Created 22nd May 2004
About Diane Blackstock
Appeared: 23 November 1999 -
Diane was Born 21 June 1947
Diane has said she was 12 when her childhood ended because
her mother died and she had to take the place of her baby sister's mother.
Engaged to Jack Sugden
Profile from former official Emmerdale Site that is no more
First appearance on 23rd November 1999
Tuesday | 01.04.03
Jack Sugden and Diane Blackstock are falling in
However, after the kindly landlady helps Jack make daughter Victoria's birthday party a hit, both feel their passion has been reignited.
Instead of talking to each other about their feelings the shy duo turn to other to help them sort out their feelings. Diane confides in friend Louise Appleton and Jack discusses his situation with son Robert.
Actress Elizabeth Estensen - who plays the straight-talking Diane - says, "It is obvious to everyone else that Diane and Jack would love to get back together. The trouble is, neither of them is sure how the other one feels, so they're both too scared to say anything."
But after a series of misunderstandings and missed chances the pair finally come clean about their true feelings.
Elizabeth adds, "At the end of the evening they share a kiss. It's not a mad, passionate thing, but they know it has changed their relationship."
Wednesday | 23.04.03
Woolpack landlady Diane Blackstock is in for a shock tonight.
The brassy barmaid is the first person to know about the torrid affair between Louise and Ronnie – and she doesn’t like it.
Temperatures soared over the weekend as Louise and Ronnie gave into their passion but both of them see the liaison as no big deal.
However, Diane knows only too well the pain that affairs can cause and is disgusted by Louise’s devil-may-care attitude.
Diane had thought that since her fiancé Ray Mullen’s death, Louise had revealed her true self to her. But the cold attitude Louise displays when discussing the life-changing romance leaves Diane wondering if she ever knew her at all.
And viewers will be left asking the same question in coming weeks. Not content with her trysts with Ronnie, Louise begins to play games with Terry Woods as well.
Newlywed Terry, who used to have a major unrequited crush on Louise, is perplexed when Louise starts paying him attention.
Will he fall into her web of deceit too?
WARRING joint landladies Diane and Louise are arrested when the police raid a late-night lock-in at The Woolpack.
After they are thrown into a cell together, Louise almost tells the police her guilty secret - that she killed her stalker boyfriend Ray.
But Diane saves the day when she covers up for Louise, and the two women become friends again.
"Diane does care for Louise," says Elizabeth Estensen, who plays the formidable Mrs Blackstock.
"But the revelations about Ray have knocked her sideways, and she is also furious that Louise has told people that Diane is going through the menopause. She knows it’s Louise’s way of explaining Diane’s shock, but she hates it."
The trouble starts when Viv reports the pub to the police because she is angry that barman Bob is late home yet again.
"It’s Louise who suggests the lock-in," says Elizabeth. "But Diane loses her temper after the police arrive and she insults them.
"She gets arrested and when Louise tries to intervene, she is arrested as well!"
The two women have plenty of opportunity to air their differences when they are shut in the same cell.
"They blame each other and have a big row," says Elizabeth. "Diane is still reeling from the impact of Louise’s confession about Ray.
"And she is even more annoyed with Louise for telling her boyfriend Jack and others that she is in the middle of the ‘change of life’.
"But when Louise gets so upset that it seems she is going to blurt out everything to the police, it is Diane who quickly covers for her."
The women are released, and Louise takes the first chance she gets to tell Jack the truth behind Diane’s strange behaviour.
The squabbling duo made the mistake of venting their fury against one and other in public - in front of two off-duty policemen.
And the consequence of their outburst - plus the fact they were operating an illegal lock-in at the time - has earned them a night in the cells.
For Louise this is a terrifying taste of what she can expect if the truth of her involvement in psycho fiancé Ray Mullen’s murder ever comes out. But the incarceration has more profound effect on her cellmate pal.
Diane is finding it hard to cope with the revelation and is still angry and confused by her troubled friend.
But as the situation comes to a head in the confined space, Diane finds out where her loyalties lie.
Actress Elizabeth Estensen - who plays the brassy blonde - explains, “They have a monumental row, and then Louise says she’s going to confess all to the police, and calls for an officer.
“But Diane just can’t let her do it, so she distracts him by ranting about how she’s menopausal. At the end of the day, Louise is her friend - she wants to protect her.”
Will the pair finally put their differences behind them?
THERE hasn’t been much to celebrate in Emmerdale recently. But Jack changes all that when he asks Woolpack landlady Diane to marry him and she accepts.
The happy news comes after Jack reacts angrily when depressed Diane decides she wants to leave Emmerdale to live near her daughter Bernice, who is moving to Brighton.
Jack can’t bear the idea of losing the woman he loves, and proposes.
Diane is still in bits over Tricia’s death but she realises running away is not the answer and says "Yes".
"Diane does love Jack," explains Elizabeth Estensen, who plays the pub boss. "But she’s been through such a lot lately, it takes her a while to agree to marry him. She feels desperately guilty Tricia was killed when The Woolpack chimney fell on her in the New Year’s Eve storm."
Diane comes out of her mood a little at the start of the week when Bernice tells her she is moving to the South Coast to live with her boyfriend Charlie.
Mother and daughter share an emotional - and drunken - night, during which Diane reveals the depth of her grief and Bernice tries to comfort her.
"Next day, Diane has a dreadful hangover and gets in a row with Jack at the farm," says Elizabeth.
"He is angry that she shuts him out and she says she’ll move back into The Woolpack to try to sort herself out. But when she returns, Bernice gives her some tempting advice.
" Diane is in a bit of a mess and agrees with Bernice’s suggestion that she move to Brighton as well to make a new start.
"Jack is furious when he finds out. And, in the heat of a row, he blurts out his marriage proposal."
However, he gives Diane a deadline of just 24 hours to think it over.
The next day, as she is preparing for the re-opening of the pub, Marlon takes Diane to Tricia’s grave, where they toast his wife’s memory with champagne.
While reminiscing, Marlon tells Diane that she ought to grab happiness while she can.
"She sneaks off to find Jack," says Elizabeth, "to tell
him she’ll marry him."
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