Emmerdale stars given option to opt-out of working on triggering Paddy plot

Emmerdale cast and crew members were given the option to opt-out of working on a current storyline regarding Paddy Kirk (Dominic Brunt) contemplating to take his own life.

The village veterinary surgeon will consider taking his own life in heartbreaking scenes set to air this week.

Feeling alone and struggling to find his place in people’s lives, viewers of the ITV soap will see the true extent of Paddy’s deep depression.

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Paddy been suffering since the breakdown of his marriage when he discovered his wife Chas Dingle (Lucy Pargeter) had been cheating with Al Chapman (Michael Wildman).

Discussing the storyline, producer Laura Shaw told Daily Star and other press: "We knew at Emmerdale that we really wanted to shine a light on men's mental health and how middle-aged men are more likely to die by suicide than any other age group.

"Sometimes you can have a brilliant idea and a story you want to play but it can be years until you play it, if it all, because i'ts all about the characters."

Laura went on to reveal that cast and crew members were pre-warned about the hard-hitting storyline in advance and didn't have to work on it if they felt uncomfortable.

"With any serious or triggering subject matter, we pre-warn anyone on it what we're doing and why and to talk to us if there's any thing worrying them," she said.

"This subject matter can be, and has been, uncomfortable at times so we have to make sure everyone is ok with that and if anyone isn't, they absolutely didn't need to work on it."

To bring this story to the screen, Emmerdale programme researchers and writers have taken advice and worked closely with both Samaritans and Andy’s Man Club in order to tell Paddy’s story.

Laura continued: "It was vital having their support on board.

"This story would not exist without amazing people like Samaritans and Andy's Man Club guiding us through making sure we portray an authentic version as possible.

"Both charities have been involved heavily from meeting producers and cast to talking to us about what was important for us to show and what we absolutely should not be showing.

"On the whole, we have to tell stories that reflect what people might be going through but do that in an honest and realistic way and to approach topics such a male mental health can be an extremely powerful way of raising awareness and empowering people.

"I genuinely believe we've got the most dedicated and hard-working cast in the business and every single person puts their heart and soul into whatever they're playing.

"Dominic [Brunt] and he's has put everything into making Paddy's story as authentic as he can."

Emmerdale airs weeknights on ITV1 and ITVX at 7.30pm

For emotional support you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email [email protected], visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website


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