It was good old Joe Sugden (Frazer Hines) who initially unleashed Eric Pollard (Christopher Chittell) on to the Beckindale district way back in 1986. When Joe turned down his step-niece Sandie Merrick (Jane Hutcheson) for the post of auctioneer at Hotten Market, and employed Pollard instead, he had no idea of just what he was setting in motion.
In 1987, Pollard faced the sack for being "on the fiddle". He blamed Sandie, believing that she had blabbed to Joe simply because she was after his job:
"Take it! It's yours. I would tell you where to put it, but I think a woman of your... morals can probably work it out for yourself!"
It might have been the end of Eric's job... but his reign as Beckindale's man-you-love-to-hate was only just beginning...