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Episode: 3823 - Friday 20th August 2004

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Episode: 3823


This episode of EMMERDALE is written by Karin Young, produced by Kathleen Beedles and directed by Henry Foster. The executive producer is Keith Richardson and the series producer is Steve Frost. It is a Yorkshire Television production for ITV1.


Val Lambert Charlie Hardwick
Jack Sugden Clive Hornby
Rodney Blackstock Patrick Mower
Receptionist Katie Hollinshead
Nicola Blackstock Nicola Wheeler
Simon Meredith Dale Meeks
Diane Blackstock Elizabeth Estensen
Charity Tate Emma Atkins
Scott Windsor Ben Freeman
Bob Hope Tony Audenshaw
Donna Windsor Verity Rushworth
Viv Hope Deena Payne
Marlon Dingle Mark Charnock
Victoria Sugden Hannah Midgley
Bonnie Meredith Viktoria Kay
Lesley Meredith Sherrie Hewson
Danny Daggert Cleveland Campbell
Katie Sugden Sammy Winward
Robert Sugden Karl Davies

Deciding to stand by her man, whether he likes it or not, Nicola stays with Simo


ITV1 Network Friday 20 August 7:00 PM to 7:30 PM
ITV2 Monday 23 August 9:25 AM to 9:55 AM

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After confiding in Rodney, Diane finds it difficult to tell Jack the truth.

Nicola gets on track with wedding plans.

Danny and Donna do it Italian style!


Jack struggles to come to terms with Diane’s revelation

Nicola (Nicola Wheeler) refuses to leave Simon’s (Dale Meeks) boat and follows him to the pier, watching as he attempts to catch some fish. Nicola laughs at his lack of success and an annoyed Simon hands the rod to her to do better.

The feisty couple bicker as Nicola is adamant that Simon is just too stubborn to admit that he wants her back. Simon is indignant and walks off as Nicola shouts after him that she doesn’t need him anyway.

As he leaves the fishing line suddenly reels off and Nicola is nearly yanked off her feet. She screams to Simon to help her and he runs back, telling her to drop it. Nicola grapples with the rod but is determined not to quit. A small crowd gathers to watch them and Lesley (Sherrie Hewson) turns up shocked by the commotion.

As they reel in a massive cod, Simon tells her that if it weighs 12lbs he will ask her to marry him. Nicola responds that if it weighs 13lbs she will say yes. Will a fish reunite the estranged couple?

What does Lesley think of the reconcillation between Nicola and Simon

Meanwhile, Jack (Clive Hornby) is still taking in Diane’s (Elizabeth Estensen) revelation from the previous day and as Marlon (Mark Charnock) drives him home he breaks down in tears. Marlon does his best to reassure him, but can Jack come to terms with the staggering news?

ITV.COM Don't Tell A Soul Friday 20.08.04
Val is in tears and Rodney and Jack are lost for words when they find Diane sitting in the hotel lounge. She makes them swear they won’t tell anyone about her cancer. She tells them that she has to have more tests and she wants to know whether it has spread or not before she lets people know about it. When Diane tells them that she wants to go home Jack goes after her and is upset when she tells him that she wants to go home with Val. Annoyed that Diane is shutting him out Jack snaps at Marlon when goes to find him and Victoria.
Back in the village Jack goes to the Woolpack to see Diane and is all smiles when he walks in. Diane takes him into the back and has a go at him because she thinks that his over the top cheeriness will make people think something is wrong. Jack tells Diane that if she won’t level with him about her illness he doesn’t know how to behave. He asks her whether she wants to call the wedding off because he thinks that if he lets her secret slip she’ll call the wedding off anyway. Diane realises that she’s been too harsh on Jack and the couple make up.
Back in Scarborough Nicola refuses to leave Simon alone and follows him to the quayside where he begins fishing. Nicola insults Simon by telling him he’s a fish obsessive. Having had enough Simon hands Nicola his fishing rod and walks away. As he leaves Nicola is dragged towards the water’s edge as a large fish takes Simon’s bait. Nicola panics and calls for Simon. Simon tells her to drop the rod but Nicola is determined to land the fish. Simon jokes that if the fish weighs more than 12lb he’ll ask her to marry him.
Nicola tells Simon that if the fish weighs more than 13lbs she’ll say yes to his proposal. When they land the mighty cod they place it on the scales and it come in at 12 and a half pounds. Nicola throws another tiddler onto the scales to tip the balance over 13lbs. Even Lesley, Simon’s mother, seems happy that the couple are reunited. Simon’s sister, meanwhile, has other fish to fry and having tracked down Marlon makes a big impression on him, so much so that Marlon takes the plunge and plants a kiss on Bonnie’s lips as he leaves.
Donna and Danny are both miserable after splitting up. Bob sees a way to reunite them when Viv is called up for jury service. When Danny comes into the pub Bob forces Donna to apologise to Danny. He suggests to Donna that to make amends she could take Danny on a little trip. Slow on the uptake Donna doesn’t take the hint, so Bob has to spell it out for her and tells her she could take Danny to Rome.

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