A GLIMPSE inside Coronation Street’s jolly Christmas has been shared by Tyrone Dobbs actor Alan Halsall.
Forget trees, tinsel and mince pies – the festive offering from the ITV soap involves water pistols, inflatables and a pair of Marigold washing-up gloves.
Tyrone is set to be part of a hilarious fight as he goes to war with Phill Whittaker over his ex, Fiz Stape, played by Jenny McAlpine.
It comes after Corrie’s boss Iain MacLeod threw shade at rival soap EastEnders for going dark and dramatic over Christmas.
Tyrone is due to spend Christmas alone after Phill booked a holiday for Fiz and her two daughters, but that all changes when she bursts through his door on the 25th.
And everything comes to a head as Tyrone later tries to kiss her.
Jamie Kenna, who plays Phill, said: “Phill is not happy! It’s the first time you’ll see that you can only push Phill so far, even though he’s a really nice guy. It’s definitely a turning point.”
Alan said: “It’s classic Corrie and the two guys have things to settle. It’s not a violent fight but there’s a lot of things used.
“The height difference is part of the fight and there’s inflatables, water pistols, Marigolds.”
Jamie, who is 6ft 5in, added: “A very serious, Shakespearean vibe. Nah, it’s the opposite of that. We found ways to tap into the size situation.”
Alan – 5ft 8in – joked: “Have you seen the size of him!? Hopefully it will put smiles on people’s faces.”
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ITV boss Kevin Lygo is a rare thing in the world of TV execs – someone who is respected because he tells it like it really is.
He’s at it again as he unveiled the channel’s reboot of hit movie The Ipcress File, which airs next year and sees Peaky Blinders actor Joe Cole take over the lead role of Harry Palmer from Sir Michael Caine.
Director of Television Kevin said he understood why people were comparing the glossy and expensive show to a Netflix production.
And he said he wants ITV to keep up with the streaming services, which he watches himself.
Kevin said: “The bar has been raised, and we’ve got to match it. The budget was always going to be an issue because it had such ambition woven into it – and we are not Netflix.”
He added: “I didn’t worry about it being a reboot of a famous old thing. I loved the movie.”