Updated 23 June 2002

Emmerdale Farm/Emmerdale Information

New episodes of Emmerdale are aired in the UK on the ITV1 network at 7pm Monday-Fridays (sometimes extra episodes are shown on other days.)

Repeats - these new episodes are repeated on Digital channel ITV2 usually the following day click here for more info

Old episodes of Emmerdale air in the UK on Satelitte and Cable Channel Granada Plus Monday-Fridays at 9:30am with repeats at 12:30pm & 6pm. An Omnibus of the weekly episodes is shown Sunday Mornings at 6am.

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CLICK HERE FOR KEY EVENTS From The SERIES 1972-2002

First Episode of Emmerdale Farm was Broadcast on Monday 16 October 1972 in the Yorkshire region at lunchtime.

Emmerdale Farm gradually moved to other regions.

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Series Landmarks

The 1,000th episode of Emmerdale was celebrated in November 1985 with a special lunch attended by HRH Princess Michael of Kent, who failed to recognise any of the cast and later admitted that she never watched the show.

From the 6 January 1988, ITV decided to network Emmerdale Farm in ALL regions twice a week. This was a turning point in the whole nature of the show and its future airing Wednesdays & Thursday at 6:30pm.

The Tates - Frank, Kim, Zoe & Chris
The Tates arrived in November 1989. Chris & Zoe still remain.

As a result of being prime-time networked the previous year, 1989 saw the show really begin to change direction from being centred around the farm, to life in the village in general. Also some glamour was brought to the show with the arrival of Frank and Kim Tate in November. To reflect these changes in the show, its name was changed from Emmerdale Farm to Emmerdale! It was now airing Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7pm. Enjoying highs of 11 million viewers.

The 2000th Episode aired in the autumn of 1995 as the tension mounted in the Kim Tate and Dave Glover affair.

From the 1 January 1997 the show went thrice weekly with the first Wednesday showing.

The 2500th Episode aired Tuesday 23 March 1999. It was an Hour Long Special and saw the introduction of Angie Reynolds and her family. Also Paddy finally proposed to Mandy

From 2 October 2000 Emmerdale began airing five days a week.

The 3000th Episode aired on the 10 September 2001.

Winner of Best Soap at the Baftas 2001

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Where is Beckindale?

All pictures on this page are thanks to Paul Berridge

Arncliffe, North Yorkshire was the original location used for Beckindale in 1972. Beckindale was the ficticious village where the serial Emmerdale Farm was set.

Emmerdale Farm The setting for the original Emmerdale Farm was in fact, Lindley Farm, situated between Harrogate and Otley. It was owned by Farmer Arthur Peel.
In 1993, when farmer Arthur Peel decided to retire from Lindley farm, it was no longer used for filming. In the storyline, Emmerdale land was diagnosed as suffering from subsidence, due to the opening up of old mineshafts.
Jack and Sarah Sugden moved to Hawthorn Cottage  after the original Emmerdale farm was diagnosed as suffering from subsidence. Hawthorn Cottage itself was demolished in 1997 to give access to a quarry. After leaving Hawthorn, Jack bought Woodside Farm but he and Sarah decided it needed to much work doing on it and they sold it to the Cairns Family in 1998. The Sugden's later moved into Melby's Farm and renamed it Emmerdale.
Hawthorn Cottage - the setting of Emmerdale Farm 1993-1997

<font size=4>Arncliffe</font> Outdoor filming for Emmerdale Farm took place in the village of Arncliffe, in Littondale from October 1972 till early 1976 It was moved after this due to villager complaints and also being too far from the Leeds studios.
For the next 22 years the outdoor filming was shot in the West Yorkshire Village of Esholt.
The first scenes shot in the new "Village" built on the Harewood Estate were broadcast on 17th February 1998, from the front of the Woolpack.

Harewood House estate, Harewood, North Yorkshire was used to build a whole new set for the village of Emmerdale in 1996. The new village of Emmerdale was ready in early 1998 (although some scenes were shot there from 1997).

The Houses in the new village at Harewood are timber framed structures covered in stone cladding. The village is built on green belt land so all the buildings are classed as "temporary structures" and must be demolished within ten years unless new planning permission is given.

The Grave Yard  built especially at Harewood Estate Although no church was built on the Harewood set, there is a churchyard full of gravestones, some of them for the characters who have died in the serial.

 

The actual location used for Hotten was Otley, North Yorkshire.

Home Farm is actually Creskeld Hall, Bramhope, West Yorkshire.

Creskeld Hall, the setting for Home Farm is only a couple of miles from the new outdoor set and is the only location to survive the show's entire run. Home Farm, actually Creskeld Hall

 

The grand opening of the Holiday Village The holiday village, opened by Frank Tate in 1992 is filmed at Rudding Park, three miles south of Harrogate.

 

The ficticious village of Beckindale was renamed Emmerdale in 1994.

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The Mill

The Mill

Over the years The Mill has moved around the countryside in the Emmerdale storyline. It began as a derelict mill on Emmerdale Farm land, just across the river from the farmhouse and Hawthorn Cottage, at which time Jack Sugden moved in with the aim of converting it into living accommodation. 

That never happened, and by the time his brother Joe and Phil Pearce began the conversion work in the 1980s, it had moved to the neighbouring village of Connelton and was called Colebrook Mill.

When it featured in the storyline again, the mill returned to the outskirts of Beckindale and - by the time Chris and Rachel Tate moved in - became known as Mill cottage.While planning the building of the Harewood outdoor set,designer Mike Long moved it closer to the village and called it The Mill, a name befitting to its elegance and history.


Kathy's divorce settlement from Chris Tate gives her enough money to open the Old School Tea Rooms in 1995. Kathy Glover

Seth Armstrong and Betty Eagleton's terraced house at 19 Main St. was renamed Keepers Cottage when the Harewood set was built, because Seth had for many years been a gamekeeper in Emmerdale.

Filming of the plane crash scene, with debris littered around , was done at Rudding Park on an area where a swathe had been cut in the trees for the building of a golf course.

 


 

The Path To Success

In the early 1990's Southern regions were threatening to drop Emmerdale from the Prime Time schedule, if the producers didn't find a way to raise the ratings. At the time it was being aired Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7pm. On the 30th December 1993 the famous Plane Crash took place. It gave the show a chance to revamp.

The plane crash in 1993 took over three weeks to film at a cost of £1 million pounds. The famous Emmerdale Plane Crash

October 1994 saw Mervyn Watson take over as head of production at Emmerdale. His job was to either make or break this series once and for all.

Among Watson's previous credits were Coronation Street's two most successful storylines ever (the Mike Baldwin, Ken & Deirdre Barlow love triangle; and villain Alan Bradley and his dealings with Rita Fairclough). It was quite clear if anyone was to save Emmerdale, then Mervyn Watson was that man.

Emmerdale was facing an uncertain future when Watson took over, it had come off a very controversial year which had seen the plane crash in December 1993 and the Post Office workers being taken hostage in the summer of 1994. While these had momentarily grabbed ratings, it hadn't sustained them and the programme had got in trouble with the ITC due to the violent content.

Watson decided it was time to completely revamp and think again. Two of the main things he was responsible for, was bringing in a host of younger characters and introducing the Dingles as main characters!

The original famil, from L to R: Tina, Sam, Nellie, Butch & Zak
Click for your complete guide to every Dingle

The show has since grown from strength to strength. 1995, 1996 and 1997 were probably its most successful years. ITV was particularly delighted in 1996 (by which time it was receiving 13-14 million viewers) when Emmerdale proved the only show to gain viewers, rather than loose or sustain them on that network. Two particular episodes stand out from February and May 1997, in which they beat EastEnders in the ratings by over four million viewers. These were 1 hour specials (and their last half went head-to-head with the BBC's crown jewel). The first episode was when Ned Glover took his revenge on Chris Tate and it looked seriously like he was going to kill him. The second episode saw the return of Kim (back from the dead).

In 1997, the then Prime Minister, John Major, opened the new Emmerdale Production Centre in Leeds The Emmerdale studios

The Emmerdale continues to do well for the ITV network

 

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