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Episode: 3983 - Wednesday 23rd February 2005
Desperate for cash, Jimmy steals Sadie’s jewellery

ITV1 Network 7:00 PM to 7:30 PM


Ashley (John Middeton) is nervous as he breaks the news of his decision to Laurel (Charlotte Bellamy) and informs her that in order to convince the Bishop of their love for one another they will have to end the physical side of their relationship.

Laurel assures the vicar that she is willing to wait forever if she has to, but later on she breaks down in tears as she removes her engagement ring.

Meanwhile, Charity (Emma Atkins) is desperate to make Debbie believe that she has been set up and tells Chas (Lucy Pargeter) that she is considering showing her the videotape of her and Jimmy (Nick Miles). Chas strongly advises her against this, but how far will Charity go to prove her innocence?

Elsewhere, Jimmy (Nick Miles) worries that his days are numbered and he panics knowing that he doesn’t have the money that Charity is demanding. Out of desperation he slips Sadie’s jewellery into his pocket. How long will it be before she notices that it has gone missing?


ITV Update

A very long engagement Weds, 7.00pm, 23rd Feb

PLEASE NOTE All Opinions expressed and any errors in this update are those of the ITV visual updater and not of this site's or necessarily ITV's or Emmerdale's.

It’s the day after Ashley has decided to retract his resignation and he and Laurel head out for a walk. She’s talking about previous weddings that she’s been too and the preparations for their wedding, but it's clear Ashley wants to talk about something else. He tells her he's had time to reflect...
...before he can go any further, though, Laurel interrupts him and tells him that she doesn’t want to be the girl that he gave up everything for, ‘you’ll end up hating me and blaming me’.
He tells her that he can’t give up his life of God and that he has decided to withdraw his resignation. He tells her he knows waiting is a lot to ask of her and that breaking off the engagement is the right thing to do. ‘If you want to walk away, I’ll understand,’ he tells her.
‘I can’t give you what you want, but I’ll never regret asking you to marry me. I had to make a choice, but really it wasn’t mine to make,’ he tells a distraught Laurel.
But while Laurel tells him she used to daydream of the time she and he would have children, she tells him that she loves him, and that she will wait, however long it may be! Ashley is thrilled and vows: ‘I will not rest until we’ve proved our love to the Bishop. It’ll be my life’s work to make you mine.’
Away from the heart-rending stuff, and Jimmy gives Charity more of the cash he owes her, but tells her he’s having trouble getting the rest of it. She threatens to send the tape to Tom and Sadie if he doesn’t deliver it soon.
Later, as he sees some of Sadie’s jewellery on the side, he decides to take it. As if she’s not going to notice that!
Over at the pub, Charity is at a lost with Debbie and believes the only way she can convince her that she’s telling the truth is to show her the videotape.
Chas is stunned and warns her against such action, ‘she won’t be listening to you, she’ll be looking at the pictures,’ Chas tells her. Will Charity go through with it?
Meanwhile, Ashley is conducting a christening which Laurel decides to watch. As she sits down and contemplates her day, she removes her engagement ring from her finger and places it on her necklace as she wonders when, or if, she will ever get married to Ashley.


This episode of EMMERDALE is written by Sarah Bagshaw, produced by Kathleen Beedles and directed by Mike Adams. 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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