Ed holding a credit card while at home in Corrie
His emotions rise (Picture: ITV)

Ed Bailey (Trevor Michael Georges) recently got news of a Christmas visitor in Coronation Street, when Michael (Ryan Russell) told him that Grandad Sarge (Ram John Holder) would be joining them for the festivities.

Ed’s reaction was not a positive one and he told Michael he was dreading Sarge coming.

Could it have something to do with the fact that Ed is getting increasingly worried about money? He’s become so desperate that he’s started fraudulently using a credit card in the name of Norris Cole (Malcolm Hebden) – who used to live at Ed’s address.

The credit card fraud is Ed’s way of trying to hide that his gambling problem is back again, so he panics when Michael opens a letter from Norris’s bank telling him that the card has been frozen due to suspicious activity.

With his employee, Tony, waiting to be paid, Ed is in despair wondering how he’s going to manage.

Then Sarge arrives from Dominica for Christmas – several weeks early. Ronnie (Vinta Morgan)’s delighted to see his dad and suggests they should all go out for a big family meal to celebrate. Ed starts to panic, wondering how he’ll pay his share of the bill.

The Bailey family are at lunch in the Bistro in Corrie
The family gather for lunch (Picture: ITV)

He resorts to his old ways and places a bet on the horses, keeping an eye on the race on his phone even while he’s sitting with the rest of the family at the bistro.

Meanwhile Sarge keeps needling him about his ‘business brain.’ Dee-Dee (Channique Sterling-Brown) tells Joel (Calum Lill) that Sarge thinks they lost their house because of a bad business decision by Ed, rather than because of Ed’s gambling.

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Ed loses his bet and starts to really sweat. Ronnie pays for lunch, but tells Ed he can pay his half later.

He has no choice but to tell Tony he can’t pay him for the work he did on Paul (Peter Ash)’s flat and confesses he’s a gambling addict and he’s lost all his money. He begs Tony not to say anything to the rest of the family.

Sarge is making himself at home, and eventually admits that his own business is struggling and he needs to borrow £2,000. Ronnie assures him that it’s no problem, they can lend him the money – but Ed is really panicking now, knowing he’s sinking fast and has no way to give any money to Sarge.

Is his gambling secret about to be exposed?

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