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Alan Halsall (Tyrone Dobbs, Corrie)

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Alan Halsall (Tyrone Dobbs, Corrie)

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In what will be Coronation Street's 73rd wedding, Tyrone Dobbs and Molly Compton (Alan Halsall and Vicky Binns) will tie the knot in true will-they-won't-they style in a few weeks' time. As ever, the wedding day doesn't quite go to plan when Tyrone is 'arrested' as he completes one final jaunt for Auntie Pam (Kate Anthony). However, all's not what is seems and Tyrone eventually makes it to the church on time. But even when he's there, Tyrone's nerves get the better of him at the altar. We gave Tyrone actor Alan Halsall a call to hear his thoughts on his screen nuptials.

Are you pleased that they're letting you explore Tyrone as a character more?
"Yeah. I think it's always nice to go off in different directions with a character. As well as Jackie being back in Tyrone's life, he also has a relationship with Auntie Pam now, too. As well as that, there's the friendship with Kevin and Tyrone's relationship with Molly. It really is nice to experience more on-screen relationships with other characters because it's different with each person."

Do you think that Tyrone was underused for a while? It must be great working with all the material they're giving you at the moment.
"Absolutely. But you kind of know that a soap will focus on different storylines, so you know that you're not going to be in focus all the time. But yeah, it's nice to get the big storylines when they come along and I really appreciate it when they do. I've got to be honest, doing a Corrie wedding is just amazing."

You just touched on Auntie Pam. What do you think of Kate Anthony as a new addition?
"The partnership between Tyrone and Pam has been great on screen. Tyrone wasn't sure about her at first and then when she roped him into all her scams, it brought out a really different side of him. He wasn't trying to be mischievous. You could see all the good in everything he was trying to do! And I get on really well with Kate. She's been a really great addition to the Duckworths' fold, too. She's a great actress. She's a bit like a female Del Boy really, isn't she?! We have some great comedy writers and it's so good when they get these little one-liners in there."

What happens on Tyrone and Molly's wedding day?
"Well, Auntie Pam asked Tyrone to do her a favour, but he doesn't really listen to what it is she wants doing, all Tyrone hears is that she wants to buy Jack a new pigeon coop. He sees the good in what she's doing. It's typical Tyrone, really – he always sees the good in people. Even though it's his wedding day and he's really angry to have been asked, he goes to sell the sunglasses for Pam because it's inadvertently for Jack. It's all a setup, though, and Tyrone ends up thinking he's been arrested! He's completely in bits, but Jack and Kirk bail him out. It's a bit of a rush, but he gets to the church, though, and he's mortified throughout the whole service. It all comes to a head as he's going through his vows when he faints."

What happens at the reception?
"The reception's really nice as there's a lovely speech from Jack. But in the background, Jackie sneaks in. Tyrone and Molly initially think to kick her out, but they agree to let her stay because of the special day it is. Everyone's had a collection going and they all buy Molly and Tyrone some tickets to Paris for their honeymoon and, of course, Jackie finds out about them…"

Were there any standout funny moments during filming?
"It was absolutely freezing at the church we were filming at and I've not actually seen it yet, but Jimmi Harkishin, who plays Dev, went flying on some icy gravestones! I've not actually seen it yet, but I'm hoping they've got it on tape! And then when we were rehearsing on set, we rehearsed me fainting at the altar and it was lucky it wasn't a take because Andy Whyment [Kirk] had to leave the church because he was laughing that hard. He was crying with laughter."

Do you think Molly and Tyrone are the new Jack and Vera?
"No, not at all. People ask me about this all the time. I'd like to stay as far away from that as possible, if I'm honest. In my eyes, those shoes are so enormous to fill. Jack and Vera have been legends for three decades. I suppose if Tyrone and Molly were a quarter as loved as Jack and Vera were (and still are) I'd be happy."

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