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Emmerdale 

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.

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Kevin Laffan
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Series cast summary:
Lucy Pargeter Lucy Pargeter ...  Chas Dingle / ... 2,057 episodes, 2002-2019
Mark Charnock ...  Marlon Dingle 1,819 episodes, 1996-2019
Jeff Hordley Jeff Hordley ...  Cain Dingle 1,755 episodes, 2000-2019
Elizabeth Estensen Elizabeth Estensen ...  Diane Sugden / ... 1,718 episodes, 2000-2019
Charley Webb Charley Webb ...  Debbie Dingle / ... 1,704 episodes, 2002-2019
Tony Audenshaw Tony Audenshaw ...  Bob Hope / ... 1,693 episodes, 1996-2019
Emma Atkins Emma Atkins ...  Charity Dingle / ... 1,654 episodes, 2000-2019
Steve Halliwell Steve Halliwell ...  Zak Dingle 1,612 episodes, 1994-2019
Christopher Chittell ...  Eric Pollard 1,590 episodes, 1986-2019
Dominic Brunt ...  Paddy Kirk 1,585 episodes, 1997-2019
Charlotte Bellamy Charlotte Bellamy ...  Laurel Thomas / ... 1,578 episodes, 2002-2019
Nicola Wheeler Nicola Wheeler ...  Nicola King / ... 1,541 episodes, 2001-2019
Jane Cox Jane Cox ...  Lisa Dingle / ... 1,538 episodes, 1996-2019
Nick Miles Nick Miles ...  Jimmy King 1,454 episodes, 2003-2019
Isabel Hodgins Isabel Hodgins ...  Victoria Sugden / ... 1,443 episodes, 2006-2019
Matthew Wolfenden Matthew Wolfenden ...  David Metcalfe 1,401 episodes, 2006-2019
Natalie J. Robb Natalie J. Robb ...  Moira Barton / ... 1,353 episodes, 2009-2019
Ronald Magill Ronald Magill ...  Amos Brearly 1,279 episodes, 1972-1995
John Middleton John Middleton ...  Ashley Thomas / ... 1,275 episodes, 1994-2018
Kelvin Fletcher ...  Andy Sugden / ... 1,271 episodes, 1996-2016
Sheila Mercier Sheila Mercier ...  Annie Sugden / ... 1,267 episodes, 1972-2009
Arthur Pentelow Arthur Pentelow ...  Henry Wilks 1,266 episodes, 1972-1991
James Hooton James Hooton ...  Sam Dingle 1,248 episodes, 1995-2019
Danny Miller Danny Miller ...  Aaron Livesy / ... 1,224 episodes, 2008-2019
Frederick Pyne Frederick Pyne ...  Matt Skilbeck 1,207 episodes, 1972-1989
Richard Thorp ...  Alan Turner 1,151 episodes, 1981-2013
Chris Bisson ...  Jai Sharma 1,126 episodes, 2009-2019
Clive Hornby Clive Hornby ...  Jack Sugden 1,119 episodes, 1980-2009
Patrick Mower ...  Rodney Blackstock 1,114 episodes, 2001-2019
Eden Taylor-Draper Eden Taylor-Draper ...  Belle Dingle 1,096 episodes, 2005-2019
Frazer Hines ...  Joe Sugden 1,091 episodes, 1972-1994
Lesley Dunlop ...  Brenda Walker 1,065 episodes, 2008-2019
Charlie Hardwick Charlie Hardwick ...  Val Pollard / ... 1,062 episodes, 2004-2017
Zoë Henry Zoë Henry ...  Rhona Goskirk 989 episodes, 2001-2019
Roxy Shahidi Roxy Shahidi ...  Leyla Harding 979 episodes, 2008-2019
Adam Thomas Adam Thomas ...  Adam Barton 937 episodes, 2009-2018
Sammy Winward Sammy Winward ...  Katie Sugden / ... 916 episodes, 2001-2015
Laura Norton Laura Norton ...  Kerry Wyatt 873 episodes, 2012-2019
Stan Richards ...  Seth Armstrong 864 episodes, 1978-2004
Samantha Giles Samantha Giles ...  Bernice Blackstock / ... 847 episodes, 1999-2019
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Fiona Wade ...  Priya Sharma / ... 841 episodes, 2011-2019
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A soap opera set in a fictional village in the Yorkshire Dales.

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Drama | Romance

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Official Sites:

Granada

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 October 1972 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Emmerdale See more »

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Stereo

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Color

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16:9 HD
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Trivia

Playwright and creator Kevin Laffan approached the task of penning the first three months of the series "as a 26-episode play [leaving] the end open so that it could continue." He had initially worried over tackling the project, fearing it may damage his career. See more »

Quotes

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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Referenced in Countdown: Episode #71.103 (2014) 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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