No.3 is broken into by two thugs who ransack the place, stealing £312 from a sponsored walk fund. Mike is horrified to read Mark's letter that he's left the country. He doesn't understand why he'd run out on him. Linda is stunned when Mike suffers a heart attack in front of her. He is rushed to hospital and is told to look at the attack as an early warning. The thugs break into No.1 and steal Ken's laptop with the disc containing the final draft of his book. Mark and Craig Brennan fly to Amsterdam. Toyah takes a job working at Weatherfield Radio over the summer. Spider and Toyah help Emily clear up the mess in No.3. She feels violated. The Duckworths, Norris, Tyrone, Maria and the Malletts set off to Blackpool. There's no room for all of them at the Hortons' house so Norris is forced to sleep in a caravan. Linda manages to phone Mark in Amsterdam and tells him about Mike's attack. She tells him that he has to return.


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Guest cast



  • This episode was scheduled to be transmitted at 9.15pm to allow for coverage of the Euro 2000 final immediately prior to the programme but because of an overrun the episode didn't begin until 9.38pm.
  • First appearance of Tommy Duckworth since 16th March 1997 and the first appearance of Joseph Aston in the role.
  • TV Times synopsis: Mike is rushed to hospital, and there's a shock in store for Emily.
  • Viewing Figures: UK broadcast - 13,360,000 viewers (5th place - combined figure including repeat).

Notable dialogue

Norris Cole (to Maria Sutherland): "...And you'd do well to follow my advice and wear a large hat, I mean clearly Mrs Duckworth was a sun worshipper at your age and look at her now... wrinkles!"

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