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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Lucy Pargeter ...
 Chas Dingle / ... (1,130 episodes, 2003-2014)
Elizabeth Estensen ...
 Diane Sugden / ... (1,017 episodes, 2000-2014)
Mark Charnock ...
 Marlon Dingle (1,013 episodes, 1996-2014)
Charley Webb ...
 Debbie Dingle / ... (1,000 episodes, 2002-2014)
Antony Audenshaw ...
 Bob Hope / ... (969 episodes, 2001-2014)
Jane Cox ...
 Lisa Dingle / ... (926 episodes, 1996-2014)
Nicola Wheeler ...
 Nicola King / ... (923 episodes, 2001-2014)
Steve Halliwell ...
 Zak Dingle / ... (913 episodes, 1994-2014)
Nick Miles ...
 Jimmy King / ... (897 episodes, 2004-2014)
Chris Chittell ...
 Eric Pollard (882 episodes, 1986-2014)
Charlie Hardwick ...
 Val Pollard / ... (882 episodes, 2004-2014)
Emma Atkins ...
 Charity Tate / ... (866 episodes, 2001-2014)
Kelvin Fletcher ...
 Andy Sugden / ... (863 episodes, 1996-2014)
Charlotte Bellamy ...
 Laurel Thomas / ... (846 episodes, 2002-2014)
Jeff Hordley ...
 Cain Dingle (843 episodes, 2001-2014)
Dominic Brunt ...
 Paddy Kirk / ... (832 episodes, 1998-2014)
John Middleton ...
 Ashley Thomas / ... (824 episodes, 1994-2014)
Sammy Winward ...
 Katie Sugden / ... (770 episodes, 2001-2014)
Isabel Hodgins ...
 Victoria Sugden (754 episodes, 2006-2014)
Matthew Wolfenden ...
 David Metcalfe (710 episodes, 2006-2014)
James Hooton ...
 Sam Dingle / ... (699 episodes, 1995-2014)
Patrick Mower ...
 Rodney Blackstock (688 episodes, 2001-2014)
Shirley Stelfox ...
 Edna Birch (679 episodes, 2001-2014)
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 Carl King (679 episodes, 2004-2012)
Natalie J. Robb ...
 Moira Barton (603 episodes, 2009-2014)
Sian Reese-Williams ...
 Gennie Walker / ... (597 episodes, 2008-2013)
Eden Taylor-Draper ...
 Belle Dingle (576 episodes, 2003-2014)
Chris Bisson ...
 Jai Sharma (567 episodes, 2009-2014)
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 Brenda Walker (547 episodes, 2008-2014)
Deena Payne ...
 Viv Hope / ... (537 episodes, 1993-2011)
Paula Tilbrook ...
 Betty Eagleton (529 episodes, 1994-2014)
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 Alan Turner (520 episodes, 1982-2013)
Jason Merrells ...
 Declan Macey (506 episodes, 2010-2014)
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 Pearl Ladderbanks (494 episodes, 2003-2014)
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When Cameron Murray took the residents captive at gunpoint at The Woolpack, Cameron is referred to as Rambo, a nod to 1982's "First Blood", which Vietnam veteran John Rambo goes vigilante, when he is arrested and abused by a small town sheriff. See more »

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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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