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.



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"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.”


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.”


COUNTRYFILE presenter ANITA RANI gives it some welly on All Star Musicals at Christmas on Boxing Day.

She looks almost unrecognisable as she ­channels Catherine Zeta Jones in the movie version of musical Chicago.

Anita was joined by Fern Britton performing Abba’s Supertrooper as Donna Sheridan from Mamma Mia!

The telly presenter looks sensational as Donna in this sneak peek at her slot on the festive extravaganza.

Less glamorous, however, was Ben Miller as Riff Raff from the Rocky Horror Show.

Definitely more of a Halloween look than a Christmas one.


JOE Lycett will be swapping festive pizzazz for a quiet night on the sofa this week.

The live broadcast of his Mummy’s Big Christmas Do has been shelved by Channel 4 due to concerns over the Covid Omicron variant.

The comic said: “Live TV involves a huge amount of people. Mummy doesn’t want any of my team at risk!I’m obviously gutted. We had a very fun, loud and colourful show and I hope one day we can do it for you.”

Joe’s “queer-themed entertainment extravaganza” was due to be screened live from Birmingham on Wednesday, featuring an audience of LGBTQ+ icons, allies and local heroes.

Lorraine Kelly, Strictly runner-up John Whaite, Kim Woodburn and Drag Race star Bimini Bon Boulash were set to appear.


CONGRATULATIONS to JAMIE LAING and SOPHIE HABBOO, who got engaged this weekend.

Jamie wrote online: “I couldn’t think of anything better than spending the rest of my life with you @habboosophie.”

The pair met on Channel 4’s Made In Chelsea.


SHE has already experienced being in the judge’s hot seat during her time on Asia’s Got Talent.

But that still didn’t prepare Melanie C for sitting in The Voice Kids’ big red chair – and she has revealed that the moment moved her to tears.

The Spice Girls legend admitted: “I did have a little bit of a weep. It was quite overwhelming. Being a fan of both the kids’ and the adults’ shows, being in the studio, being on set, being in that big red chair is very surreal.

“But once those kids start singing you just go with your heart.”

Melanie joins Danny Jones, Pixie Lott and Will.i.am on the panel for a festive three-parter.

You can watch the first episode of The Voice Kids on December 27 at 7.30pm on ITV and ITV Hub.


SHE won half a million pounds on ITV’s Walk the Line last week, but Nadiah Adu-Gyamfi didn’t choose the most glamorous way to celebrate.

Following her triumph on the show last Friday, the Londoner admitted: “So far the most expensive thing I’ve purchased is an Uber Eats delivery for all my family.

“The morning after the win, I spent the whole day in pyjamas.

“The first thing I did when I woke up was drive to Old Kent Road McDonald’s with my family and ordered us all an egg sausage muffin meal each. We had a good cry in the car.”

They must have forgotten the tomato ketchup sachets. It always gets me when they do that too.

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