Nate Robinson (Jurell Carter) is taking the blame for the hit-and-run that Jamie Tate (Alexander Lincoln) caused on Moira Dingle (Natalie J. Robb) so Belle Dingle (Eden Taylor-Draper) won't go to prison as Jamie is framing her.
In tonight's (Monday 09 November 2020) episode, viewers saw Nate being forced to miss out on an important scan of his unborn child because he had to attend court leaving Tracy Metcalfe (Amy Walsh) to attend the appointment with Lydia Dingle (Karen Blick) instead.
After the scan, Tracy was uncomfortable back at Tug Ghyll so she left Nate & Lydia downstairs as she popped up for a long soak. When Tracy was out of earshot, Nate revealed to Lydia that he is actually looking at 2 to 3 years inside, not six months as initially thought.
Nate was visibly gutted at the thought of missing out on the first 2 or 3 years of his first child's life.
Emmerdale continues tomorrow at 19:00 on ITV/STV.
Since Lydia Hart (Karen Blick) came into The Dingle fold, she has been taking more of a matriarch-like role since the death of Lisa Dingle (Jane Cox).
Zak Dingle (Steve Halliwell) was devastated when Lisa passed away peacefully at home on Friday 24 May 2019.
Now known as Lydia Dingle since marrying Sam Dingle (James Hooton) earlier in 2020.
In tonight's (Thursday 05 November 2020) episode, viewers saw Lydia stand up to Cain Dingle (Jeff Hordley) following a stunt he and Sam pulled on Jamie Tate (Alexander Lincoln) at Home Farm.
The Dingle Brothers wanted to teach Jamie a lesson for the way he treated Belle Dingle (Eden Taylor-Draper) and to try getting Nate Robinson (Jurell Carter) off the hook as Nate is taking the blame for Jamie's accident so Belle doesn't go to prison because being incarcerated with Schizophrenia would likely cause Belle to commit suicide or be in severe danger to herself and other prisoners.
The plan was to get Jamie drunk and make it look like he went for a drive but plans were thwarted when Mackenzie Boyd (Lawrence Robb) interjected himself to Jamie's defence.
Today, Sam was seen wincing in pain and Lydia demanded to know what happened.
Of course, Cain tried to keep Sam quiet but Lydia managed to get the truth out of Sam who pretty much immediately explained everything about the attack on Jamie and what they had conspired against him.
Lydia was livid, to say the very least.
Giving Sam (and Nate) their marching orders out of Wishing Well Cottage, Cain was left to face the wrath of Lydia who delivered the following words to him:
"I know I'm an outsider and I understand when you join this family you live by Dingle Code and I'm happy to do that... most of the time. The point is, you're so wrapped up in pleasing yourself, you don't think about the consequenses for anybody else. Have you got any idea how much Sam looks up to you? He could've ended up in prison. I know what kind of a person you are, Cain. And I'm also aware that having someone like you in a family like this can be very useful... but don't drag Sam into it."
Firstly, huge commendation to Karen Blick on that monologue. Incredibly performed and so, very powerful. I think even Cain Dingle was impressed.
The mannerisms, the tone of voice and the whole portrayal almost mirrored how Lisa would have handled the situation when she first got together with Zak all those years ago.
Has Lydia filled the massive irreplaceable hole Lisa left when she died?
It certainly seems that way.
The Dingle Family sorely needs a mother-figure to keep the boys in check. With the performance Karen Blick delivered for the episode, Lydia would be a fantastic mother-figure.
Viewers should keep in-mind, Lydia hasn't really had a proper family unit in her life. She was estranged from her mother until very recently. Lydia isn't even Lydia's birth name (it is Jennifer Finn and went by Jenny). Agatha Finn (Judith Barker), Lydia's biologial mother was too ill to be a parent to Lydia so Agatha put Jenny/Lydia into Hotten Grange Children's Home where Lydia grew up.
The reason Jennifer changed her name to Lydia Hart is because when she went to Scarborough, she found a place to stay belonging to a 'Lydia Hart'. That Lydia died but Jenny found Lydia's birth certificate and subsequently changed her name to Lydia Hart. It's all tangled up and a bit complicated but, legally, Jennifer "Jenny" Finn is called Lydia Dingle after marrying Sam.
Family has always been alien to Lydia. She's never had one. Her father is either dead or Agatha simply doesn't keep in-touch with him anymore. Lydia's status in The Dingles means more to her than life itself because she's part of a unit Lydia has never been in.
If Sam goes to prison, she's likely to be ostracised from The Dingle Family. Lydia, herself, has said she knows she's "an outsider". The last thing Lydia needs is for Sam to no longer be there. Lydia enjoys the family life and is beginning to be a great mum to Samson Dingle (Sam Hall). Samson is the son of Sam from Sam's marriage to Alice Edith Rose Dingle around 2006 from the time Samson was born.
It's imperative to Lydia that Sam is fit, well and out of prison because she doesn't want to be alone again.
Will Sam remain by Lydia's side? Keep watching and find out.
Emmerdale continues at 20:00 this evening and every weekday at 19:00 on ITV/STV.
It's going to be a sad Winter for Laurel Thomas (Charlotte Bellamy) & Jai Sharma (Christopher Bisson) in Emmerdale.
It will be learnt Laurel has got pregnant which completely rocks her and Jai as none of them were planning on this happening.
This winter Emmerdale will portray a storyline regarding a couple making the very difficult decision to end their pregnancy after a prenatal diagnosis.
In the near future, Laurel's pregnancy will be played out on screen.
At first the baby is a welcomed surprise because the couple look forward to cementing their blended family with new the new life.
Gleefully attending the inaugural scan the pair will learn of a devastating truth. Their baby is failing to develop as it should be and they are told it is a possibility the baby has a chromosomal defect.
ITV/STV viewers will see Laurel & Jai battle their consciences, unsure of what to do for the best.
The challenging subject of Chorionic Villus Sampling (CVS) will be explored.
Once Laurel undergoes CVS, the results will come back explaining the baby has Down's Syndrome.
Then Laurel & Jai will make the decision which will devide the nation - they will terminate the pregnancy.
An ITV insider told AndyGibsonTV.com:
"Statistics show that annually around 40,000 women will be told there is a chance that their baby is not developing as expected. Most expectant parents will eventually be reassured, but around 5,000 who find out that their baby has a genetic or physical condition make the painful decision to end the pregnancy every year. The Emmerdale story team felt it was a story that needed to be told. With the support and guidance of Antenatal Results and Choices (ARC) we endeavour to ensure this story will be sensitively told whilst reflecting the reality many couples face."
Charlotte Bellamy, also, gave her view on her next storyline:
"Terminating a pregnancy is an emotive subject, but I think as a programme what Emmerdale does brilliantly is portray difficult stories that are important to tell. The statistics tell us that a majority of people faced with similar news resulting from a diagnostic test, do take this decision. So I hope Laurel and Jai's story will take the audience on the journey of them coming to this conclusion and having some understanding why they do. There are some very powerfully written scenes that I hope will give a fair portrayal of their situation. When I embarked on this storyline I was well aware of the responsibility of the subject matter, but the scripts have been so well written and I think the story is told fairly."
In conclusion, Laura Shaw (Series Producer - Emmerdale), said:
"Right from the moment the idea was first mooted for this storyline, we knew it was one that if we went ahead with, it had to be fully researched, which involved us speaking to medical professionals, charities and parents with lived experience. Listening to women and men telling us their stories, hearing what brought them to make the difficult decision to terminate their pregnancies, cemented for us that this was a topic rarely shown on soap, but a really important one to highlight."
"Translating what we had learnt into Emmerdale scripts led to what was arguably the most challenging and difficult writing our writing team had ever been tasked with. What we have produced and Charlotte and Chris have both brilliantly brought to life, is some of the most heartbreaking and emotional episodes of Emmerdale viewers will have ever seen."
Antenatal Results and Choices will be heavily involved with this new angle and Jane Fisher, their Director, commented:
"We have over 30 years’ experience of supporting women and their partners through the painful circumstances of ending a wanted pregnancy after a prenatal diagnosis. Thousands of parents go through this every year, but it is rarely spoken about. This can lead to bereaved parents feeling very isolated in their grief. We are really pleased that such a popular drama as Emmerdale is tackling this story in such an empathetic and thoughtful way. I have been particularly impressed by how they have valued input from us to help make sure it is as true as possible to the complex reality for couples. It won't make for easy viewing but will do much to break the silence around this sensitive topic."
Emmerdale continues every weekday on ITV/STV.
Meena Jutla (Paige Sandhu) will be delivered flowers next week.
After discovering a bouquet of flowers by her front door addressed from Dr. Liam Cavanagh (Jonny McPherson), Meena is baffled but - to the viewers - it will be made clear that Gabby Thomas (Rosie Bentham) was the one who sent them.
Later on, Gabby notices Leyla Harding (Rokhsaneh Ghawam-Shahidi), Liam & Meena have a pleasant conversation between the three, Gabby becomes frustrated because she hoped there would have been an arguement of some kind.
Wanting to add fuel to this, seemingly, non-existent fire Gabby 'informs' Meena that Liam was boasting how well of a job she was doing. This will spur Meena to have a conversation with Liam.
Gabby tries her hardest to hide her glee as Meena tells Liam about how lovely the flowers were all in front of Leyla. Leyla's suspicions are now fully irked and wants to know what exactly is going on.
As Liam protests his innocence, will Leyla realise they're all being played by Gabby?
Gabby is feeling lonely since her dad died, and mother went to Australia, rather suddenly, last year. Gabby sees Leyla as her ultimate role model and wants Leyla all to herself. She's trying to cut all ties Leyla has with her friends to make that vision possible.
These scenes air Monday 26 October 2020 during episode 6671.
Emmerdale continues weekday evenings at 19:00 on ITV/STV.
Desperate Dan (not the Dandy character from the 1937 comic that ran for 76 years) but the one in Emmerdale is set to put Amelia Spencer (Daisy Campbell) in harm's way next week in some gripping scenes.
At his wits end about his finances, Dan Spencer (Liam Fox) is still working at Barton and Dingle Automotives when he should be at home convalescing from a herniated disc. His daughter is visibly conserned when Dan tells her about having to wait for money until Cain Dingle (Jeff Hordley) gives him his pay packet.
Dan hates not being able to provide for Amelia.
Amelia has been Dan's carer in recent weeks as he moved downstairs at Dale Head with his bed and everything in the living room.
Wanting to find more money out of thin air, Amelia decides to sell her expensive handbag to Nicola King (Nicola Wheeler) in Café Main Street. Nicola won't want it but Al Chapman (Michael Wildman) will clock the item and realise it's either similar or identical to the one his credit card was charged for. How people can know exactly what items charged to their bank account is beyond me (isn't it just amounts and shop locations that are listed?) but we'll go along with the story for the sake of the programme.
Al will approach Amelia and brand her a theif but Amelia will quickly make herself scarce to avoid any additional questioning by the Home Farm executive but Al isn't keen on letting this one rest so follows her outside but Amelia will eventually manage to get away.
Later, Amelia will discuss this incident with Sarah Sugden (Katie Hill) who will plead with her to keep her mouth shut about the whole thing and deny any accusation Al throws at her.
Afterwards, Amelia heads to Barton and Dingle Automotives to check up on her father and remind him to catchup with Cain about wages. With nothing else to do, Amelia offers to help Dan in the garage. At first, Dan is hesitant (insurance at work and all that) but quietly pleased as he can do a little less work which would help (he's in pain, remember).
Working on a vehicle's motor engine, Amelia tries to secure a battery to the car but the apparatus holding the bonet open slips and sandwiches Amelia inside the engine causing her to fall to the ground in agony.
Dan attempts to help but his back goes into a spasm and before anyone knows it there are a pair of Spencers on the ground.
These scenes air Monday 26 October 2020 during episode 8871.
Emmerdale continues weekday evenings on ITV/STV.
It was the adoption hearing the day before and it seemed Vanessa Woodfield (Michelle Hardwick) was rather anxious to get away from Charity Dingle (Emma Atkins) who has begun to feel the pressure of the whole thing.
Charity will become an emotional wreck and confides in her sister-in-law (to be), telling Tracy Metcalfe (Amy Walsh) she believes Vanessa doesn't want to be in the relationship because of all the times Vanessa has ignored her.
Tracy will do her best to comfort Charity but it won't be long until Charity convinces herself that Vanessa is having an affair then storming out of the house to go for a drive.
Parked up, Charity will block calls from Tracy and wonders if she should give Vanessa a phone call to find out what the situation is. As Charity drives back to the village she is hit by another motor vehicle and in true Charity fashion, she argues with the culprit.
The driver gives Charity £500 for damages but Charity believes she can get double so tries her luck. It's checkmate between the two people but feeling vulnerable, Charity warms to the driver and the pair begin to flirt.
It's clear Charity has taken a shine to the driver and the pair end up kissing.
Afterwards, Charity all flustered heads back to the car.
What can this mean for Charity & Vanessa?
Emmerdale rolls on ITV/STV every weekday evening.
Since her conspired separation from Jamie Tate (Alexander Lincoln), life hasn't been quite as she planned for Belle Dingle (Eden Taylor-Draper) since Andrea Tate (Anna Nightingale) turned her back on Belle.
In tonight's (Thursday 15 October 2020) visit to Emmerdale Village it was revealed the voices in Belle's head have returned and this time they're of her mother, Lisa Dingle (Jane Cox), who passed away last year.
Initially, Paddy Kirk (Dominic Brunt) spotted Belle speaking to Lisa's urn outside of Wishing Well Cottage and, apparently, it seemed all innocent because many people find comfort in talking to gravestones of deceased loved ones but it was soon to be revealed that Belle - who has a history of Schizophrenia - was talking to a voice inside her mind.
To viewers, Belle is unwell and in need of help but to Andrea, Belle is rebelling against The Tates for what they've done to her.
It was seen in this evening's second episode, Belle answering Andrea's phone to speak to Millie Tate (Willow Bell) and 'Lisa' coaxed her daughter to tell the young girl about how nasty Jamie & Andrea are.
Emmerdale continues at 19:00 tomorrow on ITV/STV.
Since the first ever Socially Distanced murder in Serial Drama history, Dawn Taylor (Olivia Bromley) - who is responsible for said murder - has been on self-destruct since committing the crime over corrupt police officer DI Mark Malone (Mark Womack).
The reason for Dawn's self-destruction is because she wants to protect everyone she loves and if it means hurting their feelings then needs must.
In tonight's (Tuesday 13 October 2020) episode of Emmerdale, Dawn turned up the heat to near boiling point in her latest game.
Already reeling from yesterday's revelation (Billy descovered it was Dawn who Ellis slept with), Dawn decided to make matters worse for the Fletcher/Chapman brothers by claiming to Billy Fletcher (Jay Kontzle) she and Ellis Chapman (Aaron Anthony) had been sleeping together for months. Of course that's a lie but, again, needs must in Dawn's situation.
Billy - who is out of prison on licence - desperately tried to keep his cool and not do anything to jeopardise his freedom but it was obvious to everyone he was completely livid at his brother's alledge betrayal and what Dawn had just told.
Ellis, point-blank, protested his innocence and pleaded with Billy to believe he only slept with Dawn the one time and turned to Dawn to ask why she was doing this. Viewers know full-well Dawn is pushing everyone away so they are not embroiled in a murder investigation if DI Malone's body - which is currently decomposing at the local graveyard (because Reverend Harriet Finch (Katherine Dow Blyton) has 'contacts' and can use the land in that way) is ever unearthed.
Dawn then quit her job at Home Farm.
In the closing moments of episode 8860, Dawn was seen exiting Woodbine Cottage with a holdall bag, locking the door, putting the keys back through the letterbox then wander away into the sunset - OK, it wasn't quite sunset but you get the drift.
Of course Dawn Taylor/Olivia Bromley hasn't officially left the programme but it will be interesting to see the further developments in this story as Emmerdale continues.
Emmerdale is back on ITV/STV, tomorrow, at 19:00.
Todd Grimshaw (Gareth Pierce) is back in Weatherfield and has been an absolute pest to mother Eileen Grimshaw (Sue Cleaver) in recent weeks.
To cut a long story short, Todd owes Mick Chaney (Neil Bell) - a very dangerous man by all accounts - some money and probably other things. So, once Todd got wind of Eileen being summoned by Weatherfield Police to identify a body, Todd had a bright idea to get his mum to say the body was his to fake his death so all the bad guys would leave him alone.
In tonight's (Monday 12 October 2020) it was up to Eileen to identify the body but would she say it's Todd's?
Viewers were left wondering if Eileen would in fact claim Todd to be dead but it wasn't long before they - and Todd - found out what Eileen decided to do.
Eileen decided to not honour Todd's wishes and told Weatherfield Police the body was not his.
When Todd found out he told Eileen she would never see him again leaving Eileen devastated.
Coronation Street continues on ITV/STV.
It's been a while since Vanessa Woodfield (Michelle Hardwick) has been on-screen in Emmerdale. If my memory serves me correctly she hasn't been seen since before the lockdown episodes earlier this year and with Michelle Hardwick's real-life pregnancy it was best on a medical standpoint to keep the actor at home to avoid potential complications especially with CoronaVirus Pandemic alterting the lives of many across the globe.
In tonight's (Monday 12 October 2020) episode, viewers saw Charity Dingle (Emma Atkins) become irritable as she kept being avoided by her fiancée.
Unknown to Charity, Vanessa had been conspiring with her sister Tracy Metcalfe (Amy Walsh) & bestie Rhona Goskirk (Zoe Henry) to plan a surprise for Charity on the anniversary of when they - Charity & Vanessa - got together.
Safe to say Charity was not expecting a 'reunion' with Vanessa.
Tracy and Rhona quicky made themselves scarce and left Charity and Vanessa to have a much-needed and long-overdue catchup. Fans of the ITV/STV serial drama took to Social Media site Twitter expressing their joy for the reunion.
Emmerdale continues tomorrow at 19:00 on ITV/STV.
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