Woollie Weekly Emmerdale Review!
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 what happened in the Dales during July 2019…
We’re used to the summer being a quieter time for soaps, but not for Emmerdale this year as they rolled out a glossy promotional photo and teasers, ready to kick start big stories in July. But what kept us glued to our screens this month? Emmerdale review reveals all!
Although Emmerdale saved their juiciest drama for the end of the month, it was Lydia’s story at the beginning of July which had the most impact. Actress Karen Blick secured her place at the heart of the show as we learnt of beloved Lydia Hart’s tragic past. With bones of a baby found at the school, Lydia handed herself into the police and then confessed all to Sam, explaining how she had lost her baby when she was very young and then assumed a new identity to cope with her grief. These scenes were some of Emmerdale’s best all year as Karen gave outstanding, emotive performances, supported wonderfully by the very underrated James Hooton (Sam Dingle). Sam and Lydia are one of the village’s best couples and this storyline has made them a very important part of the Dingles. Here’s hoping there’s a lot more to come from them.
Speaking of Emmerdale’s wonderful couples, it couldn’t be a write up about July without mentioning the hilarious and perfect coupling of Bernice and Liam. This month Bernice Blackstock’s imagination went into overdrive, egged on by sister Nicola King, as she suspected Dr Liam Cavanagh of being a serial killer.
This led to a hilarious comedy set-up as oblivious Liam (Johnny McPherson) took Bernice (Samantha Giles) to the woods for a picnic, in hot pursuit by Jimmy King (Nick Miles) and Nicola (Nicola Wheeler). As Bernice screamed for her life, poor Liam was knocked unconscious by a pork pie. This was all very slapstick, silly and divisive, but with brilliant comedic performances by all the main players, it was thoroughly entertaining. Bernice’s efforts to win Liam back after this disaster included setting up an entire Wild West themed murder mystery event and this eventually led to a fitting and surprising marriage proposal from Liam, in the ladies’ toilets. These two are the perfect warm and funny anecdote for the sadder and darker storylines in the village.
July saw the implosion of the relationship between Pete Barton (Anthony Quinlan) and Rhona Goskirk (Zoe Henry), just as their engagement party took place in the pub. Their relationship has been doomed for a while and while they were once a well-liked couple, their fights had grown tiring. Thankfully the pair of them realised it was the end of the line for their romance and split amicably in some touchingly written and performed scenes.
Another couple facing tension this month was Aaron and Robert Sugden-Dingle who saw their marriage tested when Robert (Ryan Hawley) struggled with his desire for revenge against rapist Lee Posner. With Robert increasingly desperate, this month saw him try and use Dawn Taylor (Olivia Bromley) as a honeytrap and Aaron (Danny Miller) warn him to back off from his dangerous plans which were risking their future.
The end of the month saw Robert’s situation worsen as he battered Lee unconscious with a shovel and could be facing a murder charge if Lee doesn’t pull through. While worried Aaron is firmly on his side, we know the future looks bleak for the couple with Ryan Hawley leaving, despite this the chemistry between the pair – even when fighting – gives fire to these dramatic moments.
While the performances in Victoria Barton’s storyline continue to be excellent, the repetitive nature of the plot is beginning to wear thin. Thankfully with Robert’s drastic action, the story seems to have changed pace, but much of July we had to watch the main characters have very samey conversations, all while Vic (Isabel Hodgins) continued to be tormented by Lee and his mum Wendy. Hopefully the focus will return to Vic’s point of view, rather than being there just to react to Robert’s behaviour or Wendy’s harassment.
The crisis for the Sharmas might have only just begun but there were some good scenes this month as Emmerdale gave Fiona Wade the chance to shine by revisiting Priya’s eating disorder. Her scenes with Andrea Tate (Anna Nightingale) gave us a surprising new side to the newbie at Home Farm and also allowed to see a supportive side to Jai (Chris Bisson) again, who then exploded at Manpreet (Rebecca Sarker) for putting the family business in jeopardy. As the end of Emmerdale’s explosive week saw a big tragedy at the factory, the messy problems for the Sharmas looks like it’s only just begun.
Other highlights in July included Matty Barton (Ash Palmisciano) and Ryan Stock (James Moore join forces for a fun new business venture with Rodney Blackstock (Patrick Mower) which saw a nicer, lighter side to the lad, but this all went a bit pear shaped as Matty’s toxic masculinity storyline has taken away from the cheeky chappie side to him we like. This month also saw David Metcalfe (Matthew Wolfenden) and Jacob Gallagher (Joe-Warren Plant) make up with the help of Eric Pollard (Chris Chittell) and a bit of light catfishing. Will the trauma of Maya be revisited? Hope so! Dawn Taylor also made the mature decision to wait for a better time to see Lucas as she realised her life was still a little unstable.
We were sad to see Faith Dingle (Sally Dexter) and Eric split this month and we’re seriously hoping it doesn’t mean the end of them for good as we much prefer her with Eric than Bear Wolf (Joshua Richards)!
Other plots we wish hadn’t happened this month was the unpopular decision to have Moira Dingle (Natalie J Robb) and Nate Robinson (Jurell Carter) hook up. So far it seems like there’s more to Nate than meets the eye but his partnership with Amy Wyatt (Natalie-Ann Jamieson), to get custody of Kyle from Cain Dingle (Jeff Hordley), isn’t making either of them popular and breaking up #Coira was never going to be well liked. Moira isn’t a stranger to sexy flings in the barn, but the chemistry with Nate is non-existent and feels forced. Is the big reveal about dodgy Nate really going to be worth splitting up Cain and Moira? Can’t see it.
With the dramatic end of July leading us into a gripping August, we’re looking forward to seeing the fall out of the latest big week in the Dales!
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