Emmerdale’s Natalie J Robb on filming “terrible” car crash scenes

by Lynn Connolly

Emmerdale star Natalie J Robb has been telling Soaplife about how she and her fellow stars filmed the car crash scenes in which her character’s husband dies.

Natalie of course plays Moira Barton, and James Thornton plays her husband John Barton. James announced his intention to leave the show last year, citing his reason for leaving being that he wanted to be nearer his wife, actress Joanna Page.

But of the crash storyline, and in a rather strange coincidence, Natalie revealed that the precursor to John’s fatal crash is ice on the road, and of course, we’re currently set to experience “arctic-like” weather conditions across the country.

However, Natalie revealed that the scenes, which were filmed around a month ago on the Yorkshire moors, were made “more real” and “terrible” by the fact that the stunt, in which the car plunges off a cliff, was done in “story order.”

It’s understood that Moira will be in the doomed vehicle with John when it careens off the road and dangles perilously as emergency services try to save the car, and its occupants, plunging to the bottom of a valley.

Natalie said, “They’re driving along, listening to all these songs from their past and reminiscing about the old times, like when they were almost caught having sex by Moira’s mum. Then they suddenly hit black ice.”

Of the filming, Natalie added, “Amazing. It was hard work – two night shoots – but it was quite overwhelming the way everyone mucked in and pulled together.

“We shot it all in the story order – which is very unusual – and that made it seem all the more real, and terrible.”

Of Moira and John’s evidently all to brief attempt at healing their marriage, Natalie said, “They revisit their love and there’s something so nice and innocent about it.”

We’ll see the fatal crash on Thursday, February 16 at 7pm on ITV1.

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.