In 1973 George's marriage to Laura Verney was falling part. He enrolled the help of Beckindale vicar Edward Ruskin. Laura embarked on an affair with Jack Sugden and even had a secret holiday in London together. Laura left Beckindale, but return when she heard George was planning to leave his fortune to his nephew Mark Proctor. Then George promised to give divorce and their marriage collapsed in 1974. After that George decided to live in exile in Cannes. He died off-screen in 1978.
"You're looking well Sam, very smart!" (first line)
''This has nothing to do with my wife. It has to do with my honor for which I shall be happy to answer in court.'' (to Jack Sugden)