​​Stephanie Wood

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

their arrangements?
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.

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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.

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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.

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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

of circumstance.

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Mistletoe Moments

Veronica and Owen are looking forward to a happy Christmas on The Close with their friends

and neighbours.
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.

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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.

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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

of family expectations.
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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.

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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.  

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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.

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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.

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Last Christmas

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.

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