Coronation Street producer Stuart Blackburn has revealed that the Platt family is to be front and centre this Christmas thanks to a plotline that will rock David's (Jack P Shepherd) world.
Speaking about 2014's festive season, Blackburn commented: "It's going to be massive and life-changing for the Platts as there'll be a revelation that knocks David for six and will change everything for him. That's when we'll see the face from Kylie's past really make an impact."
Fans learned last week that actor Sean Ward has been cast as Kylie Platt's (Paula Lane) ex-boyfriend Callum ahead of his debut later this year. The character has been described as having "good-looking charm and a dark edge" and looks set to have a negative influence on Kylie.
As for the other residents of Weatherfield, Blackburn also revealed that some of the action will be focused around the Rovers Return and a beleaguered Steve McDonald (Simon Gregson). In an interview with Digital Spy, the show's boss said: "Steve will have a bit of a mission that day after making some terrible decisions. He'll show utter determination to give his family and friends the best Christmas Day ever, but with a personal and mental challenge to him."
Last year's festive episodes focused on the fact that Roy (David Neilson) was sharing his final Christmas with wife Hayley (Julie Hesmondhalgh) thanks to her diagnosis of terminal pancreatic cancer. And as expected, this December will prove to be an emotional time for the cafe owner:
"Roy won't have a good Christmas at all, but the episode is also going to be full of love and laughter as well. I loved last year's Christmas episode because even though what was happening to Hayley was so tragic, there was a huge sense of love and community that came out of it, so it'll be that sort of Christmas again this year," added Blackburn.