EMMERDALE is turning 50 – and serious winds of change are afoot.
Viewers will be on the edge of their seats as a huge storm puts terrified residents in mortal peril and destroys part of the village.
Producer Kate Brooks told me: “As part of our big fiftieth week, we will focus on a massive storm that’s going to rip through the village and leave a trail of huge destruction.
“Some of our best loved villagers will be in peril and the village will never be the same again after this.
“The impact this storm has on people’s lives is massive.”
The stunt, the peak of the show’s anniversary action this October, promises to be ground-breaking stuff in more ways than one.
Kate says: “There are elements of the storm that I’ve not seen on a soap before and it’s very exciting and nerve-wracking to be part of that.”
Three former stars of the soap will be returning for the anniversary month, 包括 I’m A Celebrity Winner Danny Miller who quit as Aaron Dingle last year to tackle new roles.
He will be joined by Elizabeth Estensen as Diane Sugden and Kimberley Walsh as Tracy Metcalfe.
And the storm is not all that is afoot.
Kim Tate, played by Claire King is to wed Dean Andrews’ Will Taylor — and it won’t just be the weather wreaking havoc as Kim is set to discover her intended has been growing close to ex Harriet Finch, played by Katherine Dow Blyton.
Pregnant teenager Amelia Spencer (Daisy Campbell) will go into labour amid the mayhem and Faith Dingle (Sally Dexter) will lose her battle with cancer while surrounded by family.
Fans keen for gritty drama have also been desperate for serial killer Meena Jutla, played by Paige Sandhu, to escape jail and return to cause chaos — and Jane teased: “There is always potential for a murder in Emmerdale. This is Emmerdale and it is famous for its murders.”
All sounds thrilling.