Ghost from the past leaves Belle’s life in danger in tonight’s Emmerdale

Belle feels guilty in Emmerdale

Emmerdale favourite Belle is on a downward spiral...

Emmerdale is set to air a new twist in Belle Dingle's struggles tonight as she continues to hear the voice of her late mum, Lisa Dingle.

Life has been tough for Belle since revealing former boyfriend Jamie Tate's true colours.

Jamie didn't take kindly to Belle shopping him to the police for Moira Dingle's (Natalie J Robb) hit and run, and he has since turned the tables on her.

Jamie declares his love for Belle, then he spots Cain approaching in Emmerdale

Belle shopped Jamie to the police, but now he is getting the ultimate revenge by framing her for the crime (Picture: ITV)

Having got Andrea to lie for him to the police, Jamie has managed to make himself look squeaky clean, while the police turn their attention to Belle.

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Belle's been framed

Tonight's Emmerdale will see Belle returning home after a night at the police station having been charged with the hit and run.

But while the Dingles start to speculate over the identity of the new witness who claims to have seen Belle with Jamie's car on the night of the accident, Belle's mental health is starting to suffer.

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Belle has been struggling since Jamie Tate turned the tables on her (Picture: ITV)

Last week fans saw Belle starting to hear the voice of her late mum, Lisa, who appeared to be telling her to stick up for herself.

However, Lisa's voice soon got Belle in trouble with the police when she verbally lashed out at the officer questioning her at the station.

After getting cross with the police, Belle found herself spending the night in jail, along with being charged for a crime that she didn't commit.

Belle Dingle and Lisa Dingle

Belle has started hearing the voice of her late mum, Lisa (Picture: ITV) (Image credit: ITV)

With Belle now facing court for the hit and run, the Dingles vow to fight to prove her innocence.

But as Lisa's voice gets louder in Belle's head, things don't look good for the former veterinary receptionist.

Fans of Emmerdale will know that Belle has got a complex history with schizophrenia, and is on medication for the condition.

A new twist for Belle

Tonight's episode will see Sam Dingle realise that Belle hasn't taken her tablets after being with the police all night, and he encourages her to take the medication.

Sam encourages Belle to take her pills in Emmerdale

Tonight's Emmerdale sees Belle listen to Lisa's voice and not take her medication (Picture: ITV)

However, Lisa's voice speaks to Belle once again, this time telling Belle that she shouldn't take her medication.

Being obedient, Belle listens to her mum and doesn't take her pills, leaving her in grave danger as her mental health threatens to spiral out of control.

Will anyone realise what is happening to Belle before it is too late?

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