- 8th January - Dolly Skilbeck is rushed to hospital after contracting a virus.
- 22nd January - Enid Pottle slaps Mick Ledder when he says he tried to shoot her fox.
- 24th January - Last appearance of Maurice Westrop until 22nd April
- 29th January - Richard Anstey replaces Maurice Westrop as the Home Farm manager (First appearance of Richard Anstey).
- 5th February - Dolly Skilbeck falls ill and is in a serious condition. Jesse Gillin quits his job at NY Estates.
- 7th February - Dolly Skilbeck suffers a miscarriage.
- 19th February - First appearance of Jack Sugden since 11th May 1976, with Clive Hornby now playing the role.
- 1st April - First appearance of Dolly Skilbeck since 5th July 1979 and Seth Armstrong since 31st May 1979.
- 19th April - Eli Dingle is born to Albert and Delilah Dingle.
- 22nd April - First appearance of Donald Hinton since 5th July 1979 and Maurice Westrop since 24th January.
- 8th May - After a disagreement with Donald Hinton, Harry Moore suffers a fatal heart attack.
- 29th May - Maurice Westrop is relocated to Wales. (Final appearance of the character)
- 20th June - Roy Glover is born to Ned and Jan Glover.
- 15th July - Pat Merrick returns to the village. (First appearance since 22nd January 1974).
- 17th July - Judy Westrop leaves the village after being offered a job elsewhere (Final appearance of the character)
- 20th July - Scott Windsor is born to Reg and Viv Dawson.
- 15th September - Will Cairns is born to Tony and Becky Cairns.
- 4th October - Richie Carter is born to Denise Carter.
- 2nd December - First appearance of Tom Merrick since 21st November 1972.
- 5th December - Kelly Windsor is born to Vic and Anne Windsor.
- 16th December - Tom Merrick and Derek Warner accidentally run Joe Sugden over when trying to steal trees from Home Farm
Real life eventsEdit
- 8th January - Emmerdale Farm returns after an extended break following the 1979 ITV Strike.
- 17th July - Emmerdale Farm takes a break and returns 2nd September.
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