I Am A Swede

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  1. I do love that era (late 1970s) most, but I really love all things Emmerdale pre-plane crash. Katharine Barker's Dolly is my all-time favourite Emmerdale character, but all the characters were written so well back then. I have developed a special fondness for Sam Pearson as well. Such a marvelous performance by Toke Townley. Jackie Merrick is also a character that has grown on me. It's such a realistic portrayal of a young man trying to find his place in the world. Watching his wedding to Kathy was both wonderful and bittersweet because you knew that he would be dead a year and a half later. I loved him and Kathy together and can't help but wonder how things would have turned out if he hadn't died. He and Kathy were so much more suited for each other than Kathy and Chris. Not everything was perfect back then of course. I do find the comedy scenes with Seth winding up Alan and/or Amos a bit annoying sometimes. But Seth worked great as a mentor of sorts for Jackie. Love Deena! Still miss Viv! And she's so damn right! Viv (and Deena) deserved so much more than she got! Not even a funeral. It was a total disgrace!
  2. They managed to get Pete away from the clutches of Debbie, so maybe there's hope for Ross too.
  3. I've had a fabulous day so far watching old episodes of Emmerdale Farm that our very own DRW50 has posted on YouTube. It's such a treat to be able to visit Beckindale in the 1970s and see old friends again; Annie, Sam, Matt, Joe, Amos, Henry, Dolly, and Mr. Hinton. If you haven't seen these episodes before I highly recommend that you do. But be warned, they have very little in common with today's version of Emmerdale. For one thing, they're actually very good!
  4. Too bad it's wasted on the black hole otherwise known as Debbie Dingle....
  5. Of course Priya thinks she's pregnant now that Pete and Leyla have reconciled and become engaged.... How very inventive! Why can't the writers be a little more creative? Let's have some happy stories for a while instead of all this doom and gloom. It's becoming quite tedious. I just got to watch the wedding of Kathy and Jackie back in 1988. (Thank you DRW50!) There were no surprise pregnancies or infidelity revelations back then, and the only disaster was that Kathy's wedding dress was ruined when a pipe burst in the Bates' home. No crashing helicopters back then....
  6. To call these people scumbags is unfair to scumbags. They deserve better than to be associated with this kind of behaviour. I really can't find any words strong enough to describe how utterly sick and vile these creatures are.
  7. I can think of one family from hell that pre-dates them.....
  8. That's ridiculous. By that kind of reasoning the Democrats could have called the Republicans racists for going after Obama.
  9. Thank you for this! I simply adore Emma Thompson. In my opinion she is one of the all-time best among actresses. She has wonderful comedic timing, and has also delivered some of the best dramatic performances ever.
  10. So Paddy is now working his way back into Rhona's life, to the surprise of absolutely no-one. Even Stevie Wonder saw that plot twist coming..... This kind of unimaginative writing makes me nervous everytime Laurel shares a scene with Marlon now. I don't feel that I can trust the writers not to try and put them back together, and that would be horrible.