Belfast Telegraph

Farm mating season at Emmerdale

ITV soap Emmerdale is set for a summer of secrets and infidelity, the programme's creative director has said.

John Whiston said he had to watch some upcoming scenes through his fingers - even though he knows what is going to happen.

Speaking in Emmerdale's Village Hall, Mr Whiston said the soap had all the elements for an "incredible summer".

He said: "Secrets: check; jealously: check; love: check; sex: check; cans of petrol: check.

"Yes, we're all set for another incredible summer of secrets and infidelity on Emmerdale."

Mr Whiston was speaking at a media day on the set of Emmerdale, where cast members enjoyed afternoon tea and took part in team games, including sheep and pig racing, hay bale relays and welly wanging.

Among the upcoming storylines is the developing love triangle between Debbie Dingle and brothers Ross and Pete, which is played out amid the preparations for Debbie and Pete's village wedding.

"The Pete, Debbie, Ross triangle has been superbly played," Mr Whiston said.

"Although I know exactly what's going to happen for the next six months, I've been watching this storyline unfold almost between my fingers. It's like a slow-motion train crash, without any trains."

Mr Whiston also praised the recent storyline involving Laurel Dingle's descent into alcoholism and said watching the scenes had occasionally made him pour himself a stiff drink.

"Some of the most memorable moments in Emmerdale have come from this storyline," he said.

"A combination of fantastic storylining, brilliant scripts and heartbreaking acting has made this one of the most gripping descents into the embrace of alcoholism I have seen on screen."

Viewers will also find out how Chrissie Sugden reacts when she finds out about husband Robert's infidelity with lover Aaron and local businessman Jai Sharma's affair with the sultry Leyla being exposed.

An ITV spokesman said: "Summer on Emmerdale is set to explode as passions are ignited and relationships are pushed to the brink."

He added: " Could disaster strike at the heart of the village leaving lives hanging in the balance?"


From Belfast Telegraph