Published Thursday, 17 October 2013
Will Emmerdale's Debbie escape killer Cameron's clutches as floodwaters rise? (© ITV)
On Wednesday night, the soap was trending worldwide as fans went into a Twitter meltdown during the ongoing storm and siege storyline that gripped 9.3 million viewers.
It was the biggest audience for Emmerdale since its special anniversary live episode last year.
"If you want to shoot me, shoot me!" an emotional Zak Dingle yelled at shotgun-toting Cameron.
And when his niece Chas seized the opportunity to bring a chair crashing down on her crazed ex, a shot did ring out - but it was unfortunate bystander Alicia who bore the brunt of the blast.
Collapsing to the floor with a bloody wound to her stomach, she did eventually make it out of the Woolpack in the arms of a distraught David - which could prove interesting, given that her boyfriend Dom was waiting anxiously outside - but she's still left fighting for her life in hospital.
Meanwhile the one-time love triangle of Cameron, Chas and Debbie are still inside the swiftly flooding pub as the storm rages on outside.
SO proud of our team ...
Charley Webb, Emmerdale's Debbie Dingle
As the action moves to the murky waters almost filling the pub cellar to the ceiling, unconscious Marlon Dingle also remains at serious risk.
"People won't be able to stop, they'll have to watch both episodes tonight - it's like a movie," Mark Charnock, who plays the hapless chef, told This Morning.
"I can't give away too much about tonight, but ... everyone's in danger."
The Emmerdale crew are determined to make the climax of the siege truly spectacular for viewers and the cast were thrilled to find themselves filming in the special underwater tank at Pinewood.
A custom-built set had to be placed inside the tank for the scenes directed by Duncan Foster - a huge undertaking and a first for any of the soaps, but also the biggest set ever built at the studios.
The experience was something that really blew Mark Charnock away.
"Pinewood Studios! I'm a film buff - that's my heaven!" he enthused.
"And there was this screaming - it was the wardrobe girls and I thought: 'Oh my god, something awful's happened ...' And then they said: 'Oh, you just missed Brad Pitt.'
"But I saw Ridley Scott, so I had my moment."
In Thursday night's scenes, Chas becomes trapped underwater and it falls to Debbie to dive down to try to save her - but can they escape Cameron's clutches?
At its peak, 9.3 million people tuned in to watch Emmerdale on Wednesday night, earning its highest viewing figures since its special live anniversary episode last year.
The drama continues on UTV at 7pm and 8pm on Thursday.
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