Scene of the Week (19-23 Dec 2016)



A jaw-dropping and fantastic final scene to the special Ashley episode of Emmerdale saw Ashley’s deterioration reach a crushing level when he was unable to identify Laurel, even asking who she was. Having spent most of the episode through Ashley’s eyes, the audience were left experiencing the same sense of confusion and disorientation as Ashley as different locations and different actors were used, but all this melted away in the final scene, as voices blurred and the familiar faces reappeared. In what was a truly groundbreaking and memorable episode, our familiar favourite actors and new faces gave incredible performances (notably Cal Freestone and Bryan Parry) but this was all held together by John Middleton’s consistently brilliant work as Ashley’s dementia takes a greater hold.


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