Christmas Soap Guide 2017: What’s happening in soap this Christmas?
Christmas in Soapland might purely exist to remind us that things could get a lot worse than our annual family brawls, and that’s why we love it.
This year, we’ve got it all – attempted murder, baby drama and a soap recreation of the tale of Ebeneezer Scrooge. We can’t wait to watch it all, ideally while filling our stomachs with mince pies and wine and cheering the television as an awful love rat gets exposed.
Here’s our full festive Soap Guide:
Christmas on Albert Square is set to focus on the Branning family as Max’s many misdeeds are revealed and his family and friends turn their backs on him. With his proposal to Fi Browning rejected and even uber-villain James Wilmott-Brown against him, will Max resort to desperate measures? And what will this mean for his two daughters Abi and Lauren, who we know are leaving the show this festive season is a top-secret storyline?
It’s also going to be a big Christmas for the Mitchell family, with Phil set to head back into the criminal world. Could this have something to do with the imminent departure of his son Ben from the show?
Elsewhere, Mick and Linda’s marriage appears to be back on track as they renew their vows – but will everything that is happening at the Vic spoil their Christmas?
It’s a festive revenge storyline on the cobbles as Peter is determined to get back at Billy – no matter what the cost. When he pulls off a crazy stunt involving a cliff and Billy in the boot of his car, Peter later confesses all to Ken – who agrees to convince the Barlows to pretend they know nothing of what happened to Billy.
Meanwhile, Adam’s furious when he reads a letter that he believes reveals Todd knew of Billy’s role in Susan’s death, but will he do something drastic?
Elsewhere, Carla returns home to “surprise” the family but it soon becomes clear she’s hiding something.
In a Christmas special styled as “A Christmas Carol meets Groundhog Day”, Robert awakes on Christmas Day to a bizarre new Emmerdale Farm. Everything is not as it should be – and Robert cannot escape these strange new realities. What does it mean? And what do these realities have to do with his broken relationship with Aaron?
In the real world, Alex suggests he and Aaron take a break – but Aaron convinces him to change his mind. The pair go on a date and Aaron speaks honestly about his scars, which prompts their emotional exchange to become intimate.
On Boxing Day, Rebecca ponders Seb’s unopened presents from Robert and ignores Chrissie’s advice to throw them away. Later, Robert’s overwhelmed when he reads a thank you card for Seb’s presents.
Christmas is set to be explosive in Chester, with Milo’s blackmailing by the stalker DS Armstrong about to come to a head over the festive period. Milo finally thinks he’s in the clear as he spends Christmas with the Cunninghams, until he discovers Armstrong is out of jail – which means his dark secret is also under threat. Could a vengeance-seeking Armstrong reveal the truth?
Despite the efforts of Courtney’s interfering grandma to keep her and Jesse apart, it looks like Jesse is all set to confess his true feelings for Courteney as she delivers a baby girl. Will Granny Campbell be outsmarted for Christmas?
Elsewhere, Ryan and Ste get close again and it’s Tom’s 18th birthday – but could his trust fund attract some unwanted attention?