Nothing says Christmas in Soap Land like weddings gone wild (two to choose from this year in both 'Enders and Corrie), secrets being revealed, or a baby being born anywhere but a hospital. When do they have time to cook their sprouts?
EastEnders especially is infamous for its Christmas showdowns, from Angie and Den Watt’s divorce, to Stacey and Max Brannings’s affair, to the Brannings falling off a roof.
And 2021 is no exception, so without further a (Christmas) do, here’s the five wildest things happening in EastEnders this festive season.
What's happening in EastEnders this Christmas?
Is Sonia Fowler about to get the Daddy of all shocks? Will Kathy Beale wish she'd stayed dead? The timebomb that is Rocky Cotton has been ticking so loudly we can barely hear Tracey behind the bar's lines. And nothing says timebomb like an EastEnders Christmas. An uninvited guest arrives to make the con-man's life even more difficult than it is already (if that's possible).
What's happening in Coronation Street this Christmas?
Hope for Fiz and Tyrone
Tyrone Dobbs is over the moon when ex-wife Fiz Brown (who he cheated on, don't forget) agrees to spend Christmas with him as one big happy family – even if that means her boyfriend Phill Whittaker is there too. Also there's a poorly pigeon (would it be Corrie if there wasn't?). Could Fiz and Tyrone share a secret kiss under the mistletoe? They are destined to be together, admit it.
What's happening in Emmerdale this Christmas?
Kim's evil plan
Nobody should mess with Kim Tate. She's been to prison, she's been dead, she's kissed Frank Tate. And Will Taylor should know that better than anyone, but he still can't keep away. Jealous of his relationship with Bernice Blackstock, Kim has a plan...Be afraid Will, be very afraid.
In other soap news...
EastEnders legend Adam Woodyatt, who plays Ian Beale, has thrown doubt on his return to the show. The star took a break from the square to star in the play Looking Good Dead as well as appearing in I’m A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!
Speaking to his camp mates he said, “I just had another opportunity. This play came up, I just fancied doing something different. The way the storyline is, they needed me to take a break. Yeah...the break’s just got longer.”
Ian Beale left the Square in January, after discovering wife Sharon had been poisoning him due to his involvement in her son Denny’s death. But actor Adam mentioned that he doesn’t necessarily plan to return when the play finishes next spring.
When fellow campmate Kadeena Cox asked if he'd ever consider leaving the soap to star in movies, Adam answered, "I'm available as of April."
What time is EastEnders on Christmas Day?
The festive fun kicks off on Christmas Eve (December 24) at 8pm.
On Christmas Day the soap will air at 9.35pm.
On Boxing Day it airs at the really rather late time of 10pm.
Jack Fincham, Chris Hughes and Joey Essex reveal their Christmas and New Year plans
Check back next week for even more festive soap spoilers.