1986 was Emmerdale's 15th year. Storylines included the birth of Robert Sugden shortly before the death of his mother Pat in a car accident, Joe Sugden's relationship with Karen Moore, Matt Skilbeck's arrest following the death of Harry Mowlam, the arrival of Dolly Skilbeck's illegitimate son, Graham Lodsworth, Seth Armstrong being left for dead following an attack by badger baiters and Sandie Merrick's affair with Phil Pearce. 100 episodes were broadcast this year.
ProductionEdit
Michael Russell was appointed producer in the summer, taking over from Richard Handford with Episode 1080 (2nd September 1986). Following the decision to make changes to the programme in order to compete with the other soaps at prime time the previous year, 1986 was notable for its increase in dramatic stories.
Frazer Hines returned full time to the role of Joe Sugden in March. The character was paired with Karen Moore, whom brother Jack had begun an affair with two years previously. Their relationship wasn't to last however and ended when Annie Hulley left the serial in August. At the same time, Helen Weir bowed out after six years as Pat Sugden. In real life, Weir had married onscreen husband Clive Hornby in 1984 and upon giving birth to their son, Thomas, this year decided to quit the show in order to focus on motherhood full-time. The character was killed off in a dramatic car crash which would see Jack Sugden dealing with the consequences of his wife's death for the remainder of the year. For Pat's onscreen funeral, the decision was made to bring sister Janie back briefly for the first time since 1974. The character was now portrayed by Lesley Duff and had reverted back to her maiden name of 'Harker'.
In March, Al Dixon passed away after being taken ill with a stroke the previous September. Dixon's final episode as recurring Woolpack customer Walter had aired the previous December and the last time cast saw him was at the 1,000 episodes luncheon the previous November.
Additions to the cast for this year included Peter Alexander as Phil Pearce and Christopher Chittell as Eric Pollard. Initially, Chittell was only required to appear in a handful of episodes but found himself reappearing regularly in the show and eventually became a permanent cast member. To date, he is the longest serving actor still appearing in the show.
For the first time since 1977, Emmerdale Farm did not take a summer break and remained onscreen all year round.
EpisodesEdit
# | Ep. No. | Date | Writer | Director | Viewing Figures | Chart Position |
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1 | 1012 | Tuesday 7th January | David Angus | Bob Hird | n/k | n/k |
2 | 1013 | Thursday 9th January | David Angus | Bob Hird | n/k | n/k |
3 | 1014 | Tuesday 14th January | Andrew Holden | Bob Hird | n/k | n/k |
4 | 1015 | Thursday 16th January | Andrew Holden | Bob Hird | n/k | n/k |
5 | 1016 | Tuesday 21st January | Eric Wendell | Bob Hird | n/k | n/k |
6 | 1017 | Thursday 23rd January | Eric Wendell | Bob Hird | n/k | n/k |
7 | 1018 | Tuesday 28th January | Eric Wendell | Bob Hird | n/k | n/k |
8 | 1019 | Thursday 30th January | Eric Wendell | Bob Hird | n/k | n/k |
9 | 1020 | Tuesday 4th February | Eric Wendell | Darrol Blake | n/k | n/k |
10 | 1021 | Thursday 6th February | Jim Hawkins | Darrol Blake | n/k | n/k |
11 | 1022 | Tuesday 11th February | Eric Wendell | Darrol Blake | n/k | n/k |
12 | 1023 | Thursday 13th February | Tim Vaughan | Darrol Blake | n/k | n/k |
13 | 1024 | Tuesday 18th February | Tim Vaughan | Darrol Blake | n/k | n/k |
14 | 1025 | Thursday 20th February | Tim Vaughan | Darrol Blake | n/k | n/k |
15 | 1026 | Tuesday 25th February | David Angus | Richard Handford | 13,750,000 | 9 |
16 | 1027 | Thursday 27th February | David Angus | Richard Handford | n/k | n/k |
17 | 1028 | Tuesday 4th March | David Angus | Richard Handford | 13,500,000 | 10 |
18 | 1029 | Thursday 6th March | David Angus | Richard Handford | n/k | n/k |
19 | 1030 | Tuesday 11th March | Eric Wendall | Richard Handford | n/k | n/k |
20 | 1031 | Thursday 13th March | Eric Wendall | Richard Handford | n/k | n/k |
21 | 1032 | Tuesday 18th March | Eric Wendall | Richard Handford | 12,900,000 | n/k |
22 | 1033 | Thursday 20th March | Eric Wendall | Richard Handford | n/k | n/k |
23 | 1034 | Tuesday 25th March | Tim Vaughan | Richard Holthouse | 13,200,000 | 15 |
24 | 1035 | Thursday 27th March | Tim Vaughan | Richard Holthouse | n/k | n/k |
25 | 1036 | Tuesday 1st April | Tim Vaughan | Richard Holthouse | n/k | n/k |
26 | 1037 | Thursday 3rd April | Tim Vaughan | Richard Holthouse | n/k | n/k |
27 | 1038 | Tuesday 8th April | Tim Vaughan | Richard Holthouse | 13,600,000 | 9 |
28 | 1039 | Thursday 10th April | Tim Vaughan | Richard Holthouse | n/k | n/k |
29 | 1040 | Tuesday 15th April | Michael Russell | William Slater | 12,600,000 | 15 |
30 | 1041 | Thursday 17th April | Michael Russell | William Slater | n/k | n/k |
31 | 1042 | Tuesday 22nd April | Michael Russell | William Slater | 11,500,000 | 13 |
32 | 1043 | Thursday 24th April | Michael Russell | William Slater | n/k | n/k |
33 | 1044 | Tuesday 29th April | Allan Swift | William Slater | 11,200,000 | 15 |
34 | 1045 | Thursday 1st May | Allan Swift | William Slater | n/k | n/k |
35 | 1046 | Tuesday 6th May | Allan Swift | William Slater | 11,150,000 | 13 |
36 | 1047 | Thursday 8th May | Allan Swift | William Slater | 10,300,000 | 19 |
37 | 1048 | Tuesday 13th May | Roy Russell | Richard Standeven | 10,850,000 | 13 |
38 | 1049 | Thursday 15th May | Roy Russell | Richard Standeven | n/k | n/k |
39 | 1050 | Tuesday 20th May | Roy Russell | Richard Standeven | n/k | n/k |
40 | 1051 | Thursday 22nd May | Roy Russell | Richard Standeven | n/k | n/k |
41 | 1052 | Tuesday 27th May | Roy Russell | Richard Standeven | n/k | n/k |
42 | 1053 | Thursday 29th May | Roy Russell | Richard Standeven | n/k | n/k |
43 | 1054 | Tuesday 3rd June | Steve Trafford | Keith Washington | 10,500,000 | n/k |
44 | 1055 | Thursday 5th June | Steve Trafford | Keith Washington | n/k | n/k |
45 | 1056 | Tuesday 10th June | Steve Trafford | Keith Washington | n/k | n/k |
46 | 1057 | Thursday 12th June | Steve Trafford | Keith Washington | 11,500,000 | 6 |
47 | 1058 | Tuesday 17th June | Steve Trafford | Keith Washington | n/k | n/k |
48 | 1059 | Thursday 19th June | Steve Trafford | Keith Washington | n/k | n/k |
49 | 1060 | Tuesday 24th June | Jack Lewis | Mervyn Cumming | n/k | n/k |
50 | 1061 | Thursday 26th June | Jack Lewis | Mervyn Cumming | n/k | n/k |
51 | 1062 | Tuesday 1st July | David Angus | Mervyn Cumming | n/k | n/k |
52 | 1063 | Thursday 3rd July | David Angus | Mervyn Cumming | n/k | n/k |
53 | 1064 | Tuesday 8th July | David Angus | Mervyn Cumming | 10,150,000 | 10 |
54 | 1065 | Thursday 10th July | David Angus | Mervyn Cumming | n/k | n/k |
55 | 1066 | Tuesday 15th July | Ginnie Hole | Vivienne Cozens | n/k | n/k |
56 | 1067 | Thursday 17th July | Ginnie Hole | Vivienne Cozens | n/k | n/k |
57 | 1068 | Tuesday 22nd July | Jack Lewis | Vivienne Cozens | n/k | n/k |
58 | 1069 | Thursday 24th July | Jack Lewis | Vivienne Cozens | n/k | n/k |
59 | 1070 | Tuesday 29th July | Jack Lewis | Vivienne Cozens | n/k | n/k |
60 | 1071 | Thursday 31st July | Jack Lewis | Vivienne Cozens | n/k | n/k |
61 | 1072 | Tuesday 5th August | Eric Wendell | Richard Handford | 10,650,000 | 8 |
62 | 1073 | Thursday 7th August | Eric Wendell | Richard Handford | n/k | n/k |
63 | 1074 | Tuesday 12th August | Eric Wendell | Richard Handford | n/k | n/k |
64 | 1075 | Thursday 14th August | Eric Wendell | Richard Handford | n/k | n/k |
65 | 1076 | Tuesday 19th August | Eric Wendell | Richard Handford | 10,550,000 | n/k |
66 | 1077 | Thursday 21st August | Eric Wendell | Richard Handford | n/k | n/k |
67 | 1078 | Tuesday 26th August | Eric Wendell | Richard Handford | 11,650,000 | n/k |
68 | 1079 | Thursday 28th August | Eric Wendell | Richard Handford | n/k | n/k |
69 | 1080 | Tuesday 2nd September | Ken Blakeson | Bob Hird | n/k | n/k |
70 | 1081 | Thursday 4th September | Ken Blakeson | Bob Hird | n/k | n/k |
71 | 1082 | Tuesday 9th September | Ken Blakeson | Bob Hird | n/k | n/k |
72 | 1083 | Thursday 11th September | Ken Blakeson | Bob Hird | n/k | n/k |
73 | 1084 | Tuesday 16th September | Ken Blakeson | Bob Hird | n/k | n/k |
74 | 1085 | Thursday 18th September | Ken Blakeson | Bob Hird | n/k | n/k |
75 | 1086 | Tuesday 23rd September | James Robson | Bob Hird | n/k | n/k |
76 | 1087 | Thursday 25th September | James Robson | Bob Hird | n/k | n/k |
77 | 1088 | Tuesday 30th September | James Robson | Darrol Blake | n/k | n/k |
78 | 1089 | Thursday 2nd October | James Robson | Darrol Blake | n/k | n/k |
79 | 1090 | Tuesday 7th October | James Robson | Darrol Blake | n/k | n/k |
80 | 1091 | Thursday 9th October | James Robson | Darrol Blake | n/k | n/k |
81 | 1092 | Tuesday 14th October | James Robson | Darrol Blake | n/k | n/k |
82 | 1093 | Thursday 16th October | James Robson | Darrol Blake | n/k | n/k |
83 | 1094 | Tuesday 21st October | Tim Vaughan | Mervyn Cumming | n/k | n/k |
84 | 1095 | Thursday 23rd October | Tim Vaughan | Mervyn Cumming | n/k | n/k |
85 | 1096 | Tuesday 28th October | Tim Vaughan | Mervyn Cumming | n/k | n/k |
86 | 1097 | Thursday 30th October | Tim Vaughan | Mervyn Cumming | n/k | n/k |
87 | 1098 | Tuesday 4th November | Tim Vaughan | Mervyn Cumming | n/k | n/k |
88 | 1099 | Thursday 6th November | Tim Vaughan | Mervyn Cumming | n/k | n/k |
89 | 1100 | Tuesday 11th November | Jackie Newey | William Slater | n/k | n/k |
90 | 1101 | Thursday 13th November | Jackie Newey | William Slater | n/k | n/k |
91 | 1102 | Tuesday 18th November | Jackie Newey | William Slater | n/k | n/k |
92 | 1103 | Tuesday 20th November | Charles Hodges | William Slater | n/k | n/k |
93 | 1104 | Thursday 25th November | Charles Hodges | William Slater | n/k | n/k |
94 | 1105 | Thursday 27th November | Charles Hodges | William Slater | n/k | n/k |
95 | 1106 | Tuesday 2nd December | Michael Russell | Bob Hird | n/k | n/k |
96 | 1107 | Thursday 4th December | Michael Russell | Bob Hird | n/k | n/k |
97 | 1108 | Tuesday 9th December | Michael Russell | Bob Hird | n/k | n/k |
98 | 1109 | Thursday 11th December | Michael Russell | Bob Hird | n/k | n/k |
99 | 1110 | Tuesday 16th December | Michael Russell | Bob Hird | n/k | n/k |
100 | 1111 | Thursday 18th December | Michael Russell | Bob Hird | 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 | Matt Skilbeck | Frederick Pyne | Full year | 100 | 1073 | 1 |
1 | Amos Brearly | Ronald Magill | Full year | 100 | 1069 | 1 |
1 | Henry Wilks | Arthur Pentelow | Full year | 100 | 1062 | 13 |
1 | Annie Sugden | Sheila Mercier | Full year | 100 | 1043 | 1 |
1 | Dolly Skilbeck | Jean Rogers | Full year | 100 | 700 | 1 |
1 | Jack Sugden | Clive Hornby | Full year | 100 | 653 | 1 |
1 | Seth Armstrong | Stan Richards | Full year | 100 | 531 | 1 |
1 | Jackie Merrick | Ian Sharrock | Full year | 100 | 486 | 1 |
1 | Alan Turner | Richard Thorp | Full year | 100 | 384 | 10 |
1 | Sandie Merrick | Jane Hutcheson | Full year | 100 | 380 | 1 |
1 | Caroline Bates | Diana Davies | Full year | 100 | 252 | 12 |
12 | Kathy Bates | Malandra Burrows | Full year | 94 | 102 | 21 |
13 | Samuel Skilbeck | Benjamin Whitehead | Full year | 90 | 223 | 10 |
14 | Joe Sugden | Frazer Hines | From March | 74 | 842 | 22 |
15 | Pat Sugden | Helen Weir | Until September | 57 | 467 | 1 |
16 | Donald Hinton | Hugh Manning | January to May, July to September and December | 56 | 495 | 14 |
17 | Karen Moore | Annie Hulley | February to August | 46 | 94 | 18 |
18 | Phil Pearce | Peter Alexander | From June | 45 | 45 | - |
19 | Jock MacDonald | Drew Dawson | January to March, June to October and December | 39 | 114 | 18 |
20 | Nick Bates | Cy Chadwick | March to April, June and from September | 28 | 32 | 23 |
21 | Bill Middleton | Johnny Caesar | February to March, July, September to October and December | 23 | 88 | 16 |
22 | Eric Pollard | Christopher Chittell | September to November | 18 | 18 | - |
23 | Archie Brooks | Tony Pitts | August, November to December | 14 | 103 | 17 |
24 | Tom Merrick | Jack Carr | September only | 4 | 65 | 20 |
StorylinesEdit
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