Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Phil's Last Noel?

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Phil's Last Noel?

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EASTENDERS (BBC1) SHARON has lived in Walford long enough to know that Christmas is rarely a time of joy and goodwill, but she's still determined to give Phil a festive season to remember for all the right reasons.

Her task isn't made any easier when a social worker calls, while Phil, who is fading fast as his liver shuts down, confides in Dot that he doesn't have the energy to sit down for a turkey dinner with the Mitchells, let alone to keep fighting for his life.

He puts a present under the tree for Sharon then heads out, telling everyone that he can't spend Christmas there. Can Sharon convince him that he really does have something left to celebrate? Elsewhere, Bex confides her relationship worries in Stacey, who repeats it all too Martin - who then attacks Shakil in the market.

The Carters are worried about Olly's assessment in the New Year, so Whitney decides to cheer up her in-laws by hosting Christmas dinner - but that's just leaves Lee more depressed, as he wonders how he'll pay for the turkey.

Ronnie grows more concerned about Roxy's behaviour, the Christmas play opens, and Linda tries to persuade Walford's very own Ebenezer Scrooge, Ian Beale, to provide the Square's tree.

CORONATION STREET ITV CROSSED wires are the crucial currency of soap plots, as are romantic complications, and Bethany manages to do both this week when she gets ready to throw herself at Gary.

The toe-curling event occurs when Sarah can't accompany her daughter, boyfriend and Faye to a gig in Leeds, so Gary goes it alone with the girls. Bethany decides to grab the opportunity to make her move, but it all looks set to end in tears when Faye finds out and Sarah arrives out of the blue.

Back in Weatherfield, the chemistry between Maria and Aidan reaches boiling point as he finally admits he's fallen in love with her. They begin a secret affair, but it probably won't stay hidden for long after Johnny spots them kissing in the rather unromantic setting of the factory. At least their clinch will be a nice memory for Maria to take with her as she heads to court...

Meanwhile, Billy gets a job at the rehab centre, Andy steals pills from the doctor and Nick suspects that Peter is planning to win back Leanne. …

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