Emmerdale fans have expressed confusion at a character's absence from Heath Hope's funeral scenes.
Brenda Walker, who had been like a mum to Heath, helped organise the funeral, but when the big day came, viewers noticed that she wasn't actually there. There was a quick mention about Brenda being ill, but that only annoyed viewers who felt like the soap should have found a way to include her.
"Bit weird after all her involvement that Brenda just wasn’t at Heath’s funeral. Some shite about being ill and that was it," tweeted one viewer, while another shared a meme of a confused child and wrote: "Brenda not attending her own son's funeral because she’s ill?"
"Brenda poorly? Must be in reality too if she's not in episode," suggested a further viewer.
One particularly incensed fan said: "I'm sorry but if the actress (Lesley Dunlop) playing Brenda was ill in real life then they should have just filmed the funeral on a different day because she would ABSOLUTELY be at her son's funeral, sick or not. It's a really poor choice here not having her there."
Another viewer had a suggestion for how it could have been handled, writing: "Why the heck have they filmed Heath's funeral without Brenda? That's ridiculous! It would have been less stupid to say she'd gone on ahead and show the back of a stand-ins head than say Brenda wasn't well enough to attend!"
Emmerdale airs on weeknights at 7.30pm on ITV1, and streams on ITVX.
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