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A pos­si­ble wed­ding for Jessie and Mar­lon is just one of the treats in store this fes­tive sea­son, as san­dra Marvin re­veals

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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!’

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