King Charles sends NTAs into a frenzy with unexpected appearance over hit soap

King Charles sends NTAs into a frenzy with unexpected appearance over hit soap

October 13, 2022

King Charles made an unexpected appearance at the National Television Awards on Thursday evening.

King Charles, the Prince Of Wales at the time of recording, sent Emmerdale a very special message to celebrate their 50th anniversary.

The soap which is set in the Yorkshire dales turns 50 this year.

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Straight after the special message Emmerdale actor Mark Charnock won the award for the Best Serial Performance award for his portrayal of Marlon Dingle.

Host of the NTA's Joel Dommett introduced the message from The King.

In the video King Charles said: "I am delighted to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of Emmerdale and, I’m afraid I remember when it was called Emmerdale Farm, owned by the Sugdens.

"It is a testament to all the hard work of the production team that it has since become such an important British institutions and a major British export with hundreds of thousands of fans from Scandinavia and New Zealand, all keen to follow the fortunes of what’s left of the Sugdens and their new neighbours.

King Charles also praised the soap for its environmental contributions.

He said: "What makes Emmerdale so special is that it has kept true to original writer, Kevin Laffan, who wanted to demonstrate farming as not just a job, it’s a whole way of life.

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

"I am heartened by the efforts of the production team off screen, their ambition to achieve net zero emissions by 2030 making Emmerdale one of the first British programmes to be awarded Albert Certification recognising its efforts to reduce the environmental impact of their production, and produce content that stresses the importance of establishing a sustainable future.

"So it’s only right that the professional television awards acknowledge the enormous contribution Emmerdale has made, and I hope everyone that is watching will join me in sending our warmest congratulations on its 50th anniversary and wishing it an equally successful future."

Emmerdale had two of its stars up for the award that Mark managed to bag.

Paige Sandhu who played the devious Meena Jutla was also nominated alongside Eastenders actress Gillian Wright and Rose Ayling-Ellis.

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