Who will win Paddy Kirk?
Chas Dingle and Paddy Kirk must have had the worst 2018 ever with the death of Baby Grace. But is Chas now set to lose her man too? Lucy Pargeter and Dominic Brunt give us an insight into the future of #Chaddy
They’ve faced one of the most devastating events as a couple in 2018 – losing a child – so you’d think Emmerdale would cut Chas Dingle (Lucy Pargeter) and Paddy Kirk (Dominic Brunt) a bit of slack as we start 2019. Think again as Paddy’s ex-wife Mandy Dingle (Lisa Riley) returns like a bolt out of the blue and stirs up a whole heap of trouble!
Mandy resurfaces in the village after 17 years and shows up at Marlon Dingle (Mark Charnock) and Jessie Grant’s legal wedding ceremony. Chas and Paddy have already had words as Chas wants Paddy to boycott his best friend’s wedding in support of Aaron Dingle (Danny Miller) who has history with Jessie’s son Billy (Jay Krontzle).
“The first time she’s aware of Mandy is at the church at Marlon and Jesse’s wedding,” explains Lucy Pargeter who plays Chas. “She gives Paddy a hard time for going because Marlon is sticking up for Billy, Jessie’s son. Paddy disobeys Chas who is treating him like a child and goes anyway. Then Chas thinks she’s been a bit harsh, turns up and sees Mandy and Paddy having a giggle outside the church, which makes Chas feels vulnerable.”
“Mandy says something and they have a little giggle,” adds Dominic Brunt better known as Paddy. “There’s a little moment where they remember old times and just at that moment Chas turns up.”
Lucy adds: “Mandy was the fun girl growing up and Chas wasn’t. There’s a bit of history and tension between them, and obviously because of her history with Paddy, to see him laughing with someone from his past when he and Chas haven’t been able to… well Chas snaps and there’s a catfight, including a very girly hair pull in which Mandy’s hair comes off the worst!”
So why is Mandy is back? Is there a romantic interest from Paddy or does he have something to do with the 16-year-old son she brings with her?
“The door opens and its a classic double take and she’s there,” explains Dominic. “She left Paddy after an affair so they were not on good terms but they don’t talk about that yet. I hope they do at some point. But it’s not a threat to Paddy and Chas, her return.”
“There’s a glint of insecurity that Chas is feeling when they have a laugh, then they resolve it,” adds Lucy. “But she does come with some information that puts everybody on the back foot, but that information carries on without her being around.”
“Then there is Vinnie,” says Dominic. “He’s that wet and dim it goes over his head, even after meeting him. He doesn’t think anything, and I don’t know what the plans are. I think they are parking it for now and don’t even know themselves.”
A child of his own is all Paddy has ever wanted but after losing Baby Grace, would a teenage son be the final straw for Chas and Paddy, affectionately nicknames #Chaddy by fans. Surely its too cruel – and too obvious some would say!
“We don’t know, they could take it in any direction,” Lucy interjects. “He’s already got a son of sorts in Aaron. If he had a biological son that could have implications on his relationship with Aaron, which would he favour? I’m not a writer and no idea of the plans but the opportunities are endless if it is.”
Dominic adds: “It would be great to play it but they are opening the door a little bit then shutting it. Potentially its great you can do anything, that’s the fun of it.
“But Paddy completely and utterly loves Chas and especially after what they’ve been through he doesn’t want to lose her. He has a little flirt with Mandy and remembers they got on. But he would never…”
“He’d better not!” adds Lucy.
So after the events of the past year, with the sadness and despair, tears and devastation, it much be a relief for Lucy to get back to being feisty Chas again?
“She’s not as feisty as I wanted to get,” explains Lucy. “She’s mellowed far too much for my liking. I wanted a big massive punch. It wasn’t enough! I want mad Chas back! We can never forget what they’ve been through, I wouldn’t want to steer too far away from that because it wouldn’t be realistic and be disrespectful to people who’ve been through it. I think we should remain rooted in what they’ve been through, but its nice to have a lighter side to things as well.”
“They start gaining back their previous life and speak to each other a lot more civil,” Dominic says. “It gets a bit lighter, something happens in the New Year that brings it all back up again, but we should keep an eye on what they’ve been through.
“The fan response to Baby Grace’s story has been amazing. We knew it was being treated differently and we hoped the end result would come out right and not offend anybody who thought we’d exploited it in any way. An incredible amount of people have been through it.”
Lucy adds: “People said after watching this, I had to force myself but it made me get my memory box down and address moving on and the grief I’d packed away. Overwhelmingly amazing and through how awful it was to watch, we hope it has helped in some way to move on the grief process or enable them to visit it with different perspectives.”
“And the flash forward didn’t realise the impact, people think ‘I wonder what my child would’ve looked like at 19’ or whatever, its heartbreaking,” says Dominic.
So what does 2019 hold for Chas and Paddy after hurricane Mandy blows through Emmerdale? An adventure for Paddy and Marlon? A #Chaddy wedding?
“All I can say is ‘Belfast,” laughs Dominic. “It’s a little holiday for me and Mark Charnock (Marlon Dingle). It is completely separate to Mandy Dingles’ comeback. It’ll be good fun!”
“And I’m not there!” adds Lucy. “I’d like to have a Dingle wedding and walk down the aisle and not jilt someone or for it to last for just a day. But do it in the summer please! We do everything in winter and it’s freezing cold. But we have got something else next year that isn’t a wedding…”
Watch Chas Dingle and Paddy Kirk’s story unfold on Emmerdale, ITV.
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