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Episode: 3995 - Thursday 10th March 2005
An overly helpful Val hinders Pollard

ITV1 Network 7:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Review :-

Turner’s loyalties are torn as Shelly rejects Steph’s attempt to make amends.

Val and Pollard vie for control of their new business.

Laurel feels unwanted as Ashley throws himself into his work.


Turner (Richard Thorp) takes Shelly (Carolyn Pickles) to the Woolpack for dinner but she is furious to discover that it came courtesy of Steph (Lorraine Chase). Will this be the final straw for Shelly?

Val (Charlie Hardwick) helps Pollard (Chris Chittell) organise an exhibition and proactively suggests that they need more publicity. Pollard disagrees, warning her that their venture isn’t strictly above board, but Val places an advertisement regardless.

Ashley (John Middleton) becomes so preoccupied trying to set up a drama society that he unwittingly ignores Laurel (Charlotte Bellamy). He later admits to Zoe (Leah Bracknell) that he is desperately trying to make himself indispensable in the hope that the bishop won’t send him to another parish.

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Showing the red card Thurs, 7.00pm, 10th Mar

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Steph is unperturbed about reconciling herself with Turner and Shelly and convinces her dad to have a meal at the Woolpack with his partner, paid for by her. She lies, though, and tells him that she won the meal in a raffle. Asking for trouble there, Steph.

Shelly returns home after another run-in with Steph and is furious that the woman seems to be following her around. She asks Turner if he’s heard anything from the estate agents, but he hasn’t. He then appeases her with the suggestion of a meal at the pub.

While there though, guess who walks in but Steph herself. Shelly had been enjoying her meal but gets up to leave when Turner confesses that Steph actually arranged the meal. She’s furious with Steph (once again) and Turner (once again) and leaves…

…only for Steph to come knocking at their door asking Shelly what the matter is. She tells her to leave them both alone before slamming the door in her face. Turner tells her that her behaviour wasn’t necessary and says she isn’t entirely blameless in the whole fiasco for she failed to come forward in the first place.

Shelly reads this the wrong way and then asks him whether things would have been easier if she had in fact died. Unfortunately Turner fails to answer the question which leaves Shelly believing that Turner wished she was dead! No wonder the poor lady bursts into tears...

Elsewhere, Libby is forlorn for she has split up with boyfriend, Marcus. She tells a chuffed Max that the relationship was getting too serious and she ‘showed him the red card’. Max tells her that if that’s the case then they have a lot in common and the drooling puppy promptly asks her out for a drink that evening. Quick worker, Max!

But things are not quite so rosy for poor Laurel who gets blanked by Ashley in the pub as he sits and talks to Zoe about his future endeavours at the Church.

Laurel is confused about Ashley's behaviour and seeks the advice of Diane. She tells her that Ashley does still love her but must be finding the whole thing difficult.

He later confides in Zoe that he’s working so hard to forget the sorry mess that he’s in and to prove to the bishop that he’s indispensable. He realises that should the bishop finally give his approval for his marriage to Laurel, they will likely have to move parishes as a result. The vicar is beginning to realise that he and Laurel have a lot to go through yet.

Elsewhere and Val goes behind Pollard’s back by putting a notice in the newspaper about the forthcoming exhibition. He’s not gonna like that, Val!




Emily Kirk Kate McGregor
Shelly Williams Carolyn Pickles
Steph Stokes Lorraine Chase
Lisa Dingle Jane Cox
Eric Pollard Christopher Chittell
Nicola Blackstock Nicola Wheeler
Val Lambert Charlie Hardwick
Diane Sugden Elizabeth Estensen
Ashley Thomas John Middleton
Laurel Potts Charlotte Bellamy
Alan Turner Richard Thorp
Bob Hope Tony Audenshaw
Max King Charlie Kemp
Libby Charles Ty Glaser
Viv Windsor Deena Payne
Zoe Tate Leah Bracknell
Rodney Blackstock Patrick Mower
Andy Sugden Kelvin Fletcher

This episode of EMMERDALE is written by Lesley Clare O’Neill and directed by Pior Szkopiak. The executive producer is Keith Richardson and the series producer is Kathleen Beedles. 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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