Friday, 18 May 2012

Top 60 Corrie Characters - No. 1

1. Jack Duckworth 1979, 1981-2010 (203 votes)

Beating Blanche to the top spot by just one vote is Jack the lad. 

Although he made his first appearance in 1979, Jack didn’t become a regular until 1983 when he bought No. 9 Coronation Street and until his death in 2010 he was a firm fixture on the cobbles. 

Married to Vera for 50 years, Jack also had his fair share of flings, mainly with bored housewives. His biggest conquest was busty barmaid Bet Lynch, but that came to an end after Vera found out. Following Stan Ogden’s footsteps, layabout and bone idle Jack had many jobs that included window cleaner, lollypop man, cellar man and cab driver. Jack didn’t hide his contempt of his son Terry who used, lied and manipulated both him and Vera and Jack was sickened when Terry sold his son Tommy to his in-laws. The nation cheered when Jack punched him and disowned him. 

Jack miraculously became landlord of the Rovers, 25 years after the last Jack ran the Rovers: Jack Walker. After going bankrupt, he sold the pub to Alec Gilroy and ran a B& B. Soon enough, Jack and Vera returned to N° 9. Jack’s main hobbies was supping in the Rovers and keeping pigeons, much to Vera’s annoyance. 

In 2008, the Duckworths decided to leave the street and move to Blackpool. Sadly, Vera died before they made it. After her death, Jack led a quiet life, revolved around his surrogate son Tyrone Dobbs and his wife Molly and found companionship with fellow pigeon-lover Connie Rathbone. Jack was at his proudest in 2010 when Molly gave birth and called her son Jack. That year, Jack was diagnosed with incurable Non-Hodgkins lymphoma. He did good deeds to his neighbours and found out that baby Jack was Kevin Webster’s and not Tyrone’s. But he vowed not to tell Molly’s secret and passed away with the secret.

Does Jack deserve to be number one? Or does someone else deserve it? Were you a fan of Jack? Leave a comment!

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MrsBarton said...

Perfect !!!

Digger said...

A worthy winner, IMO. Jack gave me many, many laughs over the years and yes, some tears too. Great poll - has kept me on tenterhooks the last two weeks as the countdown neared its climax. Brilliant stuff.

Nathan Johnson said...

Well deserved, I love Jack Duckworth and still miss him a lot in the show.

Humpty Dumpty said...

Definitely well deserved no. 1. Jack embodied all the classic elements of Corrie as described in the blog. He'll be missed for a very long time.

Anonymous said...

Well deserved, I have nothing wrong with him winning :)

Dolly Tubb said...

Well, if Roy wasn't going to win, I think Jack Duckworth is a very worthy winner. I cried my eyes out when he died, and I really miss his sense of humour and wisdom.

See, it all came out right in the end!

And well done, Llifon - this must have been a huge amount of work. I really enjoyed it all.

Tvor said...

Awwww brilliant! I agree with everyone that Jack is a worthy winner.

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