Christmas soap spoilers: A disastrous double EastEnders wedding, a deadly Emmerdale pub explosion and an unexpected Corrie kiss sets the stage for a VERY dramatic festive season
- WARNING: This article contains spoilers concerning Christmas storylines on EastEnders, Coronation Street and Emmerdale
- Albert Square is set to be gripped by wedding fever as killer Gray Atkins prepares to tie the knot with his pregnant girlfriend Chelsea Fox
- Emmerdale will be hit by tragedy as the Woolpack goes up in flames
- Coronation Street is set for a much happier Christmas, as Tyrone Dobbs shares an unexpected kiss with his ex Fiz Stape
Christmas is once again set to be an action-packed season in soapland, with weddings, explosions and unexpected kisses setting the stage for another dramatic festive season.
EastEnders is gripped by wedding fever as killer Gray Atkins prepares to tie the knot with his pregnant girlfriend Chelsea Fox, while Emmerdale looks set for a tragic Christmas as the Woolpack explodes.
Elsewhere Corrie will opt for a slightly lighter festive season, with Tyrone Dobbs sharing an unexpected kiss with his ex Fiz Stape, while the Barlows and Platts attempt to come together for Christmas dinner.
So ahead of the upcoming celebrations, MailOnline takes a look at the moments fans can look forward to…
Tense: Christmas is once again set to be an action-packed season in soapland, with EastEnders set to be gripped by wedding fever as Gray Atkins prepares to tie the knot with Chelsea Fox
Over in Walford, fans can expect twice the drama with a Christmas Day double wedding, with both Gray and Chelsea, and Denise Fox and Jack Branning set to wed.
But in typical soap fashion, the day isn’t set to go smoothly, with Whitney Dean determined to stop the ceremony and expose Gray’s killer ways.
Actress Zaraah Abrams has revealed that while fans will be left guessing whether she decides to go ahead with the wedding, Chelsea won’t go down without a fight.
Tense: Fans are waiting to see whether Chelsea will go through with marrying Gray, after learning of his murderous ways
Getting wed? Denise Fox is also set to tie the knot with Jack Branning, but it remains to be seen whether the double wedding will end in disaster
What will happen? Whitney Dean is determined to expose her ex Gray after growing convinced he killed his first wife Chantelle, but fans will have to wait and see whether Chelsea listens
The one to watch?
For Albert Square fans, killer Gray Atkins will take centre stage, as fans eagerly wait to see whether he’ll tie the knot with Chelsea Fox.
After murdering his wife Chantelle, Tina Carter and Kush Kazemi, fans are fearing that Chelsea could head down the same path.
Gray proposed to Chelsea after learning she’d fallent pregnancy with his baby, despite seeing glimpses of his fiery temper and controlling nature.
As Whitney becomes more convinced that Gray killed Chantelle, she becomes determined to stop the big day.
As she confronts Chantelle before heading to the church, it remains to be seen whether the dysfunctional couple will make it to the altar.
‘She’s this sort of person where if someone is trying to murder her, they’d better run,’ Zaraah told Digital Spy. ‘She would fight with her mouth, whatever is closest to her. I don’t think she’d go down lightly.’
Describing the Christmas Day special as ‘intense, dramatic and unexpected’, she added she would ‘absolutely love’ to see Chelsea and Whitney team up to bring down Gray.
Elsewhere Janine Butcher is on a mission to throw the perfect Christmas for her daughter Scarlett, and dresses up as Santa’s Little Helper to catch the eye of Mick Carter after learning he won’t be spending the day with his wife Linda.
Janine is even set to resort to meddling in the love life of Mick’s daughter Nancy, in a desperate bid to get her out of the picture so she can have the landlord all to himself.
Rocky Cotton will also struggle to keep his ulterior motives a secret as the letter he penned to his ‘daughter’ Sonia is uncovered.
Despite claiming to be Sonia’ long-lost father, it’s really been a money-making plot, and as he prepares to spend Christmas with the family, Rocky remains on edge that the truth could finally come out.
Phil Mitchell and Kat Slater are also set to see more obstacles in their romance, as they prepare to celebrate thier first Christmas together.
Kat grows increasingly jealous of his bond with ex-wife Sharon, who starts to lean on Phil for support in the midst of her custody battle.
As 2021 draws to a close, Phil is also hell-bent on fleeing Walford with his son Raymond, but it remains to be seen whether Sharon and Kat can make him see sense before the police come balling.
Dramatic: Rocky Cotton will also struggle to keep his ulterior motives a secret as the letter he penned to his ‘daughter’ Sonia is uncovered
Scheming: Elsewhere Janine Butcher is on a mission to throw the perfect Christmas for her daughter Scarlett, and dresses up as Santa’s Little Helper to catch the eye of Mick Carter
Better spirits: Meanwhile Christmas looks set to be a happy occasion in Weatherfield, with Adam Barlow and Sarah Platt determined to bring their families together for dinner
Meanwhile Christmas looks set to be a slightly happier occasion in Weatherfield, despite Steve’s daughter Emma’s wedding ending in disaster earlier this week, when Curtis was wrongfully accused of stealing £100,000 in charity money.
Producer Iain MacLeod previously said this year’s Corrie would be much lighter than years past, telling Metro: ‘It’s quite jolly actually,. There’s a tradition of soaps going dark and gothic and we have dipped our toes in that previously, but this is a traditional Corrie Christmas.’
‘It’s funny, silly, has a community vibe, heartwarming. It’s got more of the closeness feeling – last Christmas was much stricter.’
Sarah Platt and her husband Adam Barlow vow to end their family’s long-running feud by enjoying Christmas dinner together, but it appears that tensions will remain high.
To absolutely no surprise, it ends in disaster, with Carla and Peter fleeing the scene, David in a foul mood and Audrey popping open the wine at breakfast.
During the dinner, Ken also urges his son Daniel to tell Daisy the truth about how he feels, leading to her banging on his front door declaring she’s been an idiot, while he enjoys a date with booksmart Lydia.
Close call: Nina Lucas continues with struggle with anxiety, fearing for her girlfriend Asha’s safety after they are nearly run over by Faye Windass during her first driving lesson
Oops! After his ex Fiz Stape surprises him by bringing home their daughters for Christmas, Tyrone Dobbs misreads the signals and leans in for a kiss
One to watch?
For weeks fans have been hoping that Tyrone Dobbs and Fiz Stape will rekindle their romance, even after she began to move on with new man Phill.
As Tyrone prepares to celebrate Christmas with his grandmother, Fiz surprises him by arriving with their daughter after cancelling her holiday.
With the help of an injured pigeon, and an unexpected visit to Phill’s mother Mimi, Tyrone misreads Fiz’s kind signals and leans in for a tipsy kiss.
Despite a dramatic end to the meal, Adam manages to save the day by surprising Sarah with a posh hotel break for the New Year, but finds his past may have caught up with him, with a waiter jokes about him leaving his wallet there during his last stay.
Seb’s mum Abi returns from honeymoon, and is furious to find Kelly has moved into the Street, and becomes hell-bent on ruining her life, even causing her to get fired from her job at the barber’s.
Kevin makes a shock discovery when Tyrone hands him a bundle of Seb’s things that Emma found in the flat. As he reads a letter, his jaw drops, discovering that even from beyond the grave, Seb might have provided a way to give Abi the best Christmas present ever.
As Kelly reaches rock bottom, taking Spice again, Abi finds a flicker of empathy when she finds Kelly at a drugs support group, but remains determined to get rid of her, for good.
Nina Lucas continues with struggle with anxiety, fearing for her girlfriend Asha’s safety after they are nearly run over by Faye Windass during her first driving lesson and declining her offer to spend Christmas with the Alahans.
Carla notices that she is is struggling and organising a surprise Christmas present that leaves her overjoyed.
Asha also tries to help Nina with her anxiety battles by offering to sync their phones so she’ll always know where she is.
Tyrone prepares to spend Christmas with his grandmother Evelyn, but is stunned when Fiz returns with the girls and her boyfriend Phill in tow after cancelling their holiday.
Enjoying a fun family Christmas, and misreading the signals from Fiz’s kind gesture, Tyrone leans in for a kiss, sparking yet more hope among fans that the fan-favourite couple could reunite.
While Tyrone is inistent that he and Fiz will rekindle their romance, he is stunned when she reveals she wants to sell their house, and insists he won’t be moving.
Tense: Over on Emmerdale, fans can expect an explosive Christmas as the beloved Woolpack pub goes up in flames, with one mystery victim trapped under the rubble
Dramatic: It’s no surprise that Al Chapman has made his fair share of enemies since buying the iconic tavern, but fans will have to wait and see who is responsible for the blaze
Over on Emmerdale, fans can expect an explosive Christmas as the beloved Woolpack pub goes up in flames, with one mystery victim trapped under the rubble.
One to watch?
After taking centre stage in the village in recent weeks, it’s been hinted that serial killer Meena Jutla could claim her fifth victim… this time her own sister.
Manpreet is stunned when she meets up with the sister of Meena’s late friend Nadine, who she killed years earlier, who believes the murderous nurse is reponsible.
Confronting her sister, Meena hints she has ‘no idea’ what she’s capable of, and later follows her with a broken bottle.
Given that fans are well aware what she is capable of, it remains to be seen whether her own sibling will become her fifth victim.
It’s no surprise that Al Chapman has made his fair share of enemies since buying the iconic tavern, as part of his scheme to sabotage the pub and turn it into luxury flats.
But in recent weeks he’s found himself in dire financial straits, sparking concern among fans he could resort to desperate measures to land a quick-fix money scheme.
Now Chas, Marlon and Paddy are aware of Al’s ulterior motives, fans will have to wait and see who is responsible for the blaze, when special flashback scenes reveal the true culprit.
Killer Meena Jutla’s luck also appears to be running out, as her sister Manpreet confronts her about her involvement in her friend Nadine’s death, in the midst of another of her sick schemes.
Meena is furious when Billy dumps her to rekindle his romance with Dawn, and quickly plots to frame her by planting drugs on her.
She also claims tells Lucas’ biological father Alex that she believes Dawnis using drugs again, and the mother is later frantic when she realises her son Lucas has gone missing, and it would be no surprise to learn that Meena was responsible.
‘Dawn has no idea [about Meena’s meddling] and no idea that anyone could be that vicious,’ actress Olivia Bromley previously told Metro.co.uk.
‘Alex is quite a vulnerable person. And he doesn’t suspect that Meena could be lying. So both of them are playing against each other. He doesn’t suspect anything. I think when he hears what Meena has to say, he really takes action.’
A dark new trailer also shows Meena claiming she saw someone ‘dodgy lurking around,’ before Manpreet tells her to ‘stop lying,’ after learning from Nadine’s sister Carol, that she believes the nurse is responsible for her death.
Meena can later be seen following her sister with a broken bottle, and given that fans are well aware what Meena is capable of, it remains to be seen whether her own sibling will become her fifth victim.
Sam Dingle is also determined to win back Lydia, gifting her a festive invitation in the hope that they can reunite, so fans will have to wait and see whether the beloved couple can rekindle their romance.
Emmerdale airs on Christmas Day at 7pm, followed by Coronation Street at 8pm on ITV. EastEnders airs at 9:35pm on BBC One.
Exposed? Killer Meena Jutla’s luck also appears to be running out, as her sister Manpreet confronts her about her involvement in her friend Nadine’s death
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