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Two weddings, two babies and murder on soap's 40th

SOAP fans were treated to high drama on Emmerdale's 40th birthday, when Carl King was battered to death with a brick.

The bad boy of the Dales suffered a blow to the head at the hands of his love rival Cameron Murray (Dominic Power) -- but that was not the only big event to happen in last night's hour-long show.

The live show was completed with two weddings and two births.

Avid viewers watched as Chas Dingle's (Lucy Pargeter) wedded bliss to Dan Spencer (Liam Fox) lasted no more than the first 30 minutes, while Katie Sugden (Sammy Winward) enjoyed a reception with new husband Declan (Jason Merrells).

Elsewhere, Debbie Dingle (Charley Webb) gave birth to the baby boy she hopes will save her daughter Sarah's life as she battles leukaemia.

Joining Debbie in her labour pains was Gennie Walker (Sian Reese-Williams) who gave birth to a baby girl on the floor at Chas and Dan's wedding.

The episode culminated in the shocking death of Carl which show bosses say will have have "major, far-reaching repercussions".

In an attempt to make the live episode go as smoothly as possible, there were four newborn babies and seven wedding dresses on set, while 27 cameras captured the drama as it unfolded.

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