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'Emmerdale': Zak Dingle's mental problems to escalate

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Zak Dingle from Emmerdale

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Emmerdale star Steve Halliwell has revealed that there are dramatic moorland scenes on the way for Zak Dingle as his mental state deteriorates.

The actor's troubled character has been on a downward spiral for some time in the aftermath of his brutal attack on son Cain (Jeff Hordley).

Things get worse for a confused Zak next month as he wanders out onto the moors and starts having hallucinations.

Halliwell told Inside Soap: "Zak drives out into the wild countryside, but he gets confused. He fantasises about loved ones who are long dead and starts talking to them.

"Zak gets progressively worse and thinks Cain is looking for him, trying to kill him. It gets very tense up high on the rocks. While we were filming, I had to wear a safety harness because it was so windy - we nearly got blown away!"

Zak's ordeal comes a few days after he has falsely told his family that he has terminal cancer, desperate to cover up the fact that his recent problems have been mental ones.

Discussing Zak's terrible decision, Halliwell commented: "He knows that something is wrong with him, but he's not accepting that it might be in his mind. Zak isn't the kind of man who could admit to being mentally ill, so keeps it to himself."

Emmerdale airs weeknights on ITV1.

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