Lives are on the line and death could come calling again in the soaps – and Emmerdale village is particularly rife with horror as a stabbing, a fire and the murder of livestock rocks several core characters while over in Coronation Street, con man Duncan Radfield is left in a bad way after being hit by a car.
Meanwhile, over in EastEnders, its Rainie Branning who is in danger after she collapses but is there something seriously wrong. In Hollyoaks, its make or break for evil Buster Smith as he faces the verdict in his child abuse trial.
In other major developments, Mandy Dingle is back, Sienna Blake is left feeling seriously uncomfortable, wicked Evie is playing nasy games with Tiffany Butcher and Bernie Taylor and Audrey Roberts has Claudia Colby arrested.
Happy new year to everyone then…
After Gina makes a staggering discovery about what Duncan has been up to, Tim confronts his daughter but Duncan drags her away. When Tim follows and picks a fight with Duncan, he backs away into the path of a speeding car.
Audrey is stunned when she finds out that Claudia is having one of her salons renovated and accuses her of stealing her money. As they have a slanging match, Audrey contacts the police and Claudia is taken in for questioning.
With Sinead facing the prospect of losing her hair, Daniel is sad to hear that she feels he will no longer find her attractive. Suddenly, he hits upon an idea to try and persuade her that this isnt the case but she worries about what he is planning to do.
When Rainie becomes unsteady and then collapses, Max is concerned for Abi and initially lacks sympathy as he rants at a hurt Rainie – but he soon has a change of heart when he finds out that she has made a touching gift for Abis birthday.
Bernie is getting closer to Tiffany but Evie deliberately comes between them by kissing Tiffany in front of Bernie. Later, Bernie accidentally drops Tiffany in it with Evie over a job and soon Tiffany is in hot water.
Mick and Mitch help out at a football training session as Caden the coach is struggling to keep the team under control. And when Caden quits, Mick and Mitch are left in charge and hope they can make a success of it.
Vanessa notices a hooded figure setting fire to the outside of the Woolpack and rushes over to tackle him – but he stabs her and leaves her for dead before making an escape in her car, not realising that Johnny is in the backseat.
Marlon and Jessies ceremony is interrupted by the arrival of Mandy, who leaves Paddy stunned – and Chas reaction to seeing them laughing together leads to a big scrap. But Mandy has another major bombshell to drop – she has a son!
After sinister events start to befall the Dingles, the last straw comes when Gloria the pig is killed. Belle knows that Lachlan is behind it and heads to the prison to confront him. Later, he makes a call with instructions to up the ante.
Busters trial gets underway and both Ollie and Brody are struggling with the enormity of what they are facing. As Buster lies through his teeth on the stand, the jury return with a verdict but will justice be done?
Misbah can see that Imran is not himself and strives to get to the bottom of it. As he prepares to testify at Busters trial, Misbah doesnt think he will be able to cope with it and forbids him from attending court.
Brody doesnt think he can handle giving testimony and heads off to support him. meanwhile, she is also troubled after being blackmailed by Juliet over a mistake at school but Laurie reassures her. However, his lingering hand on her waist leaves her uncomfortable.
- Debbie leaves Cain and Graham unsettled in Emmerdale when she reports Joe missing.
- Liz finds out that Jenny was the one who ran her over in Coronation Street.
- Linda assures Mick that its normal to still be struggling after his prison ordeal in EastEnders.
- Maya suggests that she gives Jacob private tuition in Emmerdale.
- Mercedes makes plans as Russ will reading arrives in Hollyoaks.
- Keegan is suspicious of Mitch when he fits the bathroom for the Taylors in EastEnders.
- Mary says a final goodbye to Angie and George as they leave Coronation Street.
- Ollie and Brooke find that there are sparks between them in Hollyoaks.