TWO Emmerdale LEGENDS return tonight with a heartbreaking death shock

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There's tragedy heading for the Dingles in tonight's Emmerdale when Lisa and Zak return with heartbreaking news...

Tonight's Emmerdale sees soap legends Zak and Lisa return to the Dingle fold. But their homecoming isn't set to be a happy one, because Lisa is about to drop the bombshell that she is dying...

Zak and Lisa's daughter, Belle, is beside herself with excitement as she prepares for her parents' return, and she has even thrown a welcome home party for the occasion.

But as she gathers the Dingles together for the big surprise, she is blissfully unaware that her mum is harbouring a huge secret that will turn her life upside down.

Belle Dingle and Lisa Dingle

Wellcome home Zak and Lisa! (Credit: ITV)

Zak and Lisa at thrilled with the party as they walk through the door, and couldn't be happier to be reunited with their family.

But as the excitement of being back wears off, Lisa knows it is time to reveal the real reason they've come home and breaks the news to everyone that she is dying.

Lisa tells Belle that she is dying in Emmerdale

Belle is left reeling by her mum's shocking news (Credit: ITV)

Emmerdale fans will know that Lisa has been told she doesn't have long left after being diagnosed with a terminal heart condition.

Viewers saw Lisa call Charity to see her in Scotland back in March as part of the soaps special episode for International's Women's Day, where she broke the news she was dying.

Charity was left reeling as Lisa asked her to write a eulogy, and made her promise not to tell anyone back in Emmerdale that she had seen her.

Lisa and Belle in Emmerdale

Belle is stunned to realise that Charity already new Lisa's news (Credit: ITV)

Tonight will see the Dingles struggling to get their head around the news their matriarch isn't long for this world... but it quickly becomes apparent to Belle that this isn't brand new information to Charity.

Belle is heartbroken to discover Lisa confided in Charity instead of her, but will she forgive her mum and manage to focus on making the most of the time she has left with Lisa?

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

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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.