Soap Watch: No going back for Carter family

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eastenders (BBC ONE)

THE Carters knew they were in for an emotional Christmas, mainly because there was a good chance it was Stan’s last, but they weren’t prepared for the day being quite so dramatic.

This week, they are still trying to recover from the latest round of revelations, but now the family’s secrets have been exposed, it seems there’s little chance of them going back to the way things were.

And Dexter’s attempts to lighten the mood don’t go down well with Nancy, who really isn’t the mood for flippant comments about her clan’s problems.

CORONATION STREET (STV)

THE truth about Steve’s depression-fuelled debt is revealed when Andrea discovers Streetcars is £10k overdrawn.

Michael and Eileen haven’t been paid, and the fact Steve ducks out of Amy’s panto only adds to the locals’ anger. Liz decides to bail her son out with Rovers cash, but on New Year’s Eve Steve overhears Michelle telling Tony how he is her past and she’s looking to the future now.

Roy is questioned over assaulting Gary, and while Anna is shocked by her son’s injuries, she’s also amazed he’d turned to theft. The cafe owner feels awful after his sentencing, and far worse over Mary’s reaction to his actions.

EMMERDALE (STV)

2014 hasn’t been a good year for Belle, but it looks like she’s got a chance to make a fresh start when Katie gives her a job at the stables.

Unfortunately, the troubled teen is still struggling with her demons, and turns to Lachlan for more pills to help her cope. When Zak throws her stash out, she’s forced to make a return trip to Home Farm, where Lachlan has the place to himself because Robert has snuck off to see Aaron. Belle encourages her new friend to take one of the legal highs with her, but he has an adverse reaction and starts fitting.

As he’s rushed to hospital, Belle blames herself, although Chrissie wants to know why Robert wasn’t around - and Katie quickly comes up with a theory to explain his absence...

HOLLYOAKS (CHANNEL 4)

SANDY Roscoe is back in the village, over the moon at seeing her grandson for the first time. However, the smile soon fades from her face when she gets filled in on what’s really been going on with her brood for the last few weeks, and the fact that Freddie is being investigated for murder.

And the Roscoes are the centre of attention this week, with secrets and lies threatening to be outed. DS Thorpe is on to Freddie and Lindsey and plans to tear the family apart, but when the secret lovers find out about the cop’s plotting, Joe ends up in danger’s way.

Plus, Robbie breaks up with Phoebe, and Jason’s eating disorder takes a turn for the worse.

Thank goodness for Ziggy, who brings a bit of light relief to the Roscoes’ night out later in the week.