Emmerdale spoilers follow.
Emmerdale has offered the first hints of this year’s big Christmas storylines.
The ITV soap’s plans for the festive season had largely been kept under wraps in recent weeks, with few leaks or whispers over what’s in store.
While we’ll have to wait until early December for the full details and pictures to be released, Emmerdale bosses have now provided an official teaser preview with some cryptic clues.
Here are five storylines which will take centre stage over the holidays.
1. Kyle’s secret causes Christmas turmoil
Life for the Dingles changed forever earlier this month when Cain’s 10-year-old son Kyle was revealed as Al’s killer. Cain is covering for the schoolboy by taking the blame for the crime.
Following their return from Belfast, Amy and Moira team up and try their best to give Kyle his best ever Christmas. However, as Kyle struggles with his guilt and the consequences of his actions continue, this proves to be much easier said than done.
2. Manpreet hopes for a serial killer-free Christmas
Manpreet had the Christmas from hell last year as she was held captive by her dangerous sister Meena.
With Meena long gone, Manpreet now looks forward to a less dramatic festive season with her new family by her side.
It’s the first year that Manpreet’s partner Charles will have his long-lost daughter Naomi with them, so the family will be pulling out all the stops to make it an extra special one.
Will they manage it? Let’s face it, for Manpreet, anything will be better than last year…
3. Liam faces a lonely Christmas
Liam recently split from his wife Leyla and wasted little time before asking for a divorce. The couple agreed that their marriage had been plagued by lies, deceit and tragedy during their short time together.
Although Liam believed he was doing the right thing, he now faces a lonely festive period as a single man without any family in the village.
Will the local residents rally round Liam and help him to embrace the magic of Christmas?
4. Chas looks to the future
Chas was planning to turn her back on Paddy for good and run away with Al a few weeks ago, but the shock death of her secret lover changed everything.
Emmerdale bosses have now named Chas as one to watch over the festive episodes as she tries to look ahead to the future.
Chas tries to get her life back on track with Paddy, resigned to making their marriage work. She’s optimistic for a happier time ahead, but could this be short-lived?
5. Cain’s big shock
Cain has a shock in store over the festive season that will shake up life for the whole Dingle family – and make 2023 start with a bang.
Former Waterloo Road actor Will Ash has been cast as Caleb Miligan, a well-connected and successful businessman – who is Cain’s long-lost brother.
Caleb arrives in the village unannounced with some difficult questions that he wants Cain to answer. His surprise appearance causes tensions when it becomes clear that Cain has kept Caleb’s existence a secret from Chas for many years.
Emmerdale‘s producer Laura Shaw commented: “We are absolutely delighted to welcome Will Ash to the village. It’s fantastic to have such a high calibre and immensely talented actor join our wonderful team.
“Arriving on screen on Christmas Day, Caleb has to undoubtedly be the most unexpected and shocking Christmas gift Cain and Chas have ever received.
“Calm and in control, rich and successful, at first glance Caleb is everything his brother isn’t, but will the pair find they have more in common than they thought? What secrets from the past will come back to haunt them and how will the rest of the family react when Caleb strolls into town?”
Emmerdale airs on weeknights at 7.30pm on ITV1, and streams on ITVX.
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