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Janine's wedding, Corrie Xmas and an E'dale exit

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EastEnders superbitch Janine Butcher (Charlie Brooks) returns to our screens next week in typical Janine style. If you've not read her return plot, then in a nutshell, Janine - or should I say her nom de plume Judith Berstein - is marrying an old Jewish man called David. Janine's actually spent years converting to Judaism and all's going to plan - until Ricky (Sid Owen), Billy (Perry Fenwick) and Pat (Pam St Clement) spot her in a Jewish newspaper.

Ricky and Billy are determined to be there for the nuptials, but Pat's not so sure. Without invites, both Billy and Ricky turn up at the synagogue - and it's not long before Pat turns up to throw a whole selection of spanners in Janine's long-term con. After all, Janine's typically only in it for the money.

As you can see from my picture below, Janine loses it when Pat arrives and dishes out a tongue-lashing. And it's Pat's revelation about Janine which causes her husband David to have a heart attack. But one question remains following his death - did Janine do enough to secure a prominent place in his will?

> Read EastEnders' Christmas spoilers
> Click here to read my recent interview with Charlie Brooks


These scenes air on Thursday, December 18 at 7.30pm on BBC One.

Meanwhile, over in Weatherfield, Christmas Day on Coronation Street quickly spirals out of control at the Platts' when the Windass clan descend slightly earlier than expected - just as the Platts are about to sit down for Christmas dinner. Despite Gail's (Helen Worth) invitation to the Platt party in the evening, the Windasses turn out in force with fine party cuisine, forcing Gail to extend her invite to cover turkey and stuffing as opposed to a few drinks and a dance.

When the Websters arrive, though, the day goes from bad to worse. David's (Jack P Shepherd) fuming when Gary (Mikey North) drops in on the party, while Kevin's (Michael Le Vell) at the end of his tether when Tina (Michelle Keegan) and Rosie (Helen Flanagan) wind up in a cat fight. Furious about the commotion, Joe (Reece Dinsdale) walks out...

> Read Coronation Street's Christmas spoilers

As a brief aside, did anybody see Kym Marsh on The X Factor last night? 'Oh dear' is all I'm saying.






These scenes air on Thursday, December 25 at 7pm on ITV1.

It's about as happy a Christmas in Emmerdale as it is in Corrie this year. Jo's (Roxanne Pallett) determined to make a clean break and leave the village for good. She's already sold off the cows and the tractor, but is caught off-guard when Mick (Tony Haygarth) begins to question her actions. Worried that he might rumble her true intentions, she locks him in a barn, before revealing her plans to him. Pleading for her to think about what she's doing, Mick implores her to leave Sarah (Sophia Amber Moore) behind. A torn Jo, however, bundles her into the Land Rover, before driving off. Will Jo really whisk Sarah away with her?

Speaking of the plot, Pallett said: "Jo realises that she will never escape Andy's scheming and pressuring. For as long as she's living in that farm with his child, she will never truly shake him off."

> Read Emmerdale's Christmas spoilers






These scenes air on Monday, December 22 at 7pm on ITV1.

And finally to Hollyoaks, where Warren's (Jamie Lomas) still trying to come to terms with Louise's (Roxanne McKee) departure from his life. More of my thoughts on that later in the week, though...

I couldn't let a Sunday picture roundup go without an 'Oaks preview, so after watching Warren's first proper scenes with his foster brother Spencer - played by the superb Darren Langford - I had to mention them.

Much like Newt's (Nico Mirallegro) alter-ego Eli (Marc Silcock), Spencer is a fascinating character - a character whom you can't take your eyes off when he's on screen. Langford has the part down to a tee and they certainly have the chemistry between them just right. Warren's I-can't-really-handle-looking-after-you-but-I-love-you attitude juxtaposed with Spencer's please-look-after-me-because-I-have-no-one-else plea is certainly touching.

This one's really a watcher, in my opinion. Hopefully they'll delve deeper into this pairing.

> Read Hollyoaks' Christmas spoilers






These scenes air on Monday, December 29 at 6.30pm on Channel 4.

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