Emmerdale at 40

Thursday, 6 December 2012, 8:30PM – 9:00PM

As one of Britain’s best-loved soaps turns 40, this all-new series for ITV takes a look back at the most dramatic, moving, shocking and amusing storylines the show has witnessed.

Spilt into five parts, the series looks at:
• The Headline Makers
• The Affairs
• The Crimes
• The Weddings
• The Woolpack

Narrated by Gaynor Faye, each thirty-minute show is packed with the soap’s most memorable scenes and exclusive interviews with actors both past and present who give their views on all the best moments in the soap’s history.

Episode Five – The Woolpack

The Woolpack is at the heart of the Emmerdale village and the centre of many of the soap’s major storylines.

From the fires, plane crashes and armed robberies the pub has seen, to the spaghetti western style stand-offs, this special programme looks back at the most turbulent times Yorkshire’s favourite pub has ever seen.

Charlie Hardwick, who plays Val Pollard, tells the programme: “Well, it’s the arena, isn’t it, The Woolpack? All your victims and villains in one place. It’s great. A powder keg.”

In 2004 a natural disaster struck Emmerdale costing the life of one of the most popular characters and almost calling time on The Woolpack itself.

On set, rain and wind machines and lightening effects were used to show a vicious storm ripping through the village on New Year’s Eve. Unable to make things work with her husband, Marlon, Trisha had decided to leave the village, but as the weather got worse she sheltered in a phone box to read a letter he had written her.

Sheree Murphy, who played Tricia Dingle says: “She kind of made her mind up to go back to him but, really, she shouldn’t have done, because The Woolpack fell on her. I loved the scene where rubble actually finally falls on Trisha and there’s just the eye poking out. The rubble was made of foamy stuff and they had it all painted. There was a few real bricks around, but anything that was actually placed over me, wasn’t real.”

There were emotional scenes as Marlon found Trisha and she tried to tell him that she was going back to him as she lay trapped under the bricks.

Sheree adds: “The producers said to me, ‘I’m really sorry but would you mind lying there, we’re going to have to cut for a break, the crew need a cup of tea. I was like, ‘No, I don’t mind, er how long are you going to be though?’ and literally, they just left me, because to place me all again for continuity would be an absolute nightmare. I just remember lying there thinking, ‘This is my job.’ I’m lying under rubble at 3am. But I loved it, it was brilliant.”

Emmerdale at 40 also looks back over the parties the pub has seen including Chastity’s hen night and a slave night. Plus, how some of the village’s most loved-characters made their first appearances in The Woolpack, such as Laurel dressed as a bee and Chastity dressed as a stripping nun.

In 2010 property developer Charlie Haynes, played by George Costigan, swept pub landlady Diane Sugden off her feet but planned to con her out of all her savings.

Elizabeth Estensen, who plays Diane, tells the programme: “This was the first time that she’d been truly happy since Jack died. And she thought there was a future for her and that they were going to live in France. It was a whole new life opening up for her, and then it got quickly shut down.”

On the morning Diane was supposed to leave The Woolpack, Charlie went missing. She discovered he was in France and decided to go after him but when she turned up at ‘his’ chateau, she discovered it was owned by someone else.

Diane was left in financial ruin until she decided to pair up with Chastity to own the pub together.

And only a year later they, and the rest of the villagers, witnessed the biggest show-down The Woolpack had ever seen. Cain Dingle had been on a recent mission of destruction through the village, having an affair with a married woman, a fling with a teenager and waging a hate campaign against Charity and her fiancé, when he walked into The Woolpack one night and everyone threatened to leave if he was served.

Jeff Hordley, who plays Cain Dingle, says: “It’s almost Western-style saloon drama when a storyline comes to a head and it has to be played out in The Woolpack. The adrenaline is really pumped, because it’s like you’ve got a live audience and they’re all looking at you going, ‘So come on, what are you going to do with this?’”

Emmerdale at 40 recounts how Cain went around the pub and one-by-one told the villagers what he thought of them. Then, afterwards, someone went after him for revenge. Cain was hit on the head and a whodunit ensued. There were over seven people in the frame, but when Cain tried to frame Jai for the attack – the real attacker came forward as his dad, Zak.

Jeff adds: “I think you really got to see that side of Cain and Zak as well. This bond that’s really strong between them but smashed apart by what’s happened.”

Emmerdale at 40 is produced by Becky Sawle for Shiver. The series producer is Yvette Lyons and the executive producer is Mark Robinson.

Thursday, 25 October 2012, 8:30PM – 9:00PM

As one of Britain’s best-loved soaps turns 40, this all-new series for ITV takes a look back at the most dramatic, moving, shocking and amusing storylines the show has witnessed.

Spilt into five parts, the series looks at:
• The Headline Makers
• The Affairs
• The Crimes
• The Weddings
• The Woolpack

Narrated by Gaynor Faye, each thirty-minute show is packed with the soap’s most memorable scenes and exclusive interviews with actors both past and present who give their views on all the best moments in the soap’s history.

Episode Two – The Affairs

The second episode takes a look back at some of the most shocking, moving and romantic affairs of the heart the Yorkshire village has witnessed.

From teenage torment to passion-fuelled love-triangles this second episode of Emmerdale at 40 remembers them all.

In 2010, vet Rhona’s appearance threatened to break up one of the longest-standing friendships in the village, between Paddy and Marlon.

Mark Charnock, who plays Marlon, says: “Our first reaction as actors was, ‘Oh this is going to be great.’”

Zoe Henry, who plays Rhona, says: “They called me The Wedge. Because I was the wedge that was going to be driven between them.”

Rhona was Marlon’s girlfriend, but after spending a lot of time working with his best friend, Paddy, Rhona realised she had fallen for him. The programme explains that Rhona and Paddy tried to fight their feelings for each other, but couldn’t.

Dominic Brunt who plays Paddy, says: “It was difficult, morally, to be there, because it’s your best mate’s girlfriend. It’s the sort of thing you watch on Jeremy Kyle and say, ‘There’s plenty of fish in the sea, leave her alone.’”

The couple tried to keep their romance a secret, but had to tell Marlon after Rhona discovered she was carrying his child.

Mark adds: “The moment they tell him, it’s like the rug has been pulled from under his life. It feels like the most monumental betrayal.”

Marlon was left heartbroken, however, after time the three decided to be parents together and Emmerdale at 40 recaps the emotional moment when Marlon and Paddy made-up.

When Charity and Cain Dingle drove into the village to see their uncle Zak, no one realised they were witnessing the start of a decade long, fiery off-on romance.

Jeff Hordley who plays Cain Dingle says: “Charity is the only person he’s ever loved.”
The programme explains how the chemistry between the two hid a historical secret which would be revealed when a new character, Debbie, played by Charlie Webb, came into their lives.

Jeff adds: “The producers told me that this character was going to come in and she was going to turn out to be Cain and Charity’s child.”

Viewers were gripped as Charity revealed to Cain that he was Debbie’s father and the two of them re-established their relationship. As they spent more time together, the pair soon realised they were falling for each other and the actors faced their first on-screen kiss

Jeff adds: “I think Emma was a bit more worried about it than me. The first time you kiss somebody on screen it’s always a little bit odd.”

Emma Atkins, who plays Charity, says: “He just put his arm around me and said, ‘We’ll be fine.’”

The kiss sparked the start of their tempestuous ten-year relationship which came to a dramatic climax last year when Charity discovered Cain had got another woman pregnant and tried to make her have an abortion.

Emma adds: “Even though Stuart, the producer has said they’ll never ever be brought back together, I say, ‘Watch this space’.”

The village was rocked by the ultimate tale of betrayal when Carl and Chas, one of Emmerdale most loving couples, were ripped apart by temptress Eve.

Lucy Pargeter, who plays Chas, says: “They’re perfect together, they both bring out the worst sides and the best sides in each other.”

Suzanne Shaw, who plays Eve Jenson, says: “When I got told that Eve was splitting up Carl and Chas, they’re such a strong couple, I thought, ‘Oh my God, this character is going to be hated by the nation’.”

Tom Lister, who plays Carl, says: “When Eve came in, I was getting accosted in the supermarkets by people saying, ‘Leave that Eve alone, she’s bad news. Get yourself back to Chas.’”

Carl and Eve managed to keep the affair a secret for three months, until Chas found Eve’s bra and started plotting her revenge. She asked Carl to marry her and told him she needed £30,000 to fund the wedding. Carl handed over the cash, but Chas had secretly planned everything on the cheap, including the hideous bridesmaid dress she made Eve wear. Chas then waited until she was at the alter with Carl to tell everyone what he had done.

Tom adds: “Carl’s stupid isn’t he? You make your own bed and you lie in it. He’s a plonker and he deserved to get laid out on Christmas Day just like he did.”

Emmerdale at 40 also tells the story of the Sugden family being ripped apart when brothers Andy and Robert were both in love with the same girl.

Katie was engaged to Andy when she began having an affair with Robert. She went ahead with her wedding to Andy, but less than three months later the truth came out.

Sammy Winward, who played Katie, tells the programme: “The atmosphere on set was quite tense for the three of us. I remember just seeing Kelvin’s face.”

Kelvin Fletcher, who played Andy, says: “There was a lot of crying and snot, but for me it was real. I was really in the moment throughout the day. In part of the scene I actually fell down onto my knees and just collapsed. I think a lot of people sympathised with Andy after that.”

Devastated Andy lost control as his life fell apart and took a shotgun to Katie and Andy’s caravan, but accidentally shot his dad, Jack. Despite this though, Kelvin explained that viewers still loved him.

He says: “People would say to me, ‘What has Katie done to you?’ I had everyone on my side.”
And Emmerdale at 40 looks back at last year’s explosive affair between Cain Dingle and Moira Barton, which ended in disaster.

Moira’s husband, John, decided to forgive her, and, to celebrate, the pair set off on a romantic weekend away. Producers reveal to Emmerdale at 40 that they had hoped that Moira and John would provide the soap with an example of a couple who had managed to overcome an affair. But off-screen, James Thornton, who played John, had decided to leave the show.

The couple were involved in a car accident on their way to their weekend away, which left their car teetering on the edge of a cliff. John helped Moira escape from the wreckage but was still trapped himself. Viewers were gripped and Moira watched helplessly as their car fell over the cliff, killing her husband.

Natalie Robb who plays Moira, says: “He dies in the accident after saving her life. It’s a bit like a Romeo and Juliet tragedy.”

Emmerdale at 40 is produced by Becky Sawle for Shiver. The series producer is Yvette Lyons and the executive producer is Mark Robinson.

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