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Emmerdale Farm (original title)
TV-PG | | Drama, Romance | TV Series (1972– )
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A soap opera set in a fictional village in the Yorkshire Dales.


Kevin Laffan
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Series cast summary:
Lucy Pargeter Lucy Pargeter ...  Chas Dingle / ... 2,195 episodes, 2002-2020
Christopher Chittell ...  Eric Pollard 2,112 episodes, 1986-2020
Mark Charnock ...  Marlon Dingle / ... 1,992 episodes, 1996-2020
Jeff Hordley Jeff Hordley ...  Cain Dingle / ... 1,911 episodes, 2000-2020
Steve Halliwell Steve Halliwell ...  Zak Dingle 1,862 episodes, 1994-2020
Emma Atkins Emma Atkins ...  Charity Dingle / ... 1,805 episodes, 2000-2020
Elizabeth Estensen Elizabeth Estensen ...  Diane Sugden / ... 1,788 episodes, 2000-2020
Tony Audenshaw Tony Audenshaw ...  Bob Hope / ... 1,779 episodes, 1996-2020
Charley Webb Charley Webb ...  Debbie Dingle / ... 1,738 episodes, 2002-2020
Dominic Brunt ...  Paddy Kirk 1,731 episodes, 1997-2020
Richard Thorp ...  Alan Turner 1,689 episodes, 1981-2013
Charlotte Bellamy Charlotte Bellamy ...  Laurel Thomas / ... 1,689 episodes, 2002-2020
Nicola Wheeler Nicola Wheeler ...  Nicola King / ... 1,637 episodes, 2001-2020
Jane Cox ...  Lisa Dingle / ... 1,631 episodes, 1996-2020
Clive Hornby Clive Hornby ...  Jack Sugden 1,615 episodes, 1980-2020
Isabel Hodgins Isabel Hodgins ...  Victoria Sugden / ... 1,567 episodes, 2006-2020
Nick Miles Nick Miles ...  Jimmy King 1,522 episodes, 2003-2020
Natalie J. Robb Natalie J. Robb ...  Moira Barton / ... 1,493 episodes, 2009-2020
Matthew Wolfenden Matthew Wolfenden ...  David Metcalfe 1,480 episodes, 2006-2020
Sheila Mercier Sheila Mercier ...  Annie Sugden / ... 1,436 episodes, 1972-2020
James Hooton James Hooton ...  Sam Dingle 1,433 episodes, 1995-2020
Frazer Hines ...  Joe Sugden / ... 1,354 episodes, 1972-2020
Danny Miller Danny Miller ...  Aaron Livesy / ... 1,348 episodes, 2008-2020
Kelvin Fletcher ...  Andy Sugden / ... 1,345 episodes, 1996-2020
Ronald Magill Ronald Magill ...  Amos Brearly 1,344 episodes, 1972-2020
Arthur Pentelow Arthur Pentelow ...  Henry Wilks 1,343 episodes, 1972-1991
Stan Richards ...  Seth Armstrong 1,339 episodes, 1978-2020
John Middleton John Middleton ...  Ashley Thomas / ... 1,291 episodes, 1994-2018
Chris Bisson ...  Jai Sharma 1,242 episodes, 2009-2020
Frederick Pyne Frederick Pyne ...  Matt Skilbeck 1,208 episodes, 1972-1989
Patrick Mower ...  Rodney Blackstock 1,190 episodes, 2001-2020
Eden Taylor-Draper ...  Belle Dingle 1,190 episodes, 2005-2020
Lesley Dunlop ...  Brenda Walker 1,150 episodes, 2008-2020
Zoë Henry Zoë Henry ...  Rhona Goskirk 1,135 episodes, 2001-2020
Roxy Shahidi Roxy Shahidi ...  Leyla Harding 1,083 episodes, 2008-2020
Charlie Hardwick Charlie Hardwick ...  Val Pollard / ... 1,062 episodes, 2004-2017
Laura Norton Laura Norton ...  Kerry Wyatt 956 episodes, 2012-2020
Michelle Hardwick ...  Vanessa Woodfield 944 episodes, 2012-2020
Adam Thomas Adam Thomas ...  Adam Barton 938 episodes, 2009-2020
Malandra Burrows Malandra Burrows ...  Kathy Tate / ... 934 episodes, 1985-2020
Fiona Wade ...  Priya Sharma / ... 917 episodes, 2011-2020
Sammy Winward ...  Katie Sugden / ... 917 episodes, 2001-2020
Deena Payne Deena Payne ...  Viv Hope / ... 915 episodes, 1993-2020
Samantha Giles Samantha Giles ...  Bernice Blackstock / ... 898 episodes, 1999-2019
Paula Tilbrook Paula Tilbrook ...  Betty Eagleton 888 episodes, 1994-2020


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

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The series' highest ever audience figure is 18 million, for Emmerdale: Episode #1.1829 (1993) in which a plane crashed onto the village. The storyline also made an early soap crossover, when Channel 4's Brookside (1982) had newspaper headlines reporting on the disaster. (UK television supremo Phil Redmond worked on both shows.) See more »


Christopher 'Chris' Tate: [talking to Debbie about math] Don't let anybody tell you that two wrongs don't make it right.
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Featured in It'll Be Alright on the Christmas Night (1987) See more »

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Best Soap Ever
6 November 2002 | by Big Movie FanSee 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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