Newcomer Al Chapman is set to make waves in Emmerdale next week as he and Kim Tate plot to close the factory down, leaving the workers jobless.
Jai Sharma is left seething when he discovers that Nicola King has sold her shares of the troubled business to Al, who is Kim’s secret business partner.
Have the Sharmas lost their grip of the family business for good?
Last week Emmerdale fans worked out that Al – who’s played by Harry Potter actor Michael Wildman in the ITV soap – was Kim’s mystery business partner as they watched him make a suspicious phone call after tricking his son Ellis to accept his investment into his personal training business.
But just seconds later on the phone he was less complimentary about the village and the villagers to an unknown person on the phone, making clear his dodgy dealings.
The scene echoed Kim's phone call last week to her new mystery business partner, with whom she has nefarious plans for the factory - something potentially with an illegal twist.
After tonight's scenes, fans are more than convinced with one writing: "Chances of Al Chapman being in cahoots with Kim Tate?"
A second said: "Why do I get the feeling Al is Kim’s new business partner?"
Another added: "Al's GOT to be Kim's mystery business partner after that phone call!"
It isn't just the phone calls either, further evidence came when last night he explained how he had returned from working in Dubai.
He had been running an outdoor pursuits business in the hot country where Kim has only just returned from an extended business holiday.
And actress Claire King recently revealed how Kim would be teaming up with a new man from Dubai.
She 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!"
Emmerdale producer Kate Brooks said in July: "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."
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