Emmerdale is to air a flashback episode to reveal who shot Robert Sugden.
For the first time the rural saga will screen an hour long rewind instalment which will show who pulled the trigger. Last week viewers saw the tables turn for naughty Robert, played by Ryan Hawley, when a mystery assailant shot him in the chest leaving him fighting for his life.
At the end of October, to mark its 43rd birthday, Emmerdale will break from its usual way of storytelling, with the special flashback edition giving viewers a chance to finally see what really happened on that fateful night. Three secrets will be revealed that will rock the village forever.
“This won’t be the first time Emmerdale has broken its ‘house style’ of storytelling; but it will be the first time we’ve told a story in a non-‐linear way. What makes this ‘rewind’ episode special is that we won’t just learn who shot Robert, but two other big secrets that will propel the show into an exciting emotional and dramatic winter..” – Series Producer Kate Oates
Robert has since his return to the Yorkshire dales last year managed to make more enemies than friends, even those who were close to him including fiancé, Chrissie White (Louise Marwood) and secret lover Aaron Livesy (Danny Miller) have had urges to stick a bullet in his body. Emmerdale boss Oates, who will soon depart the ITV Yorkshire studios in Leeds for those of ITV Granada in Salford, as she takes the top job on Coronation Street in January, should know all about flashbacks. While script editor at hotel soap Crossroads the show spent a week in 2003 rewound back to 1973 with a series of flashback specials.
Emmerdale, weekdays at 7pm with an extra episode at 8pm on Thursdays on ITV, UTV and STV.