Samuel is born in December 1982, and is named after Sam Pearson, the grandfather of Matt's first wife, Peggy. Matt and Peggy had previously had a son of the same name who died young. The original idea was to call the child David Samuel, but after a misunderstanding, the name is altered to Samuel Benjamin. Matt and Dolly separated in 1989, and Dolly and Sam left the village in 1991.
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- Sam is named after his late half-brother Sam Skilbeck, who in turn was named after his grandfather Sam Pearson.