Created 5th April 2004
Updated 22nd May 2004
All about Rodney Blackstock
IMDB entry for:
First Appeared: 24 August or October
Profile from former official Site at www.emmerdale.co.uk
Played by Patrick Mower
STEPH turns 50 this week and it hurts. She feels lonely and hard-up and is suddenly attracted to wealthy local businessman Rodney.
When he plans a surprise party for her, she is shocked but responds by throwing herself into his arms.
She jokes about them growing old together and when he doesn’t argue, she takes it as a sign - and announces their engagement!
But when she learns he is actually penniless, heartless Steph breaks off the romance.
Steph starts the week feeling gloomy about her birthday. “She reckons she should be living in a dream home in the sunshine by now,” says Lorraine Chase, who plays Tricia’s gold-digging mum.
“Her dad says life is a compromise and Steph’s mind starts working overtime. When she hears a row about money between Nicola and Rodney, she starts thinking he might not be a bad catch.”
When Rodney doesn’t resist her advances, she announces they are to be married.
“Everyone is shocked that Steph has got her meal ticket . . . whoops, I mean her man!” says Lorraine.
“But she gets cold feet when she checks his bank statements and realises that her would-be husband-to-be is flat broke.”
The slippery businessman is desperate to get one over antique dealer rival Rodney Blackstock and believes he's hit upon the perfect plan.
Eric has heard reports that Rodney's land could be of historical value. Mill Cottage is an stunning old abode with attractive views and the entrepreneur is convinced that he could make a fortune from the land.
Pollard decides that before he launches the campaign to convince Rodney to sell the land to him, he needs to ensure that it will pay the dividends he hopes for.
Sneakily, Eric creeps onto the land armed with his trusty metal detector - and to his amazement he discovers some ancient coins.
After unearthing the coins, Eric realises that he has to part Rodney with them and the land - but his newfound arrogance tells him this will be no problem.
Is Rodney as naive as he looks?
The hot-blooded antiques dealer has had no luck with the ladies recently but his fortunes are about to change for the better.
Rodney suffered a horrible humiliation when he fell for scheming employee Steph Stokes a few weeks ago. He had mistakenly believed that she really loved him and even went as far as to propose before the money-grabbing local admitted the truth.
Since then he had enjoyed a tryst with Steph's pal Shelley but that too fizzled out.
Just as Rodney is wondering if his life will ever improve a fairground arrived in the Dales and sexy newcomer Juanita is making quite an impression on the lovelorn singleton.
The pair enjoy a cosy night at the Woolpack, which improves immeasurably after the twosome enjoy a few drinks and a few laughs.
Rodney is in awe of Juanita and her adventurous life and starts to consider ways of improving his own existence.
Will Rodney be seduced by life on the open road?
Rodney, You Plonker
The antiques dealer recklessly bid £1 million to win an impressive country mansion but had to borrow money to honour his bill.
In an effort to solve his financial woes, the wheeler-dealer turned to loan sharks for cash - a move he is living to regret.
Daughter Nicola is distressed to hear that her frightened father is having to hide from his debt collectors as he has no way to pay the first instalment.
But rival businessman Eric Pollard is delighted to see Rodney squirm. When Rodney approaches the factory boss and appeals for help, Pollard offers an insulting solution.
He offer Rodney a ludicrously low sum of money to buy the prime property - pointing out that it would buy the desperate man more time to find more money.
Determined to get his own back, Rodney decides it is time that Pollard's
absent wife Gloria is brought up to date on her husband's business dealings
- and his new found closeness with Dales siren Steph Stokes
Diane's sister Val arrived in Emmerdale in February 2004. She claims Rodney broke her heart when she was 19 and they had an affair. She doesn't seem too worried then or now by the fact he was married to her sister Diane at the time of the affair. Rodney and Val's affair began one night when Val went over to Rodney & Diane's home. Diane was out and was babysitting Bernice who was in bed. The affair continued for a while until one morning Diane woke up to find a note saying Rodney had left her for Rita "the hatchet girl" with whom Rodney had been seeing. He would live with Rita for five years. The end of Rodney's marriage to Diane also signaled the end of his affair to Val. They would not see each other again for nearly 30 years.
Diane did not know about the affair between her then husband Rodney and her sister Val until 5th April 2004.
Two weeks after Rodney left Val began seeing Jimmy Pepper and was soon pregnant supposedly with his child. Could this be of any significance?
[Some re-writing of back histories has occurred. Rodney is supposed have bene born in 1949 and Diane 1947. Val is 10 years younger than Diane which would make her born around 1957. Bernice was born in 1968 and Rodney left Diane when Bernice was about five years old circa 1973. Rodney's daughter Nicola was born to Rodney's 2nd wife Maureen in 1978.
However if Val was 19 at the time of her affair to Rodney, this means the affair occured around 1976. It also was revealed/confirmed in the 5th April 2004 episode that Rodney spent 5 years with Rita "the hatchet girl." If this is the case where does Nicola fit in? It means her age has changed or Rodney and Diane's birth years have changed?]