Paedophile teacher Maya Stepney will face justice for her abuse in Emmerdale.
Producer Kate Brooks insisted the soap will make sure the story has the ‘right outcome’ while speaking at a press event about the grooming and abuse storyline.
Teacher Maya has groomed and abused Jacob despite him being underage, her student and her boyfriend’s son.
Asked about the outcome of the storyline being true to life, Kate said: “We’ve got a responsibility.
“A lot of people watch the show, a lot of teenagers watch the show, and also we would never just tell one of these stories lightly, we have a duty to make sure the right protocol is carried out, and the right outcome.”
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She also revealed viewers’ discomfort at the storyline meant it was working as intended.
Kate added: “It can make for uncomfortable viewing but I think it’s a really important storyline to tell.
“We’ve been working really closely with Barnardo’s to make sure that we get it right, and doing a lot of other people’s stories justice.
“It’s something that’s not really been touched on in soaps, it’s a tricky story to tell but we’ve managed to so far to tell it as sensitively as possible.
“We’ve worked really closely with Louisa and Joe-Warren Plant and Matthew Wolfenden, and our research team and we’re all really keen to get it right.”
She also teased how the storyline won’t end quickly, and instead will run on and on.
“There’s still a long way to go,” she said.
“It’s not going to be as straightforward as you’d imagine, there’s going to be other obstacles thrown into the mix, we want people to be yelling at the TV ‘please tell somebody, this is not right! You’re a young lad. please speak out about this.'”
Another twist coming soon will see Maya take shocking action to keep her secret abuse of Jacob under wraps.
“There’s another chapter of that coming up,” she said.
“It does turn into love and he does think he’s in love with this woman, she has to try hard to maintain this image of being a teacher, being respected in the village and she’s got a relationship with David, she’s got a lot to lose if this secret comes out.
“And she’ll go to certain lengths to make sure it doesn’t come out.”
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