Desperate Debbie needs cash Emmerdale
Debbie needs money, fast… and mystery man Tom has loads of it!
story so far
Debbie Dingle discovered the hard way that trying to run the car hire business with her mum, Charity, was like trying to eat soup from a sieve… it was running away from her.
Debbie thought she had a good deal done with new client Graham Foster. But it all went horribly wrong when Charity interfered, the Bentley went missing and Debbie then discovered she had a problem with the insurance…
Debbie’s desperate for some cash. Not usually a problem for a Dingle, but Debbie can’t risk anything illegal, not when her children, Sarah and Jack, need her to take care of them.
Her on-off lover Ross Barton tells her to talk to Charity. But Debbie has another plan, one she thinks is a lot safer.
‘Graham’s rich boss, Tom, wants to meet her and she plans to get the cash from him,’ our Emmerdale insider reveals. ‘But Debbie mistakes the young, handsome Tom for Graham’s butler.’
Awkward! But Tom is amused, not offended, and he’s clearly attracted to Debbie. She feels the sexual tension between them, too, but that’s not what she’s there for. Can Debbie keep their meeting all about business, though?
‘Debbie’s not driven by money but she is ambitious,’ says Charley Webb, who plays the single mum.
‘And Debbie’s a match for Tom,’ adds Emmerdale boss Iain Macleod. ‘That will become apparent as the story unfolds and they’re drawn to each other.’
What will also become apparent is that Ross and Tom are going to clash!
‘They’re not going to like each other. They’re similar, except one was born with a silver spoon in his mouth and one with an oily wrench, so to speak!’ adds Iain.’
So the fight for Debbie’s heart is on!
Debbie Dingle’s desperate for cash, on account of the fact she ‘lost’ a Bentley that wasn’t insured. Having met newcomer Graham Foster, she knows his boss, Tom Waterhouse, is loaded and she intends to get the money from him by fair means or foul. ‘The business is going wrong and Debbie really needs funds,’ actress Charley Webb tells Soaplife. ‘However, when she meets Tom, it’s not just business she’s thinking about. There’s a chemistry there.’ Perhaps Tom might be wise to lock away his cheque book and run!
So does Debbie intend to fleece Tom?
She can be crooked, but she isn’t as bad as her mum, Charity, who’ll connive for whatever she can get. I like to think Debbie’s a bit nicer than that. She’s not necessarily driven by money. She certainly wouldn’t sleep with Tom just for that. There are a few lines in the script where Charity implies Debbie’s just like her and she doesn’t like it one bit.
What happens when Debbie meets him?
She arranges to meet Graham at a hotel bar and he takes her up to the penthouse suite. Debbie has an image in her head of what she thinks Tom will be like and it’s totally removed from the truth. She enters and there’s this young, handsome man in the room dressed in a tux, so she assumes he’s the butler. He plays along for a bit before revealing his true identity.
What does Debbie make of Tom?
He’s unlike any other character we’ve had in the show and Debbie’s intrigued. There’s definitely a connection there. Something draws her to him, but she doesn’t really know what it is.
And what does Charity think of him?
Before she meets Tom, she gets it slightly wrong. Charity has a picture of him in her head and she thinks she’ll go for him if Debbie isn’t going to! It all goes a bit wrong for her.
What’s it been like working with two brand new members of the cast?
It’s been really fun. We were filming on location for a lot of the scenes, so it felt really different. It’s always nice to work with new people and have fresh energy. I’ve had to dress up smartly for Debbie’s business meetings, but it’s been so cold and I’ve been freezing. We don’t get much of a summer in Emmerdale village!
Will Debbie tell ex-lover Ross Barton about this handsome new man in her life?
I don’t think she’s going to be shouting about him from the rooftops to start off with. But I don’t know what happens beyond that…
Should Ross be worried?
Debbie always goes with her heart, which is why she was attracted to Ross in the first place. Tom is unlike anyone else in the village. He moves in different circles and he turns her head.
By Sally Brockway
Tom likes what he sees in Debbie... But what she sees is a way of getting some much-needed cash!
Charity got in the way of the deal Debbie tried to do with Tom’s second-in-command, Graham