The Sutherlands and Barlows prepare Sinead's Christmas surprise. Tracy cooks a turkey while Kirk, dressed as Santa Claus, sets off a snow machine outside the shop flat. Max goes home for a visit. An unsuspecting Daniel emerges onto the snow-covered cobbles. He takes the Sutherlands to task for their thoughtlessness, noting that Sinead needs rest. Shona apologises to Max for accusing him. Max doesn't want Marion to seperate him from his family. Abe lets David know when the riot is due to kick off. Sinead sees the Christmas scene from the window and ventures outside. She's grateful for the effort everyone has gone to and insists that Christmas dinner will go ahead, annoying Daniel. Beth gets Bethany to give Sinead a makeover for the occasion. Abe gives David a pair of hairdressing scissors for him to stab Josh. Adam chairs a meeting between Marion, Sarah and Shona in the hope that they can resolve their argument without an expensive custody battle. Marion drags up Sarah and Shona's pasts and indicates that she intends to play dirty. Sarah lets her know that Max came round and suggests that he's not so keen to stay with her. They end up getting nowhere. David returns the scissors to Abe, not wanting to do anything to jeopardize his release from prison. As the Osbournes, Sutherlands and Barlows eat Christmas dinner, Daniel is wound up by the falseness of it all. Noting Sinead's tiredness, he makes repeated suggestions that she's had enough. Sinead reminds him not to make decisions for her and stympies his attempts to confine her to bed. When Daniel asks her to consider his feelings, Sinead orders him out of the flat. The prisoners start to riot. David waits in his cell, where Abe delivers Josh to him. David takes the scissors back from Abe as he considers what to do with his former tormentor.
- Craig Tinker - Colson Smith
- Tracy McDonald - Kate Ford
- Ken Barlow - William Roache
- Beth Sutherland - Lisa George
- Kirk Sutherland - Andrew Whyment
- Adam Barlow - Samuel Robertson
- Shona Ramsey - Julia Goulding
- Lily Platt - Brooke Malonie
- Sarah Platt - Tina O'Brien
- Max Turner - Harry McDermott
- Daniel Osbourne - Rob Mallard
- Sinead Osbourne - Katie McGlynn
- David Platt - Jack P. Shepherd
- Audrey Roberts - Sue Nicholls
- Johnny Connor - Richard Hawley
- Bethany Platt - Lucy Fallon
- Harry Platt - Freddie & Isaac Rhodes (Uncredited)
- Bertie Osbourne - Ellis Blain (Uncredited)
- Jessica Hadaway - Wendy Albiston
- Josh Tucker - Ryan Clayton
- Abe Crowley - Liam Boyle
- Tez Collier - Nick Judge
- Marion Logan - Kerry Peers
- Coronation Street
- Rovers Return Inn - Public
- 1 Coronation Street - Back room, kitchen and hallway
- 8 Coronation Street - Downstairs rooms
- 15a Coronation Street - Living room/kitchen, Daniel and Sinead's bedroom
- Viaduct Street
- Highfield Prison - Hospital area, communal area, main landing and cell
- This episode was shot in a higher frame rate than usual in order to give the world of Weatherfield a slightly different look as Sinead Osbourne nears death. The break from convention was explained by producer Iain MacLeod thusly: "The idea was to give that slightly surreal feeling that I think most people might relate to – when something as cataclysmic as that happens, the whole world seems to look different." .
- Aside from the usual studio sets used to represent Highfield Prison, further scenes of the riot were shot on the main landing of the former HM Prison Shrewsbury which closed in March 2013.
- Music from the Osbournes' Christmas dinner continues over the scenes of the riot at Highfield Prison.
- Andy Merchant was credited as the Stunt Coordinator on this episode.
- TV Times synopsis: Sinead's family organises an early Christmas for her; Max voices concerns to Shona; and a riot gives David the chance for revenge.
- Viewing Figures: First UK broadcast: 7,072,592 viewers (7th place).
- Between this episode and the next, ITV broadcast Coronation Street Icons: Audrey Roberts, 40 Fabulous Years to celebrate four decades since Sue Nicholls joined the programme.
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