1976 was Emmerdale Farm's 5th year. Production was overseen by producer Robert D. Cardona and executive producer David Cunliffe

38 episodes were broadcasted this year. Storylines included Joe Sugden and Kathy Gimbel's scandalous relationship, Matt Skilbeck's twin children being killed in a road traffic accident along with his Aunt Beattie, The Woolpack relocating following subsidence, Amos Brearly becoming a reporter for the Hotten Courier and Jack Sugden's brief return. 


Esholt filming 1976

Arthur Pentelow, Ronald Magill, Sheila Mercier and Andrew Burt filming outside the new Woolpack in Esholt, 1976.

Behind the scenes, location filming switched from Arncliffe to Esholt where it would remain until 1998. Crew had decided that Arncliffe was too far from the Yorkshire TV studios, resulting in travelling being both time-consuming and expensive as, usually, cast and crew would need to stay overnight in local hotels. Like Arncliffe, Yorkshire Television were contracted not to name the new village being used. The Woolpack was deemed the most recognisable exterior from the Arncliffe village and therefore a storyline was devised for subsidence to force a relocation to a different building onscreen in Beckindale. The final episode filmed in Arncliffe aired on (5th April 1976)

Michael Glynn was announced as taking over production duties from Robert D. Cardona in May but, due to the programme remaining off air from mid-May for the remainder of the year, his work was not broadcast until the start of 1977. The break saw Emmerdale Farm remain off-screen for over six months and, as a result, only broadcast a total of 38 episodes in the calendar year. This is currently the longest period the show has remained off-air since it began. I didn't return until January the following year. 

Lorraine Peters made her last appearance as Lena Dawkins. Both Angela Cheyne and Andrew Burt returned to the screen for short stints in March as Christine Sugden and Jack Sugden respectively. This would be Andrew Burt's last appearance of Jack, being replaced by Clive Hornby upon the character's return in 1980. In April Lesley Manville departed as Rosemary Kendall after fourteen months in the role.


# Ep.
Date Writer Director Viewing
1285Monday 5th JanuaryKevin LaffanPaddy Russelln/kn/k
2286Tuesday 6th JanuaryKevin LaffanPaddy Russelln/kn/k
3287Monday 12th JanuaryKevin LaffanPaddy Russelln/kn/k
4288Tuesday 13th JanuaryKevin LaffanPaddy Russelln/kn/k
5289Monday 19th JanuaryKevin LaffanPaddy Russelln/kn/k
6290Tuesday 20th JanuaryKevin LaffanPaddy Russelln/kn/k
7291Monday 26th JanuaryKevin LaffanNick Grayn/kn/k
8292Tuesday 27th JanuaryKevin LaffanNick Grayn/kn/k
9293Monday 2nd FebruaryKevin LaffanRoger Cheveleyn/kn/k
10294Tuesday 3rd FebruaryKevin LaffanRoger Cheveleyn/kn/k
11295Monday 9th FebruaryKevin LaffanRoger Cheveleyn/kn/k
12296Tuesday 10th FebruaryKevin LaffanRoger Cheveleyn/kn/k
13297Monday 16th FebruaryMalcolm LynchDavid Reynoldsn/kn/k
14298Tuesday 17th FebruaryMalcolm LynchDavid Reynoldsn/kn/k
15299Monday 23rd FebruaryMalcolm LynchDavid Reynoldsn/kn/k
16300Tuesday 24th FebruaryMalcolm LynchDavid Reynoldsn/kn/k
17301Monday 1st MarchMalcolm LynchUnknownn/kn/k
18302Tuesday 2nd MarchMalcolm LynchUnknownn/kn/k
19303Monday 8th MarchWilliam CorlettPaddy Russelln/kn/k
20304Tuesday 9th MarchWilliam CorlettPaddy Russelln/kn/k
21305Monday 15th MarchWilliam CorlettPaddy Russelln/kn/k
22306Tuesday 16th MarchWilliam CorlettPaddy Russelln/kn/k
23307Monday 22nd MarchWilliam CorlettPaddy Russelln/kn/k
24308Tuesday 23rd MarchWilliam CorlettPaddy Russelln/kn/k
25309Monday 29th MarchDaniel RobertsDavid Reynoldsn/kn/k
26310Tuesday 30th MarchDaniel RobertsDavid Reynoldsn/kn/k
27311Monday 5th AprilJeremy BurnhamRoger Cheveleyn/kn/k
28312Tuesday 6th AprilJeremy BurnhamRoger Cheveleyn/kn/k
29313Monday 12th AprilPeter WhitbreadRoger Cheveleyn/kn/k
30314Tuesday 13th AprilPeter WhitbreadRoger Cheveleyn/kn/k
31315Monday 26th AprilTony HenshallDavid Reynoldsn/kn/k
32316Tuesday 27th AprilTony HenshallDavid Reynoldsn/kn/k
33317Monday 3rd MayTony HenshallDavid Reynoldsn/kn/k
34318Tuesday 4th MayTony HenshallDavid Reynoldsn/kn/k
35319Monday 10th MayAlick RoweNick Grayn/kn/k
36320Tuesday 11th MayAlick RoweNick Grayn/kn/k
37321Monday 17th MayJeremy BurnhamRoger Cheveleyn/kn/k
38322Tuesday 18th MayJeremy BurnhamRoger Cheveleyn/kn/k

Main CastEdit

Ranking Character Played by Duration Number of Episodes Running total Previous year's ranking
1Joe SugdenFrazer HinesFull year383101
1Annie SugdenSheila MercierFull year383054
1Matt SkilbeckFrederick PyneFull year382992
1Sam PearsonToke TownleyFull year382836
5Amos BrearlyRonald MagillFull year342923
6Henry WilksArthur PentelowFull year322944
7Rosemary KendallLesley ManvilleUntil April30777
8Kathy GimbelPolly HemingwayUntil February and May16608
9Jack SugdenAndrew BurtMarch to May12104 -
10Christine SugdenAngela CheyneMarch to April674 -


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Emmerdale Farm in the 1970s
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