1990 was Emmerdale's 19th year. 102 episodes were broadcast and production was overseen by Stuart Doughty. Storylines included David Hughes' attempts to split up Kate and Joe Sugden, Elsa Feldmann falling pregnant by boyfriend Nick Bates, Pete Whiteley's hit and run death, the beginnings of Chris Tate and Kathy Merrick's relationship and Amos Brearly's stroke.
The first official fan club for a soap launched on 15th January as founder Jenny Godfrey launched The Emmerdale Club after a year and a half of preparations. The launch event was held at London Zoo and Ronald Magill, Arthur Pentelow, Stan Richards, Cy Chadwick, Glenda McKay and producer Stuart Doughty were all there to take part in the occasion. The launch was responsible for press hearing that Ronald Magill had handed in his notice, deciding to retire from the character of Amos Brearly and return to the theatre. On screen business partner, Arthur Pentelow, would note his sadness to see Ronald leave but assured viewers he had no plans to give up the role of Henry Wilks. Amos' exit was filmed in November but not transmitted until January 1991.
Fionnuala Ellwood had decided to leave the programme to pursue other projects and writers were forced to come up with a way to write Lynn Whiteley out of the village. Deciding the most realistic option would be to have Lynn leave with Pete, Jim Millea was informed that he too would be written out of the programme. Both left in January, following the reveal of Pete's affair with Rachel Hughes, but would pop up again separately before the year was out in the dramatic hit and run storyline which killed off Pete.
Sally Knyvette suffered a miscarriage early on in the year and later had to relive the ordeal as Kate Sugden lost her baby onscreen. As a result of the drunk driving hit and run story, Sally also bowed out of the programme with numerous press reports announcing that the actress had quit following a disagreement with the producer or referring to her recent miscarriage as the reason for her departure. Sally had however been considering leaving the previous Christmas but had decided to stick around for an extra year, always intending to leave before becoming typecast.
In other departures for the year, Drew Dawson would appear in his last episode as Jock MacDonald after nine years and Teddy Turner would make his final appearance as Bill Whiteley before being killed off off-screen the following year.
On 29th June, Emmerdale celebrated its first full year of production at Sunny Bank Mills in Farsley with a party. 250 guests, consisting of cast members both past and present, attended the evening. Series creator Kevin Laffan was also in attendance. Not content with just one big party, an event took place at the Cafe Royal in London on 11th October to celebrate the show finally coming of age and turning 18. Cast members in attendance included Sheila Mercier, Arthur Pentelow, Clive Hornby, Jean Rogers, Diana Davies, Malandra Burrows, Chris Chittell, Madeleine Howard, Glenda McKay, Craig McKay, Peter Amory and Stephen Rashbrook. Crew members Keith Richardson, Stuart Doughty and Tim Fee were also in attendance.
Tony Pitts returned to the serial in June as Archie Brooks returned to the village following a small break. Diana Davies also reprised her role as Caroline Bates and would appear as a recurring character for a number of years. New additions to the cast included the arrival of the Feldmann family who were meant to have resided in the village already for 26 years and new curate Tony Charlton portrayed by Stephen Rashbrook. David Fleeshman would also return to the programme as new character Charlie Aindow.Malandra Burrows also released a single at Stuart Doughty's request - 'Just This Side of Love' - which had been performed by Kathy Merrick at the Village Hall talent competition in Episode 1507. The single was released on 7" vinyl and cassette on 26th November and peaked at #11 in the Official UK Chart on 22nd December. The achievement gave Malandra the chance to accomplish the dream of performing on Top of the Pops with the track.
|1||1416||Tuesday 2nd January||David Joss Buckley||Tim Dowd||11,430,000||n/k|
|2||1417||Thursday 4th January||Barry Woodward||Tim Dowd||10,760,000||n/k|
|3||1418||Tuesday 9th January||Andrew Holden||Tim Dowd||11,800,000||n/k|
|4||1419||Thursday 11th January||Eric Wendell||David Richards||9,870,000||n/k|
|5||1420||Tuesday 16th January||Eric Wendell||David Richards||11,250,000||30|
|6||1421||Thursday 18th January||Barrie Shore||David Richards||10,980,000||32|
|7||1422||Tuesday 23rd January||Barrie Shore||David Richards||10,620,000||n/k|
|8||1423||Thursday 25th January||Eric Wendell||Stephen Butcher||10,930,000||n/k|
|9||1424||Tuesday 30th January||Eric Wendell||Stephen Butcher||11,190,000||33|
|10||1425||Thursday 1st February||David Joss Buckley||Stephen Butcher||11,420,000||31|
|11||1426||Tuesday 6th February||David Joss Buckley||Stephen Butcher||10,640,000||32|
|12||1427||Thursday 8th February||James Robson||Sue Butterworth||9,820,000||42|
|13||1428||Tuesday 13th February||James Robson||Sue Butterworth||9,940,000||38|
|14||1429||Thursday 15th February||Jimmie Chinn||Sue Butterworth||10,430,000||36|
|15||1430||Tuesday 20th February||Jimmie Chinn||Sue Butterworth||10,540,000||38|
|16||1431||Thursday 22nd February||Peter Dillon||Ken Horn||10,180,000||40|
|17||1432||Tuesday 27th February||Peter Dillon||Ken Horn||10,580,000||40|
|18||1433||Thursday 1st March||David Lane||Ken Horn||9,980,000||45|
|19||1434||Tuesday 6th March||David Lane||Romey Allison||9,800,000||39|
|20||1435||Thursday 8th March||Barrie Shore||Ken Horn||10,210,000||35|
|21||1436||Tuesday 13th March||Barrie Shore||Romey Allison||10,400,000||32|
|22||1437||Thursday 15th March||Al Hunter||Romey Allison||10,110,000||35|
|23||1438||Tuesday 20th March||Al Hunter||Romey Allison||10,260,000||28|
|24||1439||Thursday 22nd March||Debbie Cook||Michael E Briant||9,720,000||36|
|25||1440||Tuesday 27th March||Debbie Cook||Michael E Briant||10,850,000||24|
|26||1441||Thursday 29th March||Barry Woodward||Michael E Briant||10,010,000||30|
|27||1442||Tuesday 3rd April||Barry Woodward||Michael E Briant||11,070,000||25|
|28||1443||Thursday 5th April||Jimmie Chinn||Ken Horn||9,620,000||36|
|29||1444||Tuesday 10th April||Jimmie Chinn||Ken Horn||10,520,000||n/k|
|30||1445||Thursday 12th April||John Oakden||Ken Horn||9,750,000||33|
|31||1446||Tuesday 17th April||John Oakden||Ken Horn||10,940,000||23|
|32||1447||Thursday 19th April||David Buckley||Romey Allison||10,300,000||25|
|33||1448||Tuesday 24th April||David Buckley||Romey Allison||10,410,000||n/k|
|34||1449||Wednesday 25th April||David Lane||Romey Allison||9,400,000||n/k|
|35||1450||Tuesday 1st May||David Lane||Romey Allison||9,450,000||18|
|36||1451||Thursday 3rd May||David Lane||Michael E Briant||8,030,000||36|
|37||1452||Tuesday 8th May||David Lane||Michael E Briant||10,730,000||24|
|38||1453||Thursday 10th May||Barry Woodward||Michael E Briant||9,570,000||n/k|
|39||1454||Tuesday 15th May||Barry Woodward||Michael E Briant||10,950,000||18|
|40||1455||Thursday 17th May||James Robson||Terry Iland||7,700,000||n/k|
|41||1456||Tuesday 22nd May||James Robson||Terry Iland||9,300,000||22|
|42||1457||Thursday 24th May||Peter Dillon||Terry Iland||9,140,000||n/k|
|43||1458||Tuesday 29th May||Peter Dillon||Terry Iland||10,720,000||16|
|44||1459||Thursday 31st May||David Joss Buckley||Terence Daw||8,180,000||42|
|45||1460||Tuesday 5th June||David Joss Buckley||Terence Daw||10,540,000||22|
|46||1461||Thursday 7th June||Barrie Shore||Terence Daw||9,350,000||30|
|47||1462||Tuesday 12th June||Barrie Shore||Terence Daw||10,370,000||17|
|48||1463||Thursday 14th June||Debbie Cook||Ken Horn||9,190,000||25|
|49||1464||Tuesday 19th June||Debbie Cook||Ken Horn||8,770,000||34|
|50||1465||Thursday 21st June||Rob Gittins||Ken Horn||9,180,000||28|
|51||1466||Tuesday 26th June||Rob Gittins||Ken Horn||8,170,000||37|
|52||1467||Thursday 28th June||Jimmie Chinn||Catherine Morshead||9,120,000||26|
|53||1468||Thursday 5th July||Barry Woodward||Catherine Morshead||9,100,000||26|
|54||1469||Tuesday 10th July||Barry Woodward||Catherine Morshead||9,310,000||20|
|55||1470||Thursday 12th July||David Lane||Terry Iland||7,990,000||27|
|56||1471||Tuesday 17th July||David Lane||Terry Iland||8,910,000||21|
|57||1472||Thursday 19th July||Rob Gittins||Terry Iland||8,390,000||26|
|58||1473||Tuesday 24th July||Rob Gittins||Terry Iland||8,390,000||27|
|59||1474||Thursday 26th July||David Joss Buckley||Terence Daw||9,030,000||18|
|60||1475||Tuesday 31st July||David Joss Buckley||Terence Daw||8,710,000||24|
|61||1476||Thursday 2nd August||Peter Dillon||Terence Daw||7,830,000||29|
|62||1477||Tuesday 7th August||Peter Dillon||Terence Daw||9,140,000||23|
|63||1478||Thursday 9th August||David Lane||Terence Daw||8,860,000||27|
|64||1479||Tuesday 14th August||David Lane||Ken Horn||9,350,000||n/k|
|65||1480||Thursday 16th August||Rob Gittins||Ken Horn||9,140,000||n/k|
|66||1481||Tuesday 21st August||Rob Gittins||Ken Horn||9,450,000||21|
|67||1482||Thursday 23rd August||Eric Wendell||Terry Iland||9,070,000||25|
|68||1483||Tuesday 28th August||Eric Wendell||Terry Iland||8,880,000||31|
|69||1484||Thursday 30th August||Barry Woodward||Terry Iland||8,430,000||35|
|70||1485||Tuesday 4th September||Barry Woodward||Terry Iland||8,460,000||37|
|71||1486||Thursday 6th September||Barbara Machin||Patrick Titley||9,090,000||29|
|72||1487||Tuesday 11th September||Barbara Machin||Patrick Titley||8,700,000||36|
|73||1488||Thursday 13th September||David Joss Buckley||Patrick Titley||8,030,000||42|
|74||1489||Tuesday 18th September||David Joss Buckley||Patrick Titley||9,450,000||36|
|75||1490||Thursday 20th September||Barrie Shore||Derek Bennett||10,090,000||28|
|76||1491||Tuesday 25th September||Barrie Shore||Derek Bennett||9,310,000||36|
|77||1492||Thursday 27th September||Barrie Shore||Derek Bennett||9,110,000||37|
|78||1493||Tuesday 2nd October||Barrie Shore||Derek Bennett||9,540,000||37|
|79||1494||Thursday 4th October||Rob Gittins||Catherine Morshead||9,580,000||36|
|80||1495||Tuesday 9th October||Rob Gittins||Catherine Morshead||9,690,000||35|
|81||1496||Thursday 11th October||David Lane||Catherine Morshead||9,610,000||38|
|82||1497||Tuesday 16th October||David Lane||Catherine Morshead||10,050,000||33|
|83||1498||Thursday 18th October||Jimmie Chinn||Cavan Greenwood||9,470,000||41|
|84||1499||Tuesday 23rd October||Jimmie Chinn||Cavan Greenwood||10,250,000||32|
|85||1500||Thursday 25th October||David Joss Buckley||Cavan Greenwood||9,720,000||34|
|86||1501||Tuesday 30th October||David Joss Buckley||Cavan Greenwood||10,580,000||33|
|87||1502||Thursday 1st November||Jimmie Chinn||Derek Bennett||9,900,000||37|
|88||1503||Tuesday 6th November||Jimmie Chinn||Derek Bennett||10,390,000||29|
|89||1504||Thursday 8th November||Eric Wendell||Derek Bennett||9,220,000||40|
|90||1505||Tuesday 13th November||Eric Wendell||Derek Bennett||10,800,000||29|
|91||1506||Thursday 15th November||Eric Wendell||Romey Allison||9,840,000||36|
|92||1507||Tuesday 20th November||Eric Wendell||Romey Allison||7,940,000||n/k|
|93||1508||Thursday 22nd November||Sally Wainwright||Romey Allison||9,400,000||46|
|94||1509||Tuesday 27th November||Sally Wainwright||Romey Allison||8,510,000||52|
|95||1510||Thursday 29th November||Peter Dillon||Steve Goldie||9,730,000||39|
|96||1511||Tuesday 4th December||Rob Gittins||Steve Goldie||10,340,000||36|
|97||1512||Thursday 6th December||Rob Gittins||Steve Goldie||9,370,000||47|
|98||1513||Tuesday 11th December||Shirley Cooklin||Mervyn Cumming||10,460,000||32|
|99||1514||Thursday 13th December||Shirley Cooklin||Mervyn Cumming||8,910,000||44|
|100||1515||Tuesday 18th December||Barrie Shore||Mervyn Cumming||10,750,000||28|
|101||1516||Thursday 20th December||Barrie Shore||Mervyn Cumming||8,670,000||46|
|102||1517||Thursday 27th December||David Lane||John Darnell||10,400,000||n/k|
|Ranking||Character||Played by||Duration||Number of Episodes||Running total||Previous year's ranking|
|1||Henry Wilks||Arthur Pentelow||Full year||97||1443||6|
|2||Amos Brearly||Ronald Magill||Full year||96||1458||1|
|3||Jack Sugden||Clive Hornby||Full year||91||931||25|
|4||Joe Sugden||Frazer Hines||Full year||87||1226||3|
|5||Alan Turner||Richard Thorp||Full year||86||754||5|
|5||Kathy Merrick||Malandra Burrows||Full year||86||461||10|
|7||Seth Armstrong||Stan Richards||Full year||85||890||8|
|8||Annie Sugden||Sheila Mercier||Full year||84||1412||1|
|8||Nick Bates||Cy Chadwick||Full year||84||343||16|
|10||Rachel Hughes||Glenda McKay||Full year||81||192||11|
|11||Dolly Skilbeck||Jean Rogers||Full year||80||1062||12|
|11||Frank Tate||Norman Bowler||Full year||80||90||30|
|13||Christopher Tate||Peter Amory||Full year||79||86||31|
|14||Kim Tate||Claire King||Full year||75||79||33|
|15||Kate Sugden||Sally Knyvette||Until October||73||210||3|
|16||Sarah Connolly||Madeleine Howard||Full year||70||95||27|
|17||Mark Hughes||Craig McKay||Full year||69||159||14|
|18||Elsa Feldmann||Naomi Lewis||From February||62||62||-|
|19||Zoe Tate||Leah Bracknell||Full year||60||64||33|
|20||Archie Brooks||Tony Pitts||From June||36||367||14|
|21||Michael Feldmann||Matthew Vaughan||February to September and from November||35||35||-|
|22||Elizabeth Feldmann||Kate Dove||March and from May||34||34||-|
|23||Jock MacDonald||Drew Dawson||February and April to September||31||262||26|
|24||Eric Pollard||Christopher Chittell||January to May and from July||30||197||20|
|25||Bill Middleton||Johnny Caesar||January to February, April to May, August to November||26||208||23|
|25||Robert Sugden||Christopher Smith||January to April, July and from September||26||148||31|
|27||Tony Charlton||Stephen Rashbrook||From August||23||23||-|
|28||Bill Whiteley||Teddy Turner||January to February and April to September||22||67||19|
|28||David Hughes||Martyn Whitby||January to April and November||22||51||24|
|30||Charlie Aindow||David Fleeshman||August to November||17||17||-|
|31||Samuel Skilbeck||Benjamin Whitehead||January to February, June to November||17||327||29|
|32||Caroline Bates||Diana Davies||August to September||11||541||10|
|33||Pete Whiteley||Jim Millea||January and August||10||77||13|
|34||Lynn Whiteley||Fionnuala Ellwood||January to February and October||8||72||17|
|35||Peter Whiteley||Sam Walker||October only||3||3||-|
- Joe Sugden continued to be wound up by David Hughes and Kate Sugden spending so much time together. David enjoyed winding Joe up and took every opportunity he could to cause friction between the pair. At a New Year's Eve party, David maliciously let all Joe's sheep out, forcing Joe to be late for the party. When he arrived at the stroke of midnight, he was angered to find Kate and David kissing. The couple argued the following day and when Kate learned that David had let the sheep out, causing Joe to be late, she agreed to cut contact with him. Joe and Kate decided to prove their strength by becoming partners in Emmerdale Farm as Matt Skilbeck's share was signed over to Kate. Kate later retaliated by announcing to Joe that she was pregnant and the pair went away for a second honeymoon.
- Sarah Connolly continued to refuse to move in with Jack Sugden at the Emmerdale cottage. She soon changed her mind however when Jack drew up a contract outlining terms and conditions to ensure they would not end up under each other's thumb and could continue to live their own lives. One of Sarah's conditions meant nailing up the adjoining door to the farmhouse, preventing Annie Sugden from walking through whenever she chose.
- Kim Tate asked Dolly Skilbeck to start as housekeeper at Home Farm and also wanted her to live-in with Sam. Dolly refused, insisting she was quite happy at The Mill. Annie frequently found herself having Sam dropped on her while Dolly was at work and began to wonder whether Dolly's new job was causing havoc for Sam.
- Preparations continued for the village new year production of Amos Brearly's Dracula. When the show made the stage, Amos was furious when, after a few disasters on stage, the Hotten Courier dubbed the play as a hilarious "pantomime" despite him having penned the production as a tragedy.
- Zoe Tate began interviewing local farmers on chlamydia psittaci for research on a project she was studying at university whilst studying to be a vet. She was less than pleased by the enthusiasm of the local farmers however but was grateful when Kathy Merrick agreed to speak to her about her experience. When Seth Armstrong fell ill, Zoe carried tests out on the water at the Fish & Game Farm and suspects Cryptosporidium.
- Lynn Whiteley learned that Pete Whiteley had lied about who he was with on the night Jackie Merrick died and realised that Pete must have been having an affair. She soon worked out it was with Rachel Hughes.
- Nick Bates attended an interview for a gardening position at Home Farm and was thrilled when Frank Tate offered him the job, despite bluffing his way through the entire interview. After an accident with weed killer, Nick discovers he has killed all of Frank's koi carp.
- Chris Tate convinced Kathy Merrick to drink with him and was delighted when she agreed to go on a proper date with him but she later stands him up.
- Frank Tate refused to renew Kathy Merrick's lease on her farming venture.
Who lives whereEdit
- The Woolpack: Amos Brearly. Henry Wilks.
- The Mill: Dolly and Samuel Skilbeck (until May).
- Victoria Cottage: Alan Turner.
- 3 Demdyke Row: Kathy Merrick (until May). Nick Bates (until August and from October). Archie Brooks (June to August). Elsa Feldmann (from October). Elizabeth and Michael Feldmann (from December).
- 6 Demdyke Row : Seth and Meg Armstrong.
- Home Farm: Frank, Kim and Zoe Tate. Chris Tate and Kathy Merrick (from May). Dolly and Sam Skilbeck (from May).
- Emmerdale Farm: Farmhouse: Annie and Joe Sugden. Kate Sugden (until October). Mark and Rachel Hughes. Cottage: Jack and Robert Sugden. Sarah Connolly (from January)
- Whiteley's Farm: Bill Whiteley. Pete and Lynn Whiteley (until February). Archie Brooks (from August).
- Blackthorn Farm: Elizabeth and Michael Feldmann (until December). Elsa Feldmann (until October). Nick Bates (August to October).
- Unknown flat in Skipdale: Chris Tate (until May).
Who works whereEdit
- The Woolpack: Amos Brearly. Henry Wilks. Sarah Connolly (from July).
- Fish & Game Farm: Alan Turner. Seth Armstrong. David Hughes (until April). Elsa Feldmann (from February) Jock MacDonald (June to August).
- Emmerdale Farm: Joe and Jack Sugden. Kate Sugden (until October). Kathy Merrick (until October). Sarah Connolly (from August).
- Blackthorn Farm: Elizabeth and Michael Feldmann.
- Home Farm: Dolly Skilbeck (from January). Nick Bates (from January). Jock MacDonald (May and September only). Kathy Merrick (from October).
- Frank Tate & Son Haulage Contractor: Frank and Chris Tate. George Starkey (until February). Rachel Hughes (from August).
- Bennetts Veterinary Practice: Zoe Tate (from August).
- Mobile Library: Sarah Connolly (until June).
Awards and NominationsEdit
to be added
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