“There’s definitely going to be something for everyone.”
Emmerdale producer Laura Shaw has shared some cheeky spoilers for the rest of 2022 and the soap’s 50th anniversary.
The celebrations for the golden anniversary for the ITV soap will officially take place in October, as Shaw and her writers honour all of the incredible characters, cliffhangers and stunts that have come before in past decades.
When Shaw recently chatted to other media about the rest of the year, she confirmed Marlon’s recovery from a stroke will be a central storyline leading up to the anniversary.
“Looking ahead beyond the big week with other character groups within the show, we will of course be continuing to explore Marlon’s recovery and how this continues to affect his friends and family,” she revealed. “We’re also going to be playing another big health story this year for one of our characters that will have a huge effect on all of those people close to them.”
Shaw also touched on Leyla’s secretive new storyline as well as possible upheaval for newlyweds Vinny and Liv, on top of some other dramatic moments to comment.
“Leyla’s got a huge storyline coming up where a shocking secret is revealed and this will have huge ramifications for Liam and Jacob in particular,” she said. “Some of our most-loved couples will have stories that will see how they navigate through their problems as strong family units.
“Liv and Vinny will get a big surprise that will impact them hugely and turn their lives upside down a bit. Sam and Lydia will also have a big story that sees them having to pull together. I think the stories running through the summer are very much about strengthening some of our couples and seeing them fight for what they love as well as maybe pushing one or two others to breaking point.
“Cain and Chas is our most loved sibling pairing and they also have a lot going on as Faith’s secret from the big week will impact on them. We’re actually just about to start filming a really special episode that honestly made me cry just reading the script.
“It explores more of a rich history and how their upbringing hugely affects the decisions they make in the present. Beyond this we will certainly see that not all those decisions are good ones.”
Then, in October, Emmerdale celebrates 50 years on ITV with a special week that bosses have already hinted may include returning faces, stunts and even a baby.
“We’re still planning for a huge 50th golden birthday in the autumn,” Shaw told us. “We’re all absolutely giddy about it, it’s just our big chance to show everything we do best and make sure every single one of our wonderful characters in the show gets a little bit of limelight.
“So there’s definitely going to be something for everyone there.”