Killing Sarah off and leaving Jack with a young baby would have been too similar to what happened to him in 1986, when Pat was killed and he was left to bring up Robert. That may be why they didn’t go down that route.
I was aware that Hines was unhappy with his storylines but I hadn’t heard anything definite about why Madeleine Howard left. She appeared on GMTV with Clive Hornby in early 1994 and defended the plane crash storyline, referring to how the fallout from the crash affected the villagers and allowed for strong storylines in the coming months. Of course, she may have privately already had reservations.
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