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Episode: 3943 - Friday 7th January 2005
Ethan’s faced with a scary prospect – Steph in jail

This episode of EMMERDALE is written by Chris Thompson, 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 Granada production for ITV1. .

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Emmerdale.org would also like to Thank Michele Fawcett from Emmerdale with the Production Credits:-


Jimmy King Nick Miles
Sadie King Patsy Kensit
Debbie Dingle Charley Webb
Charity Tate Emma Atkins
Matthew King Matt Healy
Max King Charlie Kemp
Amy Carter Bethany Webb
Edna Birch Shirley Stelfox
Emily Kirk Kate McGregor
Viv Hope Deena Payne
Val Lambert Charlie Hardwick
Ashley Thomas John Middleton
Ethan Blake Liam O’Brien
Carl King Tom Lister
Tom King Ken Farrington
Chas Dingle Lucy Pargeter
Paul Lambert Mathew Bose
Rodney Blackstock Patrick Mower
Eric Pollard Christopher Chittell

ITV1 Network Friday 7 January 7:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Review :-

Tom returns and shows the world that he’s not to be messed with.
Ethan’s faced with a scary prospect – visiting Steph in jail.
Max works out where his bread’s buttered!


Tom (Ken Farrington) tells Max (Charlie Kemp) that he would like him to stay in the village and expects him to either join the family business or use his veterinary training and join a practice. Max protests that he wants to continue his travelling but Tom insists that if he does he will have to support himself.

Max looks for his girlfriend and tells her that he won’t be going travelling. They say their goodbyes and as Amy (Bethany Webb) disappears in her taxi Max promptly deletes her number from his phone, clearly ready to move on to his next conquest.

Elsewhere, Ashley (John Middleton) asks Ethan (Liam O’Brien) to visit Steph (Lorraine Chase) as a work commitment is preventing him from going himself. Ethan explains that he is uncomfortable with the idea of visiting the prison as he believes Steph to be guilty. Ashley points out that it is their job to be there for everybody, guilty or not, leaving Ethan with little choice but to go.

ITV Update

No fool like an old fool Fri, 7.00pm, 7th Jan

Jimmy continues to fret about Tom’s absence. He wonders whether Tom might be trying to track down Cain. Sadie looks alarmed but pores scorn on the idea. Jimmy frightens himself and Sadie when he suggests that Charity may have down away with Tom as an act of revenge. Later, he accosts Charity in the village and demands to know what she’s done with Tom. Charity jokes that she’s done away with him. Jimmy replies that that’s what she usually does. Charity makes her feelings known by belting Jimmy in the crown jewels.
Sadie has a go at Jimmy when he tells her that he’s going to call the police about Tom’s disappearance. Just then the phone rings and Jimmy is relieved to hear Tom’s voice. Tom tells his son that he wants to see the family at his house that afternoon. Tom is stony faced as his sons gather at Holdgate Farm. He tells them the story of how he stole a load of scrap metal and sold it save his business from going under. He tells his sons that they are soft and don’t share his hunger for success. Tom demands that his sons put more effort into the business.
Tom speaks privately with Max and Jimmy in turn. Tom tells Max that his travelling days are over and he wants him to get a job as a vet or join the family firm. Next it’s Jimmy’s turn to feel Tom’s wrath. Tom presents him with the photos of Charity and Cain and demands to know why he didn’t show the photos to him sooner. He tells his son that he needs to have people around him who can tell him the truth. Jimmy apologises and Tom shocks him by telling him that he’ll never run the business.
Sadie fears the worst when she gets a call from Tom saying that he wants to see her at Holdgate Farm. Sadie is surprised when Tom thanks her for showing him the photos. Sadie is delighted when Tom tells her that she is a real asset to the family and offers her the job of business development manager. Tom shocks Sadie by asking her to pick her favourite from the photos of Cain and Charity before putting it in a frame as a reminder of his folly. Jimmy can’t believe his ears when Sadie tells him about her new job.
Ashley asks Ethan to visit Steph in prison for him because he has to do a christening on the morning of the visit. Ethan is reluctant to go and tells Ashley that the evidence points to the fact that Steph killed Shelly. Ashley becomes frustrated with Ethan’s attitude and orders him to go. Ashley reminds Ethan that he, off all people, should know what it feels like to be accused of something you didn’t do.
Edna sends her petition off to the council using registered delivery. Val attempts to pinch the envelope from the post office counter by distracting Emily but gets caught in the act. Eric is touched when Val tells him about it. Paul continues to be appalled by his mother’s interest in Emmerdale’s dodgiest bachelor.