Old faces are set to return to Emmerdale in 2014 – while Marlon Dingle and Laurel Thomas could be in for a rough time, it has been revealed.

Emmerdale’s series producer Kate Oates said that she wanted to keep the identity of the characters and actors a surprise.

But she told the soap’s website: “As well as the new faces in the village, there are some old faces returning.

“I don’t want to tell you too much about that – I want you to watch it, I want you to enjoy it. I want you to enjoy the surprise.”

Teasing about future plotlines, she suggested that Marlon (Mark Charnock) and Laurel’s (Charlotte Bellamy) happiness, after they recently became engaged, will be shaken up by a ‘blast from the past’.

“2014 does see a real challenge for them. There’s going to be a bit of a blast from the past coming their way,” she said.

“It’s really going to shake things up for that character group, and Paddy (Dominic Brunt) and Rhona (Zoe Henry) with them.”