The Great British soap opera has become segmented in our lives, with the likes of Coronation Street, EastEnders, Emmerdale and Hollyoaks providing us with over 22,850 episodes between them totalling over 11,500 hours since they all began entertaining us, making them almost an extension of our own lives.
With these facts and figures which make the likes of the Mitchells, the Barlow’s, the McQueen’s and the Dingles such a strong influence on society, it is no wonder the divorce rate in Britain today is so high.
The average relationship life expectancy in soapland is anywhere between six weeks and six years, and whilst weddings occur almost weekly on one mainstream soap or another, successful, long and fulfilling marriages are almost unheard of.
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Emmerdale fans will doubtless be pleased to know that Steve Halliwell has vowed to remain with the show and his role as Zak Dingle, “For as long as they want me.”
Speaking to Inside Soap about his nomination for an award in the magazine’s forthcoming ceremony, Steve began by saying, “I’ll be playing dad Dingle for as long as they want me!
“It’s been great to be one of the Dingles since day one. They’ve made a little bit of television history.
“They’ve also created a lot of jobs for actors because there have been so many of us!”
And of his Inside Soap Award nomination in the category of Best Actor for Zak’s breakdown storyline, Steve said, “It’s lovely – it’s quite a few years since I was nominated for anything… Read more & comment »
Steve Halliwell, who of course plays Emmerdale’s Dingle family patriarch Zak, has told the PA that he thinks his character’s current mental breakdown storyline is depriving viewers of the humour that’s, to date, been an integral part of Zak’s life.
He said, “People feel sad for him and they feel sorry for him and I think some of them wish he was still the funny man that he used to be sometimes in the past.
“But that’s not to be.”
To TV Times, he added, “The [viewers] used to come up and say things like, ‘You were so funny with Shadrach the other day’, but now it’s ‘I have really enjoyed your acting’, which is nice!”
He added, “I’ve had a lot of compliments on my acting so it’s been great in that way…” Read more & comment »
As fans of Emmerdale will know, Zak Dingle’s mental health has been deteriorating ever since he carried out the Judgement Day attack on his son Cain…
And in upcoming episodes, everyone around Zak gets their first real insight into just how bad a state he’s in when he attempts to ‘rescue’ daughter Belle (Eden Taylor-Draper) from her school.
However, things get far worse for poor Zak when he wanders off on the bleak moors alone, and begins hallucinating that he can see and speak to his dead son Butch. He also fears that Cain (Jeff Hordley) is looking for him, intending to murder him by way of revenge for Zak’s attack on him.
But when Zak’s spotted on the moors, Cain sets off in search of his dad, and he finds him precariously balanced on a ledge which clings to the side of cliff, with a sheer drop on the other side… Read more & comment »
Zak Dingle has of course been haunted by the Judgement Day attack that he carried out on his son Cain (Jeff Hordley) and his decline into depression and his battle with mental health issues has become progressively worse over the last few weeks.
However, things come to a terrible head for Zak when, in an episode that we’ll see a week tomorrow, he believes his daughter Belle (Eden Taylor-Draper) is in danger, and he storms into her school to ‘rescue’ her.
But of course, totally unaware of what’s been happening to Zak (Steve Halliwell) when Belle sees her dad frantically searching the classrooms for her, with a group of teachers in tow who’re trying to reason with Zak, poor Belle is utterly humiliated as her classmates snigger at what’s going on… Read more & comment »
As we reported a few weeks ago, newcomer Jamie Shelton has joined the cast of Emmerdale as Megan Macey’s son…
He’s playing the role of Robbie, who Megan’s brother Declan Macey (Jason Merrells) tracks down with the help of a private investigator. We have of course heard in recent episodes that Megan had a son who she gave up for adoption when he was a baby.
However, it seems Robbie has grown up with some issues, and when he turns up at Home Farm, Megan (Gaynor Faye) is shocked to the core, and it seems Robbie’s more than willing to use that to his advantage.
Of joining the cast, Jamie told the show’s website, “I’m really excited to be joining Emmerdale. Robbie is going to be a great character to play…” Read more & comment »
As Emmerdale viewers will know, Zak Dingle has been told that he suffered a panic attack after a recent health scare, but, unwilling to accept he could have any kind of mental health disorder, Zak hasn’t told anybody the truth…
Instead, and because his introvert behaviour and inability to live his life normally has of course been noticed by his family and friends, in a bid to keep them from quizzing him about what’s wrong with him, Zak’s been keen to divert their attention into suspecting his cancer has returned.
It wasn’t a deliberate act of malicious lying; he just didn’t object when his wife Lisa (Jane Cox) suggested that maybe his cancer had returned, or that he was at least worried that it had… Read more & comment »
Zak Dingle has been a changed man since he attacked – and nearly killed – his son Cain (Jeff Hordley) and in upcoming episodes, his spiral into depression and worry sees him becoming increasingly unstable.
Things came to a scary head for Zak (Steve Halliwell) recently when he collapsed in the pub with a suspected heart attack, however, it transpired that he’d actually experienced a panic attack, which can of course mimic the symptoms of a myocardial infarction.
However, he point blank refused to believe he could possibly be suffering from anything that hinted at mental illness, and ever since, he’s been doing everything he can to keep the diagnosis a secret from his family.
But when his wife Lisa (Jane Cox) becomes increasingly concerned about him, Zak tells her he’ll go to see their GP… Read more & comment »
As fans of Emmerdale will know, Zak Dingle has radically changed since it was revealed that he was the Judgement Day attacker who nearly murdered Cain Dingle (Jeff Hordley)…
He’s been drinking way too much, been isolating himself and refusing to work, and recently, he even got lost in the woods at Home Farm, putting his grandson Samson in danger.
And today, Soaplife reveal that actor Steve Halliwell, who of course plays Zak, has said that the thing his character fears most is being diagnosed with a mental illness.
So when Zak collapses in the Woolpack and is rushed to hospital, he’s horrified when the doctors tell him he’s had a panic attack.
Steve – who’s also starred in Cracker and Coronation Street – explained, “He wants the doctor to say it’s something physical. He doesn’t want to be told his problem is a mental illness…” Read more & comment »
Zak Dingle hasn’t been right since he carried out the Judgement Day attack on his son Cain (Jeff Hordley), and increasingly, his long suffering wife Lisa (Jane Cox) has almost had to resort prising him out of his armchair with a shoehorn to get him out of the house…
He’s getting ever more erratic and reclusive, relying on booze to get through the days and nights, and last week, he even got himself and little Samson lost in the woods after he picked the little boy up from school.
But tonight, things reach a head for Zak (Steve Halliwell) when he finds that Chas (Lucy Pargeter) won’t serve him in the pub. He’s soon even more incensed when Chas confesses that she promised Lisa she wouldn’t let him sit in the Woolpack boozing when he should be out earning money for the famous Dingle pot… Read more & comment »