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Episode: 3931 - Saturday 25th December 2004
Viv makes Christmas at the Dingles’ a day to remember!

ITV1 Network 6:30 PM to 7:00 PM

Review :-

With no family at home, Viv looks set for a lonely Christmas but when Lisa comes on the hunt for a pudding things look up.

A two-faced Sadie puts her plans on hold and sucks up to Tom.

One of the Dingles makes an unlikely Santa.

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It’s Christmas morning and Viv (Deena Payne) is desperate to convince everyone that she has been inundated with offers to spend the day.

As the reality of being alone hits home, Viv decides to invite herself to join the Dingles' celebrations and despite their initial discomfort they welcome her with open arms. Before long Viv drowns her sorrows and after one too many becomes the life and soul of the party as she treats everyone to her vocal talents.

Over at Home Farm, the Kings join forces with the Tates but Sadie (Patsy Kensit) seems to have forgotten that it is the season of goodwill and her manipulation of Charity (Emma Atkins) continues.

Charity

Charity and Zoe (Leah Bracknell) share an emotional moment when Zoe explains that she knows Charity played no part in Chris’s death. Sadie gets a glimpse of this and feels that she should mention to Tom (Ken Farrington) that Charity and Zoe have a history together. How will Tom react to the news that his fiancée had a fling with her ex-husband’s sister?

Meanwhile, Lesley (Sherrie Hewson) is full of Christmas cheer, unperturbed by the fact that Rodney (Patrick Mower) spends the day fending off her advances. When Pollard (Chris Chittell) turns up with Val (Charlie Hardwick) Rodney sits Lesley next to him hoping to divert her affections, but with Lesley’s sights set firmly on Rodney will he be able to resist for much longer?

ITV Update

The King clan converge on Home Farm for Christmas. Sadie is delighted as Callum Rennie appears leading a stallion and Jimmy wishes his wife a merry Christmas. Carl is next to arrive, driving a flash convertible. Carl gets out and wishes Charity a happy Christmas. Charity is delighted with Tom’s expensive gift. Sadie fumes silently at being upstaged and is unimpressed when Jimmy looks at the car and says ‘I bet your horse could beat that’.
After dinner Zoe and Charity enjoy a heart to heart and Zoe tells Charity that she knows that she had nothing to do with Chris’s death. Tom witnesses their chat and says to Sadie that it’s good to see the two of them building bridges. Refusing to call a truce in her war with Charity Sadie tells Tom that he’s with Charity now and he has nothing to worry about where Zoe’s concerned. Tom is puzzled and Sadie explains that Zoe and Charity were once an item. Tom looks perturbed as he takes the coffee through and finds Charity and Zoe hugging one another.
At Mill Cottage Paul presents Rodney with an album containing his life in photos. Paul tries to hide his disappoint as Rodney tells him that he has a present for him but doesn’t produce anything. Having spent Christmas morning fending off Lesley Rodney is very pleased to see Val. In desperation he tells her that he needs her to go out with him again. His face drops when Eric Pollard walks in and Val asks Rodney whether he’s met her stocking filler? Undaunted Rodney introduces Eric to Lesley as a big Cliff fan and a ladies man.
Donna reminds Viv that she is welcome to spend Christmas with the Dingles. Viv replies that she would rather be garrotted. Ashley and Ethan are surprised to find Viv in church on Christmas day. Realising that she’s after an invite Ashley asks Viv whether she’d like to spend the day with them. Viv turns them down claiming that they just want her to wait on them hand and foot all day. Viv heads to the pub and enjoys herself with a group of strangers at one end of the bar while Bob gets excessively festive at the other end of the bar.
Lisa is livid when she discovers that Shadrach has eaten the Christmas pudding. She heads off to the shop in search of a replacement pudding and Viv assumes that she’s come to invite her over. Marlon puts an end to Viv’s sniping by putting his arm around Donna and telling her mother that they’re happy so she’d better start enjoying herself. Viv enjoys herself a little too much and there is horror and hilarity among the Dingles as she entertains them with songs from Oliver. Viv’s singing is so bad the Dingle dogs start howling along with her racket.

Credits

CAST IN ORDER OF APPEARANC

Cain Dingle Jeff Hordley
Sadie King Patsy Kensit
Lisa Dingle Jane Cox
Zak Dingle Steve Halliwell
Chas Dingle Lucy Pargeter
Debbie Dingle Charley Webb
Shadrach Dingle Andy Devine
Sam Dingle James Hooton
Donna Windsor Verity Rushworth
Viv Hope Deena Payne
Bob Hope Tony Audenshaw
Louise Appleton Emily Symons
Terry Woods Billy Hartman
Charity Tate Emma Atkins
Tom King Ken Farrington
Matthew King Matt Healy
Zoe Tate Leah Bracknell
Jimmy King Nick Miles
Callum Rennie Andrew Whipp
Carl King Tom Lister
Rodney Blackstock Patrick Mower
Paul Lambert Mathew Bose
Lesley Meredith Sherrie Hewson
Andy Sugden Kelvin Fletcher
Darren Eden Luke Tittensor
Alice Wilson Ursula Holden Gill
Marlon Dingle Mark Charnock
Ethan Blake Liam O’Brien
Ashley Thomas John Middleton
Victoria Sugden Hannah Midgley
Diane Sugden Elizabeth Estensen
Jack Sugden Clive Hornby
Paddy Kirk Dominic Brunt
Emily Kirk Kate McGregor
Jarvis Skelton Richard Moore
Betty Eagleton Paula Tilbrook
Pearl Ladderbanks Meg Johnson
Edna Birch Shirley Stelfox
Val Lambert Charlie Hardwick
Eric Pollard Christopher Chittell

This episode of EMMERDALE is written by Karin Young produced by Kathleen Beedles and directed by Tim O’Mara. The executive producer is Keith Richardson and the series producer is Steve Frost. It is a Granada production for ITV1.

Special Thanks to Tracey Whitton at the ITV Picture Desk Leeds

Emmerdale.org would also like to thank Michele Fawcett & Jo Cox from Emmerdale for the Production Credits.

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