Corrie star Jennie McAlpine reckons couples around the UK have turned into squabbling Jack and Vera Duckworths in lockdown.
The actress, who plays Fiz Stape, claims everyone has found it hard being stuck indoors with their nearest and dearest every day.
And as a result, folk have morphed into Street legends Jack and Vera – the iconic pair played by the late Bill Tarmey and Liz Dawn who were forever nagging and bickering with one another.
Jennie, 36, appeared on ITV’s This Morning yesterday and when asked by host Phillip Schofield if we had now become a nation of Duckworths because of lockdown, she giggled: “Yes. Of course, they have.
“Any couples who have said they don’t want to throw each other out of the window – they’re lying.”
And her on-screen partner Alan Halsall, 37, who plays Tyrone Dobbs, added: “Most men dream of being like Jack and sitting in their vests watching telly!”
By coincidence, on the ITV soap, Fiz and Tyrone have discovered to their horror that they too are turning into The Duckworths in whose house they now live.
Recently she walked in on her fella watching the TV in his vest and nagged him about it but later shrieked: “That’s it! We’re turning into Jack and Vera!”
The pair said they felt honoured to be compared to the late stars and have fond memories working with them on the soap.
Alan said: “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.
“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.”