Emmerdale spoilers: Big birthday shocks for Lachlan White...

Emmerdale - Lachlan White, Zak Dingle, Sam Dingle

On Lachlan's birthday, he fakes a text message from his aunt Rebecca. But can the village killer keep his cool when questioned on Rebecca's whereabouts?

It's Lachlan White's birthday and the Dingles foolishly feel sorry for the lad, since none of his actual family are around for his special day. Little do they know, the killer has only got himself to blame for that!

To keep up appearances, Lachlan fakes a text message from his aunt Rebecca, while the Dingles buy him some birthday beverages at The Woolpack. However, Robert is suspicious about Rebecca's disappearing act. Surely she wouldn't just abandon their baby son, Seb?

But what will Robert discover when he searches Rebecca's room for clues? Is the murderer about to be rumbled after the shock confrontation between Lachlan and Rebecca at Mill Cottage?

Elsewhere, Aaron has romance on his mind and tells his sister Liv is planning to pop the question to long-time fella Robert!

Double-bill (Episode 1 of 2)

Emmerdale continues weeknights at 7:00pm on ITV

Simon Timblick

Simon has long been a fan of soap operas, and especially loves OVER-THE-TOP plots involving evil twins, hair-pulling catfights and natural disasters. Anyone remember the Sunset Beach earthquake/tidal wave? Or when Krystle Carrington got locked in the attic and replaced by look-a-like Rita in Dynasty?!

Simon has written for a variety of TV and childrens’ magazines/websites including Inside Soap, Nickelodeon, What’s On TV, Radio Times, Metro, Girl Talk, Disney Girl, Toxic! and Digital Spy. He has reported LIVE from the red carpet at The British Soap Awards interviewing glammed-up stars from soapland, and hosted a Facebook LIVE session for Metro with Home and Away legend Ray Meagher (Alf "Stone the flamin' crows!" Stewart) to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Aussie soap.

Simon is also co-author of The Treasures Of Coronation Street (Carlton Books)

And the writer and director of (very!) low budget fright flick, Midsummer Night's EVIL and the sequel webisodes series, The Hatchet Woods HORROR.