Emmerdale's 50th anniversary has been planned for 10 years as bosses reveal info

October 2022 will see Emmerdale celebrate 50 years on our screens.

As the year begins, storylines will kick off and lead us into the Summer ahead of a very busy and dramatic Autumn.

So, what’s the plan? Obviously we can’t reveal too much but to get a sense of how huge this year will be for the ITV soap, boss Jane Hudson told Metro.co.uk and other press when plans for the 50th anniversary began:

‘It was around the 40th. We’ve been thinking about the 50th all the time. I think we probably held back some of our big ideas while covid was so prominent in our lives because we didn’t know what we could achieve. But Super Soap Week has really shown us what we can do. And as brilliant as stunts are – we’ve got to have the stories to back up those stunts. We can blow up anything but if there’s no story behind it – what’s the point?  

‘Our focus at the moment is to really build those stories so when we get to our Golden Month of Celebration, we’ve got secrets that the viewers are desperate to be revealed, there’s probably going to be a birth in there perhaps – babies in soaps are either born on programme celebrations or Christmas so there’s going to be one of those happening, and we’ll do something epic – there will be an epic stunt because we’re well-known for that.

‘But at the heart of it, the best loved characters in our show are really going to be tested in some big emotional stories. It’s really key to us that whatever happens in the 50th – the fallout is huge. This will continue and take us into 2023.’

Jane continued: ‘We need to make this the biggest year we’ve ever had. We’ve already got some great stuff planned – maybe a wedding in the Summer! Some really big things that’ll test couples strength and as parents, a lot in store.

‘We might see some old faces returning, we’re not sure yet. I think there is a lot coming up – the focus is really to celebrate Emmerdale turning 50.’

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