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Episode: 3978 -Thursday 17th February 2005
Pollard and Val become thick as thieves

ITV1 Network 7:00 PM to 7:30 PM


Ashley and the Bishop

Ashley and the Bishop

Ashley (John Middleton) and Laurel (Charlotte Bellamy) receive devastating news when the bishop (Peter Cartwright) informs them that he’s decided he cannot allow them to marry. Ashley refuses to accept the situation and makes matters worse by flippantly suggesting that he believes Ethan (Liam O’Brien) was sent by the church to keep an eye on him. How will the Bishop respond to Ashley’s unexpected outburst?


Meanwhile, Val (Charlie Hardwick) and Pollard (Chris Chittell) are as thick as thieves as they excitedly realise that they are going to make a fortune from auctioning off the widow’s goods. They show no remorse for deceiving the unsuspecting lady and the pair agree that they make a winning team.

Elsewhere, Charity tries (Emma Atkins) to splash her cash on Debbie (Charley Webb) in order to get her on side. Cain (Jeff Hordley) interrupts and is horrified when Charity announces that she plans to leave Emmerdale and take Debbie with her. Will Cain let his daughter leave without a fight?

ITV Update

A decision is made Thurs, 7.00pm, 17th Feb

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Confident that she’s going to get the rest of the money from Jimmy, Charity hands a wad of cash over to Chas, for helping her by hiding the copy of the tape.

Meanwhile, Jimmy is calling the bank to sort the rest of the money. Sadie doesn’t seem to notice as she’s too busy thinking about throwing a party for Jimmy’s 40th birthday – that’s if there’s enough money left, Sadie!
Money isn’t such a problem for Pollard, though, who has given himself 10 per cent commission on the sale of the widow’s antiques. Now that’s just wrong, Eric.
Meanwhile, the Bishop arrives with his decision for Ashley, but it’s not good…
He tells Ashley that he has a poor history with women and with making bad choices. He uses Louise as the example, referring to her as the barmaid. He believes Ashley lost his way after Louise and admits to Ashley that he sent Ethan to the village to ‘spy’ on the vicar.
He tells Ashley that he thought he’d lost his enthusiasm for the job and thought that teaching a curate would reinvigorate him. But it seems Ethan was also reporting back to the village on Ashley’s state of affairs too.
Ashley asks the Bishop what would happen if he and Laurel decided to get married anyway. But the Bishop replies that he would have to leave the Church, and Emmerdale. He tells Ashley that he needs to wait longer and instead concentrate on his parishioners for a change.
Ethan walks in just as the Bishop is leaving. Ashley confronts him and congratulates him on saving him from an ill-advised marriage, ‘go to the top of the class’, he tells the curate before storming off to find Laurel.
He finds her in the pub and breaks the news to her. She asks him what they’ll do now and seeks reassurance that they are still together. Ashley tells her that of course they are and that she has the engagement ring to prove it.
She tells him that she’s never been happier than in these past few months, but Ashley is obviously concerned that they’ll never be able to marry.



This episode of EMMERDALE is written by Lisa Holdsworth, produced by Kathleen Beedles and directed by Oliver Horsbrugh. The executive producer is Keith Richardson and the series producer is Steve Frost. It is a Granada Yorkshire production for ITV1.

Special Thanks to Tracey Whitton at the ITV Picture Desk Leeds

Emmerdale.org would also like to thank Michele Fawcett & Jo Cox from Emmerdale for the Production Credits.

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