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 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
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.
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 Daggart.
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 with him.
When she initially turns him down, Ali decides to reveal his secret
to her and tells all about the heart defect which could kill him.
Ollie relents but when Danny finds out what he's been up to, Ali will
have another reason to worry about his health.
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 is no stranger to health problems herself, having watched husband Zak
battle testicular cancer recently, and gives the newcomer some sage advice.
With their bad first impressions behind them, the pair form a friendship which
could prove to be a port in a storm for both.
Emmerdale love rat Ronnie Marsden ignites his passionate side tonight.
The married dad-of-three will make a play for
stunning landlady Louise Appleton after playful flirting leads to
a full blown illicit affair.
The pair, having discovered a spark during a
conversation about the upcoming football match, embark on a steamy
romance after Louise falls during the game. And it begins a series
of events which are bound to end in tears for the scandalous duo.
One person who doesn't approve of the burgeoning
relationship is actress Emily Symons, who plays gorgeous Louise.
She says, "As far as Louise is concerned
she doesn't love Ronnie or want him as a boyfriend, so she thinks
no-one is going to get hurt. But I think she is more vulnerable than
"The whole thing is a recipe for disaster,
but she isn't thinking of the consequences."
Will the lovebirds be able to keep their secret?
Emmerdale beauty Louise Appleton is about to spill the beans.
The lusty landlady has been enjoying a passionate fling with married newcomer
Ronnie Marsden and can't help sharing her secret with friends.
First, she told her closest pal Diane Blackstock about their trysts
and now trusted confidante Terry Woods is next to hear the tale.
Terry and Louise have been close ever since he helped her cover up
the murder of psycho ex-lover Ray Mullen. Terry fell in love with the
sexy local but she made it clear they could only ever be friends -
so he married someone else.
But a heart-to-heart in the Woolpack leads them back into familiar
territory. Louise tells Terry all about her romance with a mystery
man who happens to be married and shocks him.
Like Diane, Terry cannot understand how Louise can be so calm about
the situation and also wonders if there could have been a chance for
them after all.
Confusion sets in with troubled Terry, who is still struggling to
settle into married life.
But fate has other ideas, and Louise is going to be the last thing
on Terry's mind later this week.
DIANE hatches a scheme
to stop her co-landlady Louise seeing married Ronnie.
But just as she thinks her plan is working, Diane catches the couple
in the pub’s cellar.
Convinced Louise’s affair will cause trouble,
Diane tries to nip the romance in the bud.
“She decides to make Louise feel guilty,” says
Elizabeth Estensen, who plays Diane.
Ronnie’s wife Frances is asked
to babysit Ashley’s daughter Gabby in
the back room at the pub. Louise is taken aback to be spending time
with her lover’s wife, but sees Frances doesn’t deserve to be cheated
“Diane assumes her plan has worked,” says Elizabeth. “But
the next day she catches Louise and Ronnie in a very compromising
Diane tells Jack about the affair. “Diane
is worried,” says Elizabeth. “She thinks that when it all comes out
Louise will leave and she’ll be left to clear up the mess.”
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?
Emmerdale star Danny Tennant has revealed he's shy with women.
The young newcomer - who plays cheeky Ali Marsden - finds it hard
to get past the barrier of being a well known face.
And to make matters worse, Danny's co-star mates are very confident
when it comes to charming the opposite sex.
Danny is especially perplexed by the reaction of women to his on-screen
persona Ali. Ever since Ali arrived in Emmerdale he has been on a mission
to enjoy the delights of the local talent. Both Katie Addyman and Ollie
Reynolds have been on his hit list and, with his confident personality,
Ali is never lost for words when it comes to chatting up girls.
But Danny is a much more reserved personality.
He says, "I'm really shy when it comes to girls. I daren't go
up and chat them up like Kelvin Fletcher - who plays Andy Sugden -
"Since I've been in Emmerdale a lot of girls have made assumptions
about me before they've even spoken to me, because they all think I'm
Danny is not like Ali at all
A look at itv.com's Soap Gossip page this week reveals that Emmerdale
star Danny Tennant is shy with women.
The young actor - who plays newcomer Ali Marsden - finds it hard to get
past the barrier of being a well known face.
To make matters worse, Danny's co-star mates are very confident when
it comes to charming members of the opposite sex.
The popular website reports that Danny is perplexed by the reaction of
women to his on-screen persona Ali. Ever since Ali arrived in Emmerdale
he has been on a mission to enjoy the delights of the local talent.
Both Katie Addyman and Ollie Reynolds have been on his hit list and,
with his confident personality, Ali is never lost for words when it comes
to chatting up girls.
But Danny is a much more reserved personality.
He says, "I'm really shy when it comes to girls. I daren't go up
and chat them up like Kelvin Fletcher - who plays Andy Sugden - does.
Since I've been in Emmerdale a lot of girls have made assumptions about
me before they've even spoken to me, because they all think I'm like
Emmerdale's Jack Sugden and Ronnie Marsden come to blows tonight.
Jack is still in shock after his daughter Victoria's near fatal bout of appendicitis
and is looking to nurse Siobhan for answers.
He feels that the newcomer should have spotted his youngest child's illness
and blames Siobhan for the fact that Victoria could have died.
In a fury, Jack marches into the Woolpack for a confrontation - but doesn't
bank of her family's reaction.
The Marsdens are enjoying a quiet drink in the pub when Jack storms in and
all rally to support Siobhan against the accusations. Father-in-law Ronnie
is particularly incensed by Jack's tirade and fronts up to him.
The two men have had an uneasy friendship since Jack offered Ronnie advice
about his affair with landlady Louise Appleton. But their truce is blown apart
when Jack blurts out the information in front of the entire pub.
Will Ronnie let his fists do the talking?
Donna is delighted to help new driver Robert turn his car into a passion
wagon. But when Robert starts getting distracted by another woman,
Donna is instantly jealous.
While Robert insists he and Elaine are just mates and he’s helping
her learn to drive, Donna is not so sure.
“Donna really fancies Robert,” says Verity Rushworth,
who plays the teenage temptress. “The trouble is, living in a
tiny village means that there’s nowhere for them to go to be
“When Robert passes his test and gets a car, Donna is delighted!
They head off to a quiet country lane where nature takes its course.
“Donna is thrilled, until Robert remembers he is supposed to
be taking Elaine out for a driving lesson.
“Furious, Donna insists on going too and makes such a nuisance
of herself chattering from the back seat that Elaine reverses into
Later, Elaine tells Donna she doesn’t fancy Robert, but Donna
isn’t convinced. And when Robert and Elaine are alone in the
car when it runs out of petrol in a country lane, he starts flirting
She reminds him he already has a girlfriend, but will temptation get
the better of them?
The Sugden schoolboy has already captured the heart of Donna Windsor
but has set his sights another village lovely - newcomer Elaine Marsden.
And Robert is finding his new set of wheels is the perfect excuse
to lure unwitting Elaine to got out with him - even if she has no idea
of his romantic intentions.
The pair embark on a second driving lesson tonight, free from Donna's
watchful eyes. And Robert ensures that the car runs out of petrol miles
from home so they are forced to spend some quality time together.
But Elaine has no intention of becoming another notch on his bedpost.
And luckily for her, dad Ronnie, has also sussed Robert's game.
Ronnie is furious to discover that Elaine has not turned up for work,
and that she is with Robert. He hunts for the pair and when he finds
them, Elaine is dragged home with clear instructions not to go near
Donna is delighted that Elaine is out of the picture but will Robert
give up so easily?
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 star Matthew Booth is nothing like his henpecked character.
The hunky newcomer is thoroughly enjoying his role as postman Paul Marsden
but insists their personalities are very different in real life.
Since their arrival in the Dales, the Marsdens have caused mayhem. Father
Ronnie conducted an affair with sexy barmaid Louise Appleton, mother Frances
had a health scare and their teenage offspring have held wild parties.
But oldest child Paul and his wife Siobhan remain a mystery to Emmerdale viewers.
All we know is that the young couple wed in haste in Las Vegas and that Frances
disapproves of their love match.
Matthew admits that he can see why some viewers may wonder if Paul is the
one who wears the trousers in their relationship.
He laughs, "Paul is a bit under the thumb, and I'd like to think I'm
not. Then again, I bet every bloke thinks that! I'd probably not go for a girl
like Siobhan because she can be quite a handful."