Tonight (10 March) Emmerdale viewers will see Charity Dingle’s dramatic return to the village after a spell in prison. ITV have revealed, much to the villagers’ surprise, she will announce herself as the new joint owner of the Woolpack.
Arriving in a stolen Ferrari, it’s only a matter of hours before Charity has caused chaos for ex Cain Dingle (Jeff Hordley) and his wife Moira (Natalie J. Robb). Will being landlady provide her with the stability the mum of three needs or will her newfound status go straight to her head?
“It is just brilliant to see her behind the bar. Something very different. She will be under the watchful eye of Chas (Lucy Pargeter), but both characters can give as good as they get so it will be a colourful dynamic.” – Emma Atkins
Charity first appeared in the Leeds based ITV Yorkshire production back in 2000, remaining with the rural saga until 2005 when Emma Atkins decided to leave the series. She was lured back in 2009 and has been a regular in the show for the past seven years – although absent for the past twelve months following Charity’s two year prison sentence after she was found guilty for perverting the course of justice. In real life Emma was spending time on maternity leave.
“My pint pulling can literally floor my workmates, by being brilliant one minute and horrendous the next. It’s a continuity extravaganza as I’m learning the ropes from the props guys and Lucy (Pargeter) of course. It’s a skill in itself having to say the lines, work the props and try and give a fluid performance without having an expression of dread wondering if the pint will have a good head of ‘froth’ on it! The bar is a bit like a stage for Charity where she can show off and deliver her explosive one liners to the locals. Her behaviour will no doubt fluctuate from good to bad to ugly, with a decent dose of naughtiness thrown in.” – Emma Atkins
Emmerdale airs weeknights at 7pm on ITV, UTV and STV and a further episode at 8pm on Thursdays.