Emmerdale fans applauded ITV for shining a light on sign language by broadcasting touching scenes between Rhona Goskirt (played by Zoe Henry), Marlon Dingle (Mark Charnock) and their son Leo (Harvey Rogerson).
Rhona and Marlon have been given a lot more screen time with their son Leo, who has Down’s Syndrome, recently and it has not gone unnoticed with viewers.
Leo’s parents were previously seen communicating with him using Makaton sign language to explain Rhona’s boyfriend, Pete Barton, would be living with them.
Makaton is a form of sign language which uses both signs and symbols to help people communicate. It is designed to support spoken language, according to The Makaton Charity.
Heartwarming scenes between Rhona, Marlon and Leo have set hearts aflutter, with fans of the show rushing to Twitter to praise the series.
One fan wrote: “I absolutely love the fact that Emmerdale has introduced sign language into the programme.
“I’m learning quite a bit from watching it. It should definitely be brought into school academics from nursery. It’s a fantastic language.”
Another added: “Well done Emmerdale for bringing Makaton into soaps. At last inclusion.”
A third said: “Lovely scene. Nice to see Makaton being used and it’s lovely to see more of Leo too.”
Someone else praised: “Well done Emmerdale for adding Makaton in the soap too!”
While another used said: “So cool to see sign language on Emmerdale.”
Meanwhile Emmerdale couple Daz Spencer (Mark Jordon) and Bernice Blackstock’s (Samantha Giles) relationship could be in ruins, as Bernice has grown tired of Daz’s troublesome ways.
Bernice was left gobsmacked when Daz kidnapped Amelia Spencer (Daisy Campbell) and soon enough she will look elsewhere for love.
In upcoming scenes, Bernice will decide she has had enough of Daz when he tells her he has taken up a job as a clown.
Disappointed in his career choice, Bernice will gradually drift towards Dr Liam Cavanagh (Johnny McPherson), who has made several appearances in the Dales since the breakdown of his marriage to Maya Stepney (Louisa Clein).
The potential for a romance between Bernice and Dr Cavanagh starts to unfold when he offers Faith Dingle (Sally Dexter) medical advice following an allergic reaction to a face mask in the salon.
Initially, Bernice is jealous when she notices Faith flirting with the doctor, however, she will be pleased when Dr Cavanagh takes her side over Faith’s complaint and in return offers him a free haircut.
Could Bernice offer Dr Cavanagh a shoulder to cry on after his ex-wife, Maya, moved on with David Metcalfe (Matthew Wolfenden)?
Regardless of whether they have an affair or not, it certainly does not look like it is going to end well for Bernice and Daz.
Emmerdale continues tonight on ITV at 7pm.