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Battle of the Christmas soap storyline

The gloves are off in the battle of the soaps to make their episodes the ones to watch on Christmas Day.

So spare a thought for the residents of Albert Square, Coronation Street and Emmerdale, who as usual will be experiencing misery, mayhem - and sometimes even murder.

Christmas is the most important time of year for the soaps as far as ratings are concerned. So just how much effort goes into making them unmissable?

Emma Jones reports.

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