1984 was Emmerdale's 13th year. Storylines included Jack Sugden's affair with Karen Moore, an explosion at The Woolpack, Harry Mowlam's feud with Jackie Merrick, the arrival of Caroline Bates at NY Estates and Jackie shooting Caroline's dog. 76 episodes were broadcast this year.


1984 cast

The cast of Emmerdale Farm in 1984.

Richard Handford oversaw his first full year of production on the programme.

On 27th September, the programme lost an original cast member as Toke Townley passed away of a heart attack. Sheila Mercier appeared before the broadcast of that night's episode, Episode 894, to pay tribute to Townley. Due to advanced filming schedules however, Townley would remain onscreen as Sam Pearson until 22nd November 1984.

Behind the scenes, there would also be another notable departure as series creator and writer, Kevin Laffan, contributed his last script for the programme. Though he would remain as a show consultant going into 1985, Laffan's last episode was Episode 882 (24th May 1984). Speaking about his departure in Lance Parkin's 30 Years of Emmerdale book, Laffan would reveal that he left the show after refusing to change a script which led to conflict with production staff.

The graphic level of farming content increased this year as scenes appeared of several sheep and a cow giving birth on screen. In addition to this, there were also scenes of aborted lambs in fields. The storyline involving Jackie Merrick shooting Caroline Bates' dog, Bundle, was treated in a similar way as viewers actually saw the shooting. This particular way of telling the story saw a number of viewers write in to the show to seek assurance that the dog portraying Bundle was indeed okay and only acting - she, of course, was.

The programme was, once again, off air for its summer break over July and August.


# Ep.
Date Writer Director Viewing
1843Tuesday 10th January Alan JamesChris Lovettn/kn/k
2844Thursday 12th January Alan JamesChris Lovettn/kn/k
3845Tuesday 17th January Alan JamesChris Lovettn/kn/k
4846Thursday 19th January Alan JamesChris Lovettn/kn/k
5847Tuesday 24th January Alan JamesChris Lovettn/kn/k
6848Thursday 26th January Alan JamesChris Lovettn/kn/k
7849Tuesday 31st January Bill LyonsMike Gibbonn/kn/k
8850Thursday 2nd February Bill LyonsMike Gibbonn/kn/k
9851Tuesday 7th February Bill LyonsMike Gibbonn/kn/k
10852Thursday 9th February Bill LyonsMike Gibbonn/kn/k
11853Tuesday 14th February Steve TraffordMike Gibbonn/kn/k
12854Thursday 16th February Steve TraffordMike Gibbonn/kn/k
13855Tuesday 21st February Steve TraffordMike Gibbonn/kn/k
14856Thursday 23rd February Steve TraffordMike Gibbonn/kn/k
15857Tuesday 28th February Michael Russell
Tim Vaughan
Alistair Clarkn/kn/k
16858Thursday 1st March Michael Russell
Tim Vaughan
Alistair Clarkn/kn/k
17859Tuesday 6th March Michael RussellAlistair Clarkn/kn/k
18860Thursday 8th March Michael RussellAlistair Clarkn/kn/k
19861Tuesday 13th March Michael Russell
Tim Vaughan
Alistair Clarkn/kn/k
20862Thursday 15th March Michael Russell
Tim Vaughan
Alistair Clarkn/kn/k
21863Tuesday 20th March Michael Russell
Tim Vaughan
Fiona Cummingn/kn/k
22864Thursday 22nd March Michael Russell
Tim Vaughan
Fiona Cummingn/kn/k
23865Tuesday 27th March Michael Russell
Tim Vaughan
Fiona Cummingn/kn/k
24866Thursday 29th March Michael Russell
Tim Vaughan
Fiona Cummingn/kn/k
25867Tuesday 3rd April Michael RussellFiona Cummingn/kn/k
26868Thursday 5th April Michael RussellFiona Cumming11,900,000n/k
27869Tuesday 10th April Michael Russell
Tim Vaughan
Richard Handfordn/kn/k
28870Thursday 12th April Michael Russell
Tim Vaughan
Richard Handford11,200,000n/k
29871Tuesday 17th April Ken BlakesonRichard Handford10,900,00010
30872Thursday 19th April Ken BlakesonRichard Handfordn/kn/k
31873Tuesday 24th April Ken BlakesonRichard Handfordn/kn/k
32874Thursday 26th April Ken BlakesonRichard Handfordn/kn/k
33875Tuesday 1st May Ken BlakesonRichard Handfordn/kn/k
34876Thursday 3rd May Ken BlakesonRichard Handfordn/kn/k
35877Tuesday 8th May Kevin LaffanMervyn Cumming10,300,00017
36878Thursday 10th May Kevin LaffanMervyn Cummingn/kn/k
37879Tuesday 15th May Kevin LaffanMervyn Cummingn/kn/k
38880Wednesday 16th May Kevin LaffanMervyn Cummingn/kn/k
39881Tuesday 22nd May Kevin LaffanMervyn Cummingn/kn/k
40882Thursday 24th May Kevin LaffanMervyn Cummingn/kn/k
41883Tuesday 29th May Simon MastersChris Bakern/kn/k
42884Thursday 31st May Simon MastersChris Bakern/kn/k
43885Tuesday 5th June Simon MastersChris Baker10,600,0009
44886Thursday 7th June Simon MastersChris Baker9,800,000n/k
45887Tuesday 12th June Simon MastersChris Baker10,300,00013
46888Thursday 14th June Simon MastersChris Bakern/kn/k
47889Tuesday 11th September Andrew HoldenAlistair Clarkn/kn/k
48890Thursday 13th September Andrew HoldenAlistair Clarkn/kn/k
49891Tuesday 18th September Ken BlakesonAlistair Clarkn/kn/k
50892Thursday 20th September Ken BlakesonAlistair Clarkn/kn/k
51893Tuesday 25th September Ken BlakesonAlistair Clarkn/kn/k
52894Thursday 27th September Ken BlakesonAlistair Clarkn/kn/k
53895Tuesday 2nd October Michael RussellFiona Cummingn/kn/k
54896Thursday 4th October Michael RussellFiona Cummingn/kn/k
55897Tuesday 9th October Michael RussellFiona Cummingn/kn/k
56898Thursday 11th October Michael RussellFiona Cummingn/kn/k
57899Tuesday 16th October Michael RussellFiona Cummingn/kn/k
58900Thursday 18th October Michael RussellFiona Cummingn/kn/k
59901Tuesday 23rd October Tim VaughanRichard Holthousen/kn/k
60902Thursday 25th October Tim VaughanRichard Holthousen/kn/k
61903Tuesday 30th October Tim VaughanRichard Holthousen/kn/k
62904Thursday 1st November Tim VaughanRichard Holthousen/kn/k
63905Tuesday 6th November Tim VaughanRichard Holthousen/kn/k
64906Thursday 8th November Tim VaughanRichard Holthousen/kn/k
65907Tuesday 13th November Hugh MillerWilliam Slatern/kn/k
66908Thursday 15th November Hugh MillerWilliam Slatern/kn/k
67909Tuesday 20th November Hugh MillerWilliam Slater13,500,00016
68910Thursday 22nd November Hugh MillerWilliam Slatern/kn/k
69911Tuesday 27th November Tim VaughanWilliam Slater13,450,00014
70912Thursday 29th November Tim VaughanWilliam Slater13,550,00013
71913Tuesday 4th December Michael RussellDarrol Blake14,300,000n/k
72914Thursday 6th December Michael RussellDarrol Blaken/kn/k
73915Tuesday 11th December Michael RussellDarrol Blake14,300,00011
74916Thursday 13th December Michael RussellDarrol Blaken/kn/k
75917Tuesday 18th December Michael RussellDarrol Blake14,400,00010
76918Thursday 20th December Michael RussellDarrol Blaken/kn/k

Main Cast

Ranking Character Played by Duration Number of Episodes Running total Previous year's ranking
1Matt SkilbeckFrederick PyneFull year768801
1Annie SugdenSheila MercierFull year7685911
1Dolly SkilbeckJean RogersFull year765076
1Jack SugdenClive HornbyFull year764606
1Pat SugdenHelen WeirFull year763171
1Jackie MerrickIan SharrockFull year76293 4
1Alan TurnerRichard ThorpFull year76193 8
8Amos BrearlyRonald MagillFull year75876 4
9Henry WilksArthur PentelowFull year72876 8
10Seth ArmstrongStan RichardsFull year70338 1
11Sam PearsonToke TownleyUntil November66793 12
12Donald HintonHugh ManningFull year63380 10
12Caroline BatesDiana DaviesFrom February6363 -
14Samuel SkilbeckBenjamin WhiteheadFrom April4242 -
15Archie BrooksTony PittsUntil February, April to June, October to December3846 17
16Sandie MerrickJane HutchesonMatch to April and from October32187 16
17Jock MacDonaldDrew DawsonJanuary to February, May to June, October to November2444 15
17Karen MooreAnnie HulleyFrom September2424 -
19Bill MiddletonJohnny CaesarFebruary to March, May to June, September to November1818 -
20Tom MerrickJack CarrMarch to April and October1250 -
21Joe SugdenFrazer HinesNovember and December4762 14


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Emmerdale Farm in the 1980s
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