1980 was Emmerdale's 9th year. Storylines included Joe Sugden's appointment as Assistant Manager at Home Farm, Jack Sugden's return to the village, along with the return of Pat, Jackie and Sandie Merrick and Dolly Skilbeck's miscarriage. 86 episodes were broadcast this year.
ProductionEdit
The 1979 ITV Strike ended on 24th October 1979, though Emmerdale Farm did not return until 8th January 1980. When it did, as with Coronation Street and Crossroads when they had returned from the strike, a monologue read by Sheila Mercier as Annie Sugden appeared over the introduction of the first episode. Rather than attempt to fill in the gaps for viewers however, the first six episodes of the programme from Episode 543 through to Episode 548 were set in the summer of 1979 using footage already filmed from before the strike. Episode 549 began with another monologue from Sheila as Annie, this time setting the scene in the present time.
By the time episodes began to air again, Anne W. Gibbons had taken over as producer. Anne felt that the strength of the programme lay in the serial element and she set about replacing the shorter stories that featured temporary cast members and characters with longer arcs featuring permanent characters. As a result, characters were re-introduced with Stan Richards being promoted to a regular cast member as Seth Armstrong and former characters returning, albeit with new faces. Jack Sugden, Ruth Merrick, Jackie Merrick and Sandie Merrick all came back to Beckindale, now played by Clive Hornby, Helen Weir, Ian Sharrock and Jane Hutcheson respectively. Ruth Merrick had also received a new name as well as a new face - now to be known as Pat Merrick forever more. Interestingly, the first Emmerdale Farm novel penned by James Ferguson in 1977 also saw Ruth's name change to Pat - three years before this was written into the series. When she had last appeared, Ruth had also had a third child - Tommy Merrick, but upon her return as Pat, there was no mention of this second son and he was never referred to again. As Pat's husband, Tom Merrick, also returned to the programme later in the year, now played by Edward Peel, it was left to Hornby, Weir and Peel to build on foundations previously laid by other actors in order to make their recasts realistic. As more permanent characters were introduced, this meant more scenes away from Annie Sugden's kitchen and the Emmerdale farmhouse and, though few and far between at this point, shifting focus onto other characters would go on to play a vital role in the show later in the decade and into the 1990s.
Another character to receive a makeover was Dolly Skilbeck as Jean Rogers took over the role from the Southern-based Katharine Barker who left the programme in order to spend more time with her husband and teenage son. Wanting to make a particular effort to make the transition as smooth as possible, crew members kept Dolly off air until April and hoped that when Rogers appeared on screen, the similarity between the actresses would mean that she would sneak in unnoticed with viewers unable to tell the change in casting. Needless to say, regular viewers did notice and Rogers would later refer to this period of the role as a challenge.
The programme once again took a summer break lasting from mid-July until September.
EpisodesEdit
# | Ep. No. | Date | Writer | Director | Viewing Figures | Chart Position |
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1 | 543 | Tuesday 8th January | Kevin Laffan | Philip Draycott | n/k | n/k |
2 | 544 | Thursday 10th January | Kevin Laffan | Philip Draycott | n/k | n/k |
3 | 545 | Tuesday 15th January | Kevin Laffan | Philip Draycott | n/k | n/k |
4 | 546 | Thursday 17th January | Kevin Laffan | Philip Draycott | n/k | n/k |
5 | 547 | Tuesday 22nd January | Kevin Laffan | Philip Draycott | n/k | n/k |
6 | 548 | Thursday 24th January | Kevin Laffan | Philip Draycott | n/k | n/k |
7 | 549 | Tuesday 29th January | Michael Russell | Norman Stewart | n/k | n/k |
8 | 550 | Thursday 31st January | Michael Russell | Norman Stewart | n/k | n/k |
9 | 551 | Tuesday 5th February | Michael Russell | Norman Stewart | n/k | n/k |
10 | 552 | Thursday 7th February | Michael Russell | Norman Stewart | n/k | n/k |
11 | 553 | Tuesday 12th February | Michael Russell | Norman Stewart | n/k | n/k |
12 | 554 | Thursday 14th February | Michael Russell | Norman Stewart | n/k | n/k |
13 | 555 | Tuesday 19th February | Andy Baker | Peter Sykes | n/k | n/k |
14 | 556 | Thursday 21st February | Andy Baker | Peter Sykes | n/k | n/k |
15 | 557 | Tuesday 26th February | Andy Baker | Peter Sykes | n/k | n/k |
16 | 558 | Thursday 28th February | Andy Baker | Peter Sykes | n/k | n/k |
17 | 559 | Tuesday 4th March | Andy Baker | Peter Sykes | n/k | n/k |
18 | 560 | Thursday 6th March | Andy Baker | Peter Sykes | n/k | n/k |
19 | 561 | Monday 10th March | Kevin Laffan | Mike Gibbon | n/k | n/k |
20 | 562 | Thursday 13th March | Kevin Laffan | Mike Gibbon | n/k | n/k |
21 | 563 | Tuesday 18th March | Kevin Laffan | Mike Gibbon | n/k | n/k |
22 | 564 | Thursday 20th March | Kevin Laffan | Mike Gibbon | n/k | n/k |
23 | 565 | Tuesday 25th March | Kevin Laffan | Mike Gibbon | n/k | n/k |
24 | 566 | Thursday 27th March | Kevin Laffan | Mike Gibbon | n/k | n/k |
25 | 567 | Tuesday 1st April | Alan Janes | Richard Handford | n/k | n/k |
26 | 568 | Thursday 3rd April | Alan Janes | Richard Handford | 12,700,000 | 20 |
27 | 569 | Tuesday 8th April | Alan Janes | Richard Handford | n/k | n/k |
28 | 570 | Thursday 10th April | Alan Janes | Richard Handford | n/k | n/k |
29 | 571 | Tuesday 15th April | Alan Janes | Richard Handford | 12,250,000 | 15 |
30 | 572 | Thursday 17th April | Alan Janes | Richard Handford | 12,250,000 | 17 |
31 | 573 | Tuesday 22nd April | Neville Siggs | Len Lurcuck | n/k | n/k |
32 | 574 | Thursday 24th April | Neville Siggs | Len Lurcuck | n/k | n/k |
33 | 575 | Tuesday 29th April | Neville Siggs | Len Lurcuck | 11,550,000 | 16 |
34 | 576 | Thursday 1st May | Neville Siggs | Len Lurcuck | n/k | n/k |
35 | 577 | Tuesday 6th May | Neville Siggs | Len Lurcuck | 12,550,000 | 12 |
36 | 578 | Thursday 8th May | Neville Siggs | Len Lurcuck | 11,250,000 | 16 |
37 | 579 | Tuesday 13th May | Michael Russell | Mike Gibbon | 9,800,000 | 20 |
38 | 580 | Thursday 15th May | Michael Russell | Mike Gibbon | n/k | n/k |
39 | 581 | Tuesday 20th May | Michael Russell | Mike Gibbon | 11,150,000 | 14 |
40 | 582 | Thursday 22nd May | Michael Russell | Mike Gibbon | 10,600,000 | 18 |
41 | 583 | Tuesday 27th May | Michael Russell | Mike Gibbon | n/k | n/k |
42 | 584 | Thursday 29th May | Michael Russell | Mike Gibbon | n/k | n/k |
43 | 585 | Tuesday 3rd June | Douglas Watkinson | Frank W. Smith | 10,300,000 | 17 |
44 | 586 | Thursday 5th June | Douglas Watkinson | Frank W. Smith | 10,700,000 | 12 |
45 | 587 | Tuesday 10th June | Douglas Watkinson | Frank W. Smith | n/k | n/k |
46 | 588 | Thursday 19th June | Douglas Watkinson | Frank W. Smith | n/k | n/k |
47 | 589 | Tuesday 24th June | Douglas Watkinson | Frank W. Smith | 10,350,000 | 18 |
48 | 590 | Thursday 26th June | Douglas Watkinson | Frank W. Smith | n/k | n/k |
49 | 591 | Tuesday 1st July | Kevin Laffan | Mervyn Cumming | n/k | n/k |
50 | 592 | Thursday 3rd July | Kevin Laffan | Mervyn Cumming | n/k | n/k |
51 | 593 | Tuesday 8th July | Kevin Laffan | Mervyn Cumming | n/k | n/k |
52 | 594 | Thursday 10th July | Kevin Laffan | Mervyn Cumming | n/k | n/k |
53 | 595 | Tuesday 15th July | Kevin Laffan | Mervyn Cumming | n/k | n/k |
54 | 596 | Thursday 17th July | Kevin Laffan | Mervyn Cumming | n/k | n/k |
55 | 597 | Tuesday 2nd September | Kevin Laffan | Mike Gibbon | n/k | n/k |
56 | 598 | Thursday 4th September | Kevin Laffan | Mike Gibbon | n/k | n/k |
57 | 599 | Tuesday 9th September | Kevin Laffan | Mike Gibbon | n/k | n/k |
58 | 600 | Thursday 11th September | Kevin Laffan | Mike Gibbon | n/k | n/k |
59 | 601 | Tuesday 16th September | Kevin Laffan | Mike Gibbon | n/k | n/k |
60 | 602 | Thursday 18th September | Kevin Laffan | Mike Gibbon | n/k | n/k |
61 | 603 | Tuesday 23rd September | Neville Siggs | Frank W. Smith | n/k | n/k |
62 | 604 | Thursday 25th September | Neville Siggs | Frank W. Smith | n/k | n/k |
63 | 605 | Tuesday 30th September | Neville Siggs | Frank W. Smith | n/k | n/k |
64 | 606 | Thursday 2nd October | Neville Siggs | Frank W. Smith | n/k | n/k |
65 | 607 | Tuesday 7th October | Neville Siggs | Frank W. Smith | n/k | n/k |
66 | 608 | Thursday 9th October | Neville Siggs | Frank W. Smith | n/k | n/k |
67 | 609 | Tuesday 14th October | Alan Janes | Paddy Russell | n/k | n/k |
68 | 610 | Thursday 16th October | Alan Janes | Paddy Russell | n/k | n/k |
69 | 611 | Tuesday 21st October | Alan Janes | Paddy Russell | n/k | n/k |
70 | 612 | Thursday 23rd October | Alan Janes | Paddy Russell | n/k | n/k |
71 | 613 | Tuesday 28th October | Alan Janes | Paddy Russell | n/k | n/k |
72 | 614 | Thursday 30th October | Alan Janes | Paddy Russell | n/k | n/k |
73 | 615 | Tuesday 4th November | Alan Janes | Paddy Russell | n/k | n/k |
74 | 616 | Thursday 6th November | Alan Janes | Paddy Russell | n/k | n/k |
75 | 617 | Tuesday 11th November | Kevin Laffan | Len Lurcuck | n/k | n/k |
76 | 618 | Thursday 13th November | Kevin Laffan | Len Lurcuck | n/k | n/k |
77 | 619 | Tuesday 18th November | Kevin Laffan | Len Lurcuck | n/k | n/k |
78 | 620 | Thursday 20th November | Kevin Laffan | Len Lurcuck | n/k | n/k |
79 | 621 | Tuesday 25th November | Kevin Laffan | Len Lurcuck | n/k | n/k |
80 | 622 | Thursday 27th November | Kevin Laffan | Len Lurcuck | n/k | n/k |
81 | 623 | Tuesday 2nd December | Michael Russell | Darrol Blake | n/k | n/k |
82 | 624 | Thursday 4th December | Michael Russell | Darrol Blake | n/k | n/k |
83 | 625 | Tuesday 9th December | Michael Russell | Darrol Blake | n/k | n/k |
84 | 626 | Thursday 11th December | Michael Russell | Darrol Blake | n/k | n/k |
85 | 627 | Tuesday 16th December | Michael Russell | Darrol Blake | n/k | n/k |
86 | 628 | Thursday 18th December | Michael Russell | Darrol Blake | 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 | Amos Brearly | Ronald Magill | Full year | 86 | 598 | 1 |
1 | Henry Wilks | Arthur Pentelow | Full year | 86 | 598 | 1 |
3 | Matt Skilbeck | Frederick Pyne | Full year | 83 | 596 | 5 |
4 | Sam Pearson | Toke Townley | Full year | 77 | 560 | 6 |
5 | Annie Sugden | Sheila Mercier | Full year except June | 76 | 600 | 1 |
6 | Jack Sugden | Clive Hornby | From February | 74 | 178 | - |
7 | Joe Sugden | Frazer Hines | Until March, from July | 58 | 585 | 4 |
7 | Dolly Skilbeck | Jean Rogers | From April | 58 | 227 | 7 |
9 | Judy Westrop | Jane Cussons | Until July | 50 | 54 | 11 |
9 | Richard Anstey | Carl Rigg | January to April, from September | 50 | 50 | - |
11 | Seth Armstrong | Stan Richards | April to May, from July | 39 | 64 | 10 |
12 | Donald Hinton | Hugh Manning | Full year except July | 29 | 149 | 9 |
13 | Pat Merrick | Helen Weir | From July | 27 | 39 | - |
14 | Jackie Merrick | Ian Sharrock | From September | 17 | 18 | - |
14 | Sandie Merrick | Jane Hutcheson | From September | 17 | 18 | - |
16 | Maurice Westrop | Edward Dentith | January, April to May | 16 | 54 | 8 |
17 | Tom Merrick | Edward Peel | December only | 6 | 12 | - |
StorylinesEdit
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Awards and NominationsEdit
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