Charity Dingle (Emma Atkins) has been through quite a lot over the past year in Emmerdale, but it appears that there could be more trouble brewing for both The Woolpack landlady and her beloved fiancée Vanessa Woodfield (Michelle Hardwick) as they’re seemingly set to face a new struggle in the coming months.
Yes, from almost losing son Noah (Jack Downham) as a result of a drug overdose, to having bid adieu to Debbie (Charley Webb) and care for Sarah (Katie Hill) in her absence — not to mention almost losing love of her life Vanessa after getting involved in dodgy dealings once more — it’s safe to say that Charity has found herself under an immense amount of pressure as of late.
However, the beginning of a New Year brought with it the hopes of a fresh start, as both Charity and Vanessa hoped to tie the knot in the coming episodes, but Graham’s (Andrew Scarborough) death at the hands of one villager seemingly ends up putting a stop to the lovers’ wedding plans for the time being.
Mind you, that’s not to say that we won’t see them get married, and — speaking about what she’d like to see from a Vanity wedding — actress Emma said: ‘I think just that sacred ritual of them saying they love each other in front of the family and really coming together in that union of marriage.’
I think regardless of where it would be — abroad, here, in a church, not in a church — I think they’d go for a more humanist wedding that’s pretty simple, with all the family, but then a good knees-up in The Woolpack. That’s probably what they’d do.’
Charity and Vanessa have been through a lot as a couple, but they’ve managed to whether every storm together, but it appears as if they’ll be seeking solace in one another once more, as they’re seemingly set to be at the centre of another big storyline.
Speaking about what’s to come for Charity, Emma said: ‘There’s something looming on the horizon that I think will really rock Charity and Vanessa’s world, but what that will be has to remain a firm secret for a while yet.’
As of yet, there’s little else known about this narrative, but with Charity and Vanessa having proven just how strong they are as a family unit, they’ll no doubt support one another through it.
The question is: what does this storyline entail?
What’s more, will it bring joy and happiness?
Or more devastation?
Emmerdale continues Tuesday 22 January at 7pm on ITV.