Carry On Corrie

by | Feb 28, 2018 | Celebrity, Manchester, TV

It’s Carry On Corrie! iNostalgia remembers Coronation Street stars who’ve also brightened up the big screen in the Carry On movies.

Coronation Street and Carry On films must be two of Britain’s most enduring and best loved institutions.

Corrie has been coming into our homes since December 1961 – and Carry On films are enjoying a new surge of popularity.

Each has its own unique appeal, but many Carry On stars have featured in Corrie too.

Who could forget the Street’s Alma Sedgewick (Amanda Barrie) playing Cleopatra in the 1964 classic Carry On Cleo?

Or Blanche’s boyfriend Wally Bannister (Bernard Cribbins) battling the agents of STENCH with Barbara Windsor in Carry On Spying?

Even Alma’s boyfriend Mike Baldwin (Johnny Briggs) appeared in three Carry On films. He was the infamous Sporran Soldier in Carry On Up the Khyber in 1968.

Other stars who’ve crossed between Carry On and Corrie over the years include June Whitfield, Bill Kenwright, Maureen Lipman and Sherrie Hewson.

Amanda Barrie, who was born in Ashton-under-Lyne, made two Carry On films. She played a cab-driver in Carry On Cabbie in 1963 and the lead role in Carry On Cleo a year later.

Our photo shows her holding up a poisonous asp with the incomparable Sid James as Mark Anthony. You can imagine the puns!

Carry on Cleo, the tenth film to be made by the Carry On cast, is regarded as one of the best in the series.

The pun uttered by Kenneth Williams as Julius Caesar – ‘Infamy, infamy, they’ve all got it in for me’ – was voted the funniest one-line joke in film history in 2007.

Barrie played Alma in Coronation Street for 13 years from 1988 to 2001. She endured a stormy marriage to factory owner Mike Baldwin, a kidnapping and supermarket siege during her time on the Street.

Amanda Barrie and Sid James on the set of Carry on Cleo

Amanda Barrie and Sid James in Carry On Cleo, August 1964.

Johnny Briggs, who played Mike Baldwin for 30 years on the soap, appeared in Carry On Behind (1975) and Carry On England (1976) as well as Carry On Up the Khyber.

He’s pictured drinking champagne with fellow Corrie actors Bill Waddington, Dave Garratt and Lynne Perrie in July 1984.

Johnny Briggs with his co stars Bill Waddington left Dave Garratt 2nd right and Lynne Parry drinking a glass of wine or Champagne

Johnny Briggs, second left, with Bill Waddington, Dave Garratt and Lynne Perrie, July 1984.

Sherrie Hewson, who played shop assistant Maureen Naylor in Bettabuy’s supermarket from 1993 to 1997, appeared as glamorous camper Carol in Carry On Behind in 1975.

The film told the unlikely story of two men on a camping holiday getting mixed up in an archaeological dig. It also starred Elke Sommer and Windsor Davies.

It was one of the few Carry On movies not to feature Sid James. He was busy touring in a play at the time.

Back on the Corrie set, Maureen Naylor eventually married supermarket manager Reg Holdsworth, played by actor Ken Morley. Hewson now appears as Joyce Temple-Savage in Benidorm.

Actors Ken Morley and Sherrie Hewson as Reg Holdsworth and Maureen Naylor getting married

Sherrie Hewson (Maureen Naylor) marries Reg Holdsworth (Ken Morley), January 1994.

Well-known character actor Bernard Cribbins starred in three Carry On films – Carry On Jack in 1963, Carry On Spying in 1964 and Carry On Columbus in 1992.

Carry On Spying was Barbara Windsor’s first Carry On film. She played trainee secret service agent Daphne Honeybutt alongside Cribbins as agent Harold Crump.

Together they battled the evil operatives of STENCH – the Society for the Total Extinction of Non-Conforming Humans – under the watchful eye of senior agent Desmond Simpkins (Kenneth Williams).

On Corrie, Cribbins played Blanche Hunt’s beau Wally Bannister in 2003. The courtship ended abruptly when Bannister switched his attentions to Blanche’s granddaughter Tracy Barlow!

Bernard Cribbins, star of stage, film and TV fame, went fishing at Walton-on-Thames.

Bernard Cribbins who starred in Carry On Spying, January 1951.

June Whitfield played a cameo role in Coronation Street in 2010 as Blanche’s grieving friend from Portugal. She appeared in four Carry On films – most notably as the wonderfully named Augusta Prodworthy in Carry On Girls in 1973.

Our photo shows her with Cilla Black and Frankie Howerd at a Variety Club lunch in Manchester in March 1981.

Cilla Black, Frankie Howerd andJune Whitfield attending The Variety Club of Great Britain lunch.

June Whitfield with Cilla Black and Frankie Howerd at a Variety Club lunch, March 1981.

Everton chairman Bill Kenwright, who played Gordon Clegg on Corrie, was a newspaper reporter in Carry On Matron in 1972.

Bill Kenwright 1968

Bill Kenwright (Gordon Clegg) outside the Rovers Return, July 1968.

Finally, actress Maureen Lipman appeared in Carry on Columbus before spending six episodes on the Street as relief bar manager Lillian Spencer in July 2002.

In her brief stint at the Rovers’ she managed to sack veteran potman Jack Duckworth and even barred regulars Norris Cole and Rita Sullivan. They in turn barred Lillian from their newsagents The Kabin!

Maureen Lipman

Maureen Lipman was the relief landlady at the Rovers Return in 2002.

Many more memorable images of the past can be found in Clive Hardy’s brilliant book Around Manchester in the 1970s.