Emmerdale set for huge stunt

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 14 August 2017
Gillian Kearney,

Gillian Kearney

Bosses at 'Emmerdale' have planned a huge stunt for this autumn but are remaining tight lipped on what characters will be involved

'Emmerdale' bosses are planning a huge stunt for the soap this autumn.

The show's producer Iain MacLeod has teased that the next coming months will be explosive for the long-running show as they're setting things up for a big action plot, which will take place in October, that will follow on from last year's multi-car pile up.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror newspaper, Iain said: "I won't tell you which characters are involved but it builds on and stems from last year's big autumn piece. There will be an action component to it but I think last year's was such a massive action set piece that while we did toy with the idea of trying to top that, I don't fully known how we would achieve that without looking ridiculous so we've gone down a different route. The action is dramatic but more intimate and focusing on a smaller group."

Although he refused to divulge any more details on the exciting storyline, it's believed it may have something to do with murderer Emma Barton (Gillian Kearney) as her son Finn (Joe Gill) will soon discover that she is was on the bridge the day his dad (Bill Ward) fell and caused a huge crash on the road, resulting in multiple causalities.

Viewers know that Emma pushed her husband after she found out that he had been having an affair with his sister-in-law Moira Barton (Natalie J. Robb) and, although he managed to survive the tragic tumble, the nurse ultimately ended his life just hours later by squeezing his oxygen tubes as he laid strapped up to machines in hospital.

And it's believed Emma will get her comeuppance in a live episode this year.

A source said recently: "The last time they tried a live episode was in 2012 and it was a headache to plan and pull off but they managed it. They want to go one further this time and hope they will pull in viewers from other soaps."

And to add fuel to the fire, Gillian was meant to be leaving the soap in May but bosses have asked her to extend her contract so that they can time the live episode.

A spokesperson said: "Gillian Kearney was intending to leave 'Emmerdale' in May 2017. We asked her to extend her contract to play the last chapter of Emma Barton's story. Gillian was happy to stay with the programme to the end of the year in the knowledge she would be involved in a major storyline this autumn."

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