Emmerdale spoiler video sees first look at Marlon Dingles heartbreaking stroke

Emmerdale 's Marlon Dingle (Mark Charnock) is set to be part of a heartbreaking storyline in upcoming episodes when he has a life-threatening stroke.

The ITV soap has released a spoiler video showing a first look at Marlon's stroke where he suddenly falls ill and collapses to the ground.

At the start of the week, Marlon is feeling on top of the world whilst he searches for the engagement ring for Rhona Goskirk, when suddenly he falls ill.

As Marlon falls to the ground, he heartbreakingly realises he's suffering from a stroke with daughter April Windsor finding him and calling an ambulance.

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Later at the hospital, Rhona and her mother Mary tell April that they will remain strong as a family.

In the spoiler video, it sees Marlon writing a love letter to Rhona as he struggles to find the words to express his feelings towards her before he falls ill.

While in a different trailer released by Emmerdale it sees Marlon distressed as he sees his face showing signs of a stroke before collapsing to the ground.

The ITV soap wants to raise awareness of the warning signs that come before a stroke and the storyline will focus on from Marlon's perspective.

Emmerdale has worked closely with the charity, Stroke Association, to give a "realistic and authentic depiction of Marlon’s journey".

In the coming months, it will see how Marlon, as well as his family and friends, come to terms with his stroke and how it will impact their future.

Emmerdale producer, Laura Shaw, said: "Warm, witty and kindhearted Marlon is undoubtedly one of Emmerdale's most loved characters.

"With Mark Charnock's sheer skill, craft and incredible range, it felt totally right to play such an incredibly important story as this, with Marlon highlighting that a stroke can happen at any time and showing the catastrophic consequences it can have on the person affected and their whole family.

"When we first started researching this storyline I was shocked by the stark statistics that the UK alone has 1.3 million stroke survivors, so we knew we wanted to do those people and their families justice by showing the raw reality of a stroke as truthfully and honestly as we could.

"Extensive research was done for the actual stroke episode so we could step outside of our usual storytelling style and show the stroke from Marlon's POV in a really impactful way because we wanted viewers to see what a stroke feels like in the moment.

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"As the story unfolds, we follow the tragic and heartbreaking long lasting repercussions it has on Marlon and his friends and family and how their love for each other shines through as they all pull together at this most difficult time."

The heartbreaking episodes will air next week on ITV. Stroke Association provide help and support to people rebuilding their lives after a stroke. Visit www.stroke.org.uk.

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