"I played Lilian, The Rovers' landlady in Corire back in 2002. I was on a cruise and I got a telegram asking me to go straight to Granada TV when I got off the boat - I was called because Julie Goodyear had this massive crack-up when she returned to the show and hadn't realised it was five episodes a week. I loved it. Lilian was very Annie Walker, very snooty. I loved her. It was very surreal going on the Street. I don't know if I'd go back. I'd never been in a soap before and if I was going to do one I'd want to do it from the beginning."
Maureen Lipman stars with another ex-Corrie actress in Ladies of Letters which starts on telly this week.