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FROM wed­dings, deaths, births and a fair few punch-ups, an aw­ful lot has been hap­pen­ing in the soaps – but how much can the cast mem­bers re­mem­ber?

Stephen Mul­h­ern hosts this epic quiz as teams from Cor­rie and Em­merdale go head to head to see who knows their soap best. And you’ll mostly be amazed at how lit­tle they know.

Cor­rie’s cap­tain Jack P Shep­herd, aka David Platt, is not con­fi­dent. “I’m not feel­ing great to be hon­est. I think we got mauled last year.”

“There’s al­ways that steely, mu­tual loathing,” notes Em­merdale’s leader Mark Charnock, aka Mar­lon Din­gle.

Help­ing out Jack are Alan Hal­sall (Ty­rone), Alexan­dra Mardell (Emma) and Sue Ni­cholls (Au­drey). On team Em­merdale are Lisa Riley (Mandy), Nick Miles (Jimmy) and Is­abel Hod­gins (Vic­to­ria).

They tackle rounds in­clud­ing a quick fire on 2019 and fill­ing in the blanks in quotes.

For soap fans, this an­nual bat­tle is plenty of fun.


BBC2, 10PM

FROM the mo­ment MasterChef’s Gregg Wal­lace asks Love Is­land’s Maura Hig­gins not to kiss him and get make-up on his glasses, this be­comes must-watch telly.

This rel­a­tively new for­mat sees five celebs round a din­ing ta­ble play­ing some party games. Be­fore it all starts they have to put their credit card in the cen­tre of the ta­ble – they can re­move it if they win a round.

Loser pays the bill – and it looks likely to be a big one.

The un­likely din­ner guests this time, along­side Gregg and Maura, are Joel Dom­mett, Les Den­nis and Shirley Bal­las. Not five peo­ple you’d ex­pect to so­cialise to­gether.

Shirley man­ages to in­sult ev­ery­one in the first five min­utes.

There are some amus­ing Christ­mas­themed games, in­clud­ing a sing­ing game and a mem­ory test and some re­veal­ing chat.

There are also Se­cret Santa gifts and ev­ery­thing is topped off with pa­per hats, lots of wine and pal­pa­ble ten­sion.

Merry Christ­mas.

How much do you know about your favourite soap? How much do the stars know?

Guess who’s pay­ing for din­ner?

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