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Emmerdale to have "golden month of celebration" for 50th anniversary

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Emmerdale executive producer Jane Hudson hints at plans for the soap's 50th anniversary in October.

Emmerdale executive producer Jane Hudson has vowed that the soap's upcoming 50th anniversary will be marked with a whole month's worth of major storylines.

The show celebrates the milestone birthday in October and while a live episode is not on the cards, Hudson has teased that there will be at least one "epic stunt" and a birth.

"We've been thinking about the 50th all the time," she told reporters this week in quotes carried by The Sun. "I think we probably held back some of our big ideas while covid was so prominent in our lives because we didn't know what we could achieve.

"But Super Soap Week has really shown us what we can do. And as brilliant as stunts are - we've got to have the stories to back up those stunts. We can blow up anything but if there's no story behind it - what's the point?"

She continued: "Our focus at the moment is to really build those stories so when we get to our golden month of celebration, we've got secrets that the viewers are desperate to be revealed.

"There's probably going to be a birth in there perhaps - babies in soaps are either born on programme celebrations or Christmas so there's going to be one of those happening.

"And we'll do something epic - there will be an epic stunt because we're well-known for that. But at the heart of it, the best loved characters in our show are really going to be tested in some big emotional stories.

"It's really key to us that whatever happens in the 50th - the fallout is huge. This will continue and take us into 2023."

Emmerdale continues weeknights at 7.30pm on ITV.

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