Emmerdale shuts down filming of soap after the death of crew member

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Emmerdale has shut down filming temporarily after a much-loved crew member sadly passed away.

The soap revealed the news in a statement and announced production had "stood down" in the wake of their colleague's passing.

In a statement to Digital Spy, ITV said: "We can confirm an Emmerdale crew member has very sadly passed away.

"Our sincerest and heartfelt condolences go out to the family, friends and loved ones of our colleague.

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"As a mark of respect, we have stood filming down for today. We'd like to abide by the family's wishes for privacy at this very sad time and we'd ask the media to be respectful of this."

Shooting of the soap is expected to be back up and running on Friday 26 March.

The news comes after it was announced that at least one major character will die in a huge stunt which will air from next the week commencing 29 March.

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Emmerdale revealed of the stunt: "Jimmy King (Nick Miles) will lose control of his vehicle which then careers off the road at speed, ploughing into farming buildings.

"What follows are a series of explosive events which will eventually lead to the untimely death of at least one character."

They continued: "In a week full of twists, turns and emotions, the Emmerdale production team have come up with ingenious and inventive ways of ensuring the audience will be left on the edge of their seats.

"The vehicle stunt was filmed for real on the outskirts of the village where the programme is filmed in Leeds, and green screen filming techniques were also adopted to ensure the cast and crew were able to safely shoot the spectacular scenes.

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"It’s Paul and Mandy’s wedding, and it looks as if disaster is about to strike."

Lisa Riley, who plays Mandy, has teased the drama ahead and called the explosive scenes "cinematic".

She told Metro.co.uk: "It is the week. Everyone has been waiting to see what’s happening next and they’re all going to get it played out in the week."

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