Zara Carmichael’s hopes of a happy family Christmas are rapidly going to ruin as her bratty stepdaughter Izzie Torres continues to mock her at every opportunity.

Zara is trying to make an effort with Izzie for the sake of her husband Daniel, who was really happy when his daughter came to live with them in Letherbridge.

However, when Izzie deliberately excludes her stepmum from a happy family Christmas photo and then causes the Christmas tree to fall over, crushing a beautiful bauble given to Zara by her mum, will the stressed-out medic finally snap over the troublesome tweenager?

Meanwhile, is surgery receptionist Valerie Pitman starting to get bored of her job? She shares her woes with nurse Ayesha Lee how she feels another year has passed and she has achieved nothing new.

Doctors, Ayesha Lee, Valerie Pitman

Surgery receptionist Valerie is feeling down in the dumps. (Picture: BBC)

Can Ayesha find a way to boost Valerie’s spirits?

Elsewhere, Dr Jimmi Clay holds a counselling session for stressed-out bride-to-be Naomi Curtis, who is due to marry boyfriend Matt Shackleton in two weeks but is still trying to come to terms with the death of her mum.

Doctors, Naomi Curtis, Matt Shackleton

Is Naomi having second thoughts about marrying Matt? (Picture: BBC)

Doctors continues weekdays at 1:45pm on BBC One