If the deadly misery of EastEnders and the revenge and potential tragedy in Coronation Street dont tickle your sprouts, you might fancy a trip to Emmerdale, for a slightly more uplifting Christmas experience – although dont expect every resident to be smiling and laughing.
The central focus of the Emmerdale Yuletide season is the surprise wedding of Marlon Dingle and Jessie Grant although it throws up more than a few surprises for many of the guests, including the groom who doesnt have a clue he is getting wed.
But elsewhere in the village, Bob Hope is facing a very miserable time of it, Bernice Blackstock faces crisis after crisis and Matty Barton and Cain Dingle are both involved in violent attacks.
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Here is what you can expect over the festive season:
Sam thinks that he is getting married – but little does Marlon know that the secret preparations are in aid of him! After Marlon and Sam fall asleep in the back of a booze delivery van, they wake up miles from the village and Marlon is forced to tell Sam he has to get him back for his surprise wedding to Lydia.
But as Sam becomes emotional at the thought of it, Jessie is the blushing bride in question but can Sam and Marlon make it to the venue on time?
When Marlon learns that the wedding is in fact his, he faints on the spot – will this put an end to the day? Or can there be a happy ending? And what about poor Sam, who had got it into his head that he was going to marry his beloved Lydia?
Bob hits rock bottom
Alone and struggling to make ends meet, Bob tries to block out all of the debts he owes but when he cant even afford presents for the twins, he is shattered and even considers stealing hospital charity gifts.
His situation looks grim and as Christmas looks bleak, can a miracle turn things around? Or will he spend the day by himself, fearing a very uncertain future?
David is busy juggling a very unorthodox Christmas Day which involves both of his exes Tracy and Leyla, but little does he know that a much deeper problem is brewing as sparks fly again between Jacob and Maya.
As Jacob presents Maya with her Christmas present and they share a kiss, David interrupts them and takes Maya in his arms. But will a jealous Jacob blurt out the truth?
Age is just a number – but to Bernice, it means everything. With the fact that she is facing 50 weighing on her mind, Bernice tries her best to keep the truth about how old she is from everyone and sabotages plans to celebrate the occasion.
But as she continues to feel fragile, she makes a huge mistake and purchases botox online, which leaves Bernice in hospital, facing the prospect of having her face permanently paralysed. As it emerges that Leanne fuelled Bernices botox idea, Gabby is furious – Leanna has gone too far this time.
But will Bernice recover?
A former boyfriend humiliates Matty and his mates attack him, prompting a seething Cain to seek revenge. But as a fight breaks out, memories of Joe return to Cain, leaving him at the mercy of the gang and he comes off worse.
As Cains secret weighs heavily on him, Matty makes a decision following the ordeal and confides his plans in Moira. But will he get her support?
Harriet wants to save Dawn
After Dawns latest disappearing act, Harriet remains determined that she can help her change her life around and heads out to try and save her. With Ryans help, she tracks Dawn down and ends up in a confrontation with her pimp.
But will Dawn appreciate Harriets help or is the vicar just bringing a whole lot of trouble to her parish by inviting Dawn to stay?
Charity has a wobble
Charity is determined to make Ryans first birthday since they reunited special and she goes all out to plan a surprise party for him in the Woolpack – only for him not to turn up. Charity reacts badly and kicks everyone out but when Ryan realises what she had planned, will they be able to salvage the occasion?
- Dan pleads with Kerry to come for Christmas and she is unsure of what to do when she hears of Amelias turmoil.
- Tracy makes big plans for New Year but will they be a success?
- Rodney invites Nicola and Jimmy to the family dinner but tension mounts – and disaster then strikes when its clear they arent welcome.
- April tells Jessie that she and Ellis joining the family will be the best Christmas present ever,
- PC Swirling arrives to question Cain over the beating – but he fears he will trip himself up over Joe.