Emmerdale's Tom King burns Belle in disturbing abuse scenes

The following article references physical and emotional abuse.

Emmerdale spoilers follow.

Tom King has burned his wife Belle in shocking Emmerdale scenes.

Tuesday's special episode took an innovative approach, showing how the perception of those attending Tom and Belle's dinner party differed greatly from what was happening between the couple in their kitchen.

Tom had sprung the dinner party on Belle with only one day's notice as a way to win back his work colleagues after Vanessa called him out for wrongly diagnosing a dog with cancer.

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Bell tried to explain that she'd never cooked for so many people at once, with Tom snapping at her that he didn't need any more problems or excuses from her.

In this single-strand episode on Tuesday (May 7), Tom seethed through the dinner after finding out that Belle was secretly taking her birth control pills once again.

The night started badly with Tom ordering his wife to change into a more 'appropriate' outfit for a formal dinner.

Marlon and Rhona were distracted with their marital woes throughout the meal. At the same time, Paddy and Mandy were blissfully ignorant of Belle's situation as they put on a loved-up display.

At one point, Belle had to flee the dinner table in tears after Tom made a vindictive speech about marital solidarity, though she pretended the tears were due to cutting onions.

The tension between Marlon and Rhona escalated to the point where they took focus, as a confrontation over their recent disagreements led Rhona to end their marriage.

"I'm out," Rhona insisted. "You say you wake up and you wish I wasn't there, well, from now on I won't be."

As the guests started making excuses to leave following Marlon and Rhona's row, Belle was left with the terrifying reality of being alone with Tom.

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Belle started to run the water tap to clean up when Tom vindictively confronted her over the contraceptives. He pushed her hand-made cake to the floor and called her a liar.

Tom menacingly shoved the packet of contraceptives in Belle's face, before accusing her of messing with his head.

"You're so manipulative," Tom sneered.

Belle tried to push past Tom once he called her "unhinged" and "crazy", but he blocked her way and shoved her hand under the scalding hot water from the tap.

"Tom, you're burning me," Belle cried out.

Tom finally released his grip after a few seconds, then sarcastically called her a "great wife" as he walked away. Belle was left in tears and cradling her burned hand as the episode ended…

Emmerdale star Eden Taylor-Draper recently suggested this new episode is so effective because it shows how people can easily miss what their loved ones endure behind closed doors.

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"The perspective of those at the dinner party are completely different to what's happening in reality," she said. "It's very much like everyone's putting on a show in front of their friends, and then the audience becomes a fly on the wall and you see the reality of everyone's individual scenarios.

"It's so interesting because we've not really done this before, so it was cool to film. I'm looking forward to seeing how it comes together and how it looks when it’s packaged together."

Emmerdale airs on weeknights at 7.30pm on ITV1, and streams on ITVX.

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If you've been affected by any of the issues raised in this story, organisations including Refuge (www.refuge.org.uk), New Beginnings Peer Support (www.newbeginningspeersupport.com) and Women's Aid (www.womensaid.org.uk) can provide further support and information. The 24-hour, freephone National Domestic Abuse Helpline is 0808 2000 247. The US National Domestic Violence Hotline is 1-800-799-SAFE (7233), or text LOVEIS to 22522.

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