Created 3rd April 2004
Updated 28th May 2004
News Stories about the character Cain Dingle & the actor Jeff Hordley.
The Star - Cain We Get Married?
Emmerdale's Cain Dingle is set to sink to new depths
Cain betrays Charity
Mark of Cain on Debbie
Cain causes trouble for Charity and Chris when he gets involved in a heated row over Debbie playing truant from school.
Chris is seething when Cain and Charity talk over Debbie’s problems with her headteacher. And he’s more upset when Debbie demands a day out with just Cain and Charity before she’ll agree to toe the line.
The week opens with Charity receiving a phone call from the school about Debbie’s skiving.
“Charity finds Debbie at the Dingles’ house when she should be at school,” says Emma Atkins, who plays the mixed-up mum.
“And she has a real go at Cain. But when Charity and Chris go in to see the head, Cain turns up and Chris gets pushed out.
“It’s a nightmare situation but Charity wants to do the best by her daughter, and she seems to be tearing herself in two trying to keep everyone happy.
“She can see Chris is getting more upset by the situation, but there’s nothing she can do.”
Debbie’s day trip deal is accepted, but Chris tries to persuade Charity and Debbie to go to EuroDisney instead of to the Yorkshire Moors with Cain.
“It’s unfair of Chris,” says Emma, “trying to force Debbie to choose.”
The scheming bad boy has decided to stage a family outing with ex-love Charity and daughter Debbie at a very special spot.
The move comes after weeks of plotting by Cain in an effort to infuriate Charity and her rich husband Chris.
Cain is furious that Charity kept the secret of daughter Debbie’s existence from him for all these years and is determined to make her life as difficult as possible. And his strange choice of location for the get together horrifies Charity.
Crafty Cain has picked the secluded spot where he and Charity lost their virginity to each other – knowing the effect it will have on his lost love.
And despite her apparent hatred for hunky Cain, actress Emma Atkins – who plays Charity – is convinced that some deep feelings remain between the pair.
She confides, “There is definitely a sexual chemistry between them. Cain does it to get a rise out of Charity, which infuriates her.
“The place brings back a lot of memories for her, but she just wants
to move on with her life. The trip is just about Cain playing games with her
Despite having the full support of mum Charity, Debbie is distraught that Chris could even think that she could have done anything to hurt his tiny niece.
Predictably, Debbie runs to her erstwhile father, Cain Dingle, as the bad atmosphere gets too much for her. Cain is stunned that Debbie wants to get away from her life of luxury at Tate Farm and demands to know what is wrong.
And as soon as he discovers the truth, Cain marches round to confront his nemesis.
Debbie – who already worships her father – is delighted at how quickly Cain has jumped in to protect her. It sets her thinking that perhaps life with her mum and Chris is not what she really wants.
Will Debbie ever find her way to a quiet life?
Cain is luring Chris’ wife - and his former lover - Charity closer using their daughter Debbie as bait, and his plan is working.
But Cain’s smugness could be his downfall as he continues to aggravate the village businessman tonight.
Having witnessed Charity in an (innocent) embrace with Cain, Chris is already convinced something is going on.
He confronts his sexy spouse and tells her in no uncertain terms to avoid Cain at all costs.
And proud Chris has no intention of allowing Charity to make a fool of him so he instructs employee Terry Woods to follow her at all times and report back what he sees.
And much to Chris’ fury, poor Terry has no choice but to reveal that Charity has been at the Dingles visiting Debbie - and Cain was there.
Is Charity’s defiance the last straw for Chris?
Chris is angry and jealous when Charity’s day out with Debbie and Cain turns into an overnight stay.
Charity makes it clear to Cain they will not sleep together but Chris is still bitterly suspicious.
Rows escalate at Home Farm, but there’s a shock for everyone when baby Jean is badly injured after being hit by a falling iron.
"It’s a bad end to a disastrous week in Chris’s eyes," says Peter Amory, who plays the harassed head of the household. "He feels as if he is losing Charity and there’s nothing he can do."
Charity and Cain do start to bond with Debbie on their day out. When Cain shows Charity their initials still carved on a rock, she admits she loved him back when they were teenagers.
Debbie is delighted her plan to get her parents back together is working but when they get to the car, Cain ‘discovers’ he has lost his keys.
"Chris is just admitting his doubts to Terry when she rings to say they’re stranded on the Moors," reveals Peter. "When they get back, he accuses Charity of having an affair with Cain.
"He gets drunk and admits to his wife that he is scared of losing her."
SUN 26th July 2003
The kissing cousins are back in the throws of a torrid affair after finally confessing their true feelings for each other yesterday.
Tragically, Charity - who has jumped into Cain's arms after feeling rejected by husband Chris - has no idea that while she is in bed with Cain, ailing Chris is undergoing life-saving surgery.
The jealous businessman has discovered he has a brain tumour and that it could be fatal. However, despite the looming disaster of Chris' medical woes, the temperamental twosome are already facing a crisis in their rekindled romance after Cain makes a rude comment to his belle.
Emma Atkins - who plays confused Charity - explains, "They're in bed when Cain makes a jibe about paying for her services. She's absolutely furious because she's finally let her guard down, and then Cain hits her where it really hurts. Before he can apologise she's straight out of the door."
The lusty twosome are continuing their torrid love affair with little discretion and people are starting to notice the bond between them.
Charity's terminally ill husband Chris Tate already suspects that the relationship between his wife and Cain has become sexual. At present, Charity and people around him are brushing off his fears as paranoia.
But despite her insistence that nothing is going on, Charity keeps playing dangerous games by entertaining Cain at Home Farm. The secret couple are nearly caught in the act when during a raunchy encounter, a surveyor turns up for a meeting with the blonde businesswoman early.
As if their near miss wasn't bad enough, others close to them have their theories on why the former enemies are now getting along.
Cain's step mum Lisa Dingle arrives back from holiday with their daughter Debbie and immediately wonders why the atmosphere has thawed between them.
Will the duo be able to keep their lust underwraps?
ITV.COM The End
The ungallant local left lover Charity at the side of dead husband Chris Tate to flee the crime scene and avoid implication.
But it doesn't take long for the Yorkshire Police to smell foul play in the tragic case and they start to ask Emmerdale residents where various key players in the saga fitted in to Chris' life.
After discovering grief-stricken Charity at Home Farm, the police wonder exactly how the seemingly-terrified tycoon met his maker. They are unaware that Chris was suffering from a fatal brain tumour and have no clue that he set up the whole incident to frame his wayward wife for murder.
Betty Eagleton is happy to fill the cops in on the more salacious parts of the story, explaining that Cain and Charity had embarked in a raunchy affair much to Chris' chagrin.
Realising that Cain could be very important to the enquiry, officers pay a
visit to the Dingle's. But with Cain absent and his daughter Debbie missing
too, it seems odd that the resident rogue doesn't want to be found.
WITH just days to go until she’s tried for husband Chris’s murder, innocent Charity fights desperately for her freedom.
And fists also fly between Scott and Cain when they side with Zoe and Charity, respectively.
"Charity is beginning to despair," says Emma Atkins, who plays her.
"She knows that, as an ex-prostitute with a millionaire husband who ended up poisoned, she is hardly going to look good in court."
After failing to get Chris’s friend Terry on her side, Zoe moves on to charm Scott.
She lets him stay in a flat at Home Farm, so long as she can go through the things he’ll say when he testifies.
Just after Scott moves in, Cain goes to the farm to insist Zoe tell the truth about how Chris died. Scott defends her and lunges at Cain, who floors Scott with a punch.
"Charity is horrified. Cain has made things worse," says Emma.
"Charity goes herself to appeal to Zoe. She doesn’t get much change out of her, but as she’s leaving she tells Scott that Chris killed himself and reminds him of how Chris framed him for rape."
As he realises Charity could be innocent, Scott asks Zoe for the truth. She tells him that, guilty or not, she wants Charity in jail for wrecking Chris’s life.
"It’s an agonising week," says Emma. "Charity’s so scared."
ITV.COM Fists Fly
CAIN and Charity BOTH end up in a jail cell as life gets even worse for the Dingles of Emmerdale.
Cain (Jeff Hordley), is handed a 30-day sentence for contempt of court after protesting Charity’s innocence during her murder trial.
He tries to change an earlier statement, then screams at the jury that Charity has been set up.
He insists Charity (Emma Atkins) did NOT kill hubby Chris.
The judge sends him down amid uproar in court.
Contempt Of Court
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After months of wondering, Charity finally finds out just who is the father of her baby as the result of the paternity test arrives.
That bombshell comes as Charity reels from the news that premature Noah is so ill his chances of survival are only 50/50 and that he might need surgery.
Zoe is sure that her late brother, Chris, is the dad, making Noah a Tate. Cain is convinced the test will prove he is the father, while grief-stricken Marlon worries it could be him.
"But Charity is more concerned with Noah's health," says Emma Atkins, who plays Chris's jailbird widow. "She's shocked when the doctors tell her Noah has necrotising entercolitis, a condition which can sometimes affect premature babies.
"Noah needs antibiotics and an X-ray, and Charity is distressed to hear they might have to operate, even though he is so tiny."
Charity is distraught, and the Dingles hold a family vigil at Noah's bedside. As if things weren't bad enough, Zoe racks up the tension when she arrives to visit the baby she says might be her nephew.
Zak tries to ring Cain to let him know what is happening, but he gets into trouble for using a mobile phone in the hospital.
"The nurse says they will have to operate if Noah doesn't improve soon," says Emma.
"The next day, the doctor says it looks as if there is no alternative to an operation and Charity wonders if it is worth putting Noah through such an ordeal. But the doctor insists there is still hope."
Back at the Dingles', the results of the paternity test arrive. Zak is about to rip the envelope open when Lisa tells him that Charity should be first to read it. While the Dingles are on their way over, Marlon arrives at the hospital to visit Noah, much to Charity's surprise.
"They are just talking when Cain is brought in, handcuffed to a guard," says Emma. "Typically, he starts a row with Marlon as soon as he arrives.
"Marlon says that if Noah is his, he'll adopt him. Cain then starts insisting that Noah is definitely his son and he's not going to let anyone adopt him. But then Lisa, Zak and Debbie arrive with the paternity test results. It's a major shock for everyone when they discover who Noah's dad really is.