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.”
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.
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
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'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."
Emmerdale's Robert Sugden has had
a tricky time recently trying to choose between the
two women in his life - but things are about to get
The two-timer, who has been romancing
Donna Windsor and Elaine Marsden, puts one of the
girls in grave danger after crashing his car.
The drama happens when Robert,
played by Karl Davies, decides Elaine is the girl
for him and takes her on a romantic picnic in the
hope of a little passion.
But they end up rowing when Elaine
rejects his advances and he says he might get further
if he was a woman!
Elaine storms off and Robert follows
her in the car. He persuades her to get in but disaster
strikes when they continue to argue and Robert is
so distracted they end up crashing.
Amazingly Robert staggers away
from the wreckage, leaving Elaine in the car covered
He has no idea if she is dead or
alive but panics at the thought of getting into trouble.
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RANDY Robert’s attempts to get Elaine to
sleep with him lead to a car crash in which she
gets badly hurt - and her shameless suitor blames
her for the accident!
"When Elaine agrees to go for a picnic, Robert
is convinced this is his big chance," says
Karl Davies, who plays him. "But Elaine wants
to take things slowly and storms off when he tries
to make a move."
Robert jumps into Elaine’s car and hurtles
after her. He manages to persuade her to get in
but, while talking to her, he loses control of
the vehicle, which crashes in to a ditch and hits
a tree, dazing Robert momentarily and knocking
Elaine out cold.
"Robert panics," says Karl. "He
could lose his licence and his job, so he drags
Elaine over to the driving seat to make it look
as if she was driving!"
While Robert has only minor injuries, Elaine is
rushed to hospital with a suspected fractured skull.
"When Elaine comes round, she can’t
remember anything," adds Karl. "She accepts
Robert’s story and he starts to think he
is off the hook."