David’s (Matthew Wolfenden) meeting with Tania (Victoria Pritchard) has a sting in the tail • Nicola (Nicola Wheeler) refuses to face up to her impending court case • Charlie (George Costigan) is pleased to have Andy’s blessing
5627: Tuesday 8 June 7pm – 7.30pm
• David (Matthew Wolfenden) discovers who is pulling Tania’s (Victoria Pritchard) strings • Nicola (Nicola Wheeler) is gutted when her court date is moved to clash with the wedding • Paddy (Dominic Brunt) is upset to discover Rhona (Zoe Henry) is his competition for the new practice
5628: Tuesday 8 June 7.30pm – 8.00pm
• Nicola (Nicola Wheeler) is forced to delay the wedding til after her court appearance • Will David (Matthew Wolfenden) give in to Nathan’s (Lyndon Ogbourne)demands? • Aaron (Danny Miller) struggles to cope with Jackson (Marc Silcock) being around the village
5629: Wednesday 9 June 7pm – 7.30pm
• Nicola (Nicola Wheeler) dreads appearing in court • Jackson (Marc Silcock) puts Aaron (Danny Miller) in his place • Cain (Jeff Hordley) enjoys winding Declan (Jason Merrells) up
5630: Thursday 10 June 7pm – 7.30pm
• Nicola (Nicola Wheeler) is faced with a dilemma when her case is delayed • Aaron (Danny Miller) sees there might be hope with Jackson (Marc Silcock) • Charlie (George Costigan) puts Diane (Elizabeth Estensen) at her ease on holiday.
5631: Thursday 10 June 8pm – 8.30pm
• Will Nicola (Nicola Wheeler) being going up the aisle or facing prison? • Charlie (George Costigan) proves himself a hero to Diane (Elizabeth Estensen) • Leyla’s (Rokhsaneh Ghawam-Shahidi) excited when David (Matthew Wolfenden) hints they might have the money for the shop
5: Friday 11 April 7pm – 7.30pm
• Carl (Tom Lister) is tempted by Eve (Suzanne Shaw) • Diane (Elizabeth Estensen) and Charlie’s (George Costigan) relationship moves up a gear • Maisie’s (Alice Coulthard) chuffed to see Natasha (Amanda Donohoe) getting closer to Declan
Emmerdale star Lucy Pargeter has praised the show’s writers for their “fantastic” approach to her on-screen son’s sexuality storyline. Pargeter plays Chastity Dingle in the Dales drama.
Viewers have seen her troubled son Aaron Livesy (Danny Miller) coming to terms with the fact he is gay.
Lucy has claimed that the producers were inspired to create the plotline for a traditional `tough guy’ character.
Speaking on This Morning, Pargeter explained: “Emmerdale’s done it fantastically.
“A gay storyline isn’t new, it isn’t groundbreaking, but I think it’s the fact that they’ve [used] a lad such as Aaron. I hope it’s been really true to [life].”
Lucy responded to Miller’s revelations that he had been heckled by members of the public for his role as Aaron.
She said: “He’s a young lad and I think when he’s out in places that he used to go out in, I think a lot of lads can feel threatened by a lad that’s on the telly and [it’s] anything they can throw at him to knock his confidence and try to get one up over him.”
fatherhood, his obsession with Phoenix Nights, the church band, and the perils of partying hard
It’s Emmerdale’s 35th anniversary – will there be parties galore? Tom Lister: I’m hoping there’ll be a party. They might lay on some nibbles. Maybe some cocktail sausages and a can of Sprite each. It’s pretty cool to be involved in a soap when it has an anniversary.
Have you always wanted to act? TL: No not until I was about 17 or 18. I’d do silly skits and things with my mates when I was growing up, but I wanted to be a PE and geography teacher. I don’t know why. Then I did A-level geography and got bored to tears. I started doing school plays and caught the bug for it, so I deferred university for a couple of years to pursue acting.
What were you like at school? TL: I really enjoyed school. I wasn’t a rebel but I wasn’t really good either. Once we had got to the sixth form we saw it as a rite of passage to tease the younger kids a bit, play tricks on them. They’d be walking up the stairs and we’d hook the back of their rucksacks on the stair rail, so they could only go a few steps before being dragged back. It was a bit mean. I think we thought we ruled the roost.
Did you ever do skits in the playground? TL: No, I wasn’t quite that confident. But we had a fancy dress day for Comic Relief once, and me and my mate really went for it. We dressed as Batman and Robin and ended up doing a silly performance in Lycra.
Your wife Jenny is a teacher. What does she make of you being on telly? TL: She’s so supportive but at the same time she doesn’t let me get above myself. As for the on-screen romances, she knows it’s just a job. She doesn’t love it, but she’s chilled out about it.
Would you want your son, Ben, to be an actor when he grows up? TL: I don’t mind what he wants to be. It’ll be interesting to see what his passions are as he gets older. He’s only one, and at the moment he’s in to running into things and throwing himself off the sofa. He seems to have no fear whatsoever. He’ll bump himself, cry for five seconds, then he’s off again. I wouldn’t mind if he said he’d like to act. It’s a good job but it can be frustrating. I’ve been lucky – it’s pretty precarious.
Emmerdale’s Chas Dingle (Lucy Pargeter) finds herself in a tricky situation in a fortnight’s time when Carl King (Tom Lister) claims that he’ll call off his wedding to Lexi (Sally Oliver) if Chas says she loves him. However, with her new lover Paddy (Dominic Brunt) and son Aaron (Danny Miller) to think about, she’s faced with a tough decision between following her heart and her head. So just why has Chas sparked a relationship with Paddy? And has she even gotten over Carl? We gave Lucy Pargeter a call to find out more.
Why did Chas embark on a relationship with Paddy? “I think it all started when he completely opened his heart to Chas and she heard things that she’d never heard before. She felt special, lovely and wanted. Even though she was with Carl for so long, he never really vocalised his adoration for her like Paddy. Also, Paddy’s seemingly taken Aaron on board and is trying to help him. Aaron’s the biggest thorn in Chas’s side as she’ll never be able to get back with Carl while her son’s around because Aaron gave her the ultimatum - him or Carl. She’s really come to a time in her life now where she thinks she should settle and she needs a male role model in her life for Aaron. Paddy’s great with him, too. I think Chas loves Paddy as a friend mostly, but she could probably learn to love him as a partner.”
Do you think she really loves him? “I don’t think she could love anybody the way she loved - or still loves - Carl, really.”
Did she ever move on after her relationship with Carl? “No, she never moved on because there was never closure. He never told her the reason why they split. It was a very sudden separation, and to this day she’s never discovered the real reason. So living in such close proximity to him and never knowing the reason behind it all is something that she’s struggled with. I don’t know what Chas would do if she found out that Carl killed his father Tom to be with her!”
Will that continue to bubble under for a while, then? “Yeah. It was supposed to come out during the wedding episode, but it was inappropriate, so we changed it. The moment would have been thrown away really if it’d have come out around the wedding. It’s such a big moment and we’ve shelved it for some time in the future.”
Despite telling Paddy otherwise, do you think Chas is jealous? “Definitely, and Paddy knows there’s something wrong, bless him. She tries to tell him that she’s with him and nothing can possibly happen between her and Carl anymore, even though she’s desperate for it to happen. Despite the jealousy, she’s determined to give it a go with Paddy. She tries to make him feel secure, but in the situation her insecurities shine through and Paddy cottons onto it.”
Chas has a run in with Lexi the night before the wedding, doesn’t she? “Yeah, outside the Woolpack. Surprisingly, Chas lets Lexi rant, rave and pull her hair and get the upper hand. Chas could quite easily crush all Lexi’s dreams by revealing that she and Carl had a relationship behind her back, compounded with the knowledge that Chas knows Carl doesn’t really want to be with Lexi. But Chas is the bigger person, she’s better than that. She doesn’t want to throw a spanner completely in the works. She just thinks that if it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be, while at the same time she’ll happily let Lexi make her own mistakes.”
Does Chas intend to go to the wedding? “She has every intention of going - God knows what she was thinking! She’d have sat at the back wearing a black veil, sobbing her heart out! She wants to go to prove a point to everyone in the village and be there for Carl, really. Carl calls Chas before the wedding, though, asking to speak with her. It’s quite a mad thing to do on his part and an awkward position to put Chas in. She’s been trying to come to terms with her relationship ending and then he calls on his wedding day when she’s desperately trying to move on…She agrees to meet him, though, and Carl reveals that he can’t marry Lexi because he still loves her. Chas is completely screwed up by the revelation. She’s desperate to get things back on track with Carl, but she’s got Aaron to contend with. So Carl pours his heart out and she has to be as strong as she can.”
After the string of deaths which have plagued his life, businessman Carl King might just be about to find happiness after nearly four years in the quaint little Yorkshire village of Emmerdale. Having realised that a reconciliation with Chas Dingle (Lucy Pargeter) is well and truly off the table, Carl is taken by surprise next week when girlfriend Lexi Nicholls (Sally Oliver) proposes. Seeing this as his opportunity to make a fresh start, Carl gladly accepts. But will the pair make it down the aisle? Or will Carl wreck his relationship before he makes it to the church? We gave actor Tom Lister a call to chat about his upcoming storyline.
What’s it been like on set since Matt Healy’s departure? “I have to admit that it’s really felt strange. It’s felt a bit like we’ve been wandering around with a leg missing. He was such an integral part. We had five years of being the three brothers and so for Matt to go, it was really sad.”
Character-wise, does Carl feel responsible for Matt’s death? “Yeah, I think he does. It’s one of the many things that he just buries deep down so he can try and get on with life. Carl’s always got this fragile element to his personality – he has his father’s death on his conscience, then there’s Paul the postman, Grace Barraclough and now his brother.”
Do you think the Kings are about to lose their status in the village now the Wyldes have turned up? “It’s going to be interesting to find out if we’ll become similar players like the rest of the villagers, or whether we’ll be able to climb back up the ladder to regain that status we once had. I think we have the potential to do that, but its whether the remaining brothers can pull it off. Jimmy’s quite happy blundering around being himself and doesn’t have the drive that Matt always did – so now it’s whether Carl becomes the driving force…”
Do you think Carl ever stopped loving Chas? “I don’t think so, but at Christmas, that door was basically slammed in his face when Chas’s son Aaron fell into the mix and gave his mum an ultimatum – him or Carl. So Chas chose her son. From there, he shifted his attention and was taken by surprise by Lexi.”
Carl’s backed into a corner next week by Lexi, isn’t he? What happens? “I think Lexi knows there’s something there between Carl and Chas and Lexi’s envious of that. Obviously Lexi knows that Carl killed his father, but she doesn’t know that Chas was the reason. Lexi decides to go all-guns blazing and propose. I think rather than being backed into a corner, part of Carl thinks that if Chas has knocked him back, he’ll try and do right by Lexi.”
Does he regret his decision at all? “For me, I think there’s more interest and distance in us playing the angle that Carl’s gone into the engagement with the best intentions, rather than wishing he was with Chas all the time. Chas will always be there in the background, though. It’ll be a case of ‘will they get married?’ or ‘will Carl and Chas get back together?’ Viewers won’t know which way it’s going to go – they’ll be kept guessing as to how it’ll pan out.”
What was the reaction among the cast to the news of Anita Turner’s decision to step down as producer? “It’s a real shame. I was excited by her ideas and direction. She did some great episodes and felt she was putting things into place for the long term. She obviously felt that perhaps it was right to pass that responsibility onto somebody else. She was lovely to work with and I wish her all the best.”
And what about Keith Richardson? “Keith’s been fabulous over the years. He’s given his all to Emmerdale and other Yorkshire programmes for a long time now and he was probably getting to the point in his life where he wanted to relinquish a bit of responsibility and enjoy himself! And it’s well deserved.”