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Edward Maurice ("Eddie") Hope

EMMERDALE Thursday 4 September 2003 at 7.00pm on ITV1 Network Eddie Hope (NIGEL BETTS) arrives in the village looking for Bob. PHOTOGRAPHER: BRIAN JEEVES

Played by: Nigel Betts

IMDB entry for: Nigel Betts

Appeared: 4 September 2003 - 26th November 2003

Brother of Bob Hope

Eddie Hope fan card

BBC Pure soap 31st August 2003 - Secret pain of brash Eddie



Double-glazing salesman Eddie Hope`s brashness hides secret misery.
Eddie, played by Nigel Betts, is the brother of salesman Bob Hope who has shaken up Emmerdale since he arrived three years ago.
While Bob is away on a cruise, Eddie tries to find some new customers.

Nigel told Inside Soap magazine: "He tries selling his windows to absolutely anybody - men, women, farm animals - they`ll all do!
" He gets to know a lot of people in the village quite quickly and, of course, there`s his lovely niece, Dawn Woods, who he has not seen for years and has got a real soft spot for. He ends up helping her out in the cafe and he even tries to sell double glazing with the rhubarb and custard!"

However, Eddie`s confident exterior hides a number of problems.
Nigel added: "Eddie was a very good salesman and at the top of his game at one point. He was a proper old-fashioned door-to-door salesman - but he`s just been overtaken by the new way of selling and got left behind.

" He`s got a lot of troubles but manages to keep a smile on his face, despite the fact that he`s a pretty desperate man when he arrives in the village.

" I think that when viewers realise the predicament he is in, they might start to feel sorry for him. On the other hand, they might just think he is not a very trustworthy man. He is pretty brusque to start with and he doesn`t suffer fools gladly, unless of course they are prepared to buy his windows - in which case he loves them!"

ITV.COM Hope Springs

Thursday | 04.09.03


Newcomer Eddie Hope descends on the Dales looking for Bob.

The portly salesman arrives to find that his barman brother has already departed on a cruise but decides to await his return.

And the villagers better brace themselves because according to actor Nigel Betts, who has taken on the role, the double glazing salesman is going to be quite a handful.

Nigel laughs, "He tries selling windows to absolutely anybody - men, women, farm animals - they'll all do. He gets to know a lot of people in the village quite quickly and, of course, there's his lovely niece Dawn Woods, who he has not seen for years and has got a real soft spot for.

"He ends up helping her out in the cafe and he even tries to sell double glazing along with the rhubarb and custard.

"Eddie was a very good salesman and at the top of his game at one point. He was a proper old-fashioned door-to-door salesman - but he's just been overtaken by the new ways of selling and got left behind.

"He's a pretty desperate man when he arrives in the village..."

ITV.COM

Talent Show Trauma

Thursday | 18.09.03

Bob in fancy dress and Eddie in drag

Emmerdale's talent show ends in terrible tragedy for the villagers.

Wacky brothers Eddie and Bob Hope delight the Woolpack punters with their high camp show but a horror incident is unfolding elsewhere.

Village vicar Ashley Thomas has been worrying all week that the event will be a resounding failure after failing to secure any definite acts. But, unable to resist the lure of the stage, Bob and his brother decide to update their classic show - complete with leopardskin outfits and fake moustaches.

The hilarious sight distracts attention from Sam Dingle's lamentable impression of a bird and everybody is having a whale of a time - until the police arrive.

Shocked Zoe Tate is taken outside to be told that there has been a death at Home Farm and has to be escorted back to the vicarage by Ashley. As the news spreads, Terry Woods breaks down devastated that he might have prevented the incident.

But, while Emmerdale's shocked locals try to take in the tragedy, the police are working hard to establish what exactly happened at Home Farm.

And start to suspect foul play...

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