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Richard Thorp criticises Emmerdale

Published 17/08/2010

Richard Thorp has said characters are introduced too quickly on Emmerdale
Richard Thorp has said characters are introduced too quickly on Emmerdale

Emmerdale veteran Richard Thorp has criticised his own soap - saying the show introduces new characters too quickly for viewers to care about them.

The 78-year-old has played Alan Turner since 1982, and has seen his alter-ego evolve from a boozing bully into a pillar of the community.

In an interview with the Radio Times, Thorp said: "Being part of the old guard, I think they bring in too many new characters too quickly. Within three weeks, they're sleeping with their mother and you're supposed to care. When I joined, I was still the new chap at Home Farm after three years."

The actor took a leave of absence last year for health reasons, but is now back in the soap.

He added: "I ought to have regrets about staying, but I'm the laziest human being alive so I don't. The advice I've given to young actors has been not to stay too long. I told one actor he was too good to stay, and happily he left and has gone on to forge a good career. There was no point in me moving on because I wasn't good enough!

"I would hate to leave, but I wish they'd find more for me to do. Recently I went to a cast meeting and a lot of people there had no idea who I was. Perhaps they thought I'd stumbled in off the street.

"I suggested Turner get a love interest but the writers said they'd have to dig her up. I'm too old for bonking and too posh to be a Dingle."

The full interview is in the Radio Times, out now.

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