Coronation Street: Helen Worth and Liz Dawn on their years at Granada TV

The stars recall their Corrie highlights for Radio Times, including memories of Pat Phoenix making bacon butties and Bill Tarmey getting belted with a frozen fish

Coronation Street stars past and present have been talking about their memories of working at the soap’s soon-to-be-former central Manchester base.


In the new Radio Times, Helen Worth – who plays stalwart Gail McIntyre – recalls her early Corrie days on set where Pat Phoenix (Elsie Tanner) would make the crew bacon sandwiches.

“You wouldn’t find that happening today, sadly, because of health and safety!” says Worth. “Mind you, letting Pat loose with a frying pan perhaps wasn’t the best idea in the world!”

As Corrie finalises its plans to move to a new multimillion-pound set at Salford’s MediaCityUK, Liz Dawn (Vera Duckworth) also looks back on her days at Granada, where she reveals that co-star Bill Tarmey (Jack Duckworth) didn’t think twice about suffering for his art:

“If the script called for Vera to hit Jack, Bill always used to tell me that he’d duck out of the way. But he never did. I swear to God, I once hit him with a frozen fish and sent him flying over a table.”


Read more Corrie memories in the latest issue of Radio Times, where you can also discover the origins of this painting, which hangs on Suranne Jones’s (Karen McDonald) kitchen wall.