Emmerdale: Is the ITV soap about to tackle its toughest storyline yet? [ITV]
Emmerdale haven’t been afraid to tackle tough topics over the years.
Since the soap kicked off in October 1972, ITV have pushed the boundaries covering hard-hitting topics such as assisted suicide, rape and dementia.
And if recent rumours are to be believed, the Yorkshire-based soap are about to do it again with a topic that’s been taking over real life headlines over the last few years.
According to reports, the ITV soap is lining up an acid attack for one village resident as part of a shock new storyline.
Emmerdale: Ashley Thomas’s dementia storyline gripped the nation [ITV / Emmerdale]
As the soap will see one character scarred by a vicious acid attack, Emmerdale writers have reportedly been speaking to victims in order to make the storyline as authentic as possible.
A source told The Mirror: “Soaps want to portray the real world and Emmerdale is leading the way by broaching the rise in acid attacks.
“Scriptwriters are drafting a plotline. It’s a sensitive subject and has to be portrayed in the right way.”
Ahead of the shock new plot, we look back on storylines of the past that have rocked the boat.
Emmerdale: Ashley Thomas passed away as Laurel Thomas ran upstairs [ITV]
Viewer were absolutely heartbroken watching Ashley’s decline this time last year as the beloved character suffered from dementia.
The episodes that lead up to his tragic passing depicted the sad reality of living with the condition, both for the sufferer an their family.
Striking a chord with so many people who has been through a similar ordeal.
Fans were shocked by scenes when Aaron Levsey helped his partner Jackson Walsh take his own life [ITV Emmerdale]
When Aaron Levsey helped his partner Jackson Walsh take his own life in 2011, Ofcom received a handful of complaint over the controversial subject matter.
In scenes extremely hard to watch, Aaron handed his boyfriend a drug-filled drink to help him take his own life.
The scenes built up as Jackson became quadriplegia after he crashed his van into a railwy line and collided with a train.
Emmerdale: Rhona Goskirk bravely takes to the stand as she’s cross-examined by Pierce Harris’ defence team [ITV]
Earlier this year, Emmerdale fans faced a hard moment in the story as Rhona Goskirk was raped by Pierce Harris.
After Rhona bravely reported Pierce Harris’ brutal wedding day rape to the police and he was consequently arrested, and later convicted for the brutal attack.