Jimmy is beaten by the Bakers and decides to flee Walford so Ted and his family will be safe.
Ted is strict and overprotective of his family and has a bad temper which gets him into trouble.
He struggles when he finds out that his son Tony is bisexual and nearly disowns him, losing many friends in the Square as a result.
In actuality, the boy's death was not an accident; Ted's friend, Jimmy Doyle (Patrick Duggan) had killed him when he tried to warn the boy away from sexually harassing 14-year-old Sarah.
Jimmy hit the boy and he fell from scaffolding and died.
Baker (Martyn Read), the father of the boy Jimmy killed, follows Ted to Walford and makes threats towards his family.
Kathy's husband Phil Mitchell (Steve Mc Fadden) intervenes and informs Baker that Ted is not responsible for the boy's murder as he suspects, but that Jimmy is.
Ted covered for Jimmy because in the past, Jimmy had taken the blame for a crime Ted committed and had served a prison sentence.
Ted's family started to get victimized by the dead boy's family and were forced to leave their area of residence in 1995.
After 30 years away, Ted returns to Walford in 1995 with his children after hearing of Den (believed dead at the time) and Pete's deaths.
His return is not welcomed by Pete's sister, Pauline Fowler (Wendy Richard), who still blames him for almost ruining her brother's life.
In his storyline, Ted moved back to Walford, the area he was born and raised in, with his son Tony Hills (Mark Homer) and daughter Sarah Hills (Daniela Denby-Ashe). It was reported that his character Ted would "go out with a bang".