Monday, 17 August 2009

Top 50 Coronation Street Characters

37. Jack Walker

The first landlord of the Rovers Return that graced our screens back in 1960 was Mr Jack Walker. He would remain behind the bar for a decade, alongside wife Annie and numerous barmaids. A firm favourite with viewers, Jack is remembered for his gentle approach and his broad Lancashire accent – a huge contrast to snobbish Annie with her social pretensions. While Annie wanted to own a hotel, Jack was perfectly behind the Rovers bar, socialising with ordinary folk. His partnership with Annie was the first double act in the soap’s history and is still regarded as comedy gold. Often starring in comic storylines (including being accused of having an affair with Elsie Tanner), Jack played some serious storylines that included being blackmailed by Frank Turner, being injured in a coach crash and Annie leaving him when she suspected that he had a lady friend. Sadly, after ten years on our screens, Jack died of a heart attack off-screen, leaving Annie devastated. He was killed off as the actor who played him, Arthur Lindsay, had died suddenly, the first main cast member to die. Wife Annie continued behind the bar until 1983.

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