1978 was Emmerdale's 7th year. Storylines included a mine explosion, the marriage of Matt Skilbeck and Dolly Acaster, the death of George Verney and the purchase of his land by NY Estates and an armed robbery at The Woolpack. Michael Glynn continued as producer for the second year running. 75 episodes were broadcast.
ProductionEdit
ITV's decision to move the programme up the schedule proved to pay off as episodes began breaking into the network top twenty of the AGB ratings with 17 episodes out of the 75 broadcast appearing.
Stan Richards' arrival was the only notable change to the cast this year as Seth Armstrong appeared for the first time in Episode 449. Initially beginning as a secondary character, it would be another two years before Richards would begin to appear as a regular, for now only appearing when storylines demanded.
Gail Harrison returned as Marian Wilks for seven episodes from October. This would be the last time Harrison appeared in the series. When the character of Marian appeared again, nine years later, she would instead be portrayed by Debbi Blythe.
After two years of working as script editor, Chris Barlas departed the company to focus on writing. He was succeeded by Michael Russell who had previously worked in advertising and public relations. Russell had also previously worked on a farm and the Milk Marketing Board so, despite this being his first television post, was able to bring some experience to the programme.
The programme took another summer break this year, remaining off air for July and August. Thames Television took the opportunity to revise its scheduling for the September return, choosing to broadcast Crossroads across Monday to Thursday in a 6.35pm slot. As a result, the programme moved to 6.30pm on a Friday while the Tuesday episode remained untouched.
A seventeen day long strike at Yorkshire Television, caused by a dispute on a productivity agreement, prevented the last three episodes of Emmerdale Farm, covering Christmas in Beckindale, going out as intended. These were shown when the strike ended at the start of January 1979.
EpisodesEdit
# | Ep. No. | Date | Writer | Director | Viewing Figures | Chart Position |
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1 | 415 | Tuesday 10th January | William Corlett | Derek Martinus | n/k | n/k |
2 | 416 | Thursday 12th January | William Corlett | Derek Martinus | n/k | n/k |
3 | 417 | Tuesday 17th January | Neville Siggs | Len Lurcuck | n/k | n/k |
4 | 418 | Thursday 19th January | Neville Siggs | Len Lurcuck | n/k | n/k |
5 | 419 | Tuesday 24th January | Neville Siggs | Len Lurcuck | n/k | n/k |
6 | 420 | Thursday 26th January | Neville Siggs | Len Lurcuck | n/k | n/k |
7 | 421 | Tuesday 31st January | John Foster | Len Lurcuck | n/k | n/k |
8 | 422 | Thursday 2nd February | John Foster | Len Lurcuck | n/k | n/k |
9 | 423 | Tuesday 7th February | John Foster | Len Lurcuck | n/k | n/k |
10 | 424 | Thursday 9th February | John Foster | Len Lurcuck | n/k | n/k |
11 | 425 | Tuesday 14th February | Chris Barlas | Matthew Robinson | n/k | n/k |
12 | 426 | Thursday 16th February | Chris Barlas | Matthew Robinson | n/k | n/k |
13 | 427 | Tuesday 21st February | Chris Barlas | Matthew Robinson | n/k | n/k |
14 | 428 | Thursday 23rd February | Chris Barlas | Matthew Robinson | n/k | n/k |
15 | 429 | Tuesday 28th February | Chris Barlas | Matthew Robinson | n/k | n/k |
16 | 430 | Thursday 2nd March | Chris Barlas | Matthew Robinson | n/k | n/k |
17 | 431 | Tuesday 7th March | Andy Baker | Darrol Blake | 15,050,000 | 16 |
18 | 432 | Thursday 9th March | Andy Baker | Darrol Blake | n/k | n/k |
19 | 433 | Tuesday 14th March | Andy Baker | Darrol Blake | n/k | n/k |
20 | 434 | Thursday 16th March | Andy Baker | Darrol Blake | n/k | n/k |
21 | 435 | Tuesday 21st March | Andy Baker | Darrol Blake | n/k | n/k |
22 | 436 | Thursday 23rd March | Andy Baker | Darrol Blake | n/k | n/k |
23 | 437 | Tuesday 4th April | Neville Siggs | Len Lurcuck | 13,550,000 | 18 |
24 | 438 | Thursday 6th April | Neville Siggs | Len Lurcuck | 12,900,000 | 20 |
25 | 439 | Tuesday 11th April | Neville Siggs | Len Lurcuck | 13,150,000 | 21 |
26 | 440 | Thursday 13th April | Neville Siggs | Len Lurcuck | n/k | n/k |
27 | 441 | Tuesday 18th April | Neville Siggs | Len Lurcuck | 13,250,000 | 19 |
28 | 442 | Thursday 20th April | Neville Siggs | Len Lurcuck | n/k | n/k |
29 | 443 | Tuesday 25th April | Kevin Laffan | Gerald Blake | 12,800,000 | 20 |
30 | 444 | Thursday 27th April | Kevin Laffan | Gerald Blake | n/k | n/k |
31 | 445 | Tuesday 2nd May | Kevin Laffan | Gerald Blake | n/k | n/k |
32 | 446 | Thursday 4th May | Kevin Laffan | Gerald Blake | n/k | n/k |
33 | 447 | Tuesday 9th May | Kevin Laffan | Gerald Blake | n/k | n/k |
34 | 448 | Thursday 11th May | Kevin Laffan | Gerald Blake | n/k | n/k |
35 | 449 | Tuesday 16th May | Anne Valery | Paddy Russell | 11,450,000 | 20 |
36 | 450 | Thursday 18th May | Anne Valery | Paddy Russell | n/k | n/k |
37 | 451 | Tuesday 23rd May | Anne Valery | Paddy Russell | 10,950,000 | 18 |
38 | 452 | Thursday 25th May | Anne Valery | Paddy Russell | n/k | n/k |
39 | 453 | Tuesday 30th May | Anne Valery | Paddy Russell | n/k | n/k |
40 | 454 | Thursday 8th June | Anne Valery | Paddy Russell | n/k | n/k |
41 | 455 | Tuesday 13th June | Kevin Laffan | Derek Martinus | 10,950,000 | 20 |
42 | 456 | Thursday 15th June | Kevin Laffan | Derek Martinus | n/k | n/k |
43 | 457 | Tuesday 20th June | Kevin Laffan | Derek Martinus | 10,450,000 | 18 |
44 | 458 | Thursday 22nd June | Kevin Laffan | Derek Martinus | 10,600,000 | 17 |
45 | 459 | Tuesday 27th June | Kevin Laffan | Derek Martinus | 11,450,000 | 16 |
46 | 460 | Thursday 29th June | Kevin Laffan | Derek Martinus | 12,350,000 | 8 |
47 | 461 | Tuesday 5th September | William Corlett | Paddy Russell | n/k | n/k |
48 | 462 | Thursday 7th September | William Corlett | Paddy Russell | n/k | n/k |
49 | 463 | Tuesday 12th September | William Corlett | Paddy Russell | n/k | n/k |
50 | 464 | Thursday 14th September | William Corlett | Paddy Russell | n/k | n/k |
51 | 465 | Tuesday 19th September | William Corlett | Paddy Russell | n/k | n/k |
52 | 466 | Thursday 21st September | William Corlett | Paddy Russell | n/k | n/k |
53 | 467 | Tuesday 26th September | Kevin Laffan | David Reynolds | n/k | n/k |
54 | 468 | Thursday 28th September | Kevin Laffan | David Reynolds | n/k | n/k |
55 | 469 | Tuesday 3rd October | Kevin Laffan | David Reynolds | n/k | n/k |
56 | 470 | Thursday 5th October | Kevin Laffan | David Reynolds | n/k | n/k |
57 | 471 | Tuesday 10th October | Kevin Laffan | David Reynolds | n/k | n/k |
58 | 472 | Thursday 12th October | Kevin Laffan | David Reynolds | n/k | n/k |
59 | 473 | Tuesday 17th October | Chris Barlas | Paddy Russell | n/k | n/k |
60 | 474 | Thursday 19th October | Chris Barlas | Paddy Russell | 13,300,000 | 20 |
61 | 475 | Tuesday 24th October | Chris Barlas | Paddy Russell | n/k | n/k |
62 | 476 | Thursday 26th October | Chris Barlas | Paddy Russell | n/k | n/k |
63 | 477 | Tuesday 31st October | Chris Barlas | Paddy Russell | n/k | n/k |
64 | 478 | Thursday 2nd November | Chris Barlas | Paddy Russell | 12,900,000 | 19 |
65 | 479 | Tuesday 7th November | Andy Baker | Len Lurcuck | n/k | n/k |
66 | 480 | Thursday 9th November | Andy Baker | Len Lurcuck | n/k | n/k |
67 | 481 | Tuesday 14th November | Andy Baker | Len Lurcuck | n/k | n/k |
68 | 482 | Thursday 16th November | Andy Baker | Len Lurcuck | n/k | n/k |
69 | 483 | Tuesday 21st November | Andy Baker | Len Lurcuck | n/k | n/k |
70 | 484 | Thursday 23rd November | Andy Baker | Len Lurcuck | n/k | n/k |
71 | 485 | Tuesday 28th November | Malcolm Lynch | Nick Gray | 14,550,000 | 17 |
72 | 486 | Thursday 30th November | Malcolm Lynch | Nick Gray | n/k | n/k |
73 | 487 | Tuesday 5th December | Malcolm Lynch | Nick Gray | 14,100,000 | 16 |
74 | 488 | Thursday 7th December | Malcolm Lynch | Nick Gray | n/k | n/k |
75 | 489 | Thursday 14th December | Malcolm Lynch | Nick Gray | n/k | n/k |
Main CastEdit
Ranking | Character | Played by | Duration | Number of Episodes | Running total | Previous year's ranking |
---|---|---|---|---|---|---|
1 | Annie Sugden | Sheila Mercier | Full year | 75 | 471 | 1 |
1 | Matt Skilbeck | Frederick Pyne | Full year | 75 | 466 | 1 |
1 | Amos Brearly | Ronald Magill | Full year | 75 | 459 | 1 |
1 | Henry Wilks | Arthur Pentelow | Full year | 75 | 459 | 1 |
1 | Dolly Acaster/Skilbeck | Katharine Barker | Full year | 75 | 130 | 7 |
6 | Sam Pearson | Toke Townley | Full year | 74 | 442 | 6 |
7 | Joe Sugden | Frazer Hines | Full year | 73 | 475 | 1 |
8 | Donald Hinton | Hugh Manning | Full year | 69 | 85 | 9 |
9 | Seth Armstrong | Stan Richards | May to June, October to November | 17 | 17 | - |
10 | Marian Wilks | Gail Harrison | October to November | 7 | 40 | - |
StorylinesEdit
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Who lives whereEdit
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Awards and NominationsEdit
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