Updated 31st January 2004
A Huge Big Thank you to Paul Berridge who has made various profiles and photos availabe to me. They were previously on his Beckindale site (that is no more). This page is based on some of his original material. I have inserted the navy blue box and any information past 2001.
See also IMDB entry for Emma Atkins
First Appearance: 30th March 2000
Charity was Born in 1978 (according to all the official books).
Stepson: Joseph Tate (born to Chris and Rachel Hughes 8th June 1995)
[for info on Charity's secret daughter born circa 1990/1991 - Debbie Jones see below]
Her exact parentage and family details have yet to be fully revealed. However it has been suggested that she is the daughter of Zak's cousin Obadiah Dingle. However she refers to Peg (Zak's Mum) as "Nan" and calls Zak "uncle."
To add further confusion to Charity's parentage, on the 25th December 2003 Marlon referred to has his "cousin twice removed." We know Marlon is Zak's nephew and Peg's grandson.
During the week beginning 14th October 2002 Charity revealed to her sister-in-law Zoe that she had a child some years ago that she had given up for adoption. Three months later it would be revealed that Charity had the child when she was thirteen, 13 years ago (which isn't consistant with her officially given birth year) and the father was none other than her cousin Cain Dingle.
Charity made her first appearance at cousin Butch's funeral.
Profile of Charity from official site that is no more :-
Played by Emma Atkins
When Chris Tate approaches her, Charity does nothing to deter him. He pays her for her ‘company’ and is happy to meet her every request. Zoe feels Charity is a threat to family life and does her utmost to remove her. The Dingles, especially Cain and Zak, are disgusted that a member of their family would sleep with him. Cain immediately attacks Charity, who races back to Chris for protection. He allows her to move in with him at Home Farm.
Chris makes Charity his PA, meaning she now
has an official role. She also has a new lover: Zoe Tate. Desperate
to keep the affair secret,
Charity denies any involvement, but Chris eventually finds out, ruining
his sister’s plans by proposing marriage to Charity. She accepts.
But the course of true love never did run smooth, not that this is
love for Charity and there are many chapters left to unfold in this
Emma Atkins studied performing arts at Salford University and plays the flute. Emmerdale is her first major television role, but you may recognise her face because she was in two major commercial campaigns over Christmas 1999; one for the DFS furniture chain and the other for Homepride Cook-In Sauce.
Emma says, "When I was 14, I worked in a DHSS centre, and I had to scrub enormous metal pans in a big industrial sink. They always stank of fish, and I'd be reaching. And I only got £2 an hour! It was horrendous."
Emma is a former pupil at Our Lady's High School in Lancaster and was 26 years old on March 31st 2001.
"I grew up in a vey small village, vey similar to Emmerdale. I moved to Manchester when I was 21, which was a lot more lively. I go back and visit my parents in the country. Leeds is lovely too. it's so cosmopolitan."
|Before leaving for university, she was well-known in local amateur dramatic circles. And although it's quite a way back, there is a family history for the thespian line of work. Emma's great grandfather, comedian Billie Williams, appeared in Royal Command Performances before Queen Victoria.|
|Charity is still in her 20s but has managed to
pack a great deal into a couple of decades. She has a wise head on young
Interestingly, her dad is Obadiah Dingle, who lives in a hut in the Yorkshire wilds and is considered strange even by Dingle standards. There is no love lost between Charity and Obadiah.
Emma says that she wouldn't go for a man like Chris Tate in real life.
"I go for the more unassuming kind of man, I like a quiet, shy type of person. Chris Tate is too abrupt for my liking."
GIVING MY ALL TO
Emma Atkins was in the middle of a degree course when she was picked to play brash Charity Dingle. As the manipulative gold-digger, her first acting role plunged her straight into some of Emmerdale's most compelling storylines, but nothing prepared her for the soap's latest bombshell - a secret lesbian affair.
"As soon as I got the script, I rang my mum and said, `You will never believe this`," laughs Emma, 26. "It was such a shock because I've always thought of Charity as the original tart with a heart - a man's woman. But the more I thought about it, the more I realised that it makes sense. Charity lives on the edge. She's certainly not gay, but she loves sex and it doesn't matter whether it's with a man or a woman."
For weeks, Charity has been driving her wheelchair-bound sugar daddy Chris Tate wild with jealousy because he's convinced she's been seeing someone behind his back. And she is - his sister Zoe.
"She's playing games and Zoe's the perfect candidate," says Emma. "Charity finds the idea of an affair with Chris's sister stimulating and exciting. I haven't a clue what happens next, though. Charity lives for the moment and hasn't thought out the consequences. There'll definitely be a big explosion. I just don't know where or when."
Emma only joined Emmerdale in February last year, fresh from Salford University. And filming the passionate love scene with Zoe, played by Leah Bracknell, is the toughest thing she's ever done.
"I was virtually sick with nerves," she admits. "I was worried about silly things like would my breath smell? Would my lip start twitching with nerves?
"Leah and I sat in the Green Room before the scene and I told her how terrified and embarrassed I was. She told me that I'd be fine, and working with such a good actress made it so much easier anyway. But I was well pleased when it was all over.
"I don't think it's sensationalist. I reckon Charity is probably bi-sexual and hadn't realised it before, she's just having a go at something new. Some of my closest friends are gay and these days everybody is open about their sexuality. Whether you're straight, gay or bi isn't an issue, as far as I'm concerned."
Unlike Charity, who spreads her affections around, Emma is a one-man woman. From the age of 16 she was in a serious relationship for six years. And for the last nine months she's been dating a student in Manchester where she's recently bought a two-bedroomed cottage. Although she won't name her boyfriend, she's happy to talk about why she likes him so much.
"We met at a cast party and he made me laugh," she recalls. "He'd been travelling around Thailand and I asked him, `Did you snog any ladyboys out there?' With a very straight face he said, `Quite a few, actually'.
"A sense of humour does it for me every time. That's the biggest turn on before hair, clothes, physique, anything. He's quirky and has an off- the-wall sense of humour which I love. He's endlessly stimulating to be with. After nine months he's still an open book. There's so much to find out that I don't get bored."
Although she is obviously smitten, Emma is enjoying her independence far too much to think about them setting up home together.
"It's early days yet," she says. "However, I would like children one day. I've been clucky ever since I was ten. I love kids and go all gooey around them, but I want to get my career established and do some living first. At 34 I'll start popping out sprogs, but I don't want brats - only nicely brought-up children."
Since landing the part of Charity, Emma has become a man-magnet.
"I get blokes telling me how they can show me a better time than poor old Chris in his wheelchair," she says. "But anyone who thinks I'm anything like Charity couldn't be further from the truth."
For starters, Emma doesn't consider herself sexy, even though she has perfect skin, huge hazel eyes and a slim figure, which today is hidden under jeans and a Levi's top.
"I like casual clothes," she says. "I'm not a sexy person. I'm actually a bit of prude. Sometimes I dress up in high heels and a dress, but even then I prefer to be understated. Charity can bat her eyelids and men go all gooey, but that's not me. That's why it's such fun to play her. I put on the little leather skirt and the Kurt Geiger boots and out comes this man-eater. I think, `Wow, where does that come from?'"
Emma also prefers a more natural make-up look to Charity's trowelled- on slap, and has her tousled blonde locks cut and coloured by her mum.
"I've got a serious phobia about hairdressers," she says. "I had a bad experience when I was 11 and ever since I've refused to go into one. As a little girl I had long, blonde hair but I was desperate for a perm. Finally mum gave in. She told the hairdresser to cut a little off and give me a light perm and left me in her hands while she went shopping. But the hairdresser lopped off nearly all of my hair and gave me a really tight perm. I came out with a Michael Jackson-style afro. I was mortified."
Emma was born on March 31, 1975, in Morecambe, Lancs. When she was three her parents, Lilian and Ian, who run an interior design business, moved to the seaside village of Silverdale in the Lake District. She and her sister, Jillian, now 27 and a window-dresser, enjoyed an idyllic childhood there.
"It's a small, olde worlde village just like Emmerdale. There's even a little hotel with a bar like the Woolpack," says Emma. "It was a real safe haven. There was a cricket pitch behind our house and my parents never worried about us playing out."
She left Our Lady's High School, Lancaster, at 18 with three A-levels. Although she'd appeared in school plays, she wasn't sure about acting as a career. Instead, she joined her parents' business, but after three years went to study Performing Arts at Salford University. In her final year she was cast as Charity and juggled learning lines with finishing her studies, coming out with a first. She's contracted to appear in Emmerdale until December but hopes to be around a lot longer. Meanwhile, becoming a household name has changed her life. As well as buying a home, she's splashed out on a brand new dove grey Peugeot.
"But I still go out with all the same friends," she says. "If they thought I'd grown big-headed I'd want them to shoot me. And as for any of Charity rubbing off on me. No way. I'm nothing like her. If I met her, I'd run a mile."
Charity to give fake alibi
Emmerdale's Charity is to give barmaid Louise Appleton a fake alibi to cover the night on which she accidentally killed her stalker boyfriend Ray Mullan.
Charity (Emma Atkins) believe she is helping Louise (Emily Symons) in her bid to avoid a murder charge, but detectives see through the tale and charge Louise, according to the Daily Star.
" Perhaps Louise should have just told police the truth instead of covering up what happened and trying to make the death look accidental," an Emmerdale insider told the newspaper.
" She would probably have been able to plead self-defence given the ordeal Ray put her through. Now it doesn't look good at all for her."
Louise also has to face Ray's criminal friends who arrive in Emmerdale wanting answers as to how he died.
" They make it a frightening time," the insider added.
During the week beginning 14th October 2002 Charity revealed to her sister-in-law Zoe that she had a child some years ago that she had given up for adoption. Three months later it would be revealed that Charity had the child when she was thirteen, 13 years ago. The father being her cousin Cain Dingle Cain does not know he is the father at this present time.
The girl, turned out to be called Debbie Jones and first showed up in Emmerdale on Christmas Eve 2002 as a foster daughter for Emily and Paddy Kirk for a few days. No one then knew of her true identity.
When Debbie re-appeared in January 2003, she revealed to Cain Dingle that she was adopted and showed him a photo. Over time the whole sorry story has come out.
CHARITY is shocked when Cain confronts her with proof that Debbie is her long-lost daughter.
He forces Charity to return the deeds to the Dingles’ home after showing her Debbie’s precious photo of her. Charity hopes this means Chris will never discover her dark secret, but Debbie wants to meet her mother and the truth comes out anyway.
“Charity is stunned when she sees herself aged 13,” says Emma Atkins, who plays the reluctant mother. “It brings it all back and she knows that Cain has won this battle.
“She insists to Chris that everything is all right after Cain leaves but she’s shattered.
“Charity admits to Zoe that Debbie really is her daughter and she recalls the agony of giving birth at 13. Her friend Pat came to her rescue and registered the baby in her name.”
Charity realises that she has to give the deeds back to an overwhelmed Lisa who is delighted that Charity has seen sense.
“But then she has to tell Chris what she has done,” says Emma. “He’s furious but she explains that Cain was spreading rumours about her.
“She has to admit to Chris that Cain is saying Debbie is her daughter but she insists it’s not true, which surprises Zoe.”
Chris visits the Dingles’ and orders Cain to keep his lies to himself. But Charity’s torment it not over. Debbie turns up at Home Farm.
“Charity is totally speechless at first,” says Emma. “Then she tries to tell Debbie that Cain is lying and she is not her mother.
“Chris backs her up, but Zoe can’t stand what she is hearing and explains to Debbie that Charity really is her mother.
“Chris sees from the look on Charity’s face that it’s true. He’s devastated and so is Charity. She thinks this could be the end.”
Chris angrily turns on Charity and demands to know if Debbie’s father was one of her ‘clients’. She pleads with him that she was only 13 when it happened.
But Chris feels betrayed. He can’t believe that Charity was such a convincing liar and wonders what else she’s lied about.
“Charity tells Debbie that she was forced to give her up because she was so young,” says Emma. “She insists Debbie’s father is dead.
“Debbie is desperate to tell foster parents Paddy and Emily that she has found her mother, but Charity tries to explain to her daughter that they have to keep it a secret.
“Charity warns Debbie that Pat might get into trouble with the authorities if the truth comes out.
“Charity simply refuses to let herself become emotional. She doesn’t want Debbie in her life and she takes her home and coldly tells Chris that Debbie won’t trouble the Tates.”
But Debbie is determined to bond with her mother and skips school to spend time with her even though Charity refuses to respond.
News comes through that Pat has taken a turn for the worse in hospital and Emily takes Debbie off to see her.
“Charity is very shaken by Debbie’s arrival,” says Emma. “But she refuses to show any of her feelings.
“She can’t turn the clock back and she loves the life she has now as the lady of Home Farm. Charity doesn’t want anything to take that away from her, not even a daughter.”
Charity's Adoption Turmoil
Cain betrays Charity
Chris' love declaration
TROUBLED teen Debbie faces yet another problem this week when an older boy comes on strong after she sneaks out to a party at the Marsdens’.
Cain comes to the rescue and takes her home, only for the youngster to be caught in the growing feud between foster mother Emily and Charity, her real mum.
“It’s no wonder Debbie’s confused,” says Charley Webb, who plays the 14-year-old. “Emily is thoughtful and kind, but Charity is glamorous and rich and seems more exciting.”
Debbie is desperate to go to the Marsden kids’ party.
“Debbie sneaks out of the house and goes anyway,” says Charley.
“The party is really rocking but an older boy starts coming on to her and she doesn’t know how to handle it. She yells and Cain comes out of nowhere and drags the lad off her. Debbie is scared and she’s really grateful. Then Cain takes her home and Emily is furious.”
Emily tells Debbie that she is grounded, but Charity is more sympathetic and advises her on how to handle men who won’t take no for an answer.
Later, a row breaks out when Emily says Debbie can’t go on a trip to Leeds with Charity.
Debbie rushes to her room in tears but Emily is even more upset and tells Paddy it would be better if Debbie left the village and is cared for by another family.
Charity begins at home'
Emmerdale's Charity Tate will show she has
a heart of gold when she decides to give her daughter Debbie a
Debbie (Charley Webb) is distraught when her foster mum Emily Kirk says she can't look after her any more.
Her real mother Charity (Emma Atkins) gave Debbie away as a baby. But Charity can't stand by and watch Debbie head for a children's home.
Emma told the Sun's TVmag: "Charity can't believe that Emily has sent her daughter Debbie packing. She demands to know what is going on and has a row with Emily for giving up on Debbie."
But Emily (Kate McGregor) believes she can't look after Debbie properly with her real mother interfering.
Emma added: "Charity just blurts out that Debbie should stay with her. I think she's surprised to hear herself saying it."
Luckily, Charity's husband Chris (Peter Amory) really likes Debbie and her arrival brings out a softer side in the hard-nosed businessman.
Emma added: "Charity is delighted when Debbie moves in. She goes to great lengths to make her daughter feel happy."
Charity also encourages Debbie to make up with Emily. However, nothing can hide Emily's sense of desolation.
CHARITY begins at Home Farm this week when Mrs Tate takes the surprising decision to give her daughter Debbie a home.
Foster mum Emily says she can’t look after Debbie any more, and the youngster is devastated. Her birth mother, Charity, has preferred a more distant relationship with the child she gave away as a baby, but she can’t bear the thought of Debbie in a children’s home.
“Charity can’t believe that Emily has sent her daughter Debbie packing,” says
Emma Atkins, who plays Charity.
Emily insists she can’t look after Debbie properly
“Charity just blurts out that Debbie should stay with her,” says Emma. “I think she’s surprised to hear herself saying it.
“Fortunately, Chris really likes Debbie and he’s delighted. It makes
them more of a family and Charity is pleased
Emily tries to put a brave face on Debbie’s departure, but she is very hurt and upset at the prospect of bumping in to her former foster child around the village.
“Charity is delighted when Debbie moves in,” says Emma. “She goes to great lengths to make her daughter feel happy.
“And Charity encourages Debbie to make up with Emily.
“Debbie thanks Emily and Paddy for having her and promises to visit in the future.”
But Emily knows that Debbie is only saying what Charity told her to say and feels all the more desolate.
Foster parents Paddy and Emily Kirk have decided they can no longer cope with the heartbreak and jealousy caused by the renewed relationship between the pair. When Charity discovers their decision she goes ballistic and has a furious row with the couple.
However, only Charity herself can mend the situation – but will she decide that it is time to welcome Debbie into Home Farm?
Emma Atkins – who plays Charity – is convinced she will do the right thing.
She says, “At first Charity found the prospect of being a mother very daunting. She just wanted Debbie out of her life. But now there is a bond growing between them, and Charity is taking responsibility for her actions at last.”
Charity was furious when she found out that Paddy and Emily put Debbie back into care. And she decided to take matters into her own hands.
However, her decision to offer her daughter a home could cause shock waves through the village.
Emma Atkins, who plays the feisty Tate, says, "It's an impulsive response. She's not actually weighed up the pros and cons. But that's Charity all over.
"She thinks husband Chris may be angry with her for making a decision without consulting him first. But Charity is adamant that her husband will be fine with it.
"And her sister-in-law Zoe, wonders if it really is the best thing for everybody."
Will the duo – separated for so long - now be able to play happy families?
Raising Cain at Home Farm
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.”
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 feelings.”
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
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?
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?
SCOTT's life goes from bed to worse as he sleeps with exotic lapdancer Yolanda and then gets arrested for rape!
“It’s a total nightmare,” says Ben Freeman, who plays shell-shocked Scott. “Yolanda makes all the running and then he’s accused of attacking her.
“Scott starts the week asking for contact with his daughter Jean and ends it with a threat to his liberty.”
Zoe sends Scott away when he insists he plans to apply for access to Jean. He’s feeling low so is pleased when sexy Yolanda turns up at his garage.
“She asks Scott to give her a call,” says Ben. “Later, he gets upset when he sees ex-girlfriend Chloe in The Woolpack with Syd, so he calls Yolanda and they arrange a date for the next night.
“They go down to the pub and Scott is delighted to show his
new woman off. Even better, back at his house, Yolanda gets passionate.”
“Scott is surprised at her behaviour, but he’s even more shocked when the police arrive in the middle of the night and accuse him of rape,” adds Ben.
“Then he sees Yolanda leaving the station with a black eye, and realises he has been set up. He’s sure Chris Tate is behind it but the police don’t listen and he is locked up.”
Scott gets bail on Friday just as the allegations reach the local newspaper. Crippled millionaire Chris Tate goes for a brain scan amid fears he could be dying.
However, despite suffering agonising headaches, he doesn’t tell wife Charity - as he thinks she is cheating on him.
“Chris is becoming increasingly convinced that Charity is having an affair with Cain,” says Peter Amory, who plays the troubled Mr Tate.
“Chris wants Charity’s love not her pity. So he doesn’t tell her the truth about the scan and pretends he is going to Leeds on business.”
He eventually tells Terry the real reason for their trip, but insists he keep it to himself. Meanwhile, Charity is fighting her growing feelings for Cain, after their stolen kiss.
But Cain is confident. He says it’s only a matter of time before they get back together.
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."
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?
DOOMED Chris finally learns the shocking truth about Charity’s affair
with Cain. And in a fit of blind rage, he plans a
horrific revenge - ordering a hitman to get rid of Cain for good.
The terminally ill businessman has no intention of allowing his love cheat wife to inherit her vast fortune after her shocking betrayal.
Aware that his brain tumour is becoming more fatal by the day, Chris wastes no time in setting divorce proceedings in motion and tells his solicitor in no uncertain terms that he wants Charity to be left penniless.
The disloyal businesswoman has no idea what her wheelchair-bound husband is plotting behind her back. After he discovered she had been sleeping with cousin Cain Dingle, Chris resolved not to tell his errant spouse that he only has weeks left to live.
Instead, Chris is playing Charity at her own game by letting her try to patch up their marriage, while knowing their is no possibility of a happy ending.
When Charity greets Chris on his return home from the solicitors with a hot meal and promises of a brighter future for them, he plays along.
Will Charity rumble his plan to leave her with nothing?
DYING millionaire Chris Tate spends one last night with his cheating wife Charity - then drops the bombshell that he is divorcing her and wants her out of Home Farm.
Furious, Charity lashes out at Chris, which just makes him even more determined to leave her penniless.
"It’s a chilling discovery for Charity," says Peter Amory, who, as crippled Chris, is terminally ill with a brain tumour. "Chris is consumed by a cold hatred of the woman he loved and he is determined to leave her with nothing."
After he calls in his lawyer to discuss the divorce, Chris realises he will have to go on a spending spree to stop Charity, who has been having an affair with Cain, getting his money.
"He starts by buying Charity and Cain’s daughter Debbie a horse," says Peter. "This makes Charity think he is really making an effort with their relationship.
"Terry advises him to come clean with Charity about the divorce but that’s too easy for Chris. He tells Charity he is buying a helicopter and that he’s got another present arriving in the morning.
"An excited Charity thinks he wants a proper reconciliation and they spend the night together. But the next day, he hits her with the news that he has booked a luxury holiday for Zoe, Jean, himself and Joseph. She’s not coming because he wants a divorce!"
Charity is outraged but Chris taunts her further. "He wants to hurt Charity so he tells her she is penniless and he wants her to leave Home Farm - now!" continues Peter.
His harsh words hit her hard and after one vicious remark too many, Charity loses the plot and attacks him, forcing Chris to call out to Terry to pull her off him.
Later, Chris finally tells his sister Zoe that he is dying. He also changes his will to leave everything to Zoe and makes her his son Joseph’s legal guardian.
"Chris wants to get everything sorted out before he dies," says Peter. "He tries to stay unemotional but it’s a terrible time for him. He’s determined to make Charity pay for what she has done."
Charity is devastated. But she’s sure that he can’t leave her with nothing in a divorce. As revenge, she has a passionate reunion with Cain. They book into a hotel and order champagne on Chris’s credit card. But will Chris get the better of his wayward wife?
EMMERDALE is on fire at the moment - and not because one of its notorious Everyone-Must-Go culls is underway.
While EastEnders and Coronation Street have become a combination of the laboured and the ludicrous, Emmerdale has been doing what it does best - indulging in a storyline of rampant lust and bitterness, despair and destruction. It's sex and death: Dangerous Liaisons with sheep.
Basically the producers have bet all their chips on one storyline, around four characters: Cain and Charity, Chris Tate and his faithful manservant Terry.
As Terry observed: "I know what you're going through's bad..." His remark was addressed to Chris. That's Chris, whose wife (Charity, the aptly-named former prostitute) has been screwing Cain (her cousin!).
Chris who - besides being in a wheelchair - was diagnosed with a brain tumour, at precisely the moment Charity was playing doctors and nurses with Cain. Chris, who dare not tell his sister Zoe, the recently diagnosed schizophrenic, that he has been suffering headaches and now fears going blind or his son Joseph seeing him "on the floor having a fit".
But apart from all that, things aren't that bad.
Here's how the week progressed.
FEELING guilty, Charity resolves to cheer up Chris in the only way she knows how. To help finish Charity's marriage, Cain recruits Charity's daughter, 13-year-old Debbie, fathered by Cain when they were young. (Before being re-united with Charity recently, Debbie was being fostered - by vets.)
"Your mother's a simple soul," Cain tells Debbie.
"Seven bedrooms and a Jacuzzi and she's anybody's." Choice.
CHRIS feels hurt when Charity tells him his failure to 'perform' the night before was "nothing".
"Well, it's not the first time," she observes breezily.
Terry agonises whether to tell Chris about Charity's affair - and then tells him. "She's scum." Debbie calls her mother "a gold-digging tart". Charity slaps her. Irate, Cain drives up to the Tates' pursued by Charity (in her sports car), and Chris (in his wheelchair). Chris catches her kissing Cain.
TERRY and Chris have a right old barney. "I'm not even dead yet and she's dancing on my grave!" Chris complains. "This is worse than being told you're dying. You've got a loyal wife. You've got legs."
Cain bates Chris whose self-pity escalates into Basil Fawlty territory: "Go on!" he implores Cain. "Do something for once in your life! Beat me to death. Go on! Shoot me!"
Later, Chris lies in wait with a gun, ready to shoot Cain and Charity.
"I haven't slept with him for days!" Charity complains reasonably.
"Well they say dogs return to their own vomit," Chris carps.
Later Charity tells Debbie, "It's gonna be OK from now on." It isn't.
CHRIS deliberately leaves Charity with no breakfast.
Traumatised, Debbie cannot eat her breakfast at all. Cain has a beer for breakfast.
With the rest of the villagers eagerly looking on, Charity and Chris adjourn to The Woolpack. In front of a drooling Cain, Chris kisses her.
Smouldering like a cross between Heathcliff and Dee Dee Ramone, Cain taunts Chris.
"I've had her. Ain't that right cuz? She's a real animal. Any time, any place. Back of my car, even the bogs in here." And they say romance is dead.
Cain drags Chris out of his wheelchair and starts fighting.
But Chris has a hitman waiting outside. Sadly, he runs down Cain's uncle-father, Shadrack by mistake.
Cain - getting more and more cross-eyed with fury - marches to the Tates' declaring "I'm not going to hurt him. I'm going to kill him."
Chris decides to cut Charity out of his will. Chris's solicitor tells him, "You could leave Charity as much or as little as you like."
Guess which he chooses. "A little!"
CHRIS wants a divorce - and quickly. "I want her out of my life," he says. "While I've still got one."
Good point. Charity tells Chris she's a changed woman and, to prove her commitment, makes him a baked potato tea.
As for last night's episode, Chris started spending Charity's inheritance, splashing out on a pony ("called Boomshadow"), a holiday and a load of double glazing from Bob's brother Eddie.
"No flies on you eh?" Eddie laughed. "Not yet, no."
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?
Charity has been astonished by wealthy husband Chris' decision to divorce her and leave her penniless after she cheated with cousin Cain.
However, when she receives an unexpected invitation to join her estranged husband at Home Farm, the blonde bombshell is convinced that a reconciliation is just around the corner.
But - as viewers are aware - Chris has discovered he is dying of a brain tumour and plans to exact a cruel revenge on his wayward wife. Having already spent much of his fortune on extravagant items and passing custody of son Joseph onto sister Zoe, Chris has one more disservice to deal to his longtime love.
And as Charity confesses that she really does love Chris to her daughter Debbie, the wheelchair-bound businessman is putting a horrific plan into action which is bound to claim at least one life.
The fatal situation intensifies as spurned lover Cain, violent and heartbroken, decides to pay the Tate's a visit.
Who will survive the deadly drinks party?
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AS if sleeping with one of her cousins wasn’t bad enough, Charity spends the night with another one!
This time, it’s lonely Marlon who drunkenly succumbs to Charity’s charms as he comforts her after she is arrested for murdering her husband Chris - though Marlon bitterly regrets it once he sobers up.
When Charity is accused of killing Chris, she denies the charge, laying the blame on ex-lover Cain. She is freed and the police focus on finding Cain, but the experience leaves her shaken.
"Charity is not thinking straight at all," says Emma Atkins, who plays mixed-up Mrs Tate. "In just a few days, her life has collapsed. She has lost her home, her husband and she faces losing her liberty."
Charity is absolutely terrified when she’s arrested and she has no choice but to give Cain up.
"She blames him for it all," says Emma. "If he hadn’t started the affair, Chris would be alive and she’d still be the lady of Home Farm. Now she has nothing and is living in a nightmare.
"Marlon offers her a shoulder to cry on. But with his wife Tricia away, he is lonely and one thing leads to another as they drink to try to forget their troubles."
The pair share a passionate embrace, then sleep together. Later, Marlon is racked with guilt.
"He can’t believe what he has done, but Charity isn’t interested in his guilt. She tells him it was just a drunken fling and that he should get over it," says Emma.
"Marlon moans that she seduced him but Charity couldn’t care less about his feelings. She has much bigger worries of her own."
Marlon's beloved wife Tricia is in Bollywood fulfilling her dream career as an actress leaving Marlon home alone and missing her desperately.
The kindly cook has always been a good friend to those close to him and this week he provides a shoulder to cry on for heartbroken cousin Charity. After her husband Chris Tate's violent death and attempt to frame her for murder, Charity is in trouble and Marlon is quick to reassure her.
But as the night wears on both lonely souls find themselves inexplicably drawn to each other and the large amount of alcohol they have consumed fuels their ardour.
Actor Mark Charnock explains, "Like a typical man, Marlon is probably getting paranoid about what Tricia is up to. She's been away for a while and Marlon imagines she's surrounded by good looking men in Bollywood.
"Charity and Marlon drown their sorrows and basically he gets drunk and then he gets seduced. He wakes up in the morning and he is absolutely mortified - completely full of horror."
Will the lusty pair be able to keep their fling underwraps?
The recovering chauffeur has only just left hospital following his debilitating stroke but is already involved in a tricky and explosive row.
Before his stroke - and employer Chris Tate’s death - Terry was the person who the terminally-ill tycoon confided in.
In the last few months of his life, Chris’ relationship with wife Charity broke down and he discovered she was cheating on him with old love Cain Dingle.
Chris framed Charity for his murder as revenge and now the desperate woman is exploring every avenue which could prove her innocence.
And after a very unsuccessful attempt to prise information out of Chris’s sister Zoe, Charity approaches Terry to beg him to search his memory.
However, Terry feels a huge loyalty towards Chris and Zoe, so tells Charity that she is wasting her time in trying to get him on side.
But knowing the extent of Chris’s fury, can Terry really be
sure he didn’t set his cheating wife up?
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."
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.
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