The Emmerdaily is pleased to welcome guest blogger The Woolie Weekly to the team, who will be giving us a run down of the best and worst happenings each month in an Emmerdale review. Here’s what they had to say about all the goings-on in the Dales this January!
Emmerdale kicked off 2018 in style after another successful year, proving that they are determined to hold onto those ‘Best Soap’ accolades!
During the first week of January all the speculation and theories that there was a lot more to Tom Waterhouse than just the golf course were proved true, as he revealed himself to be none other than Joseph Tate.
Ned Porteous (Joseph Tate), Charley Webb (Debbie Dingle) and Emma Atkins (Charity Dingle) did a cracking job during the big twist scene and since then Joe has made the perfect soap villain. From his pompous arrogance and heartless agenda against the Dingles, he’s been a really entertaining addition to the cast, especially now that he’s living up at Home Farm, continuing the Tate legacy. Not only did Joe’s arrival merge Emmerdale past and present, leaving us all clamouring for the return of Tate legends like Kim, but it solved some fans’ niggles that the ‘Tom’ and Debbie romance was just a poor Fifty Shades rip off – all that shallow sex and money stuff was entirely intentional and a clever move from Emmerdale.
Joe’s story has given Charity some much needed material and has injected life into Debbie as she’s tried to take him down herself. It was great to see her with a bit of swagger and vengeance, spooking Joe at Home Farm after he had demolished Wishing Well.
Speaking of Wishing Well and Joe, we need to talk about the enigma that is Graham Foster (Andrew Scarborough). Not only is his dynamic with Joe an intriguing relationship, with Graham often the angel on his shoulder, but we saw Graham transform into a bit of an action figure this month.
Not only did Graham sabotage the destruction of the infamous Dingle home, but he rescued poor Noah and Samson from the rubble. What a hero! While Graham still has an air of mystery about him, this was a quick way to get us all to care about him as a character in his own right. Can’t wait to find out more of his secrets.
January also saw the sad departure of one of the original Bartons as Adam Thomas (Adam Barton) left the show. Having been convicted for Emma Barton’s murder and not wanting his mum to go down for it, Adam accepted his sad fate – only Cain Dingle (Jeff Hordley) and Aaron Dingle (Danny Miller) had other plans. The ‘on the run’ exit is done frequently in Emmerdale, but Adam’s final episode was emotional and full of heart, meaning although he left on sad terms, it was a great way to bow out after nine years on Emmerdale. Missing you already Adam!
There were more exits to follow as we also saw Lawrence (John Bowe) and Chrissie White (Louise Marwood) leave the show in a spectacular car crash. The Whites haven’t been the most popular characters to say the least, but Lachlan’s descent into darkness and Chrissie’s tragic death were real highlights. Thomas Atkinson (Lachlan White) has been a stand out this month, managing to play Lachlan as both deeply disturbing and even sympathetic at times too. Here’s hoping Emmerdale don’t drag this one out too long.
There were plenty of other highlights this month too: from Tip the Dog’s return, to Vanessa Woodfield (Michelle Hardwick) and Charity admitting to liking each other, Brenda Hope’s continuing struggles in forgiving Bob (Tony Audenshaw) and some welcome fluffier material from Marlon and Jessie. January has been a great start, so great in fact we might just be able to look past some of the low lights – like ugh David Metcalfe (Matthew Wolfenden) cheating, Harriet Finch (Katherine Dow Blyton) losing her spark and Moira Dingle’s struggles becoming a bit too much.
Now let’s see what February – or #Fabruary as Emmerdale are calling it – brings!
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