Christmas soap spoilers - everything we know about the festive season in soapland so far

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 21: The famous Rovers Return is decorated for Christmas as the set of television soap Coronation St is covered in fake snow for the festive season for ‘Christmas on the Cobbles’ on November 21, 2014 in Manchester, England. Christmas on the street has been celebrated for 53 years since the first ever episode was screened. Visitors to the former Granada TV studios can now sample the festive atmosphere during their tour as the sets are decorated as they would be in the soap opera. The former studios at Granada Television have been turned into a visitor attraction since production of Coronation St moved to modern facilities in Salford. The attractions Christmas theme will be open between November 22nd and January 11th 2015. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

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What Christmas treats do the soap bosses have in store for viewers this year? Here are the latest Christmas soap spoilers for 2020...

Every soap fans knows that Christmas is the most exciting time of the year in soapland.

But, while viewers are treated to action-packed episodes, for soap characters the festive season is far from the most wonderful time of the year.

Often there are families being torn apart, favourite characters left fighting for their lives, and forbidden romances blossoming under the mistletoe.

But Christmas in EastEnders, Coronation Street and Emmerdale might look a little different this year - it is 2020 after all.

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Christmas in soapland might look a little more socially distanced than normal this year... (Picture: ITV) (Image credit: AMY BRAMMALL)

With social distancing measures stopping any physical contact between actors, it is unlikely we will be getting passion or punching in our Christmas Day episodes.

However, soap bosses have revealed that filming restrictions won't stop Christmas being bigger and better than ever this year.

Here is everything we know about Christmas in soapland so far...


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Christmas in Walford will see a familiar face returning (Picture: BBC) (Image credit: BBC/Jack Barnes)

EastEnders senior executive producer, Kate Oates, has revealed that Christmas in Walford has been mapped out for the next two years!

"We’re in the second draft of scripts stage for this Christmas, which is exciting. Jon (Sen, EastEnders executive producer) is so organised with story lining that we also know what we’re doing for Christmas 2021 as well, which is amazing.

"When you have got long-term sorry arcs like that, that's when you know you’re in a good place when you’re making a soap because you can see what the hot points are going to be."

While Kate remained tightlipped about exact storylines we will be watching, she hinted there was a familiar face returning to Walford...

"We have got an exciting return planned and it is going to be part of a huge other story, which we will be playing out at Christmas."

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Coronation Street 

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The Coronation Street team have got a back up plan in case there is another national lockdown (Picture: ITV)

With soap production teams filming so far in advance, Christmas is only around the corner in soapland.

But Coronation Street producer Iain MacLeod has revealed that he has got a backup plan in place just in case filming was forced to shut down again...

"We have planned a stand alone bubble episode for Christmas in case there is another lockdown, but I'm hoping we won't have to use that.

"I don't want to jinx things as we know everything can change so quickly, but at the moment we are on course to hit the 60th anniversary episodes and also Christmas.

"All being well we should have a normal Christmas episode that follows the usual storyline arcs.

"Soaps are good at changing tact and doing something new, and if it got to the point where we thought we couldn't make Christmas work then we could change our plan and film the bubble episode right at the 11th hour."


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Jane Hudson has revealed fans can expect big things in Emmerdale this Christmas (Picture: ITV)

Jane Hudson, Emmerdale's executive producer has teased big things for Christmas in the village...

"When Christmas Day is over and done with and you’ve opened all your presents, there’s a massive present waiting for you when Emmerdale comes on.

"There’s such a surprise box ready to be opened, I think all the viewers will be watching the screen with their hands over their face going, 'No, I did not see that coming!'.

"I can’t wait for the Christmas Day episode!"

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Claire Crick
Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch

Claire is Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch and has been a journalist for over 15 years, writing about everything from soaps and TV to beauty, entertainment, and even the Royal Family. After starting her career at a soap magazine, she ended up staying for 13 years, and over that time she’s pulled pints in the Rovers Return, sung karaoke in the Emmerdale village hall, taken a stroll around Albert Square, and visited Summer Bay Surf Club in sunny Australia. 

After learning some tricks of the trade at websites Digital Spy, Entertainment Daily, and Woman & Home, Claire landed a role at What’s On TV and writing about all things TV and film, with a particular love for Aussie soaps, Strictly Come Dancing and Bake Off

She’s interviewed everyone from June Brown — AKA Dot Cotton — to Michelle Keegan, swapped cooking tips with baking legend Mary Berry backstage at the NTAs, and danced the night away with soap stars at countless awards bashes. There’s not a lot she doesn’t know about soaps and TV and can be very handy when a soapy question comes up in a pub quiz! 

As well as all things soap-related, Claire also loves running, spa breaks, days out with her kids, and getting lost in a good book.