In 1978, producer Bill Podmore chose to expand Ivy’s part into the show, going her household into No.5. Podmore: “Lynne Perrie injected a little miracle to the part which appealed in my experience. The character was decided by me must certanly be developed.” (Coronation Street: The Inside Story, Macdonald and Co, 1990). Peter Dudley had been cast as Ivy’s long-suffering spouse Bert, and Christopher Quinten as their teenage son Brian. The clan quickly expanded to add a daughter-in-law, Gail, and a grandson, Nicky, switching Ivy from a solitary character into one of many programme’s key matriarchs.
In conjunction with the development of Ivy’s household ended up being a rewriting of her backstory.
Inside her very early appearances, Ivy had stated that she and her spouse Jack (formerly Arthur) had no kiddies. (more…)