Exclusive: Emmerdale star on long-term Marlon future

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Emmerdale star Mark Charnock has spoken to Digital Spy about the future of Marlon Dingle's ongoing storyline.

Marlon suffered a stroke in March and the ITV show has spent the past few months exploring his recovery, which builds up to heartwarming scenes in Thursday's hour-long episode (August 11).

The latest visit to the Dales will see Marlon keep his personal promise to walk down the aisle to marry his fiancée Rhona Goskirk.

Everyone is overjoyed when they see how much this means to Marlon, who has been working closely with a physiotherapist in recent months.

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Speaking about the slow approach to the storyline, Mark told Digital Spy: "[Soap is] the only form of drama where you can do it like that, really. Where you can do day by day changes – literally. So we're very lucky in that respect.

"These small, incremental changes that take place – the downs and the ups. I do feel that soap is the only form of drama where you can tell a story like this in such detail."

On future milestones for Marlon's recovery, he continued: "Who knows where he'll be? The pace of recovery can vary massively. I don't know where he's going to be in a few months' time, but that's what's great about it.

"Every time you get a script, you see little differences that they're starting to put in. Obviously I've had conversations about where he might be in a few months' time, but they want to take their time with it. It's important that they don't rush it.

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"It's really important that it takes its natural time. So I'd love him to go back to work – that'd be huge for him. I imagine that when he does go back to work, he won't be the same – it will present massive challenges. But he's a workaholic, he's in love with his job. I think that'd be a great thing for him."

Thursday's episode features a key development in Priya Kotecha's ongoing storyline, as she takes off her jacket and reveals her scars as she dances confidently at the wedding reception.

There are also moving scenes involving Faith Dingle and her family.

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Mark continued: "It's properly edge-of-the-seat stuff, because there's lots of stories. It's not just about Marlon and Rhona's wedding, there's lots of stuff going on. Lots of stories are all peaking at the same time.

"That's when soap's at its best, I think, because the audience is ready for all these stories to peak. It's truly brilliantly written by Caroline Mitchell and directed by John Anderson.

"The storyline with Faith - Sally Dexter's performance is just off the scale. She's a remarkable actress. Jeff [Hordley, who plays Cain is] amazing, Lucy [Pargeter, who plays Chas is] amazing."

Stroke Association has further information and support on stroke. You can call their helpline on 0303 3033 100 or visit their website at www.stroke.org.uk. Readers in the US can contact the American Stroke Association.

Emmerdale airs weeknights at 7.30pm on ITV and streams on the ITV Hub.

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