Coronation Street: Sunday 30 December - Friday 4 January

Coronation Street

Sunday 30 December 2007 8:00pm – 8:30pm on ITV1.

It’s the morning of Sarah (Tina O’Brien) and Jason’s (Ryan Thomas) departure for Italy and while Eileen (Sue Cleaver) and Gail (Helen Worth) fuss around them making sure they’re ready, David (Jack P Shepherd) is still fuming and refuses to stick around to see them off. As they arrive at the station, Sarah’s gloating at her triumph over David and stuns Jason when she admits that she planted the drugs on him and she’s proud of it.

Jason’s horrified as he realises the move wasn’t about a new start for them, but about getting one up on David. Shocked at how devious she’s been, he tells her she’s not the girl he fell in love with, and she’s just as bad as David. Jason’s adamant that they need to talk about this and they can’t go to Italy, but Sarah’s resolute: if they go back David’ s won. As she pleads with Jason to get on the train she’s furious when he refuses to budge from the platform. Gutted, Jason arrives back on the street and reveals to a shocked Gail that David was telling the truth all along. Will Sarah get on the plane? How will Gail react to Sarah’s betrayal?

It’s the day before the wedding and Jim (Charles Lawson) is helping Liz (Beverley Callard) dress the Rovers ready for the reception. He wheedles his way into her emotions when he draws back memories of happy times they spent together and later, when he playfully smacks her bottom, it’s clear there’s still chemistry between them. Liz has been thrown into emotional turmoil by Jim, who knows he’s awoken forbidden feelings in his ex-wife. Will Jim see this as a green light to stop the wedding?

Meanwhile, Rosie (Helen Flanagan) is still being shunned by her family and she sees Fiz (Jennie McAlpine) on the street and decides to apologise for any upset she’s caused. However, when Fiz tears into her for ruining her life, Kevin (Michale Le Vell) intervenes. As he leads Rosie away she thanks him for rescuing her but he asserts that he did it for Fiz’s sake not hers. Will the Websters ever forgive Rosie?

Elsewhere, after a lonely Christmas Day, Jerry (Michael Starke) is delighted when Kayleigh (Jessica Barden) and Finlay (Ramone Quinn) return from their mum’s and he sets about creating another day of festivities for all the family.

Monday 31 December 2007 7:30pm – 8:00pm on ITV1.

It’s the day of the wedding and as Liz (Beverley Callard) struggles with her nerves, she finally breaks down and reveals to Deirdre (Anne Kirkbride) that seeing Jim (Charles Lawson) again has made wonder whether she’s maing the biggest mistake of her life. She’s realised she needs intense passion and danger in a relationship and she’ll never get that from Vernon (Ian Reddington), although she does care for him and knows she’ll always be able to rely on him – she doesn’t know if he’s right for her.

Torn over whether to go ahead with the sham marriage or to devastate Vernon by jilting him, Liz finally decides she can’t go through with the wedding and asks Deirdre to tell the guests, while she tells Vernon. As Liz enters the Rovers back-yard she’s shocked to find Jim, who reveals that he still loves her and knows she feels the same. Liz asserts that she hasn’t loved him for years, but at the same time she can’t tell him that she does love Vernon.

Meanwhile, Vernon can’t wait to get the show on the road and, realising he’s forgotten Liz’s wedding day gift, returns to the pub and enters the backyard to find Jim shouting to Liz about how Vernon doesn’t deserve her. Vernon launches himself at Jim, who instantly flattens him with one punch. Steve (Simon Gregson) jumps in to split them up while Liz runs to Vernon’s side shouting that she never wants to see Jim again. Vernon is adamant that they go ahead with the wedding and Liz feels she has no choice but to marry him. Will Deirdre have told the guests the wedding is off? Will Liz regret her decision?

Sarah’s betrayal is still on David’s (Jack P Shepherd) mind and on Gail’s (Helen Worth) too, who feels guilty that she didn’t trust him. Will David forgive Gail or will his bitterness cause him to revert to his old ways?

Kevin (Michael Le Vell) has his sentencing hearing next week. Sally (Sally Whittaker) is terrified he may go to prison and can’t hide her anger at Rosie (Helen Flanagan). Rosie’s hurt when Sally and Kevin tell her she shouldn’t attend the wedding as Fiz (Jennie McAlpine) will be there. Later Sally’s shocked when Rosie suggests she go back to private school. As they head out, still furious with her, Rosie realises that none of this is going to go away. How will she feel if her dad gets sent down?

Monday 31 December 2007 8:30pm – 9:00pm on ITV1.

As Liz (Beverley Callard) arrives at the registry office she’s getting nervous that Steve (Simon Gregson) hasn’t managed to get hold of Deidre (Anne Kirkbride) to tell her not to send the guests home. He finally manages to find her and they start to herd everyone back in but the guests are shocked as a bloodied Vernon (Ian Reddington) hobbles down the aisle supported by a dishevelled and bewildered Liz. As they arrive at the pub which is tastelessly decked out for the wedding reception, Vernon is elated and completely oblivious to the fact that Liz was about to call off the wedding.

Liz reveals to Deidre that she just couldn’t bring herself to dump Vernon when he took such a beating for her and she’s realised she doesn’t need danger and excitement, she’s too old for all that: she’s a grandmother and she needs love and respect and Vernon will give her that, but Deirdre’s not convinced. Vernon breaks down during his groom’s speech and Liz takes over telling her guests that Vernon is the kindest man in the world and she’s proud to be the new Mrs Vernon Tomlin. Is she trying to convince herself?

Carla (Alison King) has returned from her trip to Paris and is boasting about the possibilty of going to the Maldives with Tony. Liam (Rob James-Collier) and Maria (Samia Smith) can’t bear to listen to her any longer, and sneak out to the back yard of the pub for the countdown. As they watch the fireworks together they agree to take a mini-break of their own. They seem very loved up, but will the new year bring happy times for Liam and Maria?

Elsewhere, Fiz (Jennie McAlpine) gets totally sloshed and ends up snogging Dev (Jimmi Harkishin) as the clock strikes twelve and Becky (Katherine Kelly) ignores Kirk’s (Andrew Whyment) attempt to kiss her and plants a big smacker on Jason (Ryan Thomas). Will the new year see a new romance for the heart-broken builder?

Wednesday 2 January 2008 7:30pm – 8:00pm on ITV1.

While Liz (Beverley Callard) and Vernon (Ian Reddington) excitedly prepare for their honeymoon in Nashville, Steve (Simon Gregson) confronts a remorseful Jim (Charles Lawson) about yesterday’s shenanigans. Despite Jim’s apologies Steve has decided he’s put his neck on the line for his dad for the last time and tells him it’s time to move on. Jim knows after assaulting Vernon he’s only one step from prison and accepts Steve’s order and after saying goodbye to Amy (Amber Chadwick), he leaves, banished for good.

Lloyd (Craig Charles) arrives to take the newlyweds to the airport and reveals he’s gutted that he missed the wedding after being told it was called off. Vernon laughs but Liz’s silence tells him it’s true and he walks back inside claiming there’s no point in going on a honeymoon as his marriage is a sham. Liz is convinced she’s blown it. Will she be able to convince Vernon she is happy she married him and that they should go on honeymoon as planned?

Liam (Rob James-Collier) and Maria (Samia Smith) are blissfully in love and busy looking for hotels to stay at in the Lake District for their mini-break with Ozzy. When they finally choose a country retreat Liam spontaneously decides to whisk his fiancée away that night. Carla (Alison King) is clearly jealous when she discovers they’re taking a trip, but as they leave Manchester set for a romantic weekend he seems genuinely contented with his family unit and promises not to mention a word about Carla for the rest of the holiday. Will he keep his promise?

Meanwhile, Fiz (Jennie McAlpine) is touched when Chesney (Sam Aston) comforts her with his reassurances that he’ll always be there for her. Will Fiz get over her heartbreak?

Elsewhere, Tyrone (Alan Halsall) and Kirk (Andrew Whyment) try and cheer up Jason (Ryan Thomas) who is lost without Sarah .

Friday 4 January 2008 7:30pm – 8:00pm on ITV1.

Liam (Rob James- Collier) and Maria (Samia Smith) have taken Ozzy for a walk and are blisfully happy as they walk through the hills. However, as they stray from the track towards the rocks to find a secluded spot Ozzy manages to free himself and runs off into the hills. As it gets colder and darker there’s still no sign of Ozzy, they have no signal, no torch and no map and they’re about to give up untill they hear a bark in the distance. They follow the sound and find Ozzy on a ledge in the middle of a deep gorge. Liam carefully steps down the slope to try and reach Ozzy but looses his footing and slides towards the drop. Maria dives forward to catch his hand but he’s unable to scramble up, and as their eyes meet their fingers slip apart and Liam falls. Will Liam survive this deadly plunge?

Fiz (Jennie McAlpine) is furious when she sees John’s (Graeme Hawley) car in the street and tries to ignore him insisting she has nothing to say to him. When he calls at her flat telling her that he loves her and wants to try and put things right with her, she agrees to let him up. John’s desperate to win her back and takes all her jibes as he explains that she’s the one he wants to be with and was just flattered by Rosie’s interest in him. As John urges Fiz to try and remember what they had together, she wells up and tentatively agrees to go to the café with him. Will Fiz succumb and get back together with John?

Michelle (Kym Ryder) is getting increasingly worried about the DNA tests and is still keeping the truth about the stalker a secret from Ryan (Ben Thompson). As Ryan starts to ask uncomfortable questions, Steve (Simon Gregson) urges her to tell him the truth but Michelle refuses. She knows she needs to tell him something before they slip up, but doesn’t have a clue what to tell him. Will Ryan find out from someone else if Michelle doesn’t confess soon?

Elsewhere, Becky (Katherine Kelly) tries to cheer up Jason (Ryan Thomas) telling him he won’t have a problem getting another girl, but Jason’s still gutted about Sarah and angrily tells her to leave him alone, as he’s not interested in her.

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