1988 was Emmerdale's 17th year. Storylines included Alan Turner going into partnership at Home Farm with Joe Sugden, Dolly Skilbeck's affair with Stephen Fuller, Kathy Bates' wedding to Jackie Merrick, the beginnings of Joe Sugden's relationship with Kate Hughes and Nick Bates foiling a post office raid. 102 episodes were broadcast this year.
ProductionEdit
The previous year, Stuart Doughty was announced as Michael Russell's successor as producer. Doughty began his run with Episode 1235 (30th March 1988). Having left Brookside to join Emmerdale Farm, Doughty was keen to bring the show up to date by increasing the amount of scenes per episode and perking up cliffhangers to encourage audiences to come back for the next episode. He also expressed an interest in taking the show out of its reliant studio set, wanting to take advantage of both the rural setting of the show and other locations. As a result, the show did its first ever filming abroad as Kathy and Jackie Merrick enjoyed their honeymoon in Tunisia.
Finally, on 6th January, the programme became fully networked for the first time - meaning that the same episode was shown at exactly the same time in all ITV regions - in the 7.00pm slot. A massive achievement for the programme, this enabled publicity for the serial to be far easier and an extra push was made in London, the hardest region for the programme to crack, with an extensive billboard campaign.
There were a number of cast additions this year. Madeleine Howard was cast as Sarah Connolly. The character only appeared this year in April but would return as a regular in 1989. Joe Sugden found romance with Kate Hughes, portrayed by Sally Knyvette, and Kate's two children, Rachel and Mark Hughes, also arrived in the village soon after, portrayed by real life brother and sister Glenda and Craig McKay. Elsewhere, Richard Franklin debuted as Denis Rigg in August and Debbi Blyth and Jack Carr returned as Marian Rosetti and Tom Merrick respectively. For both characters, this would be the last time they appeared in the serial. Clive Hornby also took a break from the programme in the summer, returning later the following year.
EpisodesEdit
# | Ep. No. | Date | Writer | Director | Viewing Figures | Chart Position |
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1 | 1212 | Wednesday 6th January | Helen Greaves | Richard Holthouse | n/k | n/k |
2 | 1213 | Thursday 7th January | Helen Greaves | Richard Holthouse | n/k | n/k |
3 | 1214 | Wednesday 13th January | David Lane | Richard Holthouse | n/k | n/k |
4 | 1215 | Thursday 14th January | David Lane | Richard Holthouse | n/k | n/k |
5 | 1215a | Wednesday 20th January | Andrew Holden | Alister Hallum | n/k | n/k |
6 | 1216 | Thursday 21st January | Jackie Newey | Alister Hallum | n/k | n/k |
7 | 1217 | Wednesday 27th January | Jackie Newey | Alister Hallum | n/k | n/k |
8 | 1218 | Thursday 28th January | Jackie Newey | Alister Hallum | n/k | n/k |
9 | 1219 | Wednesday 3rd February | Jackie Newey | Alister Hallum | n/k | n/k |
10 | 1220 | Thursday 4th February | Jackie Newey | Alister Hallum | n/k | n/k |
11 | 1221 | Wednesday 10th February | Tim Vaughan | Bill Bryce | n/k | n/k |
12 | 1222 | Thursday 11th February | Tim Vaughan | Bill Bryce | n/k | n/k |
13 | 1223 | Wednesday 17th February | Tim Vaughan | Chris Lovett | n/k | n/k |
14 | 1224 | Thursday 18th February | Ken Blakeson | Chris Lovett | n/k | n/k |
15 | 1225 | Wednesday 24th February | Ken Blakeson | Chris Lovett | n/k | n/k |
16 | 1226 | Thursday 25th February | Ken Blakeson | Chris Lovett | n/k | n/k |
17 | 1227 | Wednesday 2nd March | Ken Blakeson | Chris Lovett | n/k | n/k |
18 | 1228 | Thursday 3rd March | Ken Blakeson | Chris Lovett | n/k | n/k |
19 | 1229 | Wednesday 9th March | Steve Trafford | Alan Marsden | n/k | n/k |
20 | 1230 | Thursday 10th March | Steve Trafford | Alan Marsden | n/k | n/k |
21 | 1231 | Wednesday 16th March | Steve Trafford | Alan Marsden | n/k | n/k |
22 | 1232 | Thursday 17th March | Charles Hodges | Alan Marsden | n/k | n/k |
23 | 1233 | Wednesday 23rd March | Charles Hodges | Alan Marsden | n/k | n/k |
24 | 1234 | Thursday 24th March | Charles Hodges | Alan Marsden | n/k | n/k |
25 | 1235 | Wednesday 30th March | Charles Hodges | Mervyn Cumming | n/k | n/k |
26 | 1236 | Thursday 31st March | Dave Parker | Mervyn Cumming | n/k | n/k |
27 | 1237 | Wednesday 6th April | Dave Parker | Mervyn Cumming | n/k | n/k |
28 | 1238 | Thursday 7th April | Andrew Holden | Mervyn Cumming | n/k | n/k |
29 | 1239 | Wednesday 13th April | Andrew Holden | Mervyn Cumming | n/k | n/k |
30 | 1240 | Thursday 14th April | Andrew Holden | Mervyn Cumming | n/k | n/k |
31 | 1241 | Wednesday 20th April | Andrew Holden | Nicholas Prosser | n/k | n/k |
32 | 1242 | Thursday 21st April | John Chambers | Nicholas Prosser | n/k | n/k |
33 | 1243 | Wednesday 27th April | John Chambers | Nicholas Prosser | n/k | n/k |
34 | 1244 | Thursday 28th April | John Chambers | Nicholas Prosser | n/k | n/k |
35 | 1245 | Wednesday 4th May | John Chambers | Nicholas Prosser | n/k | n/k |
36 | 1246 | Thursday 5th May | John Chambers | Nicholas Prosser | n/k | n/k |
37 | 1247 | Wednesday 11th May | James Robson | Terry Daw | n/k | n/k |
38 | 1248 | Thursday 12th May | James Robson | Terry Daw | n/k | n/k |
39 | 1249 | Wednesday 18th May | James Robson | Terry Daw | n/k | n/k |
40 | 1250 | Thursday 19th May | James Robson | Terry Daw | n/k | n/k |
41 | 1251 | Wednesday 25th May | Jackie Newey | Terry Daw | n/k | n/k |
42 | 1252 | Thursday 26th May | Jackie Newey | Terry Daw | n/k | n/k |
43 | 1253 | Wednesday 1st June | Michael Russell | William Slater | n/k | n/k |
44 | 1254 | Thursday 2nd June | Michael Russell | William Slater | n/k | n/k |
45 | 1255 | Wednesday 8th June | Michael Russell | William Slater | n/k | n/k |
46 | 1256 | Thursday 9th June | Michael Russell | William Slater | n/k | n/k |
47 | 1257 | Thursday 16th June | Michael Russell | William Slater | n/k | n/k |
48 | 1258 | Thursday 23rd June | Michael Russell | William Slater | n/k | n/k |
49 | 1259 | Wednesday 29th June | Peter Dillon | Sue Butterworth | n/k | n/k |
50 | 1260 | Thursday 30th June | Peter Dillon | Sue Butterworth | n/k | n/k |
51 | 1261 | Wednesday 6th July | Peter J Hammond | Sue Butterworth | n/k | n/k |
52 | 1262 | Thursday 7th July | Peter J Hammond | Sue Butterworth | n/k | n/k |
53 | 1263 | Wednesday 13th July | John Canon | Sue Butterworth | n/k | n/k |
54 | 1264 | Thursday 14th July | John Canon | Sue Butterworth | n/k | n/k |
55 | 1265 | Wednesday 20th July | Dave Parker | Sue Butterworth | n/k | n/k |
56 | 1266 | Thursday 21st July | Dave Parker | Sue Butterworth | n/k | n/k |
57 | 1267 | Wednesday 27th July | Gary Hopkins | Tom Kingdon | n/k | n/k |
58 | 1268 | Thursday 28th July | Gary Hopkins | Tom Kingdon | n/k | n/k |
59 | 1269 | Wednesday 3rd August | Charles Hodges | Tom Kingdon | n/k | n/k |
60 | 1270 | Thursday 4th August | Charles Hodges | Tom Kingdon | n/k | n/k |
61 | 1271 | Wednesday 10th August | Harry Duffin | Tom Kingdon | n/k | n/k |
62 | 1272 | Thursday 11th August | Harry Duffin | Tom Kingdon | n/k | n/k |
63 | 1273 | Wednesday 17th August | James Robson | Michael E. Briant | n/k | n/k |
64 | 1274 | Thursday 18th August | James Robson | Michael E. Briant | n/k | n/k |
65 | 1275 | Wednesday 24th August | Patrea Smallacombe | Michael E. Briant | n/k | n/k |
66 | 1276 | Thursday 25th August | Patrea Smallacombe | Michael E. Briant | n/k | n/k |
67 | 1277 | Wednesday 31st August | Dave Parker | Michael E. Briant | n/k | n/k |
68 | 1278 | Thursday 1st September | Dave Parker | Michael E. Briant | n/k | n/k |
69 | 1279 | Wednesday 7th September | Jackie Newey | Mervyn Cumming | n/k | n/k |
70 | 1280 | Thursday 8th September | Jackie Newey | Mervyn Cumming | n/k | n/k |
71 | 1281 | Wednesday 14th September | Barry Woodward | Mervyn Cumming | n/k | n/k |
72 | 1282 | Thursday 15th September | Barry Woodward | Mervyn Cumming | n/k | n/k |
73 | 1283 | Wednesday 21st September | Harry Duffin | Mervyn Cumming | n/k | n/k |
74 | 1284 | Thursday 22nd September | Harry Duffin | Mervyn Cumming | n/k | n/k |
75 | 1285 | Wednesday 28th September | Gary Hopkins | Chris Lovett | n/k | n/k |
76 | 1286 | Thursday 29th September | Gary Hopkins | Chris Lovett | n/k | n/k |
77 | 1287 | Wednesday 5th October | Peter Dillon | Chris Lovett | n/k | n/k |
78 | 1288 | Thursday 6th October | Peter Dillon | Chris Lovett | n/k | n/k |
79 | 1289 | Wednesday 12th October | Peter J Hammond | Chris Lovett | n/k | n/k |
80 | 1290 | Thursday 13th October | Peter J Hammond | Chris Lovett | n/k | n/k |
81 | 1291 | Wednesday 19th October | Dave Parker | John Darnell | n/k | n/k |
82 | 1292 | Thursday 20th October | Dave Parker | John Darnell | n/k | n/k |
83 | 1293 | Wednesday 26th October | Barry Woodward | John Darnell | n/k | n/k |
84 | 1294 | Thursday 27th October | Barry Woodward | John Darnell | n/k | n/k |
85 | 1295 | Wednesday 2nd November | Charles Hodges | John Darnell | n/k | n/k |
86 | 1296 | Thursday 3rd November | Charles Hodges | John Darnell | 11,750,000 | n/k |
87 | 1297 | Wednesday 9th November | James Robson | David Richardson | n/k | n/k |
88 | 1298 | Thursday 10th November | James Robson | David Richardson | n/k | n/k |
89 | 1299 | Wednesday 16th November | Barry Woodward | David Richardson | n/k | n/k |
90 | 1300 | Thursday 17th November | Barry Woodward | David Richardson | n/k | n/k |
91 | 1301 | Wednesday 23rd November | Gary Hopkins | David Richardson | n/k | n/k |
92 | 1302 | Thursday 24th November | Gary Hopkins | David Richardson | n/k | n/k |
93 | 1303 | Wednesday 30th November | Patrea Smallacombe | Michael Brayshaw | n/k | n/k |
94 | 1304 | Thursday 1st December | Patrea Smallacombe | Michael Brayshaw | n/k | n/k |
95 | 1305 | Wednesday 7th December | Jackie Newey | Michael Brayshaw | 11,450,000 | n/k |
96 | 1306 | Thursday 8th December | Jackie Newey | Michael Brayshaw | 11,350,000 | n/k |
97 | 1307 | Wednesday 14th December | James Robson | Michael Brayshaw | n/k | n/k |
98 | 1308 | Thursday 15th December | James Robson | Michael Brayshaw | n/k | n/k |
99 | 1309 | Wednesday 21st December | Harry Duffin | Henry Foster | n/k | n/k |
100 | 1310 | Thursday 22nd December | Harry Duffin | Henry Foster | n/k | n/k |
101 | 1311 | Wednesday 28th December | Peter J Hammond | Henry Foster | 12,000,000 | 18 |
102 | 1312 | Thursday 29th December | Peter J Hammond | Henry Foster | 11,850,000 | 20 |
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 | 102 | 900 | 1 |
2 | Matt Skilbeck | Frederick Pyne | Full year | 100 | 1268 | 3 |
2 | Amos Brearly | Ronald Magill | Full year | 100 | 1260 | 6 |
2 | Annie Sugden | Sheila Mercier | Full year | 100 | 1226 | 12 |
2 | Joe Sugden | Frazer Hines | Full year | 100 | 1038 | 4 |
6 | Henry Wilks | Arthur Pentelow | Full year | 98 | 1252 | 6 |
7 | Kathy Bates/Merrick | Malandra Burrows | Full year | 95 | 285 | 11 |
8 | Alan Turner | Richard Thorp | Full year | 94 | 573 | 4 |
8 | Caroline Bates | Diana Davies | Full year | 94 | 440 | 4 |
10 | Seth Armstrong | Stan Richards | Full year | 92 | 713 | 10 |
10 | Sandie Merrick | Jane Hutcheson | Full year | 92 | 559 | 10 |
10 | Nick Bates | Cy Chadwick | Full year | 92 | 194 | 15 |
13 | Jackie Merrick | Ian Sharrock | Full year | 91 | 668 | 6 |
14 | Phil Pearce | Peter Alexander | Full year | 83 | 204 | 14 |
15 | Archie Brooks | Tony Pitts | Full year | 79 | 265 | 12 |
16 | Jack Sugden | Clive Hornby | Until September | 64 | 812 | 2 |
17 | Eric Pollard | Christopher Chittell | January to February, April to July, September onwards | 55 | 121 | 20 |
18 | Jock MacDonald | Drew Dawson | Until May and from September | 44 | 211 | 18 |
18 | Robert Sugden | Richard Smith | Until May and July to September | 44 | 114 | 17 |
20 | Ruth Pennington | Julia Chambers | Until July | 42 | 91 | 19 |
21 | Donald Hinton | Hugh Manning | January to February, July to September, November and December | 36 | 573 | 21 |
21 | Kate Hughes | Sally Knyvette | From August | 36 | 36 | - |
23 | Rachel Hughes | Glenda McKay | From September | 26 | 26 | - |
24 | Bill Middleton | Johnny Caesar | Until April and from October | 24 | 151 | 22 |
24 | Mark Hughes | Craig McKay | From September | 24 | 24 | - |
26 | Denis Rigg | Richard Franklin | August to November | 20 | 20 | - |
27 | Samuel Skilbeck | Benjamin Whitehead | January, March to April, June, November and December | 15 | 298 | 16 |
28 | Marian Rosetti | Debbi Blythe | July to September | 10 | 61 | 23 |
29 | Sarah Connolly | Madeleine Howard | April only | 7 | 7 | - |
30 | Tom Merrick | Jack Carr | January to February only | 5 | 70 | - |
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