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Corrie's Bill Tarmey 1941-2012: Jack Duckworth's finest moments

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Coronation Street stars Bill Tarmey and Liz Dawn (Jack and Vera Duckworth) enjoy a day out with other cast members at Haydock Racecourse in Merseyside, where they filmed an episode of the show. The special episode will be screened on 8 August 1999.

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The world of soap was united in sadness today (November 9) as news of the death of Bill Tarmey broke.

Coronation Street veteran Tarmey made his debut on the ITV soap in November 1979, quickly becoming a regular and much-loved character before his exit 31 years later.

To celebrate his life, Digital Spy, our soap magazine friends and our readers have shared their favourite Jack Duckworth moments, and we ask you to do the same.

Daniel Kilkelly, Soaps Editor
"There's no question that Bill Tarmey and his much-loved character Jack Duckworth will both go down in history among soapland's all-time greats. My own favourite memories of Bill's work on Corrie inevitably involve Jack's partnership with Vera.

"Their comedy was fantastic but underneath the rows and bickering was a couple that the audience could believe in and always root for. For that reason, it was a delight to see Jack reunited with Vera's ghost in his final episode in 2010, which rightly won the 'Best Exit' prize at the British Soap Awards the following year."



Morgan Jeffery, TV Reporter
"It's sure to be a moment that many will pick, but the scene where Jack awkwardly admits to Ken Barlow that he loves Vera, before then begging his friend not to share this revelation with the wife is brilliantly moving and funny."

Paul Millar, Entertainment Reporter
"As a young Corrie fan, my favourite Jack scenes came when he became a father figure to lodger Tyrone Dobbs. Having failed with his biological son Terry, Jack took Tyrone under his wing and became the father he never was, moulding him into probably the street's kindest and most down-to-earth residents - a fitting legacy to the man. Over the years, Jack himself got rid of his rogue-like ways and became a dear old softy.

"Meanwhile in terms of comedy value, I'll always be able to picture Jack's look of horror and swig of large scotch whenever Vera put her "sexy underwear on", set her mind on a night of naughty antics and beckoned him upstairs. A lover of simpler pleasures like his pigeons, Bill Tarney put in some of his funniest turns when Jack had to wheedle his way out of one of Vera's early nights."

Jonathan Hughes, Editor of All About Soap
"Jack's exit in 2010 was brilliantly done. Having Vera return from the dead as an apparition in Jack's final moments and them dancing together one last time sounded risky but it really worked and was a unique, beautiful and moving moment marking the end of an era in Corrie.

"The character's final scene was a testament to how loveable Bill Tarmey had made the character of Jack; despite his flaws you always warmed to him and cared about him."

Bill Tarmey, Coronation Street, Liz Dawn

© Rex Features



Kate White, News Editor of Inside Soap
"My favourite Jack Duckworth moment was almost the last thing he did in life. As he left the Rovers for the very last time, Jack bumped into Carla Connor and, true to form, flirted outrageously with her. It was a superb reminder of the scoundrel he was and the charmer he remained to the very end. A lovely scene, played beautifully by Bill Tarmey, and was quintessential Jack."

Allison Jones, Features Editor at Inside Soap
"There are obviously too many comedy moments to count, but when Jack lost his beloved Vera, Bill's portrayal of a deeply heartbroken man was poignantly perfect - played with just the right balance of humour, in fitting tribute to an unforgettable comedy duo."

Katy Moon, Writer at Inside Soap
"My fondest Jack Duckworth memories are of his tempestuous relationship with Vera. A standout moment was when he posed as cad Vince St Clair to pick up women through a dating agency (before match.com!). When Vera found out she disguised herself as Vince's hot date and gave a shocked Jack what for in front of all their neighbours in the Rovers."



Digital Spy readers via Twitter
Stuart‏
"Vera: 'It's a lottery, is marriage'. Jack: 'No, you've got a chance on the lottery'."

Dani westlake
"His exit was amazing when he danced with Vera what a Corrie legend!!!"

Paul Copland
"my sister got Corrie Las Vegas for Christmas about 14 years ago and I was obsessed. They were the ultimate comedy duo. Still are."

jane orford
"Loved that he always had his glasses cellotaped together,a great singer ,remember Vince,and a comic,thoughtful actor."

Ste Carruthers
"When he dies and Vera went and visited him. Aww."

Mister Vivian
"Grew up with Bill as Jack Duckworth on the Television and the funniest memory was when Vera dished up a pigeon to Jack."

Claire Rimmer
"When he called Vera his 'little swamp duck'."

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