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Emmerdale fans spot major clues over Kim's partner

Digital Spy (UK) logo Digital Spy (UK) 14/08/2019 Daniel Kilkelly
Claire King smiling for the camera: Emmerdale fans have spotted a possible link between Kim Tate and newcomer Al Chapman. © ITV Emmerdale fans have spotted a possible link between Kim Tate and newcomer Al Chapman.

Emmerdale fans have spotted a possible link between Kim Tate and newcomer Al Chapman.

The ITV soap has teased that Kim (Claire King) is working with a secret partner after taking partial control of the Sharmas' factory, and eagle-eyed viewers think Al could be the mystery individual in question.

Tuesday night's Emmerdale double bill (August 14) saw Harry Potter actor Michael Wildman make his first appearance as Al, who's the estranged father of Ellis Chapman.

Al's first episodes saw him explain that he'd recently returned from working in Dubai, where he was running an outdoor pursuits business.

a man standing in front of a car posing for the camera:  Al Chapman meets Marlon Dingle in Emmerdale © ITV Al Chapman meets Marlon Dingle in Emmerdale

Die-hard fans who read Emmerdale spoilers closely will already know that Kim has plans of her own for an outdoors pursuit centre. Coincidence? Probably not.

Speaking in July, Emmerdale producer Kate Brooks explained: "Getting in bed with Kim Tate is like getting in bed with the Devil herself so it won't be plain sailing for [Jai].

"They are planning a new outdoor pursuit centre at the heart of the village – there will be kayaks, segways, a nice little eatery and will look fantastic and rejuvenate the village.

"It will bring new characters into the village and they can all have fun in the treetops and zipwires."

a man and a woman standing next to a car: Kim Tate updates Jai Sharma on her plans in Emmerdale © ITV Kim Tate updates Jai Sharma on her plans in Emmerdale

Claire King, who plays Kim, also recently told Inside Soap: "There is a Kim and Graham story coming up, which does involve family, but also Kim goes into partnership with a new guy who she worked with in Dubai when she went away on a business holiday.

"They're very, very similar, so whether they will click together or explode, who knows? Also, Graham doesn't like it too much, as he feels it's encroaching on his turf!"

So, with the evidence stacking up, are Kim and Al about to feature in a big storyline together?

Emmerdale airs weeknights at 7pm on ITV, with extra episodes at 8pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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