1987 was Emmerdale's 16th year. Storylines included the villagers protests against a proposed nuclear dump, Joe Sugden's ill-fated love affair with Ruth Pennington, the return of Marian Wilks with new husband Paolo, Eric Pollard's hate campaign against Sandie Merrick and the collapse of NY Estates. 100 episodes were broadcast this year.
ProductionEdit
Michael Russell continued as producer for the show.
The year was mainly dominated by the nuclear dump story. Such bold political ground was new for Emmerdale Farm and some quarters of the press criticised the show as being politically biased for airing an anti-nuclear storyline in an election year. Elsewhere, some viewers worried the programme was changing to become more 'topical' and wrote in with their concerns to the production team. The show also began to slowly edge away from storylines revolving around Emmerdale Farm and the Sugdens as more focus was placed on the village of Beckindale and the likes of Home Farm and Hotten Cattle Market.
The only changes in cast this year were the arrival of Julia Chambers as Joe Sugden's new love interest, Ruth Pennington and the brief return of Marian Wilks (now 'Rosetti') with a new actress portraying her - Debbi Blyth.
EpisodesEdit
# | Ep. No. | Date | Writer | Director | Viewing Figures | Chart Position |
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1 | 1112 | Tuesday 6th January | Steve Trafford | David Crozier | n/k | n/k |
2 | 1113 | Thursday 8th January | Steve Trafford | David Crozier | n/k | n/k |
3 | 1114 | Tuesday 13th January | Steve Trafford | David Crozier | n/k | n/k |
4 | 1115 | Thursday 15th January | Steve Trafford | David Crozier | n/k | n/k |
5 | 1116 | Tuesday 20th January | Steve Trafford | David Crozier | n/k | n/k |
6 | 1117 | Thursday 22nd January | Steve Trafford | David Crozier | n/k | n/k |
7 | 1118 | Tuesday 27th January | Ken Blakeson | Fiona Cumming | n/k | n/k |
8 | 1119 | Thursday 29th January | Ken Blakeson | Fiona Cumming | n/k | n/k |
9 | 1120 | Tuesday 3rd February | Ken Blakeson | Fiona Cumming | n/k | n/k |
10 | 1121 | Thursday 5th February | Ken Blakeson | Fiona Cumming | n/k | n/k |
11 | 1122 | Tuesday 10th February | Ken Blakeson | Fiona Cumming | n/k | n/k |
12 | 1123 | Thursday 12th February | Ken Blakeson | Fiona Cumming | n/k | n/k |
13 | 1124 | Tuesday 17th February | Charles Hodges | Alister Hallum | n/k | n/k |
14 | 1125 | Thursday 19th February | Charles Hodges | Alister Hallum | n/k | n/k |
15 | 1126 | Tuesday 24th February | Charles Hodges | Alister Hallum | n/k | n/k |
16 | 1127 | Thursday 26th February | Charles Hodges | Alister Hallum | n/k | n/k |
17 | 1128 | Tuesday 3rd March | Charles Hodges | Alister Hallum | n/k | n/k |
18 | 1129 | Thursday 5th March | Charles Hodges | Alister Hallum | n/k | n/k |
19 | 1130 | Tuesday 10th March | James Robson | Darrol Blake | n/k | n/k |
20 | 1131 | Thursday 12th March | James Robson | Darrol Blake | n/k | n/k |
21 | 1132 | Tuesday 17th March | James Robson | Darrol Blake | n/k | n/k |
22 | 1133 | Thursday 19th March | James Robson | Darrol Blake | n/k | n/k |
23 | 1134 | Tuesday 24th March | James Robson | Darrol Blake | n/k | n/k |
24 | 1135 | Thursday 26th March | James Robson | Darrol Blake | n/k | n/k |
25 | 1136 | Tuesday 31st March | Jackie Newey | Vivienne Cozens | n/k | n/k |
26 | 1137 | Thursday 2nd April | Jackie Newey | Vivienne Cozens | n/k | n/k |
27 | 1138 | Tuesday 7th April | Jackie Newey | Vivienne Cozens | n/k | n/k |
28 | 1139 | Thursday 9th April | Jackie Newey | Vivienne Cozens | n/k | n/k |
29 | 1140 | Tuesday 14th April | Jackie Newey | Vivienne Cozens | n/k | n/k |
30 | 1141 | Thursday 16th April | Tim Vaughan | Vivienne Cozens | n/k | n/k |
31 | 1142 | Tuesday 21st April | Tim Vaughan | Mervyn Cumming | n/k | n/k |
32 | 1143 | Thursday 23rd April | Tim Vaughan | Mervyn Cumming | n/k | n/k |
33 | 1144 | Tuesday 28th April | Tim Vaughan | Mervyn Cumming | n/k | n/k |
34 | 1145 | Thursday 30th April | Tim Vaughan | Mervyn Cumming | n/k | n/k |
35 | 1146 | Tuesday 5th May | Tim Vaughan | Mervyn Cumming | n/k | n/k |
36 | 1147 | Thursday 7th May | Tim Vaughan | Mervyn Cumming | n/k | n/k |
37 | 1148 | Tuesday 12th May | Simon Masters | William Slater | n/k | n/k |
38 | 1149 | Thursday 14th May | Simon Masters | William Slater | n/k | n/k |
39 | 1150 | Tuesday 19th May | Simon Masters | William Slater | n/k | n/k |
40 | 1151 | Thursday 21st May | Simon Masters | William Slater | n/k | n/k |
41 | 1152 | Tuesday 26th May | Simon Masters | William Slater | n/k | n/k |
42 | 1153 | Thursday 28th May | Simon Masters | William Slater | n/k | n/k |
43 | 1154 | Tuesday 2nd June | Michael Russell | Bob Hird | n/k | n/k |
44 | 1155 | Thursday 4th June | Michael Russell | Bob Hird | n/k | n/k |
45 | 1156 | Tuesday 9th June | Michael Russell | Bob Hird | n/k | n/k |
46 | 1157 | Thursday 11th June | Michael Russell | Bob Hird | n/k | n/k |
47 | 1158 | Tuesday 16th June | Michael Russell | Bob Hird | n/k | n/k |
48 | 1159 | Thursday 18th June | Michael Russell | Bob Hird | n/k | n/k |
49 | 1160 | Tuesday 23rd June | Andrew Holden | Darrol Blake | n/k | n/k |
50 | 1161 | Thursday 25th June | Andrew Holden | Darrol Blake | n/k | n/k |
51 | 1162 | Tuesday 30th June | Andrew Holden | Darrol Blake | n/k | n/k |
52 | 1163 | Thursday 2nd July | Andrew Holden | Darrol Blake | n/k | n/k |
53 | 1164 | Tuesday 7th July | James Robson | Darrol Blake | n/k | n/k |
54 | 1165 | Thursday 9th July | James Robson | Darrol Blake | n/k | n/k |
55 | 1166 | Tuesday 14th July | James Robson | Darrol Blake | n/k | n/k |
56 | 1167 | Thursday 16th July | James Robson | Darrol Blake | n/k | n/k |
57 | 1168 | Tuesday 21st July | Ken Blakeson | David Crozier | n/k | n/k |
58 | 1169 | Thursday 23rd July | Ken Blakeson | David Crozier | n/k | n/k |
59 | 1170 | Tuesday 28th July | Ken Blakeson | David Crozier | n/k | n/k |
60 | 1171 | Thursday 30th July | Ken Blakeson | David Crozier | n/k | n/k |
61 | 1172 | Tuesday 4th August | Ken Blakeson | David Crozier | n/k | n/k |
62 | 1173 | Thursday 6th August | Ken Blakeson | David Crozier | n/k | n/k |
63 | 1174 | Tuesday 11th August | Steve Trafford | Alister Hallum | n/k | n/k |
64 | 1175 | Thursday 13th August | Steve Trafford | Alister Hallum | n/k | n/k |
65 | 1176 | Tuesday 18th August | Steve Trafford | Alister Hallum | n/k | n/k |
66 | 1177 | Thursday 20th August | Steve Trafford | Alister Hallum | n/k | n/k |
67 | 1178 | Tuesday 25th August | Steve Trafford | Alister Hallum | n/k | n/k |
68 | 1179 | Thursday 27th August | Steve Trafford | Alister Hallum | n/k | n/k |
69 | 1180 | Tuesday 1st September | Charles Hodges | Richard Handford | n/k | n/k |
70 | 1181 | Thursday 3rd September | Charles Hodges | Richard Handford | n/k | n/k |
71 | 1182 | Tuesday 8th September | Charles Hodges | Simon Somers | n/k | n/k |
72 | 1183 | Thursday 10th September | Charles Hodges | Simon Somers | n/k | n/k |
73 | 1184 | Tuesday 15th September | Charles Hodges | Richard Handford | n/k | n/k |
74 | 1185 | Thursday 17th September | Charles Hodges | Richard Handford | n/k | n/k |
75 | 1186 | Tuesday 22nd September | Peter Dillon | William Slater | n/k | n/k |
76 | 1187 | Thursday 24th September | Peter Dillon | William Slater | n/k | n/k |
77 | 1188 | Tuesday 29th September | Peter Dillon | William Slater | n/k | n/k |
78 | 1189 | Thursday 1st October | Peter Dillon | William Slater | n/k | n/k |
79 | 1190 | Tuesday 6th October | Peter Dillon | William Slater | n/k | n/k |
80 | 1191 | Thursday 8th October | Peter Dillon | William Slater | n/k | n/k |
81 | 1192 | Tuesday 13th October | Chris Barlas | Alister Hallum | n/k | n/k |
82 | 1193 | Thursday 15th October | Chris Barlas | Alister Hallum | n/k | n/k |
83 | 1194 | Tuesday 20th October | Chris Barlas | Alister Hallum | n/k | n/k |
84 | 1195 | Thursday 22nd October | Chris Barlas | Alister Hallum | n/k | n/k |
85 | 1196 | Tuesday 27th October | Chris Barlas | Alister Hallum | n/k | n/k |
86 | 1197 | Thursday 29th October | Chris Barlas | Alister Hallum | n/k | n/k |
87 | 1198 | Tuesday 3rd November | Simon Masters | David Crozier | n/k | n/k |
88 | 1199 | Thursday 5th November | Simon Masters | David Crozier | n/k | n/k |
89 | 1200 | Tuesday 10th November | Simon Masters | David Crozier | n/k | n/k |
90 | 1201 | Thursday 12th November | Simon Masters | David Crozier | n/k | n/k |
91 | 1202 | Tuesday 17th November | Simon Masters | David Crozier | n/k | n/k |
92 | 1203 | Thursday 19th November | Simon Masters | David Crozier | n/k | n/k |
93 | 1204 | Tuesday 24th November | Michael Russell | Bob Hird | n/k | n/k |
94 | 1205 | Thursday 26th November | Michael Russell | Bob Hird | n/k | n/k |
95 | 1206 | Tuesday 1st December | Michael Russell | Bob Hird | n/k | n/k |
96 | 1207 | Thursday 3rd December | Michael Russell | Bob Hird | n/k | n/k |
97 | 1208 | Tuesday 8th December | James Robson | Bob Hird | n/k | n/k |
98 | 1209 | Thursday 10th December | James Robson | Bob Hird | n/k | n/k |
99 | 1210 | Tuesday 15th December | James Robson | Richard Holthouse | n/k | n/k |
100 | 1211 | Thursday 17th December | James Robson | Richard Holthouse | n/k | n/k |
Main CastEdit
Ranking | Character | Played by | Duration | Number of Episodes | Running total | Previous year's ranking |
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1 | Dolly Skilbeck | Jean Rogers | Full year | 98 | 798 | 1 |
2 | Jack Sugden | Clive Hornby | Full year | 97 | 748 | 6 |
3 | Matt Skilbeck | Frederick Pyne | Full year | 96 | 1168 | 6 |
3 | Joe Sugden | Frazer Hines | Full year | 96 | 938 | 14 |
3 | Alan Turner | Richard Thorp | Full year | 96 | 479 | 6 |
6 | Caroline Bates | Diana Davies | Full year | 95 | 346 | 6 |
7 | Jackie Merrick | Ian Sharrock | Full year | 92 | 577 | 1 |
8 | Amos Brearly | Ronald Magill | Full year | 91 | 1160 | 1 |
8 | Henry Wilks | Arthur Pentelow | Full year | 91 | 1154 | 1 |
8 | Seth Armstrong | Stan Richards | Full year | 91 | 621 | 6 |
11 | Sandie Merrick | Jane Hutcheson | Full year | 90 | 467 | 11 |
11 | Kathy Bates | Malandra Burrows | Full year | 90 | 190 | 12 |
13 | Annie Sugden | Sheila Mercier | Full year except August | 84 | 1126 | 1 |
14 | Archie Brooks | Tony Pitts | Full year | 83 | 186 | 23 |
15 | Phil Pearce | Peter Alexander | Full year | 78 | 121 | 18 |
16 | Nick Bates | Cy Chadwick | Full year | 70 | 102 | 20 |
17 | Samuel Skilbeck | Benjamin Whitehead | Full year except September | 63 | 283 | 13 |
18 | Robert Sugden | Richard Smith | From March | 56 | 71 | - |
19 | Jock MacDonald | Drew Dawson | Full year except October | 54 | 167 | 19 |
20 | Ruth Pennington | Julia Chambers | From June | 49 | 49 | - |
21 | Eric Pollard | Christopher Chittell | January, March to April, June to July, October onwards | 49 | 66 | 22 |
22 | Donald Hinton | Hugh Manning | March to August and from November | 45 | 537 | 16 |
23 | Bill Middleton | Johnny Caesar | January, March to April, June to September and from November | 40 | 127 | 21 |
24 | Marian Rosetti | Debbi Blythe | June and July only | 11 | 51 | - |
StorylinesEdit
JanuaryEdit
- Dolly Skilbeck has to face up to her past regarding her illegitimate son Graham Lodsworth.
FebruaryEdit
- Graham Lodsworth is sent back to the army.
- Jackie Merrick falls down a mine shaft. He is rescued and is not badly hurt.
MarchEdit
- The whole of Beckindale has a new battle on its hands. The villagers face an uncertain future as the government plan to build a nuclear dump on Pencross Fell.
AprilEdit
- Eric Pollard's misdemeanours are uncovered and he is sacked as auctioneer from Hotten Cattle Market. He blames Sandie Merrick for getting him sacked and starts a hat campaign against her.
- The villagers arrange meetings to discuss the nuclear dump proposals. They will not give up without a fight. A councillor, Mr. Bailey visits the village and says the nuclear dump will not affect the village. The villagers argue and put "No Nukes Here" signs all over Bailey's car.
- Eric holds Sandie hostage at Mill Cottage and threatens her with a poker. He gives her a sob story and she drives him home.
MayEdit
JuneEdit
JulyEdit
AugustEdit
SeptemberEdit
- Nasty cowman Mr Bracknell terrorises Ruth Pennington, saying she put him out of business. Joe defends her and Bracknell punches him in the face.
- After 6 months of endless campaigns and riots opposing the proposed nuclear dump, the government in London says that the plans for the dump are being abandoned, and they are pulling out of Beckindale. The whole village celebrates and they all spend the night drinking in The Woolpack. Amos is more worried about the fact that some customers bought their own beer instead of buying it on the pub premises but Henry says they can overlook it for a celebration. Jack and Henry visit the now quiet Pencross Fell.
OctoberEdit
NovemberEdit
DecemberEdit
Who lives whereEdit
to be added
Awards and NominationsEdit
to be added
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