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      20.04.2011 10:25
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      Emmerdale needs to improve

      I have actually been Watching Emmerdale since the days when it was known as Emmerdale Farm! that was when Annie and Joe Sugden were in it and Amos Brearley etc. Admittedly in those days it wasn't very good at all; but you did see quite a few animals in it!

      I watched it more frequently when the name was changed to just 'Emmerdale' I really started to like this soap and over the years i have liked many of the storylines; but now, they are getting more and more far fetched and unrealistic (just like the majority of the soaps i feel these days). It is also getting very boring and uninteresting.

      One of the latest stories regarding Jimmy losing his memory is absolutely ridiculous and it is just dragging on and on; then they bring back Kelly; it is boring beyond belief. There are certain things regarding storylines where they are just scraping the bottom of the barrel i suppose because they just dont know what to write about anymore.

      One of the few reasons i really think people still tune in to the soaps is because on normal tv, there simply isn't anything else on to watch (or what is on, is even worse viewing than the soaps! ) Now i am not a fan of certain people in the programme regarding their acting skills! and some of the storylines just drag on and go around in circles.

      I certainly wouldnt wish to offend the many soap fans there still are out there (I was once one!) but you have to admit, they are becoming a little bit silly!

      Emmerdale is on quite alot during the week and yes, i still do sometimes watch it; I think i'm just hoping the scripts and storylines will improve but i won't hold my breath.

      I cannot really recommend Emmerdale the way the programme is at the moment . I hope it improves though as there really isnt much else on at the same time, if you are a Tv addict! I am awarding it two stars, which is due to the fact that it has had some great storylines over the years and I have enjoyed the programme immensely in the past.

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        07.10.2010 22:58
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        HIgh profile storylines manage to pull my attention.

        I'm not really a fan of this show. It's kind of like Coronation Street without the cobbles and the comedy. Not that it doesn't try. The older generation of the show do seem to get a few one liners that are occasionally funny, and a couple of the younger cast are notable for good performances and some great comedy timing. However, I'm a great fan of car crash tv, literally. When I know that these shows have a big storyline coming up, I usually try to catch them.

        Eastenders just had its big fire which saw off the ever wailing Babs Windsor, and is about to suffer the tragic death of one of the Jackson family which should have some great fall out stuff. Coronation Street is advertising its big tram crash, which is on its way very soon. I probably will tune into that as well. However, Emmerdale is currently winning the misery-soap of the week with the tragic Aaron/Jackson love story coming to a sticky end.

        "Spoiler Alert": Last night, we saw as the two ended their relationship, as young Aaron couldn't face up to his feelings. This resulted in Jackson driving off and straight into an oncoming train. The fall out of that was that Aaron was left guilt ridden and terrified that he was the cause of the accident. Some superb acting from Danny Miller marked a particular high point of this sometimes tedious show. I'm interested in seeing the outcome of the storyline.

        Emmerdale (originally Emmerdale Farm until 1989) began its tv life in 1972 as a daytime show, before shifting to a nighttime slot 6 years later, although didn't begin its full year run until 1988. Making up the big ratings trio, it has often competed against Eastenders (showing most nights at 7.30/8.00 on BBC1), and now goes out for 6 half hour episodes a week. Originally, it was concieved as a twice-weekly show.

        The show has had its fair amount of notorious characters. Kim Tate was one of the original soap bitches, standing by as her husband died of a heart attack, before applying her infamous lippy. She had faked her own death, before turning up months later alive, and admitting that she was behind the whole thing. Her final departure saw her exit in the grand style of a helicopter. Whilst not particularly true to life, it is this kind of soap contrivance that has audiences tuning in in their droves.

        Other notable moments was when the show saw its fortunes turn at the hands of a Lockerby-style plane crash. Whilst slightly tasteless in my eyes, it paved the way for exits of many of the series regulars, and saw the beginning of the glamourising of the show. Originally, the show focused on the farming family of the Sudgens, the last of whom died last year to celebrate the life of the late Clive Hornby - the only remaining cast member from the original show.

        One of the most emotional episodes I have witness, as a part time viewer, was the death of Tricia Dingle. After to-ing and fro-ing about whether she wanted to be with husband Marlon, she was hit on the head by the debris of the local pub Woolpack, where much of the action takes place. Later, Marlon had to decide on whether to switch off her life support machine. It is odd to witness a character speaking to somebody who is dead, but actually physically there, in this type of series. However, the scene's between Marlon and Tricia were so well written and acted that audiences responded to it.

        The show has seen a few familiar faces turn up over the years. The most recent is Amanda Donohoe who plays the rich and long suffering wife of Maxwell Caulfield. Anne Charleston, gravelly voiced Madge from Neighbours, played a manipulative character who was the sister to one of the more godfearing character's on the show. Emily Simons is currently back in Summer Bay, but stood behind the Woolpack Bar for a number of years. Many more faces have come and gone, including a few returnee's from Emmerdale years past.

        Recent returnee's include Jeff Hordley, who plays the villianous Cain Dingle, and Emma Atkins as his equally wicked bride Charity. The unfortunate Dingle family are so inbred it is difficult to work out who is whose cousin, brother, wife and son. Most of them come under more than one of those title's. Other lead character's in the show include Diane (played with relish by Elizabeth Estensen - who I adored as the wicked T-Bag as a kid), her cooky and hilariously dishonest sister Val, and her would-be politician Eric, a man so slimy you would rather be in a snake pit than have lunch with him. I also rather enjoy the double value of Marlon Dingle (a man with a face so sad that it nearly reduces me to tears even when he is smiling) and Paddy Kirk (who trained at the Dev-from-Corrie-school-of......broken...sentences).

        As mentioned at the beginning of this review, I'm not really a fan of the rural-set Emmerdale. It has moments of great drama, and boasts some great British tv actors. However, it is often tedious and repetitive. I probably never switch it on anymore, unless somebody tells me something good is happening or I see it in the press. It is a great compliment to the show that when they have a high profile storyline going on, that they can pull in a much bigger audience who can actually enjoy the storyline without having to suffer the other 48 weeks of tedium it has to offer.

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          02.04.2010 09:08
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          good soap with good funny characters

          I live in Yorkshire and I love it and when this programme came onto the television on the 16th of October 1972 I was still at school and my mother said come and watch this programme as you will like it because it is about a farm and as you love animals you will enjoy it and I have ever since.

          It was originally called Emmerdale Farm up until 1989 and then it changed to just Emmerdale, it is about a farm village and it was set in a place called Beckindale until 1994, it is set in West Yorkshire and the programme was created by Kevin Laffan.

          It was an afternoon soap until 1978 then it was aired in the evening.

          It used to be on 3 times a week and now it is on every evening at 7pm for half an hour and sometimes when they have the specials it is for a hour episode.

          The original characters were Annie Sugden and her sons Joe and Jack and her father Sam Pearson, they were the main family focused around the village at the time.

          There is a pub called The Woolpack, which had 2 men landlords called Amos Brearley and Henry Wilkes and they were like a comedy act and were very funny at times, always disagreeing about something.

          It used to have farm animals and centred a lot around them and farm life and it was very interesting to see how they used to milk the cows and look after the sheep etc, and how the vet used to come to help with an animal being born etc.

          It later had no animals when it just became Emmerdale and focused then on life around the people of the village more, when more characters came into the programme to freshen it up a little and make it more interesting for viewers.

          I do like it as it is but I do miss all the farm life but now it is entertaining as new characters such as the Dingle family came into it.

          There have been lots of storylines such as fires, plane crashes and murders, and wheeling and dealing from the Dingles which is very entertaining now.

          I still watch it but I did like it as the original farm but things have to change in soaps or they become boring and viewers loose interest.

          I think if you have not seen this soap, give it a try and see if you like it as I do.

          This is my second favourite soap.

          I give it 5 stars.

          Thank you for reading my review.

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            29.03.2010 15:14
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            Certainly in my top 3 favourite soaps

            Emmerdale was previously known as Emmerdale Farm when it first aired in 1972. The soap is set in a village in west Yorkshire. Emmerdale comes third on my list of favourite soaps following Eastenders and Coronation Street.

            The soap is on ITV weekdays at 7.00pm, I would like to say that I watch every single episode but I don't. Unfortunately it starts the same time I am putting my son into bed, depending on his mood this can take quite some time so its usually half way through by the time I get down stairs, but I always catch what I can. It is also repeated on ITV2 so its easy to catch up on what you have missed.

            As a teenager the soap never interested me, I found it boring, I'm not sure if this was due to the nature of the programme or if it was the characters but either way I found it unappealing. I feel both of those issues have now been addressed, the soap has a good mix of characters now which keeps the original Emmerdale feel to the soap but it now has a slightly younger feel to it. As it previously centered primarily on the farm this may of caused it to become tedious although it now centers on a wide range of business such as, The Woolpack (pub), The Post Office, Café, The Grange B&B, The Car Garage and many more.

            This soap does have certain advantages over its competitors, for example someone doesn't get murdered every Christmas etc, it keeps a sense on reality, which helps it to be believable and relatable to its audiences.

            I like the way that Emmerdale deals with sensitive issues discreetly compared to the other soaps.

            You can also watch Emmerdale on ITV player at www.itv.com.

            The acting isn't always superb but I think this show is definitely in the same league as the other major soaps. If anything the soap is easy to watch, you don't have to think to hard about what's going on, the whole who killed Archie kinds of stories in Eastenders can become tiresome at least you know where you stand with this soap.

            I would say that if you have never seen the soap, or haven't seen it for a while, then it would be worth taking a look at it. Its an enjoyable soap which is suitable for all the family to watch.

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            27.01.2010 23:22
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            why i love a bit of the dales and i dont mean winton.

            Over the last few years i have been an intermitent fan of emmerdale. It is the type of soap opera that can be left for a couple of months and then like an old friend you can easily pick up where you left off and soon you are engrossed in the plots again.

            Years ago when I was young this soap was called Emmerdale farm. It was certainly worlds away from the villiage that it is today. The most exciting the plots got in the olden days were when the lambing season was in progress. However following a pane crash on the villiage a few years ago which wiped out in one episode most of the cast. It left a clean slate to develop the dales into a pit of seduction. lesbianism, murder and adultery all of which would have left old annie sugden in a right state.

            Today the residents of emmerdale are a very mixed bunch. There are quite a lot of personalities all from very different social status. There are the Kings, a band of brothers who over the last couple of years have been killed off one by one by either tragic accident or murder. Then we have the windsors who own the villiage store and cafe. The best of the bunch though are the Dingles. They provide the backbone of the show. They are the lower class of the dales. Plotting and stealing to make their way through life. But what makes them so lovely is their traditional values of being totally loyal and supportive of one another.

            Emmerdale is on every weeknight at 7pm. I think this time slot suits the show well as it is such a great serial drama that it is enjoyed by all age groups from my nine year old daughter to my eighty five year old gran.

            I find the acting ability of the cast of this drama to be exceptional. Considering that they are producing five episodes a week you cannot fault their compassion and dedication to bringing their characters to life.

            What i love the most about Emmerdale is the ability it has to make you laugh at a plot in one scene maybe involving the latest hairbrain idea of marlon the unhappy in love chef. While in the next scene it can switch to having you on the edge of your seat. Especially lately with the stalking of the local vicar.

            I think that emmerdale is very commited to showing story lines which reflect the society we live in today. They have produced storylines with great effect on such immotive subjects such as the cot death of the vicar and his wife's baby which provided the viewers with the best acting the show has ever delivered.

            Basically this show is a drama regarding the lives of his local residents of this villiage. How they work and integrate together. how they struggle with life and all the ups and downs it brings and how they get on with each other. Like in every other villiage or town there are always the same characters that are portrayed in this show. Such as the local busy body who is not content unless finding out every ones business to the local jack the lad who is always up to no good.

            This is why i think this show works so well as the characters are so believable and the storylines are sometimes so hard hitting whilst also providing a light and amusing flip side that creates the right balance. All in all i think this show is one of the best soap operas on the box. I would recommend that you give it a try and i guarantee you will be glued.

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              27.01.2010 17:20

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              Watch an omnibus on the weekend and you'll be hooked

              Emmerdale gets my vote for most entertain British soap opera.
              I know every year it is always a show down between the north and the south (Coronation Street and Eastenders) but let me give a round of applause to the folks in the Yorkshire Dales. I am a fan of the others but I do think Emmerdale is a tad more realistic than the endless murders in the East End or the only street in Manchester where a whole community manages to work on the same street where they live.
              At the moment the storyline of the late Mark Wylde and his two wives had me intrigued especially as unbeknown to his Son Ryan and Wylde child daughter Maisie that they are actually half brother and sister they have decided to embark on an undercover affair. Now it is all come to light and Maisie still wants him. I am waiting to see how this one pans out.
              I also have to give it to actress Siân Reeves who plays crazed fatal attraction style stalker Sally who is obsessed with the local vicar to the point of throwing herself in front of his car to stop him leaving the village.
              Phrahahahhahahahahhahahah.........great stuff.

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              I think this is an underrated soap

              Every soap opera (or Continuing Drama as they are sometimes called at award ceremonies) has a pub; shop, cafe, garage and a vast majority of the inhabitants work in the immediate vicinity.

              Emmerdale (originally called Emmerdale Farm but shortened it title about 20 years ago) first came to our screens in 1972. It is set in a fictional village in Yorkshire.

              The programme initially focussed around the farm, but over the years the story lines have been spread through the village. Along with some gritty story-lines, the programme also sees a lot of humour - mainly from people like the delinquent Dingle family and Val and Eric Pollard - the disgraced councillor and his slightly mad wife (who is sister to the landlady of the pub, who is ex-mother in law to the local vicar, who's niece is in prison for killing a policeman after he had a go at her then girlfriend who now lives with her mother who was going to marry the man see was seeing in secret, but is now going to marry her natural father.....as you can see (and if you followed that - well done) life in the village is pretty intertwined.

              Key story lines are the moment have been the unveiling of posh Mark Wylde being a bigamist just as his long lost 'son' and daughter, from his current wife, were entering into a relationship. His wife Natasha has since shot and buried him in the forest...but the police are about to catch up with her.

              Also, the local vicar, Ashley, is the victim of false accusations of being an adulterer by his deranged ex-girlfriend (of about 20 years!) who he has just accidentally knocked over whilst he was leaving the village to reconcile with his wife.

              As you can see, there is never a dull moment in Emmerdale and if you thought it was all about farming, you would be wrong. If you have not given Emmerdale a try before, I recommend you give it a go - it is on every week night at 7pm on ITV.

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                27.12.2009 20:31
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                A soap that is, slowly, but surely raking in the ratings.Watch it!

                Aired well before my arrival in 1972, Emmerdale is a soap that I have grown accustomed to over the years. Being an avid watcher of the likes of Eastenders and Corrie, it was an inevitability that as the cast grew more intriguing, that I'd be hooked at some point!

                Initially known as Emmerdale Farm, it was abbreviated in 1989 to reflect changes in the soap. Instead of focussing on the farm, the camera was diverted to the community and the more social aspects. Must admit, that if the farm animals had remained the focal point, I would not be watching to this day, so for that I am thankful! ;-)

                My first memories of Emmerdale are of the handlebar moustache that belonged to Seth Armstrong. Although he joined the cast 6 years in, he became a firm fixture and was sadly missed when he made an exit in 2003 due to ill health. Unfortunately, Stan Richards, the guy who played the role of Seth, died in 2005. R.I.P.

                Set in the fictional village of Beckindale, the soap has grown from strength to strength in recent years with the addition of new cast members and gripping storylines.

                Christmas Eves's ratings revealed that Emmerdale attracted 5.8m, compared to 8.07m Eastenders managed to capture. Despite this the viewing figures are, slowly but surely increasing, but I can't see Emmerdale competing with the likes of Corrie or Eastenders...yet.

                If you don't already know, you can catch up with the happenings in the Dales at 7PM on weekdays, including an extra half hour on a Wednesday. The week's episodes are aired again on the weekend in an omnibus version.

                I will now go through some of the family's that make the soap what it is.

                ~~~The Dingles~~~

                The head of the family is Zak Dingle, a rough looking guy who, through the years has mellowed. He is forever up to some shenanigans, despite the disapproval from his wife.

                Lisa Dingle is his other half, and in reality, we know that she is the one who's in charge. She sometimes lets Zak take the reins, but, like they say, "behind every great man...........". In order to make sure her daughter got a laptop for Christmas, she posed naked for an art class - now there's a mother willing to bend the rules!

                Charity has recently made a comeback and it has taken me a while to get accustomed to her new 'good act'. Although she came back kicking and screaming, it appears that she's here to stay.

                Cain was originally the bad boy but recently we have seen a softer side to him, when he declared his feelings for Charity. This, however did not bode well, as it became clear that she was only sticking around to fleece him.....or was she.

                Chastity has got to be my favourite of the Dingle's. I recall back in 2002 when she made her entrance as a stripper gram. Her storylines have mainly focussed on her relationships with men, be that her partners, or her son. When she left Paddy early this year, I could see it coming and felt gutted for him, yet knowing the character, knew that Chastity would not be able to be apart from Carl.

                This family was recently on Family Fortunes and won the £30k jackpot for their charity.

                ~~~The King's~~~

                Jimmy, the man with a ginormous (not even a word, but I hope you get the sentiment) nose. Having made a mess of carrying out repairs to a show home, he and his family became ostracised due to Jimmy's incompetence. That incident, however, is in the past and he is now a family man. Married to Nicola, he knows who's boss and so does his little munchkin.

                Carl, most famed for confessing to killing his father Tom is a loose cannon at the moment. He has been through the mill in terms of what he and his family have suffered, and he strives to do well. He has had his clashes with the Dingles, mainly Cain due to monetary issues and is having a clash of another kind with Chastity.

                ~~~The Hope's~~~

                Vivienne is the biggest gossip as was proven when she made insinuations about the Vicar's marriage falling apart. Recently been released from prison for fraud and has reverted back to type, but not to the extent that she was. She is a very passionate person and I think, recently she has calmed down, and not to be patronising, but grown up. Her husband, Bob has become part and parcel of the set since he introduced his dodgy dealings way back in 2000. Bob adds a sense of humour to the show, not just with what he says, but his expressions. He is a man of nervous disposition, as was evident when he legged it when the pressure was on. His son, Jamie works for Royal Mail and is often seen carrying out his duties. After having a dalliance with Louise, I hope that 2010 finds him love with Gennie Walker, daughter of Shadrach Dingle.

                ~~~The Blackstock's~~~

                Headed by Rodney, the self proclaimed stud, there was a time when his storylines revolved around his impetuous daughter. Over the years, Nicola has, through finding love and bearing her first child, turned into a decent human being. When I first saw her, she was on a campaign to cause trouble wherever she went, and succeeded, on most occasions. Her half brother, Paul seemed to be her voice of reason when she was itching to run off the rails. Paul made a big impact on the soap as, in 2008 he and his partner on the soap, Jonny became the first couple to enter a civil partnership since the Civil Partnership Act 2004. Unfortunately, Paul left the cast early this year - he did add some wit and much needed humour as well as gripping storylines to the soap.

                I must admit, that I do like Nicola's character now, as, although there is still that fieriness about her, she is almost a decent person now.

                This past year has seen the introduction of a few new family's - The Barton's, being one of them. The mother of this herd, Moira has already been the object of Marlon's affections and thus made her mark as a sensitive character. Her husband takes the likes of Jack Sugden as the head of the farming household and adds some heat - a little eye candy for Emmerdale methinks!

                Adam Barton has recently made the transfer from BBc's Waterloo Road to ITV, to be on the same channel as his brother (Jason Grimshaw)....well, not really, but thought i'd make a reference to his sibling ;-).

                The storylines tend to be in keeping with the general soap world - there are the stirrings of a homosexual relationship between the new farm boy and the Dingle lad. I can see that 2010 is going to develop this further, as well as the impending doom of an incestuous relationship - bring on the New Year!

                Thank you for reading & I hope you had a Fab Christmas!

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                  09.12.2009 19:43
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                  My new favourite soap!

                  I never used to watch Emmerdale but I've become something of a convert since the summer and rarely miss an episode now. Whereas the Australian soaps that I watch (Neighbours and Home and Away) tend to be more on the dramatic side for a soap opera, I find Emmerdale to be more humorous and light-hearted on the whole while still containing some fairly gripping storylines.

                  The soap is set in the small village of Emmerdale in Yorkshire. Being in a village with a fairly small-knit group of characters (you rarely see characters from outside the village unless they have moved there or are moving there in the near future), there is a strong sense of community and many of the characters bounce off one another well. There kind of subtle comedy can be very entertaining and breaks up some of the heavier storylines (such as the current one in which psycho Sally has successfully driven Laurel out of her home and now appears to be making her move on her husband and family). My favourite characters for one-liners tend to be Marlon, Paddy and Nicola .

                  Whereas storylines in Coronation Street tend to go on for forever and a day until you get thorougly bored of them, most of the storylines in Emmerdale don't go beyond a couple of months. For the ones that do (like the Wyldes saga), they don't run continuously and you can go for several weeks without that particular storyline moving on very much. At the same time, other storylines will get greater attention so the longer running plot lines tend not to be thrust in your face for months on end. The notable exception is the Sally/Ashley/Laurel storyline, which has been featuring prominently in the majority of episodes for a while now and looks set to run for a while to come. I would say that this is the exception rather than the norm though.

                  As far as characters go, there is a strong group of older characters (such as Betty, Edna and Edna) which isn't so evident in other soaps. A good proportion of the village are middle-aged or older, but there are younger characters to bring some age diversity and the older characters don't seem to get big storylines.

                  Like many soaps, the storylines aren't always particularly believable. I'm sure that somewhere there are bigamists who stage their own disappearance so that they can escape debts and forge a new life (Mark Wylde), or people who become obsessed with their old flame and set about worming their way into the family so as to destroy it (Sally Spode) but not in a small village like Emmerdale! I'm enjoying the slow burn of these type of storylines though so I don't see that as a major criticism.

                  For me, the acting seems pretty good for the most part. There are some quite wooden characters (such as the Barton girls) but nothing on the scale of Coronation Street's Rosie Webster!

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                    Probably No. 3 of the Big 3 UK Soaps...

                    Shown on ITV and repeated on various other ITV channels, Emmerdale has been running for around 2 decades now. It is a soap opera set in the fictional town of emmerdale, in the yorkshire dales. The soap follows the trials and tribulations of the villagers.

                    The soap started out with a very country feel, there were constantly live animals used in the show and plot lines revolved around country issues, and as such the show was perceived as being more gentle than other major UK soaps such as the rather depressing Eastenders. These days, probably in an effort to raise its profile, the soap has resorted to more traditional soap plot lines, there is scandal around every corner and the wildlife aspect is now a token gesture.

                    The soap has many long standing characters and has a number of families that form the backbone of the soap, theres include the dingles, the kings and previously others such as the tates and the sugdens. As for the locations, it seems country life revolves around the pub, as the Woolpack is where the majority of the action takes place. Other main points of interest in the village are the post office cum cafe, the sewing factory and the vets.

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                      Probably the third best soap on TV

                      Emmerdale is another soap we have on television in a prime time slot, it is set in Yorkshire (where I am from) and has been on our screens for many years. When it first started it was known as Emmerdale Farm, it first began in 1972 and was on twice a week in an afternoon slot. Now it is just Emmerdale and is broadcast five times a week.

                      I haven't always watched Emmerdale like I have Coronation Street because in the early days I think it was very boring. It was called Emmerdale Farm because the program and all it's action was based around a farm. The Sugdens were the main family of the soap and they ran the farm. Watching a program about a farm didn't really appeal to me so I never watched it.

                      However over the last ten years I think Emmerdale has reall improved and been brought up to date. The farm is still there and there is still two members of the Sugden family, Victoria and Andy, but they play a small part in a big soap. It really is good now and this is shown by the fact it is compared to Eastenders and Coronation Street at awards ceremonies.

                      I think the injection of young characters and the contempory storylines are what has improved the soap. There is now a balance between the old, such as Betty, Edna and Eric Pollard with the young, such as Debbie, Chastity and Katie.

                      The setting remains the same with Home Farm being the focal point with the latest rich family living there. The Woolpack pub is also a main part of the village and everyone seems to drink and meet up at the pub. There is also the post office and cafe both run by Viv and Bob Hope, and a factory run by Eric Pollard.

                      The Dingles are probably the largest and the most famous family of the soap, Zak and Lisa are the head of the family, but there are many other members, the Dingles keep cropping up all the time like an ever expanding family.

                      I do like Emmerdale, I don't think it is quite as good as Corrie and the storylines are a bit more tame but I do watch it when I'm in. It has come a long way since the days of Emmerdale Farm.

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                        My Daily Fix Of The Countryside

                        My mum and dad have always watched Emmerdale and now I'm getting addicted to it even though I have always thought it was a proper boring soap and that it should have been axed instead of Brookside.

                        It used to be around one family (the Sugdens) but there are only 2 Sugdens in it now and they are Andy and Victoria, Andy isn't an original Sugden though because he was adopted years ago but Victoria has been in it since she was born.

                        The Dingles are the main family now and they are pig farmers with a large gippo type family and there are always more brothers and cousins coming out of the woodwork so it must be a massive family. My favourite Dingles are Chastity and Zak because they both have wicked personalities. Chastity used to be a stripper but now is turning her life around and working (and living) with the vet, Paddy, who used to be married to another Dingle!

                        The Kings used to be the rich family in the village but they are down on their luck now. They used to be a big family with 4 brothers and their dad but 2 of the brothers and the dad were killed so there's only Jimmy and Carl left now. It's stupid though because Carl killed their dad and he got away with it but he told so many people that he'd done it that I can't see that they'd keep their mouths shut for him because he's a bit arrogant and rude to people.

                        There aren't that many characters in Emmerdale so the same stories revolve around the same people all the time which gets a bit stupid because if I ever had such bad luck as some of them have I'd have left the village a long time ago.

                        I'm enjoying the current storyline about Mark who is married to Natasha. They are the new posh knob family living in Home Farm. We've just found out that he used to be married before but staged his disappearance before he knew that his first wife was pregnant and he tried to keep this from Natasha but was forced to confess when his old wife and son moved to Emmerdale. His other son from his current marriage is just finding out his dad's secret and I'm hoping there is going to be another murder to liven up the dales when it all comes out.

                        I like the stories because they dont drag on too long like in Eastenders and they don't bring in too many characters because that wouldn't make it like a small village like its supposed to be. There's quite a few comedy characters in Emmerdale and even though I don't usually like that in soaps they've chosen them well and they bring a breath of fresh air to the programme.

                        There have been some very sad storylines as well like when Laurels baby died of cot death, but in true soap form that wasn't the last of it because she then found out that her baby was alive and had accidentally been switched at birth with her friends baby! It sounds proper far fetched but it worked brill and the actress who plays Laurel was the best actor in the show at that time.

                        I say give it a try because even though its not as exciting as Eastenders at least Emmerdale is still a bit realistic not like all the rubbish happening on Albert Square at the minute.

                        ITV1 at 7pm.

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                          09.05.2009 19:04
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                          Soap opera

                          It has been said that Emmerdale mus be one of the most dangerous places to live in the world out stripping places like Beirut or the Gaza Strip after all there are not many small villages, let alone ones that are located in tranquil Yorkshire that will have seen a plane crash amongst them, bombs go off and a whole load of murders and attempted murders, definately over the years the soap opera that is Emmerdale, and was formerly Emmerdale Farm before the CAP saw an end to Home Farm and the Sugden family, has seen its fair share of tragedy.

                          Emmerdale is ranked third when it comes to soap operas however it has a hard core following that keeps it on the ITV 1 channel schedules and it is a real survivor. I like the fact that it has a more lighter side these days with the facial contractions of Marlon to laugh at while te current storylines sees Cain returning to cause mischief again.

                          I do ind myself popping in every so often to watch Emmerdale, not rearlly sure why as I'm not a big soap fan but there is something about the show that I enjoy plus to be honest you can miss the odd episode and still find it easy to catch up with it, the acting is pretty good and they keep the plot lines interesting and the writers tend not to drag things out too much.

                          I guess it is just not the tranquil village life I would aspire to retire too as you might not draw your pension for too long if you did move there.

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                            06.05.2009 19:40
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                            Well made soap

                            I used to hate this programme.

                            I would be sitting watching something really interesting and totally relevant to teenagers, then my Granny would saunter into the room and without a word of "are you watching this" would just walk over to the television and press the third big clunky button down from the top - this is in the days before remote controls and when it was called Emmerdale Farm - so much for learning manners from your elders ehh?

                            Anyway fast forward "mumble mumble" years to the present day, and where can you find me most week nights at 7 p.m. You guessed it! I am sat in front of ITV1

                            Now if you knew me you would know that I am not a 'soap' type of person, but for one reason or another I found myself in fromt of the telly one night and Emmerdale was on - I tend to leave the telly on when I am reading, how I manage to concentrate on the book I'll never know. Anyway I found myself looking up from the book everynow and again... anyhow within the week I knew all the ins and outs of the Sugdens. Old Betty, Val, Pollard et al.

                            Now I am not going to kid you and pretend that this is different from any other soap, it does the same as the others and allows us to see the lifes (albeit fictional) of the people who live in a Yorkshire village.

                            OK, you all know the format, a variety of different types of people and the sometimes, if perhaps not over the top occurences in their lives, and the relationships they have with others. And so it is with Emmerdale.

                            What makes it a little more enjoyable for me is that I have never lived in the country side, so Emmerdale, if it reflects real life, is an education for me. I am fascinated by the existence of a modern day feudal system that it would seem still goes on.

                            There will be someone in the big house, a tenant farmer, the village pub, the village stores and post office (just!), the church. There is a village idiot, a smattering of entrpreneurs, incomers, plenty of bad boys, and to use the modern parlance there is even a village bike - forgive me if you need an explanation here, google is your friend!

                            There is an intricate tapestry which must be kept from fraying here and it is called a pecking order. This is at once apparent, but invisible. I dread to think that if I ever moved to the country I would have to fit into this pecking order in order to get on, or at least get through life.

                            So this is what fascinates me about Emmerdale. There is a little splash of sociology. Give it a go!

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                              10.04.2009 15:06
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                              Lovely rural alternative to the innercity soaps like Eastenders and Corrie

                              In terms of Britain's best loved and long running soaps, Emmerdale is right up there with them. Sadly for it, it always manages to get overlooked and overshadowed by the two main Brit soaps, Coronation Street and Eastenders, but I actually find many elements of the soap a lot more believable that those of the other two.

                              The soap is set in the fiction Yorkshire village of Emmerdale, known up until 1994 as Beckindale. The inhabitants have, by and large, changed somewhat over the years, but a few of them remain, and indeed it is often the case that the next generation of a family are the ones who carry on the mantle of the 'local' feel to the show. The show initially featured the Sugdens and their farm before the focus shifted onto the village.

                              The majority of the plots centre around the villagers, with the most familiar locations being the Woolpack (the pub), Home Farm (where the 'richer than thou' family live), and other sites such as the Post Office and the cafe. The characters are usually well developed, and the scandals often more direct and conniving than those of the other two main soaps.

                              For years, the main family were the Sugdens, who lived on and ran the main farm in the community. While there are still some of the family left, the majority have all been killed off or moved away. The Dingles seem to have taken over as the main family, while the local 'rich' family, who seem to want to run the place like a city, are the Kings, although they, too, are now dwindling in number. Eric Pollard is perhaps the most recognisable face in the soap. Others such as Seth and Alan have left for various reasons, and it is quite often the case that an actor feels he or she needs to leave the soap, or sadly passes away.

                              The community factor is the biggest pull for the soap, and it is what has drawn and attracted viewers since its first episode in 1972. The producers of the show know this, and quite often they attack this in the episodes, bringing their viewers to the boil as if they are attacking 'their' village, and not a fictional one. This can come in the form of the Kings and then the Wyldes in the past 10 years or so, and the Tates in the mid to late 90s.

                              Emmerdale is also well known for its outrageous disasters, with buildings exploding and planes crashing meaning that it always has people buzzing and talking about it up until the event. It draws in the viewers for the show and has done since its first major disaster in 1993 with a plane crashing in the community. There have also been a number of murders over the years, but this has nothing in terms of difference to other soaps such as Eastenders and Corrie.

                              Overall, I do enjoy watching the odd episode of Emmerdale. It has something different to other soaps in that it is set in a small rural community, and it has a bit more of a comedy element about it with some of the characters who are portrayed as rather simple. The cast all do very well, and it is rare that you get a poor actor that lasts a while.

                              In this respect, I cannot fail to rate Emmerdale rather highly. It does seem tame in comparison to a lot of the goings on in other soaps' storylines, but it is also more believable in many aspects, and this is what I find its appeal to be. Emmerdale currently airs weeknights at 7pm, and sometimes the episodes last longer than the usual half an hour. This usually happens on a Tuesday. Recommended.

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