For weeks it was looking like Belle Dingle (Eden Taylor-Draper) had turned her back on The Dingles and decided her alegiances were with Jamie Tate (Alexander Lincoln) - even to the point Cain Dingle (Jeff Hordley) ostracised his half-sister from the family.
Belle has been conspiring against Jamie Tate after he was responsible for the hit-and-run over Moira Dingle (Natalie J. Robb).
A number of weeks ago, Belle secretly enlisted the help of her nephew Nate Robinson (Jurell Carter) who conspired to get extra money from The Tates for a business deal at Wiley's Farm where Nate works for Kim Tate. Unbeknown to both the fictional characters of Emmerdale AND the viewing public, the pair had been concocting devious plans to expose Jamie.
Cain tracked down Jamie and armed with a baseball bat he wanted to "teach Jamie a lesson" but Belle managed to talk him out of it before doing a double turn on Jamie herself. It wasn't long before Hotten Police arrived to arrest Jamie in what was quite a gripping Emmerdale tonight (24 September 2020).
Speaking with an Emmerdale representative, Eden Taylor-Draper spoke about the twist and gave a helpful summary of what has just occurred in the Yorkshire Dales.
Eden Taylor-Draper, said:
"Over time Belle obviously realised how awful Jamie can be, he did some awful things like not confessing about knocking down Moria, sacking Sam, paying Nate off - just for starters! So with Nate's help Belle hatched a plan to get more information so she could ultimately go to the police and get him sent down for everything he’s done."
Eden enjoyed making tonight's Emmerdale and went on to say:
"Yeah I really enjoyed the fact we preserved this twist. I think so often things obviously get leaked so when it's a twist you don't know about as a viewer it's a real shock."
All this cleverness was planned during COVID-19 Lockdown and the storyline got the Selby actor in a panic as Eden, said:
"I think I was told it was coming up during lockdown actually, I got a call to say 'what you’re reading is Belle faking and not Belle turning against the Dingles!' Initially I was a little panicked that I was going against my family but it was all the twist."
The rest of the conversation is below.
ITV: So... Belle was playing him along all the time... was it hard for her to do that with all her family believing she had in fact sided with a Tate?
ETD: "I think it was really hard for her yes, in fact I can't imagine being in that position. Even though she hated Jamie and knew he deserved to pay for what he had done I do think feelings for him are still there which makes it even more complicated. When Sam got sacked that was horrible for her and she just hopes the Dingles understand why she did it."
ITV: Do you think Belle struggled when Moira confronted her so blatantly...
ETD: "Oh my gosh yes, she was not expecting that, it took her by surprise and made her put her plan into action a lot quicker which is why it was all a bit slap dash before Cain got to him. Moira really quizzed her and put her on the spot... She did her best to lie but Moira knew and Belle had to act quickly."
ITV: Was it fun to film?
ETD: "Yeah it was so much fun to film! I loved playing a game against the top game player himself!!"
ITV: So... now Belle has had Jamie arrested do you think that's it or is there more to come?
ETD: "100% more to come as it is Jamie Tate afterall. I think Belle would be stupid to think he’d go down easily. He will have something up his sleeve but maybe something she doesn’t expect... I don't want to give anything away but there is so much more to come."
ITV: Belle stopped Cain beating him up - do you think that was the right thing to do or do you think she may come to regret things?
ETD: "I don't think Cain beating him up would’ve helped anything, Jamie would just get him arrested or something in a cunning way. I don’t think Belle will regret going to the police but I think she'll regret starting to play games with him now he knows she was pretending all along... It could come back to haunt her..."
ITV: She said Nate helped her... do you think that might help Cain see him in a better light?
ETD: "I hope so! Belle wants the family to be strong and there for each other and over time Nate has shown himself to be a good person but there’s so much history there, so I think we’ll have to see."
With more coming up, what else could Emmerdale have up its sleeve going forward?
Emmerdale is back on ITV/STV at 20:00 tonight and returns at 19:00 tomorrow.
Andy Gibson for AndyGibsonTV.com