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Sickening games leave THIS Emmerdale couple heading for heartache

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Paul is up to his old tricks again...

Mandy Dingle will find herself drawn into another one of Paul Ashdale's sickening games in next week's Emmerdale.

Soap fans will know that Paul has been desperate to reignite his romance with Mandy ever since he arrived in the village earlier this year.

Vinny upsets Mandy in Emmerdale

Vinny is convinced Mandy still has feelings for Paul (Picture: ITV)

But poor Mandy has had her heart broken by her ex once before and understandably has her guard up whenever she is around him.

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However, with Paul and Vinny getting closer by the day, it seems Paul's attempts to worm his way back into Mandy's life might be working.

Paul's new game plan 

Next week sees Vinny confessing to his dad that he has got a crush on Liv Flaherty.

Mandy is cross in Emmerdale

Mandy and Paul spend ages making a romantic dinner for Vinny and Liv (Picture: ITV)

But instead of putting his son first, Paul uses Vinny's love life as a way to get into Mandy's good books.

Paul cooks up a romantic dinner for Vinny and Liv, convincing Mandy that he is being a supportive dad.

The pair spend ages putting the finishing touches on the special meal, so when Mandy gets wind of the fact Liv has cancelled she is far from happy.

Mandy is cross in Emmerdale

Mandy isn't happy when Liv apparently cancels (Picture: ITV)

Paul persuades her not to let all their efforts go to waste and they sit down to enjoy the dinner together.

However, Paul's lies start to unravel when Mandy later bumps into Liv and she confronts her about standing Vinny up on their date.

Mandy is cross in Emmerdale

Mandy confronts Liv, but she isn't going to like what she hears... (Picture: ITV)

But when Liv's response leaves Mandy shocked and the penny drops that she's been duped by Paul once again.

What is Paul up to?

And will his plan to win Mandy back work?

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.