Coronation Street’s Alan Halsall is shying away from being compared to the cobble’s legendary Jack and Vera Duckworth (Bill Tarmey and Liz Dawn).
Over the past couple of episode, Fiz Stape (Jennie McAlpine) has realised that she is turning into the couple with her man Tyrone Dobbs (Alan Halsall), and has started to worry that they’re getting old before their time.
And now, when appearing on This Morning via video call, the duo spoke about the comparison.
When asked by host Holly Willoughby whether it’s the biggest compliment they could ever receive, Alan said: ‘Yes, absolutely.
‘The first thing I think about when I think of Coronation Street is Jack and Vera, so I mean, I shy away from the comparisons because for me they’re on a pedestal up above us all, but it’s nice to be compared.’
He added: ‘I was so lucky just to be put with those two but I learned so much from them on-screen and off-screen, I don’t think I would be on Corrie without Bill and Liz.
‘Bill drilled into me all my work ethic I have continued in his memory. I think about them all the time, I still have Bill’s watch and a painting Liz gave me. I miss them all the time, and I think about them a lot.
Jennie laughed how Fiz and Tyrone aren’t on their own and a number of couples will have turned into the pair during the coronavirus lockdown.
Relaying her own experience of the pandemic, she said: ‘It was mad because everything changed in one day for us. Corrie stopped filming we had to close our restaurant in Manchester, which we are planning to reopen on Saturday.
‘But what happened was we were just here at home me and [Jennie’s husband] Chris, and a five-year-old, I mean it has been absolute chaos.’
She smirked: ‘Any couples who have said they don’t want to throw each other out of the window – they’re lying.’
Teasing what’s to come for Fiz and Tyrone, the actors revealed that Chesney Brown (Sam Aston) might ruin their plans of a date night.
‘Nothing ever goes smoothly, let’s be fair, Chesney and Gemma will wreck the night,’ Alan laughed.
Jennie went on to add: ‘That’s sort of my fault, at the same time Chesney is having problems in his house because he’s got four babies so that’s not ideal for them to get together and have a date night.
‘So, I say “we’re having a date night,” and Chesney gets the wrong end of the stick.’
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