Fans of Emmerdale can expect to be "scared", "shocked" and "hopefully misled" in what will be a week of stunts, drama and possibly even character deaths.
Dubbed "survival week" by bosses, the soap will air a number of dramatic episodes as characters embark on an outdoor challenge event from Monday to Friday (October 18 to 22).
The villagers will face icy waters rapids, chaos in a maze and an intense stunt involving a waterfall as murderous Meena Jutla (Paige Sandhu) prepares to strike again.
Director Duncan Foster said the cast and production have had "some absolutely amazing moments" while filming and that the early cuts of the first stunt look "terrific".
"It may leave you with a sense of frustration but it’s going to be brilliant," he enthused.
"The maze is amazing, it’s unbelievable. There have been times when we’ve been filming and we’ve taken a wrong turn and we’re at a dead-end."
A dramatic storyline follows on from evil nurse Meena overhearing boyfriend David Metcalfe (Matthew Wolfenden) confess his love for his friend Victoria Sugden (Isabel Hodgins).
Meena's jealousy and cold-blooded attempts to have everything her own way will lead to a chilling climax, according to the director.
"There’s a lovely scene with David and Victoria where we had incredibly fast-moving water," he added.
"We played an emotional moment with the two characters clinging to this rock where they both know that she’s slipping away and just as David’s trying to grab hold of her he gets engulfed by water and she goes very rapidly (ignore the pun) over the waterfall.
"I think it’s going to look great when we put it all together."
Another stunt, meanwhile, proved a big challenge as nobody had ever done it before.
"Again I can’t go into much detail but I have noticed Mission Impossible is filming in Derbyshire with a train line quarry. In my opinion, ours is going to be better," added Foster.
Aaron Anthony (Ellis Chapman), however, hinted that some of the cast may not return.
"At least one person doesn’t make it out, I can say that, but you’ll have to tune in!" he said.
"There are so many twists and turns and everyone is in jeopardy at some point, it’s a bit of a rollercoaster ride."
Longstanding cast member Emma Atkins (Charity Dingle) also discussed how her character’s "dynamic relationship" with Mackenzie Boyd (Lawrence Robb) "will come into its own" during the week.
"There is an element of humour in their dialogue and meet-ups and amidst the darkness of Meena, it will cast some lightness," she said.
"However, they have their own interesting journey to go on and between the mischievous banter all is not as well as it seems.
"Both characters will be pushed to their limits and the audience will be on the edge of their seats."
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