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Episode: 3826 - Tuesday 24th August 2004

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Episode: 3826


This episode of EMMERDALE is written by Stephen Bennett, produced by Kathleen Beedles and directed by Haldane Duncan. The executive producer is Keith Richardson and the series producer is Steve Frost. It is a Yorkshire Television production for ITV1.


Diane Blackstock Elizabeth Estensen
Louise Appleton Emily Symons
Rodney Blackstock Patrick Mower
Val Lambert Charlie Hardwick
Nicola Blackstock Nicola Wheeler
Ethan Blake Liam O’Brien
Debbie Jones Charley Webb
Edna Birch Shirley Stelfox
Pearl Ladderbanks Meg Johnson
Jack Sugden Clive Hornby
Laurel Potts Charlotte Bellamy
Niamh Tracey Moore
Jarvis Skelton Richard Moore
Ashley Thomas John Middleton
Bob Hope Tony Audenshaw
Len Reynolds Peter Martin


ITV1 Network Tuesday 24 August 7:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Review :-

Rodney intends to make Diane’s dreams come true but what does Val think?

Edna’s unconvinced that Frank Bernard is really Pearl’s son.

Ethan and Niamh decide to call it a day.


Ethan and Niamh decide to end their relationship

Diane (Elizabeth Estensen) wakes with the hangover from hell and Louise (Emily Symons) confirms her fears that she made a fool of herself the previous night.

While Jack (Clive Hornby) is clearly not impressed to see the state of Diane, Rodney’s (Patrick Mower) other half is equally as unsympathetic and Val (Charlie Harwick) tells him she’s sick of being ignored.

Val gets the hump after Diane and Rodney’s drinking session

As Val’s anger intensifies she blurts out that Diane is milking her situation for everything it’s worth. Rodney is appalled by Val’s selfish behaviour and tells her to get out.

Later on Rodney goes to visit Diane, but she has opted for an early night and so he sneaks up to her room. Diane gets a fright when she sees her ex-husband at her bedroom door and thinks he is crazy when he tells her that he has booked them a trip to Egypt. Will Diane be tempted by his offer?

Meanwhile, Ethan (Liam O’Brien) tells Niamh (Tracey Moore) that he has no intention of going to Malawi with her and that they clearly have different priorities. They agree sadly that their relationship is not going to work and Niamh heads off to pack her bags.

ITV.COM The Morning After The Night Before Tuesday 24.08.04
Feeling dreadful after a drunken night Diane is in no mood for lectures from Louise and Jack and tells them that, like Edith Piaf, she regrets nothing and feels better about things. As Diane and Jack are about to set off for the hospital Rodney appears and offers to drive. Annoyed with Rodney for getting Diane drunk Jack tells him he’s probably in no fit state to drive. Desperate to accompany Diane Rodney says they can all go in his car and Jack can drive. Jack declines and Rodney makes a cryptic mark about Diane floating down the Nile.
Val finds Rodney brooding in the barn and he tells her to go away because he’s busy. Not taking no for an answer Val takes a look at what Rodney’s doing and is intrigued to find that he is looking at Egyptian holidays. Rodney asks Val what she wants and she demands to know why he’s being so awful to her. Rodney tells her he is worried about Diane and has had enough of her self-obsession. Val tells Rodney that she thinks that Diane is milking her cancer and immediately regrets it. Rodney is furious and tells her to get out and stay out.
When Diane returns from hospital she goes for a lie down and apologises to Jack for getting drunk with Rodney. Afterwards Jack takes exception to Rodney’s sudden appearance in the bar and tells him to back off and leave Diane alone. He tells him he had his chance with Diane a long time ago. Bob breaks up their heated exchange and Rodney leaves. Later he sneaks back to the pub and goes to Diane’s room and excitedly tells her he has booked a Nile cruise for the two of them. Diane can’t believe her ears.
Ethan and Niamh are unable to reach any kind of compromise and because Ethan is not prepared to go to Malawi the couple agree to go their separate ways. Ethan tells Niamh he loves her but Niamh tells him he can’t love her that much or he would be prepared to go to Malawi with her. Laurel is inspired by Niamh’s work and tells Ashley that she would like to do something to make a difference. Not realising how serious Laurel is Ashley advises her to look into it.

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