Over the years, Emmerdale has seen some heartbreaking plots, and Chas Dingle is about to experience some difficulties in her life once more.
In a heartbreaking upcoming storyline, Lucy Pargeter’s character Chas Dingle from Emmerdale is going to receive a breast cancer diagnosis. Given the additional stress and anxiety that comes with her mother Faith Dingle’s (Fleur Keith) own tragic cancer story, her diagnosis is expected to be frightening and emotionally taxing for her.
In addition, the ITV program collaborates with Breast Cancer Now, a charity that supports the development of this ongoing plot. The village doctor, Liam Cavanagh (Johnny McPherson), and single mother Chas are seen having a good time together until he informs her that he has felt a lump in her breast.
His statement breaks the tension, and when he is by himself, Chas is clearly terrified. Dr. Liam does his best to reassure her that it might just be a cyst or something benign rather than cancer, but he does insist she schedule a visit with her general practitioner right away.
She soon finds out that she has triple negative breast cancer after visiting a breast clinic for diagnostic testing.
Initially, Chas chooses to keep her diagnosis a secret because she is so shocked by the news. She is eager to maintain her health as a mother of a small child, and Chas is well aware of the possible consequences because her mother’s past is constantly on her mind.
Has Chas received her diagnosis in a timely manner? Will this have disastrous repercussions?
Regarding the upcoming plot, producer Kate Brooks said, “We were very conscious of the importance of exploring this when this story was first pitched.
Given Chas’s strong character and her family’s history of breast cancer, we wanted to highlight the impact not only on her but also on her immediate family. Chas is, after all, the cornerstone of the Dingles.
“With Lucy Pargeter’s innate ability to showcase Chas’s vulnerabilities beneath her hardened exterior, we knew she was absolutely the right character to play this with.”
“We approached Breast Cancer Now because we wanted to tell this story as authentically as possible,” she continued.
“Hopefully, raising awareness of this illness and encouraging people to check their breasts on a regular basis will help result in better outcomes.”
When the producers first discussed this storyline with me, I knew I didn’t want us to shy away from any aspect of this diagnosis for Chas. Lucy Pargeter also touched on her upcoming storyline and her feelings.
It is all the more heartbreaking for her to learn that Chas has breast cancer, since she witnessed her own mother pass away following an incurable diagnosis. Our audience is extremely familiar with her; they have witnessed her relationships and are aware of her flaws, passions, fears, insecurities, and peculiarities.
Given everything that has happened to her and her mother, it will therefore have greater significance for them to watch this story unfold. I believe this to be the essence of our genre, “Soap.” I am fully conscious of the enormous responsibility that comes with us telling this story, though.
“Hopefully, we can fully honor it. Like anything, there will be ups and downs; it won’t be all sunshine and roses. However, I hope it feels and looks genuine.
“It could also be beneficial if a small number of people seek treatment for breast changes that don’t feel or look right.”