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


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Series cast summary:
Lucy Pargeter ...
 Chas Dingle / ... (1,610 episodes, 2002-2016)
Elizabeth Estensen ...
 Diane Sugden / ... (1,400 episodes, 2000-2016)
Mark Charnock ...
 Marlon Dingle (1,370 episodes, 1996-2016)
Charley Webb ...
 Debbie Dingle / ... (1,343 episodes, 2002-2016)
Antony Audenshaw ...
 Bob Hope / ... (1,295 episodes, 1996-2016)
Jeff Hordley ...
 Cain Dingle (1,276 episodes, 2000-2016)
Steve Halliwell ...
 Zak Dingle (1,275 episodes, 1994-2016)
Jane Cox ...
 Lisa Dingle / ... (1,268 episodes, 1996-2016)
Chris Chittell ...
 Eric Pollard (1,230 episodes, 1986-2016)
Kelvin Fletcher ...
 Andy Sugden / ... (1,216 episodes, 1996-2016)
Nicola Wheeler ...
 Nicola King / ... (1,210 episodes, 2001-2016)
Charlotte Bellamy ...
 Laurel Thomas / ... (1,190 episodes, 2002-2016)
 Paddy Kirk / ... (1,187 episodes, 1997-2016)
Nick Miles ...
 Jimmy King / ... (1,186 episodes, 2003-2016)
John Middleton ...
 Ashley Thomas / ... (1,146 episodes, 1994-2016)
Emma Atkins ...
 Charity Tate / ... (1,112 episodes, 2000-2016)
Charlie Hardwick ...
 Val Pollard / ... (1,058 episodes, 2004-2015)
Matthew Wolfenden ...
 David Metcalfe (1,018 episodes, 2006-2016)
Isabel Hodgins ...
 Victoria Sugden / ... (997 episodes, 2006-2016)
James Hooton ...
 Sam Dingle (959 episodes, 1995-2016)
Natalie J. Robb ...
 Moira Barton / ... (921 episodes, 2009-2016)
Sammy Winward ...
 Katie Sugden / ... (902 episodes, 2001-2015)
Patrick Mower ...
 Rodney Blackstock (883 episodes, 2001-2016)
Chris Bisson ...
 Jai Sharma (865 episodes, 2009-2016)
Shirley Stelfox ...
 Edna Birch (827 episodes, 2001-2015)
Danny Miller ...
 Aaron Livesy / ... (800 episodes, 2008-2016)
Tom Lister ...
 Carl King (789 episodes, 2003-2015)
Eden Taylor-Draper ...
 Belle Dingle (777 episodes, 2005-2016)
 Brenda Walker (772 episodes, 2008-2016)
Adam Thomas ...
 Adam Barton (743 episodes, 2009-2016)
 Alan Turner (742 episodes, 1982-2013)
Rokhsaneh Ghawam-Shahidi ...
 Leyla Harding (683 episodes, 2008-2016)
Sian Reese-Williams ...
 Gennie Walker / ... (664 episodes, 2008-2013)
Meg Johnson ...
 Pearl Ladderbanks (654 episodes, 2003-2016)
Zoë Henry ...
 Rhona Goskirk (645 episodes, 2001-2016)


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

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16 October 1972 (UK)  »

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Emmerdale  »

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To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the series, an hour-long edition was transmitted live on Wednesday 17th October 2012. Promising to "present viewers with every aspect of life in one big night of drama", it featured two weddings, two births and the death of a popular long-running character. It was watched by an average of 9.2 million, with the audience rising to 9.7 for the final five minutes. See more »


Shadrach Dingle: Cousin of the accused with her kit off, you'll make a bomb.
Chastity Dingle: Unless you want your teeth introduced to your throat, I suggest you shut it.
Shadrach Dingle: Fair enough.
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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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