Episode 5448
Production code P694/5448
ITV transmission date 24th February 2003
(Monday - Part 2)
Script editor Gareth Philips
Jane Hudson
Story editor Colin Steven
Story associates Mark Bickerton
Josie Burke
Nazrin Choudhury
Bryan Kirkwood
David Millard
Writer John Fay
Designer Julian Perkins
Director Ian Bevitt
Executive Producer Carolyn Reynolds
Producer Kieran Roberts
Previous episode 24th February 2003
Next episode 26th February 2003


Richard confesses everything to a stunned Gail. He admits to leaving Duggie for dead, killing Patricia, attempting to kill Audrey and convincing her that she was going mad, attempting to kill Emily for her money, killing Maxine and framing Ade. He explains that he loves her and the kids and only wanted to protect them and give them the best of everything. He admits that he can't have children himself and that that is why Marion Hillman left him. Gail is horrified and tells him that it's all over between them. She phones Audrey. While Gail is on the phone, Richard leaves the house.


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  • TV Times synopsis: Gail's world begins to fall apart when Richard confesses to a catalogue of crimes and ponders his next step.
  • Viewing Figures: UK broadcast - 19,430,000 viewers (1st place). This was not only the highest-rated episode of the year but also the most-watched television programme in the UK in 2003 and of Coronation Street in the 2000s.
  • This episode was included on the following commercial releases:

Notable dialogueEdit

Richard Hillman: "That's all I ever wanted to do - protect my family. To be everything my dad wasn't. Everything I've done is for you, Gail. I might be a killer, but I did it for you. I killed for you, Gail! Would any man you've ever known do that? Did Brian or Martin love you that much? They didn't even love you enough to stay with you. They betrayed you, like most men do, with their seedy little affairs. I would never do that to you, if you live for a thousand years, you'll never find anyone who loves you more than me."


Gail Hillman: "You’re Norman Bates with a briefcase. "

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