SHOCK DEATH leaves THIS family torn apart in tonight’s Emmerdale


There's more death and destruction heading to Emmerdale...

Tonight's Emmerdale sees Laurel Thomas get the devastating news that her beloved father-in-law, Sandy Thomas, has sadly passed away.

The heartbreaking revelation comes during a surprise phone call tonight as the rest of the village search for missing April Windsor.

Laurel Thomas in Emmerdale

Laurel is told tonight that Sandy Thomas has sadly died (Picture: ITV)

Poor Laurel is shattered to discover that her late husband, Ashley's, father has died and starts to worry about how she is going to tell her children the news.

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The departure of Sandy in Emmerdale comes after the real life death of actor Freddie Jones last summer, who played the much-loved character.

But as Laurel faces the challenge of telling her son Arthur the news about his grandad, little does she know it will cause a huge secret to be uncovered.

Emmerdale, Laurel Thomas, Arthur Thomas

Laurel's news that Sandy has died leads to Arthur making a shock confession (Picture: ITV) (Image credit: ITV)

Later this week Arthur will struggle to take in the news about Sandy, leading to Jimmy King finding the school boy crying at his dad's grave.

Arthur will see Sandy's passing as punishment for the fact he has been bullying little Archie Breckle for months, and has let Jimmy take the blame for the bruises.

But tomorrow's episode (Thursday 6th February) will see Arthur make the shocking confession to Laurel that he is the one responsible for Archie's abuse and not Jimmy.

Laurel is set to be understandably stunned by her son's confession, and she will be left with the dilemma of whether to tell Jimmy the truth.

Emmerdale, Arthur Thomas, Jai Sharma, Jimmy King, Laurel Thomas

Will Laurel and Arthur tell Jai and Jimmy the truth? (Picture: ITV) (Image credit: ITV)

But there is also the small matter of Jai...

Laurel and Jai have been in a relationship until recently, but how will the news that Arthur has been hurting Archie affect their chances of ever rekindling their romance once Jai is out of rehab?

By the end of the week Laurel has called Jimmy over so that Arthur can make his confession to the man he framed for his bad behaviour... but when Jai arrives home early from rehab, will Laurel let the truth be revealed?

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

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.