Thursday, 30 January 2014

Top 50 Corrie Couples - Nos. 44 and 43

44. Gary Windass and Izzy Armstrong, 2010- (19 votes)

Gary bumped into Izzy’s wheelchair in the Rovers and they immediately took a shine to each other, but Gary had to go to war as he’d joined the army. When he returned, they planned a date but Gary was seduced by Kylie but Gary and Izzy started a relationship.

When Izzy was robbed in 2011, Gary became overprotective of her and even kept her hostage in their flat. When Owen broke into the flat, he saves a petrified Izzy and Gary is treated for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder after his experiences in the war. They reunited on Christmas that year. In 2012, Izzy lost a baby and was then interested in surrogacy. Tina agreed to take on the challenge and did feel smothered by Gary and Izzy. When she gave birth to the baby, Tina at first refused to give him to them, but then changed her mind. Since then, Gary and Izzy have settled into parenthood.

Are you a fan of Gary and Izzy? What do you think the future holds for them? Should they be at 44?

 
43. Bert and Ivy Tilsley, 1979-1983 (23 votes)

Although Ivy had been part of the street since 1971, we didn’t see her husband Bert until 1979. At this time they’d been married for 23 years and had one son Brian born in 1958. Bert was introduced into the programme when Ivy expressed interest in 5 Coronation Street, now empty after Deirdre Langton had moved next door to N°3. During the four years that we saw the senior Tilsleys on our screens, it was Ivy’s hatred and judgement of daughter in law Gail as a wife, mother and as an Anglican that dominated storylines. Poor Bert had to be a referee between the two women and regularly escaped to the Rovers.

Bert supported his son’s marriage and was besotted when grandson Nick was born in 1980. Originally unemployed, he found a job as a fitter in 1982 and then a mechanic at Brian’s garage. In 1983, he was injured in a compressor accident and was unconscious for two days. He returned to N°5 an invalid and later disappeared and was found dazed and confused in Bristol. He had suffered a breakdown and was admitted to hospital. He died off-screen in Bristol in 1984, leaving Ivy a devastated widow.

Were you a fan of Bert and Ivy? Should they be at 43?



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