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Emmerdale fans clear up why Vanessa hasn’t escaped from Pierce

Why hasn't she yanked free?

Evil Pierce Harris took Vanessa Woodfield hostage last week in Emmerdale and is holding her in Laurel’s empty cottage.

She is tied with a rope to a drawer in Laurel’s kitchen and Pierce has gagged her mouth.

So far, Vanessa’s attempts to escape have all been in vain and some viewers are confused as to why.

Vanessa is tied up and can't escape (Credit: ITV)
Vanessa is tied up and can’t escape (Credit: ITV)

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Many want to know why she doesn’t just yank the drawer out and smash it over Pierce’s head.

However now other viewers have cleared up the confusion – the drawers are fake!

Those watching closely on Monday would have heard Vanessa say they were “stupid fake drawers”.

The drawer is fake!

There are other viewers who are more concerned about the fact Vanessa hasn’t been to the toilet in nearly a week.

On Monday is was revealed that Vanessa is battling bowel cancer.

When Vanessa got an answerphone message that revealed she had missed an appointment, Pierce went digging in her bag.

Pierce discovered the truth about Vanessa's condition (Credit: ITV)
Pierce discovered the truth about Vanessa’s condition (Credit: ITV)

He soon found a letter that confirmed her diagnosis, but it was revealed that she has not shared the news with anyone else, not even her partner, Charity Dingle.

Emmerdale has revealed Vanessa’s cancer storyline will play out over the coming months as she comes to terms with her diagnosis and symptoms, as well as undergoing extensive treatment.

So the good news is she will escape from Pierce’s clutches in one piece.

The bad news is that she now has a mountain to climb to beat this illness and get better.

Vanessa will get away (Credit: ITV)
Vanessa will get away (Credit: ITV)

The team has been working with charity Bowel Cancer UK regarding this storyline.

Genevieve Edwards, Chief Executive at Bowel Cancer UK, said: “We greatly appreciated the opportunity to work with the Emmerdale team on this important storyline.

“While everyone’s experience of diagnosis is different, it is vital that Vanessa’s story is as accurate as possible.”

FROM ITV Strictly Embargoed until: 19.30pm on Monday 17th February 2020 DEVASTATING DIAGNOSIS In tonightÕs (17/2/20) Emmerdale, veterinarian Vanessa Woodfield played by actress Michelle Hardwick was revealed to have bowel cancer. Her worrying news was revealed to the viewers by Pierce Harris (Jonathan Wrather) who is currently holding her hostage. Sadly for Vanessa due to her current situation she is unable to share her devastating news with loved ones and at this time, hostage taker Pierce is the only other character aware of her diagnosis. This important storyline will play out on Emmerdale over the coming months as Vanessa comes to terms with her diagnosis, shares her symptoms, concerns and undergoes extensive treatment. The Emmerdale team have been working with charity Bowel Cancer UK over this storyline. Picture contact - David.crook@itv.com Photographer - Mark Bruce This photograph is (C) ITV Plc and can only be reproduced for editorial purposes directly in connection with the programme or event mentioned above, or ITV plc. Once made available by ITV plc Picture Desk, this photograph can be reproduced once only up until the transmission [TX] date and no reproduction fee will be charged. Any subsequent usage may incur a fee. This photograph must not be manipulated [excluding basic cropping] in a manner which alters the visual appearance of the person photographed deemed detrimental or inappropriate by ITV plc Picture Desk. This photograph must not be syndicated to any other company, publication or website, or permanently archived, without the express written permission of ITV Picture Desk. Full Terms and conditions are available on www.itv.com/presscentre/itvpictures/terms
Will Vanessa be okay (Credit: ITV)
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Actress Michelle Hardwick added: “This is such a challenging storyline, but we’ve been working closely with Bowel Cancer UK, who have been enormously helpful to me in researching Vanessa’s symptoms and treatment.

“I hope to do Vanessa’s story justice. I was actually really shocked to learn that bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK and the second biggest cancer killer, but diagnosed early is treatable.”

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