Joseph "Joe" Wells is the patriarch of the Wells family. He is the husband of Sharon and father of Pearl, Jodie and later May. He and his wife sign up for jobs at Melchester College, and the girls enjoy their time there. Later, Jodie falls from a window and dies on arrival in hospital, leaving the family distraught. Pearl, Joe and Sharon then move to London, where Pearl goes to a new school and Sharon gives birth to her new daughter May.