Uploaded 22nd May 2004
Christopher Francis ("Chris") Tate
|Peter Amory says of his character, Chris Tate:- "He's obnoxious, but he's a lot of fun to play."|
|The explosion from the plane crash left The Woolpack devastated, with Chris Tate trapped in the rubble of the wine bar. He was eventually dug out but left with his legs paralysed.|
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 any information past 2001 plus a few other bits.
Christopher Francis ("Chris")
1 son by Rachel, Joseph Mark Tate (born 8th June 1995)
1 Sister Zoe
1 niece Jean Tate (born 24 January 2003)
1 stepdaughter Debbie Jones (discovered February 2003)
Profile from the former official Site :-
Played by Peter Amory
12th June 2003 - The Tate family as it is today
Chris Tate - The Last few months
Chris' love declaration
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.”
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.
Note there are Emmerdale history errors in the following report
Jealous Chris gets the chop
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."
SECRET dad Scott stuns the whole village when he admits he is the father of Zoe’s baby, Jean. Zoe is unable to remember a second of their one-night stand and she is mortified. Chris accuses Scott of rape and calls in the police.
And the revelation causes an angry split between Scott and girlfriend Chloe, and his so-called mate Syd.
“Yet in the end it’s a relief for Scott when the truth comes tumbling out,” says Ben Freeman, who plays the guilt-stricken young mechanic.
“He has to speak up because baby Jean is very poorly in hospital and Scott is terrified that she is going to be taken into care.”
When doctors discover Jean has suffered two injuries, social services are alerted for a full investigation. Zoe is shattered when quizzed about her baby, and her schizophrenia, and Scott is distraught when he realises he might never see his daughter again.
“Scott turns to his mum,” says Ben. “Viv is shocked but she is on his side. They rush with Bob to the hospital to claim Jean.”
The nurses contact Zoe and tell her the baby’s father has turned up and she hurries to the hospital for the shock of her life.
“Chris accuses Scott of raping his sister but Scott says angrily that Zoe drunkenly came on to him after Chris asked him to take her home,” says Ben.
“Scott is interviewed by the police. And he insists that the sex with Zoe was consensual.”
Chloe is gobsmacked when Scott confesses to her that he is Zoe’s father. But then Chloe retaliates by admitting her affair with his mate Syd.
“It’s yet another shock in an unforgettable week,” says
CHRIS Tate explodes with anger and gets tough with his enemies. He is outraged that Scott is the father of Zoe’s baby daughter Jean, and that Chloe kept quiet about his niece’s injuries.
For instant revenge, Chris has Scott and Chloe evicted and then starts a campaign to drive them out of the village. As his rage grows, Chris has Scott’s garage daubed with graffiti and later set on fire. He even plans a violent attack on Cain.
“Chris is seething,” says Peter Amory, who plays the crippled millionaire. “He’s incensed that the police will not prosecute Scott for ‘raping’ his sister, Zoe.
“Scott and Chloe are his first targets and he sends the bailiffs round to Pear Tree Farm to evict them - and Syd. But it’s only the start. Chris hates Cain meddling in life at Home Farm just because he’s Debbie’s father.”
When Cain offers to walk a tipsy Charity back to the pub after a meal at the Dingles, Chris sees them together just as Charity stumbles and Cain catches her. Mistaking this for intimacy, he later gets into a big row with Charity.
Charity is furious with Chris for not trusting her. However, when Terry informs Chris that Charity and Cain were together while Chris was away for the day, he is sure his suspicions are justified.
“He warns Cain off but Cain just winds him up and laughs in his face,” says Peter. “Chris wishes he could give Cain a thrashing. But instead he concentrates on Scott and has the windows of the garage smashed and then the whole place set on fire.”
Terry is shocked. His own car has been burned but Chris is proud to have organised the fire. Chris even offers Terry money to have Cain beaten up, but Terry refuses. He thinks his boss is losing his mind.
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 26th July 2003
The rich business supremo is losing his control over his troubled family and can’t cope with the recent shocking turn of events.
Chris was rocked by the revelation that Scott Windsor is his niece's father and the developing relationship between his wife Charity and her first love Cain is making him insecure.
Despite coming across as paranoid, Chris is right to be worried about Charity’s proximity to dastardly Cain.
Tonight, he decides to take her to the Woolpack for some quality time together - but once again Cain and daughter Debbie drag her away to resolve another crisis.
After many hours alone in the pub waiting for her to return, Chris leaves only to witness her literally fall into Cain’s arms.
Peter Amory - who plays the traumatised Tate - explains that things can only get worse.
He says, "Cain is Debbie’s father and there’s nothing Chris can do to change that. He is very jealous of the bond between them.
"Chris has never liked the Dingles, but he has tolerated being involved with them through his wife, because he loves her so much.
"So Charity having to spend so much time with Cain is killing him."
Can Chris keep his brood together?
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 revelation that Scott Windsor is the father of his sister Zoe's baby Jean has enraged Chris to the point of fury.
And his anger shows no sign of abating as Scott desperately tries to explain himself to the traumatised Tates. Chris, who was shocked enough when he discovered his lesbian sibling had got herself pregnant, is convinced that the hunky mechanic must have raped Zoe.
Although Scott is telling the truth, he has done himself no favours by hiding the secret for so long. By breaking the unspoken village rule of never crossing the Dale's most powerful family, the despondent dad has put himself in real danger.
This is an especially bad time to be in Chris Tate's bad books. The hothead Tate is embroiled in a bitter feud with Cain Dingle and is full of pent up rage. And Scott is about to find himself at the very top of Chris' hit list.
How will Chris exact his revenge on his new nemesis?
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