Emmerdale (1972– )
"Emmerdale Farm" (original title)

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A soap opera set in a fictional village in the Yorkshire Dales.

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Series cast summary:
Lucy Pargeter ...
 Chas Dingle / ... (1,389 episodes, 2002-2015)
Elizabeth Estensen ...
 Diane Sugden / ... (1,235 episodes, 2000-2015)
Charley Webb ...
 Debbie Dingle / ... (1,210 episodes, 2002-2015)
Mark Charnock ...
 Marlon Dingle (1,198 episodes, 1996-2015)
Antony Audenshaw ...
 Bob Hope (1,152 episodes, 2001-2015)
Nicola Wheeler ...
 Nicola King / ... (1,120 episodes, 2001-2015)
Steve Halliwell ...
 Zak Dingle / ... (1,098 episodes, 1994-2015)
Jane Cox ...
 Lisa Dingle / ... (1,094 episodes, 1996-2015)
Nick Miles ...
 Jimmy King / ... (1,079 episodes, 2003-2015)
Jeff Hordley ...
 Cain Dingle / ... (1,066 episodes, 2000-2015)
Kelvin Fletcher ...
 Andy Sugden / ... (1,048 episodes, 1996-2015)
Emma Atkins ...
 Charity Tate / ... (1,038 episodes, 2000-2015)
Chris Chittell ...
 Eric Pollard / ... (1,023 episodes, 1986-2015)
Charlotte Bellamy ...
 Laurel Thomas / ... (1,016 episodes, 2002-2015)
Dominic Brunt ...
 Paddy Kirk (1,012 episodes, 1998-2015)
Charlie Hardwick ...
 Val Pollard / ... (1,006 episodes, 2004-2015)
John Middleton ...
 Ashley Thomas / ... (948 episodes, 1994-2015)
Sammy Winward ...
 Katie Sugden / ... (899 episodes, 2001-2015)
Matthew Wolfenden ...
 David Metcalfe (875 episodes, 2006-2015)
Isabel Hodgins ...
 Victoria Sugden (855 episodes, 2006-2015)
James Hooton ...
 Sam Dingle / ... (838 episodes, 1995-2015)
Patrick Mower ...
 Rodney Blackstock / ... (804 episodes, 2001-2015)
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 Carl King (775 episodes, 2003-2012)
Shirley Stelfox ...
 Edna Birch (773 episodes, 2001-2015)
Natalie J. Robb ...
 Moira Barton / ... (757 episodes, 2009-2015)
Chris Bisson ...
 Jai Sharma (743 episodes, 2009-2015)
Sian Reese-Williams ...
 Gennie Walker / ... (663 episodes, 2008-2013)
Eden Taylor-Draper ...
 Belle Dingle (650 episodes, 2003-2015)
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 Brenda Walker / ... (649 episodes, 2008-2015)
Danny Miller ...
 Aaron Livesy (628 episodes, 2008-2015)
Adam Thomas ...
 Adam Barton (623 episodes, 2009-2015)
Jason Merrells ...
 Declan Macey (616 episodes, 2010-2014)
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 Alan Turner (592 episodes, 1982-2013)
Meg Johnson ...
 Pearl Ladderbanks (583 episodes, 2003-2015)
Paula Tilbrook ...
 Betty Eagleton (574 episodes, 1994-2015)
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A soap opera set in a fictional village in the Yorkshire Dales.

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Charley Webb (Debbie Dingle) married co-star Matthew Wolfenden (David Metcalfe) in 2008. See more »

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Jimmy King: So, let's just get something clear, you're not a full time poof, you just help when they're busy?
Ivan Jones: [sarcastically] Oh that's really witty, Jimmy, really original!
[walks off angrily]
Jimmy King: What's the matter, don't you like me aftershave?
Ivan Jones: Why, did you want a few tips?
Jimmy King: Oy, you'll be short of a few teeth in a minute!
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Best Soap Ever
6 November 2002 | by (England) – See all my reviews

Emmerdale Farm (Emmerdale since 1989) is the best soap on TV and has been for a number of years; I am still puzzled as to why it doesn't get the credit it deserves.

I usually watch this soap at my girlfriend's house and it is a great way to unwind after a hard day's work. It's set in Yorkshire (probably the most beautiful county in England)and follows the trials and tribulations of a small village. The villagers can usually be found in local pub The Woolpack or the village shop. However, unlike other soaps, there's several scenes set outside with the beautiful Yorkshire scenery.

Unlike other soaps, Emmerdale is a character driven soap. Every now and again it has a big drama such as the 1993 plane crash or the 2002 lorry crash but it doesn't need to have such big events often because it focuses more on the characters. Since it started in 1972 the writers have done a wonderful job.

Another ingredient to Emmerdale's success is the balance between humour and tragedy. Some soaps such as Eastenders and Brookside are far too gloomy with no comedic scenes at all but Emmerdale balances the tragedy out with comedy scenes involving the likes of the Dingle Family or the dodgy Eric Pollard. Comedy has always been one of Emmerdale's strong points.

The characters themselves are great. Obviously, I would love to go into detail but there wouldn't be enough space when you consider 30 years worth of shows. The 70's focused mainly on the Sugden Family who were always interesting. The 80's saw the likes of Rachel Hughes and the debut of the immoral Eric Pollard. The 90's was a great time for the likes of millionaire Frank Tate, his heartless son Chris, his evil wife Kim Tate and lesbian vet Zoe Tate. Here in the 21st century, Emmerdale continues to be good with characters like the romeo Rodney Blackstock, the crazy Dingle Family and gangster Ray Mullan.

I have actually lived in a village for a period and this is quite true to life. Okay, soaps could never really be considered reality but when I lived in a village I found that the small community really did stick together through thick and thin and the same happens in this programme. The only thing that isn't realistic is the amount of time the characters spend in the pub-one of these days Emmerdale is going to suffer from a mass outbreak of alcohol poisoning.

All in all, Emmerdale has been consistently good and recently celebrated it's 30th birthday with some great episodes. Here's to the next 30 years.


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