Emmerdale producer Laura Shaw teases 50th anniversary that will ‘honour past characters’

Emmerdale producer Laura Shaw has opened up about the 50th anniversary of the ITV soap.

Shaw, alongside the writers, are working towards the golden anniversary of Emmerdale that is about to happen in October.

The upcoming storylines hope to honour the past characters, while bringing something captivating and new for the current viewers too.

Speaking to several media outlets, Shaw revealed that the upcoming special is going to show the “best” of what the soap has to offer.

"We're still planning for a huge 50th golden birthday in the autumn," Shaw told Digital Spy, "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."

Shaw also opened up about how pivotal Marlon’s stroke will be 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.

"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."

As fans have predicted, Leyla’s secretive new storyline will also cause chaos on the cobbles when it all comes out in the open.

“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.”

The upcoming weeks will also see newlyweds Vinny and Liv have their lives turned “upside down” and while other couples are pulled together.

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She continued: "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."

To mark the massive milestone for the ITV soap, Emmerdale bosses have already hinted that familiar faces may return to the show for big stunts, big stories and potential even a new birth.

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