Kim Tate (Claire King) and Alexis Colby (Joan Collins) - they had certain similarities!
I get lots of enquiries about the Tate family and in particular the legendary Kim Tate (Claire King). Weren't the doings of this incredible soap bitch more fascinating than Alan Turner being quietly ridiculed by Mrs Bates from 1984-1988, Amos getting an allotment in 1980, or Walter getting told off for eating the peanuts on The Woolpack bar in 1983, the enquirers ask?
And as the blog covers the 1980s and Kim Tate debuted in the 1980s, why isn't she featured more?
Well, being a lover of Turner, Mrs Bates, Walter, Amos, etc, I don't agree that Kim's doings were more interesting. Just different. And yes, she did debut in the 1980s, but in November of 1989, near the end of the decade - and the Tates were originally quite an ordinary cash-rich family. Quite nice, it seemed. Kim's Alexis Colby-style doings took place in the 1990s, when the days of Mr Turner and Mrs Bates at Home Farm were long past.
However, as a nod to Kim's '80s origins, and to hopefully please all those who have made enquiries about the Bugle's sparse collection of Kim material, I have found a fascinating article on Claire King...
Here's what Ms King says about Kim's elevation to soap bitch:
"It was the time of Dynasty and Dallas and I thought English soaps could do with a good old feisty cowbag. They're just such great characters. Everybody loved Alexis Colby, whether they loved or hated her, they loved the character because she was so entertaining."
Read the whole article here.
Right, that's it for now. I'd better be off. I think Seth Armstrong's donkey's on the loose again...