99 episodes were broadcast this year. Storylines included the mysterious arrival and six months later, the equally mysterious disappearance of Dryden Hogben, Joe Sugden's doomed marriage to Milk Marketing Board worker Christine Sharp, Alison Gibbons finding herself being the subject of Henry Wilks and Matt Skilbeck's affections, Ethel Ainsworth's unwelcome advances on Amos Brearly and the further developments of The Woolpack Hotel following the partnership formation between Henry Wilks and Amos Brearly.
At the beginning of the year, a small storyline involving Ruth Merrick going through a rough patch in her marriage with Tom Merrick saw Lynn Dalby return to the role for a few episodes. This was the first appearance of the character since November 1972 and the next time she would appear in 1980, Ruth went by a different name and was portrayed by a different actress.
Eric Allan and Diane Grayson left their roles as Frank Blakey and Janie Blakey respectively early in the year after their characters decided to move to Essex where Frank found himself a teaching job. Janie would return over 12 years later, then played by a different actress.
Carolyn Moody left the programme after nearly eighteen months of playing Alison Gibbons in September. That month also saw the final appearance of Patrick Holt as George Verney. Gail Harrison returned as Marian Wilks in December, last being seen almost two years previously and Diana Davies appeared in four episodes as housewife Letty Brewer. She would later return to the series ten years later as long-running character Caroline Bates.
Behind the scenes, the opening titles were updated for the first time in the programme's history in April.
|1||124||Tuesday 1st January||Gloria Tors||David Green||n/k||n/k|
|2||125||Monday 7th January||Neville Siggs||David Green||n/k||n/k|
|3||126||Tuesday 8th January||Neville Siggs||David Green||n/k||n/k|
|4||127||Monday 14th January||Neville Siggs||Bill Cole||n/k||n/k|
|5||128||Tuesday 15th January||Neville Siggs||Bill Cole||n/k||n/k|
|6||129||Monday 21st January||Neville Siggs||Michael Snow||n/k||n/k|
|7||130||Tuesday 22nd January||Neville Siggs||Michael Snow||n/k||n/k|
|8||131||Monday 28th January||Kevin Laffan||David Green||n/k||n/k|
|9||132||Tuesday 29th January||Kevin Laffan||David Green||n/k||n/k|
|10||133||Monday 4th February||Kevin Laffan||Robert D. Cardona||n/k||n/k|
|11||134||Tuesday 5th February||Kevin Laffan||Robert D. Cardona||n/k||n/k|
|12||135||Monday 11th February||Kevin Laffan||Bill Cole||n/k||n/k|
|13||136||Tuesday 12th February||Kevin Laffan||Bill Cole||n/k||n/k|
|14||137||Monday 18th February||Kevin Laffan||Michael Snow||n/k||n/k|
|15||138||Tuesday 19th February||Kevin Laffan||Michael Snow||n/k||n/k|
|16||139||Monday 25th February||David Crane||David Green||n/k||n/k|
|17||140||Tuesday 26th February||David Crane||David Green||n/k||n/k|
|18||141||Monday 4th March||Anthony Couch||Bill Cole||n/k||n/k|
|19||142||Tuesday 5th March||Anthony Couch||Bill Cole||n/k||n/k|
|20||143||Monday 11th March||Anthony Couch||Michael Snow||n/k||n/k|
|21||144||Tuesday 12th March||Anthony Couch||Michael Snow||n/k||n/k|
|22||145||Monday 18th March||Neville Siggs||Robert D. Cardona||n/k||n/k|
|23||146||Tuesday 19th March||Neville Siggs||David Green||n/k||n/k|
|24||147||Monday 25th March||Neville Siggs||Bill Cole||n/k||n/k|
|25||148||Tuesday 26th March||Neville Siggs||Bill Cole||n/k||n/k|
|26||149||Monday 1st April||Neville Siggs||David G. Reynolds||n/k||n/k|
|27||150||Tuesday 2nd April||Neville Siggs||David G. Reynolds||n/k||n/k|
|28||151||Monday 8th April||Neville Siggs||Michael Snow||n/k||n/k|
|29||152||Tuesday 9th April||Neville Siggs||Michael Snow||n/k||n/k|
|30||153||Tuesday 16th April||David Crane||Bill Cole||n/k||n/k|
|31||154||Monday 22nd April||David Crane||Bill Cole||n/k||n/k|
|32||155||Tuesday 23rd April||Gloria Tors||David Green||n/k||n/k|
|33||156||Monday 29th April||Gloria Tors||David Green||n/k||n/k|
|34||157||Tuesday 30th April||Gloria Tors||Michael Snow||n/k||n/k|
|35||158||Monday 6th May||Gloria Tors||Michael Snow||n/k||n/k|
|36||159||Tuesday 7th May||Gloria Tors||David G. Reynolds||n/k||n/k|
|37||160||Monday 13th May||Gloria Tors||David G. Reynolds||n/k||n/k|
|38||161||Tuesday 14th May||Kevin Laffan||David Green||n/k||n/k|
|39||162||Monday 20th May||Kevin Laffan||David G. Reynolds||n/k||n/k|
|40||163||Tuesday 21st May||Kevin Laffan||Michael Snow||n/k||n/k|
|41||164||Tuesday 28th May||Kevin Laffan||Michael Snow||n/k||n/k|
|42||165||Monday 3rd June||Kevin Laffan||David G. Reynolds||n/k||n/k|
|43||166||Tuesday 4th June||Kevin Laffan||David G. Reynolds||n/k||n/k|
|44||167||Monday 10th June||Kevin Laffan||David Green||n/k||n/k|
|45||168||Tuesday 11th June||Kevin Laffan||David Green||n/k||n/k|
|46||169||Monday 17th June||David Crane||Michael Snow||n/k||n/k|
|47||170||Tuesday 18th June||David Crane||Michael Snow||n/k||n/k|
|48||171||Monday 24th June||Anthony Couch||David G. Reynolds||n/k||n/k|
|49||172||Tuesday 25th June||Anthony Couch||David G. Reynolds||n/k||n/k|
|50||173||Monday 1st July||Anthony Couch||David Green||n/k||n/k|
|51||174||Tuesday 2nd July||Anthony Couch||David Green||n/k||n/k|
|52||175||Monday 8th July||Anthony Couch||Michael Snow||n/k||n/k|
|53||176||Tuesday 9th July||Anthony Couch||Michael Snow||n/k||n/k|
|54||177||Monday 15th July||Gloria Tors||David G. Reynolds||n/k||n/k|
|55||178||Tuesday 16th July||Gloria Tors||David G. Reynolds||n/k||n/k|
|56||179||Monday 22nd July||Neville Siggs||David Green||n/k||n/k|
|57||180||Tuesday 23rd July||Neville Siggs||David Green||n/k||n/k|
|58||181||Monday 29th July||Kevin Laffan||Michael Snow||n/k||n/k|
|59||182||Tuesday 30th July||Kevin Laffan||Michael Snow||n/k||n/k|
|60||183||Monday 5th August||Gloria Tors||David G. Reynolds||n/k||n/k|
|61||184||Tuesday 6th August||Gloria Tors||David G. Reynolds||n/k||n/k|
|62||185||Monday 12th August||Neville Siggs||David Green||n/k||n/k|
|63||186||Tuesday 13th August||Neville Siggs||David Green||n/k||n/k|
|64||187||Monday 19th August||Bob Stuart||Michael Snow||n/k||n/k|
|65||188||Tuesday 20th August||Kevin Laffan||Michael Snow||n/k||n/k|
|66||189||Monday 2nd September||Anthony Couch||David G. Reynolds||n/k||n/k|
|67||190||Tuesday 3rd September||Anthony Couch||David G. Reynolds||n/k||n/k|
|68||191||Monday 9th September||Kevin Laffan||Robert D. Cardona||n/k||n/k|
|69||192||Tuesday 10th September||Kevin Laffan||Robert D. Cardona||n/k||n/k|
|70||193||Monday 16th September||Anthony Couch||Michael Snow||n/k||n/k|
|71||194||Tuesday 17th September||Anthony Couch||Michael Snow||n/k||n/k|
|72||195||Monday 23rd September||Neville Siggs||David Green||n/k||n/k|
|73||196||Tuesday 24th September||Neville Siggs||David Green||n/k||n/k|
|74||197||Monday 30th September||Bob Stuart||Unknown||n/k||n/k|
|75||198||Tuesday 1st October||Bob Stuart||Unknown||n/k||n/k|
|76||199||Monday 7th October||Gloria Tors||Robert D. Cardona||n/k||n/k|
|77||200||Tuesday 8th October||Gloria Tors||Robert D. Cardona||n/k||n/k|
|78||201||Monday 14th October||Kevin Laffan||David Green||n/k||n/k|
|79||202||Tuesday 15th October||Kevin Laffan||David Green||n/k||n/k|
|80||203||Monday 21st October||Anthony Couch||Michael Snow||n/k||n/k|
|81||204||Tuesday 22nd October||Anthony Couch||Michael Snow||n/k||n/k|
|82||205||Monday 28th October||Neville Siggs||Brian Parker||n/k||n/k|
|83||206||Tuesday 29th October||Neville Siggs||Brian Parker||n/k||n/k|
|84||207||Monday 4th November||Bob Stuart||Hugh David||n/k||n/k|
|85||208||Tuesday 5th November||Bob Stuart||Hugh David||n/k||n/k|
|86||209||Monday 11th November||Gloria Tors||David G. Reynolds||n/k||n/k|
|87||210||Tuesday 12th November||Gloria Tors||David G. Reynolds||n/k||n/k|
|88||211||Monday 18th November||Kevin Laffan||Michael Snow||n/k||n/k|
|89||212||Tuesday 19th November||Kevin Laffan||Michael Snow||n/k||n/k|
|90||213||Monday 25th November||Anthony Couch||David Green||n/k||n/k|
|91||214||Tuesday 26th November||Anthony Couch||David Green||n/k||n/k|
|92||215||Monday 2nd December||Gloria Tors||David G. Reynolds||n/k||n/k|
|93||216||Tuesday 3rd December||Gloria Tors||David G. Reynolds||n/k||n/k|
|94||217||Monday 9th December||Neville Siggs||Michael Snow||n/k||n/k|
|95||218||Tuesday 10th December||Neville Siggs||Michael Snow||n/k||n/k|
|96||219||Monday 16th December||Neville Siggs||David Green||n/k||n/k|
|97||220||Tuesday 17th December||Neville Siggs||David Green||n/k||n/k|
|98||221||Monday 30th December||Gloria Tors||David Reynolds||n/k||n/k|
|99||222||Tuesday 31st December||Gloria Tors||David Reynolds||n/k||n/k|
|Ranking||Character||Played by||Duration||Number of Episodes||Running total||Previous year's ranking|
|1||Henry Wilks||Arthur Pentelow||Full year||98||204||3|
|2||Amos Brearly||Ronald Magill||Full year||97||198||6|
|3||Annie Sugden||Sheila Mercier||Full year||95||210||2|
|3||Matt Skilbeck||Frederick Pyne||Full year||95||200||4|
|5||Joe Sugden||Frazer Hines||Full year||93||210||1|
|6||Sam Pearson||Toke Townley||Full year||86||188||5|
|7||Christine Sharp/Sugden||Angela Cheyne||Until November||62||68||16|
|8||Alison Gibbons||Carolyn Moody||Until September||57||112||8|
|9||Dryden Hogben||Roy Boyd||February to July||48||48||-|
|10||Edward Ruskin||George Little||January, April to October||38||90||11|
|11||Norah Norris||Barbara Ashcroft||From August||35||35||-|
|12||Liz Ruskin||Daphne Green||January, April to November||31||71||12|
|13||Kathy Davis||Polly Hemingway||October to December||13||13||-|
|14||James Bonfils||Tom Browne||November to December||12||12||-|
|15||Janie Blakey||Diane Grayson||Until January||7||68||9|
|15||Frank Blakey||Eric Allan||Until January||7||65||9|
|17||Ruth Merrick||Lynn Dalby||January only||6||12||-|
|18||George Verney||Patrick Holt||January and September||3||32||13|
|19||Marian Wilks||Gail Harrison||From December||1||27||16|
to be added
Who lives whereEdit
- The Woolpack - Amos Brearly and Henry Wilks.
- Crossthwaite's Cottage - Franklin and Diana Prescott (February to July).
- Doctor's Surgery - Clare Scott.
- The Mill - Unoccupied.
- Beckindale Shop - Alison Gibbons (until September). Norah Norris (September onwards).
- Beckindale Vicarage - Edward and Liz Ruskin.
- Beckindale Forge - Dryden Hogben (March to July).
- Smithy Cottage - Frank and Janie Blakey (until January).
- Hawthorn Cottage - Joe Sugden (September onwards). Christine Sugden (September to October).
- Emmerdale Farm - Annie Sugden, Matt Skilbeck and Sam Pearson. Joe Sugden (until September). Christine Sharp (February to September). James Bonfils (November onwards).
- Holly Farm - Jim, Freda and Davey Gimbel. Kathy Gimbel (October to December).
- Miffield Hall - George Verney (until September).
Who works whereEdit
- The Woolpack - Amos Brearly and Henry Wilks.
- Village Store - Alison Gibbons (until September). Norah Norris (September onwards). Liz Ruskin (November onwards).
- Beckindale Forge - Frank Blakey (until January).
- Emmerdale Farm - Joe Sugden and Matt Skilbeck. Christine Sharp (February to September).
Awards and NominationsEdit
to be added
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