A new ‘whodunnit’ heading to Emmerdale as major character is stabbed

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Tomorrow night sees the start of a new potential murder mystery in Emmerdale as someone get brutally stabbed. But who is left for dead?

Tomorrow night's Emmerdale will see Vanessa Woodfield brutally stabbed as she tries to stop a mystery hooded figure from setting fire to the Woolpack. But will she survive?

After confronting an unknown man who is about to douse the pub with petrol, Vanessa will be left fighting for her life after she is knifed in the stomach.

But that's not the worst of it, because while Vanessa is left fighting for her life, her attacker does a runner in her car - that still has her little boy, Jonny, strapped in the back seat.

Emmerdale, Vanessa Woodfield

Who is this mystery man?

But who is the mystery man who wants to send terror through the village by setting fire to the pub?

Actress Michelle Hardwick, who plays the doomed vet, appeared on Loose Women earlier today to talk about her tragic scenes in the soap.

But while she was being interviewed, it seems she might have dropped a major hint about who her attacker might be...


"Belle Dingle has been targeted, I don't know if anyone saw it last night but the pig got murdered," Michelle explained.

"Bad things keep happening, so Vanessa is the one who keeps saying to Belle 'something is going to happen, it might be someone from your past' and Charity keeps saying 'stop, you're making it worse and feeding to her paranoia' and that is when they start bickering and arguing."

Does the mention of someone from Belle's past mean the assailant has something to do with Lachlan?

The killer is set to make a comeback in tonight's visit to the Dales as Belle confronts him about sinister incidences that keep happening to her... so surely it would tie in nicely if he was to do with the attack?

It was then revealed during Michelle's Loose Women interview that there are 11 suspects being lined up to be possible attackers... including Adam Barton, Lachlan White and Joe Tate!

Emmerdale, Vanessa Woodfield

Vanessa is stabbed by a mystery arsonist...

Michelle went on to confess that the stabbing scenes were filmed on a chilly day at the end of last year... "It was November and absolutely chucking it down. I spent the whole day freezing cold and lying down in puddles."

But is this really the end of Vanessa? The actress remained tight-lipped about her character's fate...

"I can't tell you, I wish I could! I knew this was happening though. I love getting my scripts - it's like reading a book and is dead exciting to find out what is happening next.

"I don't go and see the boss often to find out what is happening, I like reading it.

"But I'd like to think I would be told if (I was being killed off). Normally if it is the end of your character you would be taken upstairs and told..."

Get ready for the next big Emmerdale whodunnit... we can't wait to see what happens next!

Emmerdale airs weeknights at 7pm on ITV, with an extra episode at 8pm on Thursdays.

Picture credits: ITV

Claire Crick
Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch

Claire is Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch and has been a journalist for over 15 years, writing about everything from soaps and TV to beauty, entertainment, and even the Royal Family. After starting her career at a soap magazine, she ended up staying for 13 years, and over that time she’s pulled pints in the Rovers Return, sung karaoke in the Emmerdale village hall, taken a stroll around Albert Square, and visited Summer Bay Surf Club in sunny Australia. 

After learning some tricks of the trade at websites Digital Spy, Entertainment Daily, and Woman & Home, Claire landed a role at What’s On TV and whattowatch.com writing about all things TV and film, with a particular love for Aussie soaps, Strictly Come Dancing and Bake Off

She’s interviewed everyone from June Brown — AKA Dot Cotton — to Michelle Keegan, swapped cooking tips with baking legend Mary Berry backstage at the NTAs, and danced the night away with soap stars at countless awards bashes. There’s not a lot she doesn’t know about soaps and TV and can be very handy when a soapy question comes up in a pub quiz! 

As well as all things soap-related, Claire also loves running, spa breaks, days out with her kids, and getting lost in a good book.