1997 was Emmerdale's twenthy sixth year in production. This year saw the final appearance of Frank Tate and the show celebrated its 25th anniversary in October.
Offscreen there was a huge major change to the show when a replica of Esholt, the village used for the village scenes was built on the Harewood Estate near Leeds.
- 28 May, Frank Tate died of a heart attack while evil wife Kim watched.
- December, Jan Glover became depressed and kidnapped baby James Tate and thought it was 1977 and that Ned should be down the Woolpack eyeing up new barmaid Dolly Acaster.