1980: the vicar comes to tea at Emmerdale Farm.
I'm interested in thirty years ago and wonder who was in the Emmerdale Farm serial in August 1980?
Well, Geoff, the community of characters was rather different from today - the average age of the characters rather older. The show would not feature its first permanent school-age teenagers until September. The show was on its summer break in August 1980, but the permanent characters were:
Annie Sugden - Sheila Mercier
Sam Pearson - Toke Townley
Jack Sugden - Clive Hornby
Matt Skilbeck - Frederick Pyne
Dolly Skilbeck - Jean Rogers
Amos Brearly - Ronald Magill
Henry Wilks - Arthur Pentelow
Reverend Donald Hinton - Hugh Manning
Richard Anstey - Carl Rigg
Seth Armstrong - Stan Richards - Mr Richards joined the permanent cast in the summer of 1980.
Semi-regular characters included Nellie Ratcliffe, played by Gabrielle Blunt and Meg Armstrong played by Ursula Camm. The characters made their debuts in 1978 and 1979 respectively. Other semi-regulars were the Tolly and Longthorn families, introduced during early 1980.
Jane Cussons, who played Judy Westrop, had just left the cast and at the start of the autumn season it was revealed that Judy had left Beckindale for a new job.
Frazer Hines who played Joe Sugden was absent for part of the year - his character away in America.
Performers making their debuts later in 1980 were Ian Sharrock as Jackie Merrick, Jane Hutcheson as Sandie Merrick, Edward Peel as Tom Merrick, Martin Dale as police sergeant Ian McArthur, Malcolm Raeburn as John Tuplin, Alan Starkey as Daniel Hawkins and Al Dixon as Walter.
Helen Weir had already appeared as Pat Merrick during the summer, and her character would become a regular from September onwards.