Shona tries to contact Max but he ignores her calls. David voices his concerns over the tense atmosphere in the prison and is worried when Shona tells him about Max staying at Marion’s house and how Marion plans to apply for custody of her grandson. His day goes from bad to worse when he goes to the medical wing to get his medication and is horrified to spot a bloodied and bruised Josh waiting to get treatment. David makes brief eye contact with Josh before heading back to his cell, clearly shaken. Abe reveals that Josh is inside for drugging and raping someone, David admits that Josh did exactly the same to him. Back on the street Sarah’s horrified to discover Marion has been seeking legal advice from Adam.

Gemma is infuriated to find that a photo of her stuck in the turnstile has made the front page of the Gazette and that she is being harassed by journalists. She meets with a PR Agent in the Rovers who insist she could set up interviews and make Gemma a small fortune. Gemma is interested but suddenly starts to get stomach pains. At the hospital Gemma is told she needs gets lots of rest. Bernie insists they don’t need Rosa and offers to look after Gemma’s PR, to her delight. Chesney is less keen on the idea.

Bethany struggles with her short story for the writing course. Brian suggests she should pick a subject close to her heart. Bethany shows her short story to James. James promises to keep it a secret once he realises that the story is about her own experiences and her love for Daniel.

Much to Alya’s annoyance, a thrilled Geoff explains that Zeedan has agreed to sell his half of the business. Sinead admits to Beth that just the simplest of tasks has become an uphill struggle as she’s no energy. Yasmeen assures Alya that she wants Geoff to be part of the business. To anger her even more, Geoff suggests on scrapping her no alcohol policy. Aware Sinead won’t live to see Christmas, Kirk consults Beth, Craig, Adam and Tracy and they plan to celebrate Christmas early.

CAST

Jack P. Shepherd as David Platt
Ryan Clayton as Josh Tucker
Tina O’Brien as Sarah Platt
​Lucy Fallon as Bethany Platt
Nathan Graham as James Bailey
Julia Goulding as Shona Ramsay
Jane Hazlegrove as Bernie Winter
Dolly-Rose Campbell as Gemma Winter
Sam Aston as Chesney Brown
Andrew Whyment as Kirk Sutherland
​Lisa George as Beth Sutherland
Colson Smith as Craig Tinker
​Tanisha Gorey as Asha Alahan
Harry McDermott as Max Turner
Peter Gunn as Brian Packham
Ian Bartholomew as Geoff Metcalfe
Jimmi Harkishin as Dev Alahan
Sair Khan as Alya Nazir
Shelley King as Yasmeen Nazir
Kate Ford as Tracy McDonald
William Roache as Ken Barlow
Samuel Robertson as Adam Barlow
Katie McGlynn as Sinead Osbourne
Alexandra Mardell as Emma Brooker
Andrew Crawford as Civilian Teacher
Wendy Albiston as Jessica Hadaway
Helen Longworth as Rosa Vale
Paul Bell as Prison Officer
Victoria Latham Kelly as Prison Nurse
Kerry Peers as Marion Logan
Nick Judge as Tez Collier
Ashleigh Morley as Midwife
Liam Boyle as Abe Crowley

This hour-long episode airs at 7.30 on ITV