Emmerdale 50th anniversary preview: 11 spoilers for soap’s stormy month

The forthcoming 50th anniversary of Emmerdale in October is the focus of everyone’s attention.

We now know that there will be a full month of drama, with the high point occurring during a huge and ambitious stunt week centered around a dangerous storm.

During a recent visit to the Emmerdale set, which began their first day of filming, RadioTimes.com gathered all the gossip from the production staff as well as two stars who were intimately involved in the plots, Jeff Hordley (Cain Dingle) and Katherine Dow-Blyton (Harriet Finch).

Emmerdale 50th anniversary preview: 11 spoilers for soap’s birthday month

1. A storm will change the village forever

A severe storm that devastates the community will serve as the focal point of the action.

Although the precise effects of such a devastating weather event are unknown, it is safe to state that practically everyone will be affected by the high gales.

Producer Kate Brooks teased: “As part of our big 50th week, we will focus on a huge storm that’s going to smash through the hamlet and absolutely leave a large trail of destruction in its wake.

Some of our most beloved villagers will be in danger, and it is reasonable to state that the village simply won’t be the same after this. This is because the storm has such a significant impact on people’s lives.”

“I’ve never seen anything on a soap opera like this before,” she continued. “It’s quite unparalleled in terms of what we’re doing and the size of what we’re doing.”

Jane Hudson, an executive producer, added: “Nothing has been forced into the tales we’re telling this month; they are all ones we’ve been developing all year.

The characters, all of whom have an influence, are what drive the story.

It affects so many of our families; this storm doesn’t only have an impact on a select few; it has an impact on the entire town.

2. Kim Tate and Will Taylor’s wedding is interrupted by Harriet Finch

The eagerly awaited wedding of Kim Tate (Claire King) and Will Taylor is one of the month’s key stories (Dean Andrews).

There was little doubt that the impending wedding would be chaotic (what else would happen at a Tate wedding?). but this time, it’s guaranteed to be exceptionally explosive due to one obstruction: Harriet Finch (Katherine Dow-Blyton).

Harriet, eager to profess her love to Will before it’s too late, does so without realizing that Kim has overheard her. Oh no.

Harriet has once again gotten herself into trouble with men, according to Dow-Blyton. She is involved because she is interfering with Will’s impending wedding by being more involved in his life than she should be.

It’s a last chance saloon, but I’m playing with fire there. Prior to him walking down the aisle, she needs to express her feelings. We should be doing this on November 5th, but there will be fireworks and more fireworks!

3. The ghost of DI Malone haunts the village

If that’s not enough, DI Malone’s body is always on Harriet, Kim, and Will’s minds (Mark Womack). Fans will remember that he definitely traveled the village, being buried everywhere.

With a storm approaching, one thing is for certain: we highly doubt that the tyrant will be heard from again.

That will always be present, won’t it, but I don’t know, hand on heart, where Kim put the body, so it has nothing to do with me anymore, Dow-Blyton teased.

He’s currently very distant from the village and enjoying the serene, calm countryside, Brooks added.

Or is he, then? joked Dow-Blyton. Is he?!

4. Faith Dingle’s cancer battle draws to a close

In moments that promise to be tragic, Faith Dingle’s (Sally Dexter) fight with cancer approaches its conclusion in October, refocusing attention on the complicated family relationship between Faith, Cain (Jeff Hordley), and Chas (Lucy Pargeter).

Hordley expressed his feelings regarding the plot, saying, “I’m personally grieved by the loss of the magnificent Sally Dexter, but it will provide us some excellent storylines coming forward, so I look forward to that. And that’s all I know at this point.

Everyone engaged in that drama is giving some of the most amazing performances I’ve seen in a very long time, Hudson continued.

5. Amelia Spencer’s baby is due

Math whizzes will realize Amelia’s due date coincidentally falls during the 50th anniversary celebrations, and in classic soap fashion, the birth won’t go as planned.

“Amelia is expecting shortly, and I obviously won’t tell you whether or not she has the baby in the 50th celebration month,” Hudson remarked.

Amelia, however, does have a significant role in the plot because she is trapped by herself and needs to be found.

Will Amelia and her child survive?

6. Diane Sugden, Aaron Dingle and Tracy Metcalfe all return

The Emmerdale crew has announced three returning characters, Diane Sugden (Elizabeth Estensen), Aaron Dingle (Danny Miller), and Tracy Metcalfe (Amy Walsh), on a “temporary basis.” This is wonderful news for fans.

As for what they’ll get up to, Tracy has a shocking revelation of her own, Diane will undoubtedly return in time for the drama at Home Farm, and Aaron, well…

7. Liv’s mum causes mayhem

Since she reconciled with her daughter Liv, Sandra Flaherty (Christine Brennan) has been misbehaving around the village (Isobel Steele).

If you’re currently watching Emmerdale, you’ll be aware that Sandra is back and that a plot is developing with a significant role to play across the 50th, according to Hudson.

Expect fireworks as returning character Aaron will respond to her and her nasty ways, continuing the drama for both of them. What will he learn, that Sandra isn’t just about Liv? Uh oh.

8. Nate Robinson, Sam Dingle and Belle Dingle are in grave danger

The Emmerdale team has teased a stunt that has never been done before and will never be done again in the history of soap operas. Intrigued?

Nate Robinson (Jurell Carter), Belle Dingle (Eden Taylor-Draper), and Sam Dingle will be involved (James Hooton).

We really pray that everyone survives since these are some major figures to be in such awful peril.

9. Chas Dingle and Al Chapman are rumbled

Hudson chuckled, “If you’re going to get it on, you want the storm for cover.”

She continued by teasing Aaron that he will learn about his mother’s affair and how she had cheated on the father figure he holds in such high regard. What will he do?

How will Cain respond if he learns that his sister is dating one of his foes? They’ve been circling each other for a while, Hordley teased, and they’ve also been doing so because of COVID, which was the reasonable thing to do.

It might be fireworks, but not the type you see in November, because, you know, if he finds out, this will lead to anything.

10. Murder in the Dales?

When questioned if a storm may hide a bad deed, Hudson said, “There’s always the possibility of murder in Emmerdale — this is Emmerdale, there’s typically a murderer hiding around the corner sometimes.”

Which does beautifully take us to…

11. One character faces jail

Expect a significant family-based storyline around the month’s end that may result in a cherished character going to jail.

According to Hudson, “When we get to the end of October, it might be the end of our celebrations, but we will be closing that month with a plot which kicks off a whole new story and possibly sees one of our characters looking at spending the rest of their life in jail.”

We’re making sure that, for one of our families in particular, when our celebration is over, a brand-new chapter will begin.

Count us in, but she wouldn’t say much more than that.

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