1996 was Emmerdale's twenty fifth year in production. This year saw the last appearance of Annie Sugden for 12 years in November when she came back asking Jack to sell the farm but he refused. The Dingles were dominating the show as was the Tates. Nick Bates got sent to prison this year.
- August, Granny Hopwood died.
- August, first appearance of Lisa Clegg later Dingle.
- September, Frank and Kim Tate had a baby boy James.
- 15 October, first appearance of Marlon Dingle.
- 7 November, Annie Brearly returned to persuade Jack to sell the farm. He refused.