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


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Series cast summary:
Christopher Chittell ...  Eric Pollard 2,726 episodes, 1986-2021
Lucy Pargeter Lucy Pargeter ...  Chas Dingle / ... 2,279 episodes, 2002-2021
Mark Charnock ...  Marlon Dingle 2,148 episodes, 1996-2021
Steve Halliwell Steve Halliwell ...  Zak Dingle 2,121 episodes, 1994-2021
Jeff Hordley Jeff Hordley ...  Cain Dingle 2,001 episodes, 2000-2021
Richard Thorp ...  Alan Turner 1,949 episodes, 1981-2013
Dominic Brunt ...  Paddy Kirk / ... 1,934 episodes, 1997-2021
Emma Atkins Emma Atkins ...  Charity Dingle / ... 1,883 episodes, 2000-2021
Jane Cox ...  Lisa Dingle / ... 1,827 episodes, 1996-2020
Tony Audenshaw Tony Audenshaw ...  Bob Hope / ... 1,811 episodes, 1996-2021
Elizabeth Estensen Elizabeth Estensen ...  Diane Sugden / ... 1,796 episodes, 2000-2021
Charley Webb ...  Debbie Dingle / ... 1,759 episodes, 2002-2021
Clive Hornby Clive Hornby ...  Jack Sugden 1,756 episodes, 1980-2009
Charlotte Bellamy Charlotte Bellamy ...  Laurel Thomas / ... 1,743 episodes, 2002-2021
Nicola Wheeler Nicola Wheeler ...  Nicola King / ... 1,713 episodes, 2001-2021
Isabel Hodgins Isabel Hodgins ...  Victoria Sugden / ... 1,585 episodes, 2006-2021
Nick Miles Nick Miles ...  Jimmy King 1,578 episodes, 2003-2021
Natalie J. Robb Natalie J. Robb ...  Moira Barton / ... 1,566 episodes, 2009-2021
Stan Richards ...  Seth Armstrong 1,540 episodes, 1978-2004
James Hooton James Hooton ...  Sam Dingle 1,538 episodes, 1995-2021
Matthew Wolfenden Matthew Wolfenden ...  David Metcalfe 1,518 episodes, 2006-2021
Sheila Mercier Sheila Mercier ...  Annie Sugden / ... 1,451 episodes, 1972-2009
Danny Miller Danny Miller ...  Aaron Livesy / ... 1,413 episodes, 2008-2021
Kelvin Fletcher ...  Andy Sugden / ... 1,411 episodes, 1996-2016
Frazer Hines ...  Joe Sugden 1,369 episodes, 1972-1994
Ronald Magill Ronald Magill ...  Amos Brearly 1,361 episodes, 1972-1995
Arthur Pentelow Arthur Pentelow ...  Henry Wilks 1,359 episodes, 1972-1991
John Middleton John Middleton ...  Ashley Thomas / ... 1,334 episodes, 1994-2018
Chris Bisson ...  Jai Sharma 1,300 episodes, 2009-2021
Eden Taylor-Draper ...  Belle Dingle 1,235 episodes, 2005-2021
Frederick Pyne Frederick Pyne ...  Matt Skilbeck 1,226 episodes, 1972-1989
Patrick Mower ...  Rodney Blackstock 1,198 episodes, 2001-2021
Lesley Dunlop ...  Brenda Walker 1,180 episodes, 2008-2021
Zoë Henry Zoë Henry ...  Rhona Goskirk 1,173 episodes, 2001-2021
Malandra Burrows Malandra Burrows ...  Kathy Glover / ... 1,133 episodes, 1985-2005
Roxy Shahidi Roxy Shahidi ...  Leyla Harding 1,130 episodes, 2008-2021
Paula Tilbrook Paula Tilbrook ...  Betty Eagleton 1,122 episodes, 1994-2015


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

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To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the series, Emmerdale Farm: Emmerdale Live (2012) 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 »


[Cain has just told Zak about Debbie]
Zak: I've got to stop chewing those leaves.
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Referenced in Good Morning Britain: Episode dated 23 July 2018 (2018) 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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