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Episode 5459 (12th March 2003)

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Episode 5459
Production code P694/5459
ITV transmission date 12th March 2003 (Wednesday)
Script editor Gareth Philips
Jane Hudson
Story editor Colin Steven
Story associates Mark Bickerton
Josie Burke
Bryan Kirkwood
David Millard
Writer John Fay
Designer Julian Perkins
Director Tim Dowd
Executive Producer Carolyn Reynolds
Producer Kieran Roberts
Previous episode 10th March 2003
Next episode 14th March 2003


Richard ties up Gail, Sarah, David and Bethany with Gaffa tape and puts them in the car in the garage. He leaves a written confession in an envelope on the side in the living room. He explains to Gail that he always wants to be by her side and that he loves her and the kids. Gail realises that Richard is intent on a suicide pact and struggles but in vain. They are all in the car in the garage and Richard switches on the engine. Audrey calls round to see Gail, there's no reply. Audrey is concerned. Martin comes over and they hear the running engine in the garage and realise that Richard is trying to kill the whole family. Tommy and Kevin force the garage door open. Richard in desperation drives at them. Tommy, Kevin and Martin give chase in another car. Katy phones the police. Norris who's seen the whole thing tells everyone in the Rovers what's going on. Sarah and David manage to cut themselves free with some nail scissors but it's too late; Richard drives to the canalside and straight off the end. The car plunges into the canal. In the murky depths of the water the kidnapped occupants desperately struggle to escape.


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Notable dialogueEdit

Richard Hillman: "It's them out there that want to hurt us. They'll never leave us alone. They'll never let us get on with our lives. And if we can't live together as a family then the only choice is we'll die together as a family."


Richard Hillman: (Just before the car hits the canal) "This is it... I love you."

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