Saturday 24 August 2019

Love rat Paul has Christmas dinner from hell in Fair City

Niamh bristles with Hayley and Paul as everyone celebrates Christmas (L-R) Niamh - Clelia Murphy, Hayley - Rebecca Grimes, Nicola - Claudia Carroll, Paul - Tony Tormey
Niamh bristles with Hayley and Paul as everyone celebrates Christmas (L-R) Niamh - Clelia Murphy, Hayley - Rebecca Grimes, Nicola - Claudia Carroll, Paul - Tony Tormey

Sean O'Grady

It's a reunion from hell for Paul Brennan on Fair City as the Carrigstown lothario finds himself forced to break bread with wife Niamh, old flame Nicola ... and his mistress, Hayley.

Niamh's plan to infuriate her cheating partner continues to work like a charm as she brings the most important women in Paul's life into one room for a Yuletide feast.

After months of holding her tongue about Paul and Hayley's affair and plotting with Dermot to bring Paul down, Niamh puts the final piece of her plan in place.

Unbeknownst to Paul she invites half of Carrigstown for drinks hoping it will cause enough of a distraction for her to slip away unnoticed.

Niamh is on a mission to bankrupt her husband as punishment for his infidelity and with Dermot's assistance she is getting closer to her goal to jet off to Spain.

Eager to meet Hayley, Paul lies to Niamh that he's visiting a sick friend in hospital. She can see right through his deception and becomes even more determined to go through with her plan.

As Nicola and Paul's ex Jane arrive, Niamh enjoys how the tensions are rising.

Things start to go south for Niamh when Nicola spots her passport sticking out of her bag. She takes it out and finds a boarding pass for a flight to Barcelona first thing the following morning.

Paul returns to the house and is shocked to find so many people there, his plans of having a quiet Christmas ruined.

While Niamh is delighted with Paul's reaction, her mood soon takes a turn for the worse when Nicola confronts her about the boarding pass, trying to figure out what she's up to.

Niamh is forced to confess that she is leaving Paul because he is having an affair with Hayley. Nicola agrees not to tell Paul as long as Niamh takes Callum to Spain with her.

Terrified Nicola will destroy her plans, Niamh is left with a difficult decision to make.

The long-running soap is also taking a blast from the past to celebrate the best episodes of 2016.

RTE Player has curated a special collection of the most memorable scenes of the last 12 months while also resurrecting the ghosts of Christmas past as they bring viewers on a journey back to the 1990 Fair City Christmas special.

Hosted by actor Bryan Murray, who plays Bob Charles on the soap, viewers will get behind-the-scenes access to the series.

It will also feature an inside look at the double wedding of Kerri-Ann and Deco and Carol and Robbie, as well as interviews with the show's actors.

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