Emmerdale: upcoming Ashley drama will break your heart, says soap boss

Producer Iain MacLeod reveals what's ahead in Ashley's dementia storyline

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Emmerdale’s series producer Iain MacLeod has given a hint as to what viewers can expect to see as Ashley’s dementia storyline progresses. Speaking about the upcoming drama during a question and answer session on Instagram, the show boss said:

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“It’s heartbreaking at times, but also really uplifting. One of the things we’re trying to do between now and summer is find ways to make this a joyful story and something that really warms the cockles, as well as breaking your heart.”

@radiotimes What's next for the Ashley story? #AskIain #Emmerdale

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The plotline has won popular and critical plaudits, especially for an innovative episode broadcast last December that depicted a life of Ashley. Actor John Middleton – who has played Ashley since 1996 – is expected to exit Emmerdale at some point in 2017.

Speaking recently, Middleton said: “I’m very sad to be leaving Emmerdale. I love the place, I love everyone who works there and I’ve got some great friends and colleagues there – some will be friends of mine for the rest of my life.”

You can watch a 60-second rundown of next week’s episodes of Emmerdale below.

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