SHOCK in Emmerdale as THIS life-long secret is finally revealed

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Mandy Dingle has got a big confession to make...

Mandy Dingle is about to drop a huge secret in Emmerdale next week as the special lockdown episodes continue.

Fans have been getting used to Emmerdale's new look as the soap returns to filming with social distancing measures in place.

Emmerdale lockdown

Emmerdale's lockdown episodes have been a huge hit (Picture: ITV)

The lockdown episodes focus on two characters for the whole half an hour, and next week it's Mandy and Vinny's turn.

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The pair have been turfed out of the Dingles by Sam as he worries about the possibility that Lydia might have Huntington's Disease, making her susceptible to catching the virus.

But things aren't looking too bad for Mandy and Vinny as they get themselves settled for lockdown in the salon, complete with an endless supply of beauty products, beer, a microwave and a karaoke machine.

Mandy and Vinny Emmerdale

Mandy and Vinny spend lockdown stuck in the village beauty salon (Picture: ITV)

The pair might not have the most conventional location to ride out the pandemic, but at the start of lockdown the biggest worry the pair have got is the fact they can't find the key for the locked Prosecco fridge.

As Mandy and Vinny chat over the weeks, the conversation seems to turn to Paul on a regular basis... and as the pair navigate through their past together it soon becomes apparent that Mandy is hiding something. Something huge.

After some serious soul searching, Mandy finally reveals a long-hidden secret that she has been keeping buried for years.

Paul barges into the Dingles in Emmerdale

Vinny was stunned when his friend Alex turned out to be his dad, Paul (Picture: ITV)

As she shares her biggest bombshell, Mandy reveals that her secret has affected her entire life, and suddenly things finally make sense to Vinny.

But what has Mandy been keeping hidden that will change everything going forward for her?

And where does this leave her relationship with Vinny and the rest of the Dingles? Will she share the news with the rest of her family when lockdown is over?

Emmerdale will temporarily air a reduced schedule of two episodes a week. Watch on Mondays and Wednesdays at 7pm on 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 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.