Scene of the Week (3-7 April 2017)



There could be no other choice for Scene of the Week as Friday’s episode saw the sad passing of Emmerdale stalwart, Ashley Thomas. It’s been heartbreaking to watch his slow decline and while he was surrounded by friends and family in his final episode, it seemed fitting that his final moments and his final word was shared with wife, Laurel. Seconds before his death Ashley had a moment of lucidity, remembering her name and glancing at the family photos which surrounded his bedside – a reminder to viewers just how significant his life was in Emmerdale. The quietness of the scene added to its poignancy, particularly when it seemed we were taken up to the heavens with Ashley’s spirit as life and laughter continued outside his home. It could have been cheesy or ill-judged but in light of Ashley’s spiritual role in the village, it was very moving and the perfect ending for him.


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