Despite Emmerdale’s enduring success through 2008, the year will be remembered for the devastating loss of the legendary actor Clive Hornby, who sadly passed away at the age of 63. Clive played Jack Sugden in Emmerdale for an incredible 28 years and was the longest-serving member of cast.
In February 2009, on the anniversary of Clive’s last appearance on-screen, Emmerdale will pay tribute to him with a special episode which will unite members of the Sugden family past and present for the funeral of Jack Sugden.
The special tribute will mirror the first ever episode of Emmerdale, which featured the funeral of character Jacob Sugden in 1972.
Actress Sheila Mercier will return to Emmerdale as Jack’s mother Annie Sugden and Karl Davies will reprise his much-loved role as Jack’s son Robert Sugden for the episode, in order to bid an emotional farewell.
Karl Davies says “I was lucky enough to work with Clive over a number of years and he was the kindest, funniest man you could’ve wished to meet. I’m sure the show he loved will pay a fitting tribute to a genuinely wonderful person. I’m glad to be a part of it. He will be missed.”
Sheila Mercier says “It will be a pleasure to return for this special tribute episode to Clive. I’m sure it will be a fitting way to celebrate the life and memory of one of Emmerdale’s dearest characters.”
Anita Turner says “It was hugely important to everyone at Emmerdale that we waited until an appropriate time to pay tribute to Clive on-screen. We have been in discussion with Clive’s son throughout this process and hope this episode will honour the memories that viewers, friends and colleagues hold of him.”