Updated 24th September 2002

Emmerdale - A New Era

All pictures on this page are thanks to Paul Berridge

Key Events from Emmerdale History













































































Chris Ward's Family Tree

Series Landmarks

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 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.
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
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.

Vic Viv

August 1993
The village welcomed the Windsor family to the post-office consisting of Vic, his wife Viv, their daughter Donna, her son Scott and his daughter Kelly. One of the main-stay families of the 1990s Emmerdale.


The Path To Continued 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


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 ficticious village of Beckindale was renamed Emmerdale in 1994.

WHO'S WHO - Your Guide to the characters & actors

[The Sugdens

[The Tates]

[The Dingles]

[The Bates]

[The Feldmanns, Chappells & Pollards]

[The Windsor/Hope Family]

[The Glovers/Fowlers]

[The McAllisters]

[The Whiteleys]

[The Wilks']

[The Turners]

[The Armstrongs & Eagletons]

[Rest of Cast]































































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