
for this,” says our mole. “The
contents of the package leave
her feeling pretty unnerved…”
Is someone stalking Susan?
And if so, what do they want?

Plus!
BEA MERRY

A Christmas concert brings
the locals together – and
gives Bea a chance to shine.

CHRISTMAS IN...

Casualty

XAN OF WORMS

Xanthe is thrown when she gets
a special Christmas message
from someone from her past…

CHRISTMAS IN...

Holby City
T

he Ghost of Christmas Past returns to
haunt Fletch this Yuletide, after an explosive
family secret is revealed about his father,
Steven… Elsewhere, Xavier struggles to embrace
the holiday spirit, while Old St Nick appears to
show up at the hospital. And just as the mysterious
Santa Claus arrives on the ward, Hanssen faces a
big decision about his future at Holby City Hospital
– will he agree
to take back the reins as CEO?
g

I

t’ll be lonely this Christmas for Casualty
favourite Charlie, if the truth about his wife’s
infidelity comes out! When her other man, Bill,
pays a visit to the ED suffering from chest pains,
the truth threatens to reveal itself – can Duffy stop
the inevitable happening? Meanwhile, Dylan’s
Scrooge-like approach to the festive season ends
up leaving David cold. Can he convince his pal
that Christmas magic really does exist?

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THE

BIG

interview

CORONATION STREET | ITV WEDNESDAY

“Leanneand
CO
DANSON
ORRIE’S
E JANE D
HE HOPES
EXP
PLAINS WHY SH
HE
ER ON-SCREEN LOVE IS
GOIING TO LAST…

Tils’ my dying day:
Leanne has a long
history with Nick

ON ICE!
Jane’s partner is
a familiar face...

Keep it in the family: Imran
enjoyed flings with both
Battersby girls

I

t’s fair to say that Leanne Battersby
has had a terrible year. She’s been
knocked over and nearly died, she’s
been two-timed with her sister as the
other woman, and she’s bedded Steve
McDonald – again! We’re exhausted just
listing her dramas, so it’s no wonder
that Leanne is looking for some peace.
But as we catch up with her real-life
alter ego Jane Danson, does she think
Leanne will find it by reuniting with
childhood sweetheart, Nick Tilsley?
“Ultimately, Nick is the love of
Leanne’s life,” shares the star. “It’s
important to show that some people
stay together, because some do. It
would be nice if they could build on
that – as something pulls Nick and
Leanne back together every time.”
This week, Nick is still begging
Leanne for another
chance now that the
truth about his hidden
marriage has been
revealed. Sick of all the
fighting, Shona locks
Leanne in the café
with Nick, so they are
forced to sort out their
differences. Surely, the
pair will be in there forever!
“The spark between them has been
quietly flickering away,” teases Jane.
“Leanne has been trying to suppress
it, because she’s scared of getting hurt
again. When she finds out that Nick
has offered to pay off Elsa in exchange
for keeping Leanne’s name out of their
divorce, she’s pleased. I think that
shows commitment on Nick’s part. He’s
ready to be with Leanne and sacrifice
his financial situation and his

business to do so. I think that he’s
putting his neck on the line a bit
for her. It shows more commitment
than when he left last time.”
If they can rekindle things, it won’t
be the first time they’ve tried to make
a go of it – which reminds Jane of
another famous Weatherfield couple.
“They are like Ken and Deirdre,
because they keep breaking up and
getting back together,” laughs Jane.
“Nick knows Leanne, he’s seen her
at her worst and at her best.
I think that’s a sign of true love.
Since the car accident, Leanne
has been putting on a bit of a
brave face, to show everyone
that she is okay. But now, I think
she’s realised that she is quite
vulnerable. She needs that help, love
and support because she’s
struggling a little bit, and
she feels safe with Nick.”
The danger of this cycle
of make-ups and breakups is that viewers might
wonder if Leanne should
cut Nick loose forever.
After all, he has let her
down time and again.
“I think each time you split, the
relationship dilutes a little bit more,”
muses Jane. “Leanne and Nick have
been on and off for such a long time
that hopefully they can build their
relationship and raise Oliver together.
I would like to see Leanne happy!”
Amen to that, Jane. We’re guessing
Corrie has more drama in store as Nick
settles back into life in Weatherfield.
What does it feel like for Jane to have
all that history, and to have been in
the show for almost two decades?
“I feel like one of the old ones now!”
she chuckles. “I love it, and I feel really
lucky. It sounds soppy to say, but it is a
lovely place to work, and it’s gorgeous
to have Ben Price back as Nick – we’re
such good friends. It’s my dream job!”
Kate White

Leanne is
scared of
getting hurt
by Nick
again…

Sister act: Leanne and
Toyah have had a turbulent
relationship of late

PHOTOS: GETTY, INSTAGRAM/SAMIA_LONGCHAMBON

Danson

It’s a nail-biting time for star Jane,
now that she’s been revealed
as a contestant on next year’s
Dancing On Ice. Her professional
partner is none other than Sylvain
Longchambon, the husband of
her best friend and Corrie cast
mate Samia, aka Maria Connor.
“It’s been a lifelong dream!”
enthuses Jane. “I think I’ve fallen
in love with ice skating. It’s the
biggest challenge and sometimes
scary, but trying something new
is exciting. I’m super-thrilled
that it’s been
announced that
my partner is the
brilliant Sylvain.
Can’t wait!”
Samia has
taken to Twitter
to cheer on the
Street mates: Jane
pair, and left a
and Samia are
lovely message
best buds
for Jane on her
40th birthday, too.
“Beyond giddy to see you
both on the ice,” wrote Samia.
“Happy birthday to my diamond
of a BFF, 25 years of friendship,
and I still look up to you! Beautiful
inside and out always. With each
other through all of life’s good
and bad bits. I’m a lucky girl to
have you in my life.”
Jane and Sylvain will
begin their Dancing
On Ice journey when
the 11th series of the
show airs in early
2019, and training has
started already. The
Street star has been
keeping her followers
updated on her
progress,
particularly
the early
mornings
she’s been
spending
on the
rink. Go,
Sylvain lining:
Jane!

Samia’s hubby
will partner Jane

Ray of

LIES!

WHILE MEL’S FIANCÉ RAY SPINS STORIES TO
HIS BELOVED, HIS ALTER EGO SEAN MAHON
IS MORE STRAIGHT-TALKING WHEN HE
SETTLES DOWN WITH INSIDE SOAP…
EASTENDERS | BBC1 FRIDAY

W

alford has seen its
fair share of love
rats over the years
– and undercover
investigator Ray
Kelly is surely one of the most odious!
Since doing some private detective
work of her own, his fiancée Mel has
discovered that not only does he have a
secret wife and family, but he also has
a whole other alias in Simon Wright!
Inside Soap tracked down actor
Sean Mahon, who plays the dastardly
double-dealer, to find out how he
manages to keep track of all Ray’s fibs…

So, Sean – the truth is starting to
come out about Ray! Did you know
he would end up being a bigamist?
I didn’t! I knew that the character
would be incendiary in some kind of

Mel’s hell: She’s
working overtime
to get vengeance

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