I was sorting through my photos at the weekend and I came across the pictures of my trip to the Emmerdale set. It was part of a scheme run by ITV called Access All Areas, where members of staff spend a day at a different department. So for one day only I swapped the daily news for The Dales and headed to the Woolpack.
It was great to see what goes on behind the scenes, who knew there were animal soft toys in the cages on the vet set or that the Dingles actually live right behind Holme Farm?!
But as the scheme is only open to members of staff I thought I’d give you the next best thing and share my experience, so sit back and enjoy the tour…
Welcome to Emmerdale
First stop, The Woolpack!
What a cosy pub
Marlon’s kitchen at the pub
The attention to detail on set is amazing
There’s a new receptionist at the vet!
I don’t think the Emmerdale vets will be able to revive this cat
The soap used to be filmed in a real village but it moved to this custom made set because the filming schedule was too disruptive but the crew were worried viewers would spot the differences, that’s why they came up with the plane crash storyline that destroyed most of the village!
At the time Jackson Walsh was the latest character to be laid to rest in the Emmerdale graveyard after a powerful storyline about assisted dying
Gone but not forgotten
If it wasn’t for the television lighting rig you’d think you were in a real church hall
The setting for many a disastrous soap wedding
Meeting the stars! With Danny Miller who played Aaron and Matthew Woolfenden who plays David
Pauline Quirk & I – at the time she was involved in that assisted suicide storyline but she and I chatted about less serious matters (mainly diets!)
Time to go home – do you think the Dingles will let me borrow their van?