Crossroads returned to the ITV network in 2001 after a 13 year absence. The only characters to return from the original series were Jill Harvey, Doris Luke and Adam Chance. The series originally aired five times a week but this was cut back to four episodes from September, 2001 onwards. The motel had been replaced from the original series by a hotel and was now being run by the Russell family.
Age: 17 - Position: Porter
Only 17 and yet he's been through more than any teenager should have done. All he's been given is abuse from a series of his mum's violent partners. He's a runaway, but no one in King's Oak knows quite what it is that he's running away from.
He's got nothing in common with a little princess like Nicola Russell. Well nothing but a growing mutual attraction.
LATER VERSION OF BIOGRAPHY:
Position - Handyman
Life has not been kind to Phil. He grew up on a Newcastle council estate with his mum Julie and a series of her violent partners, the last one of which was his stepfather Brian. Brian physically abused Phil and his mum for years, and eventually Phil snapped. Coming home to find Brian giving Julie a particularly nasty beating he retaliated with a baseball bat. He took off on his motorbike, not knowing if his stepfather was dead or alive. He found out weeks later that Brian had made a full recovery. Ending up at Crossroads, Phil has found trouble of a different sort as he tries to leave his delinquent past behind him.
Phil is a loose cannon with a violent streak which makes him come across as the original rebel. However his edgy, moody demeanour hides a sensitive soul seeking only the love and security which circumstance has so far denied him.
Him and Nicola seemed like the love story of the millennium, but it now seems that the differences are too great.
By the end of the series, Nicola and Phil were married - Unforrtnately Phil was left to rot in jail following the death of his violent step-father, Brian.
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