The following is based on a
profile in the book "The Emmerdale Family Album" (by Michael
Heatly and Published by Boxtree Paperback - 30 June, 1995
The year of 1993 saw not one but two new
family arrivals - and in both cases they were to supply
much-needed community services in the shape of the post
office and Doctor's Sugery
Yet beneath their placid public faces,
the Windsors and the McAIlistcrs were as turbulent as
any family with growing children
In December 1993,
leading the 'brat pack' of new Emmerda/e stars were Noah
Huntley and Camilla Power; who arrived as brother and
sister Luke and Jessica McAllister. The pair had already
appeared together in the children's television serial
Moonacre. . . .
It had been many years since the village had boasted ils
own doctor, so the arrival of Bernard McAllister and his
family' from their former hospital position in suburban
Surrey was a cause of much pleasure. As luck would have
it, the Doctor would play a role in the events surrounding
air crash and its aftermath, but the benefits of a surgery
in the village - instead of having to travel to Hotton
for medical attention - would clearly be felt for some
while to come.
In all, Old Hall became home to four people:
the doctor, his wife- Angharad. plus teenage children
l.uke and Jessica. The position (of teacher at local Hotten
Comprehensive School initially gave Angharad McAIlister
tle opportunity of keeping a motherly eye on her offspring
- but the aflemmth of the plane crash saw her lending
a hand in nonacademic ways as the school was commandeered
for humanitarian purposes.
Once order was finally restored, the only
thing rending the peaceful country air was the noise from
Luke's motobike,, which he employed to take him to his
final years at school. He fell in with some dubious company,
and his naivety seemed set to land him in some scrapes...
Jcssica, though two years younger than
her brother, is rather more strcctwise and can quite often
prove more mature - though not in matters of the heart.
Her parents had hoped a move to the Dales would put distance
between her and finace, Danny, a long-haired youth some
years older than her, who they regarded as undesirable.
Like so many teenagers, however, Jcssica proved less than
willing to conform to her parents' wishes, and their disapproval
probably prolonged the relationship beyond its natural
As may be expected given their positions
in the comnmnity, Bernard and Angharad McAIlister were
soon well known and respected by all. They both played
a part in the` Turners' wedding preparations, and Bernard
was a leading light in the administration of the Disaster
Fund. Meanwhile. Angbarad proved herself snrprisingly
uninhibited beneath a conventional exterior, most notably
when persuaded on stage at Lynn Whiteley:s benefit night
to cavort with the semi-clad 'Nobbies'.
It was all a long way from their comfortable
Surrey life, but for the McAIlistcrs life in the Dales
at first seemed just the prescription . . . "