Bill Tarmey devised Corrie tram crash

Bill Tarmey claims this week's explosive tram crash scenes in 'Coronation Street' were his idea, as he thought it would be a great way to kill off his character Jack Duckworth

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Coronation Street actor Bill Tarmey

Bill Tarmey

Bill Tarmey claims this week's tram crash scenes in 'Coronation Street' were his idea.

The actor - who left the ITV1 soap last month after playing Jack Duckworth for 31 years - revealed he spoke to producers about filming the explosive episodes as a way to kill off his alter-ego and while they didn't do that, they did take his advice on board.

Bill - who used to be a builder - said: "I told bosses it's got to be an explosion. So the tram comes off and bang, Jack's just coming out of Dev's and swidge. And I said if you want to get rid of a few more you can.

"I do apologise to my colleagues. I'm sorry!"

The crash happened after an explosion rocked The Joinery bar - where Peter Barlow (Chris Gascoyne) was celebrating his stag night - causing a Weatherfield tram to plunge off the viaduct and into the cobbles below.

Many of Corrie's best-loved residents were injured, while Molly Dobbs (Vicky Binns) and Ashley Peacock (Steven Arnold) died, with Peter left fighting for his life.

Speaking about his own departure from the soap, Bill admits it was "strange" to leave and he will always miss the show.

He told ITV1's 'This Morning': "It was very very strange to leave. I still have these words in my head and I'm trying to clear them and I suspect when I clear them I'll be OK.

"I mean I don't know whether Coronation Street will miss Bill Tarmey but I know Bill Tarmey will miss 'Coronation Street'."

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