The series' highest ever audience figure is 18 million, for Episode #1.1829 (1993) in which a plane crashed onto the village. The storyline also made an early soap crossover, when Channel 4's Brookside (1982) had newspaper headlines reporting on the disaster. (UK television supremo Phil Redmond worked on both shows.)
When engaged to Luke McAllister, Tina Dingle tells him and his sister Jessica about her oldest brother Nathan's wedding. Nathan is never mentioned again, and Tina's father specifically references having three sons (and then four when he discovers his supposed nephew, Cain, is actually his son) - Ben, Francis (Butch) and Sam.