1991 was Emmerdale's 20th year. 104 episodes were broadcast and production was largely overseen by Stuart Doughty until he was replaced by Morag Bain late in the year.

Storylines included the departure of Amos Brearly, Alan Turner taking over as the Woolpack landlord, the birth of Alice Bates, the death of Henry Wilks, the wedding of Chris Tate and Kathy Merrick and Jim Latimer's release from prison and subsequent kidnapping Sarah Connolly


1991 cast - reopening of the Woolpack

Some of the cast at the re-opening of the Woolpack in March 1991

1991 was Stuart Doughty's final year as producer of the programme, with the last episode he oversaw being Episode 1620 which aired on 24th DecemberMorag Bain then officially took over as of Episode 1621, the last episode transmitted this year. 

This year featured the departure of Amos Brearly, who had been on the show since its inception in 1972, in January after his actor Ronald Magill decided to retire from the role the previous year. However, he continued to make sporadic appearances on the show until July 1995

Arrivals came in the form of Nick Bates and Elsa Feldmann's daughter Alice Bates being born in February and the arrival of new Woolpack barmaid Carol Nelson in September. It also had the return of Lynn and Peter Whitely in August who had not seen since October 1990. As well as the temporary return of Kate Sugden in July and August as she was released from a 12 months prison sentence but soon left again, realising there was nothing left for her in the village.

August also featured the final appearance of Dolly Skilbeck and son Sam, due to Dolly's actor Jean Rogers disagreeing with the storyline of Dolly aborting the baby of regrettable fling Charlie Aindow. Late August saw the final appearance of Henry Wilks due to the death of actor Arthur Pentelow on 8th August. There was also the temporary departure of Zoe Tate in June, although she made brief appearances between October and December, and would return permanently in December 1992

November and December saw the return of Jim Latimer now played by Dennis Blanch when he was released from prison where he was held for the rape and murder of Sharon Crossthwaite in 1973. He kidnaps Sarah Connolly, seeking revenge on her boyfriend Jack Sugden who was a prosecution witness at his trial. 

This year featured the temporary departures of Caroline Bates and Elsa Feldmann in December, both of whom returned in 1992 and 1993 respectively. 


# Ep.
Date Writer Director Viewing
11518Tuesday 1st JanuaryDavid LaneJohn Darnell9,910,00043
21519Thursday 3rd JanuaryDavid LaneJohn Darnell10,490,00037
31520Tuesday 8th JanuaryDavid LaneJohn Darnell11,260,000n/k
41521Thursday 10th JanuarySally WainwrightRomey Allison9,940,000n/k
51522Tuesday 15th JanuarySally WainwrightRomey Allison10,440,000n/k
61523Thursday 17th JanuaryJon GauntRomey Allison9,470,00058
71524Tuesday 22nd JanuaryJon GauntRomey Allison11,180,00027
81525Thursday 24th JanuaryJim CampbellMervyn Cumming9,850,00041
91526Tuesday 29th JanuaryBarrie ShoreMervyn Cumming11,250,00031
101527Thursday 31st JanuaryBarrie ShoreMervyn Cumming10,940,00036
111528Tuesday 5th FebruaryBarrie ShoreMervyn Cumming11,110,00040
121529Thursday 7th FebruaryDavid LaneJohn Darnell11,510,00038
131530Tuesday 12th FebruaryDavid LaneJohn Darnell11,930,00027
141531Thursday 14th FebruaryRob GittinsJohn Darnell10,360,00041
151532Tuesday 19th FebruaryRob GittinsJohn Darnell10,680,00034
161533Thursday 21st FebruaryDavid Joss BuckleyDavid Richards10,290,00036
171534Tuesday 26th FebruaryDavid Joss BuckleyDavid Richards10,800,00033
181535Thursday 28th FebruaryDavid LaneDavid Richards10,390,00037
191536Tuesday 5th MarchDavid LaneDavid Richards10,300,00030
201537Thursday 7th MarchSally WainwrightRic Mellis9,990,00034
211538Tuesday 12th MarchSally WainwrightRic Mellis10,310,00033
221539Thursday 14th MarchPeter DillonRic Mellis9,410,00038
231540Tuesday 19th MarchPeter DillonRic Mellis10,230,00025
241541Thursday 21st MarchJim CampbellMichael Kerrigan9,150,00035
251542Tuesday 26th MarchJim CampbellMichael Kerrigan9,920,000n/k
261543Thursday 28th MarchJimmie ChinnMichael Kerrigan9,920,000n/k
271544Tuesday 2nd AprilJimmie ChinnMichael Kerrigan9,550,00036
281545Thursday 4th AprilBarrie ShoreTim Dowd10,070,00033
291546Tuesday 9th AprilBarrie ShoreTim Dowd9,630,00029
301547Thursday 11th AprilRob GittinsTim Dowd9,570,00030
311548Tuesday 16th AprilRob GittinsTim Dowd9,280,00036
321549Thursday 18th AprilDavid Joss BuckleyRic Mellis9,400,00034
331550Tuesday 23rd AprilDavid Joss BuckleyRic Mellis10,090,000n/k
341551Thursday 25th AprilJon GauntRic Mellis9,120,000n/k
351552Tuesday 30th AprilJon GauntRic Mellis9,740,00027
361553Thursday 2nd MayJim CampbellMichael Kerrigan8,620,00032
371554Tuesday 7th MayJim CampbellMichael Kerrigan9,560,00024
381555Thursday 9th MayJimmie ChinnMichael Kerrigan8,290,00037
391556Tuesday 14th MayJimmie ChinnMichael Kerrigan9,020,000n/k
401557Thursday 16th MayShirley CooklinRitta-Leena Lynn8,970,000n/k
411558Tuesday 21st MayEric WendellRitta-Leena Lynn8,370,00031
421559Thursday 23rd MayDavid Joss BuckleyRitta-Leena Lynn8,720,00029
431560Tuesday 28th MayPeter DillonRitta-Leena Lynn9,250,00025
441561Thursday 30th MayDavid Joss BuckleyRic Mellis8,240,00036
451562Tuesday 4th JunePeter DillonRic Mellis9,270,00026
461563Thursday 6th JuneDavid LaneRic Mellis8,780,00035
471564Tuesday 11th JuneDavid LaneRic Mellis9,710,00025
481565Thursday 13th JuneJimmie ChinnMichael Kerrigan9,020,00031
491566Tuesday 18th JuneJimmie ChinnMichael Kerrigan9,880,00022
501567Thursday 20th JuneRob GittinsMichael Kerrigan8,600,00030
511568Tuesday 25th JuneRob GittinsMichael Kerrigan10,510,00016
521569Thursday 27th JuneBarrie ShoreTim Dowd8,930,00023
531570Tuesday 2nd JulyBarrie ShoreTim Dowd9,530,00016
541571Thursday 4th JulyJoe BoyleTim Dowd7,010,00037
551572Tuesday 9th JulyJoe BoyleTim Dowd8,860,00024
561573Thursday 11th JulyJim CampbellRitta-Leena Lynn8,910,00023
571574Tuesday 16th JulyJim CampbellRitta-Leena Lynn9,340,00020
581575Thursday 18th JulyDavid Joss BuckleyRitta-Leena Lynn9,110,00023
591576Tuesday 23rd JulyDavid Joss BuckleyRitta-Leena Lynn9,670,00020
601577Thursday 25th JulyJimmie ChinnRic Mellis8,780,00022
611578Tuesday 30th JulyJimmie ChinnRic Mellis9,620,00016
621579Thursday 1st AugustJon GauntRic Mellis8,550,00019
631580Tuesday 6th AugustJon GauntRic Mellis10,730,00019
641581Thursday 8th AugustDavid LaneJohn Darnell9,750,00022
651582Tuesday 13th AugustDavid LaneJohn Darnell10,690,00018
661583Thursday 15th AugustJim CampbellJohn Darnell9,820,000n/k
671584Tuesday 20th AugustJim CampbellJohn Darnell9,790,00021
681585Thursday 22nd AugustRob GittinsTerry Iland10,080,00019
691586Tuesday 27th AugustNick SaltreseTerry Iland10,190,00022
701587Thursday 29th AugustBarrie ShoreTerry Iland9,100,00029
711588Tuesday 3rd SeptemberNick SaltreseTerry Iland9,110,00031
721589Thursday 5th SeptemberRob GittinsSimon Meyers8,650,00036
731590Tuesday 10th SeptemberRob GittinsSimon Meyers9,660,00032
741591Thursday 12th SeptemberDavid Joss BuckleySimon Meyers9,510,00033
751592Tuesday 17th SeptemberDavid Joss BuckleySimon Meyers9,200,00039
761593Thursday 19th SeptemberDavid LaneChris Clough9,220,00038
771594Tuesday 24th SeptemberDavid LaneChris Clough10,670,00031
781595Thursday 26th SeptemberDenise BarehamChris Clough9,260,00040
791596Tuesday 1st OctoberJim CampbellChris Clough11,170,00028
801597Thursday 3rd OctoberJim CampbellTerry Iland10,400,00033
811598Tuesday 8th OctoberJim CampbellTerry Iland10,790,00031
821599Thursday 10th OctoberEric WendellTerry Iland10,820,00029
831600Tuesday 15th OctoberJoe BoyleTerry Iland11,020,00032
841601Thursday 17th OctoberDavid Joss BuckleyLorne Magory11,110,00031
851602Tuesday 22nd OctoberDavid Joss BuckleyLorne Magory11,780,00027
861603Thursday 24th OctoberJimmie ChinnLorne Magory11,550,00030
871604Tuesday 29th OctoberJimmie ChinnLorne Magory12,240,00028
881605Thursday 31st OctoberRob GittinsTim Dowd11,480,00032
891606Tuesday 5th NovemberRob GittinsTim Dowd11,870,00027
901607Thursday 7th NovemberDavid LaneTim Dowd11,710,00030
911608Tuesday 12th NovemberDavid LaneTim Dowd12,540,00027
921609Thursday 14th NovemberDavid Joss BuckleyChris Johnston11,160,00038
931610Tuesday 19th NovemberDavid Joss BuckleyChris Johnston11,260,00033
941611Thursday 21st NovemberMartin WorthChris Johnston12,180,00027
951612Tuesday 26th NovemberMartin WorthChris Johnston11,940,00032
961613Thursday 28th NovemberJoe BoyleRomey Allison12,130,00029
971614Tuesday 3rd DecemberChris OuldRomey Allison12,160,00028
981615Thursday 5th DecemberRob GittinsRomey Allison11,600,00031
991616Tuesday 10th DecemberRob GittinsRomey Allison12,520,00027
1001617Thursday 12th DecemberNick SaltreseMervyn Cumming10,760,00036
1011618Tuesday 17th DecemberNick SaltreseMervyn Cumming10,720,00034
1021619Thursday 19th DecemberDavid LaneMervyn Cumming10,890,00032
1031620Tuesday 24th DecemberDavid LaneMervyn Cumming8,890,000n/k
1041621Tuesday 31st DecemberJim CampbellOliver Horsbrugh10,590,00040

Main Cast

Ranking Character Played by Duration Number of Episodes Running total Previous year's ranking
1Alan TurnerRichard ThorpFull year978505
2Sarah ConnollyMadeleine HowardFull year9619116
3Jack SugdenClive HornbyFull year9410253
4Seth ArmstrongStan RichardsFull year929827
5Christopher TatePeter AmoryFull year9117613
6Kim TateClaire KingFull year8816714
6Elsa FeldmannNaomi LewisUntil December8815018
8Joe SugdenFrazer HinesFull year except February8613124
9Nick BatesCy ChadwickFull year834268
10Frank TateNorman BowlerFull year8117111
11Annie SugdenSheila MercierFull year7914908
11Michael FeldmannMatthew VaughanFull year7911421
13Elizabeth FeldmannKate DoveFull year7811222
13Rachel HughesGlenda McKayFull year7726910
15Kathy Merrick/TateMalandra BurrowsFull year765375
16Archie BrooksTony PittsFull year7143620
17Eric PollardChristopher ChittellFull year except February6826524
18Henry WilksArthur PentelowUntil August6215031
19Alice BatesKimberly HewittFrom February6161 -
20Mark HughesCraig McKayFull year except July6021917
21Caroline BatesDiana DaviesMarch to August, October to December5359432
22Zoe TateLeah BracknellUntil June, October to November and from December4410819
23Dolly SkilbeckJean RogersUntil August42110411
24Lynn WhiteleyFionnuala EllwoodFrom August3310534
25Charlie AindowDavid FleeshmanFebruary to March, August to October234030
25Carol NelsonPhilomena McDonaghFrom September2424 -
27Bill MiddletonJohnny CaesarJanuary to April, July, September to November2223025
28Tony CharltonStephen RashbrookUntil January, March, May to July184127
29Robert SugdenChristopher SmithJanuary to February, April to June and from September1716526
30Peter WhiteleySam WalkerFrom August131635
31Kate SugdenSally KnyvetteJuly and August only1222215
32Amos BrearlyRonald MagillUntil January, October and from December914671
33Samuel SkilbeckBenjamin WhiteheadFebruary and May to July733431


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Emmerdale in the 1990s
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