Mike Baldwin roared into the Street in 1976 and opened a
northern branch of Baldwins Casuals, a denim factory across
the road, taking on Ernest Bishop as his wages clerk. He
bought number 5, which had been completely rebuilt inside
and started a romance with Bet. He moved her in as 'housekeeper',
but people knew what she really was. When he heard Sylvia's
Separates was up for sale, he bought it, deciding he needed
an outlet for his stock. He sacked Elsie Tanner but installed
her as supervisor at his factory. March 1977 and he told
Bet to move out as his wife was coming. Bet did and was not
happy to learn Mrs Baldwin wasn't even married to him but
he just said that to people so refused to leave. He sold
the house under her to Ray Langton. Bet moved in with Renee
Bradshaw in the corner shop flat with Mike secretly paying
part of her rent which Bet was not happy about when she found
out. By May he decided to change the name of Sylvia's Separates
and offered a fashionable denim suit to the winner of the
best name. Albert Tatlock was the surprise winner when he
suggested Western Front. Gail Potter and Suzie Birchall were
the staff, though Suzie was a bad influence on Gail and took
too many liberties. Things were not going well with the factory
halfway throught the year when Ivy Tilsley threatened to
call a strike when he introduced a three-day week. Then a
few months later delivery man, Steve Fisher was aslmost sacked
after taking Gail and Suzie to Stockport, resulting in the
van getting stuck in the sand.
March 1978 started off badly when Ernie Bishop was shot
during a wages snatch. Mike had gone to speak to him, unknowing
Ernie was being held at gunpoint. As he went in the room,
he knocked into one of the theives and the gun went off.
He took Suzie to task over her running up huge phone bills
on his time by phoning France. But that was the least of
his problems. As a result of sacking Hilda Ogden after she
asked for a new brush, saying he damaged the old one, the
factory girls rallied to her support and came out on strike.
It took a while, but he eventually backed down and offered
Hilda her job back. Towards the end of the year, he closed
Western Front as it wasn't doing much business.
Almost a year later, Mike was hospitalised after a lorry
crashed into the Rovers when the driver had a heart attack
at the wheel and died. As he was out of commission, he put
Steve Fisher in charge at the factory, which resulted in
a threatened walkout. He discharged himself to sort the trouble
out. A few months later, the entire street is awoken by the
factory alarm constantly ringing due to a fault. After many
hours, Stan Ogden took a poker to it. Mike was furious when
he turned up on the Monday and demanded £200 compensation
1980 was an average year for Mike. More trouble with the
factory girls after discovering Ivy wasn't an elected shop
steward and demands a vote, which she wins. A date with Hilda
Ogden after she won a raffle for a date with 'Mr Wonderful',
but she refused the offer of £40 to call it off. Then
his errant father Frankie turned up and conned Fred Gee out
of £70 he had been told was an investment in a video
business and disappeared. Frankie returned a month later
in January 1981, saying the vice squad were after him, then
the cheque for £150 he gave Fred bounced after Fred
had decided to invest again and persauded Alf Roberts to
as well. By now, Mike was after a bit of romance and, athough
Ken and Deirdre had made up and became friends, asked her
out anyway. Thinking she had been stood up, when in fact
Ken's car had broken down, she agreed to go out with Mike.
Ken wasn't happy but she chose Mike. At Mike's flatwarming,
Ken turns up with Sonia Price. Mike took a fancy to her and
went off to a club leaving Ken and Deirdre. Frankie made
another reappearance that September, in the money and with
a young, blonde on his arm called Sylvia Hicks, whom Mike
took an instant dislike to, saying she was a gold-digger.
Frankie paid off Fred and Alf in full before going again.
But that was no help when a customer went bankrupt, owing
money on an existing order. He decided to set up a market
stall with a couple of the factory girls running it to try
and recoup some losses.
1982 was a bit of a life-changing year for Mike. The naturally
tough Mike went a bit soft on discovering Eddie Yeats had
borrowed Hilda's keys to his flat to impress his girlfriend
Marion Willis and pretending he lived there. After originally
planning to call the police, he relented and let Eddie off
with a warning. Trouble at the factory brewed as no work
was coming in. After dicovering the Weatherfield one was
doing better business, he had no choice but to make some
of the London workers redundant. They spoke to Ivy Tilsley
and begged her to bring her members out on strike but they
were worried about their own jobs so refused. He also hired
Emily Bishop in her late husband's job as wages clerk after
much persuasion after discovering the one he had was giving
the girls too much money. The factory cat, Cleopatra, was
causing havoc by knocking coffee over the wages documents
and ruining his coat, so Mike took it to the RSPCA. The girls
rescued her and made her a member of the union. Mike's father
accused him of sleeping with his girlfriend Sylvia which
Mike strenuously denied. He paid off Frankie's tax bill to
try and make amends for their fall-out. A few months later,
he heard Frankie had had a fatal heart attack and left him £3000.
He realised Sylvia hadn't been the gold-digger he'd thought
and she really loved his father so split the money with her.
He bgan to feel very lonely and asked his girlfriend, Maggie
Dunlop to move in. She did, much to Hilda's dismay until
he offered to pay her a rise all the while Maggie lived there.
Mike was over the moon when Maggie told him she was pregnant.
He proposed but she turned him down flat, saying she was
moving out, not wanting him anywhere near her or her baby.
He was devastated even more on discovering she had married
Harry Redman who was going to be father to his child. But
things picked up for Mike at the end of the year as he enjoyed
a cosy dinner with Deirdre Barlow.
Meanwhile as 1983 dawned, Mike was doing business to sell
the handbags the girls had been making on the side legal.
The girls refused unless they got a bonus. His affair with
Deirdre became more intense as she spend more and more time
with him as a result of Ken letting her down. Emily had got
wind of the affair and confronted Deirdre about it. Mike
begged her to leave Ken and marry him. He was surprised when
Ken turned up at the factory announcing Deirdre was staying
with him and refused to believe it. His fears were confirmed
when he went over and she told him. He also opened the Graffiti
Club with partners Alf Roberts and Len Fairclough, turning
a disused warehouse on Rosamund Street into a trendy wine
bar. It was not successful and he sold his share in 1984,
the club being quiet until Alec Gilroy took it over in 1986.
Things were pretty quiet for the next few years until he
met up with Susan Barlow again and fell in love with her
at the end of 1985, much to Ken's disgust. He bought her
a car for her 21st birthday the following year which also
made Ken pretty mad. Susan had been shocked to learn from
her father about Mike's affair with Deirdre but she still
went ahead and married him. Susan had big ideas for the factory
and suggested they made childrenswear. Mike reluctantly agreed
and Susan found two young models. She was confused when an
irate Maggie Redman turned up at the factory during a photo
session accusing Mike of using anyway to get to Mark, his
son. His protests he didn't know it was Mark fell on deaf
ears. Susan went to see Maggie and explained he had nothing
to do with it. She also persuaded Mike to sell the clothes
on-site and so began Hopscotch, a small outlet with a flashing
neon sign which annoyed the residents. But Susan was in over
her head and constantly battled with him for more money.
When she discovered she was pregnant she wasn't thrilled
unlike Mike. He had great plans and took her to the country
to show her a house. She didn't want the baby. She said she
wanted to concentrate on her career. When she told him she'd
had an abortion, he threw her out much to Ken's delight.
Mike has his first ban for drink-driving in 1988 after he
had been set up. He had left the Rovers one night and the
police were waiting for him. It turned out, after he had
made several false accusations and gave Vera the sack, it
was Ida Clough in revenge for him sacking her. He hired Terry
Duckworth as his chauffeur but when he found out he had been
using his car behind his back after an irate husband had
written on it while he was away, he set Terry up to watch
the factory overnight, caught him on the phone to his girlfriend
and sacked him on the spot. He also had his first run-in
with Don Brennan, who lost his taxi to Mike in a late-night
poker game. His wife Ivy was furious but Don was too proud
to accept her help. She went to see Mike and paid Don's debt
anyway which made Don furious.
In 1989 he sold the factory to Maurice Jones for redevelopment
and bought a new flat at Weatherfield Quays after being shown
round it by Dawn Prescott, who used to work for Alan Bradley.
He had been having a relationship with Alma Sedgewick until
then. Things turned sour with Dawn after her brother conned
him out of money to buy a development in Spain. His interest
then turned back to Alma. he was getting itchy feet and desperately
wished he hadn't decided to retire. He persuaded Alma to
let the girls make hangbags in the flat above the cafe, which
was then halted due to Health and Safety. So he tried using
Things were seemingly going fine until 1991 when
he went to work for his old friend, Peter Ingram. When Peter
suddenly died of a heart attack, Mike pursed the recently
widowed Jackie Ingram, with an eye to getting back in the
rag trade properly using her recently inherited business.
Alma was devasted. But the marriage was short-lived and Jackie
pulled a shotgun on him after discovering the secret payments
from company funds he was giving to Alma which made him leave
After the divorce, he opened MVB Motors and a print
shop, which Steve ended up eventually taking over with the
help of future wife Vicky Arden's money. He returned to Alma,
determined to get her away from his old rival, Ken Barlow
towards the end of the year. As Tracy had wanted all the
family together on Christmas Day, Ken had no choice but to
let Alma down and she ended up sleeping with Mike after his
clever manipulation. She confessed to Ken on New Year's Eve
at the hotel he'd booked for them what she'd done and he
dumped her. Delighted when he'd managed to do that, Mike
proposed and they were married in June 1992 after a bit of
a sweat. Alma decided to make him suffer a bit so turrned
up late then hesitated as she said her vows.
reappeared in 1993 having miraculously aged 2 years and was
now 12. He had no idea he was his son until he found out
Maggie had been seeing Ken. Meanwhile Tracy Barlow, having
discovered this juicy bit of gossip, wasted no time telling
Mark about his real father. Ken dumped Maggie after finding this out. Mike desperately wanted to be a father to the boy
but had fierce opposition from Maggie. He struggled to get
the money to send Mark to the private Oakhill school but
Mark hated it and evetually he and his mother moved to Felixstowe
leaving Mike devastated his son had been taken away from
him by Maggie again.
Mike hired Doug Murray to work at the garage. But after
a while, he decided to leave and stole Mike's Jaguar. Mike
called the police and the car was found. When he went to
collect it, he discovered Doug had sold it and bought a Mercedes
in which he escaped to Germany. The police recognised the
car from a accident Steve McDonald had the previous year
and decided to detain it for further investigation. Steve
and Kevin Webster were eventually charged with perverting
the course of justice.
A few years later, Mike went into the property business.
He originally bought number 1 from Deirdre, who then subsequently
persuaded him to sell it to Ken. He then bought a flat conversion
in Crimea Street, installing Deirdre as manager after Samir
died and she was homeless. Creepy Roy Cropper lived in one
flat, Bill Webster also moved in while Tricia and Jamie Armstrong
lived in another.
Audrey's other illegitimate child, Stephen Reid, was over
from Canada in 1996 and talked with Mike about setting up
a manufacturing outlet for K-bec, the sprtswear company he
worked for. Mike opened up a new factory and sold the flats
and garage to raise the money. Don Brennan and his current
girlfriend, Josie Clarke, who worked for Mike, were interested
in the garage after Kevin Webster and Tony Horrocks weren't.
Despite knowing of all the problems, Mike decided to trick
them and left a document out for Josie to read citing an
inflated figure of £50,000, making them think they
were getting it at a bargain for £7,000 less. Don's
problems grew as he discovered expense after expense which
he didn't have the money for. He eventually went bankrupt
and Josie left him over his obsession with Mike. Bygones
were bygones at the factory and he hired Ida Clough but she
didn't last long. He also took on Sally Webster as supervisor.
Alma meanwhile had fallen for Stephen badly, but he wasn't
interested. Audrey found out and told Mike who shrugged off
his wife's infatuation. The K-bec contract was cancelled.
The goods were shoddy and Stephen wasn't happy when he heard
about the garage business. Mike wasn't beaten yet as he as
desperate for income so began making counterfeit goods. Don,
however, could only think of his growing hatred of Mike and
burned the factory down, trying to make it look like an insurance
job. When Mike wasn't charged, Don kidnapped Alma and despite
her pleas to let her go, went completely mad and drove them
into the canal at Weatherfield Quays. They were both rescued
and Mike was glad Alma was safe and Don was sectioned in
a mental hospital. Mike decided to open a new factory and
took over the running of the former print shop. He took on
Angie Freeman, recently returned and looking for a designing
job, as his partner in the new venture. They called the factory
Underworld, and concentrated on making ladies lingerie. He
also let bygones be bygones and hired Ida Clough. Meanwhile,
Alma was fed up so got herself a job at Firman's Freezers.
Mike wasn't happy and told Curly she wouldn't be working
there. After a holiday in Cyprus, Alma went to work much
to Mike's annoyance. Sally Webster was his manager.
Don Brennan escaped from the mental hospital and lay in
wait for Mike. When Mike was alone in the office one night,
Don attacked him from behind with a table leg. He tied Mike
up and told him he was dying of cancer so had nothing to
lose. Don managed to escape when Angie turned up but was
waiting for Mike in Alma's car. He his the accelerator and
drove the car directly at Mike. Mike jumped out of the way
but the car crashed into the viaduct and exploded.
The Barlow/Baldwin feud raised its head again in 1998 when
Deirdre Rachid was accused of fraud after her boyfriend Jon
Lindsay had given her credits cards in her name, using his
friend's bank details. Mike paid her bail and she turned
more and more to him as Ken seemed heartless in comparision.
Alma wasn't happy either to have Deirdre living with them.
When Deirdre was found guilty, Mike and Emily Bishop did
everything they could to get her released. Leaving him a
huge legal bill, he angered Angie Freeman by paying for it
with Underworld funds. She left the Street. When Alma discovered
what he'd done, she accused him of still loving Deirdre and
told everyone about their past affair. Deirdre went to see
Alma to reassure her there was nothing going on between her
Things were going fine at the factory until Sally was persuaded
by her then boyfriend Greg Kelly to start up a rival business
and undercut Mike. Greg persuaded Sally to use Mike's contacts.
When Kevin found out, he told Mike and he sacked her. Sally
was talked into setting up a rival business but Mike got
the contracts first, which made Greg angry and he hit her.
Mike would forever hold a grudge against her.
Also that year, Alma found herself under scrutiny from a
work collegue. Hayley Patterson took to following her about
which unnerved her until Hayley explained she was a transsexual
and was copying her to behave like a woman. Alma did some
matchmaking between Hayley and Roy Cropper and Hayley began
Underworld. When Mike discovered the truth when her
tax details were still in the name Harold, his bigoted
side came out. Alma rallied round Hayley and eventually she
accepted And though Mike was still sarcastic towards her,
he had to admit she was his best machinist.
Mike and Alma's seemingly happy marriage was torn apart
the following year after he had a one-night stand with Julia
Stone, who then sought to blackmail him. He paid the £10,000
demand to keep this from Alma, who was worrying about a lump
she found in her breast, and was shocked when Julia demanded
more. He eventually discovered Greg Kelly was behind it all
when Julia confessed but Alma was past caring. Meanwhile
Greg Kelly decided to move things up a gear. He took Sally
and the kids hostage until Mike paid him another £10,000.
Kevin found out and called the police.
Alma walked out and
moved in with Audrey Roberts. It was after this a scheming
machinist called Linda Sykes set out to trap him. She turned
up at his flat one day much to his surprise and they talked
over a bottle over whisky. Things were going too slow for
her so she made her move and seduced him, so began a passionate
affair. After taking Linda on holiday, she was thrilled when
Mike asked her to move in. But although Alma was divorcing
she still saw the current Mrs Baldwin as a threat so much
she did everything she could to turn Mike against Alma
by making up stories so he wouldn't have to pay her so much
It seemed to be going well for Mike. A new,
young girlfriend and his son Mark returned later that
year but what had started as a coniving game by Linda, was
starting to turn more serious. She admitted to her friend
Nita she felt more about Mike than anyone she had before.
However Linda was still jealous about Alma and when she found
out MIke had taken Alma to dinner behind her back she was
angry and upset. The strained relationship took a new twist
on Christmas Day 1999 when Mike bought Linda sexy underwear.
Sick of being treated like a sex object one minute and a
child the next - Linda walked out on Mike. With their relationship
over, at the Millennium
Mike could not face Linda so asked Mark to go and shut up
the factory. Mark was furious with Linda for breaking his
father's heart so headed off to the factory to confront Linda
while everyone was in the pub or on the street. However what
began as hostile quickly turned into pasion for Mark and
Linda in the factory where they kissed passionately
and made love. Mike arrived unexpectedly after they dressed
proposed to Linda. After a few days of toying with Mike,
Linda accepted much to Mark's annoyance. Mike made Mark a
partner in his
know Linda and Mark were drawn
each other and would use every opportunity they could bet
to meet each other for sex.
At the end of June 2000 Mark and Linda's relationship
came to a head when Mark finally forced her to make a choice.
They had been going round in circles for months. Each taking
able to help themselves. Linda admitted she was in love with
them both and if Mark had come first she would have had him
for sure. Now however Mark could take this no longer and
told her he was leaving Weatherfiled with his friend Craig.
wrote a letter to Mike saying he was leaving. Linda had finally
decided she would leave with Mark however when she got back
to the flat to tell Mike, she discovered him reading Mark's
letter explaining how he was leaving which baffled Mike.
Mike was so shocked that he had his first serious heart attack.
Mark decided to leave without Linda. Linda
was busy calling 999 to come and save Mike. Mark returned
upon hearing of his father's heart attack but both he and
Linda realised if Mark just leaving could cause Mike to have
a heart attack, what would it do to him if he knew about
their affair. Regretfully they both decided to end their
affair. Linda would stay with Mike. Although Linda had made
her choice, she still couldn't quite let go of Mark. In an
attempt to keep him around a while longer, she lied to Mark
telling him that his father only had 6 months to live and
they had to ride it out until Mike died. Mark did of course
find out this was a lie and when he did he was furious.
Not wanting to hurt his father anymore and torn between love
and hatred for Linda, Mark decided to leave Weatherfield.
This time he told his father he just needed to travel. Mike
agreed and paid his expenses under one condition, he came
back to be best man at the wedding.
date was set for September 2000. Mark returned but it
soon became apparent he was having problems accepting the
situation. Right up to the wedding day itself he begged Linda
to run away with him but Linda had made her choice it was
Mike she wanted not Mark. Deep down however the viewer was
left wondering if this was her true feelings. Meanwhile Mark
had confessed all to Alma.
Mark was supposed
to be best man but couldn't face watching his
woman he loved so supposedly disappeared, Roy Cropper
taking his place
at the last minute. Later in their suite, Mark told
his father about his affair with Linda. Linda wormed her
it much to Mark's horror. Mike got chest pains caused
by the betrayal and told Mark he never wanted to see him
again. He and Linda went on their honeymoon
for the sake of public appearances but they didn't speek
for the whole 3 weeks or so they were away. When they returned
Mike decided to let Linda stay at the flat while they decided
After an armed seige at Freshco's in October, where Mike
was held hostage, Linda was horrified to discover that one
of the gunmen was her own brother, Dean, and he had been
shot and killed on the scene by the police. Linda and Mike
decided to put the past behind them and the whole incident
made Mike realise that he loved and had forgiven her. Also
the siege marked a turning point in the relationship of Ken
and Mike. After being tied up together in a store cupboard
they put the past behind them.
Mike went into partnership with Duggie Ferguson
and Fred Elliott buying the Rovers from Natalie Horrocks.
But they continued to disagree about things. Things came
to pass when Duggie conned them out of their shares.
Mike got the surprise of his life in January 2001 when he
learned first wife, Susan, hadn't had an abortion after all.
Everyone but her twin brother Peter never knew of the existance
of Adam. Susan visited her father and brother, begging
her father not to tell Mike. Ken was furious she'd kept it
even from him, though understood why she had from Mike.
When Mike found out, he badgered Susan into giving him access.
Afraid she'd lose her son, she decided to flee Glasgow
died when the car crashed. Adam was injured and mourned
his mother. Peter encouraged Ken to fight for custody to
sure Mike didn't get his claws into his nephew, just
as Susan wished. In the end, Ken gave up the fight after
the first round, deeming it unfair on Adam. Mike agreed
Ken could see Adam whenever he liked. He enrolled Adam
but he hated it and wanted to return to his friends in
Glasgow. It broke Mike's heart, but he eventually agreed
it over with Linda.
Later that year, Linda's jealousy and insecurity reared
its ugly head when Mike began to spend time with Alma. She
didn't know Audrey had informed Mike that Alma was dying
of cancer. When he went to the Lake District to talk to his
ex, Linda embarked on a fling with Mike's rival, Harvey Reuban.
Mike came back and, as planned, caught them on the sofa in
a state of half-undress. As far as Linda was concerned, if
Mike could sleep with Alma, she could with Harvey. Mike slapped
her. She didn't believe the cancer story one bit. She visited
Alma and scoffed at it, though as the reality began to sink
in, she was delighted to be rid of the woman she peceived
to be a threat to her marriage. But as Alma's illness progressively
got worse, Mike spent more and more time with her and didn't
care what Linda thought or said about it. She was at Audrey's
as Alma's closest friends stayed in the bedroom. When Alma
was dead, a triumphant smile broke out on her face as she
stood behind everyone.
Mike's marriage to Linda ended in September 2001 at Fred
Elliott's wedding to Linda's mother Eve Sykes. After Adam
went back to boarding school at the end of August 2001, Mike
looked into divorcing Linda, however was adviced by his solicitor
to make his assets un-touchable before going any further.
However caught up in
the emotion of the wedding, Linda and Mike seemed to patch
up their marriage. Mike began to reconsider his
options after all at his age how easy would it be to get
another wife or a woman to care for him he thought? Linda
had told him enough times how sorry she was and how much
wedding anniversary she had given him a specially prepared
photo album of photos of Adam. Being a paper anniversary
she had deliberately gone to the trouble to give him something
made out of paper that would be meaningful. Mike was touched.
On the night before the wedding Linda and Mike
the first time in ages - and as it turned out, it would be
the last time. The next morning Linda commented to Mike how
emotional she was feeling and something felt different inside.
it was down to the wedding she concluded? The viewer was
left to second guess was it more? However who should re-enter
their lives, but Mark - who had just
and wanted to see his father again. Mark turned up to the
hotel where the wedding party were staying.
Mike and Mark made up and Mike said that he was seriously
thinking of settling down with Linda for good and that she
was sorry etc. Mark tried to talk him out of it. Later on
Mark confronted Linda. Breaking his father's confidence by
revealing that Mike was divorcing her. He didn't add that
Mike was re-considering this. Linda didn't believe Mark's
twisted facst. However he contined to wind her up that his
Dad had finished with her. Mark wound Linda up to the point
that she finally said she "could
play Mike like a violin."
to Linda and Mark, Mike had overheard the last part of
their conversation. So chose to believe Linda was out
to use him yet again. This time Mike told her it was over
and to get out of his life once and for all.
Later on after finding out Linda and Mark were kissing (a
kiss Linda pulled away from not Mark), Mike would hear no
more of her excuses. Choosing to accept Mark was the innocent,
he bundled Linda into the back of his car and someone drove
it off. Linda was never seen again.
day, the poilce arrived at his flat and arrested him
on suspicion of murdering her.
He protested his innocence
cleared when Linda's father told Eve that Linda
was living in Dublin with another man in April 2002.
But his troubles didn't end there. In October 2001,
his factory caught fire after a firework was pushed through
the letterbox, trapping Janice Battersby and Dennis Stringer
With Linda gone, it made Mike managerless, so he hired an
ex-con, Joe Carter, who he met at the prison gate. Joe proved
a worthy asset to the business for a while. After Dev talked
Mike into doing business with his cousin and the cheque bounced,
Joe and Steve McDonald broke in to the warehouse and recovered
the unpaid for goods. But things started going wrong during
2003. Unbeknownst to Mike, Joe was hatching a plan to rob
him. His 10% of the business wasn't good enough - he wanted
it all. He began an affair with Karen McDonald and together
they slowly pilfered Mike's money with the intention that
Mike wuld go bankrupt and they'd buy the factory at a knock-down
price. Then things went wrong. Karen overheard Joe slagging
her off and the next day, returned the money they'd stolen.
Joe was furious with her and told her in no uncertain terms
he had only been using her before he left for good.
then hired Nick Tilsley as manager. But while he was away
in 2004, Nick became a tyrant and banned smoking. Janice
Battersby, never one to obey rules, went into the stockroom
for a quick puff but ended up being locked in. The cigarette
fell to the floor and the material caught fire. Nick saved
her. Mike returned from his holiday and was devasted. Rita
Sullivan was on-hand with some brandy and tried reassuring
him it was only bricks and mortar, and at least no one
had been killed.
Mike, worried the insurance company wouldn't pay out, was
getting desperate. He took up former girlfriend Penny King's
offer to use her premises until he was up and running again
and also restarted an affair with her behind Fred Elliott's
back. Fred's son, Ashley, and his current girlfriend Claire
tried to tell Fred the truth but he wouldn't listen. Fred
proposed to Penny anyway but was broken-hearted when the
truth came out. Meanwhile Nick went for an interview with
Penny and was shocked to see Mike at the interview. Mike
fired him. With his money troubles still he roped in his
nephew, Danny, to become a partner. Danny had recently left
his wife Frankie after her affair with his previous boss,
so jumped at making a fresh start. To date, Danny's parentage
hasn't been explained since Mike was an only child.
Penny decided to invest in Ciaran McCarthy's restaurant
against Mike's advice. Even when Ciaran needed more money,
all protests not to give him any more money fell on deaf
ears. But the restuarant was doing badly from the start,
despite Ciaran, egged on by Tracy Barlow, claiming it was
doing better than it was. Tracy convinced him to sell for £60,000,
give £20,000 to Penny and pocket the rest themselves.
Ciaran's conscience got the better of him until Penny's interference.
Things were all set with the buyer until Mike and Penny walked
in for dinner. Ciaran worried the plan would fall through
and tried to keep Mike and Penny away from Tracy and the
buyer so Tracy could pretend to be Penny. But while Tracy
was happily spending the money, Ciaran's conscience wouldn't
let up. Tracy warned him to stay quiet but he confessed all
to Penny. Tracy tried to pretend she was an innocent victim
but Mike was having none of it and called the police. Tracy
ended up spending the night in the cells. Deirdre begged
Mike to drop the charges.