Coronation Street

All I Want for Christmas…is Another Sofa Storyline

Coronation Street Episode Review – Christmas Eve 2014

It’s Christmas Eve, and as Santa prepares to depart with his sleigh loaded with wishes and dreams, David and Tyrone battle it out to build the same doll’s house, and various Weatherfield residents steel themselves for a not so merry time.

As David secretly sabotages Tyrone’s efforts, Callum attempts to do the same to Kylie’s hopes for a happy Christmas. The present of a bauble depicting a happy family scene from David and the children is enough to make her confront him, and while Callum claims she’s number one on his Christmas list, she has no intentions of making his wishes come true, assuring him she loves David and demanding he leave her family in peace. Taking the drugs Callum offers, Kylie rips the bag apart and gives him the White Christmas he would never have wished for. Did anyone else hear the hilarious growl at the end? Was an image of Callum looking sinister not enough without the sound effects? I was half expecting him to turn into a werewolf.

The relentless, unfair and at times inexplicable treatment of Gary by his family continues, but he did himself no favours tonight. Owen is disgusted to hear he borrowed from Faye to buy a gift for Jake, and he continues to do no right as, much to the disdain of Izzy, he buys the same present as Anna for their son. Gary returns the gift, but instead of buying another, he drinks the money. Once this is discovered, he seals his fate as an interminable waste of space, and despite his shortcomings at times, you cannot but sympathise with him.

Steve’s offer of a 4 course meal, free bar and presents is not enough for Lloyd who is still smarting over their confrontation. But he soon has more serious things on his mind as he takes off for Spain following the news that Jenna’s holiday there has gone awry, and she has been arrested for fraud.

Roy agrees to host a Christmas soup kitchen in the café after Yasmeen approaches him for his assistance. Sophie is uncharacteristically unenthusiastic to volunteer, but at least Sally is consistently snobbish in her interaction with Yasmeen, using Maddy as a My Fair Lady figure for whose transformation she takes all the credit, and inviting the Nazir’s over for Boxing Day nibbles. Zeedan too is consistent in greeting every suggestion, remark or comment with a sneer. Sally is thrilled to see Kevin return her old couch. “Looking back, sofa wars did get a bit our of hand” he jokes about what was frankly the best comedy plotline of the year. All is not lost however, as Tim’s beleaguered sitcom role is continually promising .

It’s not a Christmas of cliffhangers for Corrie this year, but I’m looking forward to tomorrow evening’s hour-long episode nonetheless, and while it promises to be a tad grim, I hope there will be some characteristic Christmas sparkle.

I’d like to take this opportunity of saying a very Merry Christmas to our editor Glenda, my fellow bloggers, readers and commenters. May it be a happy, joyful and peaceful one for you all.

By Emma Hynes
www.emmahynes.wordpress.com
Twitter: @ELHynes

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