Emmerdale celebrate 50th anniversary with trailer
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Emmerdale icon Aaron Dingle (played by Danny Miller) will return to the soap this month as the show celebrates its 50th anniversary. Taking part in dramatic scenes, Aaron returns to make amends with his family as they all join together in the wake of Faith Dingle’s (Sally Dexter) cancer diagnosis. However, upon his return he finds out about Chas Dingle’s (Lucy Parteger) affair with Al Chapman (Michael Wildman), sending shockwaves through the family. Opening up about his return, Danny expressed the one thing he was so hopeful for was the return of his long-term boyfriend Robert Sugden
Danny initially quit the show last year ahead of his stint on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here, which he eventually went on to win and was crowned King of the Castle.
He has since been enjoying some time away from work with his Steph and their young son, Albert.
Returning to his home away from home, Danny revealed that he initially wanted former co-star Ryan Hawley to return with him for the show’s anniversary.
However, he admitted that whilst it would have been “nice” for Ryan to return with him, it wasn’t realistic as the character Robert is still serving time for Luke Posner (Max Parker).
The star explained: “[Executive producer] Jane Hudson and the team mentioned there was going to be a lot action-packed stuff for the 50th, which there is, but I was on holiday at the time and I kind of imagined there’d be some crazy action thing just to really step outside – that it would be some action-packed thing where maybe Aaron could turn up and kidnap Robert out of prison.
“It was just stupid talk, I was actually telling Ryan [Hawley] about it! But no, it would’ve been really nice to have him back but it’s near impossible,” he told Digital Spy.
Despite the obstacles, Danny expressed that there is “always a way and a means” to get characters back together in the soap.
Danny also explained that whenever he is in public, he still gets asked about the iconic relationship, even though they split in 2018.
“We were talking about it on a podcast not so long ago and talking about on-screen couples. I think icons isn’t the right word but I can’t think of anything else, maybe role models.
“Robert and Aaron led a relationship that was represented by so many people out there and it really helped change some people, people still tell me that now.
“It was always going to be a question I was asked, ‘how’s Robert?’ or ‘where’s Robert?’ when people ask you in the street.
“But yes they were a great soap couple and it was nice to be a part of and to share it with Ryan,” he added.
Danny is returning to the soap for a short stint and will see Aaron arrested when he goes after Sandra Flaherty’s (Joanne Mitchell) evil sidekick Terry for trying to get revenge on Liv Dingle (Isobel Steele).
Could this be a way for ITV bosses to reintroduce Robert to the storyline if Aaron gets sent away?
Even though his arrival back into the village may be brief, it is set to be a storm as the intense week of drama kicks off.
Alongside Aaron’s return, Diane Sugden (Elizabeth Estensen) has also heard about Faith’s diagnosis and wants to see her again.
“Diane has a great time catching up with people in the village but she has come back especially to see Faith whom she was great friends with.’ Elizabeth explained to Metro.co.uk.
Amy Walsh, who plays Tracy Metcalfe is also returning for a brief appearance as she rocks Nate Robinson’s (Jurell Carter) world.
“A lot happens for Tracy in a small amount of time. She has some news for Nate but when she sees him it’s not as easy to tell him as she may have thought.
“Her and Vanessa get to spend some quality time together too which has been a long time coming.”