Also, tomorrow's ITV3 episodes will be the first ones that Carlton, Westcountry and Meridian showed. Not that it had any impact on Emmerdale's production of course.
Over 3 years worth of episodes and we haven't had any Granada Plus Emmerdale edits yet either, where as they've been pulling them out regularly for Corrie the past few weeks.
The picture and audio quality has been exceptional and there appears to have been no messing with the master tapes, apart from perhaps one or two minor edits for whatever reason - unlike Coronation Street, and I'm surprised ITV have used re-hashed copies.
I wonder what the "Emmerdale Farm" episode quality would be like if broadcast today? It would have been great to have seen from episode 1 - and all exist, unlike Crossroads which ATV/Central massacred.
I find that the repeats are just as good, if not better, than its 2019 version - especially after the comments of Mark Lawson regarding the terminal decline in soaps. ITV have become too complacent in churning both soaps on 6 times a week and the quality has suffered dramatically. The one thing that amazes me is the build-up of over a year to the plane crash with the introduction of Leonard, and the tensions between Eric and Elizabeth Pollard.
On a different Emmerdale matter, Annie mentioned she was 70 in a recent episode which means the character is 97 whereas Sheila Mercier recently turned the amazing 100. It's good the writers still mention Annie, though we will never see her on screen again. It's a shame they don't mention other former villagers as a nod to those watching the "classic" episodes. It would be lovely if ITV could persuade all major cast members back such as Matt and Dolly (who remarried); and Sam Skilbeck; Kathy and Caroline Bates to return in a series of tribute episodes for when Annie does pass away. Lots of characters that viewers could still relate to
It seemed bizarre that Joe and Sarah Sugden were killed off - I much preferred Madeline Howard to Alyson Spiro's portrayal. We also had to endure some duff families in the middle years such as the Glovers and the McAllisters.
Sorry for the ramble - Crossroads and Emmerdale (Farm) are probably the only two soaps I had a real interest in and early Corrie.