Cal’s mother of all Christmases!

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Cal thinks all his Christmases have come at once when Charlie reveals he’s pulled in a favour and found out where Cal’s birth mum is. Excited to get answers to his questions, Cal pays a visit to his real mum, Emilie Groom. But the junior medic’s left reeling when he discovers Emilie has a serious illness… and it could be hereditary!

The silver lining, however, is Cal discovers Ethan’s his real brother. But Cal is unable to tell Ethan they’re both adopted and there’s a 50/50 chance they have inherited Huntington’s disease.  Unable to face reality, Cal runs off and hits the bottle instead.

Elsewhere, Dixie faces disciplinary action for accusing Jess’s partner of physical abuse. Despite Iain begging her to limit the damage, the paramedic sticks to her guns and refuses to apologise. Instead she calls Jess and tells her she’s worried about her and daughter Olivia.

Iain accidentally sends a sexy text to Robyn instead of Rita. Soon Robyn twigs Rita and Iain are secretly seeing each other. But can gossipy Robyn keep it to herself?

Jacob cancels his festive plans to be with Connie!

Comedian Sean Hughes (opens in new tab) guest stars as a grumpy, drunk who hates the season-of-goodwill, for tragic reasons.

Elaine Reilly
Writer for TV Times, What’s On TV, TV & Satellite Week and What To Watch

With twenty years of experience as an entertainment journalist, Elaine writes for What’s on TV, TV Times, TV & Satellite Week and (opens in new tab) (opens in new tab) covering a variety of programs from gardening and wildlife to documentaries and drama.


As well as active involvement in the WTW family’s social media accounts, she has been known to get chatty on the red carpet and wander into the odd podcast. 

After a day of previewing TV, writing about TV and interviewing TV stars, Elaine likes nothing than to relax… by watching TV.