We’ll start today’s soapy news round up with Emmerdale, where Mark Charnock has been telling All About Soap that his character, Marlon Dingle, faces a tough Christmas as he has to face seeing Laurel (Charlotte Bellamy) renew her vows to Ashley (John Middleton).
As fans will know, Marlon and Laurel have been trying their best to deny their feelings towards each other and to keep their distance, because neither want to break up Laurel’s family.
However, Ashley now knows that his wife is in love with Marlon, so when the time for him and Laurel to renew their vows arrives, he goes missing while he tries to wrestle with the decision of whether to let his wife go or keep her in the marriage.
Of the yuletide storyline, Mark said of Marlon, “He’s in bits. He goes to call Laurel, but he knows he mustn’t.
“He just spends the day on his Xbox. Of course, Paddy and Rhona have worked it out and they confront him – and that’s when Marlon breaks down and confesses all his feelings.
“Rhona goes to the ceremony but comes back and says Ashley is late, and there’s a moment when Marlon thinks it’s his last chance – he’s got to take it.
“So he’s got to decide whether to rescue Laurel from a situation she doesn’t want to be in, and rescue himself from potentially a lifetime of regret.”
And when asked if Marlon could live with himself if he destroyed Ashley and Laurel’s marriage, Mark said, “I think he could, actually. It would be difficult, but he loves Laurel so much that he would find a way to deal with it.
“But we’ll just have to wait and see what happens!”
We’ll find out if Ashley and Laurel re-tie the knot on Thursday, December 22 at 7pm and 8pm on ITV1.
Over to Corrie now, where Kate Ford, who of course plays scheming Tracy Barlow, has been telling Soaplife how Tracy will go to any lengths to get Becky (Katherine Kelly) out of her and Steve McDonald’s (Simon Gregson) lives…
Even lying to Steve and everyone else, saying that Becky caused her to miscarry her unborn twins, when in fact, Tracy had already lost the babies before her row with Becky.
Kate said, “Just when Tracy thought Becky was out of their lives she buys into Streetcars. She’s convinced Becky’s done it to get closer to Steve and she’s furious.
“She still thinks that Steve’s got some feelings for Becky. She’s on at Steve to do whatever it takes to get rid of her.”
So when Steve takes Becky out to dinner to discuss their new business arrangement, Tracy goes nuclear…
And it’s then that she gets sharp pains in her stomach and quickly realizes something is very wrong.
Her mum Deirdre (Anne Kirkbride) rushes her to the hospital, and the pair are devastated when they learn that Tracy has lost the babies.
Of that, Kate said, “Tracy’s in pieces. She’s devastated she may be losing her babies and at that point she just needs her mum.
“She’s also still convinced that Steve’s with Becky.
”She thinks that now she’s lost the babies he’ll leave her and then she’ll have lost everything she ever wanted.”
Which is why she lies to Steve later on and tries to convince him that a fall down the stairs during a row with Becky is what causes her to lose the babies.
But her lies are going to come to light on Christmas Day, prompting Steve to realize the big mistake he was about to make with Tracy!
Finally, it’s over to Hollyoaks, where Emmett Scanlan has told All About Soap how excited he is for the forthcoming final showdown between his character Brendan and Jamie Lomas’s character, Warren Fox.
As fans will know, Warren will leave the village soon, but his exit storyline sees him threatening to murder sometimes girlfriend Mitzeee (Rachel Shenton) so Brendan has to race to save her.
Emmett said, “Brendan has no idea where she’s gone, but knows Warren’s responsible.
“ In the end, he works out they’re at Louise’s grave in the woods and it’s a race against time to get there before Warren kills again.
“[Brendan] doesn’t want her to die, but he’s more worried about his proof that Warren killed Louise going with her to the grave.
“Without Mitzeee, he’d have to start over again. If he can save her between framing Warren that’s great, but if she dies, she dies!”
Yikes! We’ll find out if she does on Friday, December 23 at 6.30pm on Channel 4.
More soaps news soon!