DRAMA in Emmerdale as THIS legendary couple hit the rocks in lockdown?

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Could lockdown be the final straw for Paddy and Chas?

There could be heartache heading for Emmerdale couple Paddy Kirk and Chas Dingle as the strain of lockdown takes its toll on their relationship.

The pair have been to hell and back over recent years, and the heartache of losing their daughter, Grace, shortly after she was born back in 2018 will always stay with them.

Chas and Paddy make the most of their time at home under lockdown in Emmerdale

Chas and Paddy take centre stage for Monday night's lockdown episode of Emmerdale (Picture: ITV)

But as they raise their baby daughter, Eve, who was born last year, the future is finally looking good.

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But while Paddy (Dominic Brunt) has been fussing around Eve, wanting to wrap her up in cotton wool after what happened to Grace, Chas (Lucy Pargeter) has a much more relaxed approach to parenting.

With the stress of welcoming a new baby into the world, added to the fact Eve is a constant reminder of losing Grace, the pair's relationship has come under strain.

What's wrong with Paddy in Emmerdale

Paddy and Chas have had a tough few years (Picture: ITV)

Lockdown drama

Things are only set to get worse when the couple find themselves in lockdown together, forced to stay indoors as they ride out the coronavirus pandemic.

While Chas struggles with the pub being closed, she starts to think that this could be the perfect opportunity to get things back on track with Paddy.

But it seems Paddy has got other ideas, because he is more interested in drinking the pub cellar dry.

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Paddy decides to spend lockdown drinking the Woolpack bar dry (Picture: ITV)

Chas struggles to cope as Paddy hits the booze... but underneath his fun-time persona, Paddy secretly knows that he needs to make an effort with his relationship.

The pair make the most of spending so much time together and soon they're having a heart-to-heart about their romance.

Putting plans into place

Paddy starts making plans for the future, putting his dreams into motion.

But is Chas on the same page as Paddy?

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Chas and Paddy make plans for the future together (Picture: ITV)

Will she join him in looking towards the future together, or is she about to rain on his parade?

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 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.