Belle smiles at Tom in Emmerdale
Wedding Belles – though this can’t end well (Picture: ITV)

There are wedding bells – or Belles to be precise – in Emmerdale, as one couple are set to get engaged this Christmas, but fans will likely be aware that it can only end in tears.

The soap’s boss, Laura Shaw, has confirmed that Belle and Tom King (James King) will have announcement to make to their loved ones in a festive episode, after previously hinting towards the proposal.

Recent scenes saw Tom lose his temper with Belle when she first rejected his request for her hand in marriage, and he lashed out, knocking her into a table and causing her to cut her head.

Following this incident, the couple seem back on track, although in so many cases, things like this don’t end up being isolated, despite profuse apologies from Tom.

However, the focus will be on Christmas joy as they look to the future, whatever that may contain.

Tom proposes to Belle in Emmerdale
The first proposal ended terribly (Picture: ITV)

‘Belle and Tom are going to move on in their relationship,’ Laura confirmed to

‘ I think we’ve already hinted a little bit that there may be more going on in their relationship, but what we will see is them building their it.

‘Wedding bells come in on Valentine’s Day, of course, because we’re a soap so we have to do weddings on Valentine’s Day. But is it going to be their happy ever after? We’ll have to see.’

Given what’s happened, this seems very unlikely. But it’s not the only big drama coming to the show this Christmas.

Another couple is taking the strain, as Rhona Goskirk (Zoe Henry) finds her feelings for baby Ivy strengthening.

‘We’ve seen Rhona having a really tricky time recently,’ Laura mused. ‘We’ve recently seen on screen Lucy died just after the birth of baby Ivy.

‘What we’ll see going forward is just Gus starting to struggle a little bit with his grief and with being a single parent to little Ivy and that’s going to hugely impact on Rhona and Marlon’s Christmas.

‘How is Marlon going to cope if Rhona wants to reach out and help baby Ivy? Will Gus let Rhona help with baby Ivy?

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‘And what are the repercussions going to be on Leo and April? We’ll see all that over Christmas.’

A lot going on!

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