GRIM DISCOVERY for Emmerdale's Dawn leads to huge shock confession

Malone intimidates Dawn in Emmerdale

Dawn's world is falling apart...

There is a huge shock heading for Emmerdale killer Dawn as a discovery leads to her confessing her darkest secret.

Next week's Emmerdale will see Will Taylor convinced he has seen dodgy copper DI Malone lurking around the village.

Dawn Taylor confesses to her father Will Taylor

Dawn is stunned when she finds her dad has bought a gun (Picture: ITV) (Image credit: ITV)

Viewers will know that this is impossible with Malone being dead a buried after Dawn Taylor shot him last month in self defence.

But until now Dawn's dad is oblivious to what has been going on under his own roof... and he's determined to protect his family from the man who has spent the last year making his life a living hell.

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As Harriet (Katherine Dow Blyton) tries to escape her demons by heading off to a religious retreat for a few days, Will and Dawn are left home alone.

Will Taylor listens as his daughter explains she shot Malone

Will is stunned when Dawn reveals she killed Malone (Picture: ITV) (Image credit: ITV)

But when Dawn tries to calm her dad down about his fears over Malone, her words fall on deaf ears.

She is shocked to overhear Will making a mysterious phone call, and later follows him to see what he's up to.

Dawn is stunned when she sees him picking up a gun from an old friend and demands an explanation from her dad.

Harriet Emmerdale

Harriet is struggling with the guilt of Malone's death (Picture: ITV) (Image credit: ITV)

Confronting Will about bringing a gun into the house after what happened the last time he had a firearm under their roof, Dawn realises just how much her dad is worrying about Malone coming back for revenge.

Dawn is at the end of her tether after the grim discovery about the gun, and eventually the guilt of killing Malone gets too much and and tells her dad everything.

Harriet and Dawn in Emmerdale

Will Harriet reveal the role she played in Malone's demise? (Picture: ITV) (Image credit: ITV)

Will is speechless to hear his daughter is a killer, and as Dawn explains all she carefully edits out Harriet's involvement in the whole thing.

However, it turns out Harriet didn't make it to her religious retreat and has instead been having a heart to heart with Cain Dingle (Jeff Hordley) in the church.

Will Taylor in Emmerdale

Will is stunned as the truth finally emerges... (Picture: ITV) (Image credit: ITV)

Harriet returns home to discover Dawn has told Will everything... but will she confess the part she played in Malone's demise?

And will this lead to the revelation that she was having an affair with the bent copper?

Emmerdale will temporarily air a reduced schedule of three episodes a week.

Watch on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7pm on ITV - see our TV Guide for full listings. 

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 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.