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SICKENING blackmail leaves THIS Emmerdale family terrified next week

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Andrea Tate holds all the cards...

There is horror in Emmerdale next week when a sickening blackmail turns Jamie and Kim Tate's world upside down.

Emmerdale fans will know that Jamie Tate found himself caught up in huge drama when he left Moira Dingle (Natalie J Robb) fighting for her life in a recent hit and run.

Moira hit and run Jamie Emmerdale

Jamie's life was shattered when he made the decision to leave Moira Dingle fighting for her life after hitting her with his car (Picture: ITV)

The terrifying twist came as Jamie raced down a dark country road to find his estranged wife Andrea Tate.

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But before he could track down his missing wife, he hit Moira and left her with life-threatening injuries on the side of the road.

Secrets and lies 

Until now the only person who knows Jamie's terrible secret is Andrea, and now she is using it to blackmail him into staying with her.

Cain keeps vigil at Moira's bedside in Emmerdale

Moira was in a bad way when she was brought into hospital following the hit and run (Picture: ITV)

Viewers have watched Jamie fall in love with colleague Belle Dingle, and he was even planning to leave Andrea for her.

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However, now that Andrea holds all the cards, he is having to push Belle away and do as Andrea says unless he wants to go to prison.

Jamie feels trapped in Emmerdale

Jamie doesn't love Andrea any more, but she has got him trapped (Picture: ITV)

Next week sees Andrea's blackmailing take a sinister twist when she tells Kim about Jamie's hit and run secret.

Fans will know that there is no love lost between Kim and her daughter-in-law, and she's left reeling when she discovers her son is responsible for Moira's condition.

Heartache for Belle 

Meanwhile, things aren't good between Jamie and Belle.

Belle can't understand why Jamie is spending so much time with Andrea, and has been acting strangely since the night he went to find her.

Andrea taunts Belle in Emmerdale

Belle is confused about what is going on with Jamie and Andrea (Picture: ITV)

Jamie hits rock bottom when Belle refuses to have a drink with him in the pub.

But things get even worse when his mum reveals she knows his secret.

While Kim is adamant they go into damage control and clear up the evidence, Andrea is one step ahead of the Tate matriarch.

Andrea makes it very clear that Jamie and Kim must do as she says otherwise she will go to the police.

Jamie is trapped, signalling the end of his romance with Belle... but is Andrea playing with fire?

Belle is heartbroken in Emmerdale

With Andrea blackmailing Jamie, is this the end of his relationship with Belle? (Picture: ITV)

Fans will know that Kim isn't afraid to bump off those who get in her way... or rather pay someone to do the dirty work for her.

Has Andrea just signed her own death warrant?

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

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

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.