EMMERDALE boss Laura Shaw has revealed an explosive week of episodes that will feature a flash-forward, a huge twist and a massive stunt.
The special week of episodes will take place next month and will see the feud between Cain Dingle and Al Chapman reach terrifying heights.
Speaking to The Sun and other media, Laura said: “I think it’s always exciting when we do these weeks, Emmerdale has become really well known for them now.
“It’s always the question I get asked the most, when are we doing it again?
“Certainly here it gets the whole building buzzing with excitement because everyone knows some of the storylines that have been bubbling along for a while are going to massively explode in a huge way whilst also kicking off other stories in big dramatic fashion that will take us through the rest of the year and of course, undoubtedly be big for our huge 50th celebration in October.
“On the Friday episode before the big week you’ll get a taste of what’s to come as we end the week bouncing around the character groups that feature in flash forward week, as it is affectionately known at Emmerdale HQ!
“Noah and his growing obsession with Chloe, Gabby and her fears about Jamie coming back to take Thomas, we’ll see something is going on with Faith that she is keeping secret, why?
“We’ll also see the Cain and Al rivalry resurface, and I can promise you that will take a big twist in the special week and lives will definitely be in danger. When Cain ends that episode saying this is just the calm before the storm, trust me he means it!”
Laura added: “When we get into the big week, Monday we will start with a flash forward, you’ll be absolutely screaming at your TV to find out what on Earth is going on.
“I think I actually squealed with excitement when I saw it for the first time. And then we will reveal a little bit more each day Monday to Thursday with the flash forward, with everything obviously being fully revealed by the end of the week.
“We see Noah’s obsession with Chloe reach a crescendo, Gabby pushed to the limit at Home Farm, we know Jamie Tate’s still alive so is he coming back for Thomas? If so, what lengths will Gabby go to to protect her son and stop him being taken from her?”
And Laura revealed a huge secret for Faith Dingle.
“There’s actually some lovely scenes exploring motherhood in these episodes, not just with Gabby but with Faith too and her big, huge and shocking secret,” she said.
“That’s revealed to Moira and she becomes the one she shared that with, there’s some really touching scenes during the week between Moira and Faith.
“Cain and Al, we know they have a simmering rivalry that’s been building for months now, so I think it’s obvious that it’s going to be explosive when these two butt heads again. Will the boss come away from the week unscathed or will something big happen that changes the dynamic between these two forever? I must admit it’s going to be something big!”
The producer also teased a huge stunt coming.
“As well as all the exciting drama the week is going to feature stunts and action too,” she added.
“We filmed a fairly big is done, it has been really exciting and fun plan and to film, and I don’t think we’ve ever done anything like it before, not in the 20 years I’ve been in Emmerdale anyway!
“We’ve also used some new and very different filming techniques on one of the stunts which makes you feel like you’re right in the middle of the action, it’s absolutely terrifying.
“I don’t think we’ve ever done it on Emmerdale before, so it was really great to watch our hugely talented team do new and exciting things and just make the show look absolutely so incredible.”
And Laura also revealed some other major spoilers for the coming year leading up to October’s dramatic 50th anniversary month.
“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,” she said.
“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.
“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.
“Some of our most loved couples will have stories that will see how they navigate through their problems as strong family units.
“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 breaking point.
“Cain and Chas is our most loved sibling pairing 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 se that not all those decisions are good ones.
“We’re still planning for a huge 50th golden birthday in the autumn, 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.”