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Spoilers from 31st March - 4th
Week Beginning Monday 31st
MONDAY: Viv shares her troubles
with strangers to Bob’s horror
TUESDAY: Marlon and Tricia await
the results of their pregnancy test
WEDNESDAY: Bob decides to have it out with Viv’s lover
THURSDAY: Donna is rushed
to hospital after a drinking bout
FRIDAY: -Viv is concerned for her daughters health as her behaviour seems out
Episode 3406 MONDAY
31 MARCH 2003
EMMERDALE at 7.00pm Fully Networked
Still at a loss as to how to get her marriage back on track, Viv realises
that she must change and enrols for a self-help class to improve her
But she hasn’t planned on the councillors uncovering some deep
routed anxiety that could ultimately be responsible for her rocky
relationships with men.
Viv is desperate to tell Bob about her progress, but Bob is
horrified to learn that his wife has decided to tell a group
of strangers all about their disastrous marriage.
To make matters worse, she proceeds to tell him that she’d like
him to join her for the next session!
But while everybody believes Bob will get over Viv’s infidelity,
he is not so sure. He confides in Dawn that he is still disheartened
and admits he doesn’t think his relationship with Viv will ever
Debbie has been on cloud nine since her day at Home Farm with
Charity. Emily is quick to bring her back down to earth, though,
with her responsibilities at home.
Emily does her best to be happy for Debbie’s blossoming relationship
with her mother, but is surprised by Charity’s sudden flexibility
towards her daughter.
Newlyweds Dawn and Terry are horrified to discover that they
have unintentionally given their new neighbours Marlon and Tricia
But Tricia clearly has more on her plate than a sleepless night
and takes Dawn aside to confide a secret.
Elsewhere in the village its Victoria’s birthday and Jack struggles
to compete with the present Walter, her imaginary friend, gave
Episode 3407 TUESDAY
1 APRIL 2003
EMMERDALE @ 7pm Fully Networked
Its April fool’s day and Terry is far from impressed when he finds Marlon
has been playing pranks at his expense.
Meanwhile Viv tries to practice her self-help techniques on
passers by. It doesn’t quite have the desired effect, however,
and Tricia fobs her off thinking that she has finally lost the
Bob has reluctantly agreed to attend Viv’s new classes in the
hope it will cure her personality defect.
As the session begins, though, he gets cold feet when all the
‘positive energy’ becomes too much. Realising it isn’t for him,
Bob storms out much to Viv’s horror.
Things don’t improve when Viv arrives home only to discover
that Donna has a new piercing. Will Viv’s anger management pay
Tricia’s attempts to find out is she is pregnant don’t go as
planned as she mistakenly drops the test down the toilet.
Marlon gets a shock when he finds the empty pregnancy kit packaging
discarded at home. Convinced it is Terry’s idea of a practical
joke he goes to investigate, but is confused when his pal knows
nothing about it.
When he catches up with Tricia she has had more success with
the second test and Marlon is keen to find out the result. But
will it be baby news or baby blues for the unsuspecting couple?
Having spent the evening with Diane celebrating Victoria’s birthday,
Jack is not sure where he stands. Unbeknown to him Diane is starting
to ask herself the very same question.
Later that evening they both tiptoe around each other in the
Woolpack, neither bold enough to pluck up the courage to question
how the other feels.
Episode 3408 WEDNESDAY
02 APRIL 2003
EMMERDALE at 7.00pm Fully Networked
Bob gets a harebrained idea and convinces himself that he could perhaps
forgive Viv if he knew that Matti the limo-driver was a womaniser.
He and Terry book the unsuspecting chauffeur to take them for
a “drive” while Bob gets menacing and interrogates him over his
As they embark on the drive form hell, Matti fears for his life
as Bob gives him the third degree over his love life hoping the
he will admit to being a serial adulterer.
But Matti doesn’t have the answers that Bob is looking for and
he is left resorting to desperate measures to understand Viv’s
Marlon and Tricia sit down to re-evaluate their lives and plans
for the future after the results of the pregnancy test.
All the baby talk has got them thinking and they decide a new
edition to the Dingles’ wouldn’t be such a bad idea after all.
Meanwhile in the Woolpack Jack has plucked up the courage to
ask Diane out on a date, but just before he can pop the question
someone else jumps in before him and he is amazed when she accepts.
Episode 3409 THURSDAY
03 APRIL 2003
EMMERDALE at 7.00pm Fully Networked
Viv can’t believe her ears when Bob tells her their marriage
is over and walks out the door for good.
She is distraught and quickly forgets everything she has learnt
in her self-help sessions – picking up a pair of scissors and
taking them with a vengeance to one of Bob’s suits!
Absorbed in her own problems, Viv hasn’t noticed the effect
that her strife is having on those around her and fails to spot
Donna sneak out a load of alcohol from the shop.
As the youngsters gather down by the pavilion to play spin the
bottle, Donna has decided to escape the marital problems at home
and is determined to drown her sorrows.
She doesn’t take kindly to rejection, however, and as the game
continues she consumes more and more alcohol despite Katie’s
warning to slow down.
Unconcerned by Katie’s words, Donna sinks her drink at a pace
before passing out – claiming to have taken some pills.
Elaine is quick to drag Viv from the depths of despair as she
informs her they have had to call an ambulance for Donna.
As the crowds gather around the cricket pavilion, Donna is stretchered
into the ambulance unconscious.
Amongst the crowds Viv and Bob’s eyes meet - their own problems
suddenly seeming so insignificant.
When all the panic dies down Jack finds a moment alone with
Diane. Once again he plucks up the courage to ask her about her
intentions for him and is surprised by the answer!
With their thoughts turning to the idea of starting a family,
Marlon and Tricia think about the implications.
Marlon is worried about money as he can only just about cover
Tricia’s spending habits as it is. Realising that must change,
he decides he will need a pay rise if they are going to have
an edition to the family.
Episode 3410 FRIDAY
04 APRIL 2003
EMMERDALE @ 7pm Fully Networked
Having been discharged from the hospital after a night of observation,
Donna surfaces with the hangover from hell.
Luckily suffering from nothing more than a sore head from all
the booze, Viv and Bob confront Donna about her actions, berating
her for drinking heavily and telling everyone she had taken some
Donna can’t explain why she told everyone she had taken an overdose,
but her cry for help seems to have worked.
Viv and Bob are speaking again and have agreed to try to get
the family back on track - until he finds his wedding suit torn
to shreds in the bin. Will things ever go right for the couple
It’s payday for Mack as Syd hands over his share of the money
from the building work at the Marsdens.
Knowing full well that he owes his whole wage packet to Turner,
Mack turns a blind eye to his responsibilities and goes to the
But unfortunately for Mack, Turner is lying in wait in the pub
and demands to know where his overdue rent is. Not wanting to
part with the cash, Mack lies and claims that he is still penniless.
Still feeling sorry for him, Edna finds out there is work that
needs to be done on the village hall roof and is convinced it
will be the answer to all his worries.
Elsewhere in the village Debbie has been busy all afternoon
making a present. Emily is chuffed when she thinks it’s for her
until Debbie reveals it’s for Charity.
CHEATING Viv Hope wants nothing more than for her husband, Bob, to forgive
and forget her fling with a limo driver. Bob, however, is not in the
mood to show mercy.
He’s determined to give Viv a hard time and wreak revenge.
“Bob really loves Viv,” says Tony Audenshaw, who plays the cheated husband.
“That’s why he was so devastated when he learned she’d been unfaithful.”
Terry tries to comfort his friend by insisting Viv’s limo driver lover,
Matti, is a womaniser. Bob hits on an idea. He books the limo and when
it arrives, he and a reluctant Terry bundle Matti into the back.
Bob then demands the Lothario tells him about his session with Viv.
“Matti the driver is scared he is going to get thumped by Bob again,”
says Tony. “He admits Viv said it was just a one-off because she loved
her husband. The fling didn’t count.
“Bob decides if flings don’t count then he’ll have one himself, and
he bursts into the pub searching for a willing partner. But, he can’t
bring himself to be unfaithful to Viv.”
Viv begs Bob for a second chance but he insists their marriage is over.
The next day, they receive the news that Donna, Viv’s daughter, has collapsed
- and her friends
think she’s taken an overdose.
“That puts the row in perspective,” says Tony. “Viv sobs that Donna
has tried to kill herself and, naturally, Bob comforts her.
“It’s soon clear that Donna hasn’t taken an overdose - it was a cry
for help and attention.”
One good thing does emerge from Donna’s collapse, though. “The scare
brings Bob and Viv closer,” explains Tony. “But when Viv’s hopes rise,
Bob insists that they’re not back together; they’ve got to take the future
Tricia is convinced that there’s another little Dingle on the way when
she suspects she may be pregnant.
But the test shows up negative. When she tells her husband, Marlon,
the newlyweds are disappointed but try to assure each other that it’s
for the best.
“Tricia discovers she is not expecting a baby on April Fool’s Day, but
it’s definitely no joke,” says Sheree Murphy, who plays the Dingle lass.
“When she first suspects she’s pregnant, Tricia confides her feelings
in Dawn, who insists that she must take a test straightaway. And Tricia
decides to find out the truth before she tells Marlon.
“But accident-prone Tricia drops the test down the lavatory! Dawn calms
her down and they get another one, but they leave the packaging behind
- only for Marlon to find it.”
Marlon thinks it’s an April Fool’s joke played by Terry. But when Terry
denies all knowledge, he realises he may be a father. “He asks Tricia
if they are going to have a baby but she tells him the test was negative,”
“They laugh and try to convince each other that it’s a relief as they
couldn’t afford to bring up a child right now.
“But deep down they are both pretty upset because they both love kids
and would love to have a baby of their own.”
Terry tells Marlon he should be honest with his wife. When Marlon reveals
he would like to start a family, Tricia surprises him by saying that
she feels the same way.
Marlon is worried about money and asks Diane for a pay rise. Diane says
she’ll think about it but reckons Louise won’t agree.
So Marlon considers applying for the vacant job of village postman,
thinking it will fit in with his chef hours and will bring a welcome
boost in income.
Also this week:
Jack and Diane are officially an item.
Rodney realises Steph is trying to cheat him.
Emily wants to have a family holiday, but Debbie is more interested in
Soaps by Alison Graham
"Jumping" Jack Sugden peeps out from beneath his own personal
storm cloud to have yet another crack at Diane, the Middlesbrough mauler,
a woman he's been clucking over for some years. Naturally this isn't
quite as simple as it sounds, and there are many misunderstandings along
This also goes for the curiously self-destructive Bob, who continues
to rip Himself to shreds over his wife Viv's Adultery with a limo driver.
Come on, Bob, at least she didn't have to pay him a tip. And Tricia thinks
she might be pregnant(yes, she and just about every soap woman who still
ovulates). Haven't these people heard of contraception?
Friday | 28.03.03
Foster mother Emily Kirk has a bad case of jealousy.
She has become very attached to her foster daughter Debbie but is feeling increasingly
marginalised as she bonds with real mum Charity.
At first Emily had a hard time convincing Charity to face up to her responsibilities
to her daughter. And now that the pair are becoming close the kindly shop worker
is regretting that she ever pushed them together.
And considering the incredible wealth afforded to Charity - who is married
to rich businessman Chris Tate - it is becoming clear that she can offer the
youngster the sort of treats that Emily can't compete with.
However, Emma Atkins - who plays the reluctant mum - is convinced her actions
aren't designed to push Emily out of the picture.
She says, "Charity has set out to steal Debbie from Emily. It's nobody's
fault. All along, Debbie has only been interested in her real mum. It didn't
matter how cold and hard Charity was, Debbie was determined to win her over
and she has."
Jessica lands her dream role at last
A budding young actress, who began treading the boards because she dreamed
of playing orphan Annie, has finally clinched the part.
And Jessica Ramsay, nine, will also appear on television soap Emmerdale
Busy Jessica, pictured, who attends Shirley Manor Primary School in
Wyke, insisted on going to Stage 84 drama school in Idle when she was
just five years old, so she could learn to sing, dance and act in order
to eventually play Annie.
When she attended a recent audition for the part with Bingley Amateur
Operatic Society, she reduced the panel to tears with her singing and
landed the plum role, despite being two years younger than the title
Her ambitions were fired when she saw the musical at the Alhambra when
she was four.
She said: "I thought I was a bit like Annie, she
is quite strong and cheerful.
"I have always wanted to play her, so when I got
the part, I was so shocked, I couldn't speak.
Rehearsals start soon, with performances scheduled for November.
In ITV's Emmerdale, Jessica, of Wyke, plays one of the children invited
to Victoria's birthday
Posted Friday 28 March 2003
Chris Tate reveals his deep love for wife Charity tonight.
The hard-nosed businessman has always been smitten with strong-willed Charity
but was aware from the start that she didn't love him back.
However, as their marriage has progressed the pair have become very close
and Chris has stood by Charity through crisis after crisis. And now he wants
her to know how much she means to him.
However, reeling from her confused feelings for daughter Debbie, is Charity
in the right mood to reciprocate his heartfelt declaration?
Actress Emma Atkins, who plays the brassy bombshell, predicts rocky times
ahead for the pair.
She says, "Don't forget, Cain has yet to find out that he's Debbie's
real dad. That's going to cause real ructions. Poor Chris, he's always saying
to Charity, "Is there anything else?" and there always is. There's
lots more to come and I'm really looking forward to it."
ITV1 hit soap Emmerdale has won a new sponsorship deal.
The five-nightly serial drama will now be sponsored by food giant Heinz's
Salad Cream alongside the tagline "it's all going on".
Winning this exclusive deal - which will net Granada £6 million over
the next six months - means that Emmerdale is gaining the same level of credibility
afforded to fellow ITV1 programme Coronation Street, which is sponsored by
Heinz Salad Cream marketing manager James Watson says, "We are very excited
about this sponsorship. Emmerdale has great viewing figures, and salad cream
consumers are avid fans of the long-running soap.
"The timing for us is perfect, as Emmerdale represents an ideal opportunity
for us to communicate with our Heinz Salad Cream consumers as they are sitting
down to eat their evening meal."
Granada's executive director of commercial ventures, Gary Knight, adds, "Emmerdale
and Heinz Salad Cream are a great partnership, and we are very pleased that
such a well loved and well known iconic brand is sponsoring one of our longest-running
Scheming Mayor Eric Pollard is desperate to retain his title.
The slimy politician relishes his role as an authoritarian figure within
the village and decides to begin his campaign to get re-elected.
And in true Pollard fashion, Eric has a cunning plan to help him achieve
his goal. After searching for publicity opportunities, the Emmerdale
local finds out about the Business Employer of the Year award and sets
about trying to win it.
However, it doesn't take long for his plan to be rumbled by eagle-eyed
employee Lisa Dingle. The wise workwoman seizes the opportunity to use
the competition as a way to improve the staff's lives by increasing their
In his desperation to scoop the honour Pollard goes along with it. But
can he hold his temper as clumsy Sam Dingle causes chaos in front of
the judging panel?
Bob has stars in his eyes
Tony Audenshaw, who plays Emmerdale's Bob Hope, admits to a mixture of
surprise and delight after winning TV's Celebrity Stars in Their Eyes.
In the soap his tempestuous marriage to Viv, played by Deena Payne, has
kept fans hooked.
And when they teamed up for the celebrity talent show their version of
Islands in the Stream ensured you would never look at Kenny Rogers and
Dolly Parton in the same way again.
It was great actually. It was nice to do something different," grins
Tony, 38, during a break from filming Emmerdale.
" When you're there it's such a relief to get it over with that you think:
'God. I really don't want do that again. So it was a really nice surprise."
Tony, who lives in north Derbyshire with his wife and two children,
sums up his character's appeal: "Bob's a bit of a joker. He kind of wears
his heart on his sleeve. Ducks and dives a bit. Is pretty much put on by
his missus. He's a normal man," he laughs. "He's every man."
Tony is a keen runner and is training for the London marathon where he
hopes to get around in under three hours, which means knocking 15 minutes
off last year's time. He is raising money for the Leukaemia Research Fund.
Another passion is music and he plays in a band, White Van Man.
Former Emmerdale actress Adele Silva has told how she was hit over the
head by a robber who stole her car.
She was left cut and bruised after she was dragged along the road as
she tried to stop the thief driving off in her silver Peugeot 205 convertible.
Adele, who played man-eater Kelly Glover in the ITV soap, was bumped
from behind as she drove home.
The other driver pulled his car in front of hers and told her to get
out to look at the damage. A second man hit her over the head, snatched
her keys and drove off.
Adele said: "I tried to jump on his lap and take control of the
"I know it was probably a very foolish thing to do but I wasn't
She was dragged along the road and the thief almost hit an on-coming
car in Croydon, South London, on Friday night, reports the Daily
Story filed: 09:06 Wednesday 26th March 2003
The Mirror Ex-Emmerdale
star left cut and bruised
Mar 26 2003
Ex-Emmerdale star left cut and bruised
By Eva Simpson
FORMER Emmerdale actress Adele Silva told yesterday of how she was hit
over the head by a robber who stole her car.
The 22-year-old was left cut and bruised after she was dragged along
the road as she tried to stop the thief driving off in her silver Peugeot
Adele, who played man-eater Kelly Glover in the ITV soap, was bumped
from behind as she drove home.
The other driver pulled his car in front of hers and told her to get
out to look at the damage. A second man hit her over the head, snatched
her keys and drove off.
Adele said: "I tried to jump on his lap and take control of the
" I know it was probably a very foolish thing to do but I wasn't thinking."
She was dragged along the road and the thief almost hit an on- coming
car in Croydon, South London, on Friday night.
Adele's handbag, mobile phone and keys were in her car.
Police said the car-jacking was one of 140 reported in the last 18 months.
Cain is ready to sink low to hurt cousin Charity.
The Emmerdale badboy will reveal Charity's past as a prostitute to
her daughter Debbie, straining relations between the pair to breaking
Debbie has been struggling to win Charity's affections and finally they are
starting to accept each other. But jealous Cain can't control his bitter feelings
towards his cousin and decides to stick the knife into both her and Debbie
with his revelation.
To make matters worse he chooses Mother's Day to spill the beans.
But the brooding Dingle better be prepared because Charity has her own secret
An Emmerdale insider feels sorry for poor Debbie who is caught in this vicious
crossfire. "Only Cain could pick such a special day to tell a young girl
the mum she has only just found was a hooker. Debbie so wants to be part of
Charity's life and this knocks her sideways."
And all this trouble mongering is bound to bring Cain's day of reckoning even
closer: "Debbie is left wondering if her father was one of Charity's punters.
The crushing irony is her father is the person who is pouring the poison. Cain
doesn't know the truth, but soon will when Charity hears what he's done."
Heartbreak for Emmerdale s Chloe
Emmerdale's Chloe Atkinson is in for heartbreak when she discovers the
true father of Zoe Tate's baby - her boyfriend Scott Windsor.
Chloe, played by Amy Nuttal, has no idea Scott has been playing away
from home and happily acts as nanny to Zoe's daughter Jean.
Zoe is also in the dark about who the father is. The lesbian vet suffers
from mental problems and can't ever remember making love with a man.
The village has been alive with rumours about who the father could be,
particularly after Zoe surprised everyone by deciding to keep the baby
despite previously insisting she would give her up for adoption.
But when the truth is finally revealed Chloe is devastated. She knows
Jean was conceived when Zoe was drunk and mentally disturbed. She believes
Scott, played by Ben Freeman, took advantage of her and is little better
than a rapist.
The plot will see Amy taking a break from Emmerdale for a time so she
can concentrate on her stage and singing career.
Soap Psychic... on Emmerdale
8 - 21 April: it shall come to pass
Take the test Tricia takes a pregnancy test. It’s negative.
Both she and Marlon are secretly disappointed.
Up the duff?
Emily rejects Debbie after she sneaks out to a wild party at the Marsden’s
and Charity interferes.
Emily thinks Debbie would be better out of the village.
Danny’s caught out helping Steph.
And Edna helps Mack by letting him see the bids for the church roof job.
Plus Bob and Viv recreate their first date.
Marlon's 'bun in the oven' recipe falls flat...
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stars at auction dinner
Mar 25 2003 By The Huddersfield Daily Examiner
FILM and TV lovers still have time to book their place at a Huddersfield
dinner auction tomorrow due to be attended by some of TV's best-loved
Actors and actresses will be gathering at the Cedar Court Hotel, Ainley
Top, on Wednesday to promote a new Yorkshire film, Dream Catcher, by
The romantic comedy, set in West Yorkshire, tells the story of 40-year-old
Wild West enthusiast Will Case, played by Mr Kitson, who has trouble
getting along in life because of his obsession.
Mr Kitson, who has played a policeman in Last of The Summer Wine for
23 years, is bringing some of his showbiz friends to the Cedar Court
Chris Chittle, Emmerdale's Eric Pollard, will be running an
auction at the event and Coronation Street's Vera Duckworth, actress Liz Dawn,
will be among the stars attending.
Memorabilia from the world of TV, film and sport will be auctioned
to pay for filming costs.
Tickets for tomorrow's event, starting at 7.30pm, cost £45 and
are available from Mr Kitson on 01274 468331 or 07711235989.
Beginning Monday 24th March 2003
MONDAY:- Steph seduces Rodney.
TUESDAY:- Nicola's "help" leads to misery for Steph.
WEDNESDAY:- Sam makes a smashing impact on the judges visiting Pollard.
THURSDAY:- Charity and Chris have a heart to heart.
FRIDAY: - Charity answers some of Debbie's awkward questions.
Episode 3401 MONDAY
24 MARCH 2003
EMMERDALE at 7.00pm Fully Networked
Steph thinks she’s struck gold when a call from London confirms
the figurine that Rodney found in a house clearance is worth
an absolute fortune. Convinced it won’t take much to persuade
Rodney to part with the ornament, she sets about packing up all
her belongings, hoping the money from its sale will secure her
early retirement in France.
Thinking about her new life abroad, she proudly surveys her
already abundant collection of figurines, preparing to transport
them to London in anticipation of their sale. Rodney’s figurine
will be the icing on the cake if she can just get her hands on
it – by seducing Rodney!
Debbie is excited about going around to the Dingles’ for a family
meal. Her inquisitive nature annoys Cain, as her persistent questions
about the family get on his nerves. Not wanting to over step
the mark, Lisa is quick to suggest she take her home when Debbie
is keen to know more about her real mother – leaving Debbie more
intrigued than ever.
Viv has taken her break up with Bob badly, having been humiliated
in front of the whole village, she is keen to change her ways.
But unsure where to start she seeks advice from Emily and is
further shocked when her shy employee tells her a few home truths.
Episode 3402 TUESDAY
25 MARCH 2003
EMMERDALE @ 7pm Fully Networked
It's the morning after the night before and Steph has managed to get
her wicked way with Rodney. As she creeps down the stairs at Mill Cottage,
she is delighted to finally have her hands on the priceless antique.
Meanwhile, Nicola’s worst nightmare has come true as she calls round
to find Steph has stayed the night. A catfight breaks out as Nicola
accuses Steph of using her father.
To make matters worse, Steph makes it quite clear she seduced
Rodney to get her own way, which enrages Nicola even further.
Fuming at Steph’s obstinance and Rodney’s ignorance to her scheming
ways, Nicola decides to give Steph a helping hand with her luggage
– with devastating effect.
Having been given a taste of Dingle family life from Lisa, Debbie
is keen to learn more about her true family. But nothing could
prepare her for the bitter news Cain will tell her about Charity’s
past. Once again Debbie is devastated as she learns more about
the mother she had put on a pedestal. She flees home to Paddy
and Emily hoping they will scotch the rumours but is even more
distraught when they don't.
Viv is determined to convince the rest of the village she is
a new woman. Having invested in a self-help book she is practising
her new personality leaving everyone very confused. But her efforts
at being pleasant are really put to the test when Donna shows
up with blue hair and asks her mother’s opinion!
Episode 3403 WEDNESDAY
26 MARCH 2003
EMMERDALE at 7.00pm Fully Networked
Being the Mayor of Emmerdale, Pollard is keen to hold on to
his title and with the elections just round the corner he is
keen to get as much positive publicity as possible. Obtaining
an award may be just the ticket and Pollard sets about planning
how to scoop 'Business Employee of the Year.'
But his employees are quick to see through his kid glove handling
of them and Lisa uses the opportunity wisely to negotiate them
all a pay rise. Pollard duly obliges but is forced to bite his
tongue when Sam is his usual clumsy self and makes a ‘smashing’
impact on the judging panel
Sam, meanwhile, gets some unexpected news about the whereabouts
of Stella the tortoise – on the other side of the world!
Over at Mill Cottage, Steph still refuses to surface from her
self-imposed exile. She is mourning her financial loss and Tricia
can’t help but worry as she informs Rodney that such behaviour
isn’t new for her mother. And despite everyone’s best efforts
to lure her out of her room, a stubborn Steph isn’t for moving
– not even for food and water.
Determined to find out if Cain is telling the truth, Debbie
goes to Home Farm in search of some answers. But with Charity
out, Chris finds himself awkwardly entertaining Debbie.
Episode 3404 THURSDAY
27 MARCH 2003
EMMERDALE at 7.00pm Fully Networked
Charity is still determined that she will not succumb to the pressure
in giving Debbie the family life she wants. But when Chris points out
she is only trying to find out who her mother is, she reluctantly agrees
she can visit Home Farm.
Having seen a different side to Charity since Debbie arrived,
Chris is keen to have a heart to heart with his wife to discuss
their feelings for one another. As he wears his heart on his
sleeve, Charity’s response to his declaration is not quite the
answer he expected.
Elsewhere in the village Paddy and Emily do their utmost to
make Debbie comfortable and feel loved.
Meanwhile at the factory, it doesn’t take Pollard long to get
back into the swing of things and drop the Mr Nice Guy attitude
with his employees. With a certificate under his belt he doesn’t
feel any need to carry on acting the saint. But he has got to
come up with something soon as he is officially reminded that
his stint as Mayor is coming to an end.
When he overhears Frances talking about Ali’s heart condition
he figures his help in generating funds may be just the ticket
to boost his public persona ahead of the elections.
Viv is sure that Jarvis secretly into cross-dressing as he regularly
comes into the post office to buy women’s tights! Edna, who has
been keeping a close eye on Jarvis’ purchasing habits, decides
to investigate further. But she is more baffled than ever when
she enrols Len’s help – only for him to disappear into Jarvis’
workshed to the sound of music.
Episode 3405 FRIDAY
28 MARCH 2003
EMMERDALE @ 7pm Fully Networked
It's mother’s day weekend and Charity has agreed to see Debbie at Home
Farm. But before their meeting can begin, Debbie goes to lay flowers
on Pat’s grave.
Charity, meanwhile, is fretting as she has just realised the
significance of the meeting and hopes Debbie doesn’t expect too
much. But when Debbie arrives bearing flowers and a card for
her real mum, Charity is forced to think quickly as she realises
she is going to have to entertain her daughter for the first
As Debbie is shown round the gardens of Home Farm, Charity is
forced to answer some awkward questions about her time as a prostitute.
She is almost relived when Debbie spots the tennis courts and
begs her to play. Keen to change the subject from her previous
life, Charity agrees.
Emily is disheartened as she watches Debbie and Charity. They
appear to be having a ball and once again she feels rejected.
Worried their bond will grow over time, she fears Debbie will
not want to come home.
Jarvis' unusual antics have become the talk of the village and
Betty can’t resist sending Seth to investigate. But when he doesn’t
come back out she decides she check it out for herself. Edna
looks on in horror as Betty prepares to make her entrance. But
when her good friend does not return – she really starts to worry.
Elsewhere in the village, the Marsdens have settled in well.
Emmerdale is really growing on Siobhan and she encourages Paul
to apply for the postman’s job.
ACROSS at Emmerdale, there's even more exciting goings-on than murder
and deception - Jarvis is a cross-dresser.
Well, maybe not. But why else would he keep buying women's tights at
the Post Office?
Edna gets Len to look into it, but he disappears ... as does everyone
else who tries to find out the truth. Is Jarvis a transvestite serial
killer? Has he made Len into a meat pie?
As if the tension isn't too great already, there's news of Stella the
tortoise and Steph seduces Rodney and is still there in the morning.
But hold on, what's that in her bag? Will Nicola spoil things?
Meanwhile, Debbie gets closer to Charity. But when it looks like they
might get to the "So, you were a prostitute, then? How was that
for you?" discussion a distraction is needed and they play tennis,
as you do.
STEPH'S dreams of a fabulous new life in the south of France are shattered
- in the back of a rubbish lorry.
Antiques dealer Steph is in her element after reaching a deal with
Rodney to share the £100,000 proceeds from a sale of a valuable
figurine he had found in a house clearance. The couple sleep together,
but in the morning Steph dumps him, leaving him very hurt.
"Steph doesn’t care about anyone but herself," admits Lorraine
Chase, who plays Tricia’s pushy mum.
"She has a real go at Nicola, which leaves her speechless - for
once! Rodney is keen on Steph but she is just keen on manipulating
Steph pretends to leave behind the other statues she has in her collection
as security when she gets ready to go off and sell the figurine, but
in fact all she leaves is a case full of bricks.
Steph is all packed and ready to go, but Nicola - upset to see her
dad cast aside - grabs her bags and hurls them in to the dust cart,
smashing the ornament.
"Steph goes ballistic when she finds out," says Lorraine.
"She can’t believe her fortune has been snatched away. She screams
that the figurine was worth a fortune and her life is wrecked. She
locks herself in Mill Cottage and refuses to come out."
DEBBIE gets a shock this week when Cain callously reveals her mother
Charity was a prostitute. But the lonely teenager still surprises her
mum with a Mother’s Day card and bouquet.
Debbie tells a stunned Charity what she’s learnt. And as mum and daughter
talk, foster mother Emily is left desperately worried that Debbie might
go back to her real mum.
"The Dingles invite Debbie for a meal," says Charley Webb,
who plays the troubled teen.
"Lisa wants to tell her all about the family. But when she visits
again and asks about her mum, Cain tells her Charity turned to prostitution
after she had her.
"Debbie is upset, but as Emily explains how difficult it must
have been for Charity, she understands why she was given away."
Debbie calls at Home Farm, and although Charity is not there, she
has a friendly chat with Chris.
"Emily and Paddy do all they can for Debbie," says Charley.
"But she still wants to get to know her real mother. She later
gives Charity a Mother’s Day card and flowers, and Chris suggests they
go for a walk together."
Emily looks on, deflated and concerned. When mother and daughter are
finally alone, Debbie reveals she now knows Charity was a prostitute.
"Charity is very surprised," says Charley. "But it
seems to bring them closer together. Debbie is determined to have her
real mum back one day."
Also this week:
Viv thinks of a way to win back Bob.
Ali loses interest in Donna.
Chloe enjoys looking after Jean, oblivious to Scott’s unease.
new girl talks about her love scenes
From the Sunday Mail 23rd March 2003
Steve Hendry Exclusive
SHE may be just 20 but Julia Mallam has the confidence of someone twice
Which is just as well, since the latest Emmerdale star is about to marry
a man old enough to be her father.
Julia made her debut as Dawn Hope, daughter of Woolpack regular Bob
(Anthony Audenshaw), a few weeks ago.
But entering the soap on the arm of Bob's best pal Terry Woods (Billy
Hartman) has made quite an impact. Tongues are wagging - and not just
Playing the bride-to-be of middle-aged Terry and even puckering up to
Billy held no fears for Julia, who already has an impressive television
CV for one so young.
Past credits include high-profile shows like Stan the Man, Fat Friends,
Peak Practice and playing Robson Green's daughter in the wife-swapping
drama, Take Me.
But Julia admits she was overawed on her first day in the Woolpack.
"Billy must be the same age as my real dad," she said, laughing. "We
had to kiss on the first day but he was lovely and put me at ease. I
think he was probably nervous as well.
"With me being new, nobody gave me a ribbing about it but Billy
had a time of it: `You've got a bit of a young one!' That sort of stuff.
He got a far harder time than me."
Appearing in Emmerdale has made Doncaster-born Julia public property
and she's still getting used to the idea.
"I've always been recognised in my home town because I've been
doing stuff since I left school but now it happens everywhere," she
says in a bluff Yorkshire accent.
"I find it a bit weird, especially when people don't say anything
but just stare. At least if they say, `Oh are you so-and-so?' you can
a have a laugh or whatever.
"I'm getting a bit more used to it. When I see someone staring
now, I don't stare back because it's obvious why they are looking. I
just smile and try not to be offensive.
"I don't think I would get recognised the same way if I was in
a big movie. I've been reading all about Colin Farrell, the new Hollywood
"He commands dollars 10million a film but I bet you wouldn't recognise
him if you saw him at the frozen peas. But there's me in Emmerdale for
a few weeks and I'm getting it all the time.
"A man ran up to me in Sainsbury's just last week. I was with my
flatmate, who's a bloke, and we must have looked quite domesticated because
he stopped me in the aisle and said: `Does Terry know you're messing
about behind his back?'
"I said: `Yes, he knows I've got a bit on the side.' He was laughing
but I just couldn't believe he would stop me and say that.
"I've been getting all sorts of mail sent to me at work and even
got an engagement card with a message saying: `Congratulations, Dawn
and Terry, on your engagement.' I find that weird, to be honest. I can
understand somebody writing in and asking for a signed photo or something
but to go out and buy that card... It was sweet, really but I don't know
why you would do that.
"Some people laugh and chat away because they feel like you've
known them for years. Sometimes it's nice but sometimes you wonder: `Do
they think I really know them?'"
As you may have gathered, Julia is no shrinking violet. Despite her
youth, she has an opinion and knows how to use it.
She said: "From an acting point of view, I was really pleased to
get Emmerdale. It was something to get my teeth into and it's good to
be able to establish the character right away and get the chance to do
something rather than popping up in the cafe or the Woolpack every couple
"My very first scene was one with Tony - my screen dad Bob - and
Deena Payne, who plays Viv, in the cafe.
"It was my dad finding out I'd just come home with Terry and we
had a huge fight. I was terrified, physically shaking. But with it being
a shouting scene, I just got it all out of my system. I really went for
it and had a right go at Tony. Being able to shout and scream dispelled
my nerves. I feel like I've been here for a year now."
Whether Dawn and Terry's wedding day will go ahead still hangs in the
balance, with disgruntled Bob plotting to stop the odd couple taking
Emmerdale specialises in wedding day altercations and all that's certain
is that nothing will go smoothly.
Julia is on a standard, six-month contract and hopes to extend her stay
in the Dales, though not indefinitely.
"Some people are in a soap for 10 or 15 years but I'm only 20 and
I would like to try new things," she said.
"I've only done television for the last two years and I would like
to get back into theatre because I don't want to get to the stage where
I think I've lost my bottle.
"But I would love to see where Dawn goes and whether she ends up
married, having a baby or an affair or whatever. I would like to take
the character further." Julia has been with her student boyfriend
Craig for two years. He's supportive of her career and even Dawn's fling
"He knows it's all make believe," she said. "He thinks
it's a laugh."
Having started out in amateur drama, she joined the National Youth Music
Theatre when she was 15 before switching to the National Youth Theatre
at 16 and concentrating on acting.
Julia was all geared up to go Manchester University to study English
and Drama when she went to an audition for a new TV drama. She went for
the experience... and got the job as Robson Green's daughter in Take
"I never thought I'd get it," Julia said. "I was just
excited to get the audition. I only found out I'd got the part two days
before I went to uni. They weren't best pleased but I couldn't pass up
"I was thrown in at the deep end. It was my first big job and I
had a lot meaty scenes but Robson Green was really nice, took me under
his wing. It was great. Everybody working on the production was amazing.
I enjoyed it all the more because it was my first one."
The TV work has flowed ever since but she has resisted the temptation
to take the money and run, holding out for jobs of good quality and serving
behind the bar of a local pub whenever she has struggled to make ends
Even so, she hasn't ruled out a return to university and has in fact
applied for a place.
"If I do finish Emmerdale after six months, I will probably go
because I still have the desire to do it. I've always been quite academic
and I get quite restless anyway," she said.
"If Emmerdale renews my contract I'll defer my place but, if they
don't, I don't think I could sit around and do nothing.
"The money I've earned on Emmerdale would pay me through university.
"Most of my friends are at college and sometimes I think it would
be a real laugh to go, too.
"It would be nice to have a student life. It could still happen."
now has an official fan club 21st March 2003
Actor John Thaw's legacy is still being felt by the UK's television
industry as he remains one of the country's biggest exports. The Inspector
Morse series and the adaptation of Goodnight Mr Toms have been sold to
more than 200 countries in the past five years.
Thaw, who died of cancer in February 2002, was one of Britain's best-loved
The only programme to have had a bigger impact was the one-off special
Mole's Christmas, which was bought by more than 213 countries.
Statistics released by the British Television Distributors Association
(BTDA) show that revenue from TV exports rose 6.6% to $666m (£425m)
despite difficult trading conditions.
The US is the most voracious buyer of UK products, buying up $232m (£148m)
worth of programmes, an increase of 16.4% on 2001.
The biggest seller of 2002 was a wildlife documentary called Bug World.
The Granada programme was sold to 72 countries.
Other popular exports from last year included the Worst Witch, Taggart
and ITV1 drama Bob and Rose.
The BBC's Natural World series was exported to 44 countries.
The rural goings-on in Yorkshire soap Emmerdale have proved a surprise
export success, becoming a ratings winner in Norway where it even has
its own fan club.
Heartbeat, another distinctly British drama, is Norway's top-rated show.
The French proved they did have a sense of humour when it bought the
comedy Carry on Don't Lose Your Head - a parody of the Scarlet Pimpernel.
Despite an overall increase in the export sales figures there was decline
in the number of ready-made programmes sold.
The drop has been blamed on the number of co-production deals where networks
buy up a concept but adapt it for their own market.
The BTDA represents more than 30 of the UK's distributors including BBC
Worldwide, Granada and Carlton.
Emmerdale's Cain Dingle is set to sink to new depths
The lout, played by Jeff Hordley, will tell his own daughter that her
mother was a prostitute.
Cain makes the revelation to devastated Debbie Jones (Charley Webb)
on Mother's Day just after she discovers her real mother is Charity
wife of disabled businessman Chris Tate.
Cain tells the secret after a plan to blackmail his cousin Charity
(Emma Atkins) backfires, according to the Daily Star.
But Charity hits back with her own revelation, that he's the father
of schoolgirl Debbie.
An Emmerdale insider told the paper: "Only Cain could pick such
a special day to tell a young girl the mum she has only just found
was a hooker. Debbie so wants to be part of Charity's life and this
" She is left wondering if her father was one of Charity's punters. The
crushing irony is her father is the person who is pouring the poison.
Cain doesn't yet know the truth, but soon will when Charity hears what
Charity's life has been transformed ever since Debbie arrived in Emmerdale
as the foster child of vet Paddy Kirk and his wife Emily.
An old photo in Debbie's purse led to the discovery she was the child
Charity, then just 13, gave up at birth for adoption.
Emma told the paper that she loves playing Charity: "Just when
you think that it can't get any worse for her, it does.
" Every few months her husband Chris says, `So you lied to me again!' as
more skeletons fall out of the closet.
" Now she's going to be a reluctant mother and I'm enjoying the challenge."
Did You See... last week in Soap
Nadia Sawalha sounds off from her sofa
14 - 21 Mar the week gone by
Terry Woods soon found someone else after Louise gave him the push. One
minute he was breaking his heart, the next he was marrying his best mate's
Everyone's wondering what Dawn sees in him. Is it his mature good looks,
his worldly wisdom - or does she just need someone to help her with her
…or rebound romance?
Louise, meanwhile, reckons Tezza isn't over her yet. What she really means
is she misses having her Number One Fan adoring her from afar. Rebound or not,
I reckon it's about time he had some romance. His love life's been about as
lively as a church jumble sale!
... Emmerdale's wacky wedding! It was a soap classic, from Joan Collins
lookalike Viv out-bitching nasty Jean to Bob lamping the limo driver!
Never mind 'Morning Has Broken' - Terry and Dawn should have gone for
'Fight The Good Fight' as one of their hymns!
Who can forget these rebound romances?
... Emmerdale's Nicola didn't realise Carlos was on the rebound from
her sister Bernice. She found out the truth on her wedding day - and
Reformer 20th March 2003
It’s all childs’ play to top comic Des
COMIC Des Clarke has become the new face of Saturday morning children’s
The King’s Park comedian and Beat 106 breakfast radio show presenter
(pictured) landed the job on ITV1’s SM:tv last week and made his first
appearance on the show last Saturday.
Des (22) will feature on the show every Saturday morning along with its
main hosts Tess Daly and former Big Brother star Brian Dowling.
SM:tv was the kids show which catapulted Ant and Dec and Cat Deeley to
prime time television stardom and it is hoped Des will follow in their
footsteps on the hit show.
Last Saturday morning Des made his debut on the programme and
wowed audiences with his stuttering maniacal style loved by comedy fans
around the country
who have seen Des do his stand-up routine. Later in the show Des featured
in SM:tv’s Emmerdale spoof Eminemmerdale where Des played rap star Eminem.
SM:tv is not Des’ first television appearance. He has featured in a comedian’s
special of The Weakest Link with Anne Robinson and on the BBC’s Live
Des will continue to present his breakfast radio show on Beat 106 while
working on ITV’s children’s programme.
The King’s Park lad’s rise to fame has been meteoric. He came second
in all three of Britain’s major stand up comedy competitions, Channel
4’s So You Think You’re Funny, BBC’s New Comedy Awards and the Daily
Telegraph Open Mic Award.
Catch Des on SM:tv every Saturday on ITV1 at 9.25am.
Barman Bob has got to the end of his tether.
The pressure of Dawn's wedding and Viv's infidelity has taken its toll
on the normally happy-go-lucky local, and his reaction was violent.
After his antics at his daughter's wedding - where he tried to sabotage the
ceremony and then came to blows with the limo driver who bedded his wife -
he vanishes. And his stunned loved ones are left fearing for his safety.
But now Bob has got in touch with his inner brute, will limo driver Matti
be the only person to feel the force of his fury?
An Emmerdale spokesperson admits, "Bob has found it bitterly difficult
to swallow the idea of Terry marrying his daughter and their friendship has
been sorely tested.
"He is stunned to learn about Viv's fling with Matti. He certainly hadn't
expected to see him at the church and have the chance to deliver instant revenge!"
Mirror How Emmerdale's William Rebuilt His Dreams Of Fame
Mar 19 2003
By Claire Donnelly
AS the child star of hit film The Full Monty, William Snape seemed
set for a long and glittering showbiz career.
At 12, he caused a sensation in the Oscar-nominated movie and was bombarded
by directors believing he was the next big thing.
Between auditions, William spent his time being mobbed by fans and
enjoying the celebrity circuit.
But the bubble burst for the Sheffield-born schoolboy as he struggled
to get his next big break.
William - known to friends and family as Wim - was involved in a horrific
accident. His family feared he would die and doctors were amazed he
did not lose his leg.
Now 17, he is hoping to make his mark again after joining ITV soap
Emmerdale as farmer Stephen Butler.
Speaking of his ordeal for the first time, he reveals the truth about
his accident and tells how his faltering career left him depressed
He says: "It was weird going through years of people saying that
I'd been in a great British film and that surely I'd be doing this
I thought I was going to be doing big things. I was getting sent scripts
and going for auditions but just not getting them.
It did leave me feeling down. Then the accident made things worse.
I had to learn to walk again and spent seven months getting better.
Doctors told me if it had happened 10 years ago, I would have lost
It's not 100 per cent now but it doesn't stop me doing anything. I
still play football with my friends.
Emmerdale is a great opportunity and I'm determined to make the best
of it. It's just what I wanted and I feel very lucky."
Lady Luck has certainly been a fickle mistress to William.
Plucked from obscurity to play Nathan, Robert Carlyle's son in the
1997 film The Full Monty, the Sheffield-born youngster found himself
catapulted in to the spotlight.
It all happened very quickly," he says. "One minute I was
at school, the next I was in Hollywood.
The casting director had come into school, looking for someone to be
in the film.
She said it was going to be a low-budget film that might not even make
it to the cinema.
I wasn't liking school much and it sounded like good fun.
I went through seven auditions and the last one was nerve-racking because
Robert Carlyle was there.
But we got on and felt really comfortable with each other." Amazed
he got the part -
" when my mum and dad told me, I ran round screaming" -
he loved every minute of filming.
" I decided then that I wanted
to be an actor," he says. "I just knew this was the life
Although William's mum Jenny, 49, who lives with his brother and her
boyfriend near the young actor, warned him not to be disappointed if
the film wasn't a success, when it was released in America, the team
realised they had a huge hit on their hands.
William flew to LA for the premiere and was inundated with offers. "There
was an after-show party and every actor had their own table and at
each there was a queue of about 15 agents, casting directors and managers
wanting to sign us up. It was mad."
Back in England, William who lives with dad Duncan, 50, and a stepbrother
and sister, found himself thrown into the showbiz world. "I enjoyed
it all," he says. "I went to the BAFTAs and met everyone
- Sean Connery, Billy Connolly, Dame Judi Dench. It was overwhelming.
At the comedy awards, I remember standing at the urinals with Ewan
McGregor and Chris Evans. It was like another world."
The film made William a rich boy, too. Producer Uberto Pasolini gave
the cast and crew a share of the profits, estimated at £100,000
BUT away from the hype and applause, things weren't so much fun. Some
of his friends at Dobcroft Junior School resented William's success
and when he moved up to Silverdale School, things got worse.
At first, I tried not to tell people too much about the filming but
it was hard explaining where I'd been for six weeks.
It's strange because you soon know who your friends are - a lot of
the people I auditioned with were my friends from school... and they're
not now. No one said anything to my face but people would keep their
For the Year Six ball - at the end of primary school - I hired a limo
for all my friends, thinking it would be a laugh.
I wasn't trying to be flash, I just thought it would be fun. But my
mum told me that some girls were saying: `Look at him, coming to a
little party in a car like that, he's such a show-off.'
It was difficult starting a new school because they all knew me but
I didn't know them. You'd hear people saying, `The Full Monty kid is
at our school'. Every time I walked down the corridor they'd sing tunes
from the film."
Soon, the attention from fans became too much to bear, too.
I couldn't go into town," he sighs. "There were loads of
people recognising me. One day, this group of girls started pulling
hairs out of my head. One was saying: `I'll keep it for ever!'"
Still trying out for parts - "it became a routine: audition for
something, then get the rejection" - William began to wonder if
he'd ever make it.
Then at 14, the accident happened and everything changed.
Leaving school one afternoon, he was hit by a car as he crossed the
road. His leg was so badly broken, William needed two operations and
18 steel pins to get him back on his feet.
Fidgeting nervously, he says: "One minute I was walking out, the
next thing I knew I was flying through the air. I remember seeing red
and landing on my head. I was in a lot of pain. I spoke to people later
who saw it happen - they said I'd flown so high up, it looked like
something out of a film.
I came round but when I tried to stand, my leg was broken. It couldn't
support my weight and I collapsed.
There were also cuts all up my arm but just a tiny bump on my head
- it's a miracle I didn't have head injuries.
They took me to hospital and put me under anaesthetic so they could
manipulate my leg and put it in a cast.
But overnight it really swelled and the pain was unbearable. They took
the cast off and rushed me into the operating theatre, where they put
in four steel pins.
They realised that wasn't really working so I had to have another operation
where they put in 18 pins.
I've got scars all over my legs and the pain was excruciating. I was
on every kind of drug - they gave me morphine on demand.
After three weeks, I couldn't even sit or stand up. When I did, I vomited
- it was a combination of the tablets and being laid-up for so long.
Then for seven months I had to clean out the holes where the pins were,
to make sure there were no germs there that could cause infection.
It was a nightmare, really. It's not the type of thing you ever think
could happen to you. It was awful for my parents. My dad and brother
were in Surrey at the time and one of my sister's friends called them
and said: `Will's been in an accident, he might not have much longer.
Come back.' They made it there in about an hour.
After things stabilised, I had to learn to walk again and needed physiotherapy
every day... But I got there in the end."
STILL keen to pursue his acting career, William enrolled on a drama
course in Chesterfield, Derbys, before starting a full-time course
in October last year.
But just two months later, he got the big break he'd been waiting for.
Trying out for the part of Emmerdale's Stephen Butler, he approached
the audition in Leeds with some scepticism. But by the time he got
back to Sheffield, they'd offered him the job.
His first scenes were aired in January and William has since become
a regular on the show. He now gets stacks of fan mail, though he's
currently single, and says he couldn't be happier - especially because
few people recognise him on the street any more.
Dressed in faded jeans and a white Lacoste T-shirt, William looks like
any other Yorkshire lad - the only sign of his TV star status is the
expensive- looking Burberry bag he slings over his shoulder as he gets
ready to leave.
Smiling broadly, he seems to have finally found the success he deserves.
Everyone has been so kind to me," he explains. "The cast
are great and have made me really welcome - they are some of my best
I'm just pleased that I've been given this chance.
Acting is a tough business - I've learnt that the hard way - but I
feel like things are working out for me."
ITV soaps dominate the shortlist at the Royal Television Society.
Both Coronation Street and Emmerdale are contenders for the coveted
Best Soap gong. The BBC drama EastEnders is absent from the list.
The nomination for Corrie comes hot on the heels of their BAFTA nod and confirms
that the Street has regained its place as the nation's favourite soap.
A Corrie insider said, "These accolades are wonderful. The show is on
top form at the moment and such awards are a great recognition of the hard
work that goes into making Corrie so good."
Emmerdale's nomination is proof that the five-nightly show is going from strength
to strength. And that it's combination of sizzling drama mixed with comic charm
is a big hit amongst critics and viewers alike.
The other nominee in this category is daytime soap Doctors, which also made
the BAFTA shortlist.
Jonathan Ross has been named TV's top entertainer after landing a major
The presenter fought off competition from Graham Norton and Ant and
Dec to collect the trophy for Best Entertainment Performance at the Royal
Television Society Awards in London.
The broadcaster collected his title for his appearances on his own BBC1
chat show Friday Night with Jonathan Ross as well as being a panelist
on sports quiz They Think It's All Over.
He quipped: "I'm so used to seeing Graham Norton
coming to get this award on my behalf. I'd like to thank everyone I
have ever worked
with in television - I've made some good shows and I've made some f***ing
Channel Four's Phoenix Nights 2 was named Best Sitcom, beating BBC2's
But The Office's creator and star Ricky Gervais landed the Best Comedy
Gervais joked: "So I get Best Performance but Phoenix
Nights gets Best Sitcom - that means everyone else involved in The
Office is just
Coronation Street - currently enjoying huge ratings for its serial killer
storyline - won Best Soap title.
Executive producer Kieran Roberts paid tribute to the "crews and
wonderful actors who work very hard in Manchester to make Coronation
Street week in, week out".
Other television stars who turned up to the ceremony included Amanda
Holden and the cast of Cutting It, Emmerdale actress Amy Nuttall and
GMTV presenter Kate Garraway.
Story filed: 07:22 Wednesday 19th March 2003
gong-crazy again 19th March 2003
Cheese-gobbling giggler Ricky Gervais has bagged yet another gong for
the all-conquering The Office at the Royal Television Society Awards.
The comedian was bestowed with the best comedy performance prize at
the snooty-sounding do at London's Grosvenor House hotel. Which isn't
that snooty really; more like the British telly Oscars, except with underdressed
mopsies from Emmerdale posing for the paps on Park Lane.
One such babe was the yawnsome rural Yorkie soap's Amy Nuttall, who
plays a libidinous farm-hand in the show or something. Perhaps.
Nuttall managed to outskimp even the notoriously unclothed Amanda Holden
at the bash - and there are gobbets of drool from Daily Star caption
writers all over that paper today to prove it.
Back to The Office, however, which missed out on the top comedy award
to the second series of Peter Kay's superb Chorley-based club chaos,
Gervais, though, is destined for a new telly lease of life with Jonathan
Ross, who won the best entertainment performance gong.
Wossy and Gervais are great mates and are currently busy working on
a pilot for a new comedy.
Meanwhile, Gervais' mucker Martin Freeman (Tim from The Office) can
be seen indulging in some DIY-shop based slapstickery in a new ITV1 comedy,
Hardware, which starts on Sunday, March 23.
25 March - 7 April: it shall come to pass
Speaking out Steph tells everyone in the village exactly what she thinks
of them, leaving them stunned.
But her plans to flee are ruined.
I hate you all!
Tricia thinks she might be pregnant.
Diane and Jack are back together.
Viv battles to save her marriage.
But Bob gets drunk and asks everyone and anyone to sleep with him.
Then Donna has a crisis – they think she’s taken an overdose - and Viv and
Bob rally round her together.
Tuesday | 18.03.03
It's Dawn Hope's wedding day but she's having serious doubts.
The stunning 19-year-old was overjoyed when boyfriend Terry Woods popped
the question but those close to her have made strong objections.
Wilful Dawn made it clear to her anxious father Bob and mum Jean that she
loves Terry - despite their huge age gap - and will wed him no matter what.
But now she is starting to feel isolated. Her pre-wedding jitters are intensified
by the erratic behaviour of her dad and with no one to turn to she considers
cancelling the nuptials.
Emmerdale star Julia Mallam, who plays the anxious bride, explains, "The
night before the wedding Dawn admits to Terry that she's plagued with doubts.
It's not marrying Terry that worries her. She genuinely loves him. It's just
the lack of support from her family."
And Bob's attempts to scupper the wedding could mean he loses his daughter
Julia adds, "You can't blame her for being furious - as far as she's
concerned, he hasn't been a proper dad to her the past 19 years, so he's got
no right to start laying down the law now."
Tuesday | 18.03.03
Emmerdale's Bob Hope is set to have his heart broken.
Bob has been busy trying to sort out his daughter's love life but a
revelation is about to destroy his own marriage.
The Woolpack barman's wife, Viv, has been hiding a terrible secret. But the
village gossip let it slip to Bob's ex-wife, Jean, who is back for daughter
Shockingly, last year at Tricia Stokes' hen night, Viv enjoyed a passionate
encounter with their limo driver Matti.
Although some of the village women know all about the affair, it has remained
a secret - until now. Jean takes great delight in spilling the beans to horrified
Tony Audenshaw, who plays the unwitting husband, says, "Bob doesn't believe
Jean at first. He thinks she is just being vindictive. But after a while, he
knows she is telling the truth - he can just tell."
"Bob is very, very angry and upset. He thought he was in a happy marriage
- but now he feels a fool, thinking about how everyone else knew about this
when he didn't."
Can one of the Dales' happiest marriages survive such a devastating blow?
Emmerdale star's on song
SOAP star Amy Nuttall is about to reveal her true hidden talent - her
Amy, who plays Chloe in Emmerdale, is best known for her acting and
sultry poses in men's magazines. But she is a trained singer and will
soon take to the stage on her
own concert tour.
Amy will perform songs from the musicals and the stage show will include
a date in her home town Bolton this summer.
And she will be joined on stage for part of her performance by pupils
at Bury Grammar School for Girls where she was once a pupil.
But Amy said soap fans can be reassured she is not preparing to quit
Emmerdale to follow in the footsteps of actors-turned-singers like Kylie.
Amy, 20, said: "I love being in Emmerdale but this is just something
else and I'm lucky that the schedule allows me to do it side-by-side.
" It'll be brilliant to get up there and I can't wait
" But I'm not leaving Emmerdale - I'm just lucky I can juggle the two things.
" For the future in terms of music I'd like to do my own thing - I'm not
a classical singer but I'm not pop either.
" I'd like to think I'm a mixture of Eva Cassidy and Norah Jones. But I
don't want to give up acting, I love Emmerdale too much and I've got
some good storylines coming up. Later this year it might come out about
Zoe and Scott's baby so that will be exciting."
At the age of 16 Amy auditioned for the Phantom of the Opera and was
offered the role of first understudy on the Millennium tour.
She stepped in several times and became the youngest actress ever to
play the leading role of Christine in the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical.
It was there she met Peter Karrie who plays the Phantom and who will
be joining Amy in the concert tour, based around the musicals.
They will perform at Bolton Albert Halls on July 5 and at the Alhambra
theatre in Bradford on September 11.
Other dates are planned for Liverpool in September and possibly at Manchester
Opera House later in the year.
Amy said: "It'll be great to perform in Bolton as it's my home
" I've always loved musicals and when I was younger it was my only dream
to end up on the stage.
" I love Emmerdale to bits but the buzz you get performing to a live audience
is fantastic so I can't wait."
fails to make BAFTA shortlist
Emmerdale has failed to make the soaps shortlist for the BAFTA television
awards for the second successive year.
The shortlist is the same as 2002, with EastEnders battling it out against
Coronation Street, Doctors, and Hollyoaks.
Over the past year all the major soaps have tried to win viewers with dramatic
Coronation Street has been dominated by the murderous villainy of Richard
Hillman (Brian Capron). Over at Albert Square, viewers were gripped by
the tragic death of Jamie Mitchell (Jack Ryder).
Hollyoaks has featured a bonfire party that got out of hand and a guest
appearance from Boy George. Doctors has built up a loyal following among
daytime soap fans.
Emmerdale fails to make the shortlist despite featuring a number of shock
storylines. Perhaps the most surprising was the revelation that schizophrenic
lesbian vet Zoe Tate (Leah Bracknell) had become pregnant.
In other categories, Asian comedy The Kumars at No 42 has proved it's streets
ahead with three nominations in the shortlist.
The BBC2 show, where celebrities are subjected to an unscripted grilling
by the Kumar family - granny Sushila, mum Madhuri, dad Ashwin and son Sanjeev
- has proved a hit since it was launched in 2001.
Anne Robinson will host the awards ceremony on April 13.
Five nights a week Corrie on cards
Coronation Street could be broadcast five nights a week.
The soap, which is currently on air four times weekly, is stepping up
its ratings battle with EastEnders.
Street producer Kieran Roberts told the Daily Star: "It's entirely
up to ITV. If it wants five a week, we'll supply five a week. We wouldn't
stand in the way of an extra half-hour if ITV wanted it."
Mr Roberts, who joined the Street 15 months ago from Emmerdale, is one
of the bosses credited with transforming the soap's fortunes.
The saga involving serial killer Richard Hillman (Brian Capron) has proved
a massive ratings success.
Mr Roberts told the paper: "I probably avoid getting too close
to my actors. Who knows which of our characters that I think is irreplaceable
might come to the end of the line in terms of their story?"
Mr Roberts is confident the soap will carry off a string of awards, which
is a far cry from when he took over.
He added: "A lot of people felt Corrie was in crisis. There were
times when EastEnders appeared to be on top and there were certain
awards ceremonies where it was very much on top.
" I remember coming back from the Soap Awards when it got 10 and we got
one. I shared the sense of despondency.
" Now the viewing figures have arrived and hopefully the awards will this
ladder to TV stardom
BABY Jacob Hughes has taken his first steps on the road to a lifetime of
stardom -- providing he doesn't get cold feet.
Mum Michelle Hughes's bundle of joy had his star quality spotted when
she took him to an audition for ITV soap Emmerdale last July.
Jacob, now 13 months old, has been starring alongside James Nesbitt
and Helen Baxendale in the station's hit comedy Cold Feet -- and stole
the show when the series' last ever episode was screened on Sunday
The show's casting director saw the tot's tape and decided he was
perfect to play Matthew, the baby son of Rachel, who died in a car
crash in last week's episode, and Adam.
And despite being a star Jacob has not seen himself on television
yet as he has always been in bed. But Michelle and Jacob's dad Martin,
33, who live in Shaw Brow, Whittle-le-Woods, have taped the series
The money earned by his acting debut is also waiting for him in his
own bank account for when he is old enough to spend it.
Now the tot's life in acting has been put temporarily on hold now
Michelle, 29, has returned to work at Warrington Social Services.
Michelle had mixed views when friends and family first suggested Jacob
went to a modelling agency.
She said: "I didn't know if I agreed with it, but decided there
was no harm in looking into it."
Michelle and Martin discovered Tuesday's Child agency in Macclesfield
was looking for brown-eyed brown-haired babies and although Jacob only
had a little hair they put him forward.
He was invited to an audition for Emmerdale where they took a video,
but the show needed a baby that could crawl.
Then out of the blue the casting director for Cold Feet called and
said he had seen the video and was interested in using Jacob.
He was one of five babies used for the show and spent 13 days filming
in Manchester last September.
Michelle said: "I've always watched the show and was really shocked
when they called, but the whole family is proud. I don't know if
we'd do it again because I'm back at work now, but it was a good experience.
"Jacob loves cameras and is all smiles as soon as he sees one.
It has also given him quite a bit of confidence because he was mixing
with new people.
"He didn't know anyone there but he never flinched and he took
a real shine to Jimmy Nesbitt."
His grandmother Maureen Hughes, who lives in Fishwick Lane, Higher
Wheelton, and works for Blackburn with Darwen Council, said: "He
was brilliant for a baby that young and gurgled in all the right places.
It's up to his mummy and daddy whether he does anything else, but he's
MEDIA GUARDIAN 17TH MARCH 2003: Fame show's popularity has double
edge for BBC
Management split over accusations of commercialism
Matt Wells, media correspondent
Monday March 17, 2003
Celebrity Fame Academy may have been the must-watch TV of last week,
but concerns about its effect on the BBC's image as a public service
broadcaster has led to a split at senior levels of the corporation.
Almost 14 million people watched on Friday night when the powerful voice
of the Casualty actor Will Mellor beat the idiosyncratic performance
of the TV presenter Ruby Wax to the winner's title - a ringing endorsement
that ought to be enough to earn a commission for a second series of the
non-celebrity version. But its return is far from guaranteed.
Lorraine Heggessey, controller of BBC1, has been delighted at the show's
success, which has been mirrored by favourable press coverage.
But Greg Dyke, the BBC director general, and some BBC governors are
concerned that critics of the corporation would use its return to undermine
his case for a renewal of the BBC's royal charter, the issue that will
define his term as director general.
The stakes were raised when John Whittingdale, the shadow culture secretary,
cited the programme as an example of Mr Dyke's overly commercial instincts
during a Commons debate on the communications bill two weeks ago. Some
fear that a new series in the autumn would merely inflame those who would
undermine the case for a universal licence fee, at a time when the debate
about the BBC's future would be intensifying.
The problems hark back to last autumn, when the first series of Fame
Academy took to the air amid shrieks of derision. It was said to be derivative
- an amalgam of such programmes as Big Brother, Popstars and Pop Idol.
Rivals claimed it had no place in the BBC's public service canon, and
was the highest-profile example of Mr Dyke's damaging commercial instincts.
Ratings for the first few shows were poor and its image was not helped
by some shoddy production, ill-judged choice of presenters, and a format
that guaranteed the worst singers were given the highest profile.
The press quickly dubbed it Lame Academy - a moniker that stuck.
But viewers soon warmed to the format, and ratings for later programmes
picked up, although press coverage never really caught up with the changing
This time, ratings have been rock solid, with the programme getting
7 million or 8 million viewers on its weeknight outings at 7pm; last
year, the midweek update shows only got 3 million or 4 million viewers
in a slot that is usually dominated by Emmerdale on ITV1.
So the BBC finds itself in the position where it has a mainstream entertainment
hit on its hands - something that it has been trying to develop for years
- but one whose middle-of-the-road success may actually count against
A production insider said: "While the production
team felt the increased popularity of the initial series followed by
the massive popularity
of the Comic Relief special would have secured a second run, Lorraine
Heggessey is so politically astute that she knows full well that if the
governors are against it, then she's not going to go the wire on it."
The BBC said last night that the fate of Fame Academy
was still to be sealed. A spokesman said: "No decision has been
made about the show's future yet."
Louise's honey trap
Monday | 17.03.03
Terry's true feelings for Dawn are about to be tested.
Not long ago Louise was the object of his affections but after she rejected him,
Terry left on holiday and returned engaged.
Now, Dawn's frantic parents - Bob and Jean - are trying to scupper the marriage
plans and believe that Louise Appleton may be just the person to help them.
Believing that deep down Terry still loves Louise, Bob begs the Woolpack landlady
to test his resolve by setting a honey trap.
Louise has doubts but she has been left unnerved by the speed at which Terry
has transferred his affections from her to Dawn and wants to find out the truth
about their relationship.
In the past Louise turned to Terry for support in her hour of need. When she
found out that rogue fiance Ray Mullan was the man stalking her and their violent
confrontation ended in his death, Terry helped the stunning blonde to cover
up the killing.
Will he be able to resist the charms of the woman he broke the law for?
Soaps by Alison Graham
Are we the only ones to feel that the proposed marriage between (very,
very) young Dawn and Terry is icky, to say the least? He's old enough
to be her dad. Thus we have considerable sympathy with Dawn's actual
dad, Bob, when he does everything he possibly can to halt the wedding
Dawn and Terry's relationship has fallout elsewhere, when Dawn's toxic
mum, Jean, finds out a particularly juicy titbit about Viv, something
she simply cannot keep to herself.
IT'S no surprise that tears are shed in the Dales on Terry and his young
bride Dawn’s wedding day.
As one marriage begins, it could be the end of another. Fists fly when
father-of-the-bride Bob accuses Viv of cheating on him.
“Bob doesn’t know if he’s coming or going,” says Tony Audenshaw, who
plays Viv’s harassed hubby.
“He’s so wound up about Dawn and Terry he doesn’t think about his own
marriage. His ex-wife Jean is out to cause trouble and she tells him
Viv slept with limo driver, Matti.”
Bob thought it was Steph who had been steaming up the windows on Tricia’s
hen night, but when he asks Diane, the look on her face tells him the
truth. “He is absolutely shattered,” says Tony.
“He loves Viv and has been totally faithful to her. And he is also desperate
to stop Dawn marrying ‘Mr Wrong’.”
But Dawn’s mind is made up. And she is thrilled when Jean books a limo
for her. Jean is so keen to cause trouble between Viv and Bob she deliberately
hires rent-a-car Romeo Matti.
As the service starts, Bob rushes in and demands the wedding be stopped.
Dawn stands up to him and Terry tells Bob his own marriage is an example
of how a couple can find happiness.
“That tips Bob right over the edge,” says Tony. “He just blurts out
that his own marriage is nothing to go by because Viv slept with the
As Jean smirks in triumph and Viv pleads with her husband, Bob belts
Matti and storms off.
Next day, Terry pleads with Bob not to leave the village.
“He agrees but can’t find it in himself to forgive Viv, even though he
does still love her,” explains Tony. “Bob suggests they separate for
a while. Jean asks Bob to go to Spain with her but he turns her down.
“He might not know what is going to happen to his marriage, but he is
never going back to Jean!”
Also this week: Mack tricks Edna into feeling sorry for him. Jarvis
warns her she’ll never be rid of him. Andy and Stephen are surprised
to see Wilf back at work on the farm. The villagers enjoy a barn dance.
Actors playing traumatic roles deserve sympathy - and therapy
Saturday March 15, 2003
The film director Mike Leigh, whose work is created
through improvisation, says "come out of character" to signal
to his cast that a working session is over. This division is especially
necessary on occasions when
a performer is so impressively impersonating a thug that he's about
to be arrested or is so deep into the pretence of being a doctor that
on the verge of carrying out surgery. Actors in Coronation Street and
Emmerdale Farm, however, are apparently having difficulty in switching
back when the director clicks his fingers. Granada, producer of these
soaps, is offering therapy and counselling to cast members who are
required to act out unusually traumatic storylines.
An actor whose character was sexually assaulted might undergo a form
of rape counselling. A "daughter" who has just said farewell
to her "mother" at an off-duty crematorium that is filled
with extras dripping glycerine down their cheeks will be encouraged
her feelings of bereavement with a therapist.
As a recent report questioned the benefits of therapy for those who
face knocks in real life, MPs and pundits from the common-sense lobby
quickly mocked the idea that a script could send you to a shrink. But
the idea of these greasepaint debriefs touches on the bigger question
of what acting does and what it might do to you.
Theatrical legend is heavy with stories of performers unable to leave
their character at the dressing-room door. Daniel Day-Lewis abandoned
stage acting after believing that he had seen his own father's ghost
while playing Hamlet. Robert Hardy admitted that, while playing Churchill,
he took to delivering booming speeches at his family. And there are
at least two actors who enter into their roles so totally that, if
ever portray Hitler, it would be unsafe to allow them anywhere near
the borders of Poland.
The opposite view - that the adopted personality should be hung up
as easily as the costume - was most memorably expressed by Laurence
when Dustin Hoffman arrived on the Marathon Man set. Required to portray
a man driven crazy by lack of sleep, he had absented himself from bed
until his mind was so fuzzy he struggled to remember his lines. Olivier
is supposed to have drawled: "My dear boy, have you ever considered
That made Hoffman look small, we like to think, and yet Olivier was
the kind of actor who never lost himself in a part: he was always signalling
his presence through technique or cosmetics. Perhaps he needed to get
closer to the role.
There are two defences of therapy for actors: one flattering, one not.
The happier excuse is that the most authentic art draws on personal
suffering. The best novels about divorce are not written by bachelors
the greatest paintings representing psychosis come from the actually
mad. In this analysis, acting should be no different.
Less of a compliment is the possibility that it's soap opera actors
who are especially affected because there's such a thin line between
performer and the part. Although soap operas have large budgets, very
little is spent on make-up. Because the production of such series is
so intensive, producers choose actors who closely resemble the role.
Performers may then be required to remain in character five days a
week for up to 30 years. An actor with a main role in a soap can spend
hours of the day as the name on the script than as the name on his
or her chequebook. With your personality so routinely split, perhaps
can be understood why rape or bereavement that happens under the arc
lights may have the feel of something that occurred under street-lights.
This week's documentary about the departing ITV1 series Cold Feet showed
the actress Helen Baxendale in tears while rehearsing the death of
a woman of her own age and appearance who she's embodied for five whole
years. Imagine what an odd job that must be.
Still, the instinct is to giggle at Granada's initiative. You do wonder
if the TV company should simply hire actors to play counsellors, thus
both reducing Equity unemployment and freeing up the therapy professionals
for train crashes and other tragedies.
Yet, while it's easy to deride actors for their sensitivities, there
is something spooky about the business of spending days pretending
to be someone else.
That fine actor James Hazeldine died recently. He collapsed after playing
Sigmund Freud in a role which required him to faint and then say: "How
sweet it must be to die." Those were almost the last words he
spoke on a stage. The real Freud could have said a lot about the oddities
Battle of Britain boosts Five
Channel Five enjoyed its biggest ever audience for live coverage of
a football club game last night, with nearly 4.5 million viewers tuning
in for the battle of Britain Uefa Cup clash between Celtic and Liverpool.Live
coverage of the 1-1 draw at Celtic Park attracted the sixth biggest audience
ever to Five, with 4.4 million tuning in between 7.45pm and 10pm, according
to unofficial overnights.
Only three England football internationals and terrestrial premieres
of movies The Rock and Independence Day have attracted bigger audiences
since Five launched nearly six years ago.
Last night, the audience for Celtic v Liverpool peaked at 5.4 million
viewers at 9.30pm and overall the live football attracted an 18% audience
Five's coverage helped push ITV1 into fourth place among the terrestrial
channels between 9pm and 10pm last night.
ITV1 documentary Maggie: the First Lady was watched by just 2.8 million
viewers and attracted a 12% audience share.
As well as Five's football, Maggie lost out to BBC1's Enforcers: Car
Wars Special documentary, which attracted 6.9 million viewers.
It was also beaten by Channel 4's Secrets of the Dead: Titanic's Ghosts,
which was watched by 2.9 million viewers.
Earlier in the evening, Comic Relief Does Fame Academy was watched by
7.1 million viewers between 7pm and 7.30pm.
Fame Academy had a 32% audience share during that period, but still lost
out to ITV1's Emmerdale, as the Yorkshire-set soap attracted 8.4 million
viewers and a 38% audience share.
BBC1 put on an extra half hour of Fame Academy between 8.30pm and 9pm,
which won its slot with 7.1 million viewers. The Comic Relief show got
the better of ITV1's The Bill, which was watched by 6.2 million viewers.
At 7.30pm, BBC1 offered an action-packed edition of EastEnders, with
Natalie spilling the beans to Barry about her affair with Ricky, and
Barry's dad Roy having a heart attack.
EastEnders was watched by 13.1 million viewers - still a big audience,
but less than the soap was getting earlier this week and also well below
the 15 million-plus audiences Coronation Street is enjoying with its
Richard "Dick Dastardly" Hillman storyline.
Photo thanks to Emmerdale.net
Kevin Barry Laffan, playwright and television scriptwriter: born Reading,
Berkshire 24 May 1922; married Jeanne Thompson (three sons); died London
11 March 2003.
Beloved Emmerdale creator Kevin Laffan has died – he was 80.
An integral part of the rural soap, writer Kevin penned 262 episodes of Emmerdale
after coming up with the idea in 1972.
Laffan is credited with making the soap the hit it remains 31 years on, after
his vision won the programme – which was originally scheduled to run at lunchtime
for just 13 weeks – a permanent slot.
The elderly writer had undergone heart surgery two weeks ago but sadly passed
on after suffering a bout of pneumonia.
Original cast member Shelia Mercier, who played Annie Sugden, paid an emotional
tribute to Laffan.
She says, “He was a wonderful person. He was a prolific writer who created
one of the most popular programmes on TV.”
An Emmerdale Spokesman added, “Without his creativity, Emmerdale would not
be where it is.”
Creator of the long-running ITV soap opera 'Emmerdale Farm'
15 March 2003 © 2003 Independent Digital (UK) Ltd
As the creator of the rural soap opera Emmerdale Farm, Kevin Laffan was responsible
for television's second most enduring serial, after Coronation Street.
The matriarchal Annie Sugden faced life without her farmer husband, Jacob,
who had died after spending much of his later years in the Woolpack pub, drinking
away any profits. She aimed to make a go of the ailing farm by reuniting her
two feuding sons, Jack and Joe, and accepting investment from an outsider,
Henry Wilks, who had made his fortune in the Bradford wool industry and was
bringing his business acumen to the Yorkshire Dales.
When Emmerdale Farm became simply Emmerdale and many of the trials and tribulations
of the farm were replaced by raunchier storylines in the nearby village, Laffan
voiced his objections. As the serial celebrated its 25th anniversary, in 1997,
he said in an interview:
I'm against sex and violence. Families try not to quarrel and the drama lies
in their trying not to. But, of course, it does break out occasionally – that's
the climax. With sex, once you say a couple can get into bed together, what
do you do next? You have to have the blanket going up and down. Then they do
it without the blanket, and so on. The business, instead of the relationship
between the people, becomes the drama.
Laffan had been born in the less rural surroundings of Reading in 1922, the
son of a crippled Irish travelling photographer. After starting his career
as an actor, he became artistic director at the Everyman Theatre, Reading,
for seven years and, under the name Kevin Barry, wrote plays that included
Ginger Bred (1951), The Strip-Tease Murder (with Neville Brian, 1955), Winner
Takes All (1956) and First Innocent (1957).
Later, as Kevin Laffan, he enjoyed a West End stage hit with It's a Two Feet
Six Inches Above the Ground World (1970), which was turned into a 1972 film
with the reworked title It's a Two-Foot-Six-Inch-Above-the-Ground World. The
screen sex comedy, starring Nanette Newman and Hywel Bennett as a Roman Catholic
couple who adopt birth control, was later retitled The Love Ban.
By then, Laffan was establishing a reputation as a writer for television.
He scripted the six-part Bud (1963), which featured the music-hall comedian
Bud Flanagan playing a fictionalised version of himself, retired and trying
his hand at a string of other jobs. He also wrote the ITV serial Castle Haven
(1969), set in two large Victorian houses that had been converted into unfurnished
flats in a Yorkshire coastal town, with the action revolving around the residents.
Although now almost forgotten, it featured Roy Barraclough, Kathy Staff and
Jill Summers, all of whom went on to find fame in other soaps.
Laffan's television plays included Decision to Burn (starring Anthony Hopkins,
1971) and The Best Pair of Legs in the Business, first produced for the small
screen in 1968 but remade four years later as a feature film, with Reg Varney
recreating his original role of an ageing holiday camp drag artist.
At about the same time came a phone call offering Laffan the chance to script
a new, lunchtime serial, when ITV was looking for daytime programming in the
wake of the Government's decision to relax restrictions on broadcasting hours,
but the writer was not keen. He recalled:
Donald Baverstock, Yorkshire Television's director of programmes, phoned me
and asked if I would like to write a farming serial. My first reaction was, "No,
I wouldn't." I was a playwright at heart and my agent told me it would
ruin my reputation. People are very funny. They think that, if you write a
soap, you are going into the gutter. It's just a snobbish thing, really. Anyway,
in the end I agreed. I was asked to write a three-month serial, so I wrote
it as a 26-episode play and left the end open so that it could continue.
Laffan had worked on a farm near Walsall in his teens, although it was only
for six months as a "fill-in" job in between work as an actor in
repertory theatre. In writing about farm life, he was much more concerned with
the characters than the job. "I was intrigued by the idea that farming
was a way of life, as opposed to simply a way of earning a living," he
explained to me. "I was interested in the mental attitude that set the
Emmerdale Farm, featuring the stage actress Sheila Mercier as Annie Sugden,
began on 16 October 1972, at 1.30pm, with Jacob Sugden's funeral, a novel idea
to bring together and introduce all the serial's characters in the fictional
village of Beckindale. The Monday and Tuesday episodes were popular enough
with mothers, pensioners and shift workers to earn the programme an extended
run, until it eventually won a teatime slot and, in some ITV regions, was screened
Laffan stopped writing for the serial after 12 years but remained a consultant.
In 1988, Emmerdale Farm was finally given a networked evening slot across the
whole country and, the following year, its title was shortened to Emmerdale.
The affairs, business and otherwise, of the newly arrived Tates at Home Farm
became the centre of attention for many years, as the storylines' emphasis
switched to the village, which itself was renamed Emmerdale in the year after
the 1993 Lockerbie-style plane crash.
Laffan's other big television success was Beryl's Lot (1973-77), a comedy-drama
inspired by the real-life story of the novelist Margaret Powell, a cook who
married a milkman, prepared to take O and A levels as she approached 60, then
had her first book published. For the television series, Carmel McSharry starred
as a charlady in her forties, with a milkman husband and three children, and
was seen starting evening classes in an attempt to improve her station in life.
Later, Laffan and Peter Jones wrote the sitcom I Thought You'd Gone (1984),
in which Jones and Pat Heywood played the parents who moved to a smaller house
in the country in the belief that their grown-up children had all finally left
home. Of course, they were soon back. Laffan also contributed scripts to the
espionage series Man in a Suitcase (1967, 1968), Kate (starring Phyllis Calvert
as an agony columnist, 1970), the courtroom drama Justice (1973) and The Inspector
Alleyn Mysteries (1993). His other stage plays included The Superannuated Man
(1967) and Zoo Zoo Widdershins Zoo (1969).
Last year, Laffan was introduced to the Queen on the set of Emmerdale as it
celebrated its 30th anniversary in her Golden Jubilee year.
Kevin Barry Laffan, playwright and television scriptwriter: born Reading,
Berkshire 24 May 1922; married Jeanne Thompson (three sons); died London 11
Thursday March 20, 2003
Kevin Laffan, who has died aged 80, strove to strip the public of its sentimentality
about farming and country folk by creating a television series, Emmerdale Farm
(later Emmerdale). It became Britain's longest-running television soap opera,
aside from Coronation Street.
The series was launched in 1972, and Laffan, who wrote its first 262 episodes,
was keen to stress that farmers were fundamentalists. "They accept all
the facts of life - and 'all' encompasses much more than the limited and boring
gymnastics of procreation."
But though he nailed his colours to the mast of realism, by the time of his
departure in 1985, Laffan had become disenchanted with the successful media
monster he had created, attacking its "sex, sin and sensationalism".
He reasoned that it had become too dependent on the cliche of explicit sex
and was supported by one member of the cast who called the programme "Dallas
The man who had started by writing what he called "a 26-episode play" for
Donald Baverstock, director of programmes for Yorkshire TV, had a stated scorn
for pornography - though long after Emmerdale, in 1994, he was to write a raunchy
play called The Missionary - And Other Positions, followed a few years later
by the novel Virgins Are In Short Supply.
Emmerdale Farm soon became known as the small screen's answer to radio's The
Archers, though its characters were more gritty. Laffan, who was keen on dominant
women, created a memorable heroine in Annie Sugden, the wife of the ne'er-do-well
pub landlord, who took over the village pub after her husband drank himself
to an early grave. The first episode opened with his funeral.
Though this apparently sombre concept was not popular with all the executives
of Yorkshire TV (especially as the setting was a mythical village in the Yorkshire
Dales), Laffan stood firm. He was an advocate of the view, just permissible
in 1972, that a writer's opinion was sacrosanct.
Like most genuinely creative writers, Laffan's characters were what set the
show apart: not only was there Annie Sugden (played by Sheila Mercier), but
Jack, the returning son who wanted to get his hands on the family farm, his
jealous sister Peggy Skilbeck, and others who had their eyes on Annie's assets.
His programme was initially thought of by the schedulers as a filler for the
Monday and Tuesday slots of the newly launched daytime programming - until
then, watching television had been largely an evening activity. It was not
until 1988 that it got its primetime, nationally networked, evening slot for
five nights a week.
Laffan became a consultant after he left in 1985, and met the Queen on the
set when the programme celebrated its 30th anniversary last year.
But Emmerdale was far from being Laffan's only work for television. Beryl's
Lot, which began in 1973 and ran for four years, featured a milkman's wife
striving to improve herself in middle age. With Peter Jones, he wrote the 1984
show I Thought You'd Gone, about a middle-class family faced with constantly
returning grown-up children. He contributed episodes to Man In A Suitcase (1967
and 1968), Kate (1970), Justice (1973) and The Inspector Alleyn Mysteries (1993).
He also wrote many stage plays (under the name Kevin Barry), including Ginger
Bread (1951), The Strip-Tease Murder (1955), Winner Takes All (1956), First
Innocent (1957); and later The Superannuated Man (1967) and Zoo Zoo Widdershins
Laffan was a prolific writer, inspired by a sad but picturesque past. He was
born in Reading, the son of an itinerant Irish photographer, and boasted that
as a boy he had leapt off the bailiff's lorry carrying his family through the
gates of a Walsall workhouse in the Black Country, and was given a home by
an elderly actress. She told him: "If you want to be serious, make them
laugh" - advice, he said, he had never forgotten.
He is survived by his wife and three sons.
· Kevin Laffan, writer, born May 24 1922; died March 11 2003
Emmerdale creator dies
Kevin Laffan, the man behind hit soap Emmerdale, has died at the age
He personally took charge of the northern soap and launched it on a successful
path, writing the first 262 episodes.
The rural saga was only supposed to run for 13 weeks, at first, but Laffan
gave it a such a successful start in life that it is still going strong
31 years later. The first episode ran in 1972.
Mr Laffan died of pneumonia.
© Yorkshire Television
Printed with kind permission of
the Emmerdale Press Office
Beginning Monday 17th March
MONDAY: - Bob discovers Viv’s infidelity
TUESDAY:- Dawn and Terry’s wedding
runs far from smooth
WEDNESDAY: Viv is frantic as Bob goes missing
THURSDAY: – Bob and Terry come to blows
FRIDAY: - Jean asks Bob to come back to Spain with her
Episode 3396 MONDAY
17 MARCH 2003
EMMERDALE at 7.00pm Fully Networked
Dawn is wracked with pre-wedding jitters ahead of her big day – but she
isn’t alone. Her dad, Bob, is frantic at the prospect of giving his
daughter away to Terry, a man more than twice her age.
Despite his best efforts to spilt up the bride and groom, he
has seemingly failed and the wedding is full steam ahead with
a church rehearsal later in the day.
But Bob’s concerns for Dawn are forced to take a back seat when
Jean, who has been relishing the news of Viv’s infidelity, decides
now would be a good time to spill the beans!
Terry, meanwhile, is having a few last minute problems himself
after being let down by his best man he is struggling to fins
someone who will do the honours.
But with the clock ticking, he gets a surprise when an unlikely
candidate jumps at the chance to step in to the role.
Still unconvinced that Terry is getting married for the right
reasons, Louise decides to challenge him about his feelings for
But how will he respond to her plea from the heart?
Elsewhere in the village Betty revels in gossiping about Edna’s
new lodger, Mack, and delights in enlightening the rest of the
village about their unlikely friendship!
Episode 3397 TUESDAY
18 MARCH 2003
EMMERDALE @ 7pm Fully Networked
Blissfully unaware that her secret is out, Viv is growing concerned that
Bob has seemingly gone walkabout just hours before the wedding and
can’t understand why.
Aware that she was the one who let the cat out of the bag, Jean
enjoys toying with Viv and refuses to tell her the real reason
for his vanishing act.
Bob, meanwhile, is desperate to get to the bottom of his wife’s
infidelity and looks to Diane for answers. He is shattered when
she confirms the rumour and grows annoyed that he appears to
be the only person who didn’t know.
As Dawn and Terry arrive at the church for their wedding, Bob
is still nowhere to be seen. Dawn is troubled by his absence
but refuses to let it spoil her big day.
With no one to give her away, Dawn will not be deterred from
walking down the aisle alone - looking every inch the radiant
Trouble is stirring outside, however, as an outraged Bob finally
arrives – determined to not only stop the wedding but also give
Viv a piece of his mind!
Donna’s desperate pleas to stop Bob ruining the wedding fall
on deaf ears and all hell breaks loose as he marches into the
But the trouble doesn’t stop there as Jean has treated Dawn
to a stretch limo – driven by the driver who bedded Viv!
Else where in the village, Jarvis offers a word of friendly
advice to Edna about not trusting Mack – but Edna is in no mood
to be told who she can and can’t have living under her roof.
Episode 3398 WEDNESDAY
19 MARCH 2003
EMMERDALE at 7.00pm Fully Networked
Viv is still reeling from the news that her marriage could be
over and, realising that Bob hasn’t come home, is petrified he
may have gone and done something stupid.
To make matters worse, Jean makes sure she is the first to rub
salt into the wound leaving Viv distraught.
But her anguish turns to rage when she discovers that it was
Steph who was responsible for letting her secret slip. As the
insults fly, Viv berates her for ruining her marriage but Steph
shows little remorse.
And Donna isn’t exactly sympathetic to her mum, and accuses
her of wrecking a relationship with the one man who truly loved
Meanwhile Dawn is panicking about Bob’s whereabouts. Her mobile
keeps ringing but the caller can’t bring themselves to speak.
But when Terry answers her phone he is confused as he distinctly
hears animal sounds in the background – Dawn suddenly has an
idea where Bob may be.
Edna takes further pity on Mack when she hears he is going to
sell his tools to keep his head above water, insisting he stay
on with her until he gets back on track.
Times are hard for Wilf Butler and, despite his best efforts
he has decided to call it a day and quit the farm. Jack can’t
help but feel disappointed as he had gone out of his way to help
the Butlers through a difficult time.
Episode 3399 THURSDAY
20 MARCH 2003
EMMERDALE at 7.00pm Fully Networked
Dawn’s theory of where to find Bob proves to be right and Terry finds
him at the zoo – searching for answers in the bottom of a bottle of
Unshaven and still in the same clothes as the day before, Bob
is miserable as his world has fallen apart. And Terry’s arrival
on the scene doesn’t help matters.
Bob’s pent-up anger towards Terry finally surfaces in all its
glory and the two end up coming to blows in full view of the
After being thrown out by security, Terry takes Bob home but
he is in no mood to be sweet-talked by Viv. Instead he quickly
gathers together his belongings and walks out as quickly as he
Mack has settled in at Edna’s and is helping out where he can
with domestic chores. She is starting to enjoy his company and
likes the idea of having a man about the house - but Jarvis isn’t
Convinced Mack is not as straight as he makes out, Jarvis starts
to wonder if Mack isn’t looking to take advantage of Edna and
decides to serve up a friendly warning in his direction.
Rodney’s two favourite ladies cause a bit of turbulence at Mill
Cottage as Nicola and Steph find themselves at each other’s throats
He tries in vein to smooth it over, but to no avail – it is
clear they are never going to see eye to eye.
Episode 3400 FRIDAY
21 MARCH 2003
EMMERDALE @ 7pm Fully Networked
Having done enough damage to last a lifetime, Jean finally decides to
jet back to Spain.
But not content with the chaos she has already brought to the
village, Jean is determined to take Bob with her and leave Viv
With his world upside down and feeling as though he can never
trust his wife again, will Bob be tempted by the escape route
that Jean is offering?
Viv, meanwhile, cries into her corn flakes and is left to wonder
if she will ever see her husband again.
She is desperate to make amends but Bob is flatly refusing to
even see her, never mind listen.
Steph thinks she’s hit the jackpot when she finds a rare figurine in
one of Rodney house clearances.
Not wanting to give him a cut from the spoils, she makes arrangements
to sell it on the quiet for a fortune, but her suspicious behaviour
isn’t going unnoticed.
Seeing Debbie in a different light since she has discovered
she is a Dingle, Lisa invites her over for some tea and a chance
to look at some family photos.
Debbie is pleased when Emily encourages her and realises that
while Charity may never want her, she will never be short of
family ever again.
Back at the Woolpack the rest of the villagers are letting their
hair down as Jarvis teaches them all how to line dance!
Pick of the day: 17 March 2003
Yes, it's another wedding in Emmerdale but this time it isn't a double
one. Dawn is about to marry Terry, a man twice her age and not to Bob's
Despite his best efforts to split them up the wedding rehearsal
is almost upon them. This being soapland Terry also has his fair share
of problems. His best man has blown him out. With the clock ticking an
unlikely candidate offers to help.
What a soap-er
The biggest night of the year for soap is approaching and you can help
pick the winners at The British Soap Awards 2003 and win a 28" widescreen
in the process.
The TVmag is the only newspaper magazine with a direct voting link to
the awards via the form opposite. So your votes will help decide who'll
leave the star-studded ceremony, hosted by Des O'Connor and Melanie
Sykes in May, with a gong.
It's been an amazing year, with Coronation Street going all out to reclaim
the Best Soap title, won for the past two years by EastEnders.
Not surprisingly, Brian Capron's performance as killer Richard Hillman
has earned him a Best Actor nomination, with Helen Worth, who plays
Richard's tormented wife Gail, up for Best Actress.
EastEnders won't surrender the title without a fight.
Copper Kate's undercover campaign to discover exactly what Phil did
to Lisa has been gripping, and Steve McFadden, who plays Phil, is nominated
for Best Actor.
Hitting out ... Louise fights for her life while Richard goes on a
Other captivating moments include Jamie's death, Anthony's love triangle
with Zoe and Kat, and Trevor's fiery exit.
Emmerdale is on a high after the ratings success of Louise's stalker
storyline and the killing of her lover-turned-tormentor Ray.
But the Dales have also witnessed the tragic death of Angie, the love
story of Andy and Katie, and Zak's emotional exit to search for treasure
in South America.
Brookside gave us spectacular scenes with the police helicopter crash
on to the Close.
And young Raymond Quinn, who plays bully-killer Anthony Murray, has
gone from strength to strength. It's no wonder he's up for Best Actor.
Crossroads returned in January with Jane Asher launching her soap career
with an unforgettable naked entrance.
Lately, Roger Sloman has been providing laughs with a double performance
as Rocky and his troublesome twin brother, Hilary. Roger is nominated
for Best Actor.
Doctors has had a lively year with the Riverside Practice forced to
change with the times.
Christopher Timothy has been in fine form as Dr 'Mac' McGuire, who
had a heart attack after discovering his wife was having an affair
Hollyoaks has packed in some high drama, and the serial killer is still
Boy George gave a surprise boost to the New Year at The Loft, and Sarah
Dunn is up for the Best Actress award for her portrayal of troubled
And in Family Affairs there's been plenty of action, with Kelly's death
being the biggest shock of the year.
Tension ... Family Affairs' tragic Kelly
Former Soldier, Soldier star Rosie Rowell is among the show's leading
candidates for an award, thanks to her superb acting as complex Eileen.
Click here to post your votes
Vote and win
Stone me if it isn't John Wayne's hat
by Evening Press reporter
MAYBE it's appropriate that a memento of one of the craggiest of Hollywood's
legendary stars should have ended up "set in stone" in North
For a hat once owned by John Wayne is showing its own True Grit after
taking pride of place in the petrifying well at Mother Shipton's Cave,
The headgear - a straw hat, rather than "The Duke's" trademark
stetson - is among a range of objects turned to stone due to the high
mineral content in the water at the tourist attraction.
Its owner, Adrian Sayers, said the item had come to Knaresborough via
the family of his wife, Liz.
"Liz's great-grandfather was given the hat from a friend who met
John Wayne on a ranch in America," he said.
"It was his own straw hat, not a stage prop.
"As soon as I saw it I knew it had to be hung in the well for all
Also petrified for posterity is a handbag which once belonged to detective
story writer Agatha Christie, while the latest celebrity headwear to
arrive at the cave is a green knitted hat, belonging to the Emmerdale
character Seth Armstrong, played by Stan Richards.
Updated: 09:57 Saturday, March 15, 2003
Did You See... last week in Soap?
This Week's Lows
The new Emmerdale family - the Marsdens. He's a truckie. She's a tough
40-something. The kids are stroppy teenagers.
New kids in town
How long will they last? I'd be surprised if they finish unpacking those
boxes. Even they know they're not staying long - look at the size of
that mini-me removal van!
Ronnie never lost an opportunity to cop a feel
© Yorkshire Television 2003
Did You See... last week in Soap?
This lot could do with thinking of others for a change…
Mack the Emmerdale
builder. Since when did he become such a monster? And why does he stay
in a village where two builders are chasing zero work and everyone
hates him, when he could be earning more than Robbie Williams somewhere else?
We need to know!
Emmerdale's Viv Hope is concerned now Bob's ex-wife Jean is back.
The gossipy postmistress is worried that the former lovers' united disapproval
of their daughter's forthcoming marriage will rekindle their long-dead
As preparations intensify for young Dawn's nuptials to much-older Terry
Woods, the ex-spouses begin to carefully plot a way to ensure their child
comes to her senses. Leaving Viv paranoid that she is being deliberately
However, maybe Viv should be more worried about her past re-emerging.
On the eve of her own wedding to barman Bob, Viv enjoyed a cheeky encounter
with a limo driver which has remained a secret.
But with village bad girl Steph Stokes in possession of the damning
piece of information it can only be a matter of time before the truth
Will Bob and Viv's marriage be able to survive the scandal?
Matriarchs Lisa Dingle and Frances Marsden are starting to bond.
The feisty females initially crossed swords as they attempted to get
to know each other better but both are now thawing out.
Frances was infuriated when Cain Dingle lashed out at her daughter Elaine
turning a sociable drink into an awkward silence. However, after Lisa
took her on to work at Pollard's factory, they are getting better acquainted.
In fact, it's Lisa that Frances turns to as she battles her terror over
a health scare. Unable to confide in husband Ronnie and unwilling to
discuss it with daughter-in- law Siobhan, Frances talks the problem over
with kindly Lisa.
Lisa is no stranger to health problems herself, having watched husband
Zak battle testicular cancer recently, and gives the newcomer some sage
With their bad first impressions behind them, the pair form a friendship
which could prove to be a port in a storm for both.
By Stephen Moyes
THE man behind Emmerdale has died at the age of 80.
Kevin Laffan wrote 262 episodes of the soap after dreaming up the idea
of a show set in the Yorkshire Dales 31 years ago.
He had a heart operation two weeks ago but died of pneumonia.
Actress Sheila Mercier, who played Annie Sugden in the serial, said: "He
was a wonderful person.
"He was a prolific writer who created one of the most popular programmes
Emmerdale was originally intended to fill a lunchtime slot for a 13-week
run. It now regularly attracts 10 million viewers.
It became the first five nights a week TV soap in Britain and now boasts
the second longest run after Coronation Street.
Mr Laffan, who lived in Wimbledon, met the Queen on the set last year.
A spokesman for the show said: "Without his creativity, Emmerdale
would not be where it is."
Ali Marsden wants to win a bet and a girlfriend.
Since moving to the village the cheeky newcomer has been on the lookout and
thinks Ollie Reynolds is the girl for him.
And it seems he will stop at nothing to win her heart,
despite being aware she is in a long-term romance with local lad Danny
However, his twin sister Elaine is unconvinced that her
romeo brother can charm Ollie into a date and lays a bet down. This prompts
her brother to pull out all the stops to get Ollie to agree to go out
When she initially turns him down, Ali decides to reveal
his secret to her and tells all about the heart defect which could kill
Ollie relents but when Danny finds out what he's been up
to, Ali will have another reason to worry about his health.
18 - 31 March:
it shall come to pass
Bob’s ex, Jean, tells him about Viv’s
fling with the chauffeur. There’s a huge bust-up
at Terry and Dawn’s wedding. And Bob punches the limo
Steph’s dreams of making a fast buck and
fleeing Emmerdale are shattered.
The figurines she planned to sell are broken.
Cain maliciously tells Debbie about Charity’s
past as a prostitute. The girl’s shocked.
And it’s Mother’s Day – very confusing
for poor Debbie.
Syd Woolfe finds out the truth about Mack's bad ways.
Syd has always been close to Mack. But his so-called mate is taking advantage
of Syd's friendship to solve his money problems.
Mack is already being chased for rent by Mr Turner and is now using
Syd's home as a doss house and messing up his contracts at work.
And actor Nathan Gladwell, who plays sexy Syd, thinks the betrayal has
come as a complete shock to the benevolent lad. "Syd doesn't understand
why his best mate would suddenly be trying to do one over on him," he
"At first, he didn't believe it. He knew things were happening
but this guy has been like a father to him since he was 16 and is a close
friend of the family.
"Mack has shown his true colours and in the end, when the going
got tough Mack didn't care who he hurt - mate or not."
Luckily in real life the Nathan and co-star Rob Dixon are the best of
Nathan laughs, "He's hilarious with a dry and cheeky sense of humour."
Chris Tate is struggling to hold his troubled marriage
Rocked by the revelation that wife Charity has a secret daughter,
the disabled businessman is trying to support her through the
However, their relationship is suffering as Charity
tries to come to terms with the reappearance of daughter Debbie and
is shutting Chris out.
And with Charity hiding the fact Caine Dingle
is Debbie's real father, actor Peter Amory - who plays the hard-nosed
Tate - thinks that things can only get worse between them.
He says, "If he is struggling with the fact
she has a daughter, God only knows how he will react when he finds
out who the father is!
"Things are rocky right now, but the weeks
ahead are going to prove even harder. Chris has always wondered whether
or not Charity really cares for him and I think he is about to find
Tuesday March 11, 2003
Granada and Carlton's merger is expected to be referred to the competition
commission this week, so it is not the best time for the ITV network
an increased share of the advertising market.
Latest figures from media buyers show that ITV pushed its share of advertising
revenues back up to 51% in March, due to £2m worth of new bookings.
April is still in positive territory, thanks to Easter, but the word
in the media buying community is that May will bring a decline. The network
is up against tough comparative figures for the same period last year,
when pre-World Cup bookings saw ITV record its first month-on-month rise
in advertising spend in two years.
The picture is rosier on the ratings front. The leading commercial network
has started 2003 with a bigger share of peak time viewing than last year.
In the first 10 weeks, it took a 32.8% share of viewing between 7pm and
10.30pm, compared with 31.5% for 2002.
Last week ITV did even better, posting a 33.6% share in peak time. This
evening period attracts the lion's share of ITV's advertising revenue.
ITV's peak-time renaissance has much to do with one of the channel's
traditional strengths: drama.
Coronation Street has hit a rich vein with the murderous antics of Richard
Hillman, topping 15m viewers last Monday night and averaging 14m across
five outings last week. That warhorse A Touch Of Frost returned last
Monday night with 11.4m viewers and another veteran series, Heartbeat,
weighed in with more than 10m on Sunday.
Emmerdale is averaging more than 10m in its five nights a week, 7pm
slot and another long runner, The Bill, won both its peak time slots
last week with an aggregate audience of 8.5m.
Completing the ITV drama roll of honour for last week, quirky comedy
drama At Home with the Braithwaites began its fourth series on Wednesday
with 7.7m viewers, while Rachel's death in a car crash brought 9.4m to
a weepy episode of Cold Feet on Sunday.
Marsdens Move In
Monday | 10.03.03
Emmerdale's newest residents crash into the village in style tonight.
The Marsdens get off to a shaky start when their moving van overturns as they
arrive at their new home causing chaos.
However, the family soon finds that living in a small community has
its advantages as the locals rally round to help them.
And in return the newcomers ingratiate themselves at the Woolpack.
The Bill veteran, Ray Ashcroft, plays patriarch Ronnie Marsden. He explains
how the truck disaster proves to be a great introduction to the village. "The
Marsdens are a very sociable family so it doesn't take them long to start
making friends with some of their new neighbours - especially after Ronnie
buys everyone in The Woolpack a drink to thank them for their help."
And it won't take long for the Marsdens to make an impact on the dales.
With a six-strong family - including dad Ronnie, mum Francis, eldest
son Paul and his wife Siobhan, and young twins Alistair and Elaine -
there will plenty more drama to come.
Emmerdale's New Family The Marsdens
© Yorkshire Television
Printed with kind permission of the Emmerdale Press Office
Week Beginning Monday 10th
MONDAY: - The New family arrive in Emmerdale creating quite a stir
TUESDAY: - Scott looses his temper over Mack and Syd’s behaviour
WEDNESDAY: Syd discovers Mack’s duplicity and sack’s him
THURSDAY: – Frances gets the results from her mammogram
FRIDAY: - Terry asks Bob to step outside when he discovers his master plan
to sabotage the wedding
Episode 3391 MONDAY
10 MARCH 2003
EMMERDALE at 7.00pm Fully Networked
The road to Emmerdale is far from smooth for new arrivals – The Marsdens
- as their removal van becomes ditched in the middle of village.
Ronnie Marsden is forced to abandon his vehicle and transport
his family’s belongings on foot, while the villagers start to gather
- intrigued by the newcomers.
With the road blocked, Ronnie is quick to make acquaintances and
is grateful when Jack arrives on the scene to offer a helping hand.
It is abundantly clear that Ali, his youngest son, is not going
to be much help and seems far more interested in the local girls.
Meanwhile at the former Reynolds old house, Frances Marsden is
fuming to find Syd and Mack are still working away on their new
house and makes it clear she won’t be letting the matter lie.
As a frantic Frances heads off with her eldest son Paul to track
down her possessions and assess the damage, Mack and Syd waste
no time trying to charm Frances’s daughter Elaine and Paul’s wife
After an eventful day, Ronnie’s suggestion to go to the pub infuriates
Frances as she reminds him it’s their 25th wedding anniversary
and she was going to prepare them a meal…
Episode 3392 TUESDAY
11 MARCH 2003
EMMERDALE @ 7pm Fully Networked
Getting up for work, Scott is annoyed to find the house is littered with
the remnants of Mack and Syd’s previous night’s drinking binge.
When Syd emerges with a hangover he is no mood to battle with
Scott and meekly apologises for the mess, promising to clean it
up at the first opportunity.
When Syd arrives he sees Mack is already at work and berates him
for letting him oversleep when they have such a big job to finish.
To make matters worse, Frances is piling on the pressure to complete
the house - but the pace is slow as they nurse their sore heads!
Even the Woolpack can’t offer a hangover solution for Mack as
Turner delivers a sobering blow - collaring him for the rent he
owes from his time at the B&B.
Keen to befriend her new neighbours, Frances invites the Dingles
over for a drink.
The atmosphere is tense, though, and Cain is unnerved by Elaine’s
persistent questions about the previous owners to the house.
Paddy and Emily worry about Debbie and her growing obsession with
Charity. Vowing to offer their unconditional support, they hope
she isn’t setting herself up for another fall.
Meanwhile Charity is annoyed as social services have asked her
to take a DNA test. Chris offers his support, but Charity refuses
to let him get involved – making him feel more distant than ever
to her needs.
Episode 3393 WEDNESDAY
12 MARCH 2003
EMMERDALE at 7.00pm Fully Networked
Living conditions aren’t getting any better at Pear tree Cottage and
Scott is livid. To make matters worse Mack makes a suggestive comment
about Chloe, which pushes Scott over the edge.
He is quickly tiring of Mack treating the place like a doss house
and angry with Syd for not throwing him out like he’d promised.
But when Syd finds out where Mack’s loyalties really lie, he takes
swift action and his building buddy soon finds himself between
a rock and a hard place.
Frances is keen to find a job in Emmerdale, but she soon finds
out there are little or no vacancies to choose from.
Viv points her in the direction of Pollard’s factory in the hope
that Lisa is feeling in a charitable mood.
Having waged a bet with his twin sister Elaine, Ali is keen to
convince Ollie to come on a date with him. But when she declines
his offer, he decides to try for the sympathy vote telling her
he could drop dead any minute.
Bob’s efforts to sabotage his daughter’s wedding to Terry is getting
nowhere and he still hasn’t managed to convince her to call it
Meanwhile at Home Farm, Debbie’s meeting with Charity is a huge
let down. Despite her best efforts, her real mother remains defiantly
cold towards her and she is heart broken.
Episode 3394 THURSDAY
13 MARCH 2003
EMMERDALE at 7.00pm Fully Networked
Frances has been on edge for a couple of days but Ronnie puts her anxiety
down to starting a new job.
Little does he know she is expecting test results from the hospital
at any time after a health scare.
At work, Frances’ worry is evident and she is relieved when Lisa
offers a sympathetic ear, telling her about her experiences with
Zak’s cancer battle.
Touched by Lisa’s story, Frances agrees to pluck up the courage
to tell Ronnie the results of her test.
Jealous of all the male attention Ollie has been getting, Donna
decides to stir up a bit of trouble, telling Danny that Ali has
been after his girl.
Danny doesn’t take kindly to the news and, unaware of his heart
condition, gets physical with Ali. But when Ali hits the floor
and lies motionless, panic spreads as Elaine confirms that he has
a heart complaint.
Jean has returned to Emmerdale for Dawn’s wedding with nowhere
But when Bob offers to do the decent thing and put her up for the night,
Viv is outraged by the idea of sharing the same roof as his ex wife!
Still desperate to stop the wedding, Jean and Bob put their heads
together in an attempt to throw a spanner in the works.
Having been thrown out on his ear by Syd and Scott, Mack has spent
the night in the back of his van.
And as Diane refuses his plea to stay at the pub – it becomes
clear that he has burnt his bridges in the village.
Episode 3395 FRIDAY
15 MARCH 2003
EMMERDALE @ 7pm Fully Networked
Bob and Jean are still busy masterminding their plan to stop Dawn from
walking down the aisle with Terry.
They are convinced that if they can make it obvious that Terry
is still in love with Louise, Dawn will be sure to call the whole
Louise is disgusted to learn of Bob’s underhand plan but, to prove
a point, she reluctantly agrees to play along.
Meanwhile, Terry heads out to celebrate his stag night, while
Dawn marks her last few nights of freedom with the girls.
Meanwhile Jean and Steph get well aquatinted over a few bottles
of wine. As they gossip, Steph lets slip that Viv had a one-night
stand with a limo driver!
Jean revels with delight as she realises she has some dirt on Viv.
Edna finds a homeless Mack alone in the church. Sensing her concern
he tells her he came in to find sanctuary from the cold.
Unable to watch him suffer, she offers him her spare room for
a couple of nights and Mack is quick to accept her gracious offer.
Paul calls round to check on his mum after her health scare and
berates her for bottling up her problems. He insists that Frances
shouldn’t shy away from relying on support from her family.
Ali apologises to Donna and Ollie for frightening them the previous
day. Donna is intrigued to hear more about his illness but Ollie
demands that he doesn’t ever scare them again.
A new family arrives to move into the old Reynolds house. They're the
kind of cheery riffraff you'd expect, and are a classic soap family -
salt-of-the-earth mum and dad, with attractive, hormonal teenage children,
a boy and a girl. They're called the Marsdens (see below), but really,
they're readily interchangeable with just about any recent soap brood,
so names mean little.
And the days to Terry and Dawn's wedding are ticking inexorably by.
This week, poor Bob, the father of the bride, feels compelled to agree
to give her away. Bob, get her to Leeds railway station and put her on
the first train out of Yorkshire. You know it makes sense.
NEW family the Marsdens move in
to the village and quickly have the residents rallying round.
The newcomers’ removal van slides into a ditch
and head of the family Ronnie recruits the locals
to help shift their furniture. He thanks his new neighbours by getting
the drinks in down at The Woolpack.
The Marsdens have three children - 17-year-old
twins Alistair and Elaine, who live
with them, and older son Paul, who lives in Hotten
with his nurse wife Siobhan.
“Ronnie is an easy-going guy,” says ex-Bill star
Ray Ashcroft, who plays him. “He’s a lorry driver who works hard for
his family. They mean the world to him.
“His wife Frances is not too impressed when Ronnie
decides he’s buying drinks all round, though. She was planning a nice
meal to celebrate their silver wedding anniversary.”
Frances has a secret she’s keeping
from her husband - she fears she has breast cancer and is waiting for
the test results. She gets a job at the factory and opens up to Lisa about
her worries when she gets the all-clear.
Lisa explains how Zak’s illness
brought them closer and says Frances should talk to Ronnie. “He is
shocked,” says Ray. “He admits he’d be totally lost without her.”
The family soon get into the swing of village life
with would-be stud Alistair quick to check out the girls.
“He is being a natural charmer,” explains Danny
Tennant, who plays him.
“He definitely doesn’t think it will take him long
to get a date. He’s so confident, he bets his sister he will be first
to get off with someone and sets his sights on Ollie -
which doesn’t go down too well with boyfriend Danny.”
Bob is so keen to stop his teenage
daughter Dawn marrying Terry that
he agrees to fight dirty. But the plot blows up in his face.
Bob decides to go ahead with a sneaky scheme dreamed
up by his ex-wife Jean, and appeals to Louise to
But she is horrified by the idea and immediately
tells Terry about it. Terry confronts his old friend and tells him
he can’t believe the lengths he’s going to just to stop the wedding.
And Terry insists that it wouldn’t have worked
anyway because he truly does love Dawn.
“Bob is at his wits’ end with worry as the wedding
preparations are stepped up,” says Tony Audenshaw, who plays the frantic
“He thinks Dawn is throwing her life away for a
man who really loves someone else. He pleads with Dawn again to reconsider
but she refuses to listen.
“Dawn asks Bob to accept the wedding and to give
her away. With a heavy heart, he agrees.”
But Bob confesses to Viv that
he is worried Dawn is only marrying Terry to find the father figure
she missed as a child.
And Jean urges Bob to prove to their daughter that
Terry is really in love with Louise.
“Bob can’t see any other solution, so he questions
Louise about Terry,” says Tony.
“She denies they ever had a fling and is even more
outraged when Bob suggests that she seduce Terry to show Dawn who he
“When Terry has a go at him later, Bob sees that
he’s running out of friends fast. But he still can’t stand the thought
of his little girl becoming Mrs Terry Woods.”
Also this week:
- Paddy and Emily worry
about depressed Debbie.
- Ashley is impressed by the
strength of Dawn’s reasons why she wants to marry Terry,
but her man has little to say in comparison.
- Steph tells Jean that Viv slept
with the limo driver.
COMPARED to Corrie, Emmerdale is short on any violent shock plots but
it is long on detail.
And that will be a respite from the scary business of watching Richard
trying to count how many times Gail cries on every episode.
It doesn't get much more frantic than the Marsdens' removal van getting
stuck in the middle of the village and Frances inviting the Dingles over
for a drink - a bad idea.
Oh, and Donna stirs up trouble by telling Danny that Ali's been after
his burd. Danny obliges by knocking Ali over, unaware Ali has a dodgy
Would Ali be sly to milk this, or is Emmerdale playing a wee surprise?
villain (Belfast Telegraph)
8th March 2003
By Fiona McIlwaine Biggins
CORONATION Street's serial killer Richard Hillman is Ulster's top soap baddie
In a straw poll carried out by the Belfast Telegraph among shoppers
in Belfast, 'Tricky Dicky', played by actor Brian Capron, was unquestionably
the vilest villain of all time.
Eight out of the 12 local people we spoke to, and all but one of
the women questioned, voted Gail's murderous husband - who has killed
his former wife Patricia and hairdresser Maxine Peacock - into first
Ulster soap fans placed EastEnders' wife beater Trevor Morgan, played
by Alex Ferns, in second place, followed by fellow Albert Square
badboy Phil Mitchell and
Jeff Hordley, who plays Cain Dingle in Emmerdale.
Heather and Sarah Rafferty from Belfast's Shore Road said: "Richard
Hillman is definitely the worst villain yet - he's really bad."
And 23-year-old Niamh Matthews and Robert McClelland, both from
Belfast, put "mad man Hillman" in the top spot. But half of the
men questioned in the poll picked other soap sadists as the worst
Marc Boyd, (15), from Templepatrick, cited little Mo's husband Trevor
Morgan from EastEnders as the greatest soap baddie - while Ballyclare
man Nevin Officer was adamant that
Cain Dingle from Emmerdale was his choice.
However, Frank McQuillan from Mountainview in the city, said: "Some
of these soaps are worse than the shows after the nine o'clock
watershed - sometimes they're a bit too much."
Soap News 8th March 2003
Mum Frances is so smart
The Marsden family is arriving in Emmerdale,
and it's obvious from the start that mum Frances is the smart
one, says the Daily Star.
Within a few minutes she's heard to say: "I
think we've made a mistake."
Son Alistair could be forgiven for thinking
the same thing, as it's not long before he gets a smack in the
face from Danny who's cheesed off because Alistair has been trying
to win sympathy from Ollie because of a heart condition.
But that's true...and the writers could introduce
a life-threatening situation into the soap at any moment.
And then to cap it all terry gets the offer
is been dreaming of for ages when Louse asks him: "Would you
like to come to bed with me?"
Is there a catch or is it a set-up?
Meanwhile, says the Daily Star, Debbie is settling
in with Paddy and Emily and there is an announcement that Cain
is going to live with them.
BIG AND NOT CLEVER, O-KAY? (Daily Mirror
Full article here
I've just put the Emmerdale bit here.
Ant & Dec's show didn't fare much better in this respect, offering
Frank Bruno and two birds from Emmerdale. Takeaway harks back to
an age of 3-2-1, The Golden Shot and Mr & Mrs. On Saturday,
they even had to explain what one of the prizes - a Teasmade -
Almost as crazy as Ant & Dec believing they were locked in
a cage with two gorillas rather than two men in gorilla suits,
in Emmerdale wearing what looked like face masks from Bo'Selecta.
Friday | 07.03.03
Betty's return from Australia provokes insecurity in paranoid partner Seth.
The gossipy pensioner has been down under visiting friend Kathy Glover and
has come back a changed woman causing him to panic.
He may have been propping up the Woolpack bar ever since she left, but Seth
really wants to make a good impression of his lady now she is back in his arms.
But she has other ideas.
As Seth lovingly prepares a special welcome home dinner for Betty, she is
busy trying to catch up on all the village gossip.
Hurt by her disinterest, Seth begins to fear that he has lost the love of
his life for a second time. And his worries are confirmed when his long-term
partner starts dropping heavy hints about moving away from Emmerdale - to Australia.
Can he persuade her to stay?
The coming and goings of the fictional Yorkshire village of Emmerdale
have proved a surprise big hit in Finland.
An astonishing 700,000 people - that is one eighth of the country's
population - tune in four nights a week to watch the show.
Favourite character is poacher-turned-gamekeeper Seth Armstrong, played
by Stan Richards.
There is even a branch of the Emmerdale fan club in Finland.
Seth is certainly one of the most recognisable and enduring Emmerdale
characters with his woolly hat and huge handlebar moustache.
He first appeared in 1978 and has regularly given the regulars of the
Woolpack the benefit of his opinions since then.
Since the death of his wife Meg in 1993, he has found new love with
old flame Betty Eagleton.
It is a romantic touch that obviously finds favour in the land of a
Charity's Adoption Turmoil
Thursday | 06.03.03
Charity and Debbie aren't the happiest mother and daughter on-screen.
Unable to cope with the guilt of her decision to have the youngster adopted,
Charity is pushing her distraught daughter further away.
Actress Emma Atkins, who plays the confused Charity, hopes that the way Emmerdale
has tackled the storyline reflects the experiences of those who've really been
She says, "It is an all too real storyline for some people who have given
their children up for adoption, only for them to then want to get in touch.
"Mothers who give up their children for adoption do it for a variety
of reasons and I wouldn't ever sit in judgement on the rights and wrongs of
"One of the reasons that this particular storyline has worked well is
the amazing performance of Charley Webb, who plays Debbie. She has been amazing,
simply stunning and I have grown very close to her, she's a great actor and
a lovely girl."
Mack turns bad
Thursday | 06.03.03
Emmerdale's Mack is changing from good man to bad guy.
Gruff Mack initially melted village hearts when he fell for Woolpack landlady
Diane, but since they split his dark side is out.
First, he ran into money trouble with landlord Alan Turner after failing to
keep up with his rent. Then he treated lovelorn Nicola badly by seducing her
and then brutally dumping her. And she won't be the only one fooled by the
rogue handyman - best friend Syd is also in for some nasty shocks.
Rob Dixon, who plays Mack, says, "Mack hasn't dealt well with all the
changes and first he walked all over Nicola, knowing full well the damage he
was doing. Now he's making a fool out of Syd - the one person who has always
been there for him and been a great friend.
"Circumstance has brought the worst out of him and he is becoming a desperate
man. The trouble is, I think there is probably worse to come!"
visit Lyn Paul online at www.lynpaulwebsite.org
Did you realise that in Emmerdale recently the role of Freda Danby,
who of course was the dancing partner of Jarvis Skelton, was former New
Seekers singer Lyn Paul?
So successful was the character that bosses are secretly planning to
bring her back.
Lyn of course scored numerous hits with the band before going solo and
appearing in the musicals Blood Brothers Taboo.
Psychic... on Emmerdale
11 - 24 March:
it shall come to pass
New mum in town, Frances Marsden,
gets a job at the factory thanks to Lisa, despite them
initially not getting on.
Terry and Dawn tie the knot –
but it’s chaos!
Bob won’t give his daughter away. She
runs off, distraught.
Then Bob interrupts the service and lets everyone
know about Viv’s fling with the chauffeur!
Cue a Bob and Viv bust up outside the
Mac’s still conning Edna.
slam dunking for Everyman Campaign
Mar 4 2003
More than a dozen celebrities will take part in this year's annual charity
basketball event in aid of The Everyman Campaign.
Celebrities confirmed for this year so far include, Dane Bowers, One True Voice,
DJ Spoony, Timmi Magic and Mike B (Radio 1's Dreem Team), So Solid Crew's Megaman,
Tiger S, Neutrino, Lisa Mafia, Thug Angel, girl band Charli who supported Blue
on their recent tour, Judi Shekoni (Precious, Eastenders),
Adele Silva, (Emmerdale),
Jakki Degg (Model), Lisa Kay and Kate Baines (Hollyoaks).
Previous celebrity players include, Dane Bowers, Liberty X, Sara Cox, Ralf
Little, Kris Akabusi MBE, Olympic high jumper Ben Challenger, Teri Dwyer, Troy
Titus Adams, Katy Hill, Trey Farley and cast members from The Bill, Casualty,
Brookside, Big Brother, including 'nasty' Nick Bateman, among others.
The Dunk 'n' Funk event, on Sunday, March 30 at the Crystal Palace National
Indoor Arena, in association with text service Motorflirt, combines sports,
music and TV stars to help fight testicular cancer.
There will be entertainment including celebrity 'Shoot Outs' and audience participation
with the chance of shooting some hoops alongside your favourite stars.
A special prize will go to the top mum who wins the Mothers' Day Shoot Out.The
campaign, run by the Institute of Cancer Research, began in 1997.
Testicular cancer is the most common cancer amongst men aged 20 to 35. Cases
of the cancer have risen by 70 per cent in the last 20 years for reasons still
If caught early, the disease can have a 96 per cent cure rate.Tickets are on
sale priced £8 for adults and £5 for children.
Please call 0115 912 911, doors are open at 10.30am with tip-off at 12 noon.
pressures split soap couple Pure Soap
Coronation Street star Shobna Gulati has revealed she is as unlucky in
love as her soap character, with her real-life romance coming to an end.
Mother-of-one Shobna, who plays shopgirl Sunita Parekh, admitted
that fame had ruined her four-year relationship with ex-Emmerdale
star Gary Turner.
The split happened after Turner, who played chef Carlos in the Yorkshire
TV soap, left Emmerdale and moved to London, while Shobna stayed
in the north to concentrate on Corrie.
Shobna, 29, said: "It can be hard finding time to see each other."
But she added that the split was totally amicable and the pair were
determined to remain the best of friends.
Friends of the star thought the celebrity couple would marry
in the near future and said the break-up had left Shobna "very tearful".
Shobna's on-screen character has had her fair share of relationship
Sunita's love-life took a turn-around when she snared sugar-daddy
businessman Duggie Ferguson.
But the relationship ended in tears when evil Richard "Tricky Dicky" Hillman
left Duggie for dead after he fell from a landing in the doomed
Then, after despairing that she would never find love again, she
became involved with Irish heart-throb Ciaran McCarthy, only for
him to be arrested for going AWOL from the Navy.
sweethearts find true love
Real life soap sweethearts Amy Nuttall and Ben Freeman have both found
'the love of their lives', and have put last year's relationship difficulties
firmly behind them.
The glamorous Emmerdale duo spoke about their mutual devotion after
returning from a romantic break in Disneyland Paris.
There they took time out from their busy schedules to enjoy some
intimate time together - and to insist a strain on their relationship
late last year is now firmly behind them.
Amy, 20, who plays Chloe Atkinson played down the young lovers' much-reported
problems in an interview with OK! magazine.
" Like any couple, Ben and I have had our ups and downs and disagreements.
But despite what some tabloid stories may claim, we've never
actually been driven apart."
Ben, 22, who plays Scott Windsor, was similarly positive about their
prospects, but has, however, scotched rumours the couple are soon
set to walk down the aisle
" I'm very happy as we are, I don't think there's any need to rush
- there is no need to rush into things too quickly."
Amy agrees. On the subject of marriage, she said:
" We're still young, so there's no need for that yet.
" Settling down and having a family is further down the road. I love
Ben, but we don't have to race the clock. Time is on our side
and we enjoy that."
turns back the clock (The Guardian)
Tuesday March 4, 2003
A Touch of Frost: watched by 11.4m viewers
ITV rolled back the years last night with A Touch Of Frost and a double
helping of Coronation Street, bringing ITV1 nearly half of peak time
viewing on all channels.Monday night's ratings figures for ITV1 brought
back memories of the mid 1990s, when plain old ITV, as it was then, regularly
clocked up audiences of more than 10 million viewers for its peak time
Last night the only ITV1 programme to fall below the 10 million mark
was Tonight With Trevor McDonald, which was up against BBC1's EastEnders.
Coronation Street led the way, with the continuing fallout from Dick "Dastardly" Hillman's
admission of his murderous ways bringing big audiences to both editions
of ITV1's flagship soap.
The 7.30pm outing of Coronation Street was watched by 15.3 million viewers,
while 14.5 million tuned in again at 8.30pm for a second helping of the
latest goings on in Weatherfield.
Both editions of Coronation Street attracted more than half the available
TV viewers, with the 7.30pm instalment clocking up a whopping 61% audience
BBC1's Celebrity Driving School provided very meek opposition at 8.30pm,
attracting just 4.8 million viewers.
On Friday night the BBC1 Comic Relief special launched in the same slot
with 9.3 million viewers.
David Jason returned to ITV1 at 9pm for a new instalment of A Touch of
Frost, with his grumpy police detective investigating the death of a
security guard in a two-hour drama.
A Touch of Frost was watched by 11.4 million viewers and attracted a
47% audience share.
It hammered BBC1's movie repeat, Under Siege 2, which could muster only
3.9 million viewers between 9pm and 10pm.
ITV1's 10 million club was completed last night by Emmerdale, which was
watched by 10.7 million viewers - also a 47% audience share - from 7pm.
BBC1's Holiday attracted 5.9 million viewers in the same slot.
EastEnders provided BBC1's only peak time success last night, watched
by 14 million viewers between 8pm and 8.30pm.
The BBC1 soap was up against ITV1's Tonight With Trevor McDonald, which
attracted 4.1 million viewers.
Overall, ITV1 had a 44.9% share of viewing in peak time, between 7pm
BBC1 had a 23.3% share during the same period.
Corrie killer tops TV villain list
Coronation Street killer Richard Hillman has been voted the top soap villain
of all time.
His crimes shot him to the top of a list which included EastEnders wife beater
Trevor Morgan and Brookside husband from hell Trevor Jordache.
Tricky Dickie was even voted a bigger soap baddie than JR Ewing from Dallas
in the TV Times poll.
Hillman, played by Brian Capron, murdered Maxine, bludgeoned Emily with a crowbar,
killed ex-wife Patricia with a shovel to the head and left business partner
Duggie to die.
An audience of 17.5 million tuned in last week to see him finally confess his
crimes shocked wife Gail.
But his reign of terror has not ended yet - Hillman heads back to Weatherfield
this week and takes his family on a terrifying drive which ends with their
car plunging into a canal.
The poll, in which a panel of TV Times experts voted, rated soap baddies according
to the wickedness of their crimes.
In second place was Dallas oil baron JR, played by Larry Hagman, who became
the first TV villain we truly loved to hate.
EastEnders hard man Phil Mitchell was third, followed by Trevor Jordache, who
ended up buried under the patio in Brookside Close.
Only two women make the list: Emmerdale's Kim Tate, who taunted husband Frank
into having a heart attack then watched him die and Cindy Beale, whose crimes
in Albert Square included hiring a hitman to kill husband Ian.
The others on the list are Coronation Street's Alan Bradley, who terrorised
wife Rita and met a grisly end underneath a Blackpool tram, Brookside bad boy
Barry Grant, who had an affair with best mate Terry's girlfriend Sue then killed
her and her baby boy, and Emmerdale psychopath Graham Clarke, who murdered
his first wife then pushed girlfriend Rachel off a cliff.
TV Times's Great Soap Baddies:
1: Richard Hillman (Brian Capron) - Coronation Street
2: JR Ewing (Larry Hagman) - Dallas
3: Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden) - EastEnders
4: Trevor Jordache (Bryan Murray) - Brookside
5: Kim Tate (Claire King) - Emmerdale
6: Trevor Morgan (Alex Ferns) - EastEnders
7: Alan Bradley (Mark Eden) - Coronation Street
8: Cindy Beale (Michelle Collins) - EastEnders
9: Barry Grant (Paul Usher) - Brookside
10: Graham Clarke (Kevin Pallister) - Emmerdale
Davids Dunn Talking (The Mirror)
Blackburn 1 - Man City 0: Rovers ace is all action now
By David Anderson
ON THE evidence of David Dunn's last two games for Blackburn, that kick up
the backside from Graeme Souness appears to have done the trick.
Dunn has scored two decisive goals - against Chelsea and Manchester City -
to take Blackburn to the verge of a UEFA Cup place.
The midfielder is once again being glowingly compared to his boyhood hero Paul
Gascoigne - and for his ability rather than his rotund figure.
But the wily Souness, who put Dunn on the transfer list in January because
he was so angry with his attitude and commitment, still has his size nine pointed
at the 23-year-old's posterior.
The Blackburn manager will not publicly admit that everything is hunkydory
again with Dunn in case he lapses back into his old, bad habits.
Souness claims he will only believe his rollicking has worked if in five years
Dunn has fufilled his vast potential and blossomed into one of the country's
finest midfield talents.
" We've seen him play two games and score two goals so, yes, so far so good,
but I'm not going to get carried away with it," said the sceptical Scot.
" If in five years' time you come back and say what a good player he is,
then that will be the time when you can say it's worked. He still has to work
hard and the only thing that will really move him on now is playing games."
Dunn claims injuries rather than attitude have been the reason for his inconsistent
form. Dunn, whose girlfriend is Emmerdale actress Sammy Winward, gets annoyed
by claims that he has become distracted by his Footballers' Wives lifestyle.
The England hopeful had just returned from a month out with a calf injury when
he scored against Chelsea last week and he feels he just needs to get his match
" These last couple of months with injuries and what's happened have probably
been the hardest part of my career so far," he said. "I've had more
injuries this season than at any other time since I've been at the club and it's
been frustrating and disappointing for me.
" I think the manager knows that I feel I'm quite a mentally-strong person
and maybe that's why he thinks he can have a go sometimes. It gets a little bit
annoying that every time I pick a paper up there's something about me and the
manager. He thought I had the hump with him, but it doesn't matter at all what
happens between me and the manager off the pitch.
" The important thing is when I go out on the pitch I do my best for the
club and give 100 per cent. There's no getting away from the fact that I was
injured and that I was not as fit as I should have been, but how can I get fit
when I can't train?
" I've had a couple of weeks now to work on it and I've not felt my hamstring
or calf recently. I feel quite fit now, even though in the last 15 minutes I
was blowing a bit."
Dunn's goal on 13 minutes, when Carlo Nash failed to hold Egil Ostenstad's
cross and he nodded home the loose ball, settled a largely-disappointing encounter
at Ewood Park.
Kevin Keegan felt his City side did enough to deserve a point and the improving
Robbie Fowler went close several times to scoring his first goal for his new
club, only to be denied by a combination of the rock-like Brad Friedel and
City's backline looked more solid after being minced by Arsenal last weekend
and that was further bad news for Steve Howey and Richard Dunne.
The two centre-halves were the fall guys for that drubbing and Keegan has warned
that they could be on the sidelines for some time.
" I have been very loyal to Steve Howey," said the Blues boss.
" He has played almost every game since I've been here, but I'm going to
look at a couple of other options now in his position and in Richard Dunne's
" Don't be surprised to see one or two youngsters coming in and one or two
Upcoming Episode Spoilers
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Week Beginning Monday 3rd
MONDAY: - The pressure is on to get to Zoe to sign
the adoption papers
TUESDAY: - Zoe makes a life changing decision over Jean
WEDNESDAY: Debbie is distraught as Charity rejects her once more
THURSDAY: - Emily is frustrated as she can’t help Debbie
FRIDAY: - Debbie goes missing, both Charity and Emily panic as they send out
the search party for her
MONDAY 3 MARCH 2003
EMMERDALE at 7.00pm Fully Networked
Zoe is beginning to feel the pressure to finalise the details of giving
baby Jean up for adoption.
Determined not to let the proceedings interfere with her day to day
life, Zoe requests that adoption agency worker Lila visits her at work
with all the documents.
But the prospect of signing away custody suddenly becomes a daunting
task as Zoe realises she is not as strong willed as she thought.
Respecting Zoe’s concern for the future of her child and realising that
she hasn’t yet come to terms with giving up her baby, the agency offer
her the chance to visit baby Jean one last time.
But when Jean begins to cry, Zoe is forced to make the biggest decision
of her life - pick her up and soothe her tears or walk away for good.
Meanwhile the path of fostering is not running smoothly for Paddy and
Emily either, as they are subject to criticism over their care of Debbie.
To make matters worse, Emily is disheartened to hear that Debbie has
not been placed with a family but in a care home.
Tricia’s rose tinted view of married life is quickly tempered as she
and Marlon arrive back from honeymoon to return to the grind of everyday
And a comment from Viv confirms Tricia’s theory that Marlon’s behaviour
isn’t up for scratch for a newly wed – as she expects everything to be
Meanwhile, Bob is doing his best to bond with Dawn, while secretly trying
to sabotage her wedding to Terry.
Lisa is shocked to discover some the truth about Debbie’s relationship
with Charity. And she is further annoyed to find out Cain used this knowledge
to blackmail Charity.
TUESDAY 4 MARCH 2003
EMMERDALE @ 7pm Fully Networked
Unable to give up her own flesh and blood, Zoe is excited as she plans
the homecoming of baby Jean.
Secretly relieved at Zoe’s decision, Chris welcomes the baby into the
family fold - keen to help Zoe make plans for her future.
Although they may never know the identity of her father, they both agree
that Jean is a Tate and should never be treated any differently.
However, still troubled by Debbie, Charity is riled by the new arrival
in the Tate dynasty.
News of the new Tate addition soon spreads to the village and Scott
is terrified that Zoe’s change of heart will serve as a permanent reminder
that he is the father of her child.
Having remained anonymous thus far, Scott grows increasingly convinced
that Jean’s constant presence will ultimately trigger Zoe’s memory of
that fateful day.
Emily is still struggling to come to terms with Debbie's absence. Despite
warnings by social services, she is desperately keen to go to Pat’s funeral
to lend her support to Debbie.
Marlon is troubled by Tricia’s strange behaviour since returning from
their honeymoon. And he is even more confused when he stumbles across
something in Tricia’s magazines - leading him to believe they are incompatible.
Elsewhere in the village Rodney becomes the proud new owner of Mill
Cottage, while Nicola is quick to try to manipulate her father into allowing
her to move in.
WEDNESDAY 6 MARCH 2003
EMMERDALE at 7.00pm Fully Networked
Despite a troubled night with her baby daughter, Zoe grows increasingly
comfortable with Jean as the bonding process begins.
Not everyone is as comfortable, however, and things gets awkward for
Scott when he and Chloe bump into Zoe and Chris out walking the baby.
Despite his fear of being revealed as the father, Scott feels compelled
to look at Jean to test if he has any paternal feelings towards her.
He is relieved when he feels nothing, but that is more than can be said
when he discovers that Chloe is considering applying for the job of nanny
– looking after Jean!
With her adoptive mother gone, Debbie again finds herself drawn to Home
Farm in a desperate bid to search answers from Charity.
Although alarmed by Debbie’s arrival, Charity manages to remain composed
and tries to set Debbie straight – forcing herself to be blunt to the
point of being cruel in order to get the message over.
Charity tries to convince Debbie that she has misconstrued ideas about
their relationship and it is going nowhere.
Dishevelled and distraught, Debbie fleas from Home Farm, filled with
self-loath as the sounds of Charity’s voice rings in her ears.
Tricia is still frustrated with married life. And as she sets about
changing the utility bills into her married name, she can’t help but
notice that she doesn’t feel any different to when she was single.
Marlon’s bizarre behaviour can’t be helping, though, as he seems to
be suffering from post honeymoon paranoia - convinced that Tricia has
already gone off him.
THURSDAY 7 MARCH 2003
EMMERDALE at 7.00pm Fully Networked
As Emily grows frustrated over Charity having the final word on where
Debbie will live, Paddy delivers the troubling news that Debbie has
run away again.
Desperate to help the troubled teenager, Emily makes an emotional plea
to Charity, begging her to let Debbie stay in the village.
The guilt is unbearable for Charity, who struggles to get the image
of Debbie’s tear stained face out of her mind.
Realising the hurt she has caused having rejected her, Charity starts
to face up to some painful truths.
Meanwhile Viv and Steph arrive at Home Farm on the pretext of congratulating
Zoe on the baby.
But it soon becomes apparent that they are just there to pry as they
try to establish who the father is.
Zoe has more pressing matters to deal with, however, and surprised to
learn Chloe has applied for the position of nanny.
She agrees to interview her but strongly doubts she will be the best
candidate – given the time they previously spent together.
Mack does a spot of DIY for Edna, but all doesn’t go as planned and
Mack soon becomes a cropper.
With his wrist out of action from the fall, Mack is quick to tell Syd
he’ll have to put his feet up for the afternoon and makes his way back
to the pub.
Scott is quick to accuse Mack of being a fraud as he knocks back the
pints, but Syd won’t hear a bad word said against his friend.
FRIDAY 8 MARCH 2003
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Feeling as though she is carrying the weight of the world on her shoulders,
Charity is wracked with guilt as Debbie is still missing.
Chris is quick to reassure Charity that if Debbie is any thing like
her mother she will be fine – she is a survivor. The words of comfort
help, but Charity simply worries more and resolves to help Emily look
Their search for takes Charity back down memory lane to a time she’d
rather forget as they visit the council house – once the home to Charity
and also where Debbie had lived until Pat became ill.
As the memories come flooding back, Charity becomes more moved by Debbie’s
Meanwhile at the Dingles, Cain is annoyed to find Debbie hanging around
the animals. Not wanting to entertain her, he offers to give her a lift
But Debbie tearfully admits she has no where to go - with Pat dead and
social services taking her away from the village – not even her real
mother wants her.
Cain insist she returns to the village – but how will Charity react
to her daughter now?
Betty is back from Australia, having been to visit Kathy and is keen
to catch up on all the gossip.
Seth is determined to make a fuss and attempts to cook a welcome home
meal. But as Betty recounts her travels in Oz, Seth worries that she
hasn’t missed him much and may be considering moving to Australia!
Sick of chasing Mack for the rent arrears, Turner’s patience
has finally run out – and so has Mack’s time at the B&B!
Meanwhile Zoe’s search for a nanny is proving tougher than she thought
as her illness becomes an issue yet again.
watch Daily Record 2nd
OK, so who of us really thought Zoe would give away her baby? And did the writers
really think we were that gullible? Course not - we knew, and they knew we knew.
And so on.
So of course we were just waiting for mum and baby Jean to go home
and for Scott to start sweating because he knows that in soaps, people's
memories always come back. Eventually.
Until then, who better to apply to be Jean's nanny than Chloe? Events
could only come together more perfectly if, when Scott looks at the
child for the first time, a tiny wee hand shoots out and grabs his
Meanwhile, Lisa discovers Cain's blackmail of Charity, and Charity's
take on the "you need to be cruel to be kind" speech to Debbie misses
out the kindness angle, causing the lass to run away in tears (just
for a wee change, eh?)
With all that gloom, who better to add comedy than Tricia and Marlon,
who, back from honeymoon, get into a misunderstanding so brainless
you wonder how they managed the words "I do" in the right order.
Salad Cream is to sponsor ITV's Emmerdale in a £6m six-month
deal that aims to capitalise on the revivals of the 30-year-old TV
dong, we're your new neighbours
Pure soap 28th February 2003
The madcap Dingle family are in for some excitment when their new neighbours
- the Marsdens - arrive in Emmerdale village.
The new family are set to make a dramatic entrance on March 10, and
things don't go exactly smoothly from the start.
First their removal van breaks down on the edge of the village, then
they find lazy Syd and Mack still haven't finished their new house!
Added to that they'll discover their noisy neighbours are Emmerdale's
Still, Marsden Dad Ronnie should be able to sort the Dingles out
- actor Ray Ashcroft, who plays the part, used to star in The Bill
Emmerdale has him as a trucker, a bit of a ladies man, and a keen
Leeds United fan. Ronnie is married to Frances, played by actress
Eldest son Paul is played by At Home With The Braithwaites star Matthew
Booth, and is married to Siobhan, played by ex-Hollyoaks pin-up Abigail
The Marsden family also has a couple of troublesome teens, played
by Danny Tennant and Samantha McCarthy, who promise to generate plenty
of storylines in the future.
All in all March promises to be an exciting time in the lively village
4 - 17 March: it shall come to pass (Pure soap psychic)
Baby love When Zoe decides to keep baby Jean, she’s surprised when Chris supports
her decision. But Scott’s appalled by the news.
A new family move to the village.
You’ll recognise dad Ronnie Marsden as The Bill’s Ray Ashcroft (DS Geoff Daly).
He’s joined by wife Sandy, son Ali and his twin sister Elaine, son Paul, Paul’s
wife Siobhan. A real brood!
Let’s hope they have a better reaction than the Soapstars’ family.