Emmerdale: See behind the scenes footage from Homefields festival & Steve Halliwell is hoping bosses don’t kill off Zak Dingle! (VIDEOS)

ITV have just released new behind-the-scenes footage of Emmerdale’s music festival which is of course to form part of the storylines for the soap’s 40th anniversary celebrations.

Entitled the Homefields Festival, in addition to several bands local to the show’s studios in Yorkshire, we’ll also see The Proclaimers and Scouting For Girls performing at the show.

And of course, the festival was the brainchild of Declan Macey (Jason Merrells) who brought his sister Megan (Gaynor Faye) in on the deal, which he’s hoping will secure his financial future.

Of the festival, Sammy Winward, who plays Declan’s fiancé Katie Sugden, said of the festival, “It’s so exciting. There’s huge tents, VIP areas, the stage, people walking round… It looks brilliant.”

And the show’s series producer Stuart Blackburn said of the event, “This festival represents the modern countryside – vibrant, young and energetic.

“It was an amazing feat to put together an entire festival in such a short space of time.”

Here are the clips…

In other news, Emmerdale star Steve Halliwell has revealed that he’s hoping that the show’s bosses don’t have any plans to make his character, Zak Dingle, the villager who’s murdered during the landmark live episode later this month.

Speaking to the PA, Steve said of the prospect of Zak being written out of the show, “I’d be devastated!”

He added, “You’ve got financial commitments, and you get to a certain age where you don’t want to go back to square one.

“Personally I’d be devastated if they killed Zak.”

However, his co-star Tony Audenshaw, who of course plays Bob Hope, is far more sanguine about the prospect of Bob’s demise.

He said, “It’s all part of being in a soap. I only came for three months, so I’m just glad I’m here now.

“No-one owes us a living.”

Emmerdale kicks off its 40th anniversary celebrations on Monday, October 15 on ITV1.

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.


  1. Kasha on October 15, 2012 at 8:50 am

    Exciting stuff for the dales. Festival great idea loved the proclaimers being on brought back so many memories (being a Scottish lass maself) Trying to find out who the other bands were any1 know?
    I hope Zak’s not going. I wonder if Carl will be though all the drama around Chaz & Cameron, and selling shares to Charity, wanting to leave with Chaz, maybe Cameron’s temper will get the better of him. Can’t wait for tonight’s now!!

  2. Kasha on October 15, 2012 at 9:22 am

    Just incase anyone else was wondering about name of local bands that were in Emmerdales Festival here they are.
    As well as Scouting For Girls, The Proclaimers local bands were DeLorean, Drivers, Eureka Machiens and folk singer Brendan Croker

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