A possible wedding for Jessie and Marlon is just one of the treats in store this festive season, as sandra Marvin reveals
Forget jingle bells – wedding bells could be on the cards in Emmerdale this Christmas if Jessie has her way! The head teacher wants to tie the knot with boyfriend Marlon. our cover star Sandra Marvin tells us more, while we preview the other big festive storylines…
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It’s the most wonderful time of the year… and if Emmerdale’s Jessie Grant has her way, Christmas 2018 will be extra special. Having finally laid the ghost of her first husband to rest, the head teacher sets her heart on starting a new chapter with boyfriend Marlon, by springing a surprise festive wedding on him!
The seeds are sown for the next big Dingle nuptials when Marlon supports his girlfriend during a row with Charity this week. The Woolpack landlady is livid to discover that son Noah has been excluded from school over his recent prank-pulling. As she confronts Jessie, Marlon wades in. He earns himself a knuckle butty from his cousin, but the admiration of his other half, who’s touched by his protectiveness.
As Jessie’s son Ellis then remarks that his mum should tell Marlon how much he means to her, Jessie gets an idea in her head. And soon she has a suggestion – why not go the whole hog and propose?!
‘Marlon is Jessie’s knight in shining armour,’ explains Sandra Marvin, who plays her, ‘and she thinks, “Do you know what? Life’s too short! I’m going to prove to him how much I love him!”’
But before wedding plans can commence, there’s someone very important whom Jessie needs to speak to – Marlon’s beloved daughter, April. She rules the roost at Tall Trees, and Jessie knows better than to do anything without consulting the feisty schoolgirl first.
‘She asks April’s permission – she’s the boss!’ laughs Sandra. ‘Jessie knows how important April is to Marlon, and she cares about her feelings. She knows that if she’s going to be part of the family, she can’t just railroad her way in.’
April eventually gives her the answer she wants. What’s more, she comes up with a suggestion of her own. How about Jessie and her dad tie the knot at Christmas?
‘April and Ellis are really gung ho about it!’ adds Sandra.
All Jessie, April and Ellis need now is for their secret plans to unfold without a hitch. Given that this is a soap wedding, that’s a big ask! Oh, and they’re also counting on the fact that Marlon will be bursting with happiness and agree to say, ‘I do’.
‘It would be nice to see them make a go of things,’ Sandra tells us, ‘because Marlon has had so many ups and downs. As much as he wants to be with someone, he also wants a family unit around April – and that’s what this is all about.
‘And I think Jessie would slot in well into the Dingle family.
She definitely has the strength of the Dingle women.
‘Jessie Dingle… who’d have thought it?’
EMMERDALE is previewed on pages 26-27
Jessie thinks, ‘Life’s too short! I’m going to prove how much I love him!’