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    Eric Pollard

    Emmerdale's Eric Pollard has to decide whether to support his wife Val next week after doctors confirm that she is HIV positive.

    Val (Charlie Hardwick) receives the news after confiding in Eric and finally agreeing to get tested. However, the diagnosis isn't the only bombshell that Val faces as she also learns that Eric has recently had a one-night stand with her sister Diane…

    Here, Chris Chittell - who plays Eric - previews the big fortnight ahead for the Pollards.

    What are the circumstances of Pollard and Diane's one-night stand?
    "It's one of those situations you wish you never ever dreamt of, never mind taking part in. It just goes from bad to worse and it really is continuing to do so. I don't know if you've heard of a series called Breaking Bad, but it's very, very much like that. Just every turn that Pollard takes, it just gets worse and worse.

    "I would empathise with Pollard. I hate to admit, but it's part of life and you do need silly things and then you think, 'Dear God, why did I do that?' Diane is also in the same scenario and in the same situation. She's equally saying, 'I've done this to my sister'. Although her sister has done it her on a few occasions."

    Does Pollard feel guilty?
    "Yes, because he really does love Val. There is a huge problem here, but he is devoted to her."

    Pollard has been pushed away by Val, hasn't he?
    "Yes, hugely - with great ramifications as to where he actually belongs in life and where he belongs in Valerie's life. Do they now have a life now together with HIV?"

    What is Pollard's initial reaction to the news about Val?
    "He is just very glad that he's not HIV to start off with. As soon as Valerie knows, because they use the same appointment to be verified, it's a case of what will happen now? HIV can be managed, but it will have a great strain on their love life, which is also a very important issue because that's why Pollard and she got together again. They got together in the first place because Valerie can press his buttons and she knows which buttons to push. Maybe that is now threatened."

    What happens when Val finds out the truth about Pollard and Diane?
    "It's another nail going into the very lively coffin. Val is utterly distraught and she's pacing around in that big barn all on her own. Well, there's Cheryl the dog to keep her company, but I think even the dog is being pushed to one side at the moment."

    How does Val deal with the HIV positive diagnosis?
    "Rather badly, because she thinks, 'What have I got left? My love life has gone up the spout, so I might as well smoke myself to death, drink myself to death'. That is rather strange really, because that's normally the scenario for a fella. Val is also lashing out at anything and everything."

    Can Eric help her at this point, even though she's so angry over the Diane issue?
    "It will find a way round. It's got to find a way around, because at the end of the day, Pollard has just got David and Valerie just has Diane, nobody else. Well, she's got her son, who lives in Spain. That's it. Having said that, she's got a dodgy daughter in the north east, doesn't she? But she doesn't see her, they don't talk."

    What do you think about the HIV storyline in general?
    "I'm a 65-year-old ancient. As much as I have had my eyes and ears opened to the world, when it comes to something like this, you never ever envisage this happening to you or your nearest and dearest.

    "The great thing is that this story is emulated with great knowledge, great inside insight and great inside knowledge - from the horse's mouth as it were. We're not leading anyone up the garden path and we don't intend to do so. The story is informed and even though the faux pas will ensue, it will be addressed and people will be more informed than they have been.

    "The fact that it can be addressed now, it's a godsend. It's terrible that we didn't have the wherewithal to save so many lives prior to this. You know, you can take an overnight pill if you've been exposed, but you have to take it quickly."

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    It's been one of Emmerdale's biggest storylines in years, but long-serving star Chris Chittell has admitted that he had some doubts when he first heard about plans for the helicopter crash.

    The Eric Pollard actor was interviewed on ITV's Good Morning Britain today (August 7) and spoke candidly about his initial thoughts on the plot, which has caused death and destruction in explosive episodes airing all week.
    Asked how he reacts whenever he hears about plans for a dramatic stunt week, Chittell laughed: "What a load of old...!"

    Explaining his scepticism, he continued: "You think, 'Well, why do we need it? Because the show sits very well in its own right'. It's a great, great show and to go to all this expense for just one week?"

    However, the 67-year-old did admit that the positive fan response to the storyline may have proved him wrong.

    He said: "I realise I'm being devil's advocate ever so slightly. It has some repercussions and it will go on, and it has a juice. People on Twitter say, 'I don't watch it' but they've been watching it all week. It's just incredible.

    "The proof is in the pudding. It's great to be part of it. When we did the promo, there's this silly white-haired old goat dragging along behind these guys and I think, 'I'm part of it'. It's just great - wonderful."

    Chittell will soon feature in emotional scenes as Eric has to deal with the tragic death of his wife Val. However, he confessed that he was shocked by some of the other twists within the episodes - in particular the unexpected death of Ross Barton last night.

    He said: "Last night's episode I'd not seen until last night. I hadn't seen the week's viewing, so that was a shock to me. Don't forget that you read your own bits, you don't read other people's. [I said], 'What?! Ross has gone?' Another baddie gone down the drain!"

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    The Sun TV Soap magazine published on Sunday August 31st 2015:

    Star Interview
    Chris Chittell (Eric Pollard)

    "Val gave Eric a purpose - possibly for the first time ever - so for her to be taken from his life is unbearable. I think he's close to topping himself."

    "When Diane comes to the B&B, she thinks she's doing him a favour by tidying up. But he cherished that cup with Val's lipstick on it. The ignoramus! She bears the brunt of Eric's rage. It's possible he needs this anger to get him through the day."

    "Charlie Hardwick [who played Val] and I have had some great moments doing this story. Every now and again in this business you find somebody who you just enjoy working with and it's been that way with Charlie. The scene where Val came back as an apparition was genius. Twitter went potty."

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    chris is playing an absolute blinder

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    Quote Originally Posted by lizann View Post
    chris is playing an absolute blinder
    well- hes haunted by two dead wives now

    Val and Elizabeth( who he murdered(-don't
    believe the very delayed recons)!!

    Id sent u a ghostly icon with a mad cackle
    -but cant find one!.

    p.s. more seriously I do think Eric is
    grieving for Val very deeply. And it is
    thought that effects of one traumatic
    event can re-open another from long
    ago -that people feel that have dealt with
    and overcome.

    In recent years Eric has generally been
    an amiable older gent. But in his earlier
    days -as.manager of NY estates and his
    marriage to Elizabeth and other personal
    relationships he did do.some bad tbings
    and the actor has said he doesnt want Eric
    to revert back to " evil".

    So perhaps his feelings at the moment
    are more complicated than his grief
    for Val -deep tho that is!
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    The Daily Star published on 20/09/15:

    Emmerdale: Smashing drama as Eric flips

    GRIEVING Eric Pollard smashes his way into son David Metcalfe’s shop using a sledgehammer.

    Published 20th September 2015

    Eric has been lashing out following the death of his beloved wife Val, despite the love and support of his family and friends.

    Angry that Val was so cruelly taken from him in the helicopter crash that devastated the village, he is struggling to see a future without her by his side.

    So when David plans a special tribute it sends Eric over the edge.

    “It’s going to take some doing for him to get back from this”
    A show insider

    He storms round to the shop and tries to get in – but finds the place locked.

    Eric then tells Edna Birch and Pearl Ladderbanks exactly what he thinks of the tribute to Val and grabs a sledgehammer.

    He then smashes his way into the shop and sets about destroying everything inside.

    Devastated David has done everything he can to try and help his dad – even sacrificing his marriage to wife Alicia to be with him when he needs him most.

    But smashing up the store could well prove the final straw for the devoted son.

    An Emmerdale insider said: “Eric isn’t coping. He hates the world without his Val in it.

    “David thinks he’s doing a nice thing organising a special tribute but it sends his dad over the edge.

    “He is furious. He grabs a sledgehammer and takes it to the shop smashing everything he can.

    “He has lost the plot and it’s going to take some doing for him to get back from this.”

    Fans of the ITV soap can watch all the drama as Eric loses it a week on Thursday, October 1st.


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    Megan and Pollard car crash

    I do hope Megan comes clean over this ....will be interesting to see what Pollard has to say. So wrong to let blame another

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    The police appear not to have noticed the damage to the rear of Kim's son's car. Megan was driving too close. Also in case of serious injury they should have seized the mobile phone of all involved.
    Love many, trust few, always paddle your own canoe

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    Quote Originally Posted by alan45 View Post
    The police appear not to have noticed the damage to the rear of Kim's son's car. Megan was driving too close. Also in case of serious injury they should have seized the mobile phone of all involved.
    The need to investigate thoroughly

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