In the aftermath of the deep despair that saw Paddy Kirk (Dominic Brunt) plan to take his own life in Emmerdale recently, he’s gradually started to move forward with the help of his family and friends.
Marlon (Mark Charnock) recently brought the men of the village together for a lock in at the Woolpack to try to show Paddy that talking about his problems and sharing concerns and mutual support could be helpful. Paddy also decided to seek out a counsellor and these things have undoubtedly seen him start to frame things in a more positive light.
Dominic Brunt told us that Paddy’s recent experiences have changed him, but the storyline is ultimately a positive one. ‘There’ll be hints, hopefully forever, that he’s capable of [having suicidal thoughts],’ he reflected. ‘But there’s also a lot of light as well. I think what Emmerdale do brilliantly time and time again is it’s not a misery-fest, it’s not this dark story that’s awful to watch.
‘It’s really, really well coloured in with the pace and even two blocks later there’s little pinches of light and he’s found his humour again – but at the same time he has to watch himself.’
More progress is made in upcoming episodes when Rhona (Zoe Henry) trusts that Paddy is ready to return to his work as a vet, which is a welcome step towards normality.
Later he and Chas (Lucy Pargeter) manage to have a civilised conversation about the future, and more specifically how best to explain to Eve (Bella James) that her dad will be moving out. This is a huge step forward for the pair who have wrangled and argued every step of the way since Paddy discovered Chas’s affair with Al Chapman (Michael Wildman).
And there’s more good news when Liam (Jonny McPherson) invites Paddy to live with him after he leaves the Woolpack, as Marlon is concerned that Paddy might have to leave his friends in the village.
Paddy is pleased with the idea of being housemates with Liam – but will Liam be quite so thrilled when he discovers that Bear (Joshua Richards) plans to move in too?
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