Created 3rd April 2004
Updated 28th May 2004

News Stories about the character Cain Dingle & the actor Jeff Hordley.

Jeff Hordley

The Star - Cain We Get Married?

Hunky Emmerdale actor Jeff Hordley is set to break the hearts of female soap fans by marrying his college sweetheart.

Jeff, who plays bad boy Cain Dingle in the sex-and-sheep soap, plucked up the courage to pop the question after his long-term love and former co-star Zoe Henry, 29, won a prestigious drama award.

The couple met eight years ago as students at Manchester Metropolitan University - and smitten Jeff, 31, reveals: "It was there that I saw her and realised she was the girl for me. She was the only girl in the college that I wanted to be with."

Zoe, who played country vet Rhona in the Yorkshire soap, beat off Amanda Donohoe to win a best actress award in Manchester for her role in the play Pygmalion - and loved-up Jeff promised himself he would propose if she bagged the gong.

Jeff revealed that he was nervous, but added: "Fortunately for me, she said yes."

The inseparable pair - who share homes in Saffron Waldon, Essex and a flat in Leeds - also act together in the Home Grown Theatre Group, which will stage a new production at the Library Theatre, Manchester, in April.


Dingle's wedding bells

Wednesday | 06.08.03

Jeff who as Cain Dingle

Jeff Hordley has wed his long term love Zoe Henry.
The Emmerdale star – who plays roguish Cain Dingle – married Zoe in a romantic ceremony in Essex surrounded by family and close friends.

Among the revellers at the bash were Jeff's co-stars James Hooten (Sam Dingle), Karl Davis (Robert Sugden) and Kelvin Fletcher (Andy Sugden).

Jeff, 32, and Zoe, 29 – who enjoyed a brief spell in Emmerdale as vet Rhona Goskirk – met at drama school eight years ago and have been dating ever since.

The love struck heart-throb gushes, "I was in the year above when I met Zoe. Me and about five other lads in my class were interested and I was the lucky guy.

"It was then I realised she was the girl for me. She was the only girl in college I wanted to be with."

The happy couple became engaged earlier this year when talented Zoe beat acclaimed actress Amanda Donohoe to a Best Actress award for her work in stage play Pygmalion.

From Pure soap news 21 March 2003

Emmerdale's Cain Dingle is set to sink to new depths

Debbie Jones played by Charley Webb

The lout, played by Jeff Hordley, will tell his own daughter that her mother was a prostitute.

Cain makes the revelation to devastated Debbie Jones (Charley Webb) on Mother's Day just after she discovers her real mother is Charity Tate, wife of disabled businessman Chris Tate.

Cain tells the secret after a plan to blackmail his cousin Charity (Emma Atkins) backfires, according to the Daily Star.

But Charity hits back with her own revelation, that he's the father of schoolgirl Debbie.
An Emmerdale insider told the paper: "Only Cain could pick such a special day to tell a young girl the mum she has only just found was a hooker. Debbie so wants to be part of Charity's life and this knocks her sideways.

" She is left wondering if her father was one of Charity's punters. The crushing irony is her father is the person who is pouring the poison. Cain doesn't yet know the truth, but soon will when Charity hears what he's done."

Charity's life has been transformed ever since Debbie arrived in Emmerdale as the foster child of vet Paddy Kirk and his wife Emily.

An old photo in Debbie's purse led to the discovery she was the child Charity, then just 13, gave up at birth for adoption.

Emma told the paper that she loves playing Charity: "Just when you think that it can't get any worse for her, it does.

" Every few months her husband Chris says, `So you lied to me again!' as more skeletons fall out of the closet.

" Now she's going to be a reluctant mother and I'm enjoying the challenge." Cain betrays Charity

Tuesday | 25.03.03

Cain & Charity

Cain is ready to sink low to hurt cousin Charity.
The Emmerdale badboy will reveal Charity's past as a prostitute to her daughter Debbie, straining relations between the pair to breaking point.

Debbie has been struggling to win Charity's affections and finally they are starting to accept each other. But jealous Cain can't control his bitter feelings towards his cousin and decides to stick the knife into both her and Debbie with his revelation.

To make matters worse he chooses Mother's Day to spill the beans.

But the brooding Dingle better be prepared because Charity has her own secret to tell.

An Emmerdale insider feels sorry for poor Debbie who is caught in this vicious crossfire. "Only Cain could pick such a special day to tell a young girl the mum she has only just found was a hooker. Debbie so wants to be part of Charity's life and this knocks her sideways."

And all this trouble mongering is bound to bring Cain's day of reckoning even closer: "Debbie is left wondering if her father was one of Charity's punters. The crushing irony is her father is the person who is pouring the poison. Cain doesn't know the truth, but soon will when Charity hears what he's done."

ITV.COM Cain plays dad

Tuesday | 20.05.03

Cain, Charity and Debbie

Emmerdale bad boy Cain Dingle is playing at being dad.
Roguish Cain has delighted at the news he is the father of Charity Tate’s daughter Debbie as he can now make mischief.

Debbie is delighted that her real dad is taking such an interest in her. The young girl has spent years feeling isolated from her real family and now she lives in the splendour of Tate Farm and is in regular contact with Cain.

But Charity is convinced that her former lover is only interested in making life as difficult for her and her husband Chris. So she decides to encourage the strengthening bond between the pair – in the hope Cain will get bored of his new parental responsibilities.

However, Debbie seems to be responsible for thawing the ice-cold hearts of both her Dingle parents. Cain shows no signs of being fed up with having his daughter around.

Has Charity misread the situation entirely?


BBC Pure Soap 21st May 2003

Raising Cain at Home Farm

Cain Dingle sows the seeds of discontent in the Tate household in Emmerdale by manipulating his daughter Debbie.

Debbie goes for her first official access visit to her father much to the distress of Charity.
And Cain, played by Jeff Hordley, does his best to worsen the domestic disharmony.
First he grills Debbie about life at Home Farm and can't hide his delight when she tells him of the tension he is causing between Charity and Chris.

Then he deliberately keeps Debbie late and forces Charity to come and collect her. As a result Chris is late for an important business dinner.

There's a furious row and Debbie is ordered to bed. Eventually Debbie apologises and promises to come home on time in future. Calmness seems to be returning to Home Farm - then Cain turns up.

" Cain learns about Debbie being scolded and is furious that Chris has that kind of power over his daughter," Jeff told the TV Times.

" He turns up at Home Farm and lectures Chris and Charity. Then he makes a jibe which casts aspersions on Chris's manhood.

" Chris explodes and demands Terry turf Cain out. As far as he's concerned, Debbie's father or not, Cain will never set foot in his house again."

The Sun's Weekly Guide To The Soaps 28th May 2003

Confrontation time between Cain, Charity and Chris while Debbie looks on


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HAPPY Families is one game that’s definitely off the agenda at Home Farm as Cain makes the most of his relationship with Debbie to cause trouble between Chris and Charity.

The conniving Dingle uses his daughter’s first official visit to upset the Tates’ social plans.

“Chris hated him long before he found out Cain was Debbie’s father,” says Peter Amory, who plays the crippled businessman.

“He thinks Cain is a low-life waster, and Chris is still struggling to accept that Cain and Charity were lovers.”

At their first proper meeting as father and daughter, Cain teaches Debbie the guitar and is delighted to find that he has caused serious friction at Home Farm.

Cain deliberately plans a late tea so that when Charity arrives to collect Debbie, she’s not ready. A furious Chris ends up having to go to a business dinner on his own.

Later, Debbie hears Chris and Charity arguing and tells her father. Cain goes to Home Farm to lecture the stunned Tates about how to behave in front of his daughter.

“Chris is livid,” says Peter. “He is frustrated that he can’t give Cain a good thrashing, and he has to call for Terry to throw him out.

“He insists that Cain will never set foot inside his house again.

Tate trauma

Thursday | 29.05.03

Debbie walks away from her fighting parents

Cain Dingle is making live at Tate Farm very hard.
Cain is delighted that daughter Debbie has taken such a shine to him because it gives him an excuse to make trouble.

And Debbie's mother Charity and her husband Chris are just about at the end of their tethers with the local bad boy.

Keeping things civil between the three adults has been a struggle, but Debbie's devotion to all three has led them to try and be reasonable. But Cain is determined to push the pair as far as he can by undermining their authority.

Tonight, Charity reluctantly allows Debbie to spend the afternoon with Cain, only for him to bring her back hours late. The disruption affects an important business dinner and soon the Tates are at loggerheads.

Emma Atkins, who plays Charity, explains, "Cain is just a troublemaker and he's got it in for Charity because of their past - he torments her and Chris in so many ways.

"He even has the cheek to lecture them about arguing in front of Debbie! It really is a case of the pot calling the kettle black, but Cain doesn't care, he will say anything to try and make Debbie turn her back on Chris and Charity."

ITV.COM Cain Clouts Charity

Friday | 30.05.03

Cain and Debbie

Cain Dingle goes too far in a fight with Charity.

The Emmerdale rogue gets into a slanging match with his one time lover over their daughter Debbie and it ends in tears.

Charity is getting sick of having to include Cain as part of her plans for her daughter’s life. His unreasonable attitude and desire to cause a rift between her and husband Chris Tate is getting too much for her to bear.

So she decides to get legal help to keep him away. Unfortunately, as far as the law is concerned Cain is totally within his rights to be close to Debbie.

Frustrated Charity starts a row with Cain and all sorts of home truths come out. And before long so do Cain’s fists. Much to the distress of Debbie, who has witnessed the whole thing.

Actress Emma Atkins – who plays Charity – says, "All Debbie has ever dreamed of is having a secure family. But what she has got is two parents who act like children – bickering, screaming and constantly fighting over her and she absolutely hates it."

Is this the end of Debbie’s relationship with them both?

The Sun's Weekly Guide To The Soaps 31st May 2003


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Charity and Cain fight and Debbie tries to split them up

EVENTS at Home Farm threaten to spiral out of control as Cain slaps Charity in a furious row over Debbie.

The poor girl is so traumatised by her parents’ bitter battles that she runs in front of Cain’s car to try to end it all.

Cain and Charity realise they have to call a truce or lose their daughter altogether. But that shatters Chris, who becomes convinced Charity is using him.

"It’s a living nightmare," says Emma Atkins, who plays Charity Tate. "Cain knows how to cause trouble, but when he slaps her it sparks a terrible chain of events. Charity lashes back and a fight breaks out. But in their fury they forget about Debbie and they’re horrified to see her rush off in tears."

Cain and Charity drive around searching desperately for Debbie, and they have to brake hard to avoid hitting her when she dashes out in front of the car. She tells Cain she wishes she were dead and runs off again.

"Cain and Charity catch up with her eventually," says Emma. "She sobs that she hates them both and wants to go back into care. They both realise then that the aggro between them has to stop."

But Chris later sees the mark on Charity’s face and reports Cain to the police. He is arrested for assault and Chris is delighted.

"Chris quickly tells Debbie and she is really upset again," says Emma. "As Debbie’s welfare is the most important thing to her, Charity drops the charges against Cain, even though she knows this will anger Chris.

"Later, Cain apologises and he and Charity reach an uneasy truce in the best interests of their daughter. Charity knows Chris is jealous and angry but she just can’t please everyone."

Chris smoulders with a cold fury and reveals to Terry that he would like to kill Cain if he thought he could get away with it, and that Charity never told him she loved him on their wedding day. Chris becomes increasingly convinced that Charity is using him.


ITV.COM Distraught Debbie

Tuesday | 03.06.03

Debbie, Chris and Charity

Debbie Jones is in a state of emotional turmoil tonight.

The schoolgirl is reeling after witnessing a violent row between parent’s Cain Dingle and Charity Tate – and she’s blames them both.

Debbie has been struggling to cope ever since it was revealed that Cain was her father. She tried to bond with both her mum and dad – but their mutual hatred has put a strain on her.

After reluctantly returning to Home Farm following a dramatic showdown with her parents, Debbie can take no more heartache.

However, Charity needs to hold her relationship with furious husband Chris Tate together. She decided to report Cain for assaulting her and now she is dreading the task of telling Debbie he was arrested.

And she was right to worry. Chris gleefully tells Debbie that Cain is behind bars and provokes a fiery reaction from her.

She rushes to confront her mother and they have the worst row of their entire relationship.

Can they ever be close again?

BBC Pure Soap 18th June 2003

Mark of Cain on Debbie


Bad boy Cain Dingle is the source of more trouble in Emmerdale.
Charity Tate, played by Emma Atkins, receives a letter from Debbie's school and is shocked to discover the wayward teenager hasn't been in class for two weeks.

She suspects - quite rightly as it turns out - that Cain (Jeff Hordley) has something to do with it and storms around to confront him.

Sure enough she finds that Debbie, who should be at school, is bunking off around at Cain's place.
Determined to sort out Debbie's schooling once and for all, Charity organises a meeting with the head teacher.

But when Cain gets wind that Debbie's future is being discussed he insists on making an appearance too.

Cain's presence at the school causes a furious bust up and Charity's husband Chris eventually demands that Cain leaves.

Cain retaliates by pointing out he is Debbie's natural father and if anyone has a right to be present when her future is being decided it is him.

The head teacher reluctantly agrees and poor Chris gets thrown out of the meeting. He is left fuming as he is forced to wait outside and wonders whether Debbie - and Cain - will eventually force him and Charity apart.

The Sun's Weekly Guide To The Soaps 28th June 2003


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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.”

ITV.COM House of Cain

Friday | 04.07.03

Debbie, Charity and Cain

Emmerdale rogue Cain Dingle has a plan up his sleeve.

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 feelings.”


Family at war

Wednesday | 16.07.03

Emmerdale youngster Debbie Jones feels isolated in her own home.

The schoolgirl is sick of being the recipient of step-father Chris Tate's fury as the accusations fly over who hurt baby Jean.

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?


Debbie Does Callous

Tuesday | 22.07.03

Cain, Charity and Debbie

Emmerdale’s Debbie Jones decides it’s time to leave Tate Farm.
The insecure school girl is sick of being the target of stepfather Chris Tate’s rage as the situation at home gets worse.

Much to mum Charity’s distress, Debbie has chosen to move in with her father Cain Dingle - a decision likely to cause even more conflict.

Desperate Charity will do anything to keep her daughter close to her but when she appeals to her wealthy husband for help, he shoots her down.

Charity knows that allowing Debbie to live with Cain will force her to be around her former lover much more. With the reawakened feelings between them, Charity is struggling to stop herself from falling into Cain’s arms again.

But despite his own fears about the developing relationship between his glamorous wife and his nemesis Cain, Chris is consumed by trying to exact his revenge on Scott Windsor.

Has Chris just made the mistake which will ruin his marriage?


Tate & Rile

Thursday | 24.07.03

Emmerdale rascal Cain Dingle is enjoying winding up Chris Tate.

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?

The Sun 5th July 2003


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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."

THE SUN 26th July 2003


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Cain and Charity kiss while unknown to them Debbie watches

JEALOUS husband Chris pushes Charity into the arms of her former lover Cain. The pair kiss - and their delighted daughter Debbie sees them!

Charity can’t believe it when Terry reveals that Chris intends to have Cain beaten up. She rushes to warn Cain and the two share an impulsive kiss as she struggles to convince him to take the threat seriously.

“She regrets it as soon as it happens,” says Emma Atkins, who plays the tempestuous Mrs Tate.

Fearing Debbie could get caught up in the violence, Charity begs Chris to call off his heavies. She tells him that she loves him and says if he loved her, he would do as she asks. He reluctantly agrees.

“But then Charity gets another surprise when Debbie reveals she saw the kiss,” says Emma. “Charity is horrified, and she makes her daughter promise to keep it a secret. Charity knows that Chris would go off the deep end if he found out.

“Poor Debbie thinks her parents are going to get back together. Charity assures her this will never happen, but she’s not quite as certain about that as she sounds.


Stolen Kisses

Monday | 28.07.03

Charity and Cain are about to take their relationship further.

The former lovers have been growing steadily closer as they both try to forge a new bond with young daughter Debbie Jones.

Ever since they both arrived in the village, Charity and Cain have made their distaste for each other abundantly clear. But there’s a fine line between love and hate - and it looks like the Dingle cousins are about to cross it.

Tonight, Charity is shocked to learn that wealthy husband Chris has ordered his employee Terry Woods to beat up Cain. Realising her spouse’s spiralling jealousy could have a devastating effect on her schoolgirl daughter, Charity frantically searches for the pair to prevent the incident.

When she finds them, Cain ridicules her concern and a furious argument erupts, which ends in a passionate kiss.

Emma Atkins, who plays Charity, explains, “She is so confused, she wants to hate Cain but the old feelings are still there - and they end up kissing.

“Debbie, whose witnessed the kiss, is delighted to see her mum and dad together, but Charity begs the girl not to tell anyone else. Debbie agrees, but deep down she hopes her parents will be reunited.”

Will the youngster get her wish


The Sun 16th August 2003

Cain and  Charity sleep together

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PASSIONS rise to boiling point as headstrong Charity plunges into a torrid affair with childhood sweetheart Cain.

She feels rejected by husband Chris, who is reeling from the traumatic news that he has a brain tumour.

Chris has been in Leeds for a brain scan, but even when he gets the results and finds out he has the tumour and needs a biopsy, he still can’t come clean to his wife.

He tells Charity he will be remaining in the city "on business", without knowing that this rejection is the spark for his beautiful wife to fling herself into the arms of another man.

"Feelings between Charity and Cain have been building for weeks," says Emma Atkins, who plays the feisty Mrs Tate.

"She calls Chris and pleads with him to pay her some attention, but he just says he has to stay in Leeds for business. That’s it for Charity and she rushes round and jumps into bed with Cain.

"She knows it’s wrong but she is hurt and lonely and she fancies Cain. He makes her feel young again."

In Leeds, Terry struggles to comfort a devastated Chris, who faces the further tests totally unaware that, back at home, he has just triggered his own worst nightmare.

"Charity just can’t get enough of Cain," says Emma. "I think the affair comes as a sort of release for her and she abandons herself to her emotions. She is hurt when Cain reminds her of the time when men paid her for sex, but she’s soon back in his arms."

Chris returns to Emmerdale and at the end of the week he gets the results of the biopsy - and the news that he has only a few months to live.

"Charity hasn’t got any idea what Chris has been going through," says Emma. "She is wrapped up in her own little world right now.

"When Charity finally does meet up with Chris again, she has had far too much to drink and she is much too interested in covering her own tracks to notice there is anything wrong with her husband."


ITV.COM Over Before It's Begun?

Tuesday | 19.08.03

Cain and Charity get passionate

Emmerdale lovers Charity and Cain Dingle have reignited their passion.

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."

ITV.COM Dangerous Liaisons

Tuesday | 26.08.03

Emmerdale lovers Cain and Charity Dingle are playing with fire.

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?


Tuesday | 02.09.03

Emmerdale love cheat Charity Tate decides to end her affair.

The blonde bombshell has been seeing cousin Cain behind husband Chris' back but wants to give her ailing marriage one more chance.

However, despite Charity's new resolution, her hunky lover has no intention of allowing the love of his life to escape from him once again.

Cain has already spilled the beans to their delighted daughter Debbie, who remains convinced her parents will be reconciling for good. In a moment of elation Debbie talks to Charity about how wonderful it would be for the three of them to be together but her confused mother is horrified.

Charity realises that despite her love for Cain she can never go back to her old life and immediately sets off to tell him their affair is over.

But when she reaches Cain he refuses to agree to her demand and plants a passionate kiss on her - not realising that her husband Chris is watching from afar.

Peter Amory - who plays the cuckold spouse - explains, "Although Chris has been suspicious , it's still a shock when he sees them together. If he'd have stayed longer, he would have seen Charity push Cain away and leave him, but just watching them kiss is the final straw."


Death Wish

Monday | 15.09.03

Emmerdale's Cain Dingle is finding his temper impossible to control.

The badly behaved villager has caused merry hell after bedding his married cousin Charity Tate behind terminally ill husband Chris Tate's back.

Although, Cain knew that the consequences of their actions would be severe, he was convinced that Charity would divorce Chris and get half his money.

But the wily twosome have no idea that Chris is dying and is determined to ensure Charity doesn't get a penny of his fortune. Having already maxed out her credit cards and revoked all her money, Chris has ruined Charity's future.

Pleased with his progress, Chris decides to have a quiet drink in the Woolpack and bumps into his love rival. In an effort to throw Cain off guard, Chris makes a spiteful comment about Cain and Charity's daughter Debbie, saying she too will end up a prostitute like her mother.

Cain's violent and furious reaction is no surprise to the villagers but when the hot headed local threatens to kill Chris everyone is shocked.

Will Cain's rash words come back to haunt him?

The Sun 15th September 2003


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THE tempestuous love triangle between Chris, Charity and Cain leads to a death at Home Farm.

The soap’s producers are determined to keep exactly who is killed a secret, but viewers can expect a memorable week in the countryside saga.

"It all blows up. Something just has to give," says Jeff Hordley, who plays Charity’s lawless lover Cain. "Cain hates Chris with as much passion as he loves Charity. He vows that if she goes back to her husband, he will kill both of them."

The compelling week opens with dying Chris cruelly turning the screw on his cheating wife.

When Charity, Cain and daughter Debbie go to check out of their luxury hotel, they find Chris has cancelled all Charity’s credit cards.

Deeply embarrassed, Charity is forced to leave her valuable Cartier watch as a deposit until she can return with the money to pay the bill.

She turns down Cain’s offer to stay at the Dingles’ and rushes back to Home Farm, where after lunging furiously at Chris, she is humiliated by his smug solicitor Rachel, who calls the police to have her removed.

Homeless and broke, Charity begs Chloe to take her in for the night.
Cain visits Chris at Home Farm and tells him they can get along fine without his money, but later in the pub Chris sneers that Cain will have to put young Debbie on the game.

"Cain goes mad," says Jeff. "He has been drinking all day and he loses it and attacks Chris. But he’s dragged off by the other regulars and Louise throws him out."

The next day, Chris invites Charity round to Home Farm to talk, then prepares a deadly welcome for his wife by coating a champagne glass with poison. Meanwhile, Cain is back at the pub, telling Terry he intends to go after Chris.

"He promises that if Charity goes back to Chris, he will kill them both," says Jeff. "And he means it."

Debbie gives her mother all the money from her savings account so she can look her best for the showdown at the farm.

She lies to Cain that Charity has gone to the cinema with Emily. But Cain forces the truth out of her and warns her he would rather see Charity dead than back with Chris.

As Chris opens the bottle of bubbly, Cain arms himself with a kitchen knife and drives furiously to Home Farm, vowing vengeance.

Death strikes, and afterwards, Cain races away and nearly runs over Debbie before ordering his daughter to get into his car.

Has Chris got his revenge on Charity, or the other way round? Or has Cain carried out his threats against them both?


Born To Run

Friday | 19.09.03

Emmerdale's Cain Dingle is on the run from the police.

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.



Tuesday | 23.09.03

Charity and Cain

Charity Tate deals bad boy ex-lover Cain the ultimate disservice.

The grieving widow has gone through hell as the police continue to try and find the killer of her wealthy husband Chris.

But now, the former call girl is relieved to discover that officers are starting to believe that she played no part in the sudden demise of her estranged spouse - and Charity is more than happy to give them another suggestion.

Cain has been missing ever since the fateful night at Home Farm. He had stormed up to the house to confront Charity and Chris - who he believed were on the verge of reconciling - and had vowed to kill them both.

But when he arrived, Chris had already put his elaborate suicide plan into action and the roguish local tried to make it look like a break-in to rid his belle of any blame.

However, Charity refused his offer of an escape and he fled with their daughter Debbie. But now that the cops are looking for a new suspect in the highly dubious case, Charity - consumed by hate - tells them that Cain is their man.

Will officers be able to find Cain before he finds Charity?

The Sun's Weekly Guide to Emmerdale 9th January 2004


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

Wednesday | 14.01.04

Emmerdale's Cain and Scott come to blows at Home Farm.

The hunky locals get violent after Cain goes to the plush estate to beg Zoe Tate to drop her vendetta against Charity.

As the trial to decide whether Charity murdered her wealthy husband - and Zoe's brother - Chris Tate, the main players on both sides are getting increasingly desperate.

And having seen the devastating effect of the stress on pregnant Charity, Cain decides to take matters into his own hands. But when he arrives at Home Farm, things get ugly.

Cain makes a nasty comment about Zoe's employee Scott being a rapist, which pushes the furious land manager to throw the first punch and Cain responds by flooring him. Then he tells Zoe to watch her back too.

But when Scott suggests that he and Zoe take the incident to the police, the devious vet tells him to forget about it - leading him to wonder what she's hiding.

Leah Bracknell - who plays the volatile Zoe - says, "Cain eventually leaves - but Zoe refuses to call the police. This arouses Scott's suspicions - he confronts Zoe about what she really believes happened to Chris. She fobs him off, saying she doesn't want the police digging around in her affairs and rocking the boat any more."

The Sun 9th January 2004

In Emmer-jail

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

Monday | 19.01.04

Emmerdale rogue Cain Dingle has no respect for the law.

However, the village bad boy is forced to make a court appearance at lover Charity Tate's trial for murder this week.

Ironically, despite being completely besotted with his pregnant blonde belle, Cain is making his testimony on behalf of the prosecution. Due to his anger that Charity tried to frame him for husband Chris Tate's death, Cain decided to stitch her up instead - a move he is now regretting.

So when the time comes for him to take the stand, everyone is on tenterhooks to see what he will contribute to the case.

But Cain has no intention of losing Charity again and launches into a heartfelt speech about why she is not guilty of the despicable crime levelled against her.

Even when the court officials try and interrupt him, Cain refuses to be silenced in his defence of innocent Charity. But, while his romantic gesture captures the hearts of his delighted family - and a very moved Charity - the judge is left unimpressed with the display.

Has Cain booked himself some time at Her Majesty's pleasure?

ITV.COM Banged Up

Thursday | 12.02.04

Emmerdale's Cain Dingle is due home from prison any day.

The village bad boy has been languishing in jail for a month following his furious outburst at cousin Charity Tate's murder trial.

Times have been hard for the Dingle family since the tense court case. Poor Charity - who is pregnant - was found guilty of murdering husband Chris Tate, leaving daughter Debbie without both her parents.

Charity was entirely innocent of the crime and the knowledge that both her and Debbie's dad Cain remain behind bars has taken its toll on the troubled youngster.

But Cain's imminent release has acted as a glimmer of hope for Debbie. Although Cain is a violent and bad tempered criminal, he loves his daughter to distraction and she craves the security of having him around.

However, poor Debbie gets some more terrible news this week when it emerges that Cain hasn't been behaving himself in jail. The hot-headed villager has been exchanging punches with his fellow inmates and earned himself an extended sentence.

With both her parents locked up and family problems at home, can young Debbie cope on her own?

Extract From The Sun's Weekly Guide To The Soaps 22nd March 2004
Zoe, Charity and the baby


Sun to Fri - ITV1

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.


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