Michael Fenton Stevens (Paul Morgan) and Sunny Ormonde (Lilian Bellamy)

In January 2010, Lilian Bellamy was approached by a stranger looking for her partner Matt Crawford and was surprised to discover he was Matt's half-brother Paul Morgan. Divorced with adult children, Paul ran a building business. He told her that he had always wanted to meet Matt. Their mother was terminally ill and had become more open about her past.

Lilian and Paul's first meeting (Jan 2010)

Lilian told Paul that Matt was in prison but she would tell him about Paul’s visit. She was sure it would be something positive for Matt to think about. But Matt was very suspicious about Paul’s sudden appearance, believing he was after money. Lilian disagreed, insisting Paul genuinely seemed to want to get to know Matt.

Lilian gave Paul the bad news that Matt wanted nothing to do with him or his mother. Paul understood, and they regretfully said goodbye.

Closer contact

But then Paul turned up unexpectedly to let her know that his mother had died. Lilian was supportive. Louise had been a difficult woman. When he left, Paul thanked Lilian for her help.

Paul texted Lilian to say when the funeral was. After struggling with the idea, Lilian decided to attend on Matt’s behalf. Paul was pleased to see her. He introduced her to his children as a family friend.

Lilian went to London to see her son James on his birthday. The next morning she met up with Paul. Together they strolled round London and talked. Neither of them had mentioned to anyone about this meeting. They agreed to meet up again.

When Paul was in the Ambridge area quoting on a renovation job, they met. Over lunch, they commiserated about the isolation of living alone.

In April, Lilian admitted to her sister Jennifer Aldridge that she had had a poor prison visit. Jennifer felt that Matt could have been a bit more thoughtful – like Paul. That same day Paul phoned, inviting Lilian to be his ‘plus one’ at a dinner dance at a four star hotel just outside of Windsor – separate rooms, of course. Flattered Lilian agreed

After a nervous start they enjoyed the event. Lilian got a little tipsy, so Paul took her up to her room and Lilian asked him to stay for a nightcap. When Paul asked about Matt, Lilian opened her heart. She shared her concerns about Matt’s true feelings. Paul told Lilian that if he was Matt, he would be counting the days until he could come home to her. He realised he had said too much. But it was the kindest thing anyone had said to Lilian in a long while. Paul felt he should go back to his room, but Lilian wanted him to stay.

Lilian and Paul are tempted (Apr 2010)

Neither knew quite what to do, but by the morning it was clear they had not slept with each other.

Back in Ambridge, Lilian invited Paul to the Dower House. She explained Matt's plans for their new property business, and asked his opinion. Paul felt conflicted. He wanted the best for her, but his feelings were deepening...

A rival

Paul came to see Lilian the day before Matt was released in May 2010. He desperately told her that he loved her. Was there any chance that she loved him too? Lilian sadly turned him down. She admitted that she had feelings for him, but her future was with Matt. Paul left, wishing her all the luck in the world.

Paul declares his love for Lilian (May 2010)

Once out of prison Matt went to see Paul and warned him off Lilian. Paul insisted his only motive had been to let Matt know their mother had been dying. Convinced that Paul was after their money, Matt was thrown when Paul mentioned the dinner dance, but played it cool. He became threatening, but Paul fought his corner. He compared Matt to their bullying mother. Paul finally agreed to disappear – but only for Lilian’s sake.

Not the end

That seemed to finish any chance of contact between Paul and Lilian. But two years later, Matt’s increasingly thoughtless behaviour was making Lilian very unhappy. When Lilian discovered through Darrell Makepeace that Paul was in the area, supervising renovation work on the church at Fawcett Magna, Jennifer advised her to leave well alone.

But in October 2012, Lilian’s son James had a car accident. Lilian was in turmoil, but once he’d established that the injuries weren’t life-threatening, Matt wouldn’t tear himself away from a business outing to come to the hospital. Desperate Lilian rang Paul, who gave her staunch support.

Afterwards, they had some secret meetings, ostensibly as friends. Lilian was captivated by caring Paul, in contrast to his thoughtless brother and on 28 November she couldn’t resist him any longer. They started an affair.

Lilian and Paul succumb to temptation (Nov 2012)

Keri Davies is an Archers scriptwriter and web producer

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  • Comment number 8. Posted by bridgets

    on 12 Jun 2013 07:20

    I think Matt and Paul are/were as bad as one another in different ways! I'm glad Matt isn't responsible for a Mafia-style murder though, as he's my guilty pleasure in the Archers. On another point, I don't understand why the Grundy family haven't cottoned on to the fact that George and Keira are cousins as well as half-bother and sister. Small point but it all adds to the complexity of their lives!

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  • Comment number 7. Posted by Bilbosmum

    on 10 Jun 2013 21:49

    Well, I always said - better the devil you know. I agree that Matt's not the most honest character, but somehow I quite like him. However, Paul alway sounded a sly, weak character and I could never understand why Lillian fell for him. Their relationship wasn't true because they were just living out a fantasy. I'm glad that it's over but I wish he hadn't been killed off. I would have liked Lillian to find out for herself what a liability Paul was.

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  • Comment number 6. Posted by RosieT

    on 10 Jun 2013 18:35

    Agree, Nemo, Matt never behaves well - why was he panicked in to dismissing Jade when Lilian "Found" the pregnancy test, unless he had been sleeping with her? Why did Lilian move out, when she walked in on Matt and Annabelle snogging? Why did Yvette put up with the nasty little Crawl, as well.
    He is feeling bad about possibly having played his part in fratricide!
    Horrid, Horrid, and Horrid (Matt, Paul and Lilian)

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  • Comment number 5. Posted by RosieT

    on 10 Jun 2013 18:30

    What a pity that the writer last week had Lilian say that Sharon, Paul's sister is the "only link" with Matt's biological family.
    When Matt met Louise in 2008, she told him she had 2 sons and a daughter, all of whom kept in touch with her. In 2010, when Paul came to tell her of Louise's immanent death, he said that Sharon was in Dubai, and Stephen, the black sheep of the family, was not much help.
    Why has Stephen been forgotten?

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  • Comment number 4. Posted by Nemo399

    on 9 Jun 2013 07:56

    Personally, I think Matt's behaved very badly. Hiring a 'hit-man' is not the way to resolve relationship difficulties, and now he's really got a secret hold over Lilian, as he pretends he knew nothing about her affair with Paul. He's a very manipulative, dishonest man.

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  • Comment number 3. Posted by Mysterious

    on 8 Jun 2013 14:09

    Paul was so creepy. Love Matt Crawford and he has been very loyal and supportive of Lillian no matter how he runs his business. Just want Lillian to see the deceased Paul for what he really was and appreciate Matt for what he really is.

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  • Comment number 2. Posted by Nell

    on 7 Jun 2013 17:25

    Yes, I so agree. Will Matt be found out? Will L stay with him?

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  • Comment number 1. Posted by Nemo399

    on 7 Jun 2013 11:03

    Goodness me, what an exciting roller-coaster this has turned out to be! I didn't like every aspect of this SL (could have done without Celia and Paul getting quite so demanding and possessive towards the end, although I loved 'Brief Encounter') but overall, I've enjoyed it immensely, especially with this latest shocking twist. Please don't let this be the end---let's have further fallout and Matt's getting his comeuppance for his crude tactics in some way!

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