- 6th January - Derek Warner and Tom Merrick are arrested for theft.
- 8th January - Derek and Tom are charged with theft.
- 19th February - Enoch Tolly is killed in a freak tractor accident. His body is found by his daughter Naomi Tolly.
- 24th March - Tom's trial takes place.
- 31st March - Jack Sugden is arrested for arson after being framed by Tom.
- 2nd April - After his attempt to frame Jack for arson fails, Tom leaves the village. (Last appearance of the character until 1982)
- 9th April - Emmerdale Farm is burgled.
- 23rd April - The Beckindale burgular is arrested by Sgt. MacArthur.
- 9th June - First appearance of John Tuplin.
- 3rd November - First appearance of Jock MacDonald.
- 5th November - Richard Anstey moves abroad following his sacking from NY Estates due to his affair with Virginia Lattimore. (Final appearance of the character). Jock leaves the village. (Last appearance of the character until 1983)
- 27th November - David Metcalfe is born to Lydia Metcalfe and Eric Pollard.
Real life eventsEdit
- 5th November - Emmerdale Farm is forced to take the rest of the year off due to the 1981 ITV Strike. Episodes 697 - 702 were supposedly filmed but never transmitted as a result.
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