Coronation Street has lifted the lid on its explosive Christmas storylines, with one soap stalwart set to exit in tearful circumstances, while two key cast members return, bringing big trouble in their wake.
On top of these changes, which also include a major new character in the life of Carla Connor (Alison King), several of the soap’s biggest families are facing massive challenges.
The Bailey household faces the most miserable of Yuletides in the wake of Ed’s (Trevor Michael Georges) numerous and catastrophic mistakes, while the Winter-Brown clan are doing everything they can to try and make the best of their tragic circumstances.
The familiar faces are, as many now know, Lucy Fallon back in the role of Bethany Platt, as well as the villainous Damon Hay, played by Ciaran Griffiths, who brings equal turbulence to the life of Bethany’s mum Sarah (Tina O’Brien).
But the biggest comeback of all isn’t a person.
A spokesperson for Corrie told us: ‘As Christmas approaches, Jenny and Daisy are determined to raise the funds to buy back the pub.
‘As they resort to desperate measures will they succeed in doing enough to secure the future of the street’s favourite watering hole?’
They continued: ‘Meanwhile Daisy’s own future is also up in the air -with her affair with Ryan exposed, Daniel has turned his back on her. Refusing to give up, Daisy’s hopeful of a reconciliation. Will they be kissing under the mistletoe again this Christmas?’
But what else is going down? Carla’s popular relationship with Peter Barlow (Chris Gascoyne) crumbles in devastating style.
Corrie’s spokesperson teased: ‘Peter bids farewell to Weatherfield in what’s both a heartwarming and heartbreaking Christmas for Carla.
‘Ever since he killed Stephen, Peter has been battling his old demons, increasingly tempted by the bottle as he struggles with Carla’s single mindedness to get the factory back on track.
‘Will this come at the expense of her marriage or can Peter and Carla look to the future together?’
Divulging further Christmas spoilers, they added: ‘As Ed struggles to contain his urges to gamble again, the arrival of dad Sarge does little to help his self esteem. As his old habit gets the better of him, Ed descends to a heartbreaking new low which will impact on Christmas for the whole Bailey family.
‘Gemma and Paul are both facing their own heartache with mum Bernie behind bars. All too aware it might be Paul’s last Christmas, Paul and Billy battle to make every moment count, while Gemma struggles with relationships at home in the wake of the accusations about her parenting.
‘But in true Winter-Brown style the families pull together to make it a Christmas to remember.
‘However as 2023 comes to a close and the New Year dawns it seems the drama is only just beginning for some.
‘Viewers can expect fireworks when Bethany Platt explodes back onto the street for a surprise visit. Is there more to her sudden arrival than a family catch up?
‘As well as having her daughter back Sarah’s also rocked by the return of ex Damon. After spending a promising New Year’s Eve with estranged husband Adam it looks like a reconciliation could be on the cards.
‘But just as Sarah dares to dream Damon walks back into her life, determined to take his revenge on Adam and win back the love of his life.
‘And when Rob Donovan’s son comes knocking on ‘Auntie Carla’s’ door, whirlwind Bobby soon throws Carla’s life into a spin. Is Bobby just what she needs or is he about to cause even more chaos on the cobbles?’
Relationships and families are in turmoil and it’s all change as 2024 gets underway – it’s clear that the next year may be even more dramatic than the one before.
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