Emmerdale’s Aaron Dingle and Robert Sugden are set to be involved in a very special Christmas storyline and are heading for a second wedding next summer.
Speaking at a press event today, the show’s producer Iain Macleod teased the popular on/off couple – currently very much off – will be the focus of this year’s Christmas Day episode which is described as one of the most unusual the show has ever seen.
“Robert will end up feeling he’s hit rock bottom after all the dastardly things he’s done and that he wants to live his life differently,” said MacLeod. “Aaron is always involved in Robert’s stories and Christmas Day is almost a Robron single strand episode, and possibly the weirdest episode we’ve ever done!
“It’s really out there, and is the episode I’ve been the most nervous about since I started because of how crackers it is. But it’s entertaining, dramatic, features a surprise cameo, is stylistically strange, romantic and really great.”
This year started well with the boys’ wedding back in February, only for Aaron to be arrested at the ceremony and put in prison, leading Robert to turn to ex Rebecca White and get her pregnant, which ultimately led to Robron splitting when Aaron was released. Currently Robert is scheming to destroy the White family and take over Home Farm, and without Aaron to keep him out of mischief who knows where that will end…
“I always see Robert and Aaron as being on opposite ends of a long bit of elastic,” added MacLeod. “At the moment they’re stretched tight and as far away from each other as I’m comfortable with them getting. The events of Christmas and New Year will bring them back together again.”
MacLeod also confirmed fan hopes for a second wedding, what with the first being curtailed by the arrival of the cops. “There will definitely be a wedding – you can expect that next summer.”
Of course there’s a long way to go before that, with Rebecca expecting Robert’s baby and the whole White family tipped to be leaving the village in the coming months – will the scheming Sugden get his hands on Home Farm in the end? Maybe that’s where they’ll have the wedding reception…
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