Emmerdale has revealed the return of three characters to the soap for its 50th anniversary special in October.

The celebration will take place over the whole month which will take in the past, present and future of Emmerdale with the help of some intriguing storylines and familiar faces.

Radio Times reports that Diane Sugden (played by Elizabeth Estensen), Aaron Dingle (Danny Miller) and Tracy Metcalfe (Amy Walsh) will all be making their way back to the village on a "temporary basis".

At the moment, they are the only three characters confirmed to return, but according to Emmerdale actors Jeff Hordley and Katherine Dow-Blyton, there could be some more surprises in store.

News and Star: Three characters have been confirmed to return so far (PA)Three characters have been confirmed to return so far (PA)

Speaking exclusively to Radio Times at the recent launch for the 50th anniversary, the pair were asked if there were any more returnees on the way, to which Dow-Blyton admitted: "Not to my knowledge, but we're not told much until the last minute because we're not to be trusted with any facts or storylines, so we're the last to know!"

Hordley also teased: "Sometimes it can even surprise us, so you never know what the producers have got up their sleeves..."

Emmerdale airs weekdays at 7.30pm on ITV if you wanted to be up to date with storylines ahead of the celebration month.