'Emmerdale' fans sickened as shock twist sees main character left for DEAD

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'Emmerdale' fans were shocked as more drama hit the village last night. (Image credit: ITV)

Emmerdale fans are upset after last night's episode (Monday, Jan. 18) saw Liv Flaherty brutally beaten in her prison cell and left for dead. 

The shocking scene came right at the end of the episode and saw Liv lying unconscious in a pool of blood on the floor of her cell, with emergency sirens going off in the prison and doctors rushing to her aid. 

Poor Liv's beating came after she had a run in with her cellmate, Mel, who she is locked up with after being wrongly accused of killing Ben Tucker, a crime that fans know is down to serial killer Meena Jutla. 

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Vinny went to see Liv in prison, but he brought bad news.  (Image credit: ITV)

The truth about Meena killing Ben is now out after the village murderer confessed to Manpreet while she had her held hostage last week.

But despite the fact Meena has confessed, the police still don't have enough evidence to let Liv go because the only person who heard the confession was Manpreet, who is currently in a coma following her ordeal with Meena.

Vinny, who was also being held hostage by Meena before Liam came to their rescue, is desperate to get Liv out of jail and went to see her in prison to explain it is going to take a little longer than they'd hoped to get her free.

Emmerdale Liv in prison

Liv wasn't happy when Vinny told her the police needed to speak to Manpreet before she'd be freed.  (Image credit: ITV)

But the news that they need to wait for Manpreet to wake up didn't go down well with Liv and she angrily accused Vinny of purposely not helping her before storming out of the visitors' room.

It was only when poor Liv got back to her cell that she had a run-in with Mel. After telling Mel to 'shut up' and that she 'didn't want to talk anymore' Mel decided that Liv needed to be 'taught some manners' and ominously shut the door to their cell.

Emmerdale Vinny upset over Liv

Vinny was upset that he'd not managed to help Liv.  (Image credit: ITV)

Back at the Dingles, Mandy comforted an upset Vinny, telling him that Liv will come around and will soon be free. But as she spoke fans were given a glimpse of a lifeless Liv lying bloodied and beaten on the floor.

Emmerdale Liv is beaten up in prison

Poor Liv was in a bad way after being beaten by Mel.  (Image credit: ITV)

Fans took to Twitter to share their shock and upset at the ending of the episode, with some even suggesting the scenes were so graphic that ITV should have issued a warning before they aired...

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Emmerdale spoilers for next week have revealed that Manpreet will soon wake up in the hospital... but it seems there still won't be enough evidence to pin Ben's murder on Meena and free Liv. 

Vinny soon comes up with a new plan to get Liv out of jail, but will Manpreet agree? And more to the point, will it be enough to get Liv out of prison? 

Emmerdale airs weeknights at 7pm on ITV, with an extra episode at 8pm on Thursdays - see our TV Guide for full listings. You can also catch up on ITV Hub now. 

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.