This week's update is written by the talented Karen Jankel who's filling in for Flaming Nora.
Christmas is nearly upon us, so I'm very grateful to Glenda for leaving me with a large plate of mince pies to keep me going through the festive season. Having looked outside the window at the snow, I could well be stuck inside for the next two weeks.
While most normal people are wrapping presents and doing the last minute bits of food shopping, the residents on Coronation Street are still trying to work out who they're supposed to be speaking to this week, let alone who they'll be sharing their Christmas dinner with. Fortunately, Ashley still seems to be taking last minute orders for turkeys so there's time for them all to change their plans several more times before the big day.
Over at the Barlows', Deirdre is still desperately trying to build bridges between Ken and Peter so that she can have her wish of a family Christmas with Simon. With a family like hers I think I'd rather have beans on toast on my own in front of the telly but it takes all sorts. Deirdre's persistence finally pays off because, after a couple more confrontations, a truce of sorts is called. Peter agrees that they'll spend Christmas day with Ken and Deirdre, provided George and Eve can come too. They conveniently forget to mention Janice will tagging along until after Ken has acquiesced. It's very sad that Maggie Jones who played Blanche is no longer with us because one can only imagine the fun we would have had if she had been added into the mix.
One person who is definitely short of Christmas spirit (unless you count the bottle of brandy hidden in the filing cabinet) is Carla. Following her interrogation by the police, Michelle forces her to admit that she knew far more than she let on about Liam's death. Her confession is overheard by everyone in the factory and soon she has the threat of being sent to Coventry to add to her tale of woes. Interestingly it's Roy who convinces Hayley that maybe Carla is right when she says she had no choice and she, in turn, talks the rest of the factory round. Not that they need much persuading once they realise their jobs might be under threat if they don't start talking to Carla again. The only person left seething with fury at Carla's behaviour is Michelle. In fact she's busy having a good seethe on the sofa when Ben walks into the flat and decides she needs some comforting. The emotion, combined with teenage hormones, are all too overwhelming for Ben and before he realises what he's doing he's going in for a full kiss on the lips. Michelle leaps up like a scalded cat, Ben stuffs his worldly belongings into his knapsack and Ryan soon learns to his horror why his best mate can't stay with them any longer.
Kissing is also on the agenda for Kevin and Sally. She's booked a surprise weekend to Paris and he's not best pleased but decides he has no choice other than to go along with it and conveniently avoid telling Molly. She, of course, spots them climbing into the back of a Streetcars' cab with their cases, leaving poor Tyrone to bear the brunt of her frustration while she spends the weekend wondering where they've disappeared to.
Kevin and Sally arrive back in time for their youngest daughter's baptism. Sadly for Sophie, this happens on the same day that she learns from Ryan what her boyfriend has been up to with his mother. Ben was due to be her baptism partner so it's left to friend Sian to step in and hold the towel. The other guest who can't make it at the last moment is Rosie who has landed herself a job as a promotions girl for cherry vodka. At least it saves Sophie the embarrassment of her big sister turning up at the church in her work uniform. As if the skimpiness of the outfit isn't enough, the words "Pop My Cherry" emblazoned across the back certainly ensure that nothing is left to the imagination.
At the celebration afterwards you could cut the atmosphere between Kevin and Molly with a knife when Sally inadvertently shows everyone the photos of their romantic weekend away. However, it seems that the only person present who has noticed that Molly's eyes are even more manic than usual is Aunty Pam who has clearly put two and two together and worked out that, despite Molly's reassurances to the contrary, the affair is definitely not over.
Celebrations of another sort are taking place at the Weatherfield Council Christmas party. Audrey is not looking forward to an evening with Norris as her partner but things start looking up for her with the arrival of an old acquaintance Claudia, played by Rula Lenska who is on the arm of a very charming Nigel Havers in the role of Lewis. Claudia confesses to Audrey that Lewis is in fact a male escort and we sense that this may not be the last we see of him when Claudia gives Audrey his business card which she slips into her handbag.
Audrey, though, needs a bit of cheering up as she's just learned that Gail and Joe have managed to get a cancellation booking and their wedding's been moved forward to 8th January. She decides to summon help in the form of grandson Nick who she secretly arranges to fly over to Weatherfield for a visit. Tina is also not best pleased at the forthcoming nuptials but her concern has more to do with the fact that Jason seems to be taking too much interest in whether Sarah will be coming over for the wedding. When Jason lets slip that he and Sarah are still married they have an almighty row, he storms off into town and Tina takes herself off to a bar where she gets picked up by a man. What she doesn't realise is that he's none other than Nick Tilsley who has just arrived from Canada. (To be fair, nobody could be expected to recognise him since he seems to have gone through a total body transplant since he was last on our screens). After a quick kiss, guilt takes a hold and Tina rushes off into the night, leaving Nick looking bewildered.
Finally, while all of these dramas are happening, drama of another sort is taking place in the form of preparations for the Panto which is due to take place on Christmas Eve and certainly promises to be entertaining our brief glimpses of the rehearsals are anything to go by.
In the meantime it only remains for me to wish you all a very Merry Christmas while I go off to pour myself a glass of sherry and put the sprouts on to boil.
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