Woollie Weekly Emmerdale Review!
Emmerdale Review: Guest blogger The Woolie Weekly is back looking at the best and worst happenings over the past month in our monthly Emmerdale review. Here’s what they had to say about all the goings on in the Dales during April 2020…
As the global pandemic kept us all at home on lockdown and filming stopped on Emmerdale, episodes were cut to three per week in April. It’s been a strange month, but Emmerdale brought us some familiarity and comfort in these extraordinary times.
April’s main event was of course the long-awaited Dingle wedding between Sam and Lydia. It feels like we’ve been waiting forever for these two to get hitched but it was worth the wait. The big day was well timed in the circumstances, bringing their odd ball joy to our screens. As anticipation built, Sam shared a lovely heartfelt moment with son Samson who reminded Sam (James Hooton) what a great dad he’s been – aww! From the hen and stag do mishaps to Sam’s weird and wonderful vows, this was the perfect heart-warming wedding, topped off with a great big dance to Cotton Eye Joe. This was the perfect happy occasion to watch in these times.
Someone else who was very busy during the Dingle wedding was Mandy (Lisa Riley), but not for reasons she was expecting. Stranded after the hen night went haywire, Mandy picked up a lift from a stranger but the man turned out to be Paul (Reece Dinsdale), Vinny’s dad. What are the chances! This blast from the past has given us some lovely scenes between Mandy and Lydia as Mandy confided about her past. I’m hopeful that this story will give Lisa Riley a chance to shine and show a more emotional side to Mandy. She’s a character with a big heart so it’ll be a nice change of pace from her comedy capers.
While all the Dingle fun was taking place, there were still hard times for Vanessa (Michelle Hardwick) and Charity (Emma Atkins) as the emotional toll of Vanessa’s cancer weighed heavily on their relationship. This has been one of Emmerdale’s strongest stories in recent months showing the whole family’s struggles and a range of destructive coping methods. Even though Vanessa’s drunken antics were a silly plot device, the divide between the pair was well written and we’ve been able to empathise with both of them through it all.
April also saw Moira and Rhona go into business together. Although it hasn’t featured much yet, these are two strong characters that would be great on screen together. Here’s hoping that we eventually seen more of the farming side of the show as it’s something lots of fans enjoy.
During this month Jamie and Belle’s affair continued and the two confessed their love for each other. As they grew closer, Jamie (Alexander Lincoln) promised to leave Andrea (Anna Nightingale) and get things in place but Belle (Eden Taylor-Draper) was torn when she considered how it would impact Millie. Jamie and Belle have a cute chemistry and Belle’s vulnerability has been well performed given her history for choosing unsuitable men! Late into the month Andrea found out and while her immediate reaction evoked sympathy from viewers, I think her revenge might hopefully be even more fun to watch.
April’s biggest misfire has to be the Malone plot, which is dominating screen time and unfortunately dragging to watch even though it’s only been a few weeks in the making. There’s no denying Mark Womack is charismatic in the role but Malone is wafer thin, and there’s hard to find any real menace in him when he just pops up when the plot needs him. Despite involving big characters like Cain (Jeff Hordley), the rest of the story uses quite dreary characters like Will Taylor (Dean Andrews) and Billy Fletcher (Jay Kontzle) who don’t have the oomph to carry it or make the stakes seem high enough. Not to mention this type of story just doesn’t seen a good fit for Emmerdale.
The Posners continued to irritate this month with another laboured attempt to evoke sympathy for Wendy and more of her trying to force Luke and Victoria together. I’m so over it!
Another misjudged story was the rushed attempt to redeem Kerry Wyatt (Laura Norton). Vanessa received support from her and it was clunkily revealed Kerry now volunteers at the hospital. This was a laughable attempt to seem like she’d had some off screen remorse for her involvement in Frank’s death. I don’t think anyone expects Kerry to face punishment now but this was a poor way to try and bring closure to the story.
With Andrea’s plan to win Jamie back brewing and Harriet on Malone’s case, let’s see what May will bring. It may be our last ‘normal’ month of Emmerdale for a while!
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