IMDB entry for: Nigel
4 September 2003 - 26th November
Brother of Bob Hope
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
" 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
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..."
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...