Coming up next week on Emmerdale, when Jimmy King (Nick Miles) tells his nephew Thomas (Mark Flanagan) that he’s sending him back to Saudi to his mother’s – following the debacle over Belle Dingle’s pictures on the internet – Thomas decides to run away…
However, when Belle (Eden Taylor-Draper) decides to go with him, her parents Lisa (Jane Cox) and Zak (Steve Halliwell) will have no idea that she’s gone of her own free will and, having been told they saw Belle being bundled into a van by Thomas, they assume he’s kidnapped her!
The drama begins when the police question Belle and Thomas about the pictures of her that turned up on the ‘net. It was of course Sean Spencer who actually uploaded them, not Thomas.
But seemingly finding it impossible to prove that he didn’t do it, Thomas decides to run away, and to that end, he steals the keys to Dan Spencer’s (Liam Fox) camper van…
As Thomas prepares to go, Belle catches up with him and then shocks him by saying that she wants to go with him. And though he’s has trepidations about it, he eventually agrees and the pair set off.
But unbeknownst to them, Paddy Kirk (Dominic Brunt) has seen the whole thing, and when a worried Lisa and Zak then turn up in the village hunting for Belle, he tells them what he saw. They immediately assume Belle didn’t go of her own volition and they rush to call the police.
Meanwhile, the youngsters find the going tough in the van, and by the time we see the episode that airs on April 5, Thomas has realised that the plan to simply flee the village isn’t going to work…
Knowing the police will be on the lookout for them, he tells Belle to get some sleep, and once she’s nodded off, he turns around and heads back to the village.
When Belle wakes up, she’s mortified to see they’re back in Emmerdale, but Thomas explains that he’s doing it for her and tries to persuade her that they’re doing the right thing by facing the music together.
Can Belle convince Thomas to just drive away before they’re spotted? Or will she agree that it’s an unworkable plan?
Find out next week, but for now, here’s a sneak peek look at this week’s drama and a very real abduction!