Never before seen Emmerdale storyline for Cathy Hope revealed

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CATHY Hope has kept a distance from all the ups and downs of life in the Dales.

However, she’s thrown back into the spotlight for a never-before-seen Emmerdale storyline.

Cathy Hope is keeping a secret from everyone in Emmerdale

She spirals out of control

Bernice Blackstock offers her support

Before her friend Amelia Spencer gave birth to a daughter, Cathy Hope was only a discreet and lingering presence in the eponymous village.

But less than two years after her involvement in April Windsor’s bullying storyline, the teen portrayed by Gabrielle Dowling is set for a plot of her own in upcoming scenes.

It all begins in Café Main Street when Bernice Blackstock (played by Samantha Giles) tries to help Cathy with her revision.

Things quickly turn sour and Brenda Walker (Lesley Dunlop) is furious when Bernice leaves the café, upset and offended by Cathy’s hurtful comments about menopause.

As ITV viewers will remember, Bernice has struggled to come to terms with the menopause after she mistakenly believed she could have dementia.

Bob Hope (Tony Audenshaw) is at the end of his rope when he confronts Cathy and her brother Heath (Sebastian Dowling) soon gets involved.

Cathy sees red and violently smashes her younger brother’s guitar on the floor before heading off confused and embarrassed.

The following day, Bob and Brenda are shocked by a phone call from Cathy’s school explaining the youngster ran out of her mock exam.

Bernice later clocks Cathy hurrying towards Connelton View and feels torn – should she tell Bob?

She can feel there is more to Cathy’s situation and heads over to meet her.

While there, she catches Cathy washing her skirt in the sink.

The teen realises she can’t keep her secret to herself and opens up to Bernice.

It’s revealed Cathy is overwhelmed and ashamed of her heavy periods, explaining this to be the reason why she rushed out of her mock exam.

Bernice offers her support and Cathy is relieved and grateful.

She then promises to talk with village GP Manpreet Sharma about ways to help manage her symptoms.

Awash with shame, Cathy wishes she could talk to her father Bob about how she’s feeling but, instead, lies to him to get him off her case.

The following day, Cathy is honest with Manpreet (Rebecca Sarker) about her condition and the GP writes her a prescription for the pill.

Bob later informs her that she can re-sit her mock exam and things appear to finally come into place as Cathy puts an end to her nightmare with her first pill.

Emmerdale airs from Monday to Friday at 7.30pm on ITV.

Will Bob ever find out what Cathy is hiding?

This would be Cathy’s first major storyline
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