Goodwill to all men is usually pretty lacking when the soaps offer up their Christmas storylines but Coronation Street are at least set to bring some joy to viewers this festive season, with show boss Iain MacLeod keen to steer away from too much vitriol while fans are munching their turkey sandwiches.
However, its not set to last – as the new year then explodes with tales of death and destruction, kicking off 2019 with a literal bang. Corrie clearly have a mix of the feel good and the tragedy this year.
Heres what we know so far about the big episodes:
Speaking about what he wants viewers to see this year, Iain shared: Well, the seeds of the stories for Christmas are planted in the big episodes in October, without giving too much away. I wanted it to be a Christmassy Christmas, obviously theres a history in soap of trying to go and do the Angie and Den Christmas where its all acrimony and divorce papers and vitriol.
Thats not really my preference, when you sit down as you try and digest your stuffing balls and sprouts, you need it to be warm and light-hearted in places and you need it to reek of Christmas. So, itll be a Christmassy Christmas, itll have some big, heartbreaking stories within that, itll have a big shock at the end and hopefully itll be a surprising pay off to those stories that youve just seen the inception of here.
Well, maybe not for Jenny…
Jenny is trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered marriage after discovering that Johnny cheated on her but recent snaps from behind the scenes shared by Corrie showed Jenny in a heap on the floor, surrounded by concerned friends. Has she fallen ill – and could her life be hanging in the balance this Yuletide?
At the moment, Sally is languishing in prison accused of a crime she didnt commit but with her trial dated for towards the end of the year, viewers are hoping for a Christmas miracle. Of course, Duncan is a wily schemer, so will he see to it that Sally dines on prison sprouts this year?
Or will Sally emerge vindicated – only to discover that Gina has been trying to take her life?
Other sneaky snapshots from the Christmassy world of Corrie showed several of the shows parents including Tyrone, David, Maria and Kevin gathered and ready for the school nativity. With Brian at the helm of the production, will there be disaster afoot?
At any rate, this will provide some much needed comedy scenes and light hearted moments – whether or not the play goes well.
Sineads last Christmas?
Coronation Street shared a snap of Daniel and Sinead taking a wintry walk to the Rovers hand in hand. Sinead appears to have stood her ground and not gone through with any termination but any Christmas celebrations are bound to be tinged with the fear that it could be Sineads last.
Can Daniel and Sinead make the most of it?
Peter and Carla reunite?
Is there hope for Coronation Street couple Carla and Peter? The pair continue to try and figure out their feelings for one another but this festive season, it looks like they could come to the surface.
Speaking in an interview with Acumen Magazine, Chris shared: Were starting a really exciting and grown up chapter which begins with quite an extravagant Christmas present from Carla to Peter. Its unusual and initially he cant work it out but then…
And theres a fabulous New Years Eve for the two of them!
Kate and Rana may be getting engaged and looking ahead to their future but their divided thoughts on having a baby could be set to cause huge problems. In the run up to winter, there will be a proposition put Roberts way.
Will he carry a child for them? And will all parties be in agreement?
Dead end for Lewis
Away from the joys of nativities and reunions at Christmas, new year heralds a tragedy as Lewis is set to meet his maker – meaning heartbreak for Audrey, 20 years after she lost her husband Alf at the same time of year.
But will Lewis be bowing out in disgrace – and might someone have a hand in his demise?
Having a blast this new year
There also looks set to be further tragedy as reports have circulated than an explosive turn of events will see a fire on a boat. With Simon keen to join the navy, he will be caught in the terrifying blaze as Peter races to the rescue.
Will Peters potential new year reunion with Carla be short lived as he heads into danger?