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Emmerdale producer hints 2014 drama for Bartons, Pollards, Dingles

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Emmerdale exec Kate Oates has discussed some of the soap's upcoming storylines.

The producer has promised a "big" 2014 for the ITV programme and hinted at new dramas surrounding the Bartons, the Pollards and the Dingles.

Emmerdale's new Barton arrivals

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A Barton family secret will be revealed in 2014


Oates suggested that secrets would be revealed in the Barton family following the arrival of newcomers Pete (Anthony Quinlan) and Finn (Joe Gill).

She told the soap's site: "One of the most exciting things for me about 2013 was bringing in a whole new cast of Barton boys, which was a really good thing to be able to do... they're definitely going to cause trouble.

"There are a few secrets in that family. There's a big reason why James (Bill Ward) fell out with his brother John and we haven't revealed that yet on screen, but we know what it is and we're just biding our time with it a little bit. Hopefully it will be a big rewarding secret for the audience to see."

The producer also hinted at a "life-changing" storyline for Belle Dingle (Eden Taylor-Draper) in early 2014, as well as a "new direction" for the Pollard family.

Eden Taylor-Draper as Belle Dingle in Emmerdale

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Belle Dingle is set to have a life-changing storyline this year


She revealed: "One of the things that I think is brilliant about the Dingles is that they always triumph against adversity. It's a struggle but they stick together.

"We've got a story for them that really tests them as a family this year. Belle - who has always been the bright spark and the big hope - something really life-changing is going to happen to her quite early in the year, and she'll need the support of her family but maybe they don't quite support her in the way that she needs."

She continued: "A story I'm really looking forward to in 2014 is a new story for the Pollards.

"It's a completely different kind of story to the one that we've played with them when they were living with Amy.

"What's great about this new direction for them is that it will give us a whole new slant on the Pollards, it challenges them in a way that we've never seen before and I think it will be a really exciting story for a soap like us to tell.

"That will be a challenge for us, but one I'm really looking forward to in 2014."

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