Christmas on The Close
Here you will find the details of the Christmas on The Close series so far...
The First Christmas
Newlyweds Imogen and Richard have just bought a house together and are hoping to make their
first Christmas on The Close one to remember.
It’s the first time they haven’t had to share with flatmates so they are looking forward to having their
own space and privacy, but will the neighbours leave them in peace, or continually interfere with
Imogen has her own ideas about what makes a perfect Christmas day and she is pulling out all the
stops to make it a delightful dream-come-true. Can Richard solve the problems that threaten to
derail the festive season and stop them from turning her dream into a disaster?
The first episode takes a comical look at how festive preparations don’t always go to plan.
The Christmas Cracker
Tricia and Paul are looking forward to a happy Christmas on The Close where the neighbours
have become friends.
Paul has grown close to Tricia’s son and - from the outside - they seem like a content little family,
but will Jacob ever treat him like a real dad?
Why is the man who abandoned her seven years earlier now trying to worm his way back into
Tricia’s life and will she be tempted to give their relationship a second chance?
The second episode explores the challenge of making choices in the present when the past and
the future are worlds apart.
A Festive Temptation
Joss and Patrick are planning a lively Christmas with lots of social events to which the neighbours
on The Close are always invited.
Patrick is happy to let Joss take the lead and organise his social calendar, without realising that
the arrangements are not always mutually beneficial.
When an unscheduled encounter leads to the suggestion of a new experience, Joss has to decide
if she is prepared to stretch the rules but would she, in actual fact, be breaking them?
The third episode reveals how the freedom of indulging in an unusual lifestyle can blur the lines
of acceptable behaviour.
Countdown to Christmas
Lorraine and Ray are preparing for a traditional Christmas while learning how to reconnect after
his recent retirement.
Ray is at a bit of a loose end and is looking for something rewarding to fill his time so that he can
feel useful again.
When her efficient routine is disrupted by Ray’s constant need for attention, will Lorraine pander
to his desires or make a clean break to get her life back?
The fourth episode examines how even long-standing relationships can be tested by a change
Veronica and Owen are looking forward to a happy Christmas on The Close with their friends
Their son, Travis, is due to take some important exams, but will he be able to concentrate
when a serious crush derails his schedule?
As their fortieth birthdays approach, some significant celebration will be required, but how can
Veronica agree to Owen’s life-changing request?
The fifth episode shows how sharing a treasured life with someone does not necessarily result
in sharing the same treasured dreams.
The Christmas Miracle
Diane always enjoys baking special festive treats, which she distributes over Christmas to
her neighbours on The Close.
When Diane decides to seek closure with a matter from her past, she unexpectedly finds herself
on a journey she isn’t prepared for.
Her granddaughter, Emma, has all the technical know-how to assist in the search, but is distracted
by an intense - and highly unsuitable - romance.
The sixth episode reveals how it may be easier to allow the head to make all the decisions, but the
heart will never stop fighting for what it really wants.
The Snow Globe
Nate is beginning to look forward to the future after a messy and unexpected divorce, but his main
challenge comes from the antics of a teenage daughter who is growing up way too fast.
As Summer turns seventeen, she leaves her school friends behind for a more mature environment at
college with a completely new lifestyle, but is she really as confident as the image she portrays?
Father and daughter are both moving on to the next stage in their lives, but what effect will that have
on their relationship, especially when seasonal festivities distract them both from their familial duties?
The seventh episode examines how the dream of new beginnings can be affected by the responsibility
Angels and Stars
Denise and Greg are very supportive of their daughter, Charlotte, as she competes in the regular
pageants in the local area, but they begin to disagree when an opportunity to attend some larger events
abroad becomes a possibility.
Charlotte loves the pageants almost as much as she loves her dog, Justin, but is she really interested in
taking her hobby any further, or is she simply giving in to her mother’s wishes? More to the point, does
she even have the talent to compete at such a high level?
The eighth episode reveals how an unfulfilled dream for one member of the family can lead to difficult
decisions for the others.
A Christmas Kiss
Billy is the handyman everyone calls on to repair and maintain their domestic appliances, while Sonia
is the nurse they all turn to in a crisis, but neither of them get satisfaction from their careers, feeling
that other neighbours have a better lifestyle.
When a lack of self-confidence is fuelled by a heavy workload the couple find it difficult to support
each other, but when an unexpected Christmas kiss disrupts the status quo, its discovery could mean
the end of their relationship.
The ninth episode shows why it sometimes takes an outsider’s influence to discover true inner
confidence and personal worth.
The Secret Santa
Kyle has a flashy car, a flashy job and a flashy smile. He can have everything he wants, and he does.
Heather met him while modelling for one of his spectacular events and has been proud to be called
his wife for a number of years.
Can they sustain their lifestyle and keep their love alive when the demands on each of them to keep
up appearances is a job in itself?
The tenth episode reveals how the ambition required for hitting targets and achieving goals can
sometimes inhibit the simple pleasures of life.
A Winter's Tale
Kay and Xander find themselves as disgruntled members of the sandwich generation when their
darling children become demanding young adults and their parents choose to keep secrets about
their health and wellbeing.
They also have problems of their own when Xander’s job leads him in a new direction and Kay has
trouble organising the annual play with her amateur dramatics group.
They’re hoping it’s just an inconvenient phase which will soon pass, but do the issues causing constant
distress require more detailed research for a happy outcome?
The eleventh episode shows that, however important it is to look after the wellbeing of the family,
caring first and foremost for yourself is the foundation on which everything else balances.
Hilary and Roger have had enough of being supportive parents and grandparents; now they want to
explore an alternative lifestyle with the freedom to be themselves as they begin an exciting journey
into their final years.
They are looking forward to exploring some of the things they never had time for in their youth when
responsibilities kept them tied down, but have they left it too late? Will their health stand up to the
activities they want to discover and will their family allow them to escape?
The twelfth episode reveals how it can sometimes seem easier to continue on the same life path when
it proves to be unchallenging and trouble-free, but it’s never too late to discover the excitement of
a diversion towards freedom and new beginnings.