Emmerdale Review: Guest blogger The Woolie Weekly is back with a run down of the best and worst happenings in the past month in our monthly Emmerdale review. Here’s what they had to say about all the goings-on in the Dales this April…
It was a huge month for troubled Charity Dingle (Emma Atkins) as DI Bails made an appearance in her life again. Having helped Tracy Metcalfe (Amy Walsh) through her trauma, Charity’s world was rocked seeing Bails (Rocky Marshall) playing the hero and this lead to Charity making an emotional confession to girlfriend Vanessa Woodfield (Michelle Hardwick) about what she’d really been through in her youth.
These gut-wrenching performances alone have put Charity and actress Emma Atkins at the front and centre of Emmerdale where she belongs and given Emma a much-deserved position in the Soap Awards shortlist too. There were also hints that Charity is harbouring an even bigger secret about another son which bodes well for fans, because this can only mean Charity is set for more juicy stories in future. At last!
It was all change in the Roblivion household too as after Aaron Dingle (Danny Miller) was kidnapped (in admittedly rather rushed and anti-climatic scenes) Robert Sugden (Ryan Hawley) was faced with little choice but to bow to Joe Tate’s demands and sign over Home James Haulage to him. Robert and Joe’s petty and enjoyably smug games came to an end with Robert desperate to save Aaron, and it wasn’t long before devious Joe (Ned Porteous) had a hand in getting Liv Flaherty sent down for the spiking incident.
It was an interesting change to see Robert on the backfoot, with Joe making life much harder for Robron and the Roblivion family. And with Liv facing months in youth offenders, young actress Isobel Steele continued to give tearful and fragile performances in her plight. I’m sure her problems won’t end on release – this is Emmerdale after all.
Poor Amelia Spencer had a horrible shock in April when she learnt mum Ali had been killed. It was a bit tasteless to kill Ali off screen, particularly as its purpose seemed to be just to give us another unpopular paternity ret-con, this time with Daz Spencer (Mark Jordon) in the frame. It’s a big thumbs down from me. However, it did give young actress Daisy Campbell the chance to shine as Amelia learnt the awful truth and while we’re on the subject, can we have more Amelia please?
Our other favourite youngster Arthur Thomas (the brilliant Alfie Clarke) also got a big surprise when he overheard mum Laurel (Charlotte Bellamy) and Bob Hope (Tony Audenshaw) confessing to their secret passion. This finally injected a bit of original drama into the tired cheating tropes of Bob and Laurel’s affair, as Arthur struggled to forgive his mum. Emmerdale couples are always breaking up and having it off with someone else and we rarely get to see the wider effects on their kids, so this made a welcome change. It was a break from watching Bob flip flop between women too.
Even though Bob and Laurel’s affair hasn’t really been a hit with Emmerdale fans, I’ve been enjoying the emergence of a more bitter and twisted Brenda Walker (Lesley Dunlop). Lately the once warm and smiley Brenda is now full of dark comments and salty asides and I’m really enjoying the fun of it. I’m fully ready for her to take revenge, but now that she knows the truth and has made peace with it – will that day ever come?
It’s been great to see more of the Kings this month too, as they dealt with Joe in a smug and smart way, but also coped with their own problems. I can’t help but feel Jimmy (Nick Miles) and Nicola (Nicola Wheeler) deserve a much better story than tired and silly jokes about their sex life and the mortifying saga of Rodney Blackstock’s tantric bedroom antics with the kooky Misty. Those scenes were some that I’d very much like to forget!
It wasn’t a total flop on the comedy front though, as both Marlon Dingle (Mark Charnock) and Jessie Grant (Sandra Marvin) continued to make a fun team and Lydia Hart (Karen Blick), now bedded in at the Dingles, was a great support for Belle (Eden Taylor Draper) with Lisa (Jane Cox) AWOL. Zak (Steve Haliwell) and Lisa’s marriage has hit the rocks again meaning we’ve had to suffer Zak being insensitive and irritating, as poor Belle faced another mental health setback. Haven’t we been here before?
April was another tough month for Ross Barton (Michael Parr) as he battled his pain killer addiction and saw Simon get away with throwing the acid. The courtroom drama and Ross’ relapses into aggression fell a bit flat and samey, however his unlikely friendships with Rhona Goskirk (Zoe Henry) and Rebecca White (Emily Head) gave the character some fresh material and softened up his macho gruffness. But surely many of us agree that Ross’s best work is with total cutie Moses! I’m just relieved nothing bad happened to the little one when he got hold of Ross’s pills!
So what’s going to happen in the month of May now that Chas Dingle (Lucy Pargeter) and Paddy Kirk (Dominic Brunt) are engaged (disaster awaits, surely?) and Bob and Brenda’s nuptials are approaching? Fireworks, I’m sure! Bring it on.
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