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Mad Emmerdale casting…

There are headlines from the world of TV news, and then there are headlines… Being perfectly honest, one headline I never thought I’d read when perusing the daily dispatches is:

Amanda Donohoe joins Emmerdale

I had to look twice and make sure I’d read it correctly, but it is indeed true that the former LA Law star will make her Dales debut sometime over Christmas as Natasha Wylde, one half of a sexy new couple…

The other half of this sexy new couple, Natasha’s husband, will be played by former Dynasty actor Maxwell Caulfield, also late of Casualty, which seems to add to the surreal sense of Hollywood glamour around the casting.

As a Yorkshireman, I’ve always had something of a soft spot for Emmerdale, although in the last year it does appear to have become something of a forgotten soap in the face of EastEnders and Corrie. This is a shame as it had a couple of years of being utterly fantastic, which seemed to peak with the well-executed and publicised Who Killed Tom King storyline over Christmas 2006. We still have the Cluedo set that the ITV press office sent out to tie in with the storyline sitting in pride of place at TV Today towers.

But now, there’s a sense of a soap on the downward phase of the perpetual soap cycle. It happens to all of them, by and by - ‘Enders was practically counted out of the game two years ago, regularly beaten in the ratings by some margin by Emmerdale when they went head to head. Even Corrie has had something of a fallow year, but its stock is rising with some strong storylines surrounding the Connor family on the slate over the next month or two.

It’s a shame that Emmerdale seems to be missing some attention right now - it’s ratings are as solid as ever, but not scaling the spectacular heights they were a few years back, although I’m confident they will rally before the end of the year. But there are some strong storylines in Emmerdale at the moment, especially Jo Sugden suffering domestic abuse at the hands of her husband Andy. It’s well played and well written, but doesn’t appear to be getting the attention it really deserves.

But soaps, as we know, are cyclical and Emmerdale will be back in the fight sooner rather than later. The Wylde’s are set to be at the heart of some dramatic storylines next year on the soap, but for now, I applaud the soap’s ability to pull some leftfield casting out of the bag as Donohoe and Caulfield follow in the grand tradition of Lorraine Chase, Linda Thorson and Patsy Kensit.

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I'll tell you why it doesn't get the attention it deserves. Because the storyline department is atrocious. The producer Anita Turner just wants to sex it up with the same character. It was only 3 months ago that she brought in Anna De Souza, who was supposed to sex it up. As she has gone down like a lead balloon, Turner has had to cast exactly the same role by bringing in Amanda Donahue, a woman whose career was down the toilet when she joined the last series of Bad Girls before that was axed.

The storylines revolve too heavily around the Dingles and the Kings, two families WAY beyond their sell by date.

The reason why Jo Sugden's 'abuse' storyline isn't getting the same attention is because Jo had an extreme character change too much, as did Andy. And don't try and tell me that is believable. Neither actor could make a fart believable.

The only saving grace of Emmerdale is Charlotte Bellamy and even she is too good for it. That damn producer axed good actors in favour of dead wood and the only way forward for the show is to axe the producer and the whole storyline department.

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Iwould like to know how the cattle were sold that belonged to another farmer.Get the facts right no cattle can be sold without a passport.

I disagree with the above comment referring to Jo and Andy's abuse storyline. I find it disappointing that someone could have such a two-dimensional attitude to soap acting, that once a person's character traits are set, they are not allowed by "soap law" to change these attitudes in differing situations. This is hardly the way people act in reality, constant change and development is what makes us human! I think Emmerdale made an increadibly brave move in developing an abuse storyline with Andy Sugden who has been in the soap for around 10 years, as he is an established sympathetic character instead of the usual "bogeymen" found, for example, in uncomplicated bad-man-wifebeater Trevor in Eastenders. It approaches the problem with sensitivity and realism and really should be applauded for it!

I think Emmerdale is currently in a transitional phase and that certain mistakes have been made recently (Doug and crabs?? please!), but this shows that they are taking risks and trying new things which is no mean feat in such an established soap.

As to Maxwell Caulfield and Amanda Donahoe, I suppose time will tell, although to the basic premise of rich southerners living in a large yorkshire mansion... it's not altogether unheard of in real life.

I have watched Emmerdale since the start, but the storylines at the moment are unreal. How many schoolgirls, thief, take drugs, steal booze from the pub, never at school always at the Cricket Pavillion, acting stupid, should have kept the old Victoria, at least she was more like a schoolgirl. The sooner this one goes the better. I think some of the Dingles should go, they have overstayed their welcome, such a stupid family at the moment. We can live in hope that Emmerdale will soon get some decent script writers.

Hi

I was just wondering if there are any auditions in the near furture for emmerdale I have some experience acting i have a portfolio and i have a b-tec national diploma.

Thank you David

Hi

I was just wondering if there are any auditions for emmerdale in the near furture i have a portfolio and have experience acting i also have a b-tec national diploma in performing arts.

Thanks David

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