Can Emmerdale’s Bob Hope win back Brenda?
Now that Bob is single again, is there a chance he and wife Brenda Hope could reunited under the Emmerdale mistletoe in time for Christmas? Lesley Dunlop reveals all…
It is not looking too good a Christmas for Bob Hope (Tony Audenshaw), having split with girlfriend Laurel, losing his job and living in the B&B, so when he gets chance to get his feet under the table with ex-wife Brenda Hope (Lesley Dunlop), Bob makes himself at home!
When Heath and Cathy take poorly, Bob offers to cover so Brenda can look after the ill twins and it’s clear he’s enjoying being back in the fold. When Brenda returns home, she’s saddened to realise the twins are hoping for a reconciliation between her and Bob and she’s firm as she explains that’s not going to happen.
But despite everything, it’s clear Brenda enjoys having Bob around. They cozy up as they share a glass of wine, but when Bob moves in for a kiss, how will Brenda react?
“When Bob moves in for a kiss, Brenda is rather horrified,” explains Lesley Dunlop, who plays Brenda Hope. “She just thought he’d understand that she’s being kind rather than flirty. She doesn’t want him back!”
Is that because Brenda has fallen for the charms of the charismatic Doug Potts (Duncan Preston)? “She thinks he’s a bit of a bore,” admits Lesley. “He wants her to accompany him on a date, but it is a gardening event, and she’s not keen to go at all. She’s rather relieved when the kids are ill, so she can avoid it. I think Doug and a gardening thing would just be too much for her.”
So how will Bob take more rejection and is Brenda being honest – both with Bob and herself?
“Well, she’s quite firm when she explains it’s not happening to the kids,” Lesley adds. “Doug’s more parochial and less fun-loving than Bob. But I think she’s moved on from Bob, and she’s disappointed for the kids that getting back with him is not what she wants or can give them.
“One day I want Brenda to end up back with Bob. They should realise they are made for each other. mind you, she’d have to get over the concerns that he would cheat again. In the meantime, Brenda would like some fun, spontaneity and intelligence – she wants some more interesting dates! I think she should take a break from village men!”
And while Brenda thinks Doug is boring, he’s about to prove he’s anything but when he heads to the pub and sees Bob being overly friendly with some female customers. Doug confronts Bob about how he’s treated Brenda Hope and Laurel Thomas, and eventually snaps and punches him! Will Doug fight for Brenda too?