17 October 1996 -
Dingle (Brother of Zak)
Born: 23 March 1974
Job: Found his vocation as
a chef at Eric Pollard's
wine bar. Ran Chez Marlon restaurant until he quit recently.
Finally married long-term
Stokes on the 14th
2002 he won £15,000 on a lottery scratch card but by October
2002 it seems to have all but gone.
|Profile from former official site which closed
down in 2002
Played by Mark Charnock
First Appearance on 17 October 1996
Father; Albert Dingle (Brother of Zak)
Job; Found his vocation as a chef at Pollard’s.
Ran Chez Marlon restaurant until he quit
Turned up out of the blue at the Dingles in a
flashy sports car driven by a glamorous blonde.
Marlon gets the job of security supervisor at
the quarry and is in charge of Butch and Zak.
He starts the Christmas shop scam, moves a grotto
into the village hall but refuses to dress up,
then nearly cons the vicar. Finally, he brings
his dad back to the village.
Steals Tina’s car, but is then double crossed
by his dad before he goes back to prison. Marlon
is forced to look after Lisa’s pigs with
Butch, who he encourages to follow his dream
an astronaut (and gets comic mileage out
of his attempts to do so).
He also gets involved in the burger wars, helping
kidnap Colin the thug before being snatched back
by his dad. After being banned from the Woolpack
he started a picket, and decides to prove himself
above the low-rent scams of his dad by getting
a job in the kitchens at Pollard's wine bar,
where he shows a remarkable talent for cooking.
He sees a new career path after helping Kathy
avoid Erics attention. Pollards fortunes decline
when he loses his licence after serving under-age
drinkers, although its a deliberate ploy by Marlon
to ensure he gets a better job at Kathys diner.
The guilt soon becomes unbearable, and he is
able to save Erics life by torching the wine
bar to stop him committing suicide.
After a beating from Butch, Marlon returns to
the Dingle home for Christmas, and ends the year
by witnessing Lisa giving birth to Belle.
A couple of practical jokes – dyeing Eric's moustache
pink and stripping at the Home Farm party – precede
his successful attempt to matchmake Kathy and
Biff. When Kathy is away, he looks after the
diner, only to be sacked when she disovers he
has changed the menu and décor, and employed
Seeing an opportunity, Bernice invites him
to the Woolpack kitchens to cater for gourmet
proves to be an excellent partnership.
At the Woolpack, Marlon begins to fall for Tricia,
but hes jealous of her flirtation with Adam.
When Tricia discovers Adam has been two-timing
her, Bernice decides its time to play cupid and
gets Tricia and Marlon together. He's delighted,
taking her to Spain. He gets the chance to run
a special 'Chez Marlon' night, which is a huge
success, giving him the confidence to pitch a
business plan to Chris Tate in the hope of winning
investment in his own restaurant.
The shoddy plan doesn’t impress Tate until
Kathy decides to lend her own money. Chris
his mind, but makes Marlon swear his involvement
will remain secret. Eric Pollard cons Marlon
into buying refurbished furniture from him.His
life falls apart when Trisha says she will
enter into a marriage of convenience with
Joe in order
for him to stay in the country. After hiring
Chloe to waitress, Tricia becomes jealous
and sacks her. Marlon re-hires her.
Joe leaves the village to protect Tricia, and
Chez Marlon begins to gain popularity after a
glowing review from Alan. The relationship between
Chloe and Tricia worsens, and he is forced to
mediate while also keeping the place afloat and
fighting back against Pollard. He solves the
latter problem by holding his tormentor hostage
until he agrees to vacate the flat, and rent
it to him and Tricia.
The joy is short-lived when she leaves the village
without telling anyone, but Marlon has the courage
to ignore his own problems and support Zak as
he undergoes tests for cancer. He has a brief
flirtation with a relief Vet called Rhona. Until
Tricia turns up out of the blue.
TRICIA is ecstatic when the surprise Valentine’s
Day wedding she’s organised for her and Marlon goes like a
Marlon is over the moon to accept the
sudden proposal and stunned to discover that almost everyone
in the village is there for the ceremony.
But, as always in soap, the wedding has
a few last-minute hitches.
“Marlon is really moved,” says Mark Charnock,
who plays the gobsmacked groom. “He loves Tricia very much
and he still regrets that their first ‘wedding’ went wrong.
But he never had an inkling Tricia was going to get it so right
second time. He’s in heaven.”
At the start of the week, Marlon hasn’t
the slightest idea that Tricia is planning anything.
But it’s almost all for nothing when Rodney
opens his wedding invitation in front of Marlon.
Luckily he manages to pass it off as a
Valentine’s card. “Then, Marlon almost catches Paddy practising
his best man’s speech,” says Mark.
“But Paddy pretends to Marlon that he’s
writing a romantic message for Emily.”
Meanwhile, Bob offers to throw a stag
night for Marlon, without letting him know what they’re really
celebrating. Marlon is surprised when all the men in the village
seem to want to buy him drinks.
“Even when a stripper arrives, Marlon
doesn’t know it’s been organised for him,” says Mark.
“They pretend it’s all for Sam’s birthday.
By the end of the evening he’s so drunk he doesn’t even notice
when Ashley mentions the ‘big day on Friday’.
“And he still doesn’t twig when Steph
asks him to try on a suit she’s ‘altering for a friend’. She’s
really making sure his wedding suit fits, but he panics that
she’s coming on to him again. When she goes to take his inside
leg measurement, he calls a halt and gets rid of her.”
In the meantime, Tricia realises that
she hasn’t got enough money to pay for all the wedding bills
and is deeply upset when she is forced to sell her expensive
On the day itself, the villagers try to
keep Marlon and Tricia apart. Marlon is determined to tell
Tricia her mother is trying to wreck their relationship again,
but he never gets the chance.
Diane has him busy preparing food for
a special Valentine’s party, which of course is really for
Tricia is overjoyed when Steph buys her
expensive dress back for her and, with everything finally in
place, Paddy tells Marlon it’s time for Tricia’s Valentine’s
surprise, puts a blindfold on him and escorts him to the church.
“Marlon is very puzzled,” says Mark. “At
the church, Paddy ushers him inside and takes off his blindfold
to reveal Tricia waiting, looking beautiful in her lovely wedding
dress. He gives Marlon his suit to change into.
“He is astonished. Tricia asks him if
he’ll give her another chance and marry her. He is overcome
with emotion but happily accepts.
“Marlon is just delighted as he and Tricia
tie the knot. At the reception he thanks everyone for helping
make him and Tricia so happy. And Steph explains to him that
she was only trying to get his suit to fit.
“He just has one surprise of his own to
reveal - a hot air balloon that he had planned as his Valentine’s
Day surprise for Tricia. The happy couple sail up, up and away.”
Emmerdale's Marlon Dingle is set for a
long lonely summer.
The eccentric chef has no idea that wife
Tricia has accepted the lead role in the Bollywood production
and is India bound.
Since she decided to take her big chance
with both hands, Tricia has been dithering about how to break
the news to her husband of three months.
The dizzy barmaid remembers how she felt
when Marlon applied to work on an oil rig and was set to leave
her alone so early on in their marriage.
But figuring that this is her break into
showbiz, it seems that not even the love of her life can stand
in Tricia's way.
Sensible confident Dawn Woods is on hand
to provide the flighty barmaid with some sage advice about
Dawn reminds Tricia that time is running
out and that keeping the secret from her husband for much longer
could do lasting damage to their relationship.
Marlon may be proud of his wife's acting
debut, but how will he react to the shock news?
Life with the Dingles is never dull, as
Marlon discovers when he moves back in and finds himself sharing
a bed with unwashed Shadrach.
Marlon takes direct action to combat the
stench of his uncle - he burns his trainers. He is triumphant
at first, but then he finds himself on the wrong end of a threatened
"Marlon has to return to the Dingles’ because
Emily and Paddy have had enough of his insomnia," says
Mark Charnock, who plays the chef.
"But it’s pretty crowded and
he has to share with Shadrach. Marlon does get a good night’s
sleep but he decides to do something about the smell.
"He carefully removes Shadrach’s
trainers, douses them in petrol and burns them. The trouble
is that Shadrach goes ballistic in the morning and Lisa insists
Marlon has to pay for a new pair."
Greedy Shadrach pockets the cash and heads
for The Woolpack, where he orders steak and chips. Then Marlon
gets himself into even more trouble with his uncle.
"Shadrach is stuffing himself so
fast that he chokes," says Mark. "Marlon knows what
to do and grabs Shadrach and gives him an abdominal thrust
to try to free the obstruction. It doesn’t work, so he
does it again.
"Then the food flies out and Shadrach
is okay, only the ungrateful blighter grumbles that he has
"Marlon takes Shadrach to hospital
and it turns out he has a broken rib. He sees a sign advertising
compensation solicitors and decides to sue.
"Poor Marlon just can’t believe
it. He’s saved the miserable man’s life and now
he is going to have to pay up once again. He decides it’s
about time he tried to head for India again to rejoin Tricia."
Marlon saved by pig muck
The line between tragedy and farce is exceedingly thin - especially where
the Dingle clan in Emmerdale is concerned.
This is never more true than in a forthcoming storyline when depressed
chef Marlon Dingle, played by Mark Charnock, decides to end it all after
a series of reverses.
First he hasn't heard from his lovely wife Tricia (Sheree Murphy), who
went to India just weeks after their marriage to try to break into Bollywood
Next he hears rumours that she is being romanced by a handsome movie
co-star and decides to visit her - but his visa application is blocked.
To cap it all regulars at the Woolpack have complained that his cooking
is not up to scratch, and a dispute with elderly relative Shadrach Dingle
seems set to be dragged through the courts.
Marlon can't stand it any more and climbs up on the roof of the crumbling
Dingle farmstead determined to jump to his death.
It has all the makings of a tragedy - but when the Dingles are involved
things rarely go to plan.
Gripped by despair, Marlon leaps from the roof - and lands in a huge
pile of pig muck! The manure cushions his fall and he emerges without
a scratch, but very smelly.
Emmerdale chef Marlon Dingle has been in limbo for weeks.
Since wife Tricia disappeared to India
to star in a Bollywood film, Marlon’s been unable to
put down roots in the village.
It seems that Tricia’s departure
has left Marlon lonely and needy. Ever since he discovered
that their house was let in his absence, Marlon has been in
Kindly relatives Paddy and Emily Kirk
have taken pity on Marlon and allowed him to stay with them.
But his increasing restlessness and chronic insomnia is taking
its toll on their fragile nerves.
And Marlon agrees that his inability to
relax is linked to not having a proper home. So he decides
to return to the bosom of his family – the Dingle house.
Lisa is delighted to put Marlon up. But
the prospect of having to share a room with troublesome relative
Shadrach convinces Marlon that he may still have problems relaxing.
How will he adjust to life in the Dingle
Emmerdale rogue Shadrach Dingle clashes
with new roommate Marlon tonight.
The unlikely pair have been adjusting
to living in the same room but appalled Marlon got rid of his
uncle’s smelly trainers.
Sensing an opportunity to make some money,
Shadrach kicks up a huge stink about the absence of his shoes – and
wins the support of Dingle matriarch Lisa.
Marlon is furious that he is having to
pay out more money than the shoes were actually worth to his
crooked uncle. But his bad temper is increased further when
he spies a delighted Shadrach treating himself to a lavish
lunch in the Woolpack.
However, Shadrach is on the receiving
end of some instant karma as he wolfs down his dinner. He chokes
and it is left to the benevolent Marlon to perform the Heimlich
manoeuvre in order to save his life.
Unfortunately for Marlon, the move has
left Shadrach with a broken rib. Instead of being grateful
to his heroic nephew, Shadrach spies another opportunity to
part Marlon from his money.
He pledges to sue the dippy chef on a
no win no fee basis. Will he bankrupt his relative?
9th June 2003
The dippy local is distraught to discover that the cottage he
lived in with wife Tricia has been put on the market.
Marlon has been miserable and lonely ever since his beautiful
wife left the Dales to take the lead role in a Bollywood movie.
He returned to Emmerdale heartbroken after being refused entry
to India and, since then, only the thought of his martial future
has been keeping him sane.
So when Marlon spies the 'For Sale' sign at Victoria cottage
he sees yet another fond memory of his past slipping away.
However, the new information gives Marlon a focus and he decides
to concentrate all his energies on raising the money so that
he and Tricia can own their dream home outright.
The wacky cook decides the best way to supplement his income
is to set up a temporary camp site in the village. He starts
charging tourists to pitch their tents in the area and soon money
is steadily coming in.
But with Tricia away indefinitely, will
Marlon's hard work be in vain?
Marlon gives in to temptation
is in for an unpleasant surprise when she returns to
Emmerdale - husband Marlon has been enjoying a fling
with a mystery woman.
by Sheree Murphy, has been chasing dreams of stardom
in Bollywood and left her devoted hubby behind in Yorkshire
confident in the knowledge that he would never stray.
But Marlon, played
by Mark Charnock, succumbs to loneliness, gets drunk
with a female pal and ends up getting seduced.
of the other woman is a closely guarded secret. All
the producers will say is that she is a well-known
face to soap fans.
Marlon is tormented
by guilt the following morning and can't forgive himself
for being unfaithful.
His lover however
takes the view that it meant little and was just a
bit of comfort for two lonely people.
has been taking a break from the show following the
birth of her second child, Ruby, but is due to return
later this year.
Emmerdale chef Marlon Dingle is a lonely man at present.
Marlon's beloved wife Tricia is in Bollywood fulfilling her
dream career as an actress leaving Marlon home alone and missing
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
Sun to Fri - ITV1
AS if sleeping with one of her cousins
wasn’t bad enough, Charity spends the night with another
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
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 is gripped with guilt after his one-night stand.
The dippy chef is utterly devoted to absent
wife Tricia and can't believe he has cheated on her with cousin
When he wakes up after the boozy encounter
with his blonde relative, Marlon is distraught that he has
misbehaved so badly. However, Charity - who has much more pressing
matters on her mind - disregards his fears and tells him the
episode was no big deal.
But the formally faithful husband is unable
to shrug off his intense guilt and starts to wonder if he has
ruined his marriage forever.
Actor Mark Charnock - who plays Marlon
- explains, "Marlon is convinced this has massive significance
and can't forgive himself for being unfaithful.
"He is racked with guilt, and being
the sort of guy he is, I can't believe he won't confess all
to his wife. I'm sure this will come back to haunt them, and
will have a major effect on their relationship."
Out with the old and in with the new takes on an ominous
meaning for the big three soaps with their sensational New
Year episodes. There are two weddings, two crashes and a thundering
storm that bring danger and devastation, with one star dying,
three others seriously injured and so many walking wounded
that you’ll probably be glad you saw it all from the
safety of your armchair.
By Tony Stewart
Absolutely fantastic. Exactly on the 10th anniversary of that
plane coming down on the village, a natural disaster hits the
Dales. And the raging storm that uproots trees, cuts off the
electricity and sends the roof of the Woolpack crashing down
on dopey Donna’s 18th birthday party, is responsible for
the human carnage. But the howling wind, thunderclaps and torrential
rain are also the backdrop to some serious emotional devastation
and desolation. And you will cry.
For Tricia finally decides that Marlon’s infidelity is too much
to bear, especially having learnt that her “monster mother” tried
it on with him. “It’s something else he didn’t tell
me,” she cries. “Like Rhona and Charity and the baby... And
because I love him, I’m gunna ’ave to go away.”
In some incredibly moving scenes, Marlon tries to persuade her
to stay and even buys her a puppy and writes her a letter with
101 reasons why he loves her. But, over New Year’s Eve
and Day, the full force of the storm hits Tateville. Ashley and
Louise crash and the vicar is in danger of losing a leg. Then
Trish is buried in masonry as the Woolie is struck by lightning – and
Marlon’s bricking it, too.
The effects are spectacular and the acting superb as Emmerdale
proves it will maintain its standards of excellence into 2004.
And, best of all, there is also the usual humour to counterpoint
the poignancy of Marlon cradling his beloved wife.
“I’m never going away anymore,” she promises,
grimacing from her injuries. “Look what happens.”
But Marlon should remember that a dog is for life and, sadly,
one person is about to lose theirs.
ITV.COM The Last Goodbye
Tuesday | 30.12.03
Emmerdale’s Tricia Dingle makes ends her marriage with a letter.
The distraught barmaid can no longer bear to be around cheating
husband Marlon and seeks some closure by writing her feelings
While Tricia makes her position clear, Marlon is planning yet
another surprise to win back his wife. Enlisting the help of
Tricia's boss and pal Diane Blackstock, Marlon makes his last
ditch attempt to convince her they have a future.
But it’s far too late to go back and Tricia reacts badly
to Marlon’s gesture and simply hands him the letter.
As Marlon reads his wife’s innermost thoughts, he finally
accepts he has to let go. But knowing that life without Tricia
will be completely unbearable, Marlon breaks down in despair.
Outside, Tricia is in a similarly terrible state and doesn't
seem to notice that the weather is becoming increasingly dangerous.
Will Tricia realise what dangers could lie ahead?
Mirror Early Jan 2004: MARLON DINGLE'S SET TO BE SINGLE
ONE day, Travis Bickle predicted in Taxi Driver, "a real rain is
going to come and wash all the scum off the streets". Last night
it arrived in Emmerdale (ITV).
It rained and rained and rained until telephone poles started
falling and lightning pierced The Woolie.
Emmerdale being one of the most depraved, corrupt villages this
side of Gomorrah, you knew someone was going to pay and, as luck
would have it, it was village harridan Tricia Dingle (played
by Poorharry Kewell's wife, Sheree). Amen and Hallelujah!
Strictly speaking, it should perhaps have been Ashley the sex-mad,
alcohol-crazed vicar, who has been carrying on with Louise -
a barmaid and a murderess to boot.
He and Louise had crashed (in slow motion) and Ashley spent
yesterday's one-hour special in peril of either having his leg
amputated or bleeding to death.
Several other cast members seemed eager to sacrifice themselves.
Donna tempted fate by looking at her mum and stating: "I
hope I die before I'm that age."
Marlon walked about with a spotty dog up his jumper, bereft,
convinced that Tricia was leaving him (you'd think he'd be happy).
As the rain reached apocalyptic proportions, Tricia decided
intelligently to go and wait for a bus. Then, with lightning
flashing all around, she went and stood in a phone box to read
Marlon's list of 101 Irritating Habits she had.
You knew the Grim Reaper was on his way when Massive Attack
started playing in the background. Sure enough, the Woolpack's
chimney then descended on to Tricia's head, providing the gratifying
sight of the old bag buried up to her neck in bricks.
She was taken into the helicopter on a stretcher, still screeching,
as is her wont: "I came back, Marlon!"
"Try not to speak," the paramedic requested, not the
first man to do so, but probably, hopefully, the last.
"Your wife's about to go into theatre," the doctor
told Marlon at the hospital. Probably panto.
Sun to Fri - ITV1
THE village is still reeling from the aftermath
of the terrible New Year storm.
While Ashley and Louise are now out of danger after
their car accident, Marlon refuses to accept that his beloved
wife Tricia is brain-dead.
But gradually the grim truth that Tricia will never
recover from her injuries sinks in, and Marlon allows the life-support
machine to be switched off.
"He is heartbroken," says Mark Charnock,
who plays the distraught chef. "He loved Tricia very much
and I don’t think he’ll ever really get over it."
It’s a heartrending week, as Tricia’s
grieving granddad Turner and mum Steph look on while Marlon suffers.
At first, he chats away to Tricia and won’t accept the
"Marlon storms out when the doctors say there’s
no hope for Tricia," says Mark. "He doesn’t want
to hear it. He brings in toys and CDs to snap her out of it.
"He even brings in their wedding album. Terry
tries to make Marlon see sense, but he refuses to listen."
Steph pleads with the doctors for more time. And
Marlon slowly realises just what is happening.
"It’s so sad," says Mark. "Marlon
lies down next to Tricia and cries. Then he tells Turner that
Tricia is not coming back."
Marlon wanders round the village alone before he
agrees to let his wife die.
"Tricia’s organs are used in a transplant
and the hospital calls to say the operation went well," says
Mark. "Marlon breaks down in floods of tears. It’s
the worst week of his life."
exit leaves Marlon reeling
As the residents of Emmerdale begin to pick up
the pieces following the massive storm on New Year's Eve, Marlon
Dingle faces a nightmare week.
His wife Tricia is lying unconscious in a hospital bed after The Woolpack's
chimney fell on her.
Marlon maintains a vigil at her bedside, hoping for a miracle recovery.
Marlon (Mark Charnock) refuses to believe Tricia (Sheree Murphy) is brain
dead, despite the doctors telling him there is nothing they can do.
And, in emotional scenes, he shows Tricia photographs of their wedding
day, talking to her about happier times.
Marlon is alone in believing Tricia will pull through, and eventually
even he loses all hope and accepts the inevitability of the tragic situation.
Next Tuesday, he takes the decision to switch Tricia's life support machine
off, reports The Sun, and is comforted by a devastated Emily Kirk (Kate
McGregor) as the reality of life without Tricia hits him.
Speaking to Inside Soap magazine, Mark Charnock says: "I just can't
imagine what it must be like for him (Marlon). Thank God I've never been
in that situation, it must be absolutely awful - it's horrible reading
it in a script, so to live it must be a hellish nightmare.
" The person is there in front of you breathing, but, to all intents and
purposes, they're not there."
Sheree Murphy, however, is pleased with the heart-wrenching storyline.
" I was really happy when I read my exit scripts because, after leaving
twice before to have my babies, I thought, 'What are they going to do this time?'
I hoped they'd give me a pretty good send-off, and not just pack me off in a
taxi like they sometimes do in the soaps.
" So, I feel completely honoured by my leaving storyline, it's just been
ITV.COM The Worst Of Times
Tuesday | 06.01.04
Emmerdale's Tricia Dingle is just barely clinging on to life.
The ailing barmaid has been languishing in a critical condition
in hospital ever since the horrific freak accident on New Year's
And while her devastated grandfather Alan Turner and heartbroken
mother Steph Stokes try to come to terms with losing Tricia,
husband Marlon remains blindly optimistic.
Marlon is convinced Tricia will pull through, after discovering
that she was returning to the Woolpack that night to give their
marriage one last chance. In an effort to wake her from her coma,
Marlon decides to surround her with mementoes of their life together.
Actor Mark Charnock explains, "He gets the idea into his
head that all Tricia needs is to have her favourite music and
things around her. Paddy finds him throwing stuff into a bag
- acting manically. He tries to be gentle with Marlon, but he
Can Marlon accept his wife is dying?
Still grief stricken Marlon can’t concentrate
on his work and his usually high culinary standards take
a dip. Having fended off several unhappy customers Diane
suggests that he takes some time off. But emotionally
fragile Marlon gets the wrong end of the stick, thinking
he is being given the chop. Paddy later finds a disconsolate
Marlon sulking at the cricket pavilion and tells his
friend that time is a great healer. Feeling claustrophobic
at the crowded Dingles, Marlon later packs his bags and
tells Sam he is going to see Mandy for a while before
heading off into the unknown.
Friday | 04.03.04
Marlon Dingle is unable to recover from his grief.
The heartbroken chef remains devastated by the
death of his beloved wife Tricia, who was killed
in a freak accident at Christmas.
And while those close to him have been incredibly
supportive of Marlon, the lonely local is unable
to put his life back together.
Working at the Woolpack was supposed to be a
good distraction for Marlon but instead he is
letting his work slip too - with dire effects
on the pub’s culinary reputation.
For actor Mark Charnock, the latest twist in
Marlon’s fortunes are proving to be an incredibly
fulfilling experience - thanks to the response
He explains, “The response from people on the
street has been really interesting. There has
been a real mixture of people coming up to me
and being complimentary.
“Others have said that they can really identify
with what Marlon is going through, or they know
someone has been through it.
“In a way, it’s quite reassuring that people
are saying those things, because it means I must
be getting it close to how it should be.”
Emmerdale widower Marlon Dingle is in
a really bad way.
The bereaved chef has been secretly
hiding out at Holdgate Farm after finding
the strain of his grief too hard to bear.
Since he disappeared - claiming to be
going to visit cousin Mandy - his worried
relatives have been frantically searching
for him, fearing he may do something
And the close-knit clan have every reason
to be afraid; Marlon is becoming more
and more obsessive over late wife Tricia
and his oddball behaviour is making him
a threat to himself.
Actor Mark Charnock - who plays the
suffering local - explains, "Marlon needs
some time on his own right now and he
needs time to be crazy.
"He realises that he isn't right - he
just has to go somewhere dark and let
time take its course. People try to talk
to him but you can only come out with
clichés at times like these.
"He doesn't understand the world anymore
and thinks that the world doesn't understand
him, so he banishes himself."
Can his worried loved ones coax him
out of his self-imposed exile?
Friday | 19.03.04
Emmerdale newcomer Tom King makes his mark on
The powerful businessman is looking to buy Holdgate
Farm from rival Zoe Tate but is furious discover
grieving Marlon Dingle squatting there.
Tom has already made enemies in the village
by sending in his son Carl as a spy to steal
a lucrative contract from the Tates. And his
uncaring attitude towards heartbroken Marlon
is sure to convince viewers he is one tough cookie.
Poor Marlon is clearly a man in emotional turmoil.
The death of his wife Tricia at Christmas left
Marlon shattered and his volatile mental state
has caused his family much worry.
So close pal Emily Kirk is disgusted when she
appeals to Tom to give Marlon some time to get
himself together, and the hard-hearted entrepreneur
tells her Marlon has one day to get out of the
Will Marlon be forced to face up to his life
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After months of wondering, Charity finally finds out just who
is the father of her baby as the result of the paternity test
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.
Emmerdale widower Marlon Dingle tries to mend
his broken heart.
The griefstricken chef's been struggling to accept
the loss of wife Tricia and has discovered her
heart was used in a transplant.
Marlon is convinced the only way through his pain
is to get close to organ recipient Carrie, who
has no idea she has become the focal point of his
Having tracked down Carrie's address after reading
about her in the local paper, Marlon heads to her
house to finally meet the woman who has Tricia's
heart. But when the distressed Dingle arrives on
her doorstep, his courage fails him.
Actor Mark Charnock, who plays suffering Marlon
- explains, "Marlon is loitering outside her house
when Carrie comes out and gets into a car with
"When she says, 'Can I help you?,' Marlon is too
embarrassed to say anything."
Will he find the strength to visit Carrie one
Emmerdale widower Marlon Dingle gets closer to his dead
The heartbroken chef has tracked down the recipient of tragic
Tricia’s heart and now plans to forge a new friendship
When Tricia died, Marlon went into such a deep grief his family
and friends feared he would never recover.
But discovering Carrie Grainger has his wife’s heart beating
inside her has given Marlon a new focus and he is feeling slightly
However, as yet, Marlon has not been able to approach Carrie
and introduce himself. Having spent time loitering outside her
house, Marlon does speak to her this week - but keeps his identity
So when Marlon confides to concerned pal Emily Kirk that he
plans to brave the difficult conversation with Carrie and reveal
who he is - she is shocked.
Realising Carrie has been through her own ordeal , Emily fears
that meeting Marlon will be very painful for the unsuspecting
Is Marlon being selfish?
been through Hell since wife Tricia’s death.
But now he feels he has something to cling to in life following his encounter
with Carrie - the girl who received Tricia’s heart in a transplant.
A concerned Emily tries to warn him off, but his growing fascination
with Carrie lands Marlon in hot water with the police before the week
"Marlon doesn’t mean any harm," says Mark Charnock, who plays the weeping widower. "But
he frightens poor Carrie terribly as his behaviour around her gets weirder and
Ignoring Emily’s words of caution, dishevelled Marlon cleans himself
up and goes to Carrie’s house to introduce himself properly.
"She’s shocked by his unexpected arrival and slams the door in his face," says
Mark. "But later, she notices him standing across the road from her home and
goes over to talk to him."
Marlon feels comforted by this new relationship, but Carrie doesn’t.
She is worried that he is totally unbalanced.
"He goes back the next day with a bunch of flowers and she tries to put him off," says
Mark. "He promises Emily he’ll leave Carrie alone, but he can’t. He writes a
poem and puts it through her door."
Carrie is distressed by Marlon’s constant attention and she gets really
upset when he turns up yet again, bearing more poetry.
"He takes along photos of Tricia to show Carrie," says Mark. "But his behaviour
frightens her and she throws him out.
"Marlon goes to Carrie’s again and she gets so scared that she calls the police.
"He can’t understand what’s going on and desperately wants to talk it over with
her, but he is taken away in a police car."
He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not
||Thursday | 20.05.04
Emmerdale's Donna Windsor sets her sights on a
The pretty youngster is desperate to find herself
a decent bloke after being devastated by ex-love
Robert Sugden's scheming and cheating ways.
Poor Donna doesn't have a lot of choice in the
small Emmerdale community. Most of the men in her
age group are already taken or not interested.
But Donna has found a friend in grieving widower
Marlon Dingle, who understands heartbreak like
Marlon has spent the past few months caught up
in a deep depression following the untimely death
of his beloved wife Tricia. But now Marlon is putting
his life back together, and Donna thinks she could
be just what he needs.
In an effort to entice Marlon into a new romance,
deluded Donna throws on her best clothes and a
lorry load of makeup. But an afternoon of throwing
longing looks his way fails to make an impact on
So when Val Lambert decides to voice her own suspicions
about Donna's agenda to Marlon, the lovelorn chef
Is Donna going to be disappointed in love once