Teletext Diary 19th/20th February 2003
Emerdale chiefs are hoping new family the Marsdens will find more favour
with viewers than the Soapstars clan did 19 months ago.
Lorry driver Ronnie, his wife, 2 Sons, Daughter and Daughter-in-law
debut at the end of March.
Ronnie is played by ex-Bill actor Ray Ashcroft who was DI Geoff Daly
in the ITV1 Cop show for 4 years until 2000. The rest of the family will
be played by virtual unknowns.
Soap forces Blades fan to support Leeds (Pure
Full story and picture here 25th February 2003
New Emmerdale star Ray Ashcroft is facing a clash of loyalties over his new role
in the soap.
Ray, a Sheffield United fan by heart, has landed the role of Ronnie Marsden -
a die-hard Leeds fan.
And the clash couldn't have come at a worse time for the Blades fan - the two
Yorkshire sides clash in next week's FA Cup quarter final.
" Ronnie is a raving Leeds fan which is against the grain in reality," Ray told
the Yorkshire Post. "I am supposed to be doing a national television interview
a couple of days before the quarter final and I am determined to wear the Blades
" I suppose you could say it is divided loyalties - although as a Blade I suppose
there is no such thing as divided loyalty.
" As long as I remember not to jump up if Leeds score at Bramall Lane then I
should get through it."
Ray, who used to play DS Daly in The Bill, is looking forward to the regularity
of working in soaps.
" I love the idea of a bit more ritual attached to the job and obviously there
is the financial situation - I have got three kids and they never get any cheaper," he
told the newspaper.
Ray will first appear as Ronnie on March 10 when he plays the father of the family
who is moving into Angie Reynold's old house. "This seems to be well-thought
out and a very well-balanced family in terms of the characters and the storyline.
It is very exciting," he added.
" It is brilliant to work closer to home. I have a six-year-old son - Billy -
and he is at an age when he needs to be taken to see Sheffield United very regularly."
Ding(le) 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 demanding
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 after all.
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 Sandy Walsh.
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 Fisher.
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 of Emmerdale.
The Sun's Weekly Guide to the Soap's 8th March 2003
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
“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.”
ITV.com: The 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.
ITV.COM Marsden Madness
Wednesday | 28.05.03
Emmerdale's newest family have been settling in behind the scenes.
The six-strong Marsden brood have made a huge impact by playing in some significant
storylines. And things are spicing up off-camera too.
Samantha McCarthy, who plays mischievous daughter Elaine, reveals that the
relationship between the actors is like that of a real family - and it leads
to some hilarious moments.
And the person on the receiving end of much of the humour is star Danny Tennant,
who plays Elaine's troublesome twin Ali.
Samantha laughs, "I don't bully him. But he's so easy to wind up! Me
and the rest of the family do it all the time.
"We tell him they've added a new scene and he panics thinking they haven't
sent him the script."
The Marsdens may be having a riot in real life, but on-screen things have
been far more dramatic.
Father Ronnie's passionate affair with Woolpack barmaid has left wife Francis
furious and Ali's heart defect keeps the whole clan worried for his health.
Will life in the Dales continue to be so stressful for the popular newcomers?
STRIFE OF THE PARTY
RONNIE and Frances throw
a Seventies party and as the
drinks flow it seems that romance
is in the air for some of the
a drunken Ashley back
home and tells him she loves
him - but by then he is asleep
on the sofa. And with Donna away, Elaine and Robert share
But there is no happy ending for either couple.
" Laurel is besotted by Ashley," says Charlotte Bellamy, who plays the lovelorn
Miss Potts. "Nicola tries to warn Laurel not to make a fool
of herself but Laurel thinks she can make Ashley happy."
she is going to try her luck
at speed-dating, a night of
five-minute mini-dates, in
the hope of finding a new man.
Lonely Ashley takes an interest,
so Laurel instantly wants to
come too. The evening goes
slowly until Ashley and Laurel
finally have their mini-date.
" They have a great time," says Charlotte. "But I don’t think he thinks of her
as a possible partner. They go back to the Marsdens’ party afterwards and by
then Ashley has really had too much to drink. Laurel takes him home and, as she
settles him onto the sofa, she whispers to him that she loves him. But by then
Ashley is fast asleep!"
Meanwhile, Robert and Elaine share a tender kiss but Elaine is instantly
wracked with guilt over Robert’s regular girlfriend, Donna.
Robert coolly says that no-one need know, which only upsets Elaine
further and she rushes off in tears.
Emmerdale's Marsdens to be
Emmerdale family the Marsdens have been axed after just nine
months on screen.
Trucker Ronnie Marsden, his wife Frances and children Paul,
Alistair and Elaine arrived in the Yorkshire Dales in March.
Ronnie was soon at the centre of a steamy storyline when he
embarked on an affair with Woolpack landlady Louise.
But bosses at the ITV soap have decided to give the family their
Only Paul and his wife Siobhan have survived the cull, which
will see the family written out in December.
Their final storyline will involve Ronnie (Ray Ashcroft) cheating
on his wife (Sandy Walsh) yet again - this time with devastating
They will leave Emmerdale along with twins Alistair and Elaine,
played by Danny Tennant and Samantha McCarthy.
Producer Steve Frost said: "The Marsdens have got a great story
to play through the autumn, but unfortunately this culminates
in them leaving the village.
"However, Paul and Siobhan Marsden will be staying on and the
young couple have got some trying times ahead."
Story filed: 13:55 Tuesday 16th September 2003
Emmerdale family the Marsdens have been axed
after just six months.
Trucker Ronnie Marsden, his wife Frances and
children Paul, Alistair and Elaine arrived in the Yorkshire Dales
Ronnie was soon at the centre of a steamy storyline
when he embarked on an affair with Woolpack landlady Louise.
But bosses at the ITV soap have decided to
give the family their marching orders.
Only Paul and his wife Siobhan have survived
the cull, which will see the family written out in December.
Their final storyline will involve Ronnie (Ray
Ashcroft) cheating on his wife (Sandy Walsh) yet again - this
time with devastating consequences.
They will leave Emmerdale along with twins
Alistair and Elaine, played by Danny Tennant and Samantha McCarthy.
Producer Steve Frost said: "The Marsdens have
got a great story to play through the autumn, but unfortunately
this culminates in them leaving the village.
"However, Paul and Siobhan Marsden will be
staying on and the young couple have got some trying times ahead."
The move spells disappointment for Ashcroft,
who previously played Detective Sergeant Geoff Daly in The Bill.
The Sheffield-born actor was axed from the
police show in 2001 after five years and was delighted to land
the Emmerdale role.
He said in May: "I feel very lucky to have
another regular role in a high-profile show, especially one that's
so close to my home up North. And I've got a good feeling about
Ronnie. I hope he's going to stick around for a long while."
Emmerdale's Marsden family say goodbye to the Dales
The only members of the family to remain in the hit show
will be eldest son Paul and his feisty wife Siobhan.
In December viewers will see father Ronnie cheat on long
suffering wife Frances once again and the results of his
extra-marital fling will rock the foundations of the whole
Ronnie - played by former Bill star Ray Ashcroft - has
already caused a stir in the Dales after conducting a passionate
romance with Woolpack landlady Louise Appleton.
Teenage twins Ali (Danny Tennant) and Elaine (Samantha
McCarthy) have also caused altercations among the villagers
- most recently when Elaine stole pal Donna Windsor's boyfriend
Producer Steve Frost says, "The Marsdens have got a great
story to play through the autumn, but unfortunately this
culminates in them leaving the village.
"However, Paul and Siobhan Marsden will be staying on
and the young couple have got some trying times ahead."