Emmerdale favourite Faith Dingle is the subject of sex rumours spreading around the village next week.
As Faith struggles with the prospect that she is once again ill with cancer, she has been supported by her ex-boyfriend Eric Pollard and his new girlfriend Brenda Walker.
Next week, the trio head out for a shop for a special lunch but shopkeeper David Metcalfe comments on their dynamic and Mackenzie Boyd makes some veiled remarks on what their living arrangements are like.
Brenda continues to encourage Faith to speak with her family about the potential that her cancer had returned, but Faith does not want to worry them until she has this confirmed.
Faith soon comes to Brenda’s aid by giving her a massage when Brenda pulls a muscle doing some heavy lifting, prompting a nearby Mackenzie to overhear their conversation and soon head back to the village with more gossip about what he thinks are sexy antics up at Eric’s barn.
The gossipers later confront Eric in the Woolpack pub about his dynamic with Faith and Brenda, meaning he has to fend off awkward questions.
Meanwhile, Faith’s great-granddaughter Sarah Dingle overhears her discussing death, prompting Sarah to confront Faith about whether her cancer has returned.
Faith has to admit to Sarah that there is a chance it has and she has received tests but wishes to keep the health situation a secret until she has the truth confirmed.
As the gossip reaches fever pitch, Faith pushes Sarah to keep quiet but Faith’s daughter Chas Dingle wants to get to the truth of the matter.
Will Faith be honest with her daughter about her health woes?
Speaking about the storyline, actress Sally Dexter who plays Faith said of her character hiding her health situation: “She doesn’t feel guilty, she feels she’s doing what’s necessary to safeguard them and to not have them worrying in a way which might not be necessary – until she knows these test results.
“She can’t know what’s she’s dealing with and she feels she can’t share it.”
*Emmerdale continues on weekdays at 7pm on ITV with previous episodes available on ITV Hub.