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Youd be forgiven for thinking our favourite soapies will enjoy a quiet new year, but youd be wrong as Emmerdale is set for a stabbing, Coronation Street will see someone left in a critical condition and drugs could be someones downfall in EastEnders.

Its only the second week of January and the drama is coming thick and fast. Bernadette is the one in trouble in EastEnders, as she faces getting caught with Tiffanys stash. What will happen to her?

Vanessas life hangs in the balance after she interrupts a mystery man trying to burn down the Woolpack – will she survive his attack?

Hollyoaks will see Busters trial finally take place and it leaves many village residents terrified of the outcome.

And someone takes a bullet in Neighbours during a huge siege marking 8,000 episodes of the show, but who?

Here are the five biggest plots of the week ahead.

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Vanessa is stabbed in Emmerdale

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Are we about to lose one half of Vanity in a devastating twist? Vanessa Woodfields life is left hanging in the balance thanks to a mysterious hooded figure with a vendetta. The person is seen staring at the pub with a can of petrol at his feet, and Vanessa bravely interrupts just as he starts splashing the stuff all over the bins. She confronts him, but he turns around and stabs her, then makes off with her car. As Vanessas life pours out of her, the hooded figure has no idea Johnny is strapped into the back of the car as he makes his getaway, and the Woolpack goes up in flames. Who was the hooded figure, and is Vanessa about to die?

Drugs bust in EastEnders

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Tiffanys epic fall in with a bad crowd could have terrible consequences for Bernadette. Tiffany decides to take Evies new lad Rat on a job even though Evie had said she is absolutely not allowed, and she asks Bernadette to cover for her. But when faced with Evie Bernie accidentally drops her in it and receives a nasty threat herself. Shes forced to race off after Tiff to warn her, but when she catches up with her and as they argue, Rat takes the drugs from Tiffanys bag. Theyre on the tube but its suddenly held on the platform. Just then, two transport police officers board and theyre looking for something. Tiff panics when she cant find the drugs, but its Bernadette they have their eyes on. Did Evie call the police to get revenge on Bernie?!

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Tim to accidentally kill Duncan in Coronation Street?

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Sally is left to fend for herself when Abi is released from prison, and she knows shes going to have to watch out for Marcia. Tim is desperate to get her released and to safety, and has his eyes on Duncan. They need a confession, and they need it fast. Gina breaks into his flat but when Duncan comes home she hides under his bed. Tim arrives to confront him but Duncan threatens him with the police and hes forced to leave. Once hes gone Duncan heads out, and Gina follows him to a phone box. When hes done with the call, Gina sneaks over and hits redial – who was he talking to?

Tim eventually makes a statement to the police, meanwhile Sally takes a nasty beating from Marcia. Things are getting dire and they need to act fast. They manage to come up with a trump card and Tim heads off to confront Duncan again, but as the pair row and Duncan tries to do a runner, he steps back into the road and is hit by a car. Will he die before they can get justice for Sally?

Busters trial begins in Hollyoaks

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Its a harrowing time in the village as Busters victims must come face to face with their abuser and await the outcome of his trial.

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Ollie goes missing on the first day of the trial, after having been offered a bribe, has he taken it to do a runner? Brody struggles under questioning and is left feeling like hes ruined everything when it seemingly goes wrong, leaving Sienna to pick up the pieces. Luke further causes problems when he fails to check his anger and his outburst threatens the entire case as he shouts that he wants to kill Buster. Damon is forced to go up against his dad too, will he go ahead with it?


As the jury reconvene at the end of the week, will Buster finally be sent down or could his victims watch him walk free?

Someone is shot in Neighbours

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Who could lose their life when a huge siege takes over Erinsborough?

Neighbours knows how to do a dramatic siege, remember Cody Willis death in 1996 during a drugs bust? And Toadies shooting when Guy showed up on the Street demanding £100,000? Expect all the same tense, nail-biting moments in this as we wait to see who does and doesnt survive.

The Renshaw brothers are out for revenge on Leo, and Delaneys uncle arrives in town with a vendetta and a gun. He storms an event at The Waterhole, gun in hand, ready to do some damage. Guests cower for cover as he points the weapon at Leo, but Terese jumps in the way to save her man. Who will Ivan shoot?

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