Emmerdale Episode Guide For Year 1996
Episodes #2040 - 2146

Updated 12th October 2002
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1996

January
February
March

The first quarter of 1996 began with Frank finally exposing Dave and Kimís affair. Kim moved Dave into Home Farm, but he could not stand the atmosphere and started to rent Annieís cottage. Kim eventually joined him, driven out by Tina & Frank (Frank had deliberately employed Tina Dingle to annoy Kim). All Frank wanted though, was the baby and when Kim had to go into hospital for a while, he offered her a million pounds to come back to him, as long as she put his name on the birth certificate and severed all contact with Dave Glover.

The Dingles provided light relief as only they could.

Butch developed a long lasting crush on cousin Mandy, while she in turn developed an un-healthy crush for Dave Glover.

In the early part of the year one of the family's hair-brain ideas included turning their crying Elvis into a money-spinner. It failed as usual. The manicin had been stolen for Zak's brief love-interest Marilyn. Dim-witted Sam one day thought he saw it crying. It turned out when it was near the heater, the glue ran from its eyes, giving the appearance of tears. Of course this did not stop the Dingles - egged on by Eric Pollard - who invited the media along to a Press Conference before being exposed for the crooks they were.

After much pining, Zak eventually leaves for Ireland with the intention of bringing Nellie home. Instead the family are horrified when he turns up with a woman named Marilyn who he has fed some story about how rich he is to get her attention.

Marilyn aside, Zak spent the first half of the year missing Nellie after she announced she would not be returning from Ireland. Eric Pollard managed to get caught up in one of the Dingles schemes when Zak's brother Albert turned up with stolen goods and had the police and underworld villains hot on his tail. The Dingle house was nearly burnt down and a pig killed in the struggle that followed. Tina's life was placed in danger when she was kidnapped by the villains. A trade was eventually reached with a straight swap being done for Albert to the villains and the return of Tina to her family. This was mucked up when the police arrived in time to take Albert away. The villains fled and Tina was safe. During all of this, Tina stole £3000 from Eric after he had tried to buy Albert's stolen goods. Tina set up a secret bank account with Eric's money but was never found out and nothing more was said about it.

With Nellie gone and the family at a loss on how to make ends meet with nothing, the Dingles decided they must all get jobs. Mandy and Tina Dingle acted as escort girls for Eric on a couple of occasions at business meetings - much to Zak's disgust. So with the backing of Eric, Zak Dingle decided to go back into fighting to help keep his family. This came to an end after Mandy punched him by accident and it was quite clear he no longer had the stamina for boxing.

April

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On April 11th Nick Bates and Seth Armstrong confronted a gang of poachers. Nick fired his shotgun blindly in their direction and killed gang member Jed Connell. Nick was later jailed for 10 years

May

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Zoe & Emma's blessing ended in disaster in May 1996

Emma Nightingale decided it was time to cement her relationship with ZoŽ Tate and proposed that it should be blessed in a formal ceremony. The idea horrified some villagers, including publican Alan Turner. Then, several weeks before the planned 'gay wedding', Emma's former partner, hairdresser Susie Wilde, turned up, causing friction between the couple, who began to row constantly. Although ZoŽ exchanged vows and rings with Emma at a hotel ceremony on 16 May, she ditched her before the reception was over, in favour of Susie. But that relationship ended when Susie cheated on ZoŽ. 

The start of Viv Windsor being disillusioned by her marriage and an attraction to Terry Woods seems to be developing in early 1996. However it would not be until August 1996 that she and Terry started an affair. Meanwhile there are problems with the Windsor children, when at the start of the year Kelly nearly got herself and Roy Glover killed after getting involved in an Animal Rights' Protest. While Scott really starts to rebel as 1996 progresses, including buying a dodgy gun off Butch Dingle (knowing full well Viv hates guns) and accidently shooting sister Donna. Vic has problems relating to his stepson.

1996 was to prove quite a year for the Glovers. While playing around with farm equipment (instead of being in school) Roy's fingers got chopped off. It was only fast thinking on Linda's part to put them in ice that they were able to be sewed back on. However this accident was later to cause problems for the family with Health and Safety. This was just the beginning of the family's financial problems. Jan Glover was caught stealing from the Woolpack after getting in debt with Eric Pollard. They all found out about Daveís affair with Kim and then Linda moved out of home and in with Biff.

Tina Dingle was showing signs of getting dis-heartened with her lowly life and her disasterous family, as we head towards the summer of 1996. This is heigthened when after a slanging match with Kim, Tina finds herself a job as Frank Tate's housekeeper at Home Farm. Many would speculate on the nature of Frank and Tina's relationship. She made sure it remained profesional, however as the year progressed, it was quite clear that Frank wanted more. Beginning when he took her on a luxury holiday.

Many in the village were horrifed when Zoe Tate and Emma Nightingale planned to bless their relationship in church. Zoe felt sure of her feelings for Emma, until Emmaís trouble making ex, Susie turned up.

June & July

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Mandy & Martin Offiah

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Mandy's Munchbox begins trading.

August

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Andy Hopwood 's Grandmother died and he moved in with the Sugdens untill foster parents were found.

Steve Marchant bought Pear Tree Cottage next door to the Woolpack.

September

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Kim Tate gave birth to a son, James Francis, on 24 September after a Caeserean.

October

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Viv Windsor and Terry Woods embark on a brief affair.

November

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Dave and Kathy get married

Dave Glover and Kathy Tate were married at Hotten Register Office on 28 November.

December

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Brian Fowler (Biff) and Linda Glover were married on Christmas Eve 1996.

Biff and Linda get married

  Dave Glover was trapped by a fire after rescuing baby James Tate from the nursery at Home Farm.
He died from burns injuries and damage to his lungs on 26th December.
In 1996 The Great Britain rugby international Martin Offiah, acted himself to play in a ruby match organised by Terry Woods. Mandy & Martin Offiah
Dave Glover and Kathy Tate were married at Hotten Register Office on the 28th of November 1996.
Brian Ian Fowler (Biff) and Linda Glover were married on 24th December 1996.

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