Originally Emmerdale Farm was intended to run for just 26 episodes but proved a hit with viewers that it carried on and a team of scriptwriters was conjured up to ensure the future of the show. Kevin Laffan died in 2003 aged 80. His name still appears on the end credits of Emmerdale.
"Anything that happens in Emmerdale can happen and I think does happen to ordinary people" Kevin Laffan, 1982.
Kevin Laffan was born on the 24th May 1922 in Reading, Berkshire, the son of an Irish traveller.
Emmerdale Farm yearsEditIn early 1972 Kevin Laffan was a playwright and had written many plays for theatre. He was asked to write a new 26 episodes TV drama serial after the government restricted rules on daytime television. On his agent's advice, he at first refused, fearing that writing a soap opera would damage his reputation as a playwright. However Laffan later agreed and one of the bosses at Yorkshire Televison suggest he set the serial on a farm. Kevin wrote the first 26 episodes and the show proved popular with viewers that more episodes were commissioned and a team of scriptwriters was formed including Neville Siggs, Ray and Jeuel Mansell and Kevin himself.
Kevin remained as a scriptwriter for Emmerdale Farm until May 1984.
After Emmerdale FarmEditKevin Laffan remained as a consultant for Emmerdale Farm after leaving the writing team in 1984. He went on to writing plays again and in 2002 started writing novels.
Kevin Barry Laffan died in March 2003 aged 80. His name still appears on the end credits as of 2018. Hopefully that will stay that way.
Episodes Written By Kevin LaffanEdit