The King sends a message to the cast of Emmerdale during the National Television Awards

The King praised the importance of the campaign by sending a special message to the cast and crew of Emmerdale for their 50th anniversary at the National Television Awards.

Host Joel Dommett surprised the soap cast with the pre-recorded speech at Thursday’s annual ceremony, held at London’s OVO Wembley Arena and broadcast live on ITV.

Charles said he was “thrilled” to celebrate the milestone, noting he’s old enough to remember when the show was called Emmerdale Farm.

He added: “It is a testament to all the hard work of its production team that it has since become such an important British institution and a major British export with hundreds of thousands of fans from Scandinavia to New York. Zeeland, all eager to follow fortune. of what remains of the Sugdens and their new neighbors.

“What makes Emmerdale so special is that it has stayed true to the vision of its original author, Kevin Laffan, who wanted to demonstrate that farming isn’t just a job, it’s a whole way of life. life.

“On a daily basis, Emmerdale continues to describe what life is really like for those who work the land and protect our precious countryside. It also brilliantly underlines something that concerns me greatly: the long-term sustainability of the way we produce our food.

“I am also encouraged by the efforts of the off-screen production team. Their ambition to achieve net zero emissions by 2030 has already made Emmerdale one of the first UK programs to receive Albert Certification, recognizing its efforts to reduce the environmental impact of its production process and to create content that emphasizes the importance of establishing a sustainable future.

(Mark Bruce/ITV)

“So it’s only fitting that the National Television Awards recognize Emmerdale’s enormous contribution and I hope those watching will join me in sending their warmest congratulations on his 50th birthday. And wish him a future equally prosperous.

ITV noted that the King recorded the message while still Prince of Wales, before ascending the throne following the Queen’s death.

After the speech, it was announced that Mark Charnock, who plays Marlon Dingle in Emmerdale, won the Serial Drama Performance award.

Later in the awards show, the soap opera returned to the serial drama gong, fending off competition from Coronation Street, EastEnders and Neighbours, which aired its final episode in July after 37 years on screen.

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Mark Charnock in the press room after winning the Serial Drama Performance award for his role as Marlon Dingle in Emmerdale, at the 2022 National Television Awards (Ian West/PA)

The long-running soap opera first aired in 1972 and was originally filmed in the actual village of Arncliffe in the Yorkshire Dales before moving to Esholt in West Yorkshire.

After 22 years, production moved to Harewood Estate, where a replica of Esholt was built, after the village became too busy to film, with traffic jams and disruption caused by visits from fans hoping to catch a glimpse of the characters and the locations of the soap opera.

The show will air a special one-hour episode on October 16, exactly 50 years to the day since the ITV soap opera first appeared on screens in 1972.

NTA Executive Producer Kim Turberville said, “We were thrilled to be able to surprise the Emmerdale team with such an important message.

“Fifty years of iconic Northern television is a great achievement and rightly deserves to be celebrated in the best possible way.

“It is with a big thank you to His Royal Highness for delivering this message to pop the icing on their birthday cake ahead of their very special weekend.”

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