Key Events from
The Tates arrived in November 1989. Chris & Zoe
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
|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.
|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.
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.
|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.
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