The reasons why the Dingles and Tates hate each other on Emmerdale

The feud between the Dingles and Tates on Emmerdale is one of the more vicious relationships in British soap history.

There has been no love lost between the families that have been a dominant force in the ITV soap for more than 20 years.

How they became such enemies rests on the shoulders of four main protagonists, who made sure the families will forever be entwined and always destined to hate each other.

Cain tries to sabotage Tate Haulage

Battle lines are drawn between the families from the moment Cain Dingle (Jeff Hordley) arrives in Emmerdale for the funeral of his cousin Butch.

Cain blames Chris Tate (Peter Amory) and police officer Angie Reynolds (Freya Copeland) for the death of Butch.

In a twisted tale, Cain seduces Angie with a view of getting Chris framed but when he is dumped by Angie, Cain then turns to her daughter Ollie (Vicky Binns) to be his next partner in bed.

Cain gets Angie fired from the force but thinks he has convinced her that Chris is behind the betrayal and gets her involved in a plan to sabotage Tate Haulage and rob one of their trucks.

Unfortunately for Cain, Angie sets him up but then is and is fatally injured in a car crash.

The Charity, Chris and Zoe love triangle

Charity Dingle (Emma Atkins) then begins dating Chris Tate. This liaison was looked down upon by his sister Zoe (Leah Bracknell) and in fine soap tradition, offered Charity money to break off the relationship.

Of course, it is not as simple as that and what actually happens is that Zoe and Charity start a passionate affair behind the back of Chris.

As Zoe becomes more possessive, Charity calls it a day and accepts a proposal of marriage from Chris.

Not happy with this turn of events, Zoe then records Charity speaking about their affair and decides to blackmail her former lover into signing a prenuptial agreement, so that Charity cannot lay claim to any of the Tate's money.

Charity comes clean to Chris about her affair and he forgives her, tearing up the pre-nup in the process and leaving Zoe having to move out.

It soon becomes clear that Zoe is unwell and she is eventually sectioned and diagnosed with schizophrenia.

With her marriage also on the rocks, the Tate and Dingle feud really takes off as, after finding out he has an inoperable brain tumour, Chris decides to frame Charity for his murder, before he takes his own life.

Charity is duly arrested when her fingerprints are found on the last glass that Chris drank from and her signature is on an order for poison.

Naturally, Charity starts pointing the finger of blame and embroils Cain Dingle into the situation, getting herself bail at the same time.

Finding out that Zoe knows the truth about Chris, Charity goes on a charm offensive and the pair end up kissing again.

Unfortunately for Charity, Zoe double-crosses her and testifies that Charity killed Chris so Charity is found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment.

In prison, a pregnant Charity gives birth to Noah and after a DNA test shows he is the son of Chris.

Striking a deal with Zoe, Charity agrees that she can have custody of Noah for £20,000 and evidence that the death of Chris was suicide.

This is agreed and Charity wins a release from prison but Zoe refuses her to have any contact with Noah, who she has now renamed Christopher.

Zoe's plans to adopt are refused though, on the grounds of her mental health and Social Servies step in and Noah is returned to Charity, after saying she wants to raise him.

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