'Emmerdale': Kim Tate's shock return divides viewers

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Claire King returns to Emmerdale as ultimate baddie Kim Tate (ITV Pictures)
Claire King returns to Emmerdale as ultimate baddie Kim Tate (ITV Pictures)

Kim Tate made her dramatic return to Emmerdale after almost two decades away from the village. The infamous baddie, played by Claire King, was released from prison and in an intriguing twist – picked up by none other than Joe Tate’s mysterious manservant Graham Foster.

And then in a truly shocking conversation in her Aston Martin, Kim revealed that Joe and Graham had been working for her all along – and that she is the true heir to the coveted Tate Farm.

Furious that Joe is now claiming to be the rightful heir to the mansion and proposing to the ‘witchy’ Debbie Dingle – she quickly demanded revenge.

“You had one job to do. Look after the house until I got out of prison. But he [Joe] stabbed me in the back. I want him gone!” Kim exclaimed to Graham.

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The stoic as always Graham repeatedly attempted to calm Kim down by suggesting the three of them work it out with the help of their lawyers – but Kim would have none of it.

In fact, she even heavily suggested that she intended to have her step-grandson Joe murdered.

“You’ve had dogs Graham. Joe is a biter…There is only one way to deal with a persistent bite. It’s sad but necessary,” Kim said.

She concluded that she would be returning to Tate Farm alone – one way or another.

“Nice doesn’t get you a big house! I’m returning to that house, my house it’s the only thing that’s kept me going.”

Kim Tate with Graham Foster at her upcoming Masquerade Ball at Tate Farm. (ITV Pictures)
Kim Tate with Graham Foster at her upcoming Masquerade Ball at Tate Farm. (ITV Pictures)

“Then I’m going to enjoy my welcome home party. He [Joe] won’t be there. He won’t be anywhere!” she said.

Monday night’s episode is part of an epic week in which we’ll be seeing much more of Kim Tate. However, Emmerdale fans were divided over her long awaited return. While some hailed her comeback as a welcomed one….

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Others criticised Claire King for both ‘bad acting’ and ‘overacting’….

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Viewers were also perplexed as to where her son, who would now be in his early twenties, James Tate is.

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Emmerdale fans that watched as far back as the 90’s will remember that Kim Tate was a notorious soap opera villain. She infamously watched and allowed her ex-husband Frank Tate die of a heart attack while calling him a ‘dinosaur’ and applying her makeup.

And after she confessed her evil deed to his son Chris Tate, she whacked him unconscious with an ornament and then fled the village with her infant son via a helicopter. Never to be seen of again – until tonight that is.

Emmerdale continues weekdays at 7pm.


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