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What happens to Marlon in Emmerdale? ITV trailer shows soap character’s emotional health battle

One of Emmerdale’s oldest and most beloved characters, Marlon Dingle, will take a devastating blow this week in scenes that will see him suffer a stroke. This will begin a long story, which will unfold over the next few months, of a health battle that will have a huge effect on his entire family.

ITV has released a first trailer showing what awaits Marlon from Monday March 21 as he is rushed to hospital and his loved ones, including girlfriend Rhona, daughter April and best friend Paddy, are struggling to deal with the consequences.

The clip shows the harrowing moment Marlon – played by Mark Charnock – looks in the mirror and realizes something is wrong when his vision blurs, he collapses on the floor. His young daughter April is then seen standing over him saying, “Dad, just talk to me please”.

Marlon is rushed to hospital while his partner Rhona looks at an engagement ring as she planned to surprise him with a proposal at his birthday party. Marlon’s best friend Paddy is shown at his bedside, crying and saying, “Will you just come back to me, please. I can’t cope.”

Rhona is then heard saying, “No matter how long it takes or how hard it is, we’re gonna do it together.” Rhona’s mother, Mary, is also shown in the first clip supporting a devastated April and reaching out to a crying Rhona at the end of the trailer.

The Yorkshire soap will make a special episode to tell the story from Marlon’s perspective in hopes of raising awareness of the warning signs that precede a stroke. Emmerdale’s writer, story, research and production teams worked closely with the Stroke Association to ensure the character’s journey is “realistic and authentic”.

The family have been through a lot of stress and turmoil since the pub blast on Christmas Day, which left Marlon worried about his job and whether he would lose the money he had invested in the pub. Rhona’s evil ex, Pierce, asked for help in finding his son who then showed up in the village and caused division between the couple and they recently had an unexpected visitor staying with them in the form from Rhona’s mother.

Speaking about his upcoming storyline, Mark Charnock, who played Marlon Dingle for over 25 years, said he was “very proud” to be working on this journey with his character. He explained, “Working with the Emmerdale research team and the Stroke Association on this storyline was a total eye-opener for me.

“We hear the word ‘stroke’ a lot,” he added: “but to be faced with the weight of numbers in this country alone was a shock. A stroke occurs every 5 minutes in the UK. Over 100,000 One Plus can and should be done to raise awareness and hopefully this story can help.

“It’s a huge responsibility to try to get it right for the survivors and their families and for those who have lost loved ones to this horrific event. No two strokes are the same, but the aftereffects are devastating. I am very proud of the show for telling it and allowing me to be a part of it.

Emmerdale airs weeknights on ITV from 7.30pm.

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