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Heartache in Emmerdale next week as a death shock is revealed

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There's drama in Emmerdale next week when Charity Dingle reveals the secret that Lisa Dingle is dying. But who does she tell?

Next week sees Emmerdale's Charity Dingle struggling to cope with the pressure of keeping Lisa Dingle's secret that she is dying of a terminal illness.

Emmerdale fans were heartbroken to find out last week that the legendary Lisa will be leaving the show after it was revealed that the character is to be written out after 23 years.

Charity had raced to see her aunt in Scotland after receiving a mysterious phone call... and it was in the soap's special episode for International Women's Day that Lisa confessed she was dying from a heart condition.

Lisa had called Charity to visit her in Scotland so that she could start getting things in order before her death, even asking Charity to write her eulogy.

But while Lisa made Charity promise not to tell anyone about her illness, not even her and Zak's daughter, Belle, Charity has clearly been struggling with the weight of knowing her aunt is dying.

Next week sees Charity's fiancee Vanessa work out something isn't right when Charity can't face talking to Belle.

Charity and Lisa in Emmerdale

Charity's visit to see Lisa was an emotional one...

Vanessa asks Charity what is wrong, and Charity can't take the pressure any more and blurts out that Lisa is dying, leaving Vanessa speechless.

As Vanessa processes the news, she makes sure she is there for her other half, realising that this is why she has been so vulnerable lately.

But how long will it take for the truth to reach Belle?

With two people in the village now knowing Lisa's secret, surely it is only a matter of time before Belle discovers her mum's fate?

And when she does, how will she feel about the fact Lisa and Charity have been keeping such a huge secret from her?

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

Claire Crick
Claire Crick

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.