#Emmerdale New boss to unveil 'exciting' all-female episode championing women

The women of Emmerdale will take the reigns next year for a one-off special, celebrating International Women's Day.

Executive producer Jane Hudson said the show would follow other landmark broadcasts from the ITV soap, including a flashback episode around a character being abused as a child, and another shown from the perspective of a dementia sufferer.

The episode will air on March 8 next year to mark the global event honouring women’s rights, as the programme has two female producers and a female executive producer.

Teasing the upcoming episode, Jane said the team working on the show would all be women, including the background artists.

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I think it's the first time a soap has had an all-women team!

Jane Hudson, Emmerdale producer

Speaking at a press event for the programme, Jane mentioned: "I think it's the first time a soap has had an all-women team.

"It is International Women's Day, so what we want to do for that episode is to have it produced by a female, written by a female, directed by a female, and the entire cast will be female, including all the background artists.”

She added: “We will have almost an entire female crew."

Jane, who took over Emmerdale from Iain MacLeod in June after being ITV's drama commissioner, joked: "The men are loving it.

"What they don't realise is that we're going to give some of our males the traditional female roles for the

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