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 March…

March in Emmerdale didn’t quite have the thrilling twists and romantic reunions of the previous months, but in the month of International Women’s Day, it definitely felt like the month of female empowerment!

One of March’s main players was Tracy Metcalfe, who stayed strong and resilient in the face of husband David’s cruel and unsympathetic behaviour towards her past. Thankfully Tracy was supported by a host of female characters and uplifted by an empowering speech from Charity, who reminded her of how much she had survived. This story has been moving and poignant, showcasing actress Amy Walsh’s talents again and surely cementing her future as an award winner.

Tracy’s husband (or should that be ex-husband?) David (Matthew Wolfenden) shred his Mr Nice Guy act and behaved in such a callous and insensitive way, it’s going to take a while for him to become likeable again. Now that all his secrets are out in the open, and the Metcalfe marriage is over, maybe we’ll see him grow up!

Liv Flaherty’s drink spiking, alongside instigator Gabby Thomas (Rosie Bentham), not only sent Lisa Dingle (Jane Cox) into hospital, but made her spiral back into a reliance on alcohol again. It divided the Dingles and put the code to the test making Lisa feel a little uncharacteristically cold, but on the plus side we got to see more of actress Isobel Steele acting her socks off.

The Dingles weren’t the only divided family in March as the Sharmas split over the bruises found on Eliza. With Priya Kotecha having a life crisis, she found herself shouldering initial blame. It’s been great to see actress Fiona Wade having more emotive and empathetic material this year and the Sharmas benefit from family centred drama too.

In the month that saw Graham finally reveal his tragic past and we were left hanging on actor Andrew Scarborough’s every word, his friend Joe Tate (Ned Porteous) began a wicked game of blackmail with Debbie Dingle (Charley Webb). However despite his manipulation after learning about the acid attack, he confessed his love for her, confirming he really does have a twisted heart! Joe and Debs are a divisive pair, but there’s a love-hate chemistry which seems more promising than revisiting Debbie and Ross Barton again!

Ross (Michael Parr) continued to have a difficult time of it, kissing goodbye his chances with Debbie and suffering a few setbacks in his acid attack recovery. Not only has this storyline progressed with believable challenges and emotional turning points, but it’s given us much softer sides to both Ross and brother Pete (Anthony Quinlan) who have often been bogged down by aggressive, hyper-masculine shouty scenes in the past. It’s good to see new sides of characters.

Someone else who has benefited from seeing a new side is Aaron Dingle (Danny Miller), who since the Robron reunion with Robert Sugden (Ryan Hawley) has taken on a more mature and adult outlook in life. It’s been rewarding to see Aaron away from mum Chas’ apron strings and stepping into a parental role in his family.

It’s been a rocky month for Chas Dingle (Lucy Pargeter) herself as she experienced a pregnancy dilemma, struggling with self-doubt and the pressures of knowing Paddy Kirk (Dominic Brunt) wanted to keep the baby. I’m no fan of the ‘Chaddy’ pairing but even less so after watching the sluggish abortion decision plot which seemed dated and clumsily pro-life throughout.

Other storylines I’m tired of has to be the Brenda/Bob/Laurel debacle. I’m more than ready for Brenda (Lesley Dunlop) to wreak revenge now that Laurel Thomas (Charlotte Bellamy) and Bob Hope’s cringey carry on doesn’t seem to be stopping any time soon. All three are good characters, so why does the Bob (Tony Audenshaw) and Laurel shambles feel so forced?

But it hasn’t all been sombre, the village has been boosted by some much needed joy this month as Jessie Grant officially moved in and Marlon Dingle (Mark Charnock) found himself in some haplessly comic situations – first with a hilariously floundering domestic Cain Dingle (Jeff Hordley) and then with an impromptu birthday party.

With the promise of a bigger storyline for Charity Dingle (Emma Atkins) and the Joe Tate versus Robert Sugden rivalry intensifying, I can’t wait to see what April brings!

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