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Episode: 3830 - Sunday 29th August 2004

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Episode: 3830


This episode of EMMERDALE is written by Lindsay Williams, produced by Kathleen Beedles and directed by Pip Short. The executive producer is Keith Richardson and the series producer is Steve Frost. It is a Yorkshire Television production for ITV1.


Ashley Thomas John Middleton
Laurel Potts Charlotte Bellamy
Pearl Ladderbanks Meg Johnson
Len Reynolds Peter Martin
Rodney Blackstock Patrick Mower
Nicola Blackstock Nicola Wheeler
Val Lambert Charlie Hardwick
Ethan Blake Liam O’Brien
Jarvis Skelton Richard Moore
Edna Birch Shirley Stelfox
Debbie Jones Charley Webb
Emily Kirk Kate McGregor
Chas Dingle Lucy Pargeter
Sadie King Patsy Kensit
Sydney Woolfe Nathan Gladwell
Diane Blackstock Elizabeth Estensen
Louise Appleton Emily Symons


ITV1 Network Sunday 29 August 7:00 PM to 7:30 PM

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Laural makes plans to leave for Tansania

It’s Tanzania or bust as Laurel gives Ashley an ultimatum.

Sadie turns her charms on Syd as her redevelopment of the village continues.

Emily worries about Debbie and Ethan being more than friends.



Emily worries that Debbie is too fond of Ethan

Debbie and Ethan

Nicola (Nicola Wheeler) does her utmost to prevent Laurel (Charlotte Bellamy) from leaving the village but after failing miserably she sadly confesses that she will miss her best friend.

Meanwhile, Ashley (John Middleton) is equally distraught at the thought of losing Laurel, but unintentionally offends her when he offers a constant flow of advice on Africa. Feeling belittled, Laurel tells him she doesn’t need his help anymore and is adamant that she’s going whether he likes it or not.


Over at the church, Emily (Kate McGregor) worries when she overhears Debbie (Charley Webb) telling Ethan (Liam O’Brien) that she would like to help with the harvest festival. Not wanting them to be left alone together, Emily insists that she help too and gently reminds Debbie that she is only 14 and should try to find some friends her own age.

Edna (Shirley Stelfox) warns Len (Peter Martin) that he will lose Pearl (Meg Johnson) if he insists on making her choose between him and her son. Len takes her comments on board and tells Pearl he doesn’t want them to break up, reassuring her they will get through this together.

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Ashley drives Laurel mad as he offers an endless stream of advice on what she should and shouldn’t take to Tanzania with her. When he buys her a rucksack Laurel sees red. Laurel tells Ashley that she will do things her way. Ashley says that he can’t win, if he tries to help she sees it as interfering if he doesn’t help it means he doesn’t want her to go. Finally realising that Ashley really doesn’t want her to go Laurel becomes upset because she believes he doesn’t want her to go because he thinks she’s not up to the task.
When Debbie tracks Ethan down in the café and asks him whether he needs any help organising the harvest festival Emily decides it is time to do something about Debbie’s crush on the curate. Emily follows them to the church with a box of things for the harvest festival. Debbie is not pleased to see her and tells her that it only takes two people to do the job they are doing. Ethan takes this as his cue to leave. Emily tells Debbie that as Niamh and Ethan have only just split up Ethan may need some space. Debbie is in no mood for good advice.
Pearl and Len are both keen to make things up and Pearl takes Len some food at the garage. Len suggests a weekend away in Blackpool. Pearl is pleased but tells Len that she has promised to visit Frank at the weekend and perhaps they could visit him on the way. Len reminds her that she doesn’t want anything to do with her son. Later, Edna finds Len in the pub and tells him that if he makes Pearl choose between himself and her son she will lose him. Len realises the error of his ways and makes things up with Pearl.
Chas goes ballistic when she wakes up to find a huge pile of boxes in the living room at Pear Tree Cottage and Sadie make herself a cup of coffee. Sadie tells her that she thought the boxes would come in useful for their moving. Chas asks her what the hell she’s doing there and Sadie tells her that as the new owner she has every right to be there. Fortunately Syd arrives and prevents Chas from throttling Sadie. Later in the pub Sadie offers Syd the building contract for Pear Tree Cottage, with the promise of work to follow.
At breakfast Val tears Rodney off a strip for booking the trip to Egypt for Diane and Jack’s wedding day. Later, When Louise mentions her idea of spending a day at a health spa for Diane’s hen party Val claims that she is arranging the hen night and quickly stakes her claim with Diane. She tells Diane that she has even put her holiday on hold to help her out. With Rodney sitting at the bar Diane asks sarcastically whether the holiday is a trip to Egypt. Lying through his teeth Rodney makes up a story about getting a last minute deal.

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