Hello and welcome to A Slice Of Soap. It’s fair to say that fans of Coronation Street probably won’t be surprised about this. It looks like Bill Tarmey, aka Corrie legend Jack Duckworth, is on his way out.
According to the News Of The World, the popular actor has signed just a one-year contract which will run out in 2009 – but the deal will allow him to clock up 30 years on the soap. Apparently, he wants to reach the milestone of three decades in Corrie, which is a huge achievement. A friend told the News Of The World: "Bill’s not getting any younger and wants to enjoy retirement. He’s got a place in Tenerife and is looking forward to being out there."
Bill Tarmey’s future on the soap has been the subject of debate since Liz Dawn – who played on-screen wife Vera Duckworth – left the show. When you’ve got an established and much-loved double act and one of them leaves, it’s always difficult for the other one. What do you do with them when they can no longer be what they were? And in Jack’s case, that was a hen-pecked husband.
Coronation Street has been here before – it was the same thing in reverse when Bernard Youens (who played Stan Ogden) died. Screen wife Jean Alexander (the legendary Hilda Ogden) struggled on alone for a couple of years, but it was never the same without her other half to bounce off of.
I still say that the Corrie writers should get Lloyd the taxi driver together with Kelly Crabtree and make them the new Duckworths. To make it more contemporary, she could be the woman who wants a WAG lifestyle (nice house, designer labels etc), forever nagging Lloyd for not giving it to her….
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