Emmerdale has announced that it will devote its Christmas Day episode to the fractious relationship between Robert Sugden and Aaron Dingle.
#Robron fans will be in for a treat when – in a surreal turn of events – Robert is pushed to his limits as he continually wakes on Christmas morning to a different reality.
Why can’t he escape from this perpetual nightmare? And how will his estrangement from the real love of his life – Aaron (played by Danny Miller) – manifest itself?
Says series producer Iain MacLeod of the upcoming drama: “Think Groundhog Day and A Christmas Carol with a little nod to the film Don’t Look Now thrown in and that’s been our approach to the Christmas Day episode.
“It’s been amazing to produce as we’re constantly thinking of ways to push the boundaries of storytelling and keep Emmerdale fresh and our loyal viewers on their toes!
“We’ve all acknowledged the risks of filming such a standalone episode, but we sincerely hope the audience will appreciate we’ve tried to do something a bit different in the same way we devoted an episode to Ashley’s story last Christmas.”
Viewers can also expect some laughs to go alongside the more macabre elements of the stgory: “Apart from the scary aspect to Robert’s situation, the episode is also heartfelt and hilarious in parts.
“Christmas wouldn’t be the same without a healthy dose of the Dingles and a comedy cameo which we hope will please our viewers. Watch out for the ghost of Christmas Future as you might recognise them!”
You can watch a 60-second rundown of next week’s drama on Emmerdale below
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