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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.


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Series cast summary:
Lucy Pargeter Lucy Pargeter ...  Chas Dingle / ... 2,163 episodes, 2002-2020
Mark Charnock ...  Marlon Dingle 1,924 episodes, 1996-2020
Jeff Hordley Jeff Hordley ...  Cain Dingle 1,872 episodes, 2000-2020
Christopher Chittell ...  Eric Pollard 1,870 episodes, 1986-2020
Elizabeth Estensen Elizabeth Estensen ...  Diane Sugden / ... 1,780 episodes, 2000-2020
Emma Atkins Emma Atkins ...  Charity Dingle / ... 1,770 episodes, 2000-2020
Tony Audenshaw Tony Audenshaw ...  Bob Hope / ... 1,754 episodes, 1996-2020
Charley Webb Charley Webb ...  Debbie Dingle / ... 1,736 episodes, 2002-2019
Dominic Brunt ...  Paddy Kirk 1,672 episodes, 1997-2020
Charlotte Bellamy Charlotte Bellamy ...  Laurel Thomas / ... 1,668 episodes, 2002-2020
Steve Halliwell Steve Halliwell ...  Zak Dingle 1,646 episodes, 1994-2019
Nicola Wheeler Nicola Wheeler ...  Nicola King / ... 1,625 episodes, 2001-2020
Isabel Hodgins Isabel Hodgins ...  Victoria Sugden / ... 1,553 episodes, 2006-2020
Jane Cox ...  Lisa Dingle / ... 1,540 episodes, 1996-2019
Nick Miles Nick Miles ...  Jimmy King 1,510 episodes, 2003-2020
Matthew Wolfenden Matthew Wolfenden ...  David Metcalfe 1,475 episodes, 2006-2020
Natalie J. Robb Natalie J. Robb ...  Moira Barton / ... 1,465 episodes, 2009-2020
Richard Thorp ...  Alan Turner 1,439 episodes, 1981-2013
Sheila Mercier Sheila Mercier ...  Annie Sugden / ... 1,426 episodes, 1972-2009
Clive Hornby Clive Hornby ...  Jack Sugden 1,411 episodes, 1980-2009
Frazer Hines ...  Joe Sugden 1,345 episodes, 1972-1994
Arthur Pentelow Arthur Pentelow ...  Henry Wilks 1,343 episodes, 1972-1991
Danny Miller Danny Miller ...  Aaron Livesy / ... 1,342 episodes, 2008-2020
Ronald Magill Ronald Magill ...  Amos Brearly 1,336 episodes, 1972-1995
James Hooton James Hooton ...  Sam Dingle 1,332 episodes, 1995-2020
John Middleton John Middleton ...  Ashley Thomas / ... 1,277 episodes, 1994-2018
Kelvin Fletcher ...  Andy Sugden / ... 1,273 episodes, 1996-2016
Chris Bisson ...  Jai Sharma 1,226 episodes, 2009-2020
Frederick Pyne Frederick Pyne ...  Matt Skilbeck 1,207 episodes, 1972-1989
Patrick Mower ...  Rodney Blackstock 1,178 episodes, 2001-2019
Eden Taylor-Draper ...  Belle Dingle 1,168 episodes, 2005-2020
Stan Richards ...  Seth Armstrong 1,148 episodes, 1978-2004
Lesley Dunlop ...  Brenda Walker 1,131 episodes, 2008-2020
Zoë Henry Zoë Henry ...  Rhona Goskirk 1,096 episodes, 2001-2020
Charlie Hardwick Charlie Hardwick ...  Val Pollard / ... 1,062 episodes, 2004-2017
Roxy Shahidi Roxy Shahidi ...  Leyla Harding 1,060 episodes, 2008-2020
Laura Norton Laura Norton ...  Kerry Wyatt 947 episodes, 2012-2020
Adam Thomas Adam Thomas ...  Adam Barton 937 episodes, 2009-2018
Sammy Winward Sammy Winward ...  Katie Sugden / ... 916 episodes, 2001-2015
Michelle Hardwick ...  Vanessa Woodfield 911 episodes, 2012-2020
Fiona Wade ...  Priya Sharma / ... 904 episodes, 2011-2020
Samantha Giles Samantha Giles ...  Bernice Blackstock / ... 898 episodes, 1999-2019


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

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16 October 1972 (UK) See more »

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Emmerdale See more »

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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 »


Laurel Potts: Oh, it's like me, I'm never so assertive when I'm on my own. My mirror has had more time lashings. I'm sure it winces every time I go near it.
Bettina 'Betty' Eagleton: Probably your face, love!
[Betty starts to laugh and naively, Laurel starts to laugh with her]
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Spin-off Emmerdale: 21 Years (1993) 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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