ITV’s Emmerdale is to pay tribute to actor Clive Hornby who played Jack Sugden for more than 28 years before he passed away earlier this year aged 63.
In February 2009, on the anniversary of his last appearance on-screen, the broadcaster will air a special episode uniting members of the Sugden family past and present for the funeral of Jack Sugden. The episode has been developed to mirror the first ever episode of Emmerdale, which featured the funeral of character Jacob Sugden in 1972.
Legendary Emmerdale actress Sheila Mercier will return as Jack’s mother Annie Sugden and Karl Davies will reprise his much-loved role as Jack’s son Robert Sugden for the episode, in order to bid an emotional farewell.
Davies says: “I was lucky enough to work with Clive over a number of years and he was the kindest, funniest man you could’ve wished to meet. I’m sure the show he loved will pay a fitting tribute to a genuinely wonderful person. I’m glad to be a part of it. He will be missed.”
Mercier said she was sure the episode “will be a fitting way to celebrate the life and memory of one of Emmerdale’s dearest characters.”
Series producer Anita Turner says: “It was hugely important to everyone at Emmerdale that we waited until an appropriate time to pay tribute to Clive on-screen. We have been in discussion with Clive’s son throughout this process and hope this episode will honour the memories that viewers, friends and colleagues hold of him.”