Updated 9 June 2002
Under Construction - eventually it will be a detailed history going right up to the present day and so will all the links. All Dingle links should work however.
|Paul Loughran (Butch Dingle) and Kate McGregor (Emily Wylie)
won the 1999 Inside Soap Award for the:
"Best Soap Couple"
The Death of Ben, started a family feud that went on until the death of a member of the rival family (a year later).
Ben died after he and his brother Butch provoked a fight with the local doctor's son, Luke at a Rave Party. It was thought for a while that Luke had given Ben a fatal punch. Luke was charged with murder, but the case was dropped when it was later proved that Ben had a heart defect. However the Dingles did not forgive and they certainly wouldn't forget.
Oct 1994 Zak Dingle's first episode.
December 1994 Tina Dingle's first episode.
As the year 1994 drew to a close:-
The Dingles continued to cause trouble for the McAllister family,
Tina went against her family to move in with Luke and announced she was pregnant and soon they got engaged. For his part, he became besotted. She however, calculatingly caused Luke to drop out of school and then dumped him at the altar admitting that the whole affair had been her revenge for the death of her brother. Luke was devastated and could not accept the truth. He kidnapped Tina, then killed himself and nearly took her with him when Luke crashed his van into a wall on the 1st August, thus bringing an end to the Dingle and McAllister feud once and for all.
The Dingles were very active in 1995 - aside from the Tina storyline. Frank Tate tried to evict them, but surprisingly the whole village supported the Dingles and staged a siege. Many villagers were arrested, but the Dingles were evicted. They went and camped on the lawn at Home Farm and then moved into the village hall. Frank had to change his mind and let them move back to their original home - with a tenancy agreement.
Sam Dingle was released from a Youth Offenders Insititution and started working for Eric Pollard.
Nellie Dingle left to go and look after her father in Ireland (and she would not return).
The Dingles provided light relief as only they could in the early months of 1996.
Butch developed a long lasting crush on cousin Mandy, while she in turn developed an un-healthy crush for Dave Glover.
In the early part of the year one of the family's hair-brain ideas included turning their crying Elvis into a money-spinner. It failed as usual. The manicin had been stolen for Zak's brief love-interest Marilyn. Dim-witted Sam, one day thought he saw it crying. It turned out when it was near the heater, the glue ran from its eyes, giving the appearance of tears. Of course this did not stop the Dingles - egged on by Eric Pollard - who invited the media along to a Press Conference before being exposed for the crooks they were.
Marilyn aside, Zak spent the first half of the year missing Nellie after she announced she would not be returning from Ireland. Eric Pollard managed to get caught up in one of the Dingles schemes when Zak's brother Albert turned up with stolen goods and had the police and underworld villains hot on his tail. The Dingle house was nearly burnt down and a pig killed in the struggle that followed. Tina's life was placed in danger when she was kidnapped by the villains. A trade was eventually reached with a straight swap being done for Albert to the villains and the return of Tina to her family. This was mucked up when the police arrived in time to take Albert away. The villains fled and Tina was safe. During all of this, Tina stole £3000 from Eric after he had tried to buy Albert's stolen goods. Tina set up a secret bank account with Eric's money but was never found out and nothing more was said about it.
With Nellie gone and the family at a loss on how to make ends meet with nothing, the Dingles decided they must all get jobs. Mandy and Tina Dingle acted as escort girls for Eric on a couple of occasions at business meetings - much to Zak's disgust. So with the backing of Eric, Zak Dingle decided to go back into fighting to help keep his family. This came to an end after Mandy punched him by accident and it was quite clear he no longer had the stamina for boxing.
Tina Dingle was showing signs of getting dis-heartened with her lowly life and her disasterous family, as we head towards the summer of 1996. This is heigthened when after a slanging match with Kim, Tina finds herself a job as Frank Tate's housekeeper at Home Farm. Many would speculate on the nature of Frank and Tina's relationship. She made sure it remained profesional, however as the year progressed, it was quite clear that Frank wanted more. Beginning when he took her on a luxury holiday.
Zak eventually leaves for Ireland with the intention of bringing Nellie home. Instead the family are horrified when he turns up with a woman named Marilyn who he has fed some story about how rich he is to get her attention.