Since Faith (Sally Dexter) discovered that her cancer had returned and as now terminal in Emmerdale, she’s taken every opportunity to prove that she still has a lot of living to do.
This has often involved an element of crime, such as stealing the memory box from her stepdaughter’s house, or ordering all the cakes at the cafe and then leaving without paying. Often these scenes have been comic, highlighting the character’s disregard for rules and authority and her sense of fun.
While Faith’s bucket list may seem lighthearted, of course it’s always tinged with the sad knowledge that her time is limited. In upcoming episodes her palliative care nurse tells her that it’s important for her to focus on dying with no regrets.
As Faith and her old friend Pollard (Chris Chittell) talk about this there are emotional scenes as they think about what’s to come. Later, Faith talks to her daughter Chas (Lucy Pargeter) about her life, telling her not to make the same mistakes she has.
Faith also puts an idea to Chas – she wants a party at the Woolpack, one final chance for everyone she loves to get together, eat, drink and be merry before it’s too late. Chas isn’t sure about the idea but in true Faith style she gets her own way.
People aren’t sure how to react at the party to begin with – should they be celebrating, or should the mood be serious under the circumstances? Faith soon sorts that out by getting the karaoke going and it turns into a proper Dingle party.
But then Faith collapses at the bar and everyone panics as she’s rushed to hospital.
Surely this isn’t how things are going to end for Faith?