Nish and Ravi in EastEnders, Cain, Calrb and Tracy in Emmerdale, Liam and George in Coronation Street, Melanie and Nell in Neighbours, Ste, James and Lucas in Hollyoaks
The soaps continue to be must-see TV next week, with big twists and shocking discoveries aplenty (Picture: BBC / ITV / Amazon Freevee / Lime Pictures)

With the culmination of some of the genre’s biggest stories and big twists aplenty along the way, next week is one that soap fans most certainly won’t want to miss.

With Christmas just around the corner, EastEnders ramps things up, with Suki Panesar receiving central focus next week as abusive husband Nish discovers the truth about her affair with Eve Unwin.

The villain is on the warpath and soon turns to son Ravi Gulati for assistance, but just how far will he got to get revenge?

Emmerdale, meanwhile, sees two affairs in danger of being exposed, with Tracy Metcalfe and Caleb Milligan continuing to play with fire while David Metcalfe discovers Victoria Barton and Jacob Gallagher’s secret romance.

Over in Neighbours, Nell makes it her mission to help Melanie Pearson following some shocking truths coming to light, while Lucas Hay’s behaviour in Hollyoaks raises some eyebrows.

As for Coronation Street? Joseph Brown is rushed to hospital and Liam Connor is terrified for his life as Mason continues to bully him.

For all this and more is bringing you look at next week’s soaps so let’s get stuck in.


1. Suki is panicked when she realises that Priya knows the truth about her escape plan, agreeing to pay her off for her silence. Nish, however, secretly watches the exchange and later intercept. with Priya forced to cover with a convincing lie.

2. Priya blackmails Suki after she only receives £200 from the Minute Mart till, reminding her that she’ll blab if she doesn’t get the full amount. After Vinny informs him about the missing cash, Nish checks the CCTV of the shop and is horrified to see footage of Suki and Eve kissing. Enraged, the villain spills all to Ravi, determined to find out the truth.

Ravi stops Nish in the street in EastEnders
Nish is on the warpath (Picture: BBC / Jack Barnes / Kieron McCarron)
Theo faces his plea hearing in EastEnders
Theo’s fate is confirmed (Picture: BBC / Jack Barnes / Kieron McCarron)

3. Stacey goes to see Theo ahead of his plea hearing, trying to manipulate him into pleading guilty by agreeing to restart their ‘relationship’ if he does so. Theo, however, reacts badly. Jean encourages her daughter to stay away from the hearing but Stacey attends, anxiously awaiting him to give evidence.

4. Jack consoles Stacey and, in shock scenes, Stacey reveals all about how she planted the wrench on Theo to protect Freddie. Jack, horrified, reveals his intention to spill the beans to the police, but Stacey pleads with him to keep shtum.

Karen and Keanu in EastEnders at the Vic
Is the game up for Keanu and Karen? (Picture: BBC / Jack Barnes / Kieron McCarron)

5. Karen is shocked when she finds out Mitch has organised a surprise party for her, but things spiral out of control when Malcolm arrives, with Albie taking a shine to him. After chatting to Sharon, Malcolm comes to realise the truth about Karen and Keanu’s kidnap plot and he is disgusted.

6. Mitch grows suspicious of Karen’s insistence on splashing the cash and, after walking in on her conversation with Keanu, he demands the truth as Karen tearfully reveals all. Mitch is disgusted to learn about Karen’s involvement in Albie’s kidnapping and insists they must give the money back.

Coronation Street

7. Ed is shocked when Sarge arrives early. Ronnie, meanwhile, suggests a big family meal out, insisting that he and Ed will pick up the bill. Having taken out a payday loan, Ed scans the racing pages and later watches the racing on his phone while Sarge makes digs. Dee-Dee quietly explains to Joel that Sarge thinks they lost their house because of a bad business decision, not Ed’s gambling. Having lost his bet Ed sweats. Ronnie pays for lunch, telling Ed he can give him half later.

8. Liam tries to pull a sickie, but Maria’s having none of it. In the school corridor, Mrs Crawshaw overhears Liam quizzing Dylan about the vapes. She orders Dylan to her office while Mason glares at Liam. George, meanwhile, offers Liam some advice.

Bernie, Chesney and Gemma speak to a doctor at the hospital in Corrie
Joseph is rushed to hospital – and the doctor has big news (Picture: ITV)

9. Joseph is unwell and, on Bernie’s advice, Gemma makes him a lavender tea in the hopes it will perk him up. Joseph, however, passes out, with Chesney calling the ambulance as he blames himself, wishing he’d listened to Gemma, who previously voiced her concerns. The doctor, meanwhile, reveals that Joseph has been poisoned.

10. With the Christmas lunch in full swing, Paul, Billy, Bernie, Gemma and the quads having a great time. The mood, however, swiftly changes when Chesney and Joseph return home from the hospital with a child protection officer, who wants to interview Gemma. With everyone out of the house, Caitlin questions a horrified Gemma and suggests that she may have poisoned Joseph on purpose.

Nina joins Miles, Isla and Asha for dinner at Speed Daal in Coronation Street
Nina goes out for dinner with Asha and her friends (Picture: ITV)

11. Nina assures Asha that she’s looking forward to lunch with Isla and her senior colleague Miles, as it’s time they got to know each other’s friends. Nina arrives at Speed Daal in time to hear Asha bigging up her to Miles and Isla and explaining that she’s a budding fashion designer.

12. Crystal calls at the bistro and invites Ryan to join her at a new bar in town later. Ryan’s delighted. Ryan takes a call offering him a job. He’s taken aback and quickly covers in front of Leanne.


13. With Chloe having absconded with his son, Mack is at his wits end, having spent the whole night searching for her. Desperate for answers, he confronts Amy and Matty, who are shocked by how low he is. Charity is quick to reassure an emotional Mack that they will get Reuben back and encourages him to stay on Amy’s good side.

Mack is devastated over Chloe absconding with Reuben in Emmerdale
Mack is heartbroken (Picture: ITV)
Jacob and Victoria kiss in Emmerdale as David watches on
David spots Jacob and Victoria together – and subsequently makes a big decision (Picture: ITV)

14. David’s birthday arrives but the attention is on Jacob, who is dodging questions about who his mystery girlfriend is, allowing everyone to believe that Gabby is the woman in question. David, however, gets the shock of his life when he sees Jacob and Victoria kissing through the window. Rocked by a number of shocks, David decides to leave the village he’s called home for over a decade.

15. With his efforts to mend bridges backfiring, Amit decides to leave the village. Suni encourages Laurel to hear him out, with Laurel subsequently approaching Nicky in a bid to find out why Amit attacked him. Nicky stays shtum but Suni is quick to think he’s spilled the beans and thus dumps him, though quickly comes to regret his decision.

Tracy and Caleb share a kiss outside the toilets in Emmerdale
Tracy and Caleb struggle to resist temptation (Picture: ITV)

16. Tracy struggles to resist temptation where Caleb is concerned and, at Cain’s party, the two share a passionate kiss in the toilet corridor at the Woolpack, with Cain nearly catching them in the act.

17. Gail pushes Ryan to be more open with his feelings.


18. Nadira and Camilla get passionate, with Sienna stunned to find the pair together. Sienna urges Nadira to come clean, with a subsequent showdown seeing her reveal the truth to Rafe. Rafe later pops the question to Sienna, who gleefully accepts. Ethan, meanwhile, tries to propose to Sienna, but he’s set to be left heartbroken once more.

19. Yazz and Tom are at loggerheads, with their marriage on the rocks. Yazz attends Leela’s Christmas party at The Loft, where things get steamy between she and Ethan, with a passionate kiss exchanged – just as Tom walks in!

Tom walks in on Ethan kissing Yazz in Hollyoaks
Yazz and Ethan get caught out! (Picture: Lime Pictures)
Lucas and Dillon in Hollyoaks
Lucas makes a claim about Dillon – but why? (Picture: Lime Pictures)

20. Lucas suddenly falls sick after a text from Dillon, who says he’ll see him at the football training. James, however, is intrigued by his behaviour and pushes him, with Lucas making a shock revelation involving bullying claims which Dillon denies. Lucas later admits that he lied, but the question is: why?

21. Peri and Romeo decide to give it another go but first Peri thinks they need to get Juliet’s blessing and together they ask for it by her graveside.


22. Melanie goes for a police interview without her lawyer present. Nell pleads with Toadie to intervene but he shows little concern, that is until Mel offers to attend one of Nell’s therapy sessions and thus he softens towards her and arranges for her case to be assigned one of the best legal aid lawyers in the city.

Melanie and Nell hug in Neighbours
Melanie and Nell have the reunion we’ve all been waiting for (Picture: Amazon Freevee)
Dex and JJ serve dinner as they play cupid for mums Cara and Remi in Neighbours
Dex and JJ play cupid – but will Cara and Remi be able to move forward? (Picture: Amazon Freevee)

23. Concerned about the atmosphere between Remi and Cara, JJ and Dex decide to play cupid, re-creating their mums’ first date in the sunroom. But will their plan pay off?

24. David receives an intriguing job offer, which leads him to make a big decision about both his own future and those of his loved ones. But will he be staying put in Erinsborough?

25. Byron struggles with Reece’s departure.

EastEnders airs Mondays to Thursdays at 7:30pm on BBCOne. Coronation Street airs Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 8pm on ITV. Emmerdale airs weeknights at 7:30pm on ITV. Hollyoaks airs weeknights at 7pm on E4, with first look episodes on All4. Neighbours drops new episodes Mondays to Thursdays from 7am on Amazon Freevee.

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