It’s been revealed this morning that the character of Jackson Walsh – who’s played by Marc Silcock – is set to die in a controversial assisted suicide storyline.
As viewers will know, Jackson was left paralysed from the neck down after an horrific accident last year. Ever since, he’s been cared for in hospital and by his mother at home, and he’s suffered more trauma as he’s watched his boyfriend Aaron (Danny Miller) torn between staying with Jackson or leaving him.
The Sun reports that Jackson will ask both Aaron and his mum – played by Pauline Quirke – to help him end his life. They will eventually agree to help him and will crush an overdose of tablets into a drink which will kill Jackson.
An Emmerdale insider told the paper, “Jackson will start discussing plans to end his life in the next few weeks.
“His resolve to see it through will strengthen, which will lead to many rows and emotional scenes.
“Throughout the plot, there will be a phone number on screen for a helpline for anyone affected.”
However, last night, the storyline was slammed by pro-life campaigners who claimed it was a calculated bid for viewers.
Mediawatch-UK spokesman David Turtle said, “Emmerdale has been trying to push the boundaries for some time just to boost ratings.
“It’s a soap, not a serious discussion about a serious topic.”
And Alistair Thompson, of the Care Not Killing Alliance, said, “I hope this is done for the right reason and not to chase ratings.”
An Emmerdale spokeswoman would only say, “We do not confirm or deny speculation about future storylines.”
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