Episode 5653
Episode 5653
Production code P694/5653
ITV transmission date 24th December 2003 (Wednesday)
Script editor Gareth Philips
Simon Stallworthy
Story associates Mark Bickerton
Bryan Kirkwood
Jane Pearson
Lyn Papadopoulos
Lesley Westhead
Cathianne Hall
Writer John Stevenson
Designer Julian Perkins
Director Charles Lauder
Executive Producer Carolyn Reynolds
Producer Kieran Roberts
Previous episode 22nd December 2003
Next episode 25th December 2003


Tommy tells Craig that he's lied to Martin, telling him that he was responsible for the car crash. Tommy is prepared to go to prison in order to protect his son. Martin tells Katy about Tommy's confession. Katy insists that Martin phones the police. Tommy explains to Angela that it was Craig who tampered with Martin's brakes. Betty leaves to go and spend Christmas with Gordon and Caroline. Roy and Hayley are disappointed to learn that No.7 has already been sold. Angela and Tommy blame themselves for Craig's actions. They realise that all the rowing and their splitting up led to Craig's desperate measures. Brenda takes Bethany to nativity play dressed as an angel. She talks to Bethany about how one day she will meet her daddy in heaven. Deirdre realises that she hasn't enough food in for Christmas and has to borrow £50 off Tracy to get some more. Craig can't handle the guilt anymore. He calls into see Martin and confesses everything explaining that Tommy was lying to cover for him.


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Notable dialogueEdit

Karen McDonald: "You know what someone told me at work today? That in some countries, people give prezzies on Christmas Eve."
Steve McDonald: "'Sweetheart, in some countries, they think fried poodle is a nice dish."

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