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- The first 116 episodes of Emmerdale Farm are available to buy in four volumes, released by Network DVD and available from all good e-tailers. Please buy them to support the chance of future releases!
- Bill Lyons has penned more episodes of Emmerdale than any other writer. He passed Kevin Laffan's total (around 270 episodes) in 2008.
- The most prolific director of Emmerdale is Alan Wareing, who passed Oliver Horsburgh's total (around 240 episodes) in June 2011.
At last Wednesdays' awards ceremony Emmerdale won three awards for Funniest Female, Best Newcomer and Best Young Actor. See the new issue of Inside Soap for exclusive pictures and interviews - on sale from today!
August 19th: Celebrity Big Brother welcomes first Emmerdale star
After 140 'celebrities' over thirteen series, Big Brother finally has a former Emmerdale star as one of its contestants. Claire King, still best known for her role of Kim Tate, was the third housemate to enter the 14th series of the reality contest last night, where she will stay in the house for up to four weeks. In her introductory VT, Claire said "I'm excited about going in the Big Brother house but I'm also nervous. Although I've got to the age now where I don’t care what other people think of me." Just before entering she told host Emma Willis "I'm gonna throw myself into it and really enjoy it".
- Claire had to leave the house on Day 14 to seek medical attention, and Big Brother announced on Day 16 that she would not be returning. She is the first celebrity contestant to ever leave in this manner. Calire later revealed she had fallen ill with colitis.
July 29th: Inside Soap Awards voting open
The nominations for the annual awards of weekly magazine Inside Soap are open until September 8th. Last year Emmerdale won the top "Best Soap" prize, so be sure to cast your vote! Full details at www.insidesoap.co.uk/voting-now-open-inside-soap-awards-2014/
July 12th: Kate Oates interview
Website Digitalspy has published an extensive interview with Emmerdales series producer, where she talks about recent storylines and discusses her plans for the future. Part one can be read here, and part two here.
- Zoe Henry has added her own personal tribute to Harry Whittaker on twitter, accompanied by another lovely picture. You can see the tweet at http://t.co/b7PQm1eEAe
July 10th: Tributes to Leo actor HarryTonight's episodes of Emmerdale were dedicated to Harry Whittaker, the child who lit up the screen as Leo Goskirk. A caption at the end of the 8pm episode read "For Harry, With Love". A subsequent official statement said: "Very sadly we can confirm Harry Whittaker's passing last Tuesday 1st July. We will all miss him greatly and have offered our sincerest condolences to his family at this very sad time." 31 May 2011, initially sharing the role with another baby. Ahead of tonight's broadcast Dominic Brunt tweeted "A fitting tribute to a special friend at the end of tonight's episode of Emmerdale. x". Mark Charnock also tweeted to say we should watch the credits, and after the episode posted a picture of Harry in a spiderman outfit, with the message: "Our superhero. We were lucky to know you and hear your laugh. You lit up our lives, dearest, loveliest Harry." Zoe Henry retweeted Dominic's and Mark's messages and changed her profile picture to that of Harry in his spiderman outfit. EmmerdaleWikis thoughts are also with Harry's family at this sad time.
May 26th: British Soap Awards win
April 29th: BScA shortlists
The shortlists for the 16th annual British Soap Awards were announced yesterday, with Emmerdale making it onto the shortlists for Best Actor, Sexiest Male and Villain of the Year, as well as Best Soap in the viewer-voted categories. As last year, each soap is nominated in each of the panel-voted categories (with Doctors again having the sole exception, this time for missing out in the Best Newcomer category), but this year for the first time in the awards' history the Best Exit category has been excluded. To cast your vote in the viewer categories visit www.britishsoapawards.tv before 3pm on May 23rd!
March 18th: McCain in new sponsorship and product placement deal
Speaking of the deal, ITV's commercial content director Gary Knight commented: "Emmerdale is one of ITV's most iconic programmes and we are delighted to welcome a brand with the stature and heritage of McCain as the new sponsor of the show for the next 24 months. We look forward to working with them to make this truly integrated partnership a great success."
Read more about the deal at www.campaignlive.co.uk.
You can also watch a specially recorded video with two Emmerdale stars on McCain's parent website www.consortfrozenfoods.co.uk (contains international spoilers)
- The long-list for this year's British Soap Awards viewer-voted categories has been released. To see who's made this year's nominations and to cast your vote, visit http://www.britishsoapawards.tv/
January 18th: Kelsey-Beth Crossley on The Voice UK
The Scarlett Nicholls actress appeared on the show that searches for new singing stars tonight on BBC1. She sung The White Stripe's song "Fell in Love with a Girl", hoping to impress the judges enough to make them turn their chairs round and face her - thus earning her a slot with one of those judges in the second round. Find out how she fared via the BBC iPlayer (Kelsey's section starts at 33:28).
January 7th 2014: NTA Shortlist announced
The shortlist in each category for this years National Television Awards has now been announced. As well as Emmerdale being nominated for Serial Drama, its star Michelle Hardwick - who got engaged on New Year's Eve - has made it onto the Newcomer list. To cast your vote, visit http://www.nationaltvawards.com. Voting for the final round is open until midday on 22 January, with the ceremony being shown live from 7:30pm that evening on ITV.
- Last week producer Kate Oates teased the months ahead in a video released on the itv website at http://www.itv.com/emmerdale/extras/2014-on-emmerdale-with-kate-oates.
December 7th: Lucy finishes in 3rd place!
After three weeks, Lucy Pargeter left the I'm a Celebrity... jungle just one day away from the final of the reality contest. A keen teamplayer, and willing to speak her mind, her time is most likely to be remembered for her difficult relationship with beauty queen Amy Willerton, with whom it was shown she had difficulty seeing eye-to-eye (although it has been suggested - including by her other campmates - that the editing of the show made this look far worse than it actually was). Lucy - the last female standing in the contest - described the experience as "mentally hard" and, never expecting to win, was simply excited about being reunited with her family. Congratulations on getting so far!
November 17th: Lucy Pargeter appearing in I'm a Celebrity
After being known for so many years as Emmerdales Chas, Lucy admits she finds people seeing her as herself weird to get her head around. "That is the most worrying part, really. I am most scared of the fear of people not liking you. But I want to give everything a go. The challenges are not there for you to enjoy. They are there to cause you grief and make people laugh!"
EmmerdaleWiki wishes her good luck!
October 21st: Major success at Inside Soap Awards!
At Inside Soap Magazines annual awards ceremony tonight Emmerdale scooped four awards including Best Storyline (awarded for first time since 2009, and last won by Emmerdale in 2006); and the major award for Best Soap, for which spokeswoman Charley Webb (Debbie) said how unbelievably proud the whole team were and thanked producer Kate Oates and of course the viewers! Emmerdale also received a special Outstanding Achievement Award for the live episode. Congratulations to the team on your deserved success!October 11th: Emmerdale Village News
- New Emmerdale producer Kate Oates recently gave her first in-depth interview to digitalspy.co.uk, where she discussed storylines, her aims for the show, and initial plans on handling Richard Thorp's death onscreen. It comes in two parts, available here and here. Contains spoilers.
- On Sunday, members of the current cast took part in the second annual Great Manchester Cycle. Racing as "Team Emmerdale", three cast members tackled the 26 mile route, while another six plus ITV Director of Drama Steve November tackled the 52 mile route.
Speaking before the event, team leader Rik Makarem explained the teams' motivation: "It's an absolute honour for us to be riding as Team Emmerdale for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research (LLR), a very special charity, who are endlessly driven to beating blood cancer. It will be an emotional experience for me on a personal level – I'm dedicating both my rides to my grandmother, who suffered with leukaemia. We deeply urge the public to support our team by donating as much as possible. Please help LLR in their quest to beat blood cancers once and for all." To show your support, visit www.justgiving.com/Team-Emmerdale
- The cast and crew of Emmerdale won 'Team of the Year' at the Royal Television Society Yorkshire Awards held on 24 June, awarded in recognition of the live anniversary episode last October.
Voting is open for the final round of the TV Choice Magazine awards, where you can still vote for Best Actor, Best Newcomer, and Best soap. To vote, visit tvchoicemagazine.co.uk/awards/2013
- July 3rd is also this wiki's third birthday!
For older news stories, see the News archive
|Key moments in Emmerdale history|
1972 When government restrictions on afternoon broadcasting are dropped, Yorkshire Television produces Emmerdale Farm for the ITV Network’s new afternoon output.
1975 After showing two episodes a week almost every week for 2½ years, the show takes its first summer break. When it returns episodes are written in blocks of typically six or eight episodes by a single writer.
1976 Village filming moved from Arncliffe to Esholt.
1985 Emmerdale Farm takes a summer break for the final time. Over the past ten years, region by region, the show has gradually moved to more prestigious slots in the schedule. The 1000th episode is transmitted in November.
1988 Coming back from its final christmas break, Emmerdale Farm is shown across the whole of the UK on the same day at the same time - the first time this has happened on a regular basis. From June a writer will normally only pen two consecutive episodes.
1989 Emmerdale Farm moves to dedicated studios and then changes its name to Emmerdale in November. As the show increasingly moves away from farming stories, Home Farm gains in prominence with the new Tate family.
1993 Londoners’ the Windsor family arrive. With the perception that Emmerdale is still the ‘farming soap’ the show’s long-term future is in doubt. In what was then the biggest stunt in soap history, the controversial plane crash is staged for broadcast at the end of the year - a ratings triumph, though the effect was only short term.
1994 The fictional village of Beckindale is renamed Emmerdale. The last remaining original cast members, Frazer Hines and Sheila Mercier, depart the show. From christmas, each episode typically has a different writer to the previous episode.
1995 Emmerdale celebrates "Episode 2000" with its first hour special in August. New characters like the Dingles, strong storylines and humour finally bring the show a consistently large and loyal share of the audience.
1997 From New Years Day Emmerdale starts airing a third weekly episode on Wednesday’s. Production moves to new studios, and land very close to where the Dingles’ farmhouse is already situated is purchased from the Earl of Harewood’s estate - a new village set is built by the end of the year.
2000 Emmerdale wins a prestigious BAFTA award for Best Continuing Drama series. Having experimented with special event-filled five day weeks since 1997, Emmerdale begins transmitting five times a week permanently from October.
2001 "Episode 3000" transmitted in September.
2003 Series creator Kevin Laffan dies in March.
2004 After experimenting with a sixth episode on Sundays at various times during 2003, this becomes permanent from January. The year begins with a massive storm - one of the shows biggest stunts.
2005 "Episode 4000" transmitted in March.
2008 In a scheduling revamp at ITV, soaps are dropped from the Sunday schedule. ITV had regularly been in the habit, especially in 2007, of moving the Sunday episode to Tuesdays to compete head-to-head with EastEnders. From 1 January this move becomes permanent, with the hour-long slot on Tuesday’s even getting a title (though the titles are dropped in the summer). "Episode 5000" transmitted in May.
2009 Another schedule revamp at ITV, partly acknowledging in the process that competing with EastEnders was doing neither soap any favours, means that the show now airs two episodes on Thursdays from July – creating an EastEnders sandwich!
2011 "Episode 6000" transmitted in August - exactly 16 years after "Episode 2000"!
2012 Emmerdale celebrates its 40th birthday with the first live drama to be recorded entirely on location.
2013 Richard Thorp, Emmerdales longest-serving actor ever, passes away after 31 years in the role of Alan Turner. In the wake of arguably the most dramatic story conclusion in the shows' history, Emmerdale wins Best Soap at the Inside Soap awards.
2014 "Episode 7000" transmitted on Emmerdales 42nd birthday, 16th October.
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