DAVID Metcalfe is keeping a huge secret from his girlfriend Victoria Sugden.
Next week in Emmerdale, the owner of David's Shop turns to his father Eric Pollard for help.
Life in the Dales has slowly been looking for Matthew Wolfenden's David Metcalfe.
After an ill-fated relationship with serial killer Meena Jutla, the shopkeeper set his sights on Victoria Sugden (portrayed by Isabel Hodgins) and has even decided to spend the rest of his life with her.
But there's trouble in paradise as David is already keeping a big secret from his other half out of pride.
In scenes due to air on ITV, viewers will get a reminder of how devastating the Covid pandemic has been for small businesses as the character suffers from severe financial issues, two years on.
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Coming up, David can't bring himself to confide in Victoria about his money woes.
While he'd rather keep everything under wraps, David is still desperate for support and turns to the only person he believes could actually help him – his father Eric Pollard (played by Chris Chittell).
David decides to bring up his financial worries to Pollard and explains how much the pandemic impacted his business.
But whether the chef and co-owner of The Grange decides to step up and help his son remains to be seen.
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Father and son have sometimes struggled to get along, particularly when David first arrived in the titular village in late 2006 to find his biological father.
David was born after Pollard had decided to leave his mother Lydia Metcalfe and stealing £20,000 from her in the process.
Eric Pollard hadn't been the kindest to his own son, particularly after Lydia married his adoptive father, and implied his mother had loose morals.
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Determined to prove David was lying about being his son, Eric Pollard asked for a DNA test which proved him right.
However, Eric hadn't sent David's cup and, after a second DNA test, was forced to accept that David was really his son.
Since then, both men have tried to build a bridge.
But is it enough to push the long-standing resident to help David?
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Emmerdale airs from 7.30pm on ITV.
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