More than 25 years ago, Mark Charnock made his Emmerdale debut as the endearing village chef Marlon Dingle.
Over the years, his character has been at the center of numerous crucial storylines, from getting married five times to having a crippling stroke.
Mark recently revealed a significant shift to the soap opera, despite having made no indications that he plans to leave the ITV drama any time soon.
In an exclusive interview with media Mark and his on-screen spouse Zoe Henry, who plays Emmerdale vet Rhona Goskirk, discussed their time working on the popular serial opera.
Zoe said that there has been a significant rise in the number of episodes that air each week when discussing the changes the performers have witnessed when they initially began.
Although it’s not a negative thing, she continued, “I think it would be more difficult for the tale authors.”
What hasn’t changed, according to Mark, is the commitment of the show to producing the best episodes possible at all times.
So, when I first started, there were just two programs a week, airing on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
“And today, with one episode every night and a double episode on Thursdays, we produce the equivalent of six episodes per week.
“It’s a lot, but how we strive to write tales hasn’t changed, and we have more episodes to work with so we can get into more detail,” the author said.
The amount of effort we put into getting it right hasn’t changed, he continued.
In 1972, Emmerdale normally aired on Monday and Tuesday afternoons, airing twice a week.
By 1997, the drama was broadcast at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays instead of throughout the day.
Marlon made his debut on the soap on October 7, 1996, and has since appeared frequently on ITV.
Before securing a position on Emmerdale, he did, however, briefly appear on Coronation Street.
Mark had two appearances in Coronation Street episodes on ITV in 1993 and 1995.
Emmerdale will mark its 50th anniversary next month, and Mark and Zoe are counting down the days.
While Mark and Zoe were unable to reveal many plot points for their characters, who got married in August, Mark nonetheless stated: “I’m only able to discuss Marlon’s growth at this point.
“He is moving forward very slowly.
Viewers of Emmerdale will remember Marlon had a stroke in March, and since then, he has been making slow progress toward recovery.
We are fortunate as a soap that we can do that and take the time with it, as Mark remarked of his stroke storyline: “[Writers] don’t want to do it quickly, they want it to be true.
They should recount the story over a realistic time frame, which might be months or even years, because it’s a tremendous duty.