Emmerdale fans will need ‘full box of tissues’ for Laurel pregnancy plot

Emmerdale viewers be warned – the upcoming Laurel Thomas and Jai Sharma pregnancy storyline is going to be seriously emotional.

It was previously revealed that the couple will get exciting news that Laurel is pregnant, however their joy turns to sadness when they're given a very difficult decision to make.

They learn that the baby has Down's syndrome and choose to terminate the pregnancy after a lot of thought.

And Emmerdale producer Laura Shaw has given a warning about how emotional the episodes are, however also praised the scenes.

Speaking to Daily Star Online, Laura said: "I've been absolutely blown away by it.

"We did a read-through before we started shooting on Zoom and I was in tears then just listening to them read the lines.

"I knew when I got into the edit suite I'd need a whole box full of tissues to get through it.

"It was just amazing. The scripts are brilliantly crafted by our amazing team of writers and our wonderful cast just bring them to life in the most captivating way and they're superbly directed, just brilliant episodes."

Laura also defended the storyline after some viewers reacted very negatively to the controversial subject.

"Please watch it, please just watch it before you make any opinions," she told us.

She went on: "We haven't gone into this lightly. We've spoken to as many people as we possibly can, we've got the research. It's based on real life and I think people will see that.

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"You are going to feel uncomfortable at times watching it but I hope that people will then understand why we've done it.

"It's always a balancing act when you do stories like this but I truly believe that when you watch it you will see we've shown a balanced view."

Laura also confirmed that there were no plans to scrap or change the storyline, after thousands of fans signed an online petition asking them to stop it.

"We're just totally confident that what we've produced has been done in a really balanced and sensitive way," she told us.

"Reading the comments on social media, I can honestly say hand on heart that we have addressed and discussed in the episodes all those points that have been raised.

"I just encourage people to watch it first."

Emmerdale airs weeknights at 7pm, with an extra episode at 8pm on Thursdays, on ITV

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