Episode 5406
Production code P694/5406
ITV transmission date 25th December 2002 (Wednesday)
Script editor Gareth Philips
Story editor Nick West
Story associates Mark Bickerton
Josie Burke
Nazrin Choudhury
Jane Hudson
Bryan Kirkwood
Writer Peter Whalley
Designer Julian Perkins
Director Tim Dowd
Executive Producer Carolyn Reynolds
Producer Kieran Roberts
Previous episode 23rd December 2002
Next episode 27th December 2002


Emily has terrible flu but insists that she's still cooking Christmas Dinner. Blanche hands out £10 notes as Christmas presents and leaves to go to Emily's for dinner. Tommy buys Angela a mobile phone for Christmas so that she can speak to her family who she hasn't been in contact with since they moved. This way they won't know where she's calling from. Audrey insists on calling at Gail's to give the children their presents. Gail refuses to let her in and she has to hand out the presents on the doorstep. Les finds out that Toyah's boyfriend is her lecturer from college. Les is disgusted. John Arnley asks Toyah to come to Bordeaux with him for a week's holiday. She accepts. Emily bumps into Audrey and Archie who have nowhere to go for dinner and kindly invites them to her house. Blanche takes offence and goes back to the Barlows'. Hayley calls on the Nelsons and tells them how upset and worried she is about Roy being stuck in Paxos. Angela comforts her. Vera is upset when Terry doesn't show up for Christmas as he promised. Emily, Norris, Rita, Audrey and Archie have Christmas dinner together. Audrey tells them of her suspicions regarding Richard and how he tried to kill her. Emily tells her she shouldn't make wild accusations. The Barlows are in the middle of dinner when Tracy arrives out of the blue. She says she's left Robert for good as she found him in bed with her best mate and that she's moving back home. Norris tries to set light to the Christmas Pudding in the dark. He slips, falls and bangs his head and has to be taken to hospital in an ambulance. Richard, on finding out that Emily is currently on her own, calls round feigning concern as she has flu. He sits with her until she falls asleep and is about to smother her with a cushion when Rita calls round. Richard walks back toward home; when Gail comes out he tells her that he doesn't think Emily is "long for this world."


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