ITV’s hit soap, Emmerdale has announced that it will be celebrating its 50th birthday with an hour-long episode next month.
The special program will air on Sunday 16 October, exactly 50 years to the day since the ITV soap first appeared in 1972.
To mark the birthday, the ITV show shared an official cast photo taken outside the Woolpack pub in the US earlier this year Emmerdale Village in Yorkshire showing all of the seniors occupation to their latest additions and even the Dingle family dog.
Executive producer Jane Hudson said they wanted to do it 50th birthday Month “a treat for all our loyal viewers” that has them “tied to the edge of their seats as the stories unfold.”
She added that the storylines will “make you cry, make you laugh and of course surprise you with some of the most epic stunts you’ve ever seen.”
Earlier this year, the drama’s cast and producers kicked off the birthday celebrations with a giant cake shaped like the show’s famous Woolpack pub.
To mark the occasion they also released a selection of scenic photos of the purpose built village on the Harewood Estate in West Yorkshire.
That ITV program was originally filmed in the real village of Arncliffe in the Yorkshire Dales before moving to Esholt in West Yorkshire.
After 22 years, production moved to the Harewood Estate where a replica Esholt was built after the village became too crowded to film, with congestion and disruption caused by visits from fans hoping to catch a glimpse to catch on the characters of the soap and locations.
The move took place over Christmas in 1996 – the only time the soap took a break from filming – and the set was first used in 1997.
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