SHOCK return in Emmerdale leads to unexpected drama for Jamie and Belle

Belle Dingle and Jamie Tate in Emmerdale
(Image credit: ITV)

Here comes trouble...

There's more drama heading for Jamie Tate and Belle Dingle in next week's Emmerdale when Andrea Tate returns to the village.

After going against the Dingle code and shacking up with a Tate, Belle has found herself very much on the outside of her family unit.

Belle Dingle and Paddy Kirk in Emmerdale

Belle catches Paddy and Marlon talking about her new romance (Picture: ITV) (Image credit: ITV)

Things get worse for Belle when she catches Paddy (Dominic Brunt) and Marlon talking about her and Jamie behind her backs.

The net closes in on Jamie?

But it's only when they reveal there is a new witness in Moira's hit and run case that Belle really starts to panic.

However, back at Home Farm, Belle is shocked when she tells Jamie the latest drama with Moira (Natalie J Robb), only to find he isn't bothered by the new development.

Belle and Jamie Emmerdale

Belle tells Jamie that there is a new witness in the hit and run case (Picture: ITV) (Image credit: ITV)

Adamant that he won't get caught, Jamie presses Belle to focus on their future together... starting with him getting divorced from Andrea.

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But Belle is worried that rushing into a divorce will only get Andrea's back up, which is something they definitely don't want to do as Andrea knows all about Jamie's guilty secret.

Andrea Tate and Belle Dingle in Emmerdale

Well, this is awkward! Andrea is back and she wants answers... (Picture: ITV) (Image credit: ITV)

However, as the pair talk about Andrea, who should walk in but Andrea herself.

She's not going to be happy to find Belle already has her feet firmly under the table at Home Farm... but how will the additional news that Belle also knows about Jamie's hit and run secret go down?

It looks like Jamie's hopes for a quickie divorce could be over before they've begun.

Emmerdale will temporarily air a reduced schedule of three episodes a week.

Watch on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7pm on ITV - 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.