Created 3rd March 2004
Updated 22nd May 2004

Tom King

Appeared: 29th February 2004 -

Played by: Kenneth Farrington

Picture thanks to YTV Picture Desk (c) Yorkshire Television


Born: 10th May 1939

Married: wife died in 1986

Sons: Carl (probably yongest), Jimmy (who is the eldest) and Matthew

Grandchildren: Thomas and Anya (children of Carl & Colleen)

and daugther-in-laws: Sadie & Colleen

PURE SOAP 29th February 2004

Emmerdale welcomes new Kings

A new family with a hidden agenda is set to make a big impact in Emmerdale
Affable driver Carl King (played by Tom Lister) turns out to have a nastier side when it is revealed that he is behind the recent sabotage at Tate Trash.

It is part of a plan to win the refuse contract for his family; dad Tom and brothers Jimmy and Matthew.

And he uses his inside knowledge to make sure the Kings outbid Tate Trash for the contract.
Fists fly when his treachery is discovered, with Scott Windsor (Ben Freeman) bloodying Carl's nose.

The Kings are a close-knit but very ambitious family - hence their aggressive business techniques!

" It's not quite clear what their motives are," Tom Lister told Inside Soap magazine.

" They want to improve their firm and move into the village, but other than that it's a mystery to me too."

However, Tom did reveal that the Kings have something in common with the Tate family, and something has happened between the two families in the past...

Extract from The Sun's Weekly Guide To the Soaps - 29th February 2004,,2001330006-2004091133_3,00.html


Sun to Fri - ITV1


THE Tate family’s long-standing domination of the village is threatened this week by Tom King and his sons Carl, Jimmy and Matthew.

The new rivals snatch the crucial waste contract from under Zoe’s nose and finally reveal themselves as serious rivals for control of the area.

Tom is played by Ken Farrington, once known as Coronation Street’s Billy Walker.

"It’s a great way to come into the show," says Ken, who played Annie Walker’s hot-tempered son for 23 years.

"Tom goes back a long way with the Tates. He’s rich, ambitious and ruthless, and he’s determined to take over."

Zoe catches Tom lurking outside Home Farm and is suspicious until Tom explains he once worked with her father.

Then he reveals that he wants to buy the farm and is prepared to pay over the odds. She snaps that it’s not for sale.

Zoe is more worried about the recent vandalism and calls in the police. Scott tells them that Zak Dingle is the most likely culprit.

However, Zak has a good alibi and Zoe and Scott realise that he’s innocent.

They also become aware that they face a formidable, but unnamed, opponent for the council waste contract, so Zoe works hard on her offer.

Carl tells Jimmy that the Tates are changing their bid and Jimmy works on their own figures.

"The King tender wins out in the end," says Ken. "But Tom still has his ambitions set on Home Farm."

The Kings negotiate to buy the Tate Trash trucks and when Scott discovers that Carl is one of the King family who was working undercover, he loses his temper and smashes him in the face.

Carl King

Under Tom's Thumb

Friday | 19.03.04

Emmerdale newcomer Tom King makes his mark on the Dales.

The powerful businessman is looking to buy Holdgate Farm from rival Zoe Tate but is furious discover grieving Marlon Dingle squatting there.

Tom has already made enemies in the village by sending in his son Carl as a spy to steal a lucrative contract from the Tates. And his uncaring attitude towards heartbroken Marlon is sure to convince viewers he is one tough cookie.

Poor Marlon is clearly a man in emotional turmoil. The death of his wife Tricia at Christmas left Marlon shattered and his volatile mental state has caused his family much worry.

So close pal Emily Kirk is disgusted when she appeals to Tom to give Marlon some time to get himself together, and the hard-hearted entrepreneur tells her Marlon has one day to get out of the property.

Will Marlon be forced to face up to his life without Tricia?

Extract From The Mirror

Emmerdale - ITV1, Sun-Fri

By Tony Stewart email:

As a former prostitute and convicted killer, Charity has done more bird than a neck-wringer on a Bernard Matthews turkey farm. While the prison service has failed to reform the gold-digging harlot, surely her cunning adversary Sadie King will.

If it's true that blondes have more fun, then Sadistic Sadie must be taking great delight in collecting enough gossip to drop another bombshell on Charity's plan to bag herself millionaire pensioner Tom King.

First, she's humiliated when her colourful past is brought up at a posh friends and family dinner party. Then, after yet another bust-up, Charity spectacularly quits her job by trashing the office and shredding Tom's diary.

Well, at 65 and with Charity clinging on to him, it's not as if he has a future to look forward to...

Extract from The Sun's Weekly Guide To The Soaps 23rd May 2004,,2001330006-2004230546_3,00.html


Sun to Fri (1hr special Tuesday) - ITV1


BOTH Sadie and Charity are desperate to be queen of the King family, and superbitch Sadie now has some dirt on Charity that could put her ahead of the game.

She discovers her arch-rival’s darkest secrets and is quick to tell Tom’s conservative friends that Charity used to be a prostitute.

"Sadie acquires some interesting information from Nicola," says Patsy Kensit, who plays Sadie. "Nicola wins a cleaning contract with the Kings and as the two women celebrate, Nicola mentions what Charity used to do for a living."

Sadie is fascinated and pumps Eric Pollard for even more goss on Charity.

"She confronts Charity and asks her if Tom will approve of her history," says Patsy.

She soon gets a chance to find out as Tom invites Charity to a dinner party for some posh friends.

When Charity arrives she finds that Sadie has briefed all the guests on her wild days and the talk keeps returning to her seedy past life.

"Charity goes ballistic," says Patsy. "Tom is furious with her for letting him down and she leaves in disgrace."

Then, at work the next day, Charity clashes with Sadie and scrawls ‘I Quit’ in lipstick on the office mirror and throws paperwork around.

Tom is angry when he walks into erupting chaos.

"But it doesn’t end as Sadie planned," says Patsy. "Tom tells Charity the past is past.

"He asks her out for dinner. Charity happily accepts as Sadie fumes in the background."

m YTV EMMERDALE Thursday 4 March 2004 at 7.00pm on ITV1 Network Pictured: The King family: BACK LEFT- Carl (TOM LISTER) MIDDLE- Tom (KEN FARRINGTON). FRONT L-R - Matthew (MATT HEALY) & Jimmy (NICK MILES)

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