20 Facts About Emmerdale


Emmerdale is a British soap opera set in Emmerdale, a fictional village in the Yorkshire Dales.

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The programme began broadcasting in high definition on 10 October 2011 and in 2016, Emmerdale won the award for Best British Soap at the British Soap Awards for the first time.

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Emmerdale Farm was created when Kevin Laffan was asked to write a lunchtime farming serial for ITV, as the network was looking to expand its daytime programming after government restrictions on broadcasting hours were relaxed.

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Emmerdale initially said no as his agent advised him that writing a soap would tarnish his reputation as a playwright, which he found to be part of a snobbish attitude shown towards soap operas.

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Since the plane crash, Emmerdale has had increasingly dramatic storylines and glamorous characters.

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In 2004, Emmerdale became the first British soap opera to broadcast six episodes a week.

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Emmerdale celebrated its 40th anniversary with its first-ever live episode on 17 October 2012.

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In 2016, Emmerdale was named Best British Soap for the first time at the British Soap Awards.

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Emmerdale was later confirmed to be a serial killer and has been responsible for the murders of Leanna Cavanagh, Andrea Tate and Ben Tucker .

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On 12 October 2021, it was announced that Emmerdale would partake in a special crossover event involving multiple British soaps to promote the topic of climate change ahead of the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference.

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Emmerdale has had a large number of characters since it began, with its cast gradually expanding in size.

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Home Farm is a mansion in Emmerdale; it was first introduced on-screen as Miffield Hall in 1973 and was renamed in 1978.

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Emmerdale was first broadcast two afternoons a week in 1972, typically on Mondays and Tuesdays.

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For three weeks of June 2020, two episodes of Emmerdale were transmitted per week in order to preserve episodes.

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Emmerdale reaches viewers in the Republic of Ireland via Virgin Media One, which broadcasts the series simultaneously with ITV in the UK.

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Emmerdale was formerly broadcast during the day on RTE One from 1972 to 2001, before it moved to TV3, now known as Virgin Media One.

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Emmerdale is broadcast in New Zealand on TVNZ 1, where it is the second-most-watched daytime programme, after the news.

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Emmerdale was broadcast in Australia for the first time in July 2006, when UKTV began airing the series with episode 4288.

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Emmerdale has been available to viewers in the United States of America via the BritBox streaming service since March 2017.

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In January 2022, their overnight viewing figures saw Emmerdale become the most watched soap opera in the United Kingdom.

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