Emmerdale: Your 2010 storyline highlights

It's been another year of twists and turns in Yorkshire-based soap Emmerdale.

Suzanne McTaggart takes a look at some of the highlights of 2010.


EMMERDALE fans experienced the soap's first heroin addiction storyline when teenager Holly Barton's (Sophie Powles) problems spiralled out of control.

Viewers first saw the wayward teenager take cocaine during nights out, but the situation came to a head when she was thrown out of college for drug abuse.

Holly sunk to new lows as the addiction took hold, including taking stealing from her neighbours and snorting cocaine while babysitting in the village.

After being thrown out of Butler's Farm, Holly even burgled her own family in a bid to feed her addiction, but eventually returned home, where she overdosed on heroin.

Parents John (James Thornton) and Moira (Natalie J. Robb) then forced her to go cold turkey - but unable to watch Holly in pain, Moira was arrested after scoring drugs for her daughter.


THE drama surrounding the death of bigamist Mark Wylde (Maxwell Caulfield) was a big storyline throughout 2010, with estranged son Ryan (James Sutton) charged with murder.

But despite Ryan being found guilty, it was a last-minute confession from Mark's second wife Natasha (Amanda Donohoe) which resulted in justice finally being served.

Natasha shot her husband and buried his body in the woods after Mark revealed that he had faked his own death while married to Ryan's mum Faye (Kim Thomson).

Various blackmail and framing plots ensued, involving Ryan; prime suspect Nathan Wylde (Lyndon Ogbourne) and village bad boy Cain Dingle (Jeff Hordley).

But it was daughter Maisie (Alice Coulthard) who eventually shopped her mum to the police - and Natasha was sentenced to life in prison, with a minimum term of 21 years.


TEENAGER Aaron Livesy (Danny Miller) has spent 2010 struggling to cope with his sexuality, a storyline which came to head during a night out with a tragic conclusion.

After his relationship with Holly Barton (Sophie Powles) broke down, Aaron secretly went to a gay bar and met Jackson Walsh (Marc Silcock), who later became his boyfriend.

Father figure Paddy Kirk (Dominic Brunt) became suspicious that Aaron was dealing drugs - but when he discovered the truth, the tortured teen violently attacked him.

Aaron continued to struggle with his relationship with Jackson and matters came to a head during a night out with Paddy and Marlon Dingle (Mark Charnock).

The couple had a heated row and Jackson drove off, only for the van to crash onto a railway line and be hit by a train, leaving Jackson in a wheelchair.


BEST pals Marlon Dingle (Mark Charnock) and Paddy Kirk (Dominic Brunt) had their friendship put to the test when they both fell for veterinary nurse Rhona Goskirk (Zoe Henry).

Rhona had enjoyed brief flings with Marlon when she first worked in the village in 2001 and 2002, a relationship which quickly resumed when Rhona returned to work at the vets this year.

But Rhona soon found herself falling for Marlon's best friend and fellow vet Paddy, with their close working relationship turning into something more.

Paddy felt the same way and the pair got together after Rhona ended her relationship with Marlon - only to discover that she was pregnant with Marlon's baby.

In a devastating blow, doctors told the trio that the baby was likely to be born with Down's Syndrome, which left Rhona questioning whether she should keep the child.


LOVE rat Carl King (Tom Lister) embarked on a passionate affair with temptress Eve Jenson (Suzanne Shaw) behind the back of girlfriend Chas Dingle (Lucy Pargeter).

Or so he thought - as cunning Chas later found out about the cheating pair and set about getting her revenge in an extraordinary way.

She proposed to Carl, lied that she was pregnant and ploughed ahead with wedding arrangements, organising the nuptials for Christmas Day - with Eve as a bridesmaid.

Chas planned to exact her revenge by jilting Carl at the altar and humiliating him and Eve, complete with hideous bridesmaid dress, in front of the entire village.

But on the day itself, she got cold feet - and viewers were left wondering whether the pair would marry in a dramatic Christmas cliffhanger.

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