The Corkhills moved into number 10 in 1985. The previous two families to occupy No.10 had had an unhappy tenure there, first the Taylors with Gavin's sudden death and then Petra's miscarriage and suicide, then with the Jackson's and George's wrongful conviction for armed robbery. The Corkhill's stay was not to be a happy one either.
Unlike her laid-back husband Billy, Doreen wanted a better life for her and her family. While hard-working Billy worked each day, Doreen got the family into bigger and bigger debt. The family's debt problems became worse when Billy lost his job. When the family were threatened with repossession Doreen slept with David Howman to try to alleviate the families financial worries. Upon confessing this to Billy, he went into a rage driving around the Close churning up lawns with his car, as they had done to his to avoid the hole.