There are some heartbreaking scenes ahead for Chas Dingle and Paddy Kirk as the day that the Emmerdale favourites have been dreading dawns, with Chas going into labour and giving birth to a baby that the parents know they are fated to lose.
As Grace lives her only few moments in Chas arms, a special episode will take Chas, Paddy and their newborn out of reality so that they can have the brief respite of living some key moments of their daughters life, had she survived.
Speaking about the very differently styled episode, Lucy Pargeter told Metro.co.uk: Its like a fantasy flash forward. So its Grace when she has just been born then at 1, at 4 and then 12. Its the kind of things they would have done with her if shed have still been around – its in their heads in the delivery room after shes just been born.
Theyre thinking about all of the things that they wont get to do with her. They kind of go there with her in their minds – it was traumatic but it was beautiful filming it. When you are pregnant, you do think about all of the things you are going to do with your child so its nice in a way to have been able to see some of that and the kids were absolutely gorgeous.
It was nice as when you have a tragic birth coming up, everything is so down so its good to think were not going to spend two weeks in a hospital crying, going through labour and birth and having absolutely harrowing times. The episode needs the lightness. We have had a massive build up of how awful it is going to be so to have that lightness is a relief. Its bittersweet to the audience and characters.
And while Lucy has been at the centre of some of the soaps most dramatic and explosive plots over the years, she admits that for her, the true definition of the genre is these raw stories that explore the characters and are relatable.
She told us: You can fill lots of episodes with big explosions and car crashes and higher impact visual stuff. For me, when soaps do a whole episode of two people sitting in a room talking about real life, thats far more interesting than seeing a car spinning in the air so it has been really nice to do so much of that.
They have given it a lot of screentime, it has been quite prominent all the way through rather than just bubbling. And it has taken us through all of the options they could have taken and how the impact is on the wider family now. Weve been blessed with how much time and effort into the writing we have had and how much airtime its been given.