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Episode: 3953 - Wednesday 19th January 2005
Sam bids farewell to Alice

ITV1 Network 7:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Review :-

The Dingles gather for Zak’s birthday but he fears that Sam won’t be with them for long.

Cain tries to worm his way back into the family - with cash.

Charity begins to wear away at the King’s weakest link.


Zak (Steve Halliwell) spends the day telling Sam (James Hooton) how much he would miss out on if he left Emmerdale and reinforces the importance of being close to the family. With his father’s words playing on his mind, Sam tells Alice (Ursula Holden Gill) that Zak needs him and the couple spend a romantic evening holding hands for the last time.

As it gets late, Sam walks Alice to the bus stop and both are sorrowful as they say goodbye. Is this the end of Sam’s love affair?

Over at the Woolpack, Charity (Emma Atkins) feels down as Debbie (Charley Webb) refuses to speak to her until she admits that she loves Cain (Jeff Hordley). Luckily for Charity her spirits are lifted when a miserable Jimmy (Nick Miles) walks in and she instantly sets about forming alliances with him.

ITV Update

Time to let go Weds, 7.00pm, 19th Jan

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Sam talks to the chickens, like you do, and tells them that they’re moving to Norfolk and he promises them that they’ll be happy there.

Meanwhile, it’s Zak’s big day as he and his family celebrate his birthday. Lisa pulls Sam aside in the celebrations and tells him that she’s been thinking about his situation with Alice and says that he should ‘do whatever is best for you’. Sam looks confused, as always, and hands Zak some maggots, for his birthday.

Zak decides to take Sam fishing, like they always used to. But he makes Sam feel guilty for wanting to move to Norfolk. Just like old times’ sake, they get caught by the gamekeeper and a chase ensues. The two laugh their socks off and Sam realises that his father needs him.

Alice is waiting for Sam when he returns and they have a chat. He tells her that his Dad needs him in Beckindale. Instead of making Sam guilty, she simply says, ‘Well we haven’t got much time left then,’ as they vow to make the most of her last evening.

It’s a case of same old, same old as Charity and Cain have yet another argument. Debbie is still believing everything Cain has to say about the matter and refuses to even acknowledge Charity.

At a lost as to what she can do, she heads to the Woolpack, where she spots a downbeat Jimmy sulking over a pint of beer. Charity instantly sets about forming an alliance with him and tells him he should ‘make sure you watch your back’. She’s playing on his vulnerable side and you can sense it’s only a matter of time before he’s putty in the girl’s hand!

Meanwhile, after his night of cooking butt naked, Pollard and Val are full of lovey dovey sayings to each other as they affirm their affections. He must have come up trumps with his hot pot the previous evening!

Cain drops by to give Zak a present. Zak tells him that if he hadn’t ruined Charity’s wedding to Tom they would all be a bit better off now. Cain, as expected, says it wasn't his fault.

Lisa has a talk with Zak and tells him that Sam is only staying for him, not for himself. Zak tells her that Sam couldn’t cope on his own, and that he needs his Dad. ‘I think he needs Alice more,’ says Lisa, but Zak replies, ‘I can’t lose Sammy, he’s my boy,’ and then he breaks down and cries. Well it’s not often you see a dingle cry!

Having spent their last evening together, Sam walks Alice to the bus station for an emotional goodbye. She tells him, ‘I’ve loved every minute of our time we’ve spent together. When I think of you, I’ll be smiling.’ She then tells him to ‘look after your girls’, meaning the chickens, but he says, ‘You’re my girl.’ And if that doesn’t leave you with a tear in your eye, nothing will!



Sam Dingle James Hooton
Zak Dingle Steve Halliwell
Lisa Dingle Jane Cox
Cain Dingle Jeff Hordley
Charity Tate Emma Atkins
Terry Woods Billy Hartman
Shadrach Dingle Andy Devine
Debbie Dingle Charley Webb
Chloe Atkinson Amy Nuttall
Carl King Tom Lister
Max King Charlie Kemp
Nicola Blackstock Nicola Wheeler
Emily Kirk Kate McGregor
Jimmy King Nick Miles
Sadie King Patsy Kensit
Callum Rennie Andrew Whipp
Alice Wilson Ursula Holden Gill
Eric Pollard Christopher Chittell
Val Lambert Charlie Hardwick
Paul Lambert Mathew Bose
Tom King Ken Farrington
Chas Dingle Lucy Pargeter

This episode of EMMERDALE is written by Caroline Mitchell, produced by Kathleen Beedles and directed by Alan Wareing. 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 from Emmerdale for the Production Credits.

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